Travel guide

Neapoli


General info

Welcome to Neapoli ...

This beautiful coastal hamlet of 2,500 residents is located on the southernmost point of Europe. It is a unique and magical holiday destination seeing that is 335 km away from Athens, 115 km away from Sparta and is linked with a ferry service to the islands “Kythira”, “Antikythira” and “Elafonissos”. Its magic is further enhanced thanks to the combination of lush hillsides with clean beaches, new modern hotel units and impressive medieval castles. The Church of the Holy Trinity is situated over a hill in the city center; its town plan was devised in 1837 by the Bavarian architect Birmach.

 

In the past...

The history of Neapoli is deeply intertwined with the history of Laconia, which is perhaps one of the most historical districts of Greece. Traces show that the area had been inhabited on the third millennium BC. It belonged to the ancient Kingdom Voion. Over the centuries it was occupied successively by Romans, Franks, Slavs and Albanians. In 375 AD the area was hit by a powerful earthquake, which followed a tidal wave. A large piece of land sank, dragging buildings and whole constructions to the sea bed. Because of its geographical position it has always been a major port and shipping center.


Nowadays...

Neapoli or else “Vatika” is the second largest municipality of Laconia and the last land division of Europe. It is distinguished for its infrastructure in terms of residential resorts and transport. There are hotels, rooms with many amenities and linking to the port of “Kythera” and “Antikythera”. Its long beach with restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as a continuous alley of trees, ensure a comfortable walk and many, many options. During your stay in Neapoli you should definitely visit “Mesochori” and “Farakla” (wonderful views) as well as the castle of “Vatika”, the Cave of “Kastania” (Chestnut), the monasteries of “Kavo” (Cape)” Malea” (or else called "Little Holy Mountain"), the habitat of the Round Lake in “Viglafia” and "Palaiokastro" with the church of Saint “Paraskevi”, Saint “Nikolaos” and “Kastania”.

Sight seeing

If you happen to come by or stay in this beautiful city, then
you can visit:

 

• the Cave of St. Andrew in “Kastania”

 

• the unique fossilized palm (of the paleontological period) next to the church of Saint “Nikolaos”

 

• wonderful Elafonissos with its beautiful beaches

 

• the “Round” Lake (“Strogili”), an important habitat located in the village of Saint “Georgios” opposite Elafonissos

 

• the vicinity of the lake where you can see chambered tombs of the prehistoric era into the sea

 

• the submerged prehistoric city of Elafonissos. The buildings are scattered over a large area underwater in a depth of 2-3 meters

 

• the beaches of “Punta”, “Mangano”, “Neratziona” and many others...

 

• Churches of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine period in the surrounding areas

How to go

By Car:


Neapoli is located 335 km away from Athens. After you have entered the Attica Road, follow the highway of Athens-Corinth (for about 80 km, approx. 40-50 minutes). After you have left behind Corinth, keep in the direction to Tripoli (attention should be given to road signs so as not to miss the exit. It takes about 40 min., approx. 800 km). After you have reached Tripoli, take the exit node and follow the road to Sparta– Gytheio (58km, approx. 60 min.)After you have reached Sparta, continue your journey following the road signs to “Monemvasia” -“Gytheio”. About 20 km after Sparta there is an intersection on the right with an underpass towards “Monemvasia”. The villages you will meet are “Skala”,” Vlahioti” and “Molai”. From there you should follow the signs which will lead you to Neapoli.

 

Total travel time : 300 - 330 minutes

 

By Bus:


There are daily itineraries from Athens to Neapoli. The departure point is at the main bus station of Athens. (KTEL Busses Kifisos - Kifissou 100, on the national road of Athens).

 

For more information please call:

KTEL Busses Athens : ☎  (+30) 210 5124913

KTEL Busses Neapoli : ☎  (+30) 27340 23222

KTEL Busses Laconia : ☎ (+30) 27310 26441

 

By Train:

 

For more information and itineraries, please visit the following websites:

www.proastiakos.net  and  www.ose.gr

 

By Sea:

There are many sea routes that link the Port of Piraeus to Neapoli.

 

For more Information please call:

Port of Piraeus : ☎  (+30) 210 4226000

Port of Neapoli Voion : ☎  (+30) 27340 22228

Useful telephones

Police Station Neapoli : ☎  (+30) 27340 22111


Taxi Station Neapoli : ☎  (+30) 27340 24040


Health Center Neapoli : ☎  (+30) 27340 - 22104, 22222


Drugstores Neapoli : ☎  (+30) 27340 - 22989, 22265, 22322

 

Post office Neapoli : ☎  (+30) 27340 22211


Agrotiki Bank Neapoli : ☎  (+30) 27340 22750


National Bank Neapoli : ☎  (+30) 27340 22380


Emporiki Bank Neapoli : ☎  (+30) 27340 29240


Citizen Service Centre (KEP) Neapoli : ☎  (+30) 27340 24085


Municipality Offices Neapoli : ☎  (+30) 27340 24050


Fire Department Neapoli : ☎  (+30) 199


Port of Neapoli : ☎  (+30) 27340 22228

Distances

From the city of Neapoli to:

Athens

320 km

Thessaloniki   

811 km

Piraeus

316 km

Larisa

662 km 

Volos

635 km 

Ioannina

575 km 

Zakynthos

378 km 

Pylos

217 km 

Kalamata

169 km

Nafplio

227 km 

Patras

336 km 

Sparti

108 km 

Corinth

241 km 

Igoumenitsa

641 km

Pyrgos

299 km