Among the mansions the most striking ones are those of Polytimos and Katsikogiannis, whereas temporary exhibitions are housed in the tower of Tsikaliotis’.
The sweet “tsakoniki” aubergine, an appellation d’origine contrôlée (= controlled designation of origin) product grows in the fertile plain around Leonidio. Visit the festival of “tsakoniki” aubergine in August, when delicious dishes are served based entirely on aubergine, and cooked on the spot by the local cooks. Taste alsolocal honey, noodles and rusks.
In the narrow streets of Leonidio and the villages around it, a different language is spoken. It’s the Tsakonian language, which derives from the ancient Doric dialect. Regarded as the oldest dialect in the world, it is spoken and written by some 2,000 people in this area.
While in Leonidio:
• enjoy the sea and the sea sports at the cosmopolitan beach of Plaka, or explore the beaches of Poulithra, Tygani and Fokianos to enjoy blue waters in peace, and
• go on half-day excursions to rural and seaside villages, such as the green-clad village of Aghios Vassilios (St. Basil), the traditional Poulithra and the perched on the rocks of Parnon village of Peleta.