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“Holy Dog”
Review of Methoni Castle

Methoni Castle
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Methoni
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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“Holy Dog”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Methoni Castle is huge. Make sure you go right to the end and cross the causeway to the Boutzi. Look out for the lions of St Mark, the symbol of Venice. When the Ottoman Turks captured the castle they called the lions @Holy Dogs@.

Visited May 2013
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Nice castle but the best is the tower in the sea next to the castle!!! It worths the visit and then u can swim next to the clean sea at the beach...... U can park with the car outside the castle

Visited March 2013
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“Allow plenty of time!”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

SO much to explore. Some not for the faint-hearted but loads of choice. Stunning views all round. Try to read up a bit first or just imagine.

Visited October 2012
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“An absolute must if your staying in Methoni”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

We spent a wonderful morning wandering around the massive Venetian fortress. Even now the fortress is in ruins it continues to be very impressive.

To enter the fortress you cross over a massive stone bridge with 14 arches which is built over what was once a moat. The bridge leads to a gate and the entrance walls both of which are gigantic and imposing, it’s quite deceiving because it gives you the impression you are going to enter a great entrance hall, however once inside the fortress the space opens up to nature and at first glance it just seems as if only the fortified walls are all that are intact of this massive building.

Wondering around the atmospheric interior you come across pillars, a church, ruined Turkish baths and various other buildings in various degrees of ruin. Occasionally you come across descriptions of what the buildings use to look like, their use and history. Personally I would have loved the opportunity to hire a guide for an hour or two.

The site is huge and wonderfully savage with amazing views out to sea and overlooking Methoni village. The highlight of the tour is the Bourtzi which I believe dates back to the period after 1500. The distinctive octagonal tower sits on a jetty which heads out to sea towards Methoni’s haunting islands.

The Bourtzi has been used as a prison in various times and the locals say that when the winter winds hit its walls you can hear the screams of the prisoners and those unjustly killed in the Bourtzi.

We visited in October, it was a cloudy day which seemed to enhance the beauty and mystery of this atmospheric place. My only disappointment was that there was no guide to make this hauntingly magical place come alive.

Visited October 2012
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“Methoni Castle, Peloponnese, Greece”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

Step back in time and visit the magical site of the castle at Methoni. Just a short drive from the very pretty coastal town of Pylos is the castle at Methoni in all its imposing glory. Venetian in style, this castle site covers a very large area. The place is full of delights but none better than the walk out towards the promontary that juts out into the sea. The Normanesque tower calls out for Charlton Heston to come charging down in his chain mail armour. The water gushing through,under the drawbridge, becomes hypnotic. If you like taking photographs, be prepared to take very many.
It is very easy to imagine what the castle was like in its heyday, as the walls that you can still walk around, are largely intact. It offers great views of the surrounding land and sea and on the far side the rugged rocks show how the designers utilised nature as part of its defence system. You will need reasonable footwear especially if you are going to climb up the various towers and you need to spend a good couple of hours exploring the site. Try to avoid this in the heat of the mid Summer sun as it is quite tiring.
After your sojourn is complete, there are a number of very good eating places just up the road, well within sight of the castle, and a cold drink always goes down well.
Most highly recommended - even for the golfers who spend time at Costa Navarino. This place is certainly equal to a "hole in one"!

Visited September 2012
2 Thank Mike H
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