The modern city of Sparti Greece was founded to commemorate the famous ancient town of Sparta. Until the beginning of the 19th century, Sparti was just a small village. However, in 1834, after the War of Independence, King Otto of Greece decreed that the village would be expanded and a new city would be erected at the site of the ancient Sparti. The new city was indeed founded and it had nice architecture, as the architects of the city based on three main axes with boulevards and parks.
In the ancient times, Sparti was a powerful town-state, known for its brave soldiers and tough way of life. The men of ancient Sparta was to create an unbeatable army and to rule over the rest of Greece with their military power. That is why the way of life and all customs in ancient Sparti were oriented to satisfy this vision.
Nowadays, Sparti is the administrative capital of the Greek prefecture of Laconia. It has a population of about 18,000 people and its economy is based on agriculture and secondarily on tourism. The valley of Evrotas provides fertile land for the production of excellent citrus fruits and olive oil, which are the most well-known products of the region.
The center of Sparti is well-divided in three-line boulevards and has nice parks. It offers all the amenities of a bigger city, including shops, hotels, restaurants, and many entertainment options. Moreover, it has many nearby sights to see.
The ruins of the ancient Sparti are about 500m from the town center. There you can admire the monument of Leonidas, the king who held back the Persian army in the battle of Thermopylae along with three hundred brave Spartans. You will also watch the whole town from the above hill and you will find the view really impressing, as Sparti is surrounded by mountains, which made of this place the best location to defend the settlement.