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Monemvasia

Cruise lines that visit Monemvasia: Star Clippers, Voyages to Antiquity, Windstar, Crystal, Seabourn

Recommended Attractions: Gefyra, Monemvasia, Agia Sofia, Malmsey wine, Elkomenou Christou, Mystras, Sparta

Monemvasia is a small island off the coast of the southeastern region of the Peloponnese, known as the Gibraltar of the East for its 300 meter high table top hill and medieval fortress. The island got the name from the Greek for "single entry," which is rather appropriate for a fortress. Ships dock on the mainland in the tourist town of Gefyra, which offers cafes, shops and nearby beaches with opportunities for scuba and snorkeling. However, most come to cross the short causeway to the island, which features a beautifully restored Byzantine town (Lower Town), two excellent churches, the fortress and a museum. The one tour that most lines offer is to Mystras with a quick stop in Sparta. Mystras was the last stronghold for the Byzantine Greeks trying to fight the Ottoman Turks. It, too, is a high fortress with an impressive castle and fine examples of medieval Byzantine architecture. Spartans may have been great warriors, but they were not so great when it came to city-building. A visit to the former Greek power will offer you more atmosphere than ruins.

Photo by Ingo Mehling

Local Currency: Euro

Primary Language: Greek

Secondary Languages: None

Visa requirements: Not required for US and Canadian citizens

Geography and Population

Gefyra has a population of several thousand year round, but during the summer is teaming with tourists, mainly European.  There are very few permanent residents of Monemvasia, but there are summer homes for a few wealthy Europeans.  Like much Greece, Monemvasia is semi-arid and rocky.

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How Far?

During cruise ship stops there is a shuttle bus from the port to the Lower Town on Monemvasia for 1 Euro.

From To Distance Average Time Local Currency Fare
Tender Berth Monemvasia Lower Town 1.3 KM 3 minutes, 17 minute walk 1 Euro
Tender Berth Gefyra 0.5 KM 2 minutes, 8 minute walk  
Gefyra Port Sparta Airport 78 KM 90 minutes  
Gefyra Port Kalamata International Airport 150 KM 3 hours  
Gefyra Port Mystras 92 KM 1 hour 50 minutes  
Gefyra Port Sparta 88 KM 1 hour 45 minutes  

Local Services - Addresses

Hospital

General Hospital of Molaoi Lakonia, Molai, Greece, phone - +30 2732 022769, 24 KM, 27 minutes

Nearby ATMs
Malvasia Traditional Hotel, Kastro MonemvasĂ­as, 2 KM, 4 minutes

Port and Berths

Tender Berth

The tender berth is located on the north side of the causeway that connects Gefyra on the mainland with the island of Monemvasia.

Nearest Street Address - Ethniki Odos Monemvasias Krokeon, Monemvasia 230 70
GPS - 36.687981, 23.042063

Photo of Sparta theater by Nickthegreek82