Climb up to the Citadel crowning the rock of Monemvasia to see the ruins of the 6th century castle and to enjoy the amazing views. Back down in the medieval city, stroll through the cobbled lanes, visit the small archaeological museum, admire the icons in the Christos Elkomenos Church and buy traditional products in the local shops.
Walking and cycling
Slip on your walking boots or rent a bicycle (there’s a rental shop in the new town) to explore the coast and the countryside. There is a network of trails and paths in the area, with signposted walking routes in the hills, mountains and by the sea. One is a fantastic ten km trail by the sea, starting from Agios Fokas and ending at the cave of Kastania.
Dive into the sea (or use the ladder) from the rocks right by the hotel. If you prefer the beach, try Kastraki, a long sandy beach 5 km from Monemvasia. For a perfect day on the perfect beach, make a trip to the island of Elafonisos. A scenic 50-minute drive over the mountains, a ten-minute ferry crossing (ferries go once or twice every hour) and a less-than-ten minute drive on the island gets you to Simos beach, famed for its beautiful white sand and lagoon-like waters.
Pick a windless day to sign up for a sea kayaking trip around the rock of Momenvasia (and beyond if you want), with stops for snorkelling and a picnic.
Visit the Monemvasia Winery in Velies (15 km by car). It’s a relatively small estate, but the Malvasia wines (also known as Malvoisie in French and Malmsey in English) are exquisite. Try different wines – between reds, whites and a rosé there are around twenty to choose from – and bring back your favourite to enjoy at night on your terrace.