Less than an hours’ drive from Monemvasia one can visit this ancient time worn village named Geraki, seeped in deep history reaching back over 2500 years to pre-Christian times. Geraki is perched on the valley of the Parnona mountain range with views that spread across the endless expanse of olive tree groves unto the sea. This rural village combines both natural beauties with a noteworthy collection of remarkable ancient monuments and well over 30 Byzantine churches. Most churches were built during the 12th century many of which are embellished with precious historic frescoes still visible to this day. Unfortunately, many a rare ecclesiastic artwork was defaced during the Turkish occupation. Geraki is also known for a thriving cottage industry of internationally awarded hand woven carpets, handiwork that has been passed down over the generations. On the outer borders of the village itself you may climb the hillside known locally as ‘Velota’ and delve into an impressive medieval castle adorned with many a Byzantine church; the main one being that of the holy church of St. George which sits proudly on its summit and the 2nd noteworthy church of St. Paraskevi which, is celebrated each year on the 26th of July. The medieval castle comes alive each year with great fanfare and deep rooted tradition when it gathers to pay homage to the religious celebrations owing to both these churches. Geraki and its tranquil pace of rural life will welcome you with genuine hospitality and leave you with a taste of fabled history and of times gone by.