There are multiple reasons why the seductive Methoni is justifiably one of the most prominent personas of the area. Lying in a beautiful refuge of nature, it is a magical destination that has been accompanied over the centuries by myths, stories, adventures and tales of the soul and mind. A destination that shares its peace of mind, clarity and the feeling of becoming one with its rich, past history. Methoni’s tangle of history is unfolded all the way back from the time of Homer’s epics since it was the city Agamemnon offered to Achilles to tame his vengeful rage. One of the most awe inspiring and admirable sights, is its imposing castle, one of the most important castles in Greece built by the Venetians when they became masters of the city in 1209 AD.
The whole settlement of Methoni has been characterized as a traditional one. It is one of the first post-revolutionary settlements based on a plan of settlements. It was approved by the governor Ioannis Kapodistrias on May 4, 1829 and is thus the first urban projects in the history of the modern Greek state. There is also a special school in Methoni, which was one of the first schools built in newly formed Greece (in March 1830), by decision of Kapodistrias. In Syggrou Square, on the main road, near the entrance of the castle, lie the Venetian well and the primary school. The well was built in the second Venetian period (1686-1715) and has a diameter of 2.6 meters and today has a depth of 4 meters. This well, including another one near the bridge at the entrance of Methoni, have been deemed as historical monuments with the church of Agios Nikolaos described as a remarkable example of ecclesiastical architecture of the years after 1830.