The castle town of Monemvasia is one of the most visually captivating destinations in Greece, carved into the side of a gigantic rock hundreds of years ago in the south-easternPeloponnese. Once a medieval fortress, Monemvasia still boasts streets lined with ancient walls and Byzantium churches scattered across the narrow streets, such as Agia Sofia and Christ Elkomenos: a remnant of past grandeur. Monemvasia remains an unmissable destination for history enthusiasts, but even those looking for scenic views and hidden beaches can revel in what the town has to offer.
Most interestingly, the town’s name ‘Monemvasia’ means ‘single entrance’, highlighting that it was once only possible to access by boat. The town was built this way to make it invisible from the mainland to avoid enemy attacks, as it could only be seen from the sea and it could only be accessed via a narrow passage in the sea. And though it is now connected to the mainland by a 200m causeway, there’s still no better way to experience Monemvasia than by renting a boat with an experienced local guide.
A walk down the streets of Monemvasia is like a trip back in time. Besides the spectacular churches, you’ll see the elegant stone mansions and witness a breath-taking sea view from the very top of the castle town. While in Monemvasia, the guests can visit the small fishing village of Ierakas and the secluded bay of Vathi Avlaki. Famed for its beautiful port that once attracted pirates from across the region, Ierakas Laconia is a small village built along a natural fjord on the south east coast of Laconia. Vathi Avlaki is a beach like no other. Widely considered to be the most attractive coast in the Eastern Peloponnese, the white-pebble beach shines in contrast to the emerald seas in front and the sea of green hills behind. Both destinations are a short cruise from the town of Monemvasia. The storied island of Milos and the rest of the western Cycladic islands are only a two hour cruise from Monemvasia. An hour’s cruise time voyage can take you to the islands of Spetses and Hydra, great destinations for a day boat trip.
The secluded bay at Vathi Avlaki is a hidden gem. The stunning white pebble beach between the emerald waters on the side and the pine covered hills beyond is no less than breath taking. Swim, snorkel and sunbathe to your heart’s content. Lasting impressions will bring you back to this wonderful place!
Bursting with rich history and a unique culture all of its own. People of the arts have flocked to Hydra for generations in search of inspiration. Many grew so enchanted by the surroundings, they never left! The perfect place for a stroll, a spot of lunch and some intensive retail therapy.
Spetses is an island you’ll want to explore, discover and savour for life. Wander the upmarket harbour, lined with the most spectacular 19th century mansions and exclusive residences of the rich and famous. Enjoy an afternoon lunch followed by a private horse-drawn carriage ride along the majestic seafront.
One of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is said to be located at the same site as the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius. An incredibly significant location, the theatre itself was built approximately 3000 years ago and sits within the most extraordinary surroundings imaginable. Even if ancient Greek history isn’t your primary interest, the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is quite simply stunning.
Situated close to the islands of Hydra and Spetses, Dokos is a wonderful destination for island-hopping journeys. With serene beaches and crystalline waters, there is endless scope for relaxation and exploration in equal measures.
The most beautiful of all mainland towns with Venetian, Ottoman and Neo Classical buildings, hidden leafy squares, meandering streets and a sophisticated atmosphere. The gentle pine-scented breeze and the view across the Argolic gulf towards the mountains of Arcadia reach you as you relax at a seafront cafe.
Built on a natural fjord and hardly visible from the sea, Ierakas is both famous and infamous for its popularity with pirates back in the day. The perfect place for a relaxing stroll before indulging in a delicious lunch at one of the local tavernas offering the best seafood in the region.
It is clear why discerning globe trotters come to Porto Heli. This is a part of the world that feels like a very laid-back version of the Amalfi Coast. The area offers plenty of protected coves and bays on the crystal clear waters of the Aegean. Porto Heli’s constellation of inlets means the water is both calmer and warmer than many of the Cycladic islands.
The beautiful islands of Milos, Sifnos, Serifos, Kimolos, Kythnos and Kea.
Milos has a rich history and spectacular beaches that line its coast. The island is sprinkled with spots that will take your breath away.
Sifnos offes a great balance of beautiful beaches, low-key nightlife, white Cycladic villages, low-impact tourism and maybe the best food in the Cyclades.
Serifos exudes a calm atmosphere and speaks directly to your senses. The island is gracefully embraced by the deep blue colours of the Aegean Sea and has some magnificent beaches.
A magnificent coastline decorated with the uninhabited islands of Arsida and Petroklos and the glorious Cape Sounion. The temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, the ancient Greek god of the sea, dominates the southern most tip of Attica, where the horizon meets the Aegean Sea. Make the most of your trip by indulging in a refreshing swim in the small beach by the foot of the temple.
Unspoilt mountainous coastline, sprinkled with secluded coves, hidden beaches and picturesque villages. Fokiano is the most beautiful gulf of southeastern Arcadia. It “hides” within lush green mountain slopes, while its green waters and white pebbles make it seem like a shrine of tranquility.
Kyparissi was an ancient sanctuary of Asclepius. The little village is a secluded paradise backed by the craggy slopes of Mount Parnon and fronted by the cobalt blue of the Myrtoan Sea.