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Review of Castle of Geraki

Castle of Geraki
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Geraki
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Reviewed 9 September 2018

While at the village of Geraki which also boasts byzantine churches, do not follow the first sign directing your to take a left towards the archeological site! Rather follow the second sign leading you to the left, which is right after the Geraki village, just as you see a stone house on your right! In five minutes you will reach the renovated entrance to the Castle of Geraki. Very clean and designed to blend in with the environment. Sterilized toilets. Exceptionally polite young guard, recommended what to do. She showed us an 8 minute very informative video to grasp the basics. You will need good shoes, hat and water. Worth visiting to grasp the byzantine atmosphere and glory. Absolutely scientifically renovated churches, with frescoes. No ticket, open from 08:00-15:00 until December 15 2018. We will revisit when it's cooler!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 4 September 2018

Situated 5 minutes drive outside the town of Geraki, set atop a hill. The entrance is gated with a modern entrance. Free entry. The female staff member was so welcoming and recommended watching the excellent short video first. Renovation has taken place and it shows. Structures and paths have been made safe. The small churches with frescoes are wonderful, the views stunning. We got chatting to a lovely girl who had only worked there a few weeks, she was very informative. We also did the short walk to the 'outer churches'. None were open but the walk was lovely and the view of the citadel magnificent. This is 'sold' as Monemvasia and Mystras' poorer cousin. I beg to differ! No shop or cafe but super clean toilets. Tips: take a torch to view the frescoes as the churches aren't lit and have limited natural light. Watch out for snakes (we didn't see any but were warned by the staff). Take water, wear a hat and sturdy footwear.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank bluelizard
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

Well worth a visit this Byzantine city of fortress will not disappoint. It is free to enter and the churches are opened for a couple of hours between 12.00 and two (Sept). It was empty when we visited in September - it was very hot - take water and a hat! The frescos in the churches are stunning. The ruined town is fabulous - very atmospheric. Can't believe the Greeks don't charge an entry fee for this stunning site. The views from the castle walls are magnificent.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

We visited en route to Monemvasia from Mystras. We hadn't heard of it until the day before we were travelling and we wanted to do something on the drive over. We couldn't find an exact address but headed to the town knowing it would be nearby. The town itself has incredibly narrow roads and we couldn't see any signs as we headed to the centre. When we pulled up we saw that actually it wasn't in the town but on the top of a nearby hill, about 5 mins away.

The site has parking with a new reception area. We were the only people visiting and the churches were all closed as we had arrived after 12 noon. The lady at reception kindly walked up with us to open up one of the churches which was stunning. My wife and I then climbed up to the citadel. The entire site has been really well preserved and a lot of effort has gone in to allowing you to walk in to the houses which all have good descriptions. The site was used as a half way point between Monemvasia and Mystras and when you reach the top you can (allegedly) see Mystras on a clear day. We couldn't but we could see the vast expanse of the Peloponnese.

We probably spent an hour / an hour and a half exploring the whole site. It is well worth doing and deserves credit for the way they look after it and in how they explain what life was like, the buildings did etc.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank GazBenj
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Reviewed 23 January 2016

The castle of Geraki is situated a few kilometres outside of the town on the road that leads to Molaous & Monemvassia. Contrary to other reviews, it is very easy to find and not situated in a remote area of Lakonia ( 40km east of Sparti ).

It has been undergoing major restorations the past few years so when you visit, don't be surprised to see people working whilst you tour the castle. If I remember correctly, the castle would close at 3pm weekdays & was not open on weekends, but I was told by a local that this will be changing.

Hopefully once all the restoration work has been completed, accessibility will be much easier & tourist friendly as a cafe with toilets & parking area are being built.

Like any other castles, be sure to bring enough water & visit before it gets too hot during the summer period. The views of the plains & the sea are stunning.

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank Peter K
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