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Stunning, but almost unknown site.

Geraki is sometimes dismissed as the poor man's Mystra, but this ghost town is an absolute gem in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Martin P
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Hereford, England, United Kingdom
Excellent medieval castle and Byzantine churches

A fantastic 13th century Frankish castle and a bunch of small Byzantine churches with impressive... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Robby P
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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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.

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.

1  Thank Peter K
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Reviewed 27 September 2015

The fortress is located on top of the hills in a rather remote district of Laconia region. We got there by a pure coincidence when trying to find our way from Kyparissia, Laconia, to Geraka, small sea harbor not far from Monemvasia. Probably difficult to find but if you are there definitely it is worth the visit.

Thank Igor P
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

The Geraki Castle is located on a hilltop near the Geraki village in the Lakonia region.
It was really a small town, walled in by the Franks.
The fortifications are well preserved.
Two churches are open for visitation with well preserved 15'th-16'th century frescoes.
Very beautiful countryside view from the top.
The site is being restored.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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