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Monemvasia is a town and a municipality in Laconia, Greece. The town is located on a small peninsula off the east coast of the Peloponnese. The peninsula is linked to the mainland by a short causeway 200m in length. Its area consists mostly of a large plateau some 100 meters above sea level, up to 300 m wide and 1 km long, the site of a powerful medieval fortress. The town walls and many Byzantine churches remain from the mediaeval period. The seat of the municipality is the town Molaoi.

The town's name derives from two Greek words, mone and emvasis, meaning "single entrance". Its Italian form, Malvasia, gave its name to Malmsey wine. Monemvasia's nickname is the Gibraltar of the East or The Rock.

  Close destinations

Gerakas:  "Escape" to the neighbouring Port of Gerakas where you can see the lagoon and the unique and natural fiord in Greece.

(30 minutes far from Monemvasia)

Elafonisos: In Elafonisos you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean Sea, tavernas and bars next to the port.

(60 minutes far from Monemvasia)

The Cave of Kastania: A cave of rare beauty full of stalactites and stalagmites in incredible combinations of colours and shapes, in a natural and colourful wonder. Click here for the opening hours of the cave.

(80 minutes far from Monemvasia)

Neapoli: It is the centre of the ancient area of Vion that offers unique sights in a close area as the Fossilized Forest in Agia Marina.

(60 minutes far from Monemvasia)