The area around Monemvasia is ideal for all watersports and other outdoor activities. A wide variety of beaches ring the promontory, from the steep slopes of Mt. Parnon around Kyparissi on the east coast to Cape Maleas, providing dozens of opportunities. For windsurfing and kite surfing there are some of the best sites in Greece. For divers there are the submerged ancient cities of Pavlopetri and Plytra (where diving with snorkel and diving mask only is allowed).

Its winding coastline makes it an attractive destination for sailing, with safe harbours such as the fjord-like inlet of Gerakas. Depending on the time of year and prevailing winds, sailors will find plenty of enjoyment in both the Myrtoon Sea to the east and the Laconian Gulf to the west.

It would be no exaggeration to claim that the Monemvasia region is a hiking paradise. From north to south there are dozens of trails combining dazzling mountain scenery and sea views among the flora and fauna of the Peloponnese, picturesque settlements and historic monuments from all ages in the region’s history.

Geology buffs will enjoy exploring some of the dozens of caves in the region, particularly the well-organised and easily accessible KastaniaCave. Also not to be missed is the Petrified Forest just past Aghios Nikolaos, near Neapoli.

Rock climbing enthusiasts have two of Greece’s best climbs to choose from – one near Kyparissi and the other at Aghios Nikolaos, near Neapoli.


Eastern coast – Myrtoo
Western coast – Lakonian
Cape Maleas & Vatika

Windsurfing και Kitesurfing
Scuba Diving

Nature Hikes
Geologial Explorations:

Kastania Cave
Petrified Forest
Rock Climbing:

Fauna & Flora:

”Strongyli” Lagoon
Gerakas Wetland
The Larnaka Gorge

‘Ambelakia’ beach

Ambelakia is a popular beach for its fine sand, striking geological features and unique view of the Monemvasia fortress.

On the coast of Nomia, south of Monemvasia, it is ideal for those looking for a beach with amenities, including sunbeds, umbrellas and a mobile canteen. It is suitable for games such as beach volleyball and rackets.

Right next to the beach are restaurants and hotels.


good choice for…

Ambelakia is perfect for swimmers looking for beaches with creature comforts, without losing sight of Monemvasia itself.



Provides shelter from southerly and south-westerly winds.

Nomia, near Monemvasia
Situated on the Monemvasia-Nomia road.

‘Aghios Fokas’ beach

This sandy beach is one of the best options for swimming in the vicinity of the historic town of Monemvasia.

Located in the port of the same name, the beach of Aghios Fokas is right next to the little church.


good choice for…

Perfect for water sports, but also ideal for relaxing away from the crowds.



Provides shelter from southerly and south-westerly winds.