Pylos, a picture-perfect town, welcomes you with famous beaches, historic castles, Mycenaean palaces, important wetland and more! All packaged in an ideal holiday destination.
The peaceful Pylos, historically also known under its Italian name Navarino, is a town in Western Messinia, in the southwestern part of the Peloponnese region. Pylos has a long history, having been inhabited since Neolithic times. It was a significant kingdom in Mycenaean Greece, with remains of the so-called "Palace of Nestor" excavated nearby, named after Nestor, the king of Pylos in Homer's Iliad.
In the 1280s the Franks built the Old Navarino castle (Paleokastro), a castle on a cliff. It is located on the Gulf of Navarino, and the view is really impressive.
The Ottomans used Pylos and its bay as a naval base, and built the New Navarino fortress (Neokastro) there. This is possibly one of the best-preserved fortresses in Greece and looking round it is an indescribable experience. Right in its centre is the impressive Transfiguration of the Saviour church, which functioned as a mosque during Ottoman rule. It was erected in 1573 and, invisible from the sea, played a key role in the famous Battle of Navarino.
The Gialova wetland is a regional blessing of nature. It is one of 10 major lagoons in Greece, and has been classified as one of the important bird areas in Europe. It has also been listed as a 1500-acre archaeological site, lying between Gialova and the bay of Voidokilia. It is the southernmost stopover of birds migrating from the Balkans to Africa, giving shelter to no fewer than 250 bird species. It is Gialova, too, which plays host to a very rare species, nearing extinction throughout Europe, the African chameleon. Gialova is the only place in Europe where it survives and reproduces!
Equipped with binoculars and camera, you’ll follow the footpath that leads to the bird observatory. Gialova is an incredibly beautiful natural reserve in the Peloponnese.
Voidokilia beach, a semi-circular summer dream, under Paleokastro, with its famous bay (shaped in a perfect semicircle) have traveled the world. Incredible turquoise water and fine white sand, hidden in which you’ll find beautiful seashells.
In Pylos you’ll find the beach of Chrisi Akti (also known as Divari), situated in a protected area. Nearby is Voidokilia. And from there until Kyparissia you’ll come across endless sandy beaches, like Mati and Lagouvardos (perfect for surfing and other water sports), as well as small and picturesque bays with deep water, such as Stomio and Filiatra. North of Voidokilia is the miraculously expansive beach of Romanos.
Pylos, rests peacefully, built in the shape of an amphitheater below Neokastro. Enjoy a leisurely coffee in the shade in the central square of Trion Navarhon with its exotic palm trees. Visit the Archaeological Museum. Take a stroll along the coastal road and then sit down for dinner at one of its many restaurants. Your holidays here will be heavenly.
How to visit Pylos
We at Monterrasol Travel welcome you to see Pylos during multiday private car tour. Contact us if you would like to customize your tour to Pylos.
We have developed several tours that visiting this beautiful place. But, if you have a special conditions or any from these tours fit you, please do not hesitate to contact us, we can organize a tour exactly as you would like. And remember, we have no problems to take you from almost any place where you stay, hotel or private accommodation.
Last updated on: 15 August 2019
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