A fairy tale ambience is widespread at the Methoni castle. On a land of 9.3 hectares a city made of stone and walls expands and at its edge is Bourtzi tower. It was built in 1209 by the Venetians and its heyday dates to the period of the first Venetian rule (13th and 15th century). But time is not of essence here. On the contrary, time is eradicated and the castle seems that it has been here forever. It looks unwavering by time, by the sea, by its conquerors. It passes from hand to hand and wasn't occupied by the Greeks during their revolt. In 1825 it became a fortress of the Ottoman Turks when Ibrahim landed at the port and settled inside the castle.
The castle's walls make it a stronghold. Stone blocks cut out on the rock, low height towers in an immaculate fortification technique, a sample of the defensive aspect of the art of war at this age that is constantly reinforced.
Outside the castle's walls spreads the city and then the fortress that was once the epicentre of the social and financial life of the city is abandoned. The land changes completely and the city becomes more important since the priorities have also changed. War subsides to be replaced by politics.
The port and the castle of Methoni were for centuries a significant geopolitical hub. Today it is a serene seaside town and its inhabitants' main occupations are the cultivation of olive trees, fishing and tourism. Peace prevails on the land and its people.