ABOVE: The Hotel Malvasia is just above the
central part of the old town.
Malvasia [tel. +30 (0)732 61323] is the most luxurious hotel in Monemvasia, at least if
you choose one of the larger rooms or apartments. Its name comes from
Malvasia or Napoli di Malvasia, the town's name during the Venetian
era. The Kellia, located in a converted monastery, and the Byzantino
[tel. +30 (06732 61 254] are other choices in the old town. Rooms and apartments
in these hotels are located in restored buildings around the village, offering guests the illusion
that they're local residents. The Byzantino also
operates the Hotel Lazareto by the causeway that connects the port to the old
Hotel Pramataris is next to the
beach, about 1 km from Monemvasia's old town. The 18-room
Filoxenia is nearby.
If you can't get accommodations in any of these hotels, or if
you'd like to explore other options when you arrive in Monemvasia, visit
Malvasia Travel in the port [tel. +30 (0)732 61 752].
Paradise is 4 km or 2½ miles
from town. It's open year-round and accommodates both tents and RVs.
has been featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, and other English-language
publications. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and
dinner indoors or on sunny terraces.
Other restaurants in the old town include Mariantha's Taverna
(recommended by Fodor's), Matula's Taverna (the town's oldest
restaurant). The Castellano is in the Hotel Lazareto by the causeway, and
you'll find other places to eat or drink along the waterfront of the port
(a.k.a. Gefira or Yefira).
Monemvasia isn't a shopping paradise, but you'll find a number
of tastefully furnished boutiques and souvenir shops in the old town. In one of
the pleasant little shops on the main street, I found the perfect souvenir: an
illustrated book titled Monevmasia: The Town and its History for only six
If you're looking for a supermarket, head for the port,
where there's a well-equipped grocery just beyond the tavernas and shops on the
For gasoline, try the port or the
service station along the causeway.