Surrounded by the teal waters of the Aegean Sea, vast, imposing, Monemvasia (moh-nem-vah-sia) is an iceberg-like slab of rock, with sheer cliffs rising hundreds of metres from the sea, linked to the mainland by a single, highly defendable causeway.
Monemvasia’s fortified medieval village is divided into the lower town , bisected by a main cobbled street lined with souvenir shops and tavernas that leads to the main square, and the upper town , with its ruins and fortress . The greatest pleasure of visiting the kastro comes from wandering the labyrinth: exploring the tiny alleyways and winding stairways that weave between a complex network of stone houses, and ducking into atmospheric nooks and crannies.
Cross the causeway and follow the curving road that skirts the cliff to the official entrance, a narrow tunnel in a massive fortifying wall. The tunnel is L-shaped, so the magical town is concealed until you emerge on the other side.
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