Known throughout time under many names as either Monemvasia, Monovasia (the sole entrance), Malvasia, Menekse Kalesi (The Castle of the Violets), Gibraltar of the East or Balcony of the Middle Ages, the byzantine castle-citadel tempts visitors from all corners of the earth to share in its timeless charms, forever steeped in local legend and lore.
As soon as one crosses the bridge and sole ‘gateway’ which, also lends its name to the castle’s main gate, one senses the majesty and aura that the city’s long held history whispers to those who wish to be captivated by its charms. Travel through time with each and every step on the cobble stoned alleyways still thriving with life.
Thankfully, vehicles, noises, and daily stresses of our modern lives remain relegated outside the ancient walls that guard the city.
The only sounds that one can hear are the footsteps on the well trodden cobble stones that pave the network of alleyways criss-crossing the citadel. Each byway grants the visitor, a genuine feel of times gone by.