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Medieval Times: these are the best places in Greece

Athens ● Koroni ● mani ● Methoni Messinia ● Monemvasia ● Mystras ● Patmos ● Rhodes ● 01 September 2017
 

Greece has a long history, which comes from the ancient times, but concerns also the Byzantine and Medieval Times. If you are a fan of history and you want to see something different than archaeological sites of the antiquity, these are the best places to visit, which will impress you with their medieval beauty.


Rhodes

The Medieval Town of Rhodes is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe, and thereat, Unesco inscribed it on its World Heritage List. During the Byzantine Period, Rhodes was an important trading post between Alexandria and Istanbul. In the 7th century A.D., the Arabs captured Rhodes, and the Knights Period started in the 14th and continued until the 16th century. Walking around the Old Town of Rhodes is a unique experience of medieval beauty and multicultural character between the East and West.

Medieval Town of Rhodes

Patmos

The well-preserved main town of Patmos is an architectural jewel of traditional white-washed houses and medieval churches, and it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The narrow pebbled streets and the Monastery of Saint Jown on the top of the hill, which looks like a fortress, make you believe like having travelled back in time.

Athens

Athens is worldwide known for its ancient history that gave birth to the western civilisation. However, Athens has a long and rich history, which consists not only of the antiquity but also of the medieval times. Only a few tourists know that in Athens numerous little Byzantine churches can be found between the neoclassical buildings, the archaeological sites and the modern houses. Medieval, Byzantine Athens is equally interesting with ancient Athens and emphasizes the multicultural character of the city.

Byzantine Church of Holy Apostles

Mystras

Mystras is a fortified town in Laconia, on Mountain Taygetos. It was the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea and experienced a period of prosperity and cultural flowering. The city was abandoned in 1832, leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins in a beautiful landscape. These ruins, including the palace, the fortress, the churches and the monasteries, was inscribed in 1989 in the List of World Heritage Sites of UNESCO.

Mystras

Koroni and Methoni Messinia

In a close distance to Pylos in Messinia, you can visit two castle-towns, Koroni and Methoni Messinia, where you will experience the Medieval aura of the area. The Venetian Castle of each town by the sea, the traditional character and the authenticity of these small towns make you adore them and understand how Medieval Times looked like in Greece.

Venetian Castle of Methoni

Monemvasia

Monemvasia comes directly from the Medieval Era. The Old Town and the Castle have been built in a huge rock with magnificent view of the sea. The Castle is among the main sightseeing spots in Monemvasia, and the walk in the pebbled streets will impress you.

Monemvasia

Mani

Mani, the middle peninsula of Peloponnese, is a treasure of Byzantine churches, castles and towers. Mani is a complex of villages in Messinia and Lakonia, and among the most impressive villages by the sea, are considered Gerolimenas, Limeni and Areopolis Mani. Stone-built houses, narrow streets, traditional shops, local products and the clearest sea-waters in whole Peloponnese make these places popular in summer as well as in winter. Very impressive, like coming directly from the Medieval Times, is the mountainous village of Vathia, which stands imposingly on the top of a hill with its abandoned towers overlooking Cape Tainaron and Aegean Sea.

Mani

Where to Stay

Hotel in Thessaloniki, Greece Nouvelle Hotel
Nouvelle Hotel
7km Thessaloniki - Oraiokastro, 57013 Thessaloniki, Greece

Nouvelle Hotel is located in Oraiokastro, just 8 km away from the centre of Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki International Airport is 28.9 km away. The port of Thessaloniki is approximately a 20-minute drive away.

Hotel in Aegina, Greece Liberty II
Liberty II
Agia Marina, 18010 Aegina, Greece

Hotel Liberty II is located in the popular sea-side resort of Aegina, Agia Marina, just 3 minutes walk from the longest beach of the island. The main port of the island and the town is at 13.2 km. Aegina island can be easily reached with a ferry boat from Piraeus (Athens), or Agistri and Methana islands.

Hotel in Thassos, Greece Angelica Hotel
Angelica Hotel
Theologiti Str., Limenas, 64004 Thassos, Greece

Angelica Hotel is centrally located in Limenas, only a 4-minute walk from the beach. Thasos Port is a 10-minute walk away.


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