Historical, Religious & Medieval Exploration of Western Peloponnese
This journey through the Castles of Western Peloponnese the has been created by a team of specialists whose love for medieval history & the preservations of the greek castle heritage is what is driving them. Seven days taking you through history with a team of specialist guides that will uncover all the myths, history and legends of these centrury old monuments.
This is the inaugural trip of its kind taking place in May 2014 in the Peloponnese with the support of the local communities and the Greek Ministry of Tourism whose goal is to capitalize on the Greek medieval history & castle heritage. A few surprises await you along the way with one of them being; you 'll be served a medieval banquet in the Methoni castle trench.
During this 7-day trip, you will stay in a range of offered accommodation from eco-lodge farms, local boutique hotels, traditional hostels and a 5* spa resort.
The cities of Kalamata, Methoni, Koroni & Patras are just a few of the stops along the way where not only you will get to meet the locals & the famous greek hospitality but find out how these towns have developed from Venetian & Byzantine castle strongholds to the towns we see now.
A trip in the heart of the Mythical Peloponnese, a region of Greece with a long history & a vibrant present.
Athens - Corinth
We will visit the Akrocorinthos castle and the archaelogical area of Corinth. Overnight stay in the city of Corinth.
A few words from your tour guide: According to Greek Mythology, the god of the Sun was the ruler of the area. According to a popular myth, he gifted these lands to Aphrodite (Venus) , the Goddess of Beauty. Apparently, Aphrodite was not impressed with her gift since her home on Mount Olympus was by far better and with a more breathtaking view...
The castle changes numerous hands and rulers in history. From the Romans and Julius Ceasar, Emperor Justinian from the Byzantine Empire, it was finally conquered in 1210 by the Francs.
The castle’s significance reinforced by its significant location in ruling the area of Corinth is the reason why numerous ruling civilizations of the regions were fighting with Acrocorinth being the ultimate prize.
On our way to the seaside town of Killini where we will spend our 2nd night, we will visit the city of Patras and specifically the Turkish Castle of Rio and St. Andrew fort. In Killini, the spectacular castles of Hlemoutsi & Andravida await us.
A few words from your tour guide: The castle of Patras was built during the second half of the 6th century A.C. on the ruins of the ancient city Acropolis. The castle comprises of a triangular external area reinforced by towers, which are initially protected by a deep trench. The fort was constructed by Emperor Justinian of the Byzantine Empire after the catastrophic earthquake of 551 using pre-Christianic building materials.
In a special wall opening, you ll be able to see the body & head of a man's statue from the Roman era. The deformed statue's origin has acclaimed mythical dimensions for the citizens of Patras. According to popular tradition, it is a statue of woman who was pretending to be a man during the Turkish occupation. Now the woman is protecting the town of Patras from all epidemics & cries in the nights when a renowned citizen of Patras dies.
Killini - Castle of Hlemoutsi
A few words from your tour guide: Hlemoutsi Castle or Clermont or Castel Tornese was the most important castle of the Ahaia Prefecture. The castle's initial name, given by its French occupants was Clermont. The castle of Hlemoutsi is located on a hill 220m high, at a small distance from the sea, at the most west edge of the Peloponnese with a clear view to the Ionian sea, opposite the island of Zakyntos (Zante).
Castle of Kipparissia - Overnight stay in Pylos
A few words from your tour guide: The Castle of Kyparissia is also known as the Castle of Arcadia, which was the medieval name of the town. The Castle of Kyparissia was built by the Franks on the site of a previous Byzantine fortress. In 1970, the castle was partly restored. A small open-air theatre was built, which now hosts cultural events in the summer, such as musical concerts, poetry nights and ancient tragedies.
Pylos, is referred by Homer as the Kingdom of Nestoras, who according to tradition was founded by the Mythical Pylos. During the ancient times, the city of Pylos was occupated by the Spartan Kingdom.
Methoni - Koroni
We are visiting both castles of very important historic significance and spend the night in Koroni.
A few words from your tour guide: The town of Methoni is the centre of the municipality of Messinia. Due to its strategic location, it has been contested by all the powerful rulers that crossed this region of Greece in order to place the port of Methoni under their influence.
Homer refers to Methoni as one of the seven 'beautifully located cities' of his time. According to mythology, King Agamemnon offered the town to Achilles in order to alleviate his wrath.
During the Venetian rule, Methoni was fortified and became a significant industrial centre. The region overall became significantly wealthy since it served as an intermediate trade station between Venice and the Holy Lands.
The Methoni castle is one of the most important castles of Medieval Greece. It was built by the Venetians when they ruled the city in 1209 AC. It is very impressive as it is built on a rock entering the sea and is separated from the land by an artificial trench.
Besides visiting the town's castle & other sites of interest, we will pay a visit to an Olive grove to hear from the growers about the famous Kalamata olives, the quality of its produce and taste for ourselves the excellent olive oil.
A few words from your tour guide: The history of the city of Kalamata start at Homer's times. He refers to the town as Fares, an ancient city built at the location where its castle stands now.
The town gained some glory during the 4th Crusade (1204 AC.), when the castle is taken by the Francs.
The most important event in the long history of the town has been the overthrowing of the Turks during the Greek Revolution on the 23rd of March 1821.
Kalamata, currently a town of 66.359 inhabitants is the second biggest city in the Peloponnese after Patras.
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