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Monemvasía is often called the “Gibraltar of Greece” - and there are definite similarities.
A small dyke connects the Island-rock to the Peloponnesus, this strategic position was further fortified by a drawing bridge and a castle on top of the rock.
Looking at the rock from this side, it seems to be almost uninhabited, - only after passing through the city gate one sees the remains of a city that once had 30000 inhabitants.
Today, the lower city has been carefully restaurated and you can stay there in an apartment that is several centuries old. Definitely recommended.
Today only 400 people live here, but, presumably because of the tourists, - there’s a regular bus to the other side. A must: going up the rock to the ruins of the upper city. This is especially beautiful at sunrise. You’ll be back in time for breakfast and the colours are amazing.

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