Laconia is a very beautiful place in the Peloponnese peninsula with a variety of landscapes, which has been continuously inhabited from Palaeolithic era to our times.
Natural beauty and history unfold before the traveler, inviting him to get to know them from nearby, by visiting museums and monasteries, diving inside its wondrous grottoes, crossing its imposing mountains through enchanting footpaths and mountains through enchanting footpaths and mountain routes, enjoying its seas along small and large crystal-clear beaches and by savoring its unrivaled products.
The differences of altitude and micro-climate of Laconia combined with the soil and techniques of cultivation provide the suitable conditions for the production of products of and excellent quality.
The olives, the vine and the oranges play a significant role. In certain regions, however, garden produce dominates.
In Laconia the athinolia is cultivated which gives an oil of excellent quality, as also the Koroneiki and other varieties. But edible olives are also cultivated, the so-called Kalamon variety.
Citrus, tangerines, oranges and lemons, are a cultivation that has special importance for the prefecture. There is an industrial orange juice-making unit, one of the largest in the country.
At Vatika, Monemvasia, Grammousa, Mavrovuni, Dafni, Potamia and Amykles most of Laconian vineyards are to be found. In recent years a few winemakers exploit the local production with excellent labels of bottled wines. The varieties Mavroudi, Monemvasia, Petroulianos, Malagouzia, Mavraki, Thrapsa etc.
On the plain, from Stefania up to Glykovrysi, apart from oranges, green vegetables are cultivated tomatoes, peppers, aubergines. In the region of Molaoi and Asopos there is a significant production of figs. At Vatika, tasty red onion is produced.
Leonidas Statue in Sparti
In the mountainous village of Parnonas there is a small production of chestnuts and walnuts.
Apart from those cultivated, self-sown goods are grown in the Laconian earth. The wild greens are tasty and varied. Aromatic herbs are unsurpassed, such as oregano and mountain tea (Taygetos and Pamonas).
The rich blooming of self-sown and cultivated plants, as also the beneficent climate throughout the prefecture, allow the production of an excellent quality honey.
In stock rising, goat and sheep dominate, whose milk produces excellent feta cheese as well as traditional yoghurt. There are also pig rearing units and some units producing sausages and smoked pork with orange flavour. Don’t forget to try the local sucking pig (bouzopoula).
The local bakeries produce many types of bread and excellent rusks.
In recent years small cottage industry units have been created for making traditional pastas (Trahanas, chylopites, etc) using local fresh raw ingredients.
The macaroons of Monemvasia are traditional sweets of the settlement of Kastro. In the older days, each household had its own almond trees and made its own sweet using their own raw ingredients, such as almonds, butter and rosewater without using any preservatives. These sweets, as with all the other local sweets like samousades, have now become standardized.
Laconia Region holds one of the first places in the country for biological products. Many stremmas are cultivated mainly with olives, orange trees, vines and other with figs, walnuts and lemon trees, while goats and sheep, pigs and poultry are reared in biologically certified cultivation areas.
The standardized products of Laconia are: oil, olives, wines, honey, as well as the first biological chicken in the country. You will find it in the stores selling Spartan biological products in different supermarkets.