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Guide to Monemvasia

‘An island preserved in its striking historical beauty,’

Peppered with beautiful Byzantine architecture, historical sites and spectacular vistas, the rocky Greek island of Monemvasia combines modern comforts with the nature’s simple delights in the glorious Peloponnese.

Since it was ruled by the Byzantines in the sixth century, the volcanic Monemvasia island has been a important historical port within the Peloponnese group, a popularity that continues today with luxury superyachts from around the world. The island is arguably best known for its dramatic appearance with its sheer high cliffs plummeting into the azure waters, encasing the charming towns and scenic beauty within.

Sheltered at the base of the island lies the well-known medieval village of Kastro. Set within an imposing fortress and filled with idyllic terracotta-topped houses, beautifully preserved churches and Turkish baths, this culture-rich town will welcome you in to explore its steep winding alleys.

There are a mixture of modern fine dining restaurants and chic boutiques with the more traditional tavernas here meaning you can experience the best of both worlds without losing the authenticity of the towns traditional features. Adding to the sense of charm and quality of life on the island, no vehicles are allowed in the Kastro but the 360 degree views from the top of the fortress are well-worth the walk up from your luxury yacht.

As with many of the Greek islands, Monemvasia is best accessed by yacht and is perfect for those looking for active exploration charters with the opportunity for some relaxation. A visit to the Kastania Cave is a must when visiting the island, made all the better by the winding mountain road lined with dense forests. This vast cave is only the second of its kind Europe and filled with uniquely contorted formations that have been created over three million years. For an exceptional day-trip while in Monemvasia head out to the stunning islet of Elafonissos, home to the now famous Simos Beach which regularly features on best beaches in the world lists.

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Reasons to Visit

Important historical sites
Fascinating museums
The ancient Kastania Cave
Medieval town of Kastro
Breathtaking views from the fortress
Dramatic coastline

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