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Monemvasia

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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.


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Harbor Neapóleos is on the NE part of Vátika bay. Neápolis settlement (population 2,727) is situated inland, at an elevation of 10 m.

Plytras Harbor

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Harbor Plýtra is on the E coasts of Xylís bay, in front of the houses of Plýtra settlement. It is the seaport of Pappadiánika settlement, which is situated about 2 miles inland to the NNE.

Geraka Harbor

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Gerakas is a small, medieval village built on a natural harbour surrounded by steep hills, where the sea runs inland creating Greece’s only fiord. In ancient times, the entrance to the harbour was known as Porto Cadena (Chain), because of the chain that was used to close off the entrance to the harbour.

Neapoli

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Neapoli, except its maritime tradition, has evolved into a very popular holiday destination due to its clean beaches and the amazing nature of the area. A moderate mountain biking trip begins in Neapoli.

Elaias Anchorage at Elia

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Marathias Anchorage

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Pila Anchorage at Paralia

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Korakas Anchorage

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Kastellas Anchorage

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Tsoumala Anchorage

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Velanidia Anchorage

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Fortress of Monemvasia

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The Byzantine fortress town of Monemvasia, known as the “stone ship” is situated on the southeastern coast of Laconia, ready to travel the visitors on a historic journey back to time. Castles, walls, old mansions, narrow lanes, churches, imperial marble thrones and Byzantine icons give the impression of a town untouched by the time.

Elaia Small Port

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Elikas Marathias Small Port

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Palaiokastro Small Harbor

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On the S coasts of the cove Palaiokastro there is a mole 110 m long with a N–NW orientation, at the head of which stands a light. Its outer side is protected by natural boulders and has a parapet.

Prophitis Ilias Small Port

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Xifias Beach

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Beautiful clear water, but with colored stones. Organized beach with a canteen.

Vlychada Beach at Reichea

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Pebbled beach with beautiful blue water, access to the village Reichia. There is a beach, but the visitor will be presented with a beautiful beach.

At the end of the gorge Palloungeri, beautiful beach with small pebbles and crystal clear waters, the scenery is amazing. Although not organized it will reward you.

On the eastern part of Pounta, across the islet of Petri (Pavlopetri), lies the homonymous beach. It was affected by sand movements in the last few years and now it is shorter with more shallow waters.

Viandini Beach at Elia

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Tigania Beach at Elia

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Tigania with sand and blue water, a turtle breeding site - Caretta. The beach has been awarded and has joined the network of Blue Flag beaches since 2008q except for the clear water it offers excellent facilities to accommodate swimmers.

Pori Beach at Agia Kuriaki

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Heading to Athens at 3 kilometers descend right on the beach of Pori. On the beach there are trees and other trees that offer shade at midday.

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Portello Beach

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Inside the castle, at the end of the Lower Town and then the walls follow the signs to the castle, located in Portello. The output is a Portelo down the walls that leads to a narrow strip of rock, but also a unique experience of swimming and literally in the shadow of the castle of Monemvasia.

Pounta Beach

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This is nice long sandy beach on the cost of Peloponesse across the island of Elafonissos. The beach often changes shape due to weather and Ferry boat traffic.

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Sandy beach which starts from the entrance of Round Lake as a natural extension of the north coast Pavlopetri sandy stretches to the point where the community of Elafonissos ceases. Especially quiet beach since the approach requires to circle the lake.

Located at the town of Metropolis. Crystal clear and deep blue water, sand and pebbled beach, quite cold and unorganized.

Agios Fokas Beach

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Ampelakia Beach at Xifias

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Heading South to Xifias to 6 km is the beach Ambelakia turn tricks before and after. The beach Ambelakia has sand and fine pebbles, ideal for swimming in the clear waters and for the game and relax on the sandy coast.

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Archaggelos Beach

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Small secluded beach with white pebbles and natural crystal-clear waters. Ideal for those seeking solitude.

Deserted pebbled beach opposite the island Daskaleio. The beach is located near the village of Ariana.

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Elaias Beach at Elia

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The beach in front of the homonymous town of Elia. It's a great beach and consists of many sandy coves.

Kakavos Beach at Gefura

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In the village of Monemvasia is the beach of Kakavos. On one side is a rocky bay, ideal for diving , while the other side continues with white and shiny pebbles and hospitality area with sunbeds and umbrellas for swimming and sunbathing.

The beach in the city of Neapolis, on the east side of the Laconian Gulf. Neapolis is the output to Kythira and very near the port of Elafonisos.

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Karavostasiou Beach

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Kastella Beach

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The settlement Kastella, a wide beach that stretches down a long hill with great views. The Kastela is a beach sand along with small pebbles and clear waters for the eagerly waiting summer divers.

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Heading to Athens about 6 km if you turn left towards Agios Ioannis and Geraki follow the signs to Epidaurus Limiras and will reach the sea in Kastraki, there is the beach of Kastraki. This is a great and pure beach full of sand and very small pebbles.

Kochyla Beach at Ariana

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Very beautiful pebbled beach with crystal blue waters. Located near the village of Ariana.

Kourkoula Beach

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On the way to the castle of Monemvasia is the Kourkoulas, a sheltered harbor which usually resembles a swimming pool and is protected by 3 points, ideal for swimming. With the help of small stairs, immediately immerse in cool and clear water next to you having the imposing rock towers.

Kyparissi Beach at Paralia

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Beautiful beach with small pebbles (white and black and with a little sand) and crystal clear waters. Located between the two settlements Paralia and Metropolis.

Leaving Monemvasia and heading to the village of Kastella, after Agia Paraskevi is the beach of Agia Thekla. It is a pure beach sand and very small pebbles.

The Megali Ammos is the central and largest beach. Beautiful pebbled beach with crystal clear waters.

Marathias Beach

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Located about 12 km north of Neapolis. A quiet, secluded beach, on the road from Gytheion to Neapolis.

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