Monemvasia - Monemvassia
Tourist Information and Travel Guide
ABOVE: The lower town of Monemvasia clings to a
rock on the Pélagos Sea.
(sometimes spelled Monemvassia or Monemvasiá)
is often called "the Gibraltar of Greece." The town, on the southeastern coast
of the Peloponnese peninsula, is a massive walled fortress that once housed an
estimated 50,000 Byzantine Greeks. Today, fewer than a hundred people live
year-round on the Rock of Monemvasia; most of the town's 5,000 residents prefer
the port, where cars, supermarkets, and other modern conveniences make up for
the lack of
My favorite Greek guidebook, the Michelin Green Guide: Greece,
gives Monemvasia two stars and assigns the maximum three-star rating to its
"particularly spectacular site." That's reason enough to include Monemvassia in
any tour of the Peloponnese--especially if you're headed to Sparta and the
Byzantine ruins of Mistras, which are only an hour and a half away.
Capsule history of Monemvasia
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