Explore an outdoor haven of natural beauty and exciting attractions, sea-ports, world-class beaches and authentic restaurants, all just moments from your hotel room. Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting local shops and entertainment, or bask in the sun on the famous Panagia Beach.
Elafonisos is a beautiful and unique island which is situated 500 m away from the mainland of Peloponnese.
The name Elafonisos comes from the word deer, due to the deers that lived here in the early ages.
Elafonisos is close to other major tourist attractions like Monevasia, Neapoli, Caves of Kastania and the island Kithira which make ideal day trips.
The island is an ideal destination for tranquility and relaxation.
The famous Simos and Panagias beaches, with their crystal clear waters and endless white sandy beaches provide and unforgettable holiday experience.
Rare are the cedars that surround the beaches making the landscape idyllic .
The small town is unique with narrow walkways and its picturesque bridge which leads to Saint Spyridon.
It also has many cafes and taverns where you can sit and enjoy traditional mezedes and watch the spectacular sunset.
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 snorkelers.
The narrow strait between the mainland and the island has long been a popular playground for windsurfers from all over the world.
Its official name is Monemvasia, although there are some slight variations in Greek, along with different forms of pronunciation – such as Monovasia. In the Middle Ages, the Franks called it Malvoisie, to the English it was known as Malmsey. Its Greek name is derived from the two words meaning single entrance, that is, the only entrance to the fortress town.
The old town of Monemvasia is a perfectly preserved medieval settlement still inhabited, an world cultural heritage monument and a major attraction for every traveller in the Peloponnese. It has a unique, magical atmosphere and a fascinating history. Monuments and churches are scattered throughout the old
town. An important archaeological collection is housed in the old mosque in the Square of Elkomenos Christos.
At the other end of the causeway on the mainland is the new town of Monemvasia. Along the coast to the south is the settlement of Nomia.
Neighbouring Aghios Ioannis is recommended for those who would like to try authentic local dishes. Both within and around Monemvasia are a number of excellent beaches.
Noteworthy sights further inland include the watermill at Talanta and the Velies Folklore Museum.
Religious monuments outside the old town in the surrounding area include the twin churches in Teria and the church of Aghios Nikolaos in the village of the same name.
Kythira or Cerigo as it is known conveys this kind of energy that is transformed into inspiration. The birthplace of celestial Aphrodite is made to be loved.
The unique mixture of Cycladic whitewashed houses and Peloponnesian aura is irresistible. The hotels and the restaurants of Kythira get over packed during July and August but the island of Kythera is always worth a visit.
Kythira is the most famous island in the Ertanisa. Its reputation has spread during the last years due to its unique landscape, its archaeological sites, its cosmopolitan environment and its magnificent seas
Kythira is an island that is full of contradictions. The contradicting elements that are apparent in this small stretch of land, give the island a distinct eccentricity.
Kythira sways between the traditional and the contemporary, from the simple to the complex, and from the accustomed and unaccustomed elements.
Built in 1837 on the site of the ancient town of Boeae (Vies in modern Greek), it faces west with views of the islands of Elafonisos and Kythera and some of the most beautiful sunsets to be enjoyed anywhere by the sea.
At the southernmost tip of Cape Maleas is the region known as Vies, or more commonly, Vatika. The landscape presents striking contrasts; the central mountain range of Krithina (800m) ends abruptly at the tip of the cape, dipping down on each side into coves and beaches that were once the haunt of pirates. A recently restored stone lighthouse stands sentinel at the cape to guide seafarers through what has been known since antiquity as a fearsome passage in bad weather. Around the cape to the west is the calm bay of Neapoli, providing shelter from heavy seas. Backed by the fertile plain of Kambos, it is next to the long sandy beaches of Neratzionas and Maganos.
Most of the villages in this region were built on the steep mountainside, some of them invisible from the sea, as protection from pirate raids. Their white houses and narrow streets, particularly in Velanidia, are reminiscent of the Aegean islands, with which the local population has always had frequent contact as fishermen and seamen.
The heart of Neapoli beats on its waterfront promenade, where in the early evenings the locals stroll up and down, stopping at one of the many cafes for an ouzo and its traditional accompaniment, charcoal grilled octopus. The seafood restaurants offer fresh fish from the local fleet, one of the largest in Greece.
Vatika has also some of the most interesting natural sights in the region, particularly the cave of Aghios Andreas at Kastania. Also worth visiting is the Petrified Forest at Aghia Marina and the wetland at the Strongyli lagoon, surrounded by the sand dunes covered with rare cedar trees, next to the settlement of Viglafia just after Aghios Georgios.