Tours of the mansion and estate
Travel back in time while exploring this unique mansion; learn everything about its previous owners – and the fascinating story of its restoration. In the estate library, in addition to a rich collection of books, you will find the mansion’s original deed of ownership and vintage photographs of the building prior to restoration, abandoned and in ruins. Marvel at the architectural details in the common areas and many special rooms, and discover their stories. A stroll through the richly planted gardens of the estate will also give you a chance to enjoy the varied colours and glorious scents of the decorative and aromatic plants and herbs (over 250 species), and you can also sample fruits and vegetables from our extensive gardens.
Follow the footpaths and trails through our vineyards and the surrounding countryside
Visit Kinsterna’s vineyards, and hike through the surrounding green hills, the slopes and ravines above the estate and the gentle fields that stretch toward the sea. There are a total of 17 different trails in the immediate vicinity covering a total of 33 kilometers. The European hiking trail E33 crosses the estate through our vineyards, cuts through the settlement of Nomia and continues along the sea until it reaches Monemvasia. The same trail links Kinsterna with the area called Megalo Perivoli (Great Orchard), where you can visit an Ottoman-era house from 1760 (a two-hour walk). And on the hill above the mansion you can visit the ruins of a Hellenistic fortress (250 B.C.). On the grounds of the estate there are posted maps and signs for all of the trails.
Adopt a tree
Planting a seedling olive tree, a symbolic gesture which serves to strengthen your connection to the manor and its land, comes with a 10-year certificate of adoption and takes place on one of the estate’s specially landscaped terraces. Our staff will tend to your tree and send you a yearly report and photograph – as well as a bottle of extra-virgin olive oil and a jar of olives, if desired.
Enjoy a carriage ride or a jaunt with our donkey
A ride through the estate’s gardens in our horse-drawn Egyptian royal carriage from 1900 is a true delight, and you may also experience the unique pleasure of a ride on our donkey.
Horseback riding delight
Visitors accompanied by the estate’s horse trainer may go off on a ride of their choice, while more experienced riders may take longer rides by special arrangement. Even young children have the opportunity to enjoy horseback riding under the careful supervision of our experienced trainer.
Bicycle around the estate
Another relaxing and enjoyable way to experience the Kinsterna estate is by bicycle. Bicycles are found at specific spots and are free for our guests to use within the estate.
Relax while fishing
The locals have been fishing in these crystal-clear waters for millennia and now it’s your chance to do the same. Set off in your craft or the estate’s own boat from the marina at Monemvasia or the little harbor of Xifias – accompanied by an experienced local fisherman – and enjoy an unforgettable 2 hours.
Discover the art of soap-making
Observe from up close the process of making handmade soap from olive oil, and learn secrets of this craft that have been handed down from generation to generation. Side by side with our staff, you can mix in different aromatic herbs and spices from Kinsterna’s own gardens. You can also obtain handmade glycerin soap with aromatic herbs and take home with you instructions so that you can make your own.
Bake homemade village-style bread
Learn the secrets of bread-making directly from the village baker: how to sift the flour and make traditional bread-dough by hand. Help bake the bread in the old stone (wood-fired) oven or observe as she shapes the delicious loaves - while drinking your fragrant Greek coffee. The more adventurous visitors can mix a variety of local ingredients into their bread, such as olives or fresh thyme and oregano from our gardens.
Try our wines
During our frequent wine-tasting events, you will have the opportunity to learn about the local wines and their characteristics, to enjoy their exquisite bouquet and to sample the finest wines in the region, including Kinsterna’s own special wines and the legendary ‘Monemvasia-Malvasia’ (Malmsey), prized since the 12th Century and recently awarded the coveted PDO designation. During these wine-tastings, experts present tips on serving wines and recommendations on pairing them with various dishes.
Participate in cooking classes
Our Chef and his team are available to take guests to visit the mansion’s gardens, where they can select fresh, organically grown produce according to the season. Under the Chef’s guidance, the guests help in the preparation of a meal and are provided with further traditional recipes that they can prepare at home. The lesson concludes with a meal for the participants featuring the freshly cooked dishes they themselves have just created.
Visit Kinsterna’s boutique, and experience the art of weaving
You will be delighted by the hand-woven items which are available at the mansion’s superb boutique shop. The loom used to be a central feature of almost every Greek household. The ancient art of weaving has been kept alive until today by a number of women in Greece, so you have the opportunity to purchase old masterpieces of woven fabrics or woven items exclusively designed for our guests, from our own weaver. The boutique features also a variety of products from the Kinsterna estate such as: olive oil, wine, soap, marmalade and sweet fruit preserves.
Visit our antique shop
During the mansion’s extensive restoration, many old elements and materials were used, such as handmade iron doors and lanterns - as well as original furniture and decorative objects that belonged to previous owners. A portion of this collection is now on display in our antique shop, along with a variety of other objects. Behind each of these items there is a story, and guests have an opportunity to take home with them unique souvenirs from their stay at the Kinsterna.
A boat tour around the towering rock of Monemvasia
An excursion with Kinsterna’s boat provides a view from the sea of the imposing rock of Monemvasia and its medieval fortress town – as well as a chance to swim in the crystal-blue Aegean waters.
Damos beach by boat
This peaceful and secluded beach is not accessible by car but can be reached in only 45-60 minutes with Kinsterna’s boat – a journey that is a mini-vacation in itself. Damos is the ideal choice for couples who want to enjoy the sea without crowds.
Gerakas harbour by boat
Nestled in the southernmost natural fjord in Europe, featuring one of the continent’s most important wetlands, lies the picturesque little village of Gerakas - with traditional tavernas serving fresh fish every day. A visit by boat to Gerakas includes a dip in the clear blue Aegean Sea along the way and a 3-hour stop in this beautiful harbor to have a bite of fresh fish at one of the village’s traditional seaside tavernas.
At the same time, you can visit the site of the ancient city of Zarakas, which shows signs of habitation as far back as pre-historic times. The ruins of the city are located on the little cape north of the harbour entrance. 200 metres from the city’s acropolis lie the surrounding defensive walls, which were constructed in the Hellenistic era (200 – 150 B.C.). And within the walls are the remains of buildings dating to the later Roman and Byzantine periods.
Kastania Cave by boat
You can get to the beach with Kinsterna’s boat in about 30 – 45 minutes and are carried to shore in a small dinghy so you can bring your personal items with you. From that point it is a 1km hike to Kastania Cave, where you can take a tour of this extraordinary wonder of nature. After that, you can return to the beach and enjoy your swim in the crystal-clear waters. This little excursion combines a pleasant outing by boat, a refreshing swim at a quiet beach and a visit to one of Europe’s most impressive caves.