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“Piece of Old Town magic”

Upper Town of Monemvasia
Ranked #75 of 365 things to do in Peloponnese
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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 tended to be more than in the new town but it is still worth sitting down with a beer or wine to take in the ambience.

1  Thank Steve-Mackem
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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 into the castle you walk past the central alley with the shops selling souvenirs and local delicacies to reach an opening offering a breathtaking view. It is always a pleasure to stand there gazing at the horizon as little children run around happily. The challenge is to reach the top and I have indeed walked all the way up more than a few times. The return is slippery but the effort is worth the while and I never regretted it, no matter how hot it may get as one can only ascend during daytime, as there are no street lamps for those who want to go up after the sunset. Overall, it is a magical place and I strongly suggest a visit. Once you go there, you will return for sure.

1  Thank ElenaCabu
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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 drink & enjoy your surroundings. Beautiful place

Thank maisiemopp
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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 lost' produces.
The climb from the lower town to the fortress atop the rock is not a taxing one,save in the midday summer sun,and although there is little to see here,apart from the church of Agia Sophia on its cliff top perch,you will be rewarded by stirring views,birdsong and,unless the wind is up,utter peace.

1  Thank Eli B
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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). Fantastic, mustique atmosphere that is kept like this from the authorities: cars are prohibited inside the castle-city, noise is very low and lights also at the limit....more candles are used. But on the other hand I feel is an expensive place, most of the cafes and restaurants are overprised, so turists have to be careful. I suggest them to "climb" to the top of the rock, where the view is superb during the early morning, since as noon is coming the heat and more humidity is unbearable. Also, there are no beautiful beaches around Monemvasia. To get so you have to go to Plytra, in the other side of the peninsula and more I suggest you to visit Gerakas, the only greek fjord, a special place that deserves to pay a visit. Finally, for sure turists should go to Kyparissi, on the north of Monemvasia, around 1.5 hours long. The way is difficult but the final result is all the money......

Thank panathas13
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