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Monemvasia Travel Guide: 88 reviews and 190 photos

One of the highlights of Greece

Monemvasia has been characterized as "the Gibraltar of East", as it looks similar with the western and... original one! It occupies a rocky islet connected to the coast of Peloponnese by a bridge.
It is a fortress in a town or... a town in a fortress! Two settlements were founded since the 6th c. AD, one next to the sea (lower town) and another on the top of the rock (upper town).
Monemvasia was captured enough times by the Venetians and the Turks, due to its strategic importance. The savours of their presence can be easily detected even nowadays.

A jewel of Peloponnese

Monemvasia is located 95 km SE of legendary Sparta (about 330 km from Athens), which is the capital of the prefecture of Laconia, one of the 7 prefectures of Peloponnese.
It was the first among the fortified towns of the Peloponnese to be liberated by the Greeks in 1821, at the war for independence.

Impressive...

It is really one of the best places in Greece, you must go there and pass your own opinion too.
It is an alive monument of a byzantine-mediaeval fortress town.
Monemvasia surely deserves even a short visit...

  • Last visit to Monemvasia: Apr 2003
  • Intro Updated Jul 29, 2003
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  • janetanne's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2006 at 7:00 AM

    I'll be back in Athens on August 31st...still time for a small VT meeting in Vouliagmeni on my veranda. What do you think?

  • May 22, 2005 at 8:04 AM

    what a magical place!

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2004 at 4:42 PM

    Yes, you are a clown! ;-) Fantastic photos, especially the one of the beautiful Elena. Very professional!

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2004 at 6:31 AM

    A fascinating looking place. Great photos. Pictueresque as well as historic.

  • jenniferchin's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2003 at 9:58 PM

    Absolutely dazzled by your pictures here ! You are right, Monemvasia is a photographer's paradise .. defintely shows it well on your pages :-) Thank you !!

  • Nov 7, 2003 at 11:57 AM

    What a wonderful eye you have for pictures. Some real stunning views here. Thanks for sharing both the pictures as well as your insights and well-considered thoughts. The page is a real pleasure!

  • SirRichard's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2003 at 7:37 AM

    One of my favourites in Greece too, Andy! Beautiful pics, U must come and visit the "original", near my birthplace, interesting too, but not so beautiful!

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2003 at 11:38 PM

    I love the wonderful photos of light! Monemvasia has such wonderful sights to see! You've done a fantastic job on this page!

  • Sep 3, 2003 at 6:45 AM

    Super Monemvasia pics Andy!Looks like a beautiful place!

  • Lilasel's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2003 at 8:52 AM

    Inspired.... Your page is alive with great pictures (as usually!), finally the girl became real (being a ghost for some months...)! I miss Monemvasia... I miss this time...

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