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Methoni: The place of an impressive castle

Methoni


Μεθώνη, Μεσσηνία

Methoni is one of the most historic small market town of Peloponnese and was very famous for its port because its spot had a great strategic and commercial importance. It is situated 61km southwestern to the city of Kalamata.

The castle of Methoni is one of the biggest of the Mediterranean and it is built on the ancient walls. Passing through the centuries, many nations tried to dominate Methoni such as Franks, Venetians and Ottomans. The castle extends in 93.000 sq. m. and it is separated in two parts. At the southern part you will find the city, which is enclosed by a wall with towers. The northern part is particularly fortified and was the base of many different military commanders. The two parts of the castle are separated by a short wall with 5 towers.

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A characteristic architectural construction inside the castle of Methoni is Bourtzi. It is a small fort on the sea, built at a small islet at the southern part of the castle. It is worth to visit the castle of the area which is located above the sea, the hewn graves at the catacombs of Saint Onoufrios and Agios Vasilios.

In addition, it is worth to walk at the cobbled roads of the large village and swim at the clear blue water of the beaches Lambes, Limna, Mavrovouni and Loutsa. You can also pass at the other side to the picturesque small islands of Inouses, Sapientza with the wild grouses and the pheasants, Schiza with the cave and Agia Mariani which took its name from the picturesque small church.

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