In the Middle Ages, Methoni was an important stop for the pilgrims on their way to the Holy Lands, and for the commercial ships on their journey from the West to the East The Venetians held Methoni for nearly 300 years and built a powerful castle that dominates the town from both land and sea and the castle’s history mirrors that of Koroni Castle in being one of the “Eyes of Venice” and was famous for its wine and pork!
The impressive fortress is entered by crossing an elegant 14 arched, stone bridge and there is ample parking nearby. It is a wonderful experience to explore the whole area and even more delightful during the spring months when the castle grounds are overflowing with an amazing variety of wild flowers. Methoni Castle & its Bourtzi (a small octagonal tower that juts out into the sea at the far end of the castle) are a major attraction for visitors but remember to make time to explore the pleasant town streets and stop for a meal or drink at one of the many restaurants and cafes that line the side streets and pretty square just back from the town beach. Methoni Beach is a firm favourite with both locals and visitors due to the stunning backdrop of the castle walls and the extremely shallow shelving clear waters that make it ideal for young children.
Along with the excellent tavernas and cafes, Methoni offers a wide variety of accommodation making it ideal for visits all year round.
See you soon in dramatic Methoni!
Methoni, Evangelismos, Finikounda, Kainourio Chorio, Lachanada and Foiniki