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Greece | Step Back In Time In The Castle Town of Monemvasia.

October 14, 2015
Monemvasia, Greece

As much as it was hard for us to leave the fabulous hotel that we’re staying in – Kinsterna Hotel, we had to explore the surrounding area for even just a day and explore the nearby castle town of Monemvasia. Besides, it is the very reason why we were there in the first place.

Monemvasia, Greece

Monemvasia in the Peloponnese region of Greece is one of those places which I felt like I’ve known so well even before I went there from all the numerous photos I’ve seen and articles/blogs about it that I’ve read. It must be my constant nagging to The Greek Mister that he finally included this place in our holiday itinerary. He has not been in this region as well before so both of us were first timers.

I love places which makes me wonder how it was built and Monemvasia has that same effect on me. An entire town is carved out on the back side of a sea rock during the Medieval times, a time when modern technology is not yet present. We’re not talking about cave houses here, it’s a proper town with proper houses and of course the thing that I love the most about Old Towns – cobblestone alleyways.

Monemvasia, Greece

The rock used to be a part of the mainland until an earthquake in 375 A.D. separated it entirely and can only be accessed by boat. Being separated worked out well for the inhabitants of the castle town though to avoid enemy attacks. Now, it is connected by a short causeway where it got its name – Moni Emvasi which means single access.

A cruise ship was docked in front of the rock when we visited so I was afraid that it will be packed. Surprisingly, it wasn’t crowded at all and we’re able to enjoy walking around the numerous cobblestone alleyways. There were a lot of churches dotted around the town. Most were already ruins though.

Monemvasia, Greece

We climbed all the way up to the upper town in the hopes of being able to capture a panoramic photo of the whole town however, my sandals broke on the way there so it was quite hard for me to walk around and find the right spot for that photo. With a broken heart (and sandals) we went back down to the lower town and took more photos of this charming place.

Monemvasia, Greece

The lower town of the rock offers numerous accommodations, tavernas and cafes. We sat at one of the tavernas which overlooks the sea and a very Medieval atmosphere surrounding us, it was a very unique dining experience. We stayed there long after we’ve finished our meal. It was only when we saw black clouds looming over the rock that we decided to leave and hurry back to our car. We don’t mind the rain really since we’re living in a rain-less place (the Middle East) but it was because of my broken sandals and the slippery cobblestone paths that we have to take to get back to our car. Thankfully, we made it out of the rock as I felt the first drop of rain.

Monemvasia, Greece

Did I regret spending time outside the fabulous hotel that we were staying in? Definitely not as a visit to the equally breathtaking Monemvasia is an absolute must!

Here’s a travel video I created about our stay at Kinsterna Hotel with bits and pieces of our Monemvasia visit:

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Monemvasia, Greece



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14 Comments

  • Reply Marissa Tejada October 20, 2015 at 02:04

    So nice to find your blog! Great post. Monemvasia is a jewel… I’ll always remember my first visit. It’s so incredible that a rock would hold a little town like that.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 20, 2015 at 15:35

      Thank you Marissa. This is definitely one of my favorite old towns in Greece. 🙂

  • Reply Anda October 16, 2015 at 22:27

    Your photos make me want to be there too. Greece looks so peaceful and calm … and the deep blue color of the see is so unique to this place.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 17, 2015 at 09:15

      Thank you, I agree. It’s the colors of Greece which makes it really pretty for me too. 🙂

  • Reply budget jan October 16, 2015 at 10:21

    I can see us sitting at those empty tables and chairs high above town. You are putting Greece firmly on my agenda.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 17, 2015 at 09:17

      Oh yes! That really looks like a great spot for coffee or drinks after exploring the whole castle town.
      That’s great that I am able to do that to you, it’s a great compliment to receive that I am somehow able to convince people to put Greece in their travel agenda. 🙂

  • Reply Suze The Luxury Columnist October 15, 2015 at 02:49

    I love those pink and ochre walls contrasted with the blue of the sea – magnificent!
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  • Reply Estrella October 14, 2015 at 15:55

    Monemvasia looks so charming. I love cities that overlook the ocean, they almost always have gorgeous views. I bet the food was amazing!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 15, 2015 at 14:34

      I’m not a big fan of cities but I do love Old Towns like this one. A great view would be an added bonus for me. 🙂

  • Reply Trainswestcan2espano October 14, 2015 at 10:36

    Wonderful. Thank you. History oozing here, marvels one, that such engineering could be undertaken. Goes to show that technology isn’t everything.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 14, 2015 at 10:38

      Absolutely Brian, technology isn’t really everything specially when they are able to build much prettier and charming places at that time than now. :p

  • Reply Photo cache October 14, 2015 at 08:31

    This town looks like a fairy tale setting. I would love to stay in towns like this. So magical and romantic.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 14, 2015 at 09:17

      It does look like a fairy tale setting. 🙂
      There are a lot of accommodations in the rock itself which I think would offer a very unique and Medieval-like experience. 🙂

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