Sailing Holidays in Monemvasia, Myrtoan Sea, Greece

Sailing Holidays in Monemvasia

Monemvasia is a characteristic example of architecture in a city founded by Greeks, transformed by Venetians -the experts on military architecture- and completely restored by Ottoman rulers. It offers exceptional fortifications commissioned by Ottoman generals and rulers, built by local masons who imitated the art and techniques taught to them by Venetian architects.

Its official name is Monemvasia, although there are some slight variations in Greek, along with different forms of pronunciation –such as Monovasia. In the Middle Ages, the Franks called it Malvoisie, to the English it was known as Malmsey. Its Greek name is derived from the two words meaning single entrance, that is, the only entrance to the fortress town.

The old town of Monemvasia is a perfectly preserved medieval settlement still inhabited, a world cultural heritage monument and a major attraction for every traveler in the Peloponnese. It has a unique, magical atmosphere and a fascinating history. Monuments and churches are scattered throughout the old town. An important archaeological collection is housed in the old mosque in the Square of Elkomenos Christos.

At the other end of the causeway on the mainland is the new town of Monemvasia. Along the coast to the south is the settlement of Nomia. Neighbouring Aghios Ioannis is recommended for authentic local dishes. Both within and around Monemvasia are a number of excellent beaches.

Noteworthy sights further inland include the watermill at Talanta and the Velies Folklore Museum. Religious monuments outside the old town in the surrounding area include the twin churches in Teria and the church of Aghios Nikolaos in the homonymous village.