The fortress town of Monemvasia is considered one of the best tourist destinations in the world and it is suitable for romantic tours at the rich byzantine sights of the Lower Town, hiking on the Upper Town with the famous Saint Sophia, traditional flavors and local wine at the taverns with the amazing view. The Lower Town is declared a traditional settlement and you will find a lot of restored traditional guest rooms offering lodging to the visitors. Moreover, a lot of people choose Monemvasia for weddings and christenings, while others visit this touristic destination for the Easter holidays, since touristic guides present Monemvasia as one of the best places for this time of the year.
In the wider region of Monemvasia opportunities for many different activities, like scuba diving, wind surfing and sailing are provided, while there is also a marine and a port with many picturesque little taverns. Have a swim in the nearby beaches Portelo, Pori, Kakavos and the other shores of the coastline of the Myrtoo Sea. Explore Talanta, Koulentia and Larnakas gorge as well as the forest of Holm Oaks. At the Kyparissi and Zobolo of Kavomalias there is wall climbing while the whole area is protected by the NATURA Network. During the summer, exciting cultural festivals at Larnakas and the Lower Town of Monemvasia wait to thrill the visitors.
The imposing hill of Monemvasia with the castle and the traditional settlement is considered one of the most popular touristic attractions in the world. The entire fortress town offers the opportunity for romantic walks through the medieval past of the Lower Town with its gates, the cisterns, the byzantine churches and the arches. The church of Elkomenos Christos, the church of Our Lady Myrtidiotissa, the archaeological collection and the house of the famous poet Yiannis Ritsos at the entrance of the castle are only some of the sights worth visiting. The exquisite food, the breathtaking view, the galleries, the atmospheric cafes and the traditional guest houses make the vacation in Elafonisos quite magical. Go up until the abandoned Upper Town, with the church of Saint Sofia, an architectural miracle of the 12th century, from where you can enjoy and admire the view of the hill up until the mountains of Crete. The rocky coast of Portelo is the perfect place for a dive under the historic gate of the castle. The Pori beach, laying in the shade of the rock offers the opportunity for swimming while viewing the entire fortress town. At the pebble beach of Kakkavos, you will find umbrellas and deckchairs, beach volley facilities as well as many small traditional taverns and cafes situated along the 1km long coast. The wider area is an adequate place for sailing and at the marina of Monemvasia everything needed for the crafts and yachts is provided. At the port of Monemvasia you will also have the chance to sit and enjoy local delicacies and fresh fish at the various taverns, with an exquisite view of the rock.
There are also remarkable shores along the coastline of Myrtoo Sea, at Kyparissi, Reichia, Gerakas, Agios Ioannis and Nomia and they are ideal for swimming and water sports. The area is also one of the best destinations for the lovers of windsurfing, kite surfing and scuba diving.
A lot of people choose Monemvasia for their weddings, christening ceremonies and honeymoons. Because of the devout atmosphere of the fortress town, Monemvasia belongs to the best destinations for the Easter holidays. In addition, from Monemvasia passes the E33 European Path leading to Tainaro Cape. Ideal for hiking offer is also Talanta and Koulentia gorge in Monemvasia, Larnaka gorge in Molaoi, the forest of Holm Oaks in Vavila, the area of Zarakas and the Cavo Malias (Cape Maleas) in Voioi. . At Kyparissi and Zobolo of Cavo Malias climbing walls have been recently installed while the whole area is protected by the NATURA Network and it is suitable for ecotourism.
In the summer, the municipality of Monemvasia and other authorities and associations organize festivals with concerts, athletic games and other cultural events at the Lower Town, but also at Larnakas gorge. The area has various excellent products, but you should definitely try the honey and the olive oil, the famous wine Malvasia and local almond cakes.