Kyparissi...featured in the book 'The Most Beautiful Villages of Greece' by Mark Ottaway.
Kyparissi has large beaches with crystal clear water. One of them, ‘Megali Ammos’, stretches out in front of the village and is a two-minute walk from the hotel. It has been awarded a Blue Flag and offers excellent snorkelling, diving and fishing. The beach at Aghia Kyriaki, a five-minute drive through picturesque olive groves. There is nearby a restaurant where you can enjoy a cold beer or a full meal and a breathtaking view.
Kyparissi has several family-run tavernas which are open for most of the year, and serve traditional local food at affordable prices. Lobster with spaghetti is a favoured delicacy. The tavernas will also cook any fish that you catch.The village has a bakery, a supermarket, a butcher’s, coffee shops and bars. There is also a playground with a five-a-side football pitch and basketball hoops.
The countryside around Kyparissi is a hiker’s paradise. There are miles and miles of trails, along the coast, through the olive groves and into the mountains to abandoned villages, solitary white churches and high plateaus that you will have all to yourself. The best time for walking is spring, when wild flowers carpet the ground, and autumn.
There are also many scenic drives in the area. One lovely day trip is to the wonderfully preserved, fortified Byzantine town of Monemvasia, a 75-minute drive from Kyparissi. Cars are excluded from the old town. Entry is through a massive medieval gate and you can walk through the cobbled streets and up to the hilltop castle. You can stop at the estuary town of Gerakas for lunch at one of the restaurants that line the harbor. Gerakas is one of the oldest towns in the region and there is a walk to the site of an ancient acropolis.
Another possible trip is to Kremasti, a beautiful mountain village, a 30-minute drive through remote and beautiful terrain. If you wish you can continue north to Kosmas, the highest village in the region and a 90 minute drive from Kyparissi.
From Kremasti you can explore various routes by car, not all of them on paved roads, and roam the villages of the Parnon mountains (Kounoupia, Mari etc) until you reach picturesque Leonidio. Further afield lies Sparti where you can visit the olive museum and the ruined Byzantine city of Mystra.