Laconia, (sometimes spelt Lakonia, or in Greek Λακωνία) is a region in the southernmost tip of the Greek mainland. Its capital is Sparta (Σπάρτη).

Laconia is a region of rich historical and cultural significance. It is probably best known for its ancient civilisation based in Sparta, a city state that marked itself on the world historical map with King Leonidas and the brave 300 Spartans who fought at the Battle of Thermopylae.

Contemporary Laconia remains closely associated with this ancient Spartan legacy, and many of its inhabitants identify closely with the valour and spirit of liberty expressed by Leonidas.

The modern regional economy is heavily reliant on agriculture and tourism. It remains one of the main producers of citrus fruits in Greece, and also produces exceptional quality olive oil and table olives for global export. Its coastline is dotted with scenic fishing villages and beautiful beaches, making it a popular destination for both domestic and international visitors.

Some of Laconia’s notable tourist attractions include the Byzantine city of Mystras (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the fortified medieval town of Monemvasia, and the Caves of Diros (considered amongst the most spectacular subterranean rock formations in Europe).

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