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Mistraki - True Greece, where time almost stands still.....

Mistraki is a sleepy hamlet with cobblestone paths, pretty village square, spring water well, citrus trees and a small church.  The solid stone houses are over a hundred years old, built by Arcadian immigrants after the Greek Revolution in the 19th century.

Technological developments have made little impact.  Agriculture is of prime importance, especially the cultivation of olives for producing olive oil. There are no shops, bars or other tourist distractions in Mystraki, only the soothing chatter of cicadas and an occasional donkey bray.

Mistraki 1816
Mystraki history
Spring in Mistraki
Villa Karinyon private villa
Mistraki citrus trees
Fotinis stone house Mystraki
Mistraki traditional hamlet
Villa Karinyon in winter

In the vicinity

Neighbouring villages, Homatero and Falanthi are 4 km away; a pleasant walk or bicycle ride, alongside olive groves and orange trees. Homatero has a small café; where local residents pass their time playing backgammon, twirling worry beads or avidly discussing their crops, religion and politics.  In Falanthi there is cosy Greek taverna Agia Plagia which serves freshly prepared, traditional cuisine and special dishes at reasonable prices.

Larger villages Nea Koroni and Harakopio are within 7km distance. Both have a taverna, café, bakery, supermarket, pharmacy and other small stores. From both villages, there is a regular bus service to Kalamata and seaside towns Koroni and Finikounda.

Within 10km distance are popular seaside towns Koroni and Finikounda.  Here you will find banks, shops, fresh fish tavernas, restaurants, bars, water sports and a wider selection of other tourist facilities and entertainment.

Anthi and neighbour
Nikos's house
Anthis stone house Mistraki
Falanthi taverna near Mistraki
Mistraki Icons
Mystraki church
Ag Theodore ancient church
Mistraki stone well

Ancient history

Mystraki is classified as a traditional settlement of historic interest by the Greek Ministry of Culture.  The name is thought to be of Byzantine origin because when translated it means small Mystra which sounds similar to the larger and better known area of Mystras in Sparti.

Nearby is an ancient monastery and byzantine church (Saint Theodore); built sometime during the 12th and 13th centuries on a site of an old Greek temple.  The church is covered with holy images, icons and Byzantine frescoes; identical to those in churches at Mistras in Sparti, depicting the life of Christ, Virgin Mary and the Saints.  Some tombs were also recently discovered, which date back to the Mycenaean period. Access to the tombs is currently prohibited.