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This is an area which, apart from Monemvasia, doesn't receive much attention from visitors. This is a shame because it's a beautiful area of olive groves, pretty seaside villages and lovely beaches. It just takes a bit of an effort to get to because it is a good three and a half hour drive from Athens.
Plitra - Araxavoli and Thalamigos next to the excellent beach are both very good with well prepared food, good prices and lovely views.
Boza (Μπόζα) signposted from Asopos - The seasonal taverna on the fine sandy beach has good food and friendly service.
Limeni Gerakas (half an hour drive north of Monemvasia) - To Remezzo is on the water's edge in a beautiful location. The friendly owners supply good food at reasonable prices. The fish here is always good. Featured in Rick Stein's Venice to Istanbul.
Velies (25 minutes from Monemvasia. Head north and take the turn for Elafonissos and Neapoli) - Texas restaurant is a good venue for an evening meal.
Agios Nikolaos (Monemvasias) - signposted to the left when entering Velies. To Paradosiako in the shade of a beautiful ancient Byzantine church is a little gem. All the food and wine are produced by the owners and it's cheap.
Metamorfosi (A few minutes from the Sparti-Monemvasia road near Molaoi) - Dimostis (ΔΗΜΟΤΣΗΣ) on the left just before you enter the village is very popular with locals and offers fine food with plenty of tables outside in the large garden.
Koupia - Η ΠΥΡΟΣΤΙΑ. A restored traditional stone building with a vaulted kamara with good food and low prices.
Elafonissos Island - Ta Nisia tis Panagias (follow signs from Panagia Beach) has amazing views up the Gulf of Lakonia as far as Gythio. The owner is justly proud of the food she serves. The fish soup is highly recommended but you have to wait for an hour while it is prepared. Enjoy the views with a beer while waiting.
Elia - Elaias Gi in the plateia is popular and provides decent food at a good price but can be hit and miss.
Liogerma at the harbour is hard to recommend. The food is good but the portions small and you need to check your bill carefully.
The seasonal beach taverna at Viandini beach leaving the village to the south has good food but the music from the beach bar is rather loud.
Porto, by the harbour beach is a good bar with pizzas and regular Greek food but a bit pricey.
Monemvasia - To Kanoni and Matoulas in the Kastro are consistently good. Voltes on the left near the entrance serves meze type dishes. The food is excellent and very good value.
On the mainland, T'Akroyiali leaving the village in the direction of Nomia is a personal favourite.
Agios Nikolaos (Neapolis) - Neraida serves excellent food consistently and is featured in Rick Stein's book Venice to Istanbul. The kotsi (slow roast pork knuckle) is outstanding.