Unsuspecting sailors will be pleasantly surprised as they turn into the port of Gerakas, entering a fjord-like inlet referred to to Pausanias as an excllent port of call. The Acropolis of ancient Zarakas is situated above the modern settlement at the northeastern end of the outlet to the sea.

The tranquillity of the surrounding landscape and the pretty seaside village create a perfect setting for yachts and other craft that find shelter there from all winds.

Rooms are available for rent among the fish taverns along the waterfront. The tavern owners are themselves fishermen, guaranteeing freshness at all times of the year.

An important wetland lies at the end of the inlet.
On the road up to Riechia is the Evangelistria Monastery, well worth a visit.



Gerakas is 32 km from Kyparissi and 25 km from Monemvasia.
There is parking space at the end of the road to the port. Large vehicles and buses should approach with caution.


Long before reaching Kyparissi, it is clear that one is entering no ordinary landscape. Leaving behind the village of Harakas, as one reaches Stavros, an awe-inspiring vista opens up, as if the Parnon mountain range has been cut with a huge knife, forming a cliff face that drops down into the Myrtoon Sea.

The next 7 kilometres or so to Vrysi, the first of Kyparissi’s three settlements, is magical. No less magical are the views of the other two settlements, Paralia and Mitropoli. Clean streets, whitewashed courtyards, island architecture, hospitable people, with the tree-clad slopes of Parnon as a backdrop.

The biggest beach, Megali Ammos, is right in the settlement; a little further north is Aghia Kyriaki. Others might find their own little paradise on Drymiskos beach.

The Carved Asclepium and the walls of Ancient Kyphanta bear witness to Kyparissi’s long history. Meanwhile the surrounding mountain range has a number of interesting hiking trails. Rock climbing enthusiasts will find several routes, although the climbing area is still being developed.

Kyparissi has a number of accommodation options, as well as restaurants and cafes to cater for hundreds of visitors.



Kyparissi is 23 km from Riechia, which is approached either from Molai via Metamorphosi or from Monemvasia via Gerakas.

There is plenty of parking space in the centre of the settlement of Paralia.