Guided tour of the mansion and the gardens
A tour that takes visitors back in time to explore the unique building and learn more about its previous owners and the amazing restoration that brought it back to life. The library of the mansion boasts a rich collection of books, the original land contract, as well as photographs depicting the building prior to its restoration. Take the time to appreciate the architectural details of the finest rooms in the mansion (subject to availability) and discover their story. Stroll down the garden paths and sample the fresh fruit and products from the orchards.
Hike through the vineyards and surrounding area
Hike through the private vineyards of Kinsterna and along the footpaths in the surrounding area. Our vineyards will reveal their secrets as hikers enjoy the natural environment and stunning views. The ruins of a fort dating back to the Hellenistic period (250 BC) are waiting to be discovered atop a hill behind the mansion. If the mood strikes, take a hike up the green hills and slopes surrounding the property, or down towards the sea. The E33 European hiking path, which connects Kinsterna and the picturesque village of Koulentia is nearby. Request a map and light snack from Reception and revel in the magic of the Greek countryside, where the splendour of nature unfolds before your eyes.
Enjoy a horse carriage ride or a donkey ride
Visitors can also ride in our traditional horse-drawn carriage and savour the mansion and the views, or opt for a unique outing on our donkey.
Horse riding with an instructor
Whether you seek a countryside adventure or a gentle horseback ride on the estate horse riding offers an unrivaled experience for all abilities.
Handmade soap making workshop
You will have the opportunity to learn the recipe for making both glycerin handmade soap as well as olive oil soap from our experienced manufacturer, who reveals the secrets of this lost craft. Mix in some spices and aromatic herbs from the Kinsterna gardens and take it home with you as a memorable reminder of your stay with us.
Discover the art of candle making
In this interactive workshop you will not only have the opportunity to learn the ancient craft of candle making but also make your own handmade candles from natural bee wax from Kinsterna’s beehives. Grab the chance to make your own candle and let your creativity flow!
Beekeeping workshop at Kinsterna beehives
Meet the art of beekeeping, a practice that has a long tradition in the region due to its mild climate and beautiful, aromatic flora. During this workshop you will have the opportunity to discover the unique organisation of bee populations and the social structure of the honeybee colony. You will become familiar with many aspects of the art of beekeeping, including its history, the tools and clothing used, bee products, the inspection of hives and, most importantly, the process of extracting honey from honeycombs.
Hiking and visit to the spring, Malea’s hill and the castle
Go hiking in the nearby route, visit the old spring, walk up to the hill where Maleas painted the famous 'Monemvasia' painting and reach the top of the hill to watch the magnificent view from the castle.
Damos - Gerakas boat trip
Enjoy a unique swimming day trip in a remote, serene beach with crystal clear water. Complete this experience with a meal at one of the traditional taverns in the southernmost natural fjord of Europe, the port of Gerakas.
Monemvasia rock boat trip
The Kinsterna boat ride takes about 60 ' and offers you the opportunity to enjoy the unique view of the rock of the medieval castle from the sea.
Fishing trip boat experience
Embark on a fishing, swimming and snorkeling trip in a one-of-a-kind fishing destination, Elafonisos island. Leave the crowds behind and enjoy the tranquility of these secluded spots on this private fishing boat tour. Learn the traditional way of fishing by Captain Nikolas and let him share with you the secrets of the sea. Catch sea urchins, clams and more, while savouring some Mediterranean snacks and beverages on board. Dive in turquoise waters, swim in secluded crystal clear bays, explore the sea and learn all kinds of secrets about seafood.To complement the experience, have traditional Greek dinner in one of the best taverns on the island and indulge in the flavors the sea has to offer.
Adopt an olive tree
Guests choosing to celebrate an important life event at Kinsterna, such as a wedding or baptism, will create unique memories and forge a lifetime emotional bond with the mansion! A symbolic action that will further strengthen your ties with the estate is to plant a seedling olive tree, whose centuries-old nature symbolises fertility, protection and immortality. The planting will take place on a specially designed terrace on the estate, and you will receive a Certificate of Adoption. Our experienced staff will nurture the tree and will undertake to keep you informed of its development, sending you a photograph each year, as well as a bottle of extra virgin olive oil and a jar of olives, if desired.
Enjoy the natural environment while cycling around the estate and the green hills surrounding it. Kinsterna offers bikes for this very purpose. The picturesque castle town of Monemvasia is just 7 kilometres away, and part of the route runs alongside the sea, making the journey a pleasant one.
Our private wine tasting sessions in the wine cellar or on the terrace will delight amateurs and connoisseurs alike. Learn about the local varieties of grapes and their characteristics, experience new bouquets and sample the finest wines in the region, including both Kinsterna wines and the Malvasia variety wine, renowned for its exceptional quality since 1340 AD. Experts also offer tips on serving and selecting the right wine for the meal during the tasting.
Baking country bread
Learn how our local village baker sifts and kneads traditional bread dough by hand. Help her bake bread in the old stone oven or watch how she artfully creates hot, sumptuous loaves of bread while sipping a Greek coffee. Adventurous bakers are invited to participate in the process and help knead some local ingredients, such as oregano, olives or raisins, into the loaves of bread.
Private cooking lessons
We share with you our knowledge and passion for Greek and Mediterranean cuisine through private cooking lessons at the mansion. The romantic mood and the ritual of gathering are endorsed with a lunch of the menu that you have prepared yourself.
Visit the Kinsterna boutique
Kinsterna's private label products such as olive oil, wines, marmalades, sweet preserves, honey and much more are available for purchase at the boutique located in the heart of Monemvasia. Inside the wonderful boutique there is a weaving loom from the past which will definitely catch the visitor's eye. This loom as well as other traditional items in the boutique were once an integral component of traditional households and are being exhibited so that visitors can learn more about past practices.
Our antique shop
Many old materials, such as handmade iron doors, lanterns, furniture and decorative objects belonging to the owners were incorporated into the restoration of the mansion. Part of this collection, as well as a variety of other pieces, are on display in the Kinsterna antique shop. Each piece has a little story to tell and visitors have the opportunity to acquire unique souvenirs!