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The Hidden Gem of Monemvasia

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This is the ancient city of Monemvasia in the Peloponnese, but it is not an easy place to find.
Monemvasia and its almost impregnable fortress was founded in 583 by inhabitants of the mainland seeking refuge from the Slavic and the Avaric invasion of Greece. Looking for somewhere secluded that could not easily be found and attacked they built their homes on a small island out of sight of the land. Without the aid of "Google Maps" no one would suspect that an entire town was hidden on rock ledges carved into the cliffs on the far side of the island. And should anyone attempt to explore the island they would be stopped by a massive stone wall with defended gateways.

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We had no trouble getting to the island across a 2 km causeway and they let us in. But finding a place to stay was trickier. The island's 'hotels' are made up of rooms scattered throughout the island's tiny houses and they were all taken. The only ' room' available happened to be one of the many caves carved into the cliffs. The most interesting feature of our cave was the bathroom that could only be accessed by climbing up a sloping rock face. The hotel 'reception' was in the shop on the left of this picture...

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The narrow streets of Monemvasia are an absolute delight...

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While the views across the Aegean are stunning...

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Monemvasia is a tiny medieval city that is frozen in time...

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This is a tiny cliff top chapel built 500 years ago...

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We loved our time here - and we especially loved the cats. Because of limited space, and the great weather, all of the restaurants have outside tables which is great news for the cats. Who can resist throwing this lot a few table scraps...

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Posted by Hawkson 18:53 Archived in Greece

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