Unlike many other archaeological sites of Greece, the Methoni castle is a vast, open space, with pockets of interest scattered around, mostly hidden.
Around the time Mystras became the Byzantine capital of the Peloponnese, Methoni, a port city located at the southwestern edge of the region, was flourishing under Venetian rule.
The best preserved buildings in Mystras are, of course, the churches. They are very old (and they look the part); their 600-year old murals are a sight to behold.
I’ve mentioned before that my favorite ancient sites are places in which you are free to roam and explore — and this is one of them.
On the foothills of mount Taygetos, just a few minutes from the city of Sparta, a small, conical hill juts out of the landscape, with the ruins of a castle on top and the ruins of a large city on its eastern slope.
Monemvasia is one of the most enchanting places I've ever visited. If you avoid the crowds of the high season, you can truly appreciate how magical (and, yes, romantic) this place can be.
Monemvasia is one of the best preserved medieval townships in the world. It is a small town, perched on a steep incline between the massive rock face and the sea, surrounded by stone walls.
When I first approached the medieval city of Monemvasia, I couldn’t help but wonder: Where is it? All I could see was a little town on the beach.
It is no accident that people chose to build monuments, theaters and palaces on summits of specific hills or the natural curvatures of specific mountains.
Today, tourists get to visit the ancient theater of Epidaurus, test the incredible acoustics by dropping a coin in the middle of the stage and explore the Asklepeion on the plain across the theater.