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About Monemvasia, Greece

Approach Monemvasia from the sea and you will be entranced by its unique beauty. Approach by land, however, and you wouldn't know the town was there. Perched on an island off the Peloponnese, Monemvasia shelters behind an enormous rock and is invisible from the mainland.

 

So, how to spend your time in a hidden town? Well, you could lose yourself in admiration of the Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman architecture at every turn. You could stroll around the castle and be blown away by the sea views.  Fancy a dip? Seek out a secret spot called the Portello - tiny harbour - where you can swim or snorkel in crystal clear waters and admire the incredible view up to the citadel. Or, a few minutes' walk will take you to Kourkoula, a natural rock pool where you can pleasurably while away the hours.

 

After which, take time to linger over a delicious meal, combining all that's best from the area; the excellent olive oil, wonderful wines, fresh herbs, and seafood from the Myrtoan Sea, the name for the sea lapping these shores.

 

Shore excursions in Monemvasia

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Liotrivi Historical Mansion

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Step back in time to a bygone era and experience Greek culture in the countryside.

With your guide, you’ll embark on a short drive inland to the traditional village of Velies and the beautifully restored mansion of Liotrivi. The country estate was once the family home of the famous Greek poet Giannis Ritsos, before being converted into an olive oil mill and winery in the 1930’s. Today, it is a fabulous agro-tourism facility which continues to follow traditional production methods for olive oil, wine and bread making.

Upon arrival, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the olive groves and vineyard before visiting the old wine cellar. Discover the various stages of wine production and the century old olive oil presses, which extract a rich extra-virgin olive oil. Inside the mansion, on the upper floor there are a number of Ritsos’ literary acclaimed poems on display.

Finally, it’s time to tempt your taste buds and sample the delicious produce. With stunning views across the countryside, a delicious buffet of traditional products including stone baked bread, feta cheese, olives, marmalades and of course the mansions very own wine straight from the barrels, will be served on the terrace.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. The maximum group size will be no more than 25 passengers per guide. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking with some uneven surfaces.

Meander through Monemvasia

Activity high

Duration: 3½ hours

Discover the timeless charms of the fortresse town of Monemvasia.

The small island of Monemvasia is one of Greece’s best kept secrets. The medieval town was carved from a sea rock and is only accessible by a single manmade causeway.

As you walk through the narrow castle gate, you’ll be transported to a rich cultural bygone era. Follow your guide along the well trodden cobblestone main street to the very heart of the citadel. A ship’s canon sits in the Main Square as a foreboding welcome to all visitors. Explore Monemvasia’s 13th century cathedral, Christ Elkomenos (The Crucified Christ), which boasts an impressive barrel vaulted nave and aisles, and houses an ancient masterpiece icon from the 14th century. Across the square inside the 16th century Turkish Mosque is the Archaeological Museum, which exhibits artefacts found within the fortress walls. The collection includes architectural sculptures and ceramic objects from the Early Christian period up to Byzantine times.

Finally, enjoy some free time to meander through the labyrinth of narrow alleyways and arches, shaded by bougainvillea. Browse the boutiques and workshops that line the main street, or watch the world go by from one of the many cafés or tavernas.

Essential information

The return transfer is by local municipality shuttle bus. The tour includes approximately 1½ hours of walking over uneven surfaces and cobblestone paths with some steep inclines. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended.

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