Monemvasia to Elafonisos

6 h. tour (Private tour)

(transportation + visit Elafonisos + stop for a swim at Simos beach + optionally snorkling at Pavlopetri)

For those of you that are not interested in seeing the many medieval castles of the area, but would rather have an off the beaten track experience, this is the ideal tour.

Departing the beautiful port, you will enjoy a drive of approximately one hour until you reach the port of Pounta and then get on a ferry to visit the beautiful island of Elafonisos that is nearby. The ferry ride is only 10 minutes. As soon as you get off the ferry, you will be in the small and charming fishing village of Elafonisos, where several cafes and seafood restaurants are serving their delicacies on tables situated right next to the water. You may want to have a short stop in this village, either before or after your visit to Simos beach. You will drive to the southeast part of the island and visit one of the most beautiful and famous beaches in the world, Simos beach. The combination of turquoise waters, sand dunes, and unique flora create an atmosphere that is appreciated by all. You will have a chance to unwind, swim and relax at the beach. The entire family can enjoy Simos Beach during the day. Children can swim and splash in clear, shallow water with a sandy floor. For those of you interested both gorgeous beaches in Simos are offering sunbeds as well as the service of snacks and drinks by the water.

After you have enjoyed your swim, you will return back to the Peloponnese. Near Pounta port, to the east, lies the sunken village of Pavlopetri, dating back to 3000 BC. The most adventurous of you can optionally extend the tour's duration to enjoy a snorkling experience to explore the underwater village. Pavlopetri was incredibly well designed with roads, two storey houses with gardens, temples, a cemetery, and a complex water management system including channels and water pipes.  In the centre of the village was a square or plaza measuring about 40x20 meters and most of the buildings have been found with up to 12 rooms inside. The design of this village surpasses the design of many cities today. Who knows what else remains to be found and to surprise us in the future since the excavations remain to be continued and one of the big dreams of many archaeologists and local people is to create in the future an underwater museum for people to be able to visit.

If you happen to be in the area in early spring or late autumn and you wouldn't like to swim in waters that might be cold, we could arrange for you a private mini cruise with captain Michalis and his wooden boat who can take you all around Elafonisos and Pavlopetri and even give some of you the chance to dive from his boat and snorkel above Pavlopetri.

At the end of your tour you will return back to the port of Monemvasia.

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