STROLL AMONG THE WALLS OF MONEMVASIA CASTLE
An excursion that takes us back in time as we walk along the narrow alleyways of the hamlet and castle of Monemvasia, which offers breathtaking views thanks to which the promontory was nicknamed “Gibraltar of the East”. A visit to some enchanting Byzantine churches in the Lower Town follows as well as an optional stroll in the Upper Part. Then there will be refreshment in some typical Monemvasia bars and a shopping break in local craft shops.
What we will see
- Gibraltar of the East
- Toe Kastro, the Lower Town
- Panagia Chrysopolitissa church
- Cannon square
- Upper Town
- Ayia Sophia
- Refreshments and shopping break
What we will do
- We follow our expert guides along the promontory to reach ”Gibraltar of the East”, an island with a rocky promontory 300 metres above sea level: Monemvasia, a Byzantine, Venetian and Turkish stronghold that once controlled the Aegean sea trade between Venice and Constantinople (modern Istanbul). A Venetian gate leads to toe kastro, a fortress on the Lower Part with winding alleyways, steps, small courtyards, churches, many houses in ruins and a Venetian-style bell tower.
- We walk along the walls offering magnificent views of the sea and reach the ancient church of Panagia Chrysaphitissa, then cobbled shaded alleyways take us to Cannon square and the church of Christos Elkomenos.
- Those who wish can go on an uphill walk (15-20 minutes!) to the Upper Town and the church of Ayia Sophia with its fresco fragments dating back to the 13th century.
- Refreshments** await us in one of the many bars in Monemvasia. We then have some free time to wander around the small shops along the Medieval main street before returning to the port.
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