This is the reason why today, almost two centuries later, after all those necessary changes, deteriorations and additions, Sparta is a place where, even as a first time visitor, you can never get lost. Everything is built with sharp definition and on the basic principle of facilitating the traveller, the resident, and the man who lives and breathes in its market places, its roads and its beautiful neoclassical buildings.

The city's two main streets, that expand from north to south and from the east to the west, are the Konstantinos Palaiologos avenue (with its characteristic median strip and the tall palm trees counting more than eighty years of age) and Lykourgou avenue, which intersect at the city centre, mainly lined with new stores, traditional coffee shops and neatly constructed shopping centres. The creations of nature, the vast orange and olive groves, for a moment give their place to amazing human creations that is impossible to overlook, bypass and not admire, without continually recollecting your trip in the enchanting Municipality of Sparta.

A special place in the social, cultural and everyday life of the city is deservedly reserved for the dominant City Hall, erected at the west end of the large central square, a "must" meeting point for locals and foreigners. This exquisite two-storey building dated from 1909, is a creation of the notable architect G. Katsaros and stands out, among other things, for its balcony resting on pillars and the overall "Π" shape of the edifice. From here and around the square, one can find a numberof commercial stores and coffee shops in arcades, designed and built in the beginning of 1860. With an already dazzled look, the visitor will surely spot and admire, on the cobbled floor of the square, the beautiful replica of the "Abduction of Europe, dated from the 4th century, that used to decorate a luxurious Roman villa and was found in a house garden, in 1872.

The list of the excellent neoclassical edifices of Sparta is long and cannot be exhausted in a boring list and enumeration. On the other hand, all that the newcomer needs is the willingness to visit and get acquainted with them, in orderto examine their valuable architectural merit in depth. Indicatively, one can admire the Archaeological Museum and the "Matala Mansion" where the military club is housed, at the intersection of Lykourgou and Leonidiou streets. A special mention should also be made to the majestic courthouse, built in 1837, a national rare architectural example of that era, along with the two "Linadrakis mansions" located in Ananiou and Palaiogolou streets, respectively. Also worth mentioning are the "Liounis Mansion" (Evangelistrias and Agisilaou streets), the "Fikioris Mansion" (117 Palaiologou street), the building that houses the Agricultural Bank, and of course a number of other architectural structures, scattered in this admittedly historical city. The degree of acquaintance of the traveler with the entire wealth of sights Sparta offers, relies almost exclusively upon the sincere mood and the amount of time the traveller has, in order to fully and constructively approach the whole intellectual and historical "treasure" emerging on each corner and each beautiful street of the city.


Mystras Virtual Tour


Mystras Virtual Tour



Athens, a modern metropolis, a european capital, a nest for all the Mediterranean cultures. Athens, the meeting point of East and West, the harbor of everyone, who still loves passionately life! There are so many different ways to describe and analyse Athens, that any given effort to do a short depiction of the city is nothing but a try doomed to fail. Nevertheless, we will try to underline some of the main characteristics of the city of Athens. Visit Virtual Tour


Knossos was undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete and is the site of one of the most important and better known palaces of Minoan civilisation. Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a neolithic settlement sometime in the seventh millennium BC, and was abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC which marked the end of Minoan civilization. It was damaged several times during earthquakes, invasions, and in 1450 BC by the colossal volcanic eruption of Thera, and the invasion of Mycenaeans who used it as their capital, while they were ruling the island of Crete until 1375 BC. Knossos was ruled by the dynasty of King Minos and is connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur. Visit Virtual Tour


Known from the Homeric myth, as the mythical island of Phaeacians where the shipwrecked Odysseus was soothed by princess Nausika, Corfu continues to welcome visitors from all around the world. Be a synchronous Odysseus and follow the new destination of YouGoCulture initiative. Having the Central Corfu and its old town which is in the list of the Unesco World Heritage Sites, a journey begins in the history, the traditions and the unique beauties of the island. Visit Virtual Tour


Situated in continental Greece on Mount Parnassus, Delphi was considered to be one of the most important cities of ancient Greece. It was believed to be home to the goddess Gaia, or Earth, and later to Apollo after slaying Gaia’s son, the snake Python. The Pythian games—similar to the Olympic Games—were held here every four years to honour Apollo’s slaying of the Python dragon. Visit Virtual Tour


A breath away from Athens, the birth place of Eleusinian Mysteries and goddess Demeter challenges you to explore it! Eleusis or Eleusina, as now known, one of the five sacred cities of antiquity enjoys the privilege of being located only thirty kilometers from the historic Athens. But let me refresh it! It could be the privilege of Athens to have so nearby a city full of life and history! Visit Virtual Tour


Even today’s visitors feel that they are in a sacred place as soon as they set foot in the Asklepieion of Epidavros. The place where healing was a religious mystery. The sick were cured by the god Asklepios in their sleep (enkoimesis) or received from him instructions on the therapy they should follow. From the sixth century BC until the end of antiquity, hosts of people resorted to the Sanctuary of Asklepios in expectation that their prayers for healing would be heard and answered by the god. These were patients and pilgrims who arrived there bringing precious votive offerings from all parts of the then-known world. Visit Virtual Tour


Peering over the plain of Argolis, up there from the heights of the acropolis, one comes to terms with the superiority of the Mycenaean civilization. It reached its heyday in the Late Bronze Age (1350 - 1200 BCE) and then disappeared, leaving to eternity its legendary acropolis, built on an inaccessible, rocky hill between two ravines. The footprints of the Atreidai, the mythical royal dynasty, are visible to today's visitor and inspire awe in an era like ours, in which myth meets the history of the most important period of the ancient world. Visit Virtual Tour

Ancient Olympia

What can be said of Olympia and not sound like a cliché? The significance of the archaeological site is self-evident, even if one is not familiar with the fascinating historical details and the political background, which literally span thousands of years. Known to the world as the cradle of the Olympic ideal, this open-air museum of imposing ruins and unique artefacts tells a story of religious piety, fair play, political ambition, and demonstration of power. All the buildings you can still admire were erected to please the gods and send a message to the thousands of visitors who swarmed to the sacred grounds. Walking around the Stadium, the Gymnasium and the Temples of Zeus and Hera – both instrumental in the ritual and competitive part of the Games – modern visitors will be able to understand why the event remained relevant even when the rest of the Ancient World was long dead. As an added bonus to the splendour of the site, the Museum of Olympia boasts some of the most famous works of art produced in the long course of Hellenic culture. Visit Virtual Tour


Travelling in the Messenian land from Mount Taygetus to the coast, our glance dives, following the sunlight dipping onto the Messenian plain. From the mountainous volumes to the fertile valley, the olive groves and herbs, we see a landscape of culture, myth, and history, unfold before our eyes. In the heart of the region of Messenia, one town stands out: Ancient Messene. This "blissful plain" as Homer calls it, became a theatre of war and mythical narrations offering a viewpoint on the past and the present. Visit Virtual Tour