The historical castle of Methoni
is located in the village of Methoni, at the tip of westernmost peninsula of Peloponnese
. Together with the castle of Koroni
, which is 30 km away on the other side of the peninsula, they are both referred to as the "Eyes of Venice in the Mediterranean".
Methoni castle is large and well preserved. It was built by the Venetians in 13 century, on a rocky cape of the village. When the Ottomans occupied the castle in 16 century they built another small stronghold on a tiny islet in front of the castle and connected it with the sea gate. The small stronghold was named Bourtzi and it served as a prison and execution place. The impressive outer walls of the castle are almost intact. Inside there are ruins of churches, houses and Turkish baths which you can explore. The Bourtzi stronghold is also accessible.
Methoni castle works everyday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.