We will be spending 1 night in the lower town of Monemvasia (not in the "mainland" town of Gefyra)(Friday night, 7 April 2023).
Our hotelier (Likinia Hotel) suggested (as does the 2020 RS Greece book) we drive as far as the castle gate and then circle back to grab the closest roadside parking spot. Of course (insert eye roll) I have now come across a Google reviewer that stated they got a 100 euro parking ticket for parking there during the day time. Any comments on if this is an actual risk we may face? Our original plan was to leave the car on the mainland and take the local shuttle across.
Our hotelier also recommended leaving our luggage in the car (whether on the Rock or on the mainland). For us city folk this idea seems ludicrous, especially since our rental vehicle will not have a separate enclosed trunk (we are renting a 7 passenger minivan for our family of 6) and the contents will be visible to passersby. The hotelier said that never in their experience have they had any safety issues with their guests' vehicles when parked on the Rock entrance road. Again, Google reviewers have commented on how DARK the mainland parking lot is...
Anyways, any suggestions to help me with my over-thinking would be appreciated :) .