Many visitors are unaware that Greece has some of the most beautiful castles in the world. Here’s some of the best castles in Greece you can visit during your next Greek family vacation.
Castles in Greece
Most visitors to Greece plan their trips around the great beaches and incredible archaeological wonders the country has to offer. Few realise however, that Greece also has dozens of castles constructed during the Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman periods of rule.
It’s impossible to list them all, but these are some of the most outstanding. If you are interested in planning a road trip based on the castles in Greece, contact the Kids Love Greece team as we’d love to help!
Methoni Castle (Peloponnese)
This medieval castle in the Peloponnese region of Greece was built by the Venetians, and paired with nearby Koroni Castle is known as one of the Eyes of Venice.
We love Methoni castle for the sheer size, and also the very unique Bourtzi section. It looks like something from the Lord of the Rings!
Nafplion is well known as one of the prettiest towns in Greece, and it is also home to a series of fortifications and castles. You can climb the steps to the top of Palamidi, or visit the Bourtzi on a water taxi from the harbour.
The fortifications here are another reminder of the Venetian period of the Peloponnese.
The Greek island of Rhodes seems to have castles and fortifications everywhere! If your family has never seen a castle before, prepare to be amazed by your time here!
The most famous area is The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. The size and grandeur is breathtaking, and it also has two archaeological exhibitions on permanent display.
The north-west of Greece is a popular destination for people who want to see some of the unique natural beauty and traditional villages for which it is well known. When in the area, a day spent in Ioannina is highly recommended.
The old town section of Ioannina is contained within the walls of a much larger fortification. Within, there are several areas which should be visited. These include commanding views out over the lake at Ioannina, and also two mosques complete with minarets – something of a rarity on Greece!
Fortress of Rethymnon
The Greek island of Crete has some beautiful castles, and the fortress of Rethymnon deserves its place among the best of them. Originally built by the Venetians, and adapted by the Ottomans, it has a distinct star shape.
The Fortezza, as it is known, is an interesting place to explore, and the views from the ramparts are lovely. If this is your first time in Crete and your kids have never seen a real medieval castle before, this fortress is a must-see! If you are interested in visiting the fortress, you might also want to check out these other things to do in Rethymnon.
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