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Methoni Castle, Methoni

#2 of 26 in Historic Sites in Messenia Region
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The Castle of Methoni is a medieval fortification in the port town of Methoni, Messenia, in southwestern Greece. The castle of Methoni occupies the whole area of the cape and the southwestern coast to the small islet that has also been fortified with an octagonal tower and is protected by the sea on its three sides. Its north part, the one that looks to land, is covered by a heavily fortified acropolis. A deep moat separates the castle from the land and communication was achieved by a wooden bridge. The Venetians built on the ancient battlements and added on and repaired it during both periods that they occupied the castle.

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  • Methoni Castle is one of the most important fortresses in the Mediterranean and you should definitely visit it if you are in the area. The grounds are far more extensive than you would expect and the....  more »
  • What an amazing place! There's not that much left intact but nonetheless you can easily imagine what the place must have been like when 10,000 people lived within the walls. The setting is fantastic.....  more »
  • Impressive and very well-kept, the views and energy of this place are something to take away with you. We visited during the summer, which means it is preferable to avoid the very hot hours of the day, but it also means you're in for amazing sunsets. Unfortunately, it closes at 8 and last admission is at 7.45 which is a very bad choice, since you need at least one hour to say you have seen most of this place. Also, the personnel was not very nice to us, given that we arrived late, we were the last to go in and they were keen to get it over with. The ticket price is very low though, it's 2 euros for adults and kids and students go free, so even if you go in for twenty minutes, it's still worth it.
  • Beautiful visit, good for an easy 1h30 walk, very clean and well maintained. They're open from 8am to 8pm during the summer, entrance is 2 Euros per person. Wander around the castle and its massive surroundings, with beautiful vistas on the beach and islands, and climb up the lighthouse at the seaside edge.
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