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True romance in the Peloponnese

On Monemvasia holidays you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale. This unique town, perched on the edge of the Peloponnese, is home to the only continuously inhabited castle in Europe – 15 people still live in the natural fortress today. Walk through Monemvasia’s cobblestone streets and you’ll pass elegant Venetian mansions, artisans’ workshops, tiny cafés and stone archways. You’ll also find museums, Byzantine-era churches and temples, and mosques from the Ottoman period.

Carved out of the rear of a limestone-rock island, the town is now connected to the mainland by a 200-metre-long causeway. The newer part is decidedly more cosmopolitan, and you’ll find plenty of restaurants there at every price point. There are also various beaches to visit nearby. To get the most out of holidays to Monemvasia though, spend time discovering the island’s impressive old fortress. Along with feeling like you’ve just stepped back in time, the sheer romance of the destination will capture your heart.

Your Monemvasia questions, answered

While in the region, you should sample the regional sweet wine of Monemvasia, which is called Malvasia – it has been labelled ‘the nectar of the nobles’.

Monemvasia tends to attract a lot of honeymooners and luxury travellers who stay in the old fortress, but everyone will enjoy the beauty and laid-back lifestyle on offer.

Typical Monemvasia dishes to try include ‘goges’ (a thick, gnocchi-like pasta) and ‘saitia’ (a fried cheese and herb pie). Fresh fish is also a must.

Best things to do in Monemvasia

Visit a museum

The archaeological museum is a living testament to Monemvasia’s history, both inside and out – the building used to be a mosque, a church, a prison and a café.

Catch a sunset

When the sun dips in the evening, Monemvasia is bathed in a warm purple and pink glow. Grab a companion and soak up this natural spectacle.

Take a dip

Monemvasia has a beach in the new town called Kakkavos, but swimming is also possible at Portelo – a cove accessed by a small opening in the Lower Town walls.


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