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About Monemvasia

Monemvasia is amongst the most magical towns on the Peloponnese peninsula. A medieval wonder built into a rock cliffside and topped by a spectacular castle fortress, this really is a destination unlike any other. Much of the town has been beautifully preserved, and many of the best places to stay in Monemvasia are housed in restored Venetian mansions — perfectly placed for on-foot explorations.

The Byzantines founded Monemvasia in the 6th Century, just 200 metres from the mainland. Once a great trading port on the route between the Mediterranean and the Levant, this once-wealthy merchant town was influenced in turn by the Greeks, the Venetians and the Ottomans. Guided walking tours reveal the fortified town’s rich history, which can still be glimpsed through its fascinating architecture. The 11th-century Church of Ayia Sofia is striking, and the Archaeological Collection of Monemvasia houses a wonderful collection of artefacts.

For refreshing sea swims, look to the pebbled beach of Kakavos, the giant rock pool of Kourkoula, and dramatic Portelo, right in the shadow of the castle. Back on the mainland, Gefyra is a more modern town, with lively bars and cafes. Venture slightly south for vineyards and olive groves, with hiking trails, cycling routes and fantastic opportunities for tastings. Some of the best places to stay in Monemvasia are idyllic rural retreats, brilliant for soaking up the region’s natural beauty.

The Best Places to Stay in Monemvasia

For the Medieval Town

  • Bastione Malvasia offers charming guest rooms with wooden floors, striped rugs, antique chests and beamed ceilings in a collection of Venetian buildings. Most rooms also promise superb sea-facing balconies. The first hotel in this gorgeous walled town, this local landmark also serves heavenly breakfasts of local produce.
  • Kellia is another chic guesthouse, this time with exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings and antique furniture. Expect indulgent breakfasts, wonderful wine and olive tastings, and easy access to the attractions of this fascinating medieval town.
  • Byzantino Boutique Hotel, another Monemvasia Castle bolthole, has inviting suites clad in rich, jewel-like tones set behind a heritage façade. Sip coffee on the terrace after mornings spent exploring the island's historic and natural wonders.
  • Moni Emvasis Luxury Suites has beautifully refurbished suites in a striking historic building. Exposed beams and stonework offer the perfect backdrop to more contemporary rooms. Soak up stunning sea views from the terrace, and savour delicious cuisine at the intimate restaurant.

For a Rural Escape

  • Astrolithos, a charming country house B&B with whitewashed walls, wooden beams and ocean views, is a tranquil base for nature lovers and outdoorsy types. Savour breakfasts of fresh, seasonal produce on the terrace, and discover the unspoilt countryside at your own pace. Very pretty.
  • Kinsterna Hotel & Spa is a gorgeous rural retreat on an olive and wine estate. Sumptuous rooms are set across beautiful traditional buildings, with original artwork and plenty of character. Follow walking trails, snorkel in clear ocean waters, float around the pool and enjoy romantic dinners under the stars. A gem.

For Great Value

  • Monemvasia Village is made up of ten simple cottages set on a hillside to the west of town. Each of the self-catering cottages has its own kitchen-dining area and terrace. Guest share access to a large swimming pool and terrace. An affordable choice for travellers seeking a sense of independence.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.


  • Fly to Athens International Airport, around 4 hours away by road, or to Kalamata International Airport, a two-hour drive from Monemvasia. Many hotels will be happy to arrange an airport pick-up in advance.
  • There's plenty to see around Monemvasia! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Expect hot summers, with temperatures reaching around 25 - 30°C between June and August, which is also peak season. For cooler weather and fewer crowds, travel in the shoulder season - April, May or late September - when you can also find some great hotel deals.



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Best Hotels in Monemvasia

  • Monemvasia Village Monemvasia (Peloponnese) 12 rooms from £52

    Hideaway  -  A tranquil hideaway set in a scenic and secluded position with independent villas offering real privacy
    Self catering  -  Each villa comes with a kitchenette and a private terrace allowing guests to stay quite independently
    Families  -  Family Bungalows are a comfortable option for those travelling with children
    Views  -  Enjoy the fabulous views over Mirtoon Sea and the Castle of Monemvasia
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    A collection of twelve cottages in a prime spot above town and with superb views over to the castle of Monemvasia. Studios and apartments are done in traditional style and each comes with equipped kitchen and private terrace. Plus there's a pool and spacious terrace. Great base for local exploring. See More

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  • Bastione Malvasia Monemvasia 14 rooms from £79

    Local exploring  -  Located in the heart of Monemvasia with many of its sites within walking distance.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the church of Ayia Sofia in the upper city, perched on the cliffs.
    Views  -  Its elevated position mean the views are superb
    Sea Views  -  From some rooms.
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    A charming boutique property in the centre of the historic town of Monemvasia. A handful of rooms are uniformly styled with whitewashed walls, beamed ceilings, light wooden furniture and the best have a private terrace. An ideal base from which to explore the cultural attractions of the town. See More

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  • Kellia Monemvasia 12 rooms from £77

    Local exploring  -  From days by the sea to cultural attractions, Monemvasia has a host of activities to offer.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Medieval Fortress and Agia Sofia Church,
    Full of character
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    A chic guesthouse located in the historic Castle of Monemvasia. Individually styled rooms are packed full of charm with exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings and antique furniture. Indulgent breakfasts are served and wine and olive oil tasting can be arranged on site. See More

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  • Astrolithos Monemvasia 3 rooms from £103

    Local exploring  -  A tranquil base from which to discover the region's natural and cultural attractions.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the majestic Castle of Monemvasia.
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    A charming country house boasting fabulous sea views. Traditionally dressed rooms are cosy and characterful with whitewashed walls, dark wooden furniture, exposed beam ceilings and private balconies. Indulgent breakfasts are served on the terrace and there's an array of activities in the region. See More

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  • Byzantino Boutique Hotel Monemvasia (Peloponnese) 24 rooms from £102

    Hideaway  -  Located on a small island off the east coast of the Pelopennese, this castle makes a perfect hideaway holiday
    Romantic Break  -  The historic castle setting and beautiful sea views make a great romantic setting for a couple's holiday
    Local exploring  -  The picturesque cobbled alleys surrounding the castle are great for local exploring
    Great walks  -  Explore the many famous marked hiking trails through the beautiful natural landscape
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    This boutique hotel is set within Monemvasia Castle, on an island off the coast of the Peloponnese. Suites are dressed with antique furniture and a regal palette in keeping with the hotel's heritage; the best have a balcony and sea views. Enjoy a coffee al fresco at the hotel café. A unique getaway. See More

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  • Moni Emvasis Luxury Suites Monemvasia (Laconia) 3 rooms from £168

    Local exploring  -  Being located in the heart of a Byzantine castle citadel means there's plenty to explore.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to fascinating Mystras a Byzantine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Sailing  -  Spend a day exploring the coastline from the sea.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    A boutique property boasting a unique location inside a Byzantine citadel. Beautifully refurbished rooms keep the building's original charm, showing exposed beams and stonework, while having a clean contemporary feel. Sunny terraces enjoy spectacular sea views and there's a fabulous restaurant too. See More

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  • Kinsterna Hotel & Spa Monemvasia 51 rooms from £396

    Families  -  Ideal for families: spacious villas, children's pool and playground and huge range of activities little ones will love
    Total relaxation  -  It's the perfect place to switch off; far from the crowds and nestled amid total luxury!
    Romantic Break  -  A stunning luxury hotel with elegant accommodation, gourmet dining, and a pampering spa
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, CN Traveller, Tablet

    Five Star luxury on a beautiful olive and wine estate. A traditional building with romantic terraces stepped into the valley, each with pools and relaxation areas. Sumptuous rooms and suites are chic and understated. Excellent restaurant, beautiful views. Dreamy. See More

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