Carved into a rock plateau and connected to the mainland by a single road, this impressive castle town in Laconia, in the southeast of the Peloponnese in Greece, feels as if you’re stepping back in time. Many of its elegant old mansions have been transformed into romantic guesthouses and luxury hotels, but you can also find family-friendly beachside hotels, contemporary offerings in the new town on the mainland and options for budget travellers.
With its winding alleys and imposing Byzantine churches, Monemvasia, which dates back to medieval times, is truly a step back back in time. But there’s plenty of accommodation options that are decidedly 21st-century. Here’s our pick of the best.