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Monemvasia

Submitted by anastasiaargitis on Tue, 01/26/2010 - 17:58.
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A very picturesque trip for anyone interested in medieval castles should be Monemvasia. However it is certainly not a place for a long stay... Perfect for a weekend but a week would be too long.

Monemvassia, is one of the few Greek medieval fortresses. It has an adjacent town with shops, hotels and restaurants and is located on a small peninsula off the east coast of the Peloponnese. The peninsula is linked to the mainland by a short causeway 200m in length. The ruins include the defensive structures and many Byzantine churches. The town's name derives from two Greek words, mone and emvassia, meaning "single entrance". Many of the streets are narrow and fit only for pedestrians. The bay of Palaia Monemvassia is to be found to the north. Monemvassia's nickname is the Gibraltar of the East or The Rock. The rock is 300 m tall and 1.8 km long.

Region: Peloponnese

Place: Agios Ioannis in Monemvassia, Elafonissos, Geraki of Lakonia, monemvasia, Neapoli

You will find here: Fishing, Hiking and trekking, Medieval monuments

See also

  • History of Monemvasia

    Monemvasia town and fortress was established around 6th century AD. The town was founded in 583 by people seeking refuge from the Slavic and the Avaric invasion of Greece.

    Monemvasia got past back and forth between several parties:

    Related places: gerakas,monemvasia

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Travel to Greece facts

- 15 International Airports
- 51 marinas
- 227 inhabited islands ( out of 6000 greek islands)
- 430 beaches awarded with the blue flag.
- 9,111 hotels with 693,252 rooms:

  • 176 5-star hotels
  • 994 4-star hotels
  • 1804 3-star hotels
  • 4460 2-star hotels
  • 1677 1-star hotels

- 752 spas.
- 17 Monuments of Cultural Heritage according to the UNESCO catalogue.
- 124 Museums

Plan a trip now

Elounda, Crete

- : Autumn is the ideal season to visit Elounda. Elounda hotels and apartments are open untill mid-october and the whole experience is so much better after the summer...
- : Airplane to Heraklion Airport and bus to Aghios Nikolaos.
- : The airplane tickets cost depends on your departure site, the cost from Athens airport ranges from 60 to 140 Euros. The cost of the bus to Aghios Nikolaos is less than 10 euros and the bus from Aghios nikolaos to Elounda is less than 5 euros.
- : Choose a cosy little apartment over a large hotel.
- : ranging from 40 to 100 euros for two people per night.

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