The eastern coastline of the Municipality of Monemvasia is scattered with mostly pebbly beaches around Zarakas and Monemvasia, protected from southerly and southwesterly winds.

In the north of the municipality are the beaches of Aghia Kyriaki, Megali Ammos and Drymiskos at Kyparissi, and Vlychada near Riechia.

Close to Gerakas is Kochylas, near Aghios Ioannis are Kastraki and the busy Pori.

The beach at Monemvasia’s new town is Kakkavos. Swimming is also possible off the rocks at Portelo in the shadow of the Lower Town walls.

Further south are the beaches of Nomia: Amelakia, Xifias and Aghios Fokas.

‘Xifias’ beach

The long beach of Xifia is protected from northerly and meltemi winds. The salt trees along the shore provide shade; there is plenty of room on the sand for games such as beach volley or for taking leisurely strolls.

Some parts of the shore are covered with small pebbles.
At the northern end of the beach is the sunken city of Xifoupolis.

On one part of the beach umbrellas and sunbeds are available, along with a mobile canteen. At the other end of the beach is a lovely little taverna which also serves coffee.

Around the district of Xifias there are several small tavernas, modern hotels and rooms for rent.


good choice for…

Ideal for families with young children.



Provides shelter from northerly and westerly winds.

Nomia, Monemvasia
The beach is situated in the community of Nomia, 7 km south of Monemvasia.


‘Portelo’ beach

A small opening tucked away on the south side of the walls right at the bottom of the fortress leads to the pretty little cove of Portelo, that once served as the fortress’ supply port. It was also the only place Monemvasiots could go swimming.
Recently restored, Portelo provides the unique experience of swimming right under the imposing fortress city of Monemvasia.


good choice for…

Suitable for those staying in Monemvasia fortress and who do not want to leave the historic fortress itself in order to swim.



Provides protection from northerly winds.

The path to the beach is through an opening in the fortress’ southern wall and is only accessible on foot.