Our trip took us all the way to the Peloponnese. We visited the Venetian, medieval city of Monemvasia, Neapoli, and Punta, where we took a boat to the nearest island of Elafonisos. But more about this island in another post.
The medieval fortress of Monemvasia
When you pull over before the gate of the city, as you can’t drive inside, you immediately get a historic, medieval feel of the place. This small rock of an island is connected by land with the cutest bridge ever. Leave the car and put on your walking shoes, as high heels are not recommended and get mesmerized by this Venetian city of Monemvasia – meaning, single point of entrance.
The town, behind the medieval walls is completely traffic free and full of history with many Byzantine churches. Streets and houses are all made with stones, nicely preserved like from a fairytale. Inside the gate, you will find cute small hotels, rooms, restaurants, bars, private houses and small boutique shops.
While the famous white houses of Cyclades are impressive, in Monemvasia, you won’t find a single white house in sight. The town is full of stone, warm yellow and rose colored houses with ceramic roofs. This gives the rustic, Italian/Venetian feel to the whole area, completely different to the usual Greek town. Although, trees and nature are growing from every nook and cranny, we recommend you visit Monemvasia before August, maybe even in May, when everything is green and blossoming.
Getting there might be tricky, which also makes it more exclusive and worth the hassle! Once you are there, you can admire beautiful nature and sights of Peloponnese, like the island of Elafonisos that is just 1 hour away!
Imagine your perfect fairytale wedding there! More about rustically elegant weddings from Greece in our next post!
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