Jul 03

Quirky Travel Photo: Donkey in Monemvasia, Greece

by in Europe, Personal, Photography

Donkey walking in narrow street in Monemvasia Greece - photo zoe dawes

The narrow street of Monemvasia is barely narrow enough for the donkey to wander through. The heat funnels down from the medieval fortress ramparts and the shade is very welcome. Purple bougainvillea cascades over a wall and gernaniums add a pop of colour to the old stone steps. Wooden chairs outside a Greek taverna encourage the passing visitor to sit awhile and watch the world go by. A welcome breeze riffles through the lanes and the church bell tolls the passing hours. The donkey is the only method of transport allowed in Monemvasia and works hard for his keep. Oblivious to the ghosts of Byzantine rulers, Venetian traders and Turkish invaders, he plods slowly up hill, doing his bit to help with the restoration of this ancient citadel, perched on the edge of the Peloponnese.

Monemvasia

Monemvasia Rock Peloponnese Greece - photo Ingo Mehing

Monemvasia Rock – photo Ingo Mehing

Originally linked to mainland Peloponnese, the island of Monemavasia has been occupied for centuries due to its strategic position, massive defences and commercial role between the East and West. Known for only having one huge entrance (easier to defend) it’s been a popular tourist destination in Greece since the 1970s. The Lower Town is now a place of boutique hotels, souvenir shops, attractive bars and restauarants along the picturesque streets. The Citadel is in the Upper Town; you need to be fit to walk up the steep hill to get there, but the views are worth it. I visited Monemvasia a few year ago during a holiday in the Peloponnese with Greek friends, one of whom bought me a beautiful silver and turquoise ring from a jewellery shop there. I always wear it on my quirky travels – a lovely momento of this attractive place.

Greek silver and turquoise rings Monemvasia photo zoe dawes

Greek silver and turquoise rings Monemvasia

Fancy a holiday in Greece? Ideas and inspiration here: 5 reasons to visit Crete or Tranquility on Mykonos

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5 Responses to “Quirky Travel Photo: Donkey in Monemvasia, Greece”

  1. From Zoe Dawes:

    In the current economic difficulties that Greece is facing it’s even more important to support the people who depend so much on tourism. But if you are visiting then do check your country’s advice regarding what to take in cash etc.

    Posted on July 3, 2015 at 7:02 pm #
  2. From John MacBeath:

    Bet that donkey gets hot trailing up and down that hill … hope he gets plenty of Greek carrots!

    Posted on July 6, 2015 at 8:24 pm #
  3. From Zoe Dawes:

    Not sure how much Greek owners indulge their donkeys John! It certainly got us very hot walking up there 😉

    Posted on July 7, 2015 at 11:55 am #
  4. From Carol Jennings:

    Looks lovely. Never been to this part of Greece – one to add to our ever-growing list of places to visit in our retirement!

    Posted on July 9, 2015 at 4:38 pm #
  5. From Zoe Dawes:

    I can highly recommend exploring the Peloponnese Carol. It is far less touristy than the islands and the south is especially unspoilt – though it is VERY hot in the height of summer.

    Posted on July 9, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

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