South Peloponnese in Greece has many beautiful places worth visiting. One of them is Monemvasia with the incredible castle.
How to get to Monemvasia, Greece
You can get to Monemvasia either by public bus (ktel) or by car. The distance from Athens is 280 km.
About Monemvasia, Greece
The first time I visited Monemvasia was as a day trip from Mani, where I was spending my holidays at the time. Although I have heard about Monemvasia’s beauty nothing prepared me for what I saw.
The old Monemvasia town lies on a big rock at sea connected to land by a small bridge. The only thing you get to see as you approach is the big rock. To enter the city you have to leave your car behind.
The big surprise comes as you enter the fortress’s gates. A whole town of castles, mansions, cobbled streets, squares and churches unfolds before your eyes.
Inside the fortress‘s walls you will find one of the best preserved castle towns in Greece.
The main road starting from the entrance passes the many restaurants, bars, shops and boutique hotels that are housed within preserved buildings.
At the main square of Monemvasia dominated by an old cannon you can see the church of Elkomenos Christos and a 16th century Mosque that houses the town’s archaeological collection.
From that point starts the road to the upper side of the town. Although it is a steep 15min climb the view at the top is very rewarding. You get to see the rooftops of the lower town spreading until the sea.
Inside the walls of Monemvasia, you will count 40 different churches.
It is totally worth spending a day or two in this lovely town, stroll the narrow roads and eat under the sun with views of the sea.
Where to stay in Monemvasia, Greece
Here are my picks for the best accommodations in Monemvasia, Greece:
Malvasia Traditional Hotel
Built inside the castle town of Monemvasia and just 18 minutes on foot from the beach offers stone built rooms with sea views. Other room amenities include air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, satellite Tv, a fridge, and toiletries.
Located near the castle town of Monemvasia and the beach the hotel offers luxurious accommodation in a restored mansion. All rooms are equipped with flat screen TVs, bathroom amenities, bathrobes and slippers, a pillow menu, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Guests can dine at the onsite gourmet restaurant or relax by the pool.
Situated inside the castle of Monemvasia this stone-built hotel offers traditional accommodation with views of the Aegean Sea. In – room features include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, Mini Bar, Satellite Tv, and toiletries.
What to see around Monemvasia
Peloponnese is a very beautiful part of Greece full of picturesque towns, archaeological sites, incredible nature and unique beaches. If you would like to discover the real Greece, you should do a road trip to Peloponnese. Some interesting places around Monemvasia worth visiting are:
- Nafplio: The distance between Nafplion and Monemvasia is 186 km.
- Elafonisos island: You can get a ferry from Neapoli in south Peloponnese to this beautiful island, it will only take you 10 minutes to get there. Elafonisos is famous for the long white sand beaches with the turquoise waters.
- The traditional villages of Mani
- Diros Caves
- The archaeological site of Ancient Olympia
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