At the end of August this summer, I was lucky enough to spend five wonderful days at Kinsterna hotel in Monemvasia. These are my photos.
The Kinsterna Hotel is a Byzantine-era rural mansion, which was lovingly and superbly restored with great respect to its long history. Moreover, all crops and activities that took place in the past on the premises have been revived, so the mansion to be self-sufficient.
Today, the estate produces its own wine, extra virgin olive oil and table olives, tsipouro, bread, marmalade and other fruit preserves, soap and much more.
Breakfast under ancient olive trees
The mansion’s long history dates back to the Byzantine era. The manor’s architectural and morphological features testify to the building’s Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman heritage and identity. The earliest known owner was Ibrahim Bey, probably one of the local Ottoman landlords who signed the delivery of Monemvasia in 1821.
The manor was lived in until the late 1970’s by the “Lady of Monemvasia” Lina Kapitsini. The main objective of its restoration was the maintenance of the original architecture using traditional building techniques, old and local natural materials.
Moustalevria, a traditional Greek kind of pudding made of grape must mixed with flour and boiled until thick.
Impressive river-like swimming pool with private relaxation areas
Interesting activities such as horse-back riding, cycling, hiking at the Byzantine paths, handmade soap making, wine and olive oil tasting highlight the guest’s experience.
Table in the tavern Linos
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