Pylos travel guide

Voidokilia

Voidokilla Bay

On the west coast of the Peloponnese, Pylos is a Venetian town and port, built around a large square in front of the harbour area. The town its has 2 forts and it is a popular base for exploring area, which has a number of interesting places to visit.

Pylos

A few kilometers up the coast is Gialova, a small tourist resort which has some good cafes, restaurants and a beach with trees at the back that are good for shade.

Gialova is on Navarino bay where there was a famous naval battle in 1827 that was a decisive moment in Greece war of independence against the Turks. See Wikipedia for a full account

The Battle of Navarino, by Ivan Aivazovsky.

Exploring the Area

A little further along the coast is bay of Voidokilla, a glorious circle of sand backed by dunes marred by piles of trash left by people camping overnight. Behind the dunes is the Gialova lagoon, a protected area of saltwater wetlands with a large bird population and unique wildlife. See Surfbirds

 

There has been a lot of tourist development in recent years – new apartments and villas built along the coast to Gialova and a big hotel and golf course complex outside Pylos. All of which has made the area much busier and commercialised in recent years.