Methoni Castle

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Spiderdog
Cheshire, UK4,642 contributions
Captivating Castle
Sep 2020
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 leaflet that you receive on entry gives you enough information to pick out the main points of interest.
The views from the castle are outstanding and you can easily spend a couple of hours here.
Written October 14, 2020
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Thespecialagent
London, UK370 contributions
Stepping back in time
Sep 2020
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, surrounded on 3 sides by the clear blue water of the sea. So unusual, as most castles in Greece are on top of high hills or mountains. A real gem of a place.
Written September 23, 2020
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CorinaNitu
Bucharest, Romania271 contributions
Must visit castle
Sep 2020 • Couples
If you are in southern Greece (on the continent), more precisely in the province of Messinia, you must visit the castle of Methonia.
The ancient imprint is preserved in the present and will certainly be admired in the future.
This stop at the castle is a memory for a lifetime.
All the admiration for the ancient civilization that inherited such jewelry.
Beautiful experience!
Written September 21, 2020
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Jojo
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Gem
Aug 2020 • Couples
Beautiful views in and around the medieval castle. Visited coincidentally during a full moon and it was magical. Would have liked for it to remain open a bit later than 7:30pm and it really i an injustice to not keep it lit at night.
Written August 5, 2020
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EdgarCosset
Brooklyn, NY1,268 contributions
An historic stronghold
Jun 2020
Castle lovers, aim your cannons! One of the largest fortifications in the Med, this is the real deal with over six hundred years of bloody history as it changed hands between Venetians and Ottomans, Franks, expeditionary French, and WWII Germans. Bring your imagination and envision attackers scaling walls, fighting through successive gateways and narrow streets while defenders deploy their cannons and maximize fields of fire before retreating over a causeway to the last stronghold for a final stand.

But there are some practical considerations.

First, contrary to most guidebooks, there is an entry fee: on my visit €12. Also, Methoni was really a fortified city. The walls encompass 23 acres. And even though the military bastions and gates are fascinating, most of what you see today is rocks and weeds. There are no concession stands and little shade. Bring water. You’ll want to spend at least two hours. So, if you are bringing kids, take one hint I got from a marker. Put them on a scavenger hunt to count the Venetian lions of St. Mark. Good but limited parking nearby.

Over time Methoni declined in strategic importance leaving these ruins. But each occupier left the marks of their own architectural signatures. The fortress last fell to the French forces assisting the Greek War of Independence. Replacing the ancient wooden drawbridge approach, they built the impressive 14 arch stone bridge over the moat we see today. Cross over and explore!
Written July 19, 2020
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matthias233
Speyer, Germany92 contributions
Venetian Castle - Worth a visit (best in the late afternoon)
Jul 2020
Beautiful venetian castle building the scenery for the Methoni village. It’s definitely worth a visit but I would recommend to go in the late afternoon to avoid being exposed to the sun and heat during summer time.
Written July 18, 2020
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Lia T
Nicosia, Cyprus57 contributions
That water though
May 2020 • Couples
Like most sites in the Peleponnese it's the scenery thag makes this place beautiful. The castle adds a nice effect to the scene but i can say its a shame that something so old is overgrown with weeds- if care is not taken it will be lost!
Written May 13, 2020
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vickymaust
Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
Methoni Castle
Jul 2019
It was wonderful to return to my mother's place of birth. The castle is outstanding and to see so much of it still standing is wonderful. So much history to enjoy
Written March 9, 2020
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nella o
Beek en Donk, The Netherlands55 contributions
Methoni castle sunset view
Nov 2019 • Family
We came there on a late Saturday afternoon, it was not accessible anymore so we could only see the outside & the surroundings of the castle. But I must say, the sunset view from the cliff next to this castle was breathtaking.
Written November 25, 2019
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gentbrugg
Moscow2,304 contributions
Utter disappointment
Jun 2019
According to the reviews I read before the trip, this is probably the best fortress on the Peloponnese. The reality was much worse. From the whole complex, not without some curiosity, you can see only the last fragment - Burtsi, jutting into the sea. Everything else visually looks pitiful. Those who wrote reviews about this attraction, probably have not seen Indian forts or the citadels in the Middle East -  the Krak des Chevaliers, Markab, Saon, Misiaf, Ajloun, Kerak, Tripoli and others. Only this can explain their delight, inadequate to the true degree of attractiveness of Methoni.
Written November 5, 2019
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