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Things to Do in Monemvasia, Greece

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If you’re looking for an experience you won’t soon forget while visiting Greece, you will want to see the fortress town of Monemvasia. The town can only be accessed through one entrance. The entire town is surrounded by a fortress wall. The town might appear unassuming, but there is more than meets the eye. Getting to Monemvasia is possible by bus, ferry, or car.

Here’s what you should do when visiting Monemvasia, Greece.

Try the Local Food

Dining outdoors in Monemvasia is a real treat. Enjoy an authentic Greek meal or just sip Greek coffee while you enjoy the view the town has to offer. There are a number of options to choose from, so you can experience a different view at each meal. Don’t forget to take in the sunset during dinner or dessert. While you’re in Monemvasia, you will want to try some local food. Saiti (Tsaiti) is a Laconia region dish that is a fried pie made with loca goat’s cheese and fresh herbs. While there aren’t many options for shopping in Monemvasia, you will find handmade leather goods and jewelry as you stroll around.

Explore the Castle

The castle area has plenty to see. Walk along the cobbled street that will take you back to the Byzantine Times. The main street was the trade area during that time. The main street is known as Kalderimi, but it’s official name is Yianni Ritsou Street, and it’s where you will find most of the shops, hotels, restaurants, and bars. At the end of the street you will find the main square. The castle features many alleys for your walking pleasure. You can also walk along the outside walls of the fortification with a stunning view of the sea. There are signs pointing you in various directions depending on where you’d like to go. Don’t forget to visit the lighthouse!

Visit a Church

Monemvasia is home to some lovely churches. The Church of Agia Sofia sits at the highest point of Monemvasia on the edge of a cliff. This church was established in the 12th century. Other churches you can see when in Monemvasia are the Church of Elkomenos Christos located in the main square and the Church of Panagia in Chrysafitissa Square. The Church of Elkomenos Christos was built in 1697 and is dedicated to “Christ in Pain.”

Enjoy Archaeology

In a small building facing the Plaza of Monemvasia you will find the Archaeological Collection. The building is a former Muslim Mosque that was built during the 16th century. The one-room museum showcases different styles of door frames and other building decor from different regimes of Monemvasia. You can also view parts of the fortress walls, temples, and items of daily life.

A trip to Monemvasia won’t leave you disappointed. You will experience amazing views, delicious food, and an endless amount of history. The fortress town of Monemvasia should be on your to-do list when you’re in the Laconcia area.

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