Published: June 24th 2012June 24th 2012
That little causeway is the only way in.
Since it was Sunday, there was very limited bus service, so I indulged in a taxi to take me to Monemvasia, which is a little over an hour away. This is a Medieval town that sits just out on the water. It was cut off from the mainland during a really intense earthquake in 375 AD. This separation from the mainland, though, ensured that Monemvasia exist largely removed from the world just across the water. So stepping past its gate is like stepping back in time.
There are obviously no cars, since the streets are so tiny and cobble-stoned. And the town itself is incredibly compact. You could probably walk the entire length of it in less than 20 minutes. It has wonderful views of the Myrtoon Sea from nearly every part of town, but especially from the ruined castle above. I'm constantly walking up to ruined castles! There are also beautiful churches on the island, and today, in the main square, there was a wedding underway. Other than that, Monemvasia is a great place to literally escape from the world, and have a drink at one of the tiny cafes that look out over the sea.
The wedding was in the church to the right.
in the mid-afternoon and wandered around Gytheio. Also went over to the small Marathonisi Islet, which is beautiful because of its pine trees. Tomorrow it's back on the buses, this time heading more Northwest, for Olympia.
There are more photos below