My boyfriend wanted to visit so we did, I wasn't entirely sure what's so special about a castle like that but it held strong during many wars. Wish it was in a better shape or remodelled.
İf you walk up the shore road from Mytiline port,you will reach at this famous Castle in about 10 minutes.Entrance fee is Euro.2.- for adults.İt is sad to see this Castle under such conditions.Could be much better with its surroundings.In any case worth to see it.
This castle is a must see when you are in Mytilini! The entrance fee is only 2 euro's and students (if you bring your student card) may enter for free. The castle is pretty big and from the walls you have a great view over Mytilini and the sea. Throughout the castle are many signs which give you information about the history of the castle, it's buildings and an underground water reservoir. My girlfriend and I were there for an hour and found it very interesting! There are no facilities at the castle, so you must bring your own water.
Since the town of Mytiline doesn't have much to offer in terms of a tourism experience, you should absolutely go to the castle. The grounds are HUGE ... it's easy to envision how it protected a medieval society. The views are fantastic, but if you go, take some water and a hat. Very little shade, and minimal facilities. The town itself shuts down for a long siesta in the afternoon, and reopens late in the afternoon, so if you're on a day trip on a cruise, shop early.
This castle is typical of so many Greek attractions - terrible signage for the site, parking and the entrance. When you finally find it, it is incredible. The views from every side are breath taking, and the descriptions of different ruins are helpful. The castle is much bigger than you would expect, so be prepared to walk.TIP: Don't park in the nice, big lot that has a map of the castle. If you do, you then need to walk up the long steps, turn left, and walk 120 meters thru the woods on an unmarked path. Turn in where it says "castle" near the soccer/football field. It is much closer to the entrance.
Walk up the hill from the tourist information service on the harbour front, keeping the castle on your left, we took a side track near a school but retrospectively its probably better to stick to the road. Its not very far and took us about 20 to 30 minutes to walk from the harbour.The castle is open from 8.30 am, we got there about 9am and had the place to ourselves. The entrance fee is 2 Euros, and well worth it. At first glance the castle seems a little neglected, the grass and vegetation is long and brown after the hot summer months, but look a little deeper and you will be impressed; there is such a lot to explore. Some of the buildings have been partly reconstructed and some have been left as ruins, but you can explore everywhere. There are a lot of information boards in front of all the ruined buildings, including reconstructions of how things used to be. There is a small museum with displays of coins, pottery and further information. There are toilets in this building also. We signed the visitors book found in the lobby here too.Don't miss out on the view from the walls, there are two areas where it is safe to climb up with stairs and handrails, and other parts are also accessible for the brave! There is an underground cistern or water storage system, still with water inside, and further into the ruins there are underground crypts, used as storage and as places of refuge when the castle was under attack. You will see the remains of churches and monastic buildings, a prison and public water fountains - all the facilities a small town would need.We had a very happy couple of hours exploring and taking pictures but remember to take water and sun protection with you as it gets very warm
great place to visit in mytilini and see the ancient castle! very big and also can enter the underground hidingplaces and waterreservoires. great view at the sea and the city.
We were visiting on a cruise ship and saw this in the distance and wandered towards it. The walk was pleasant. The site is quite big and only €2 to enter. We walked around for ages enjoying the ruins and the views. It's well worth a visit.
This site covers a large area and I had the place to myself for my visit. Like most castles in Greece there are successive pahses of development by Byzantine and Ottoman occupiers amongst others. Spotting all the ancient worked stone incorporated into walls, etc is interesting. After centuries of neglect these monuments are finally getting some overdue renovation although in the current financial climate progress is going to be slow.
The castle is a most interesting site, but as it has been fully described in previous reviews I am writing about some other things to do. From the port across the harbour you will see a prominent dome. This is the large church of St Therapon situated off Ermou, the main shopping street, one street back from the harbour. After visiting go north along Ermou, through the shopping area, and eventually you will see the cathedral of St. Athanasios, just off to the right, recognisable by the tall bell tower. After visiting go north again on Ermou, and within 50 yards there is a little passage on the right leading to St Theodorus church, which is the oldest of these three and most atmospheric in my view. This church is hard to spot from Ermou although only a stone's throw away. If you miss the first passage the next one will do. All three of these churches are Orthodox, and best visited in the morning or late afternoon.Continuing north along Ermou you will pass the ruins of the old Mosque. Just after this a right turn leads to the castle.From the castle go straight down the main road Mikras Asias. On the left is a modern building which is the New Archaeological Museum, admission 3 Euros, closes 3.30 pm. The main items are about three rooms of excellent mosaics from local houses. For the rest its the usual collection of pots, and disfigured sculptures. Continue down the hill. At the bottom is the old museum where more sculptures can be seen through the railings. If you wish turn left here for the Statue of Liberty, or right for the port.