Backed by the rugged mountains of Parnon, Kyparissi is a picture-perfect Peloponnese village overlooking the Myrtoan Sea. Until the 1970s, the only way to reach Kyparissi was by sea and, despite now being accessible by road, the village has retained a laid-back island atmosphere.
Stroll between the churches that dot the village of Kyparissi, which is the first area you encounter as you descend along its winding road. Trails lead from here to the ancient remains of Kyfanton and the 19th-century church of Koimisis Theotokou, as well as to the ruins of a Byzantine castle at Kastelli.
For a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of the Myrtoan Sea, continue along Kyparissi’s road to one of its two pebbly beaches or relax in the cafes overlooking the water. Rock climbers should head to the Cavo Mallia-Zompolo, which offers views towards the islands of Hydra, Spetses and Porto Heli.
Kyparissi is just under two hours’ drive from Sparti and 2.5 hours from Kalamata International Airport, which has seasonal flights to destinations across Europe. Renting a car is the most convenient way of getting to Kyparissi and the village is small enough to explore on foot.