Explore Monemvasia a town on a large plateau on a small island 100m above sea level in the southern Peloponnese in Greece. The island is linked to the mainland by a short road 200m in length. It is up to 300 m wide and 1 km long, and is the site of a powerful medieval fortress. The town walls and many Byzantine churches remain from the medieval period.
The town and fortress were founded in 583 by inhabitants of the mainland seeking refuge from the Slavic invasion of Greece.
The island of Monemvasia was separated from the mainland by an earthquake in 375 AD. A new town of the same name is built on the slope to the south-east of the rock, overlooking the Monemvasia bay. Many of the streets are narrow and fit only for pedestrian and donkey traffic
In 1971, Monemvasia became linked with the rest of the outside world through a bridge on the western side.
The Castle Town of Monemvasia is among the most impressive places in Greece and a very popular tourist destination.
The medieval buildings have been restored, and many of them converted to hotels.
The Old Town is actually the main sightseeing of Monemvasia. This is a fantastic Medieval town entirely carved on the slopes of rock, offering a breathtaking sea view from the highest spot. Many old mansions in Monemvasia Old Town are turned into boutique hotels, restaurants and shops today. A walk around the Castle Town is a travel to the past.
It is a small and quiet place so things to do in Monemvasia are limited. The region is ideal for total relaxation at the beach or in the countryside.
At Kato Poli stop for coffee on the main road at Agora. The road has many cafes, shops and restaurants.
For lunch try the seaside taverns. At night enjoy traditional flavors at the castles’ taverns and a drink under the stars at its many bars.
At Pano Poli you can see the Venetian mansions
If you are a hiker enjoy many old footpaths cross the region that lead to tiny chapels, small settlements, secluded beaches and hilltops with breathtaking views to the sea. Hiking is best in autumn and spring when the weather is not so hot. In summer, long hiking can be quietly uncomfortable.
Once there were 40 byzantine style churches but now 24 only remain
Places of interest αre
- Church of Agia Sofia
- Church of Elkomenos Christos
- Church of Panagia Chryssafitissa
- The archaeological museum
- And 2 folk museums
you must try the local handmade pastries called goges and saites. And do not forget to try the sweet wine called Malvasia.
For the past few years, on July 23, an Independence Day celebration has been held in the main port.