From the main square a sinuous route will lead you to the ‘Upper Town’ following a natural stronghold strewn with local flora that imbues the air with aromas of sweet wild flowers, tangy herbs and mountain teas. Stepping amongst the, ruins of long gone noble mansions and wells that sprang forth fresh springs of water to quench the thirst of ancient inhabitants, you find yourself perched upon this rocky island surrounded by the Mirtoo Sea whereupon, you are granted impressive unencumbered views of the city’s natural and historical beauty. Once having almost reached the summit you will find the Byzantine church of St. Sophia built during 1328 A.D. by the Emperor Andronikos the 2nd. The church stands proud as a living testimony to Greek culture and orthodox heritage. A few feet before the pathway ends, at its highest point named the ‘Goulas’, lie the ruins of a rectangular stone powder keg built during the Venetian occupation. Having visited the summit one stands in awe and recognizes the source of inspiration that many a poet and artist has imparted upon their works and as mere mortals, we depart from this enchanting castle, still teeming with life and carry away with us a treasure trove of indelible memories.