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Monemvasia is located in Laconia, Greece, a small island off the east coast of the Peloponnese. The town walls and many Byzantine churches are relics from the medieval period. The seat of the municipality is the town Molaoi. The town's 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.

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Monemvasia is among the most impressive places in Greece, found on the southeastern side of Peloponnese. Monemvasia’s original position used to be on the backside of a sea rock in the Medieval times. This rock is not visible from the mainland and it protected the locals from enemy attacks. The only way to reach Monemvasia was by boat and this is how the name derived, meaning single passage. The new town of Monemvasia has been constructed in the mainland, opposite the rock. Monemvasia is famous for its castle; a walk around the Castle Town is a travel to the past, while the sea view from the castle top is hard to put into words.

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The fossilized forest of Agios Nikolaos is an impressive area where fossil logs are found. There are also finds from rare shellfish and other marine organisms. The port of Gerakas is a unique destination near Monemvasia. This is a rare "Fjord" which is hidden in a lagoon. There the picturesque port in combination with nature will leave you with your mouth open

Things to do in Monemvasia

Monemvasia offers a wide variety of activities. From hikes where one can enjoy the flora and fauna of the area. Cycling in the most mountainous parts of Monemvasia or on gentler roads with organized cycling races and not. Also for sea lovers scuba diving in clear waters and other water sports. Finally famous activities are wine tasting and cooking lessons. Whatever you choose, the only sure thing is that you will have unforgettable experiences

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The castle of Monemvasia is the most important and admirable monument of the city. The visitors can see the history of Monemvasia where it starts from the 6th century AD. Then the castle is surrounded by many churches such as Αgia Sophia which was built in the 12th century with magnificent frescoes. Also the beach of Monemvasia will relax you and your family listening to the waves in the hot sun. It is a destination that combines history, fun and tranquility.

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