Monemvasia - Saronic Islands

  • Sailing past Monemvasia in the Saronic Islands
  • Anchored near Monemvasia
  • Swimming with turtles in Monemvasia
  • Ruins at Monemvasia
  • Jumping in at Monemvasia
  • Sailing past Monemvasia in the Saronic Islands
  • Anchored near Monemvasia
  • Swimming with turtles in Monemvasia
  • Ruins at Monemvasia
  • Jumping in at Monemvasia
 

Monemvasia

Monemvasia is a beautiful and unique spot that is well worth the visit if the weather permits. The spectacular town is set behind gates on a sheer rock rising from the sea, subsequently nicknamed the Gibraltar of the East. So on approach you cannot miss it!

It is a medieval fortress on a peninsula linked to the new town of Yerifa by a causeway- its name literally meaning 'single entrance'- Moni Emvasis.

The town still exhibits many original ruins and Byzantine churches. It is a historical gem, as it has been isolated from any rebuilding since the early 19th century, and now has a historical preservation order to try and maintain this. Cars can not pass through the gates into the old town, and subsequently it has a very peaceful feel to the place- very similar to Hydra.

A careful eye needs to be kept on the weather, as being caught out by the Meltemi could result in a very long slog back up north.

All mooring is at Yerifa the town linked to Monemvasia by the causeway, and includes the option of mooring at the small marina, free swinging / building a raft on the north or south side of the bridge, or mooring on the north side mole (old ferry quay), all weather dependent.

It has one large pontoon where the holding is good and it is in about 4 metres of water.

From Yerifa it is about a 15 minute walk to Monemvasia Town, or you can get a local bus that runs about every 10 minutes. Exploring Monemvasia Town is an absolute must; with its beautiful buildings, side streets and some fantastic restaurants. Don't forget your camera!

There are also several nice swim stops on the way to Monemvasia from rocky points. The town of Yerifa is good place to load up on supplies and has all the amenities you might need, the supermarket will even deliver to your boat! Water can be arranged by tanker.

  • Shop
  • Restaurants
  • Fresh Water Available
  • Great for Swimming
  • Shopping
  • ATM
  • Pharmacy
  • Bakery
  • Historic Site

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