Monolithos castle is a favourite on the tourist route, an impregnable fortress on the southwest coast near Apolakkia Bay and perched on top of a 300ft high precipitous rock overlooking the sea.
It was built around 1480 by the Knights of St John and it is certainly an impressive sight, but you must leave your car at the bottom and take a steep 15 minute hike up a narrow pathway to get to it. This is not a climb for those with walking difficulties.
Within the castle walls stands the church of Agios Panteleimon. The village of Monolithos is three kilometres from the rock and is a small, relaxing and peaceful place with a few hotels and a clutch of tavernas.
The road from Monolithos village leads on to Fourni, the beach of Monolithos, ideal for those who like pebbles with a little sand, gentle waves and a peaceful setting.
Unnerving rock formations add interest to the beach. One huge rock looks as though it might topple over onto the tourist sunbeds below at any minute. A beach cantina opens in the summer.
Nearby are some 17th century Christian caves that have been carved into the rock at Fourni beach, but expect to get lost trying to find them and beware the badly worn steps down to the cave entrances.