Monemvasia has been built literally on the slopes of a huge rock that stands into the sea. The Venetians used to call it the Gibraltar of the East. Monemvasia is located in the southeastern Peloponnese in the prefecture of Laconia, 400 meters from land having been separated from the mainland by an earthquake in 375 A.D. Its name derives from two Greek words, mone and emvassi, meaning "single entrance".
Only a few minutes' walk will lead you through a huge wooden gate, revealing the hidden gem within the medieval walls of the fortress.
Castles, walls, old mansions, narrow cobbled lanes, churches, low arches and vaults, coats of arms, imperial marble thrones, Byzantine icons all give the impression of a town untouched by time.