Neapoli is a top destination in Monemvasia. It is located in the southern part of inland Europe, it is a “passage” to new sea horizons towards the neighboring Elafonisos and Kithira, while it is considered to be the very “heart” of Voion/Vatika.
It is an island and sea town, which enchants with its leeward and serene gulf that obliterates the wilderness of the uncanny landscape of Cape Maleas.
In the course of history, Neapoli has a rich and impressive selection of events to boast of, a wide range of cultural assets that are amazing and a particular scent of unique folklore among other towns of the wider area.
A town with well laid-out streets
The inhabitants of the town today are numbered a little bit more than 3.000 according to the latest population census, while Neapoli was first designed in 1837 and is one of the few Greek towns with well laid- out streets.
Therefore, the history of the town dates back in time, as there are records referring to an ancient city by the name Voies which was exactly on the same spot where Neapoli is situated today.
According to historic evidence, Voies was a city created between 1050 and 950 B.C. by Heracleides Voia, belonged to the Common of Freelacons and reached its greatest peak during the Roman era as a merchant port.
The very first name of Neapoli was Pezoula. It was part of Voion Municipality and its seat was Lahi.
After 1840 though and as Malea and Voion municipalities were united, it became the capital of the area again by the name Voies. It was later renamed Neapoli (New City) as there was an extra number of population incorporated in the area from neighboring villages.
Sufficient infrastructure along with Cycladic landscapes
Η Neapoli is a constantly developing town, which retains the glamour of its past intact while at the same time it is being rapidly modernized.
It provides state – of- the- art hotels and rooms to let with the latest comforts and has coastal connection lines with Kithira (12 miles) and Antikithira.
There are a lot of taverns, cafes and bars along the long coastline of Neapoli and the visitor may not only enjoy the unique culinary tastes and flavors of the local cuisine but also the long walks with some of the most amazingly majestic sunsets as a background.
Swimming in the turquoise, crystal clear, serene waters in the prize winning beach of Neapoli is an amazing experience as well, while visiting the centre of the town and spend time strolling along the narrow, quaint backstreets is reminiscent of a Cycladic island thanks to the white washed houses with their blue and green windows.
A starting point for wonderful excursions
Neapoli among other things is also renowned as one of the best starting points for excursions to virgin landscapes that exude a wild beauty and will enchant even the most demanding fan of alternative tourism.
It is from this very point that one can reach the unique fossilized palm forest of Agios Nikolaos, with trunks dating back to two to three million years, also look for the beaches of Neratziona, Lygia or Agios Pavlos, maybe follow one of the hiking routes that cross Cape Maleas and reveal byzantine ecclesiastical treasures or caves with hidden ascetic places, probably be absolutely mesmerized by the impressive beauty of the Cave of Kastania and finally wander about the intact from time villages that are situated in the broader area enjoying the unique sight.
What is more the activities on offer are numerous and really interesting. Starting off with climbing Kavomalia- Zombolo area, going on with windsurfing, kite surfing and scuba diving while the majestic castles of Agia Paraskevi near Mesohori or the sunk City of Pavlopetri which are places worth a visit should necessarily be put in your visiting list!