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Castles in Greece

Greece is full of castles and towers. Altogether there are more than 800 ancient and medieval castles, fortresses and towers scattered all over the Greek territory.

“ I came to the Greeks early, and I found answers in them. Greece’s great men let all their acts turn on the immortality of the soul. We don’t really act as if we believed in the soul’s immortality and that’s why we are where we are today.“ – Edith Hamilton

The Most Beautiful Castles in Greece

In the Peloponnese, discover the castles of Palamidi, Methoni, Mystras, Niokastro, Koroni, Monemvasia, Kyparissia, Kalamata, Chlemoutsi and Palamidi in the beautiful Nafplio. They are in excellent condition and have a history rich in legends and stories.

In the Ionian Sea, you can visit Assos in Kefalonia, the castles of Zakynthos, Griva in Lefkada, the Old and New Fortress in Corfu.

In the Aegean Sea there are a large number of well-preserved castles in the islands of Karpathos , Skyrosm, Chios, Naxos, Lesvos, Evia, Skopelos, Rhodes and Nisyros.

Head to the South, Crete, the castles of Fodele, Rethymno, Gramvousa, Frangokastello, Heraklion and the famous Spinalonga Island, where a leper community lived in the past.

Finally, in the north of Greece, which has been a real crossroads of civilizations, you will find some of the most impressive castles in the country, such as the castles of Chalkidiki, Platamonas, Kavala, Alexandroupolis and Edessa.

Exploring the Fascinating History and Beauty of Greece Castles

Every trip to Greece means an amazing experience where myth, tradition, and culture play a major role. It is very important for a country to be able to show its history to the world and make people interested in it. Greece, like its Mediterranean neighbors, has for many centuries taken on the influence of various cultures, traces of which are visible throughout the country.

Beginning in the Middle Ages, during the time of Byzantium, the Franks, Ottomans, and Venetians influenced the area and society, contributing to the formation of today’s Greece and today’s Europe.

Greece presents its castles and welcomes all visitors, highlighting the other side of its history. The majestic castle of Rhodes – in the east of the country, Spinalonga in Crete – in the south, with its rich history, the castles of Monemvasia in the Peloponnese – in the west, and the castle of Kavala in the north – these are monuments that date from the early Byzantine period (5th century AD) to the XI.

Discover the myths and tales of the battles and knights that lived in the various territories of the Greek state. These destinations are ideal for family vacations and romantic adventures all year round thanks to the country’s mild Mediterranean climate. Ancient Byzantine and medieval castles are scattered throughout the country. In the Peloponnese, you will find the castles of Mystra, Methoni, Koroni, Monemvasia, Niokastro, Kyparissia, Kalamata, Chlemoutsi, and Palamidi in beautiful Nafplio.

Castles are another part of the rich history and cultural heritage of Greece, which the Greeks are happy to share with the whole world. This legacy, clad in mythical ash, is waiting for you to discover it. Start your journey and live a truly unforgettable experience that will forever change the idea you had about Greece.


There are over 1200 medieval castles, fortresses, and towers in Greece.

Some of the most famous castles in Greece are: Acrocorinth, Mystras, Monemvasia, The Castle of the Knights (Rhodes), Castle of Ioannina, Monolithos Castle, Palamidi Castle, Angelokastro, Methoni Castle, Castello del Molo (Koules) and many more.

The term “castra” was also used to describe ancient Roman military encampment, such as those with palisades and ditches. The term “castle” in Greek is “o” (kastro), which comes from the Latin “castrum”. It is a general phrase that applies to all fortification types from antiquity to the 17th century.

Yes, all of these castles are open to visitors.

Yes, there are often tour guides available at these castles who can provide more information about their history and significance.

Yes, kids will enjoy visiting these castles, but parents need to be warned that some places might not be safe for small children.

Photography is usually allowed inside castles in Greece, but it’s always best to check with the staff or the tour guide.

The Fascinating History of Castles in Greece

Aegean Castles

These magnificent structures, crafted from local stone and marble, were once the first line of defense against invading forces and marauding pirates.

Mainland Castles

We will look into some of the most amazing castles in mainland Greece and learn about the myths and legends surrounding them.

Crete Castles

Crete is a land of castles, each with its own story and history. These breathtaking structures serve as a reminder of the island’s rich history and culture.

Ionian Castles

Each part of the Ionian Castles, from the massive towers and fortified walls to the fine carvings and exquisite paintings, speaks a great deal about the creativity and ability of their constructors.

Peloponnese Castles

These castles have witnessed wars, battles, and the rise and fall of empires.  Let us take a trip through time and tales and explore some of the most intriguing Peloponnese castles and towers.

Athens Castles

Athens castles are a true marvel of human ingenuity and creativity. From the ancient Acropolis to the innovative Castle of the Winds, these castles are a testament to the rich history and culture of Athens.