Completely open site that you can just wander around. Perhaps a few information boards would help to explain what you are seeing but delightful to walk around
I really wanted to see Sparta for its historic value but honestly I'm not Hellenistic enough to appreciate scattered ruins like this. They are just behind the Leonidas statue.Going in this region allowed us to discover the less known Mystra which was wonderful.
Considering the fact that the ancient spartans didn't leave much for us to discover about them, i think this is amazing. I almost went back in time! Now, there are no information about the ruins at the site, and no signs or arrows on where to go, but if you just follow the road you will see the most important stuff. I suppose this is for those who is particularly interested in Sparta and the ancient spartans (like me), and maybe it would be a bit "boring" for the average tourist. Nevertheless, i think the orange, plastic fences ruined the experience a bit, and I wish that the spartans of today could have done a bit more to make this a really interesting place to visit. Great view from the top though.It's an important site, and i definitely recommend you go there if you are in Sparta.
There is not much left of Spartan Acropolis, the most of monuments here are from roman times. First on a way to Acropolis you pass roman Acropolis walls, coming to the ruins of a Round Building, Rotunda. Then turning left after some 200 meters you reach the ruins of roman Theatre, large but mostly unexcavated. None the less the views to Taygetes mountains from here are magnificent, and if you can read greek inscriptions, there is a lot of reading waiting on the remaining walls of Theatre. When you climb up to the upper rows of the Theatre, you reach the highest part of Acropolis, there little to the left can be seen the ruins of ancient Sanctuary to Athena Chalkioikos, Guardian of the City, dating back to Archaic Spartan times, 6 c BC. The first Temple to Athena on those grounds was build of bronse, hence the name - Of Bronse House. Very little of Temple remains, but anyway here it was. More on the site on the way down to the right - ruins of early Christian Basilica. Promenade roads here are very pleasant, whole area is planted with giant and very old olive trees, in the springtime a multitude of flowers blossom everywhere and it smells wonderful. Address: follow central street Konstantinou Paleologou to the North, turn left along the Stadium and then turn right and up to Akropoleos street.
Situated on a hillside just outside the town centre is a Roman amphitheatre and a jumble of stones that are. apparently, the ancient Acropolis of Sparta. There's no signage or visitor's centre, and you can't really get any feel for what the site might have looked like in the hey-day of Sparta in the 5th century BC.
I was really keen on visiting the historic location of Sparta, given the important role that city state played in Greek history.It is quite a nice experience, and you can wander the site as you please, and there are very few other travellers around, and no sight of tour groups.Very little of the city has actually been dug up, so there is not much to see with the exception of the theatre. Hopefully they will also at some point put up some signs explaining the site a bit more.
This location at the northern perifere of Sparta is a rather uninteresting area in olive groves, with some excavations, which are still underway. The view of modern Sparta from this site is excellent with the dramtic backdrop of the high mountains in the West.
There is nothing for tourists here; the ruins are simply strewn about, waiting for some day when archaeologists can have a closer look at them. Athens is where most of the money is being spent. So this is not a tourist trap, by any means, but there aren't anything here to explain things for you either.
The remains of some digs, without information signage, overlooks the Roman ampitheater and town; this site is pleasant for walking in but without a personal guide it will be difficult to gain much of archaeological or historical knowledge.
Some signs directing you to the ruins amongst the olive groves but no other description of the various ruins. The excavations are in progress though so eventually it will be more organized.