Monemvasia Travel Guide

  • Monemvasia
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Monemvasia Things to Do

  • its all about position

    Vast, ruinous, steep - the Upper Town plateau is a mine field of exploration - old foundations, cisterns, broken down walls, all affording spectacular views. Also, due to the steep nature of access from the old town, chances are that you'll have the place moreorless to yourself. (But take care - sheer drops, uneven surfaces, gaping holes all...

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  • Ayia Sofia

    The one building remotely still standing is the Ayia Sofia - the 13th century church built in a commanding position looking out to the open sea of the edge of a precipice. Founded as a monastery by Andronikos II, many of the smaller out buildings are little more than foundations, but this is more than made up for it by the chapel - and that...

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  • View from above and the Upper Town

    High above the Lower Town is what was, originally, the larger section of Monemvasia. A steep climb up narrow, medieval steps will bring you onto the vast plateau that was once a thriving town. Now completely ruinous (the last residents descended to the lower town in 1911) with the notable exception of church of Ayia Sofia, a true indication of its...

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  • Mitropolis Hritsos Elkemenos

    Built by the Byzantine Emperor Andronicus II Comnenus in 1293, this great vaulted church is the largest medieval church in southern Greece. Dedicated to Christ in Chains, unusually it was allowed to function as a Christian place of worship following the occupation by the Turks in 1540. It is the largest and most dominant building in the Lower Town.

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  • Platia Dzamiou, Lower Town

    The largest open space within the village is the beautiful Platia Dzamiou (the square of the mosque).Not surprisingly, considering the name, there is a mosque in the square (Ayios Petros - converted from a church into a mosque following the Turkish occupation) as well as the Mitropolis Hritsos Elkemenos.

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  • Main street, lower town

    Once across the causeway from the new town on the mainland (Yefira), the town of Monemvasia will finally come into view - a crenallated, imposing wall and gateway. No vehicles can get beyond the gate - beyond is a miasma of narrow alleyways, restored and derelict buildings almost piled one on top of each other (this feeling aided by the very steep...

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  • Dolphin from Hydra to Monemvasia

    An extraordinary sea journey along the east coast of the Peloponnese from Hydra (and Piraeus) takes you past small villages settling below the sheer cliffs, a few accessible only by water. First view of Monemvassia provides little in terms of the reality of the 'Gibralter of Greece'. An isolated island on the horizon looms in front of you - it's...

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  • Join beach parties

    Lately in Monemvasia's beaches every summer take place beach parties usually in the 15th of august and after...Young people organise it with music and drinks...Every year those parties get even better and more organised...WE ARE WAITING ALL OF YOU THIS SUMMER...

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  • Climb up to the top of the castle.

    The view is fantastic. Your will need about half an hour to climb to the top of the castle but the view is so rewarding that you will never forget it.

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  • Entering Monemvasia from the East gate

    This is the East gate into the fortified ancient town of Monemvasia. The gate is staggered so that there was no clear run into the city slowing down and confusing any invading forces. On peering in, it appears only as a long dark tunnel.

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  • The town square

    Once you pass the tourist shops and small hotels the narrow paths open up to the town square where you will find the church, the museum and the cannons that protected the town. Fantastic views South out over the rooftops.

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  • Emerging from the darkness of the gate

    The initial view of Monemvasia that greets you as you emerge from the darkness of the gate. The main path ahead is very touristy with all the usual niknaks for sale, interspersed with small tavernas and restaurants and hotels, all very pretty.

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  • cafes

    What I enjoy most when in Monamvasia, is having a coffee with a piece of cake or something similar. Nothing better than sipping your coffee or drink in the Greek way: the longest it takes, the better it tastes ;-)

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  • go to the top

    Follow the steps from the main square of the vilage and go to the top of the castle. The scenery there, is in absolute contrast with the rocky vilage. A "sea" of trees and grass and a number of 366 old byzantine churches (mostly remainings of them), are spread around the area. try to make it there during sunset, great colors for an ultra panoramic...

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  • So many ruins...

    It is such a pity to see the size of the desertion of the upper town...So, it becomes difficult to imagine this area with many buildings and nice churches, as it was a few centuries ago...

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Monemvasia Hotels

  • Xifoupolis Hotel

    Xifas-Monemvasias, Monemvasia, 23070, gr

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Pramataris

    Monemvasia, 23070, Greece

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • Annema

    Palaia Monemvasia, Monemvasia, 23070, Greece

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

Monemvasia Restaurants

  • Try this for traditional greek food

    Matoula is a traditional greek restaurant in Monemvasia. The food is tasteful and the view very good. If you have only one day to stay try this restaurant. If you have more try this first and the rest of the restaurants the other days because they are very good as well. Try the chicken plate. Ask the waiter for suggestions.

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  • By night...

    In the night, things are more romantic: you can't see the blue of the sea, but the colours from the lights of the coast and the mysterious atmosphere of the mediaeval town of Monemvasia compose a wonderful scenery.The most well-known restaurant is "Matoula", a "must" for the visitors.

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  • The Aegean Sea in front of you...

    There are a few restaurants inside Monemvasia, which all of them offer traditional and delicious greek food. But the real enjoyment is their location: beyond walls, next to the sea...

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Monemvasia Nightlife

  • After 10 o'clock

    Voyage club is the newest,the bigest and the best nightclub in monemvasia..It's open and perfectly decorated..the people working there are pretty nice and friendly...You just pay only 8€ for the entrance and you get a free drink..From my point of view it's the best night spot for the night in monemvasia right now... Whatever you want...

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  • The arrival

    My first view of the rock was at 22:00, at night, with a wonderful storm on top of the rock.There were 2 walls of clouds and, in between, a magnificient storm was lighting the sky with powerful rays. I laid down the rucksack, sat at the floor and stayed there looking for 20 minutes.Chapeau, Zeus!!!

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Monemvasia Transportation

  • Leaving

    I left Monemvassia in the afternoon under a wonderful cloudy sky (thanx again, Zeus). The hidrofoil from inside doesn't seem to go fast, but if you go to the rear, and watch the sea from there, U realize it's bl**dy fast!!

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  • Hidrofoil "Flying Dolphins"

    There are 4 buses daily from Athens (5 1/2hours), but the Hidrofoil from Piraeus is faster (4 hours), though more expensive, 30 euros. 1 daily in summer only

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Monemvasia Shopping

  • antique-like souvenirs

    In the vilage, there are a few shops where u can buy anique-like items, which will add to your home a cosy character.

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  • Old or new?

    Whatever they are, they all look nice...Or is the mind confused by the beauty of the place and everything seems delightful?Keep any credit card away from women... hehe.

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  • What to buy

    You can't find any large stores there, of course, but you can buy nice souvenirs and many artistic items.Also ask for local trade-marks about wines, a nice present (basicly for yourself!).

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Monemvasia Local Customs

  • Monemvasia's Indepedence Day

    23rd of July is celebrated Monemvasia's indepedence day from the turks...this day on the afternoon everyone gets inside a fishing boat and goes outside of the castle and light fireworks as the fake turkish boat(which is empty) follows...this is a representation of the battle that took place there on 1821...in the end the turkish boat get on fire...

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  • Trick?

    It is not an... opposite picture, just a simple trick of my fantasy: a house -and a half body!- are mirrored in a small lake outside the metropolis, which had been created by the rain a few hours ago...

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  • Time is lost

    Don't you think so?Many such images can be captured (especially in such nights) even with a furtive glance...

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Monemvasia Off The Beaten Path

  • Unspoilt villages north of Monemvassia

    Two unspoilt "diamonds" are located to the coast north of Monemvassia . After an interesting trip of 18 kms, by the sea you will meet the tiny fishing village of Limenas Geraka . This coastal fishing village is attractively situated at the end of a narrow, winding fjord which runs into a round, silted-up bay . True Aegean colours; white houses,...

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  • And a flavour of Gerakas

    Gerakas is a beautiful port with cosy tavernas and it's the right place to enjoy fresh sea food (it might get more time than expected to get prepared though! )

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  • Those little alleys...

    Everywhere you look at, you can see little cozy corners with stone stairs, wooden doors, flowers, cats.I had to put a limit to my camera shots, or I' have spent many films there!!!

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Monemvasia Favorites

  • Shadows

    The town of shadows, ghosts.... It is one of the most unforgettable places I saw in Greece!Go to travelogue: "Being a ghost..."

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  • Modern Monemvasia

    Most of Monemvasia's residents live in the port, which is a modern town on the Greek mainland about 2 km from the Rock of Monemvasia.This port or Yefira is a modern town with a supermarket, travel agency, bus connections and other services. From the port, the Rock is about a 20-minute walk or a few minutes by car.

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  • Narrow streets

    Just be lost in this town! Narrow streets will lead you somewhere to open a new Monemvasia's secret...Go to travelogue: "Magical place - Monemvasia"

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