Category: Activities

Where to Swim

Ambelakia Beach: at the exit of Monemvassia towards Neapolis with fine pebbles (about 5 km / 3 miles from the hotel).

Porri Beach.: at the exit of Monemvassia towards Sparta with a huge sandy beach (about 3km / 2 miles from the hotel).

Kastraki Beach: on the road to Gerakas, with shallow water and sand (about 4km / 2½  miles from the hotel).

Note: For more information concerning routes don’t hesitate to ask at reception.

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Laconia Greece Guide

The borders of Lakonia region remain almost the same since ancient time. Inhabited since the Neolithic period (6000 – 3000 BC approx.), Laconia has been found in the center of a turbulent history that influenced strongly the entire ancient world.

Leleges are mentioned as its first inhabitants, who later were intermingled with Ionians and Achaeans. Ample remains have been found from settlements of the Mycenaean period. In the region of Sparta as well as in Amycles, Molaoi, Neapoli, Vion, Monemvasia, Geraki, villages of Taygetos and Parnonas and many areas of Mani, settlements and cemeteries demonstrate the density of the population during the Mycenaean period.

Following their advent around 1100 BC, Dorians were settled in the region and having Sparta as their base they conquered the entire Lakonia.

During the paleochristianic times, Laconia suffered the invasions of barbarians and in particular of Goths. In 395 BC, it was destroyed by Alarichus. During the Byzantine times, it became province of Peloponnesus Theme, which was based in Corinth. Slavic tribes were settled in Lakoniki, at the slopes of Parnonas and Taygetos, which were Hellenized from the 10th until the 13th century.

In 1458 Turks invaded against Lakonia, without however succeeding in conquering the entire region, since many areas maintained their independence, in particular Mani. The occupation of Lakonia was concluded in the middle of the 16th century, with the exception of Mani that managed to keep some privileges and independence.

In 1685 Lakonia was occupied by the Venetians until 1715, when it was once again fall under the Turkish domination and was destroyed by the Turk-Albans due to various fights. Lakonia took active part in the revolution of 1821.

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Tourist Guide Monemvassia

The founding of the settlement by the Lacedominians was in the 6th Century B.C.  A smaller settlement was created further down and the town slowly developed, which had great strategic value.

After a short papal occupation, it comes under Venetian sovereignty in 1464.  In 1540, the period of the 1st Turkish occupation begins, and the continuing decline that had begun, becomes more evident. In 1690 the town was surrendered to the Venetians. In 1715, the Turks reoccupy the town.

In 1821 it was the first of the fortified towns of the Peloponnese to be freed. The most important monuments and architecture: the settlement of Monemvassia is divided into 2 parts, each of which are located on different levels, and have separate fortifications.

In the upper town, which is uninhabited today, there are remnants of numerous Byzantine, and late Byzantine buildings. Here, Aghia Sofia is located, an octagonal shrine with a dome, which researchers believe is identified with the monastery of guidance of 1150.

The lower town settlement, which is inhabited today, are found buildings which are being restored under the guidance of the archeological service.  It is surrounded by a protective wall, in a Π shape, with two gateways on the east and west with a small exit towards the sea.

The following shrines are found in the lower town:

Elkomenos Christos: Triple covered dome basilica with dome and nave, built in throne and bishops throne.  Important icons of the late Byzantine period in the interior.

Muslim Mosque: Building of the 1st Turkish occupation, which was converted into a Frankish church during the Venetian occupation, to be reconverted into a mosque in the 18th century. Today it houses the archeological collection.

Shrine Panaghias Myrtidiotissas: Single vaulted basilica with dome built around 1700.

Shrine Aghios Nikolaos: Triple vaulted basilica with cupola around 1703

Shrine Panaghias Chrysafitissas: Square room, which houses all of the shrine with a low vault of the 17th century.

In the lower town there are other but smaller shrines such as  Aghios Andreas, or Aghia Anna, Aghios Dimitrios  and many more.

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Covid-19

HEALTH PROTOCOL
Our hotel, respecting the provisions of the law, adheres to the health protocol against Covid -19
Analytically :
Reception:
* New arrival – departure times
Arrival after 15.00 departure until 11.00 (to ventilate the room by the previous customer)
* electronic check in from the customer's mobile phone up to 24 hours before arrival
* Disinfection of keys – their placement in a special container for disinfection.
* Prohibition of entering the rooms to non-residents
* Observance of the pre-determined limits of contact with the customer (1 meter by the
employee) and 2 meters between the customers (avoidance of handshakes)
* all receptionists have the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment
* There is special medical kit available for the event, such as disposable gloves and masks,
antiseptics, cleaning wipes, apron, long-sleeved robe, laser thermometer.
* Full customer file and locate them by email – phone
* In the reception desk there is an antiseptic for use by the customer
* Regular disinfection of all common areas
Floor services (cleaning, disinfection, housekeeping), rooms and common areas
* Cleaning and disinfection program based on EODY instructions
* Special instructions for cleaning in case of an impact based on EODY instructions.
* Reinforcement of sanitary services in all public areas and in particular in "high risk" objects
(eg doorknob etc.)
* Meticulous cleaning and very good room ventilation during the hours between stays.
* Checking the proper operation of dishwashers and washing machines (in terms of temperature
used and dosage of detergents)
* Uncommon room cleaning during the stay (avoid contact of cleaning workers with a possible
case and further transmission).
* Abolition of daily change of clothing and towels, of the evening preparation only at the request
of the customer.
* removal of shared objects of multiple use such as menus, magazines, etc.
* Installation of a disposable cover on the TV and air conditioner controls
* Fabric surfaces (eg furniture upholstery) are cleaned with a steam appliance (temperature>
70.).
* Opening doors and windows for natural ventilation of the space daily.
* placement of individual antiseptic fluids in each room

Port warehouse-washing machines
* Strict observance of hygiene rules by the staff involved in the sorting of dirty linen using the
appropriate MAP (special disposable apron over the uniform, gloves and mask)
* Used fabrics, bedding and towels are placed in special, closed, marked bags or sacks in order to
be transported to the laundry areas.
• Careful separation of unclean and clean linen areas
* The carts for transporting closed bags with linen are disinfected after each use.
• washing temperature 70+ degrees
* When storing clean clothing, care is taken to keep it in good and clean condition. The same
applies to the transfer of clothing to use areas (rooms, restaurants, etc.).

Mills / kitchen:
* Observance of HACCP
* Receipt of goods by specific staff and always wearing gloves and a mask.
* Special care is taken to keep the distance between kitchen workers according to the
requirements of the health authorities, as they apply each time.
* It is not allowed to enter the kitchen area for those who do not have a job. In case this cannot
be avoided, the visitor should be provided with appropriate personal protective equipment, which
will be available at the entrance of the kitchen.

Focus:
* Restaurant operation, bar, etc. according to the current legal framework

 

Air conditioning and space ventilation
The provisions of the relevant circular of the Ministry of Health "Taking measures to ensure
public health from viral and other infections during the use of air conditioning units", with
emphasis on non-recirculation of air and good natural ventilation in rooms and other operating
systems (shutdown air conditioning when the doors are open).

❖ Common areas (open and closed)
* Marking to remind customers to keep their distance – applying measures such as flooring,
cones or other means to keep their distance.
* In all common areas we have placed antiseptic solutions (fixed or non-fixed devices) for dry
hand antiseptic

* In the toilets, users are advised to empty the basins of the shared toilets with the lid closed. In
this way, the aim is to limit the transmission of the aerosol from the toilet at the time of
evacuation.

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