Greece has 800 castles and they narrate their own history and glorious past! Let’s begin our journey to the 10 best castle towns in Greece. Are you ready to listen their old stories?
5. Mesta Chios
Mesta is a well-preserved village-castle of the Byzantine period (14th and 15th century) and it’s located on the fantastic Chios island. The castle village leads back to the centuries and only few changes has been undergone the past years. The streets are very narrow and the houses haven’t any doors and windows on the outer side of the walls, which gives a feeling of a castle wall! This type of fortress, square and angular structure, was built for protection against frequent attacks by pirates and Turks. The inhabitants could enter and leave the village only through a door which is currently at the location of Kato Porta. In the center of Mesta rises the defensive tower, a type of Acropolis, which the inhabitants had as a shelter in case of attack.
4. Mystras in Peloponnese
The buildings of Mystras are extremely impressive. Preserved Byzantine churches and palaces, houses and bridges, tell the story of a city that flourished as the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of Moreos and crowned the last emperor Constantine Palaiologos. Turks, Venetians and Turks conquered again from 1460 on wards until it was released in 1821. However, it is not only the sights and knowledge one would gain from his visit to Mystras. What essentially charms is the feeling that you are walking in a vivid and very special monument.
3. Nafplio in Peloponnese
Palamidi is a huge, well-maintained and one of the best examples of Venetian fortifications in Greece. It was built in 1714 by the Venetians, only in three years! It is built on a 216-meter high hill which gives significant strategic advantages as from there anyone can has excellent visibility at the city of Nafplion, the port, the fortress of Acronafplia and the entrance to the gulf of Argolis. (photo by Emmanuel Eragne)
2. Castle of Rhodes
In 1988 UNESCO declared Rhodes “World Heritage City”, mainly because of the Castle and the medieval city that are built inside. This is one of the largest and best preserved castles in Europe! It took its current form mostly in the period when the knights of the Order of Saint John occupied the island, from 1309 until 1522. (photo by Anita)
1. Monemvasia in Peloponnese
Within the medieval walls of Monemvasia, it is one of the best-preserved castles in Greece! Dozens of churches, traditional houses, fountains, paved narrow streets are kept in remarkably good condition, preserving a pure and unique atmosphere of this village, which from the Byzantine period to the 19th century played an important role in the history of the region. No cars are allowed inside the castle. That’s always a good plus!
(Last photo by Nikos Moumouris)
You can find all the above 5 castle towns at our below map.
Check also the part A of our tribunal to best castles towns in Greece!