Onwards we drove towards Monemvasia what Greg had told me was a Pirate town - but actually a Byzantine city that is slowly being reoccupied by tourism. Apparently its famous in Greece for ‘romance’!
Driving towards it you see it is an island with a land bridge connecting to the mainland.
We arrived midday in the scorching heat and went exploring the tiny lower town with its whitewashed church, buildings and cobbled laneways. A network of tiny lanes led down towards the harbour and the glistening aquamarine waters.Being a Byzantine town it was fortified by an immense wall extending out and upwards to the top of the island. After checking out the museums, church we got some lunch at a tiny greek taverna overlooking the sea. The old greek women getting lunch next to us were hilarious in their gossiping and yelling hellos to all the locals.
As the afternoon wore on we headed to our luxury accommodation Hotel Kinsterna. (gifted as a wedding present by a production company! Thank you UNIT9 Films). Absolutely gorgeous white washed Byzantine farmhouse in the hills overlooking Monemvasia, the sea and beyond. I spent the afternoon drinking Cafe Freddo by the infinity pool!
As in Richard III, the Murderer says to George “I”ll drown you in the Malmsey butt within!”
Then decided to climb the rock to the upper town. Amazing ruins just left as is for tourists to explore, you could easily fall into the cisterns and off cliffs - you generally feel like Indiana Jones! I found several ancient pieces of pottery which was awesome!
We had a wonderful dinner at a taverna overlooking sunset on the ocean, truly spectacular eating freshly caught grilled fish and moussaka....