Few regions in the Mediterranean offer such a variety of beaches as the Municipality of Monemvasia. Over 50 of them are easily accessible by road; others are small, hidden-away coves demanding to be discovered by the more adventurous.

Whether sand or pebble, busy or isolated, all have crystal clean waters, and many have been awarded Blue Flags, an indication of a high standard of maintenance.

There is a choice between the east coast, on the Myrtoon Sea, or the west coast on the Gulf of Laconia. Or head for land’s end at legendary Cape Maleas and the beaches of Vatika.

Directions are given to every beach as well as suggestions as to which are best when strong winds are blowing.

beaches of Velanidia

Gialos, Kalevolos, Aghios Pavlos

Beaches with sand and pebbles, suitable for all ages

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These peaceful beaches are set in a striking, rugged landscape.


Provide shelter from all but strong northerly winds

1.Gialos: From the village of Velanidia, drive 800m down to the coastal settlement of Gialos. The beach is right next to the little port.

2.Kalevolos: From Velanidia drive to Gialos then turn right and continue for another 700m.

3.Aghios Pavlos: On the road from Velanidia to Neapolis, turn right after 1.5km down the dirt track leading to Aghios Pavlos. The beach is 3km away.


Panagia beach is one of the most isolated in the Vatika area.

Its waters are crystal clear and the beach itself consists of both pebble and sand. It is actually two small beaches, one of which is quite secluded.

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For visitors wanting to get away from it all, this beach is also picturesque for the contrast between the steep slopes facing the open sea.


Provides shelter from any weather conditions except northerly winds

Kastania near Neapoli
Continue past the village of Kastania towards the cave of Kastania. The beach is 1.5 km away from there.