Methoni is a small tourist town known mainly for it’s Venetian fortress. It’s a large and beautiful site with open field covered in flowers in spring inside the imposing stone walls, from which there are lovely views of the rugged, rocky coastline.
Parts of the sea facing walls are crumbling away adding to the sense of a lost age and lost lives that permeates the site. In the Southwest corner of the walls there is a magnificent sea gate that leads onto a narrow path out to a Bourtzi, a small island fortress.
You can walk around the battlements of the Bourtzi and also go inside the tower; The tower is a grim place, used as a prison and also to slaughter many inhabitants when the Turks invaded and occupied Methoni in 1500.
The history of Methoni is savage, suffering bloody invasions 4 times, twice from the Turks and twice from the Venetians, very different to the relaxed peaceful ambiance of today. See wikipedia.
The town has become a popular tourist destination in recent years. There is a small town beach with a plaza of cafes and restaurants behind. The main town is 500m back inland.