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.

Rismari-Aghios Nikolaos

Rismari, situated near the picturesque coastal villages of Profitis Elias and Korakas and close to the petrified forest of Korakas, is a sandy beach with shallow water.

Meals and refreshments are available at nearby tavernas.

good choice for…

Suitable for families with children, as well as for young people.


Provides protection from all but strong southerly winds.

Aghios Nikolaos near Neapoli
From Neapoli, take the road to Aghios Nikolaos. Three kilometers past Aghios Nikolaos, turn left towards Profitis Elias and Korakas. A few kilometers further on, turn right towards Korakas and drive for another 3km towards the sea. Then take the left turning towards Profitis Elias. The beach is 300 m. further on.

There is parking space above the beach. A little further along the road are the beaches of Limni and Aspes.



One of the area’s most impressive beaches lies right opposite the picturesque island of Elafonissos. Pounta stands out for its rolling sand dunes occupying the full length of the child-friendly sandy beach.

The beach borders to the south with the remnants of Pavlopetri. This prehistoric town now partly lies below sea level and can be easily explored by snorklers.

The narrow strait between the mainland and the island has long been a popular playground for windsurfers from all over the world.

good choice for…

This beach is attractive for children, nature lovers, snorklers and windsurfers.


Prefer this beach in case of north winds.

Pounta near Neapoli
Follow the signs towards Elafonissos. Turn left after the village Agios Georgios and shortly before the pier where the ferryboat to Elafononissos departs. Τhere is sufficient parking space just before the sand dunes.