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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Where to Stay

Studio in Lipsi, Greece Studios Anna
Studios Anna
Lipsi, 85001 Lipsi, Greece

The family-run Studios Anna are located just 350 meters from the port in the main village of Lipsi Island. The center of the village with traditional taverns, small cafés and a supermarket is at 150 meters. The hospitable owners provide free transfer from/to the port. Lipsi island has a good ferry connection to Piraeus (Athens) and to the surrounding islands of Kalymnos, Leros, Patmos and Samos. During the summer months there are also daily routes for hydrofoils, a catamaran and district ferry boats from Rhodes and Kos islands.

Hotel in Karpenisi, Greece Margit Suites Hotel
Margit Suites Hotel
Parodos Chrysis Katsampa, 36100 Karpenisi, Greece

Margit Suites Hotel is located in the town of Karpenisi. Karpenisi ski centre is just a 20-minute drive away. The traditional village of Megalo Chorio is 12 km away.

Hotel & Hostel in Karpenisi, Greece Guesthouse Oihalia
Guesthouse Oihalia
Fidakia, 36100 Karpenisi, Greece

Guesthouse Oihalia is located in the small traditional village of Fidakia, 26.5 km away from Karpenisi. Lake Kremaston is approximately a 10-minute drive away.


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