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Monemvasia

I visited Monemvasia a couple of  years ago, when I went to Elafonissos.

The main thing I can say about this place is the holy atmosphere that dominates everywhere  ….. magic !

Some info about Monemvassia  – ελλ. Μονεμβασια

Monemvasia is a beautiful medieval fortress located in the south east of the Peloponnese. The only way to get to this town is with the car.  It’s a trip of 3 -4 hours from Athens, quite a long trip across Corinth, Sparta and all Peloponnese.

The fortress is located on a small peninsula – actually on a huge rock – and from the main way is very well hidden – unless you know it you cannot understand that there is a small town  … just behind the rock …..

You get to Monemvasia by a small bridge from the adjacent town. This magic towns attract so many tourists every year … simply for the beauty of its ruins …the walls of the castle ….. the many Byzantine churches (40 in such a small place) that are scattered all along the narrow streets

Monemvasia Details

Let’s go to my trip

I visited Monemvasia a couple of years ago – when I spent my holidays in the beautiful tiny island of Elafonissos.

My boyfriend told me …. I will bring you in the most Greek beautiful town … you will love it ! (some people may complain that this is not typical Greek style, but what Kostas meant is that he considers Monemvasia the  most beautiful town in Greece)

From Elanonissos it was a nice trip of 1 hour max – I think we got lost a couple of times :) but the view from the mountains was simply amazing ….

Finally when we arrived in Monemvasia I was quite disappointed because … the town that was in front of me … was not so beautiful or let’s say close to a fortress …… And … then I realized that beautiful Monemvasia was hidden behind the huge rock that was facing the small port …… amazing !!!

We crossed the bridge and parked the car…. and walked until we entered in Monemvasia that is all pedestrian.

The colour of this medieval town is brown, like the earth, like the rock where it is based  ….. this has been done on purpose in order to camouflage itself and no one could see Monemvasia from the sea of from the earth .

I am not mistaken the name of Momenvasia means one entrance  – that is that main door you find to enter the town.

Church in Monemvasia

Monemvasia is simply amazing ! there are many narrow streets, nice characteristic shops, beautiful restaurants with huge balconies facing the Aegean Sea …. and many many many beautiful Byzantine Churches.

The place is such a holy town that people do not talk … whispers …. everywhere …. even in the streets and in the shops …

We had dinner there …. and I really enjoyed it ……

For sure I will come back to this place and I would stay inside the Chora …. quite expensive but it will worth !

I strongly recommend a visit to Monemvasia if you are in the South East of Peloponnese

φιλακια

Ciao

ps. if you are leaving Monemvasia in the night …… and you park the car on the street that leads from the bridge to Monemvasia (or viceversa) just take a torch with you ! (unless there is the full moon) There are no lamps on that street and your way back could be quite risky :)

ciao !

ps2 – there are also nice beaches close to Monemvasia … but if you want the best just go to Elafonissos :)

ps3 – All the pics you find here are of some colleagues of mine Thanasis  and Yannis that just went to Monemvasia and did the shooting for us! Ευχαριστώ !!!

8 comments to Monemvasia

  • Thanasis

    Indeed an amazing and very romantic place!
    And yes, Monemvasia comes from “Moni Emvasis” (Μονή Έμβασις), i.e. “Single Entrance”.
    By the way, during the summer, Monemvasia is connected via “flying dolphins” to Piraeus port.

  • ursula

    Γεια σου Thanasi ! thanks for the info about the Flying Dolphin :)
    This is great to know that if someone is coming to Athens has the possibility to get to Monemvasia by boat :)
    Ursula

    ps by the way .. your pics are wonderful !!!!
    ciao !

  • kostas

    Monevasia it’s a “magic” spot, has the unique ability to slow down the Time, everything is smooth and peaceful, perfect moment is at the afternoon or evening, in one of many balconys and stare the sea, you will discover the pleasent sensation of… whispering
    Magic… one of the Best Places in Greece ..

  • stefano

    ciao Ursula,
    abbiamo letto le tue recensioni su alcune località della grecia e noi stiamo cercando, con molta confusione, un collegamento sicuro per monemvasia da patrasso (dovremmo arrivare con il traghetto dall’italia, altrimenti con l’aereo ad atene). I siti web ci hanno fatto un po’ di confusione….
    complimenti per le tue foto, sono veramente belle e quei paesaggi sono favolosiii.
    grazie per la gentilezza.
    stefano

    • ursula

      Ciao Stefano, sinceramente non penso ci siano collegamenti da Patrasso a Monemvassia con la nave – in circa 3 ore di macchina dovresti arrivare a Monemvassia. Dovrebbero esserci collegamenti dal Pireo ma anche in questo caso ti consiglio di noleggiare una macchina – il viaggio e’ molto piu’ breve.
      Considera che a Monemvasia non puoi entrare in macchina – va lasciata fuori, sulla lunga strada che costeggia la roccia, dietro alla quale si trova Monamvasia e ci sono tante belle spiagge da visitare :) quindi la macchina e’ un must. Se riesci devi assolutamente andare a Elafonissos – dista circa 1 ora di macchina – sono delle piccole Maldive, un’isoletta stupenda con acqua cristallina.
      Ciao !
      ursula
      ps se noleggi la macchina cerca di avere un navigatore – le strade non sono molto ben segnalate

      • stefano

        Ciao Ursula, grazie per la risposta, sai abbiamo trovato un autobus Ktel da Atene a Monenvasia, sembra abbastanza comodo. vorrei approfittare della tua cortesia, secondo te potremmo fare una capatina all’acropoli durante una sosta in aeroporto ad Atene di 4 ore?
        grazie mille Stefano

        • ursula

          Ciao Stefano !
          4 ore sono un po’ tirate …. diciamo che se prendi tutte le coincidenze dei mezzi per andare e tornare dal centro – riusciresti a vedere l’acropoli dal basso, dalla zona di monastiraki / plaka. Faresti un giretto e potresti mangiare un giros pita a monastiraki. Considera pero’ che la metropolitana che collega l’aeroporto al centro parte ogni mezz’ora – ed il viaggio e’ circa 40 / 50 minuti.
          Anche noi quest’anno torniamo a Monemvasia – non vedo l’ora !
          buon viaggio e fammi sapere come e’ andata!
          ursula

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