Project to enhance tourist appeal of Monemvasia divides locals


The historical town of Monemvasia in Laconia, Greece, is set to receive a million euro makeover, including a new cable car, museum and lighting system.

According to an announcement by the Greek Culture Ministry, the project aims to make the town more accessible, enrich its cultural footprint and enhance the tourist appeal of Monemvasia.

Though many are concerned it will alter the area’s character and increase its touristification. The Association of Friends of Monemvasia has asked Laconia’s MPs and Deputy Environment Minister Giorgos Amyras to intervene.

Yiannis Ritsos house in Monemvasia. Photo source: Ministry of Culture.

So far it is confirmed that the project will include the following updates:

  • The purchase, the installation and operation of a cable car that will allow unobstructed access to Monemvasia’s Ano Poli (upper town) as well as the creation of accessibility-friendly routes, connecting the upper town’s cultural interest spots.
  • The design and installation of a lighting system that will highlight the Monemvasia Rock during night time and also improve safety and visibility.
  • The transformation of Yiannis Ritsos’ residence into a contemporary museum, highlighting the poet’s work and life alongside the area’s history and evolution through time.
Monemvasia Castle, Peloponnese. Red indicates the cable car area and yellow indicates the trail area. Photo
source: Ministry of Culture.

While a contract was signed in January and is backed by the local municipality, the Peloponnese Region, the Culture Ministry and the Parnonas Development Agency, it must first be approved by the Central Archaeological Council to move ahead.




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