Spectacularly sited on a headland above Divari Beach, Divari Lagoon and Voidokilia Bay, this castle can only be accessed on foot. Park at the end of the track along from Divari Beach (Golden Beach) and follow the path to the left,that winds it's way up to he ruins. It's about a twenty minute walk and it's adviseable to wear decent footwear, which I...more
Methoni is located 9km south of Pylos. It was already famous and fortified in the antiquity. However in the 12th, the Venetians fortified Methoni. The castle was accessed by a wood bridge. Later, after 1500, the Turks strengthened the castle that can now be seen. Its ruins are still impressive. The Venetian wooden bridge was replaced by a 14 arches...more
Road side chapels along the road are a common sight in Greece. They can be of very different styles. The first photo shows a brass lamp with oil burning. On the right, two bottles.to refill the lamp. Behind two plates with the figures of saints.The second photo gives a close up on one of the plates. It is a bit dark but nevertheless shows clearly a...more
The first photo shows the bay of Navarin with the city of Pilos on the left. In the far background, on the right, the island of Sphacteria locks the bay.The second photo is a close up on the island of Sphacteria. It shows well that it is made of tall cliffs that fall directly into the sea.more
This castle is not so obvious from the land, but definitely so from the sea where it crowns an dominates Pilos.Building began on it by the Turks in 1572, then the Venetians took hold from 1686 - 1718. This was followed by brief Russian occupation in 1770, then the massacre of the Turks in 1821 before it became the headquarters of Ibrahim Pasha. In...more
We returned to this cafe that we had visited last year. The big change was the comfortable cane seats. Amazingly, the drinks still cost the same as last year. This place is wonderful for watching the Greeks at work and play. Most of the conversations appear to be very heated but no doubt the shouting is all about the price of tomatoes or some such...more
A very Greek establishment on the corner of the harbourside. No schlepping, run by a very quietly spoken Greek man (most unGreek like). A variety of cooked dishes and fresh fish. We watched a large party of business men arrive and re-arrange tables to their satisfaction before they settled down to the long process of ordering their lunch. Much ouzo...more
9 buses daily to Kalamata (11/4 hrs.)
5 buses daily to Kyparissia (north) (11/4hrs.)
5 buses daily to Methoni (20mins.)
4 buses daily to Finikounda (30mins.)
2 buses daily to Athens at weekends (5hrs.)
Whilst we were having a drink on the waterfront at Pilos, a helicopter arrived on the scene. No-one, (except us) seemed particularly interested or suprised when it landed on the quay. When I asked the young lad who served us who it was, he explained that it was the man who owned much of the land around there where he was building a couple of large golfing complexes. We knew of this plan and had seen some of the works going on last year so were interested to see how things were progressing.
One of the "golf towns" is being built north of Gialova, behind one of the best beaches in the area. We were shocked at the immense eye-sore this creation had made on the landscape. Huge mounds of sand blocked access to the beach and tower cranes and concrete shells dominated the landscape.It really is going to be enormous, a compete village in itself. The other complex is being built closer to Gialova and Pilos and is only in the land clearing stage. Nothing had been built here, yet. Again, it is behind a long stretch of beach and will encroach on the peaceful,natural surroundings as you drive from Pilos to Gialova.
While we were looking at menus at a certain restaurant a very insistent woman kept trying to gain our custom. All we wanted to do was see what was available and compare prices, which we did. She was far more expensive than O Aetos, therefore she didn't get our custom. We do not like this sort of thing.
2007 update Didn't notice any schleppers this year!!!!
Unique Suggestions: Try and enjoy the food but learn from your experience.. Tell them they are expensive. Don't leave a tip.
Fun Alternatives: Don't opt for the first place you come across, especially if you are accosted. Look where the locals are eating. We only tried O Aetos but were more than happy with it.
Accessed by foot from the southern side of Voidhokilia beach. A tricky looking climb and I suspect more of an effort than it's worth. Supposedly full of bats with a hole in the roof. According to the Odyssey Hermes hid Apollo's cattle here.2007 and still haven't got here!! My excuse was I didn't have suitable footwear. I would like to see the cave,...more
These ruins sit on Koryphasion Hill, 5kms. west of Gialova(8kms. north of Pylos). They guard the northen entrance to Navarino Bay.There is a rough track up to the castle ruins from a car park at the southern end of the hill at the end of Divari Beach. Can also be reached from Nestor's Cave path from Voidhokilia Bay. It's about a 25 min. walk from...more
North of Pylos, pass through Gialova and turn left at the sign for Golden Beach (Divari Beach.)A vast sweep of fine golden sand with trees for shade. Lots of little car parking areas, quite a few taken up with motorhomes. As the beach is so extensive there is room for all.The water is incredibly shallow and calm, safe for young children. One place...more
A beach everybody should visit is the wonderful Voidokoilia beach, outside of Pylos, near Gialova. There are 2 ways to get there: you take the road to Erodios camping and at the dead end you leave the car (there is a small bridge and a lake on your right hand) and you walk for about 10 min. through a path full of bushes--beware of the many snakes...more