Our love for the region and our expertise in agricultural activities has led us over the years to organize numerous groups of people visiting Monemvasia and we help them share our passion for local cuisine and attractions. We can provide olive oil degustations, wine and cheese tastings, cooking lessons, olive picking and olive oil extraction. Our region also provides to its visitors a number of places worth visiting at least once in a lifetime, such as
Monemvasia (Castro): Its official name is Monemvasia, although there are some slight variations in Greek, along with different forms of pronunciation – such as Monovasia. In the Middle Ages, the Franks called it Malvoisie, to the English it was known as Malmsey. Its Greek name is derived from the two words meaning single entrance, that is, the only entrance to the fortress town. The old town of Monemvasia is a perfectly preserved medieval settlement still inhabited, an world cultural heritage monument and a major attraction for every traveller in the Peloponnese. It has a unique, magical atmosphere and a fascinating history. Monuments and churches are scattered throughout the old town. An important archaeological collection is housed in the old mosque in the Square of Elkomenos Christos.
Monemvasia (Gefyra): Built in the shadow of the rock on which the medieval fortress town stands, the new town of Monemvasia has become a lively tourist destination in its own right. A large variety of hotels, restaurants and cafe bars attract thousands of visitors year round. The fortress is just a short distance away and is served by a regular bus service from Gefyra. In the town itself is the beach of Kakavos and a little futher out are Pori and the beaches of Nomia
Aghios Nikolaos: The village of Aghios Nikolaos developed during the Byzantine period around the Monastery of Aghios Nikolaos Schineas, the remnants of which now constitute the church of the same name, which dominates the village square. Built in the 11th or 12th century, it is a cross-formed church with a dome and narthex. Almost all the interior wall surfaces are decorated with two layers of frescoes. The underlying one, visible at one point, probably dates from the early 13th century. The general style of the decoration is linear. The figures depicted vary in style; some are tall, slim and elegant, others are short with disproportionately large heads. (Source: The frescoes of Aghios Nikolaos Monemvasias by N. V. Drandakis). In the years up to the Greek War of Independence, the church was occasionally used as a school.
Plytra is a popular summer destination for people of all ages. All types of holiday accommodation are available, as well as a variety of options for eating out and enjoying the evenings. There are a number of open spaces where children can play, including the Blue Flag beach, Pahia Ammos. At the edge of the village is the ancient sunken city, visible to swimmers using ordinary swimming goggles. There are also ancient ruins on the shore. Plytra’s harbour provides moorings for all kinds of recreational craft. On the other side of the bay is the pretty settlement of Karavostasi.
Kastania Cave: One of the most impressive caves of Greece can be found near the village of Kastania on the southern tip of the Peloponnese, just minutes away from Neapoli. The route follows the winding mountain road leading to the forest-covered eastern slopes of Mt. Parnon. Rich in density and variety of shapes, colors and figures, Kastania Cave is classified as second of its kind in Europe. Nature needed three million years to create this fantasyscape with its unparalleled décor and numerous impressive formations such as enormous red and white “waterfalls”, the gigantic columns, the “curtains” and the “sheets” that overflow like waxwork from the roof, “octopuses” and “corals” nest, “elephants” and “mushrooms”, “birds” and caricatures, “exotic plants” and monumental creatures. Standing out among the numerous attractions of the cave are geological rarities such as discs, flat stalagmites, eccentrites and elictites. With a little luck, visitors may meet the cave’s noble resident insect, the deaf and blind dolichopoda. The cave’s surface covers 1,500 square meters separated into two levels and the visitor is guided along a 500-meter route. The cave was formed from limestones of Jurassic age (195-145 million years old) as a result of geological turmoil and chemical reaction. The stone décor owes its seven-color palette to crystalline carbonate lime enriched with several metal oxides. A café operates right outside the cave and nearby is the old church of St. Andrew, scarred by pirates and conquerors
Gerakas: Unsuspecting sailors will be pleasantly surprised as they turn into the port of Gerakas, entering a fjord-like inlet referred to to Pausanias as an excllent port of call. The Acropolis of ancient Zarakas is situated above the modern settlement at the northeastern end of the outlet to the sea. The tranquillity of the surrounding landscape and the pretty seaside village create a perfect setting for yachts and other craft that find shelter there from all winds. The tavern owners are themselves fishermen, guaranteeing freshness at all times of the year. An important wetland lies at the end of the inlet. On the road up to Riechia is the Evangelistria Monastery, well worth a visit.
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