Monemvasia looks like it has jumped out of the Medieval Era. The Old Town and the Castle of Monemvasia have been built literally on the slopes of a huge rock that stands into the sea. The Venetians used to call Monemvasia the Gibraltar of the East. The Old Town is actually the main site of Monemvasia. This is a fantastic Medieval town entirely carved on the slopes of rock, offering a breathtaking sea view from the highest spot. Many old mansions in Monemvasia Old Town are turned into boutique hotels, restaurants and shops today. Some beaches are found in close distance for a relaxing swim.