Perched on the very edge of a rocky peninsula and surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Peloponnese coast, lays the Alas Resort & Spa; located in the village Elia of Monemvasia.
Hospitality in Greece begins at home, where people share ‘salt and bread’ at the table. The Alas Resort & Spa, based on the Ancient Greek word for salt, interprets hospitality in a modern, beautiful setting that will take your breath away.
You’re going to experience the best of Laconia and the Peloponnese from the comfort of Alas, a delightful four-star boutique hotel by the Mediterranean. Right next to a traditional seaside village that offers the best of Greece, Alas will amaze you with its panoramic sea views, understated luxury, large swimming pool, first-class spa treatments, trendy pool bar, sandy beach and fine gourmet restaurant.
Best of all, the property is a springboard to discover the outstanding attractions in the Peloponnese such as the castle of Monemvasia, deserted Byzantine city of Mystras, and the magical Elafonissos island. Secret attractions such as the underwater city of Pavlopetri, Kastania Cave, impressive castle of Geraki, Petrified Forest near Neapoli and the beach of Plytra are also definitely worth visiting. A bit further on are the haunting stone towers of Vathia, gorgeous town of Neapoli and the Diros Caves.
There’s something very relaxing about lazing by the pool and looking out at the deep blue sea, while being served the best in drinks, cocktails and snacks from the trendy pool bar. After watching the sunset from the outdoor terrace or your private balcony, prepare yourself for a gourmet dinner at Elia Restaurant for some superb Mediterranean cuisine. The next morning consider an Earth or Sea Treatment at the Alas Spa, before heading out to get a healthy dose of sun… These are just some of the facilities you can enjoy at Alas. The hotel offers an extensive list of leisure facilities and services providing its guests with multiple activity options and ensuring the unparalleled comfort of their stay.
The region of Monemvasia will captivate you with its unspoiled nature, mountains, coastal landscapes and of course the great castle rock. In its midst lies Alas Resort & Spa, right next to the village of Elia which means ‘olive tree’, denoting the meeting place of fishermen and villagers. The picturesque fishing village of Elia is a great starting place to discover the area, including several pristine beaches such as Makri Gialos, Viandini and Tigania. And just wait until you see all the attractions of the greater area, Lakonia: Diros cave, Kastania cave, Elafonissos island, Evangelistria Monastery, Byzantine city of Mystras, Geraki Castle, Archeological Museum of Sparta, gorgeous beaches, fabulous wineries and much more. Don’t miss the traditional olive press and winery in the nearby village of Velies!
In the idyllic village of Talanta, set in the stunning area of Ballis Gorge, you’ll fall in love with this traditional watermill which is the only one of 11 mills that has been restored to its former glory and still operates. Open every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, the mill unveils how flour is stone-ground. You can even buy some if the wholesome flour here.Monemvasia Castle
The majestic castle rock was likened like a ship waiting to sail by the famous Greek poet Yannis Ritsos, who hailed from the area. Just crossing the bridge and entering the medieval castle walls is an experience in itself. Marvel at the castle’s interior with its stone-built houses, narrow stone-paved streets, 40 historic churches and little Mediterranean gardens. In summer there’s a vibrant restaurant and coffee-shop scene, along with the castle museum and art shops, that will keep you happily entertained. Don’t forget to hike to the top to discover the magnificent church of Agia Sofia.Gerakas fjords and port
There’s one spot in Greece that has magnificent fjords, set below Mount Parnon. Gerakas will amaze with its natural beauty, so will its gorgeous little port where sailing boats come and go. This is a great place to try the seafood and enjoy the scenery. Also worthy of note in the area are the remains of the Frankish abbey or monastery of Zaraka with its Gothic style, built around 1225 AD.
100 km -> 100,00€
The Diros Cave, also known as Vlychada Cave, is one of the most impressive in the world. Visitors sail through it on a tiny boat to admire the stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is 14 km in length and is where many animal fossils were found, along with ceramic remains, indicating the presence of ancient civilizations.Cranae (Marathonisi)
Near the lovely seaside town of Gythio lies a little islet steeped in history and mythology. Cranae is said to be where Paris of Troy took Helen when he abducted her from nearby Sparta. It was inhabited since Neolithic times and was important during Mycenaean times for the natural purple dye produced there. Visit the Tzannetakis Tower from 1829 which today is a historical museum, see the marble lighthouse built in 1873 and visit the cozy church of Saint Peter where many couples like to get married, enchanted by the beautiful scenery. Note that the island is called Marathonisi (Fennel island) because wild fennel grows there in abundance.
160 km -> 120,00€ Not included tickets to Diros
Mystras was Byzantine city of the Peloponnese and is six kilometers northwest of Sparta. Today it is in ruins, although some buildings have been restored, such as palaces.Mystras
Mystras was a Byzantine city of the Peloponnese, located six kilometers northwest of Sparta. Today it is in ruins, although some buildings have been restored, such as the royal palaces. Mystras and its history remain a valuable source of knowledge regarding the last two centuries of Byzantinium art and culture. The history behind the “ghost city” of Mystras starts from the mid-13th century, when the Peloponnese was conquered by the Franks. In 1249, William II Villehardouin built the castle on the east side of mount Taygetus; perched on a steep hill side with sharp conical formations, Mystras or Myzythras, gained its name from such natural surroundings.Ancient Acropolis of Sparta
The Acropolis of Sparta is located in the northern part of the town. Above the amphitheater, the acropolis and great temple stood on the hill top, venerating the Patron Athena or Chalkioikos. From time immemorial the temple stood with an alter, lined with bronze plates with reliefs. Hence its name Chalkioikos Athena. The ancient temple was the most important sanctuary of ancient Sparta; a public gathering place that hosted parades and equestrian competitions. Seeking asylum, Lycurgus, Pausanias and Agis D. found sanctuary in the temple. In the 4th c. AD houses were built in the precinct. During the 10th c. AD the vast basilica of Christ the Savior was built to the east and the holy monastery of St. Nikon. The acropolis was fortified after the raids of the Heruli (267 AD) and the Visigoths (396 AD).The statue of Leonidas
The statue of Leonidas in Sparta is located in the city center with the cenotaph of the King. It should be noted that the resemblance of King Leonidas and two other statues of him in Sparta and at Thermopylae, are based on a representation of a warrior discovered by the British School of archaeology in 1920 that was claimed to be that of the fallen King. The heroic example of Leonidas and the memorable battle of Thermopylae have inspired many cultures throughout history, as an example of formidable courage. The battle affected ancient Greeks during the expansion of the Macedonian kingdom, not to mention the revolution against the Turkish rule in 1821. Allies in the invasion of Axis in Greece as well as revolutionaries during the French Revolution were inspired by Leonidas’ heroic battle which reflected the struggle between the aristocratic and democratic forces. Napoleon Bonaparte gave homage before the battle of Waterloo as did the Romans fighting the peoples of Asia etc.Olive and Oil Museum
The Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil, at Sparta, walks you through the culture, history and technological evolution of the olive and olive oil production in Greece, from prehistoric times until the early 20th century.
At the Olive and Greek Olive Oil Museum of Sparta visitors have the opportunity to witness the first evidence of the presence of olives and the production of olive oil in Greece:
In the very heart of the Laconian landscape, through Monemvasia and Mani lay the vineyards and winery of the family George Theodorakakos.
According to family tradition, the area was supplied through the port of Monemvasia by the then rulers of the city who were well aware of the close relationship of wines with nearby Mystras. The first vines were planted in the early 20th century by Grandfather Nikolas. In 1970 George Theodorakakos planted the first linear vineyard, thus introducing viticulture to the local residents.
Today, the 400 hectares of vineyards are cultivated with traditional rare local varieties; Kydonitsa and Mavroudi are grown exclusively in Laconia. The wines named Assyrtiko, Roditis and Agiorgitiko are cultivated around Monemvasia and renown nationwide.
160 km -> 120,00€
A whole mosaic of eco-friendly activities are available in this wonderful region, that is perfect for ecotourism and adventure tourism. Here they are:Swimming
To begin with, there are two beaches right next to the Alas Resort: a rocky beach with its wild beauty and a sandy beach for idyllic relaxation. There are some gorgeous beaches around the region, from the award-winning beaches of Elafonissos Island to the crystal shallow beach of Plytra which is perfect for families with children.Diving
If you go towards the town of Gythio – around 40 minutes away – there’s a diving club that will help you explore the mysteries of the sea. If you have professional diving equipment you might want to explore the ancient underwater city of Pavlopetri. Please remember to take nothing but photos.Hiking & Biking
Many hiking trails exist around Lakonia that are perfect for hiking and mountain biking. If you have a bike, bring it along! Otherwise ask the Alas Resort before you arrive if you would like to rent a bicycle.Mountain Climbing
If you like mountain climbing, you’re in luck! The nearby area of Kiparissi offers fantastic craggy slopes on Mount Parnon in full view of the Sea. Nine sport crags and over 200 bolted routes will greet you in this climbers’ paradise.Fishing
Take a little boat from the nearby harbor and head out to sea with a fisherman. Catch some fresh fish and take it back to one of the local seafood ‘tavernas’ for a good meal that you caught yourself!Wine-tasting
So many wineries with excellent wines are available in Lakonia. One of the closest is the Monemvasia winery, while another is the Theodorakakos Winery between Gythio and Sparta. It is worth discovering the wines of the area. Do taste the great wine from the Monemvasia area called Malvasia.