Methoni travel guide

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.

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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.