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Upper Town of Monemvasia

Summit Trail | Kastro, Greece
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Ranked #23 of 134 attractions in Peloponnese
Type: Neighborhoods
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Jacksonville, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Monemvasia is a beautiful and dramatic site to visit, but something happened recently to the gate to the upper town, and the whole upper town including Hagia Sophia church is closed. The lower town is still open, and you can wander all over the lower slopes, but the upper town has only one entrance and it is closed. Disappointing!

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Hidden out of the way from the new Town of Monemvasia and accessible via a 15 minute walk along a causeway, this old gem of a town really surprises when you enter through the fortified walls. Its old narrow streets and buildings have a magical blast from the past quality and will not fail to impress. Prices in the tavernas... More

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

A unique mystifying place that one should visit at least once. I have been there several times mainly in Spring. It's perhaps the best time to explore the castle. The first thing that drew my attention was the door. As I entered I was under the impression that I would soon meet a knite on his white horse. Walking further... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Came here on a day cruise from Tolon .had lunch at a waterside fish restaurant which was pricey & food not too great . Walked across the bridge & came to. An archway & then through to the beautiful houses, church & craft shops. Walk to the parapets & you have a stunning view of the Med. Relax with a... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

The great rock is sheer for much of its girth. There is only one way in or up along a causeway from the mainland. Although much of the main street has been colonised by shops and eateries,walking just a couple of corners away from this artery can result in a agreeable disorientation in alleyways so old and dark that "getting... More

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Having visited Monemvasia twice before I believe I can have a concluded opinion....It is a unique place, at least for Greece and what makes the difference is the fact that it is one of the few so well preserved medieval cities in Greece, still having inhabitants (the other that I know is Mesta in Chios island- also a unique place).... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

The steep road that joins the lower town with the upper, where no one lives any longer, is not as hard as it looks. We climbed it in December under a light rain and completed it in about 20 minutes. In the lower town there are 2-3 places where the road to upper town is marked. You can take either... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

When you enter within the walls of the old city of Monemvassia in the South of Peleponnese, you enter a different World. Especially if you stay there for the night, when the tourist busses have left. 'Monemvassia" Means 'single entrance'. And within the walls you can only move around on foot. No cars or other vehicles. Supplies are brought by... More

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

A must see place, the entire island, connected with a narrow bridge,can be passed with car, is a Fort. Architectural monument, closed within high walls, naturally protected by the sea, stand still through ages. A perfect visit for people who liked to travel back in time, discard luxury and enjoy the Sun and Sea

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

I think most reviewers have not understood the layout of Monemvasia. Your visit here is in two distinct parts. To help you find your way around stop at the entrance to the fortified town where you will find an Information Shop where you can buy an inexpensive guide and map to both the upper and lower towns. You enter the... More

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