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Charming Zia in the southernmost slope, whose superb location makes it the perfect spot for viewing spectacular sunsets and gazing at the nearby islands of Kalymnos and Pserimos as well as the Turkish coast in the distance.<br><br>During the summer the settlement of Zia is bursting with activity from the countless visitors who come to taste local delicacies served in charming traditional taverns, to purchase unique local products and souvenirs and to stroll through the cobblestone alleyways all the way up to its crystal-clear fresh water springs, the most well-known of which is Kefalovrisi.
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David D wrote a review Oct 9
Devon, United Kingdom7,780 contributions1,318 helpful votes
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Thursday 8th October and we visited the sprawling remains of this medieval Fortress near the village of Antimachia. It is situated on a hill and is about 3 kilometres from the main road. From the top of the Fortress there were amazing all around views. When we visited it was cloudy and threatening to rain, so views were a bit restricted. Having said that ideal conditions for clambering around, not too hot, no blistering sunshine. There are plenty of battlements, ramparts to wander across as well as ruins to explore. Within the Fortress, 2 Churches remain nearby each other. Agios Ioannis (Saint John) which we were able to enter. The second larger one Agios Paraskevi was locked. It did have a small bell outside which we rang for blessings and luck. In 1494 an earthquake hit the region causing considerable damage which was repaired and the walls reinforced. It was abandoned in 1840. Ironically there was evidence to suggest that great old Fortress has been abandoned again in modern times. The big wooden entrance doors look if they have not moved to be closed for a while Also , there was no entrance fee here, the ticket office by the entrance has not opened for some and is falling in to disrepair. As is what looks like a small restaurant and washrooms, neglected and derelict. There was ample evidence that goats, sheep and maybe rabbits wander freely through the ruins. Would recommend wearing sturdy footwear, the ground underfoot is uneven and loose in place. Also wear a hat if spending time here when hot and sunny.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Chris B wrote a review Sep 2020
Ilfracombe130 contributions72 helpful votes
Found by chance after seeing a map, this is a couple of miles from the main road but it is worth the detour, although in ruins we were there nearly two hours. It is a shame the Greek Government have not spent the tourist tax on assisting the forward thinking for this location. There has been a café there previously but it is now in disrepair
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Manuela L wrote a review Nov 2019
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg7,110 contributions2,631 helpful votes
No Winter blues in Kos - Antimachia, every time this castle merit a visit, the weather is most time nice so we can be active and go for a regular walk and this wll keep your good mood boosted, fit for visiting the castle at the top of the hill and there are stunning views of the island, nice greek flowers and plants to discover; Built by the Knights of Saint John around 1340, nowaday many ruins, but there is a little chapel of Agios Nicholaos dating back to early 1500's. Enjoy your sunday walk. !
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Stead63 wrote a review Oct 2019
Gateshead, United Kingdom21 contributions5 helpful votes
The fortress is a huge imposing ruin on top of the hill overlooking Antimachia & the coastline of Kardamena. Inside is a bit overgrown in places but it's easy enough to get round & the walls offer some spectacular views. The toilet facilities look to have been left to go to ruin several years ago & there wasn't much in the way of information around the place but nonetheless still worthy of a visit.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Barry jordan wrote a review Sep 2019
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom21 contributions1 helpful vote
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Wonderful walk upto the castle from kardemena.very scenic.castle is wonderful & well worth visit....
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Date of experience: September 2019
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