A trip through history in the powerful medieval fortress of Monemvasia. My house is a late 19th century two level building total of 44 square meters with private bath, kitchen and a beautiful terrace with panoramic view of the Aegean.
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Description of the House
Monemvasia’s name (Greek: Μονεμβασία) derives from two Greek words, ”mone” and ”emvasi”, 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. The town itself is located on a small island off the east coast of the Peloponnese and is linked to the mainland by a short causeway 200 meters in length. Its area consists mostly of a large plateau some 100 meters above sea level, up to 300 meters wide and 1 km long, the site of a powerful medieval fortress. The old town of Monemvasia is a perfectly preserved medieval settlement still inhabited, a world cultural heritage monument and a major attraction for every traveler in the Peloponnese. It has a unique, magical atmosphere and a fascinating history. Monuments and churches are scattered throughout the old town. An important archaeological collection is housed in the old mosque in the Square of Elkomenos Christos.
My house is a late 19th century two level building total of 44 square meters with private shower, kitchen and a beautiful terrace with panoramic view of the Aegean. It was renovated originally in 1984 and then in 2000. Ground level includes living/dining area with one couch and a fire place. Second level includes the bedroom with a double bed.
* Guests have access to all their own facilities and will be given a key to come and go as they please.
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All amenities are for your use exclusively; services include:
Fully equipped kitchen
Mini HiFi system
Portable CD/TAPE/TUNER player
Wireless BT speaker (for use with smart phones)
Iron (+ board)
Basic ingredients to prepare by yourself your breakfast (coffee, tea, sugar)
Couch (which can be used as a bed for a child)
* I welcome all my guests and show them how every appliance works; there are instruction manuals for every piece of equipment in the house. You ‘ll find everything you need to make you feel at home.
Interaction with Guests
You are welcome to interact as much or as little with me as you like. I am around most of the time and have a great knowledge of the history of Monemvasia. I am more than happy to give you a guided tour around, chat or simply stay out of your way.
There’s the amazing view, the sea and the long shingle beaches, but there is also an incredible sense of history and beautifully preserved buildings; bars and restaurants; friendly and welcoming people – and everything is within walking distance.
Built in the shadow of the rock on which the medieval fortress town stands, the new town of Monemvasia, Gefyra (Greek: Γέφυρα) has become a tourist destination in its own right. A large variety of restaurants, cafe bars and shops attract thousands of visitors year round. Gefyra’s stores sell the region’s traditional delicacies, the most famous being its almond sweets. In the town itself is the beach of Kakavos and a little further out are Pori and the beaches of Nomia. The seat of the municipality is the town Molaoi.
* There is a regular bus service (every 30 minutes) between Gefyra and the fortress of Monemvasia.
Other Things to Note
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As far as the ”how you are going to travel to Monemvasia” is concerned, you have four ”standard” options.
#1 Renting a car from Athens. The distance from Athens to Monemvasia is about 310 km (and 25 km from the city of Molai). It usually takes from 3.5 up to 4 hours with normal driving.
#2 Hiring a taxi from Athens to Monemvasia (and possibly renting a car in Monemvasia for your local excursions). The taxi drivers that provide this ”door to door” service are based in Monemvasia but do this ”back and forth” every couple of days. The cost varies depending on whether you hire the taxi just for yourself or the taxi driver will have other passengers as well. In the later case the cost per person is something close to 40 euros per person. If you choose to hire the taxi for yourself only, that will probably cost around 180 – 200 euros. Keep in mind that -since the taxi drivers follow this schedule every 2 or 3 days- you have to book a driver as soon as you have the final info regarding your trip. Should you choose this option I can help you finding a driver.
#3 Taking a bus from Athens; it takes something like five hours but it is much more affordable in terms of cost. More hours but cheaper; something like 30 euros per person.
#4 Arriving at the the airport of Kalamata (that’s a city in Southern Peloponnese) and either hiring a taxi from there or taking the bus instead (with the bus however you will have to change in the city of Sparta and this will ”cost” you several hours of waiting there). The cost of getting a taxi from Kalamata’s airport to Monemvasia is something in the range of 170 – 200 euros and the distance is approximately 180 km (something close 2 – 2:30 hours). It isn’t the most cost effective approach but should you choose to take this option you will save at least an hour and you can still rent a car in Monemvasia for your local excursions (the cost of renting a car in Monemvasia will be something in between 30 – 40 euros per day). Keep also in mind that it might be easier to find more affordable tickets to Kalamata’s airport than to Athens Int. Airport.
Renting of bicycles will cost around 5 – 8 euros per day & the renting of a motorbike -depending on the engine- will cost around 15 – 25 euros per day. These prices are indicative and negotiable; more days better prices. Keep also in mind that -during summer- you have to reserve the SOONEST possible!!!
I will provide you with all the details and the exact costs in time in order to help you deciding.
* As far as parking is concerned you can park your car upon the 1.5 km road from the entrance of the castle till the new town of Monemvasia, Gefyra. For motorbikes and bicycles a specially designated area has been reserved at the entrance of the castle.
** Usually, during summer there is also a connection by sea with Piraeus, some 84 nautical miles away.