Neapoli

The city of Neapoli is the main city of the municipality of Voies, which includes a total of 33 localities and a population of 8,000.  It is located 130 km from Sparta.  According to archaeological finds the place has been inhabited since the Neolithic Age.  Based on items found in the digs and on domed tombs as well as other characteristic structures, Voies was a Mycenaean town.  The place was known during the Greek classical period when it was part of the City-State of Sparta. During the Peloponnesian War the city of Voies was plundered by Athenian strategists Nicias and Demosthenes, in 424 and 413 B.C., respectively.  In 218 B.C. the city was devastated by Philip III, King of Macedonia. It was eventually conquered by the Romans who integrated into the "Community of Lacedaemonians", later renamed "Community of Free Lacedaemonians".  In 375 A.D. the city was left in ruins by a massive earthquake that resulted in geographical changes, as several coastal areas were submerged by the sea.  The following centuries were uneventful overall, as the inhabitants were mostly involved in farming and livestock breeding.  In the 12th century a number of monasteries were built in the area of Cape Maleas. In the 14th century the region became part of the Despotate of Mystra. From the 15th century, constantly falling in and out of the hands of the Venetians and the Turks, it took the name of Vatika.  During the Greek Revolution the people of Voies suffered a number of hardships, many having to do with contributing to the fight for freedom. The Voies Bay was used by the Greek fleet in many operations.  The new city – Neapoli – was built between 1837 and 1844 and has since been the capital of the municipality of Voies.

Places of interest

Visit the old city in ruins near Neapoli.  Another place of interest is the fortified castle of Agia Paraskevi.  To get there take the road that leads to Mesochori.  In the village of Agios Georgios, facing the island of Elaphonissos, is the Stroguili Limni (round lake) biotope, a very beautiful lagoon.  By the sea front of Agios Georgios, engulfed by the sea, is a prehistoric city where it is still possible to see domed tombs. To the east, towards Agia Marina and Korakas, is a petrified forest where the tree trunks are millions of years old. This is a paleontological treasure that is very rare in Europe.  Also visit the caves of Agios Andreas with its 18 rooms of varying size adorned with stalactites and stalagmites on a distance of 93 m.

Cape Maleas

Maleas is a harsh cape hit by winds and sea currents. Several sunken ships haunt the sea floor.  There is a road that leads to the lighthouse, a stone road 20 km long and very rugged.  The last kilometers are at the very edge of the cliff and access is difficult.  However, for those who like to walk there are several trails you can take to get there.  At the top of the cape 600 m high is a Venetian fortification.  Several monasteries were built throughout the centuries in Cape Maleas and were thus nicknamed "Micro Agio Oros" (small Mount Athos). The two cape monasteries are devoted to Agia Irini and Ai Giorgis.


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