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“Walking through history”

Upper Town of Monemvasia
Ranked #68 of 365 things to do in Peloponnese
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
294 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
“Walking through history”
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 one.If you are in reasonable physical shape there should be no problem doing it at your own pace. We were the only ones at the top, where there really are not much to see. The church/mosque is closed. Many ruins of old houses all around. The view is breathtaking and worth the climb.

Visited December 2013
2 Thank ryokogasuki
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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“The ultimate romantic spot in Greece”
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 donkey. Being on the South slope of the rock (a peninsular) it does become very hot during the day in summer. The ideal time to visit being the fringe seasons - early summer or early autumn. There are a number of tavernas, and a small number of hotels constructed very tastefully in the old Building taking care not to destroy the Whole atmosphere. My absolute favourite spot in Greece. It only takes a Little while to get there (about 300 km from Athens?) - most of the way good motorway. The last 60 km rather Winding mountain road. And when you go book the Hotel Malvassia. Only a gfew rooms and all different. Absolutely Unique.

Visited November 2012
2 Thank Mogens48
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Athens, Greece
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“An Island Fort that travels you through time”
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

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Lefteris E
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London, United Kingdom
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222 reviews
122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
“Two distinct districts”
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 fortified town at the lower level. This is very immediately attractive in a touristy way. Lots of windy cobbled streets lined with cafes, shops and restaurants. You don't just have to spend money there are special things to find - follow the map in your guide! We visited in October and the lower town was quite busy; I imagine in summer it is unpleasantly crowded.
If you are wearing sensible non-slip shoes head up to the upper town. It is a bit of a climb up steep steps, some of which are polished smooth. This is a different world. Here the town has fallen in to total decay and is now just a collection of ruins set on a grassy hillside. Using your guide there are lovely walks around the top to see various ruins such as cisterns, bath houses etc. People are very lazy and we when we visited we hardly saw a soul in the upper town.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank MestaChios
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Luton, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“beautiful scenery”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

Excellent place to stroll around the narrow paved streets. If you have plenty of time wear comfy shoes in order to walk around and enjoy the magnificent view. If you travel with children make sure they have the energy to follow. Food is overpriced and you can find nice restaurants outside the castle.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank john k
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