Monemvasia is a city and municipality in Laconia, Greece. It is located on a little island off the east coast of Peloponnese. The island is linked to mainland by a short 200-meter causeway. Its area consists of a large plateau around 100 m above sea level, up to 300 meters wide and 1 km long, site of a mighty medieval fortress. Many Byzantine churches and the town walls remain from medieval times. The seat of the municipality is Molaoi. In 2011 municipality's population was 21,940. Its total area is 947 km2 (365.6 ml2).
The name of the town derives from a couple of Greek words, "mone" and "emvasia", which mean "single entrance". The Italian form, "Malvasia", named Malmsey wine. The nickname of Monemvasia is "The Rock" or "Gibraltar of the East".
In 375 AD Monemvasia Island was separated from mainland by an earthquake. The town of the same name was built on the slope to the southeast of the rock, overlooking the bay of Palaia Monemvasia. Most of the streets are quite narrow and fit only for donkey and pedestrian traffic. A small hamlet of ten houses is located to the northwest.
In 1971, the city of Monemvasia was linked with the rest of outside world through a bridge located on the western side which connects to GR-86. In recent history, Monemvasia benefits from an increasing numbers of tourists who visit the site and the region. All medieval buildings have been restored, but many of them serve as hotels.
For the past few years, an independence day celebration has been held on July 23 in the main port. The story of Tzannetakis Grigorakis, who liberated the town from Ottoman rule on July 23, 1821 with his private army during the Greek War, is recounted in Greek and English. Inhabitants and tourists gather to watch as every year, a ship is filled with pyrotechnics and set on fire.
Places of interest include Christos Elkomenos Square, The fortress and The church of Agia Sophia.
Highlights: Fortified medieval town, Byzantine Cathedral
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|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|17 April, 2018|
|MS Serenissima||Kythira Island, Greece|
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