Beaches in Monemvasia area
Monemvasia offers a varied choice of beaches to visitors, both within the ancient castle citadel, on the very edge of its bastion walls or within short distances depending on one’s personal tastes of pebble or sand.
Beaches within close reach
Shadowed by the ancient castle citadel on the very edge of the bastion walls of the fortress is located a terraced area known as the ‘Portello’ (tiny harbor), a hidden corner from which one can enjoy swimming in deep crystal clear waters whilst admiring the spectacular views of the castle citadel that towers above. An ideal choice, for those who wish to stay within the castle citadel.
A 5 min walk from the castle gate towards the ‘new city of Monemvasia’ will bring you to an enclosed beach named ‘Kourkoula’, the setting is reminiscent of swimming in a natural pool dug out of the sea rock face on either side. A comfortable terraced area adorns the scene making it ideal for leisurely hours of sunbathing.
Once over the sea bridge, immediately on your left hand side, you will find the pebble beach known as ‘Kakavos’, here you can find all modern conveniences such as sun beds and an assortment of taverns and café’s to while away the hours whilst swimming in clear blue waters. Recommended for families with small children.
At a distance anywhere between 3 to 10 km. from Monemvasia, many a sandy beach is on offer; starting off north from the city centre, one encounter the beach of ‘Pori’ (3 km) whereas, on the opposite southern side of town heading towards Neapoli, you will follow a string of beaches to suit your every need; ‘Ambelakia’, ‘Xifias’, ‘Kastella’ and ‘St. Fokas’ to mention but a few. All of which will impress you with their natural beauty and tranquil setting.
Beaches further afield
30 km before arriving to Monemvasia one can visit the picturesque sea side village of ‘Elia’, tranquil corner of sea side beauty well suited to families with small children.
Sandy beaches with shallow clear blue waters are on offer alongside modern convenience stores and many a tavern, café bar or restaurant.
In close proximity to Elia just 1 km out, one finds the village of Viandini where you can enjoy the beach known as ‘Tigania’ fed by deep-sea wells which has been awarded a blue flag of excellence. Further south in the region of ‘Asopos’ you will reach the beach named ‘Boza’ also renowned for its beach volley tournaments as well as the beaches of ‘Pachia Amou’ (course sand) bordering the township of ‘Plytra’ with its cosmopolitan beach bars that attract the younger crowds. Lastly, but by no means least, a stop at the fisherman’s village and the beach of ‘Archangel’ is a must; take a swim in this corner of paradise.Wheather, one chooses to enjoy a sandy or pebbled beach in any of the above beaches mentioned, you are certain to have endless hours of fun under the sun.