A medieval fortress on “The Rock” of the East

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Monemvasia or Malvasia, at the eastern part of Peloponnese – in Laconia, is opening our new section for “suggested destinations”. Originally a medieval fortress, its name derives from two Greek words, mone and emvasia, 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 fortress houses have been restored and are now hosting small luxury hotels, restaurants and shops. From Monemvasia you may also tour to the Byzantine city of Mystras, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sparta’s archaeological park or get introduced to olive history in its olive museum.
Monemvasia may be combined in your itinerary with Elafonissos island with its unique sandy beaches, the small “fjord” port in Gerakas (or Geraki), the whitewashed little village of Kyparissi, with its 15-route climbing area, and the Saronic islands towards Athens or it can be your last mainland port before crossing over to Milos for your Cyclades itinerary.

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