Monemvasia, the hidden castle city with a background of endless blue
A historical place with unparalleled beauty and a unique spectacle; an imposing red rock, bare and steep that rises in the blue of the sea and the endless blue of the sky and on one of its slopes hidden a medieval castle town, Monemvasia. If you like castles and stories with knights, pirates, crusaders and emperors, Monemvasia is your destination!
Crossing the Bridge in the New Town of Monemvasia, you are getting closer to the only entrance to the Castle, a dreamy journey into the past begins…
At the main gate next to the walls, you will see the house of the Monemvasian poet, Giannis Ritsos. In front of it, on the plateau, the bust of the poet overlooks the Myrtos Sea.
The medieval settlement with its vaulted alleys and coats of arms, the old mansions, the old churches and the Castle that "looks" at you from above will enchant you.
Follow the main cobbled path that leads to the Central Square with the old cannon marking the sea and in the metropolis of Monemvasia, the Temple of the Elkomenos Christos (Christ being dragged by his captors), with the stone bell tower. Opposite it, you will find the Archaeological Museum.
Climb to "Goula", Ano Poli, to admire the Venetian mansions and the walls of the Castle. The view from the top of the rock to the Myrtos Sea and the surrounding shores is breathtaking. At your feet lies the settlement, the walls and the deep blue of the sea.
A little higher, at the highest point of Ano Poli, on the edge of the steep cliff, with a unique view of the Myrtos Sea, dominates Agia Sophia, one of the most beautiful and rarest temples of Byzantine architecture built in the 12th century.
On the south side of the walls, in the picturesque port of Portelos, experience the unique feeling of swimming right in the shadow of the Castle.
Enjoy the excellent local cuisine of Monemvasia
The cuisine of Monemvasia is distinguished for its simplicity, in order to highlight the natural taste of the ingredients. Be sure to try: saitia (fried pies with cheese and spices), goges (local pasta), rooster with wine, zucchini stuffed with cheese, strapatsada with siglino, fresh fish and seafood.
Do not forget to try the traditional sweets: macaroons of Monemvasia, samousades, diples, kourabiedes, melitinia, rafiolia and of course the favorite wine of the Venetian lords, Malvasia.
Best time to visit Monemvasia
Monemvasia is a place where all seasons of the year it remains charming and wonderful!
How to use transportation in Monemvasia
Transportation to Monemvasia
Access to Monemvasia is only by car. The distance from Athens is 300 km (duration about 3.5 hours) and from Thessaloniki is 800 km (duration about 9 hours).
Alternatively, you can reach Monemvasia using intercity buses.
During the summer months, there is a ferry service from Piraeus and the total trip takes about 6 hours.
However, you can fly to the airport of Kalamata either from the airport of Athens (duration about 55 minutes) or from the airport of Thessaloniki (duration about 1 hour and 10 minutes). Kalamata Airport is 168 km away from Monemvasia (duration about 2.5 hours). Access to/from the airport can be done by rental car.
There are no vehicles in Kastropolitia. During the summer months, parking on the road to the gate is particularly difficult due to the increased traffic. The best solution is to leave your car in the New Town of Monemvasia and take the bus, which runs to the entrance of the Castle.