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Methoni in the southwestern Peloponnese
Methoni is a small charming village between Pylos and Koroni in the southwestern Peloponnese. The village has about 1,200 inhabitants, but the number increases during the summer. Most tourists who visit Methoni do so during a day trip to see the imposing fortress Castle of Methoni (Kastro), one of Greece's largest fortress complexes. The fortress began to be built in the 13th century by the Venetians. The Turks have, of course, also been here and ravaged, and contributed to the mixed architecture.
A small part of the famous fortress Castle of Methoni.
But if I'm not interested in old fortresses, why should I visit Methoni? I'll return to that. However, I think you will like this fortress.
View of the village of Methoni from the moat at the Castle of Methoni.
Castle of Methoni is surrounded by the sea on three sides and is separated from the mainland by a moat. Inside the castle there are Turkish baths, a cathedral (Byzantine church of Saint Sophia), several houses, a water cistern, underground passages and a strange pyramid. Along with a lot of other things.
The area inside the walls is huge.
Where the fortress ends there is a small island called Bourtzi and it can be visited via a stone bridge. Bourtzi served as a prison and execution site. A very impressive octagonal tower stands on the island.
The small island of Bourtzi with the octagonal tower.
The Pyramid in the Castle of Methoni.
Back to you who are not interested in old fortresses.
Methoni is not only an old fortress, it is also a lovely village
if you like tasty Greek food in cosy tavernas and to sunbathe and swim
on a long and nice sandy beach.
The long sandy beach of Methoni.
The part of the beach closest to the Castle of Methoni.
Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for rent.
There are several beachfront hotels and pensions near the beach and the fortress.
Methoni beach and parts of the Castle of Methoni and a little of the village of Methoni.
In the square in Methoni there are several tavernas.
There are also similar fortresses in Pylos and in Koroni. But none of these are as imposing as Castle of Methoni. Methoni is located about 12 kilometres south of Pylos, about 30 kilometres west of Koroni and about 60 kilometres southwest of Kalamata.
ACCOMMODATION IN METHONI