Sometimes you feel this country is like a fairytale, with Frankish castles, Venetian towers, Mycenaean walls, ottoman forts, Byzantine bastions, Hellenistic fortresses and hilltop watchtowers. The mountainous terrain of the land, along with the many different civilizations that passed through – all wanting domination over the land – built some magnificent structures to achieve their aims.
Many of these castles and forts remain till today in some form or another, with a tumultuous history surrounding each. Some are shrouded by mythology, others by religious zeal, and most by warring factions that have raised this or that flag along the way. A handful even have love stories and forlorn maidens attached to their very fabric. Read about them first, then visit these magical places to enrich yourself.