During our cruise in April, we spent our Easter Sunday in our next port of call on the cruise in the seaside town of Gytheio, Greece, which was the port fort Greek city-state of Sparta. We did not plan any excursions here, as Amanda stayed on the ship for a spa day. I, however, wanted to see the port town. Our ship anchored in the bay, and we took tender boats into the town. I did not expect anything to be open since it was a holiday, but since this town depends on tourism, many cafes and souvenir stands were open.
This town has its origins thousands of years BC. The mighty Greek city-state of Sparta is located about 20 miles north, so the importance of this area is that it was the port for Sparta in the days of Homer’s the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey” – thanks Ms. Reeves for making us read that in high school. Because of this, this area has been taken over countless times in its history, being burned or bombed. There was a massive earthquake in 250 AD that destroyed the town also…earthquake damage seems to be a common theme in Greece!