Beaches in the Navarino Bay area
Beaches to visit in the Area
Here are 13 beaches to visit in the Navarino bay area.
Voidokilia Beach is a popular beach in Messinia in the Mediterranean area. In the shape of the Greek letter omega (Ω), its sand forms a semicircular strip of dunes. The land facing side of the strip of dunes is Gialova Lagoon an important bird habitat. The beach has been named “A Place of Particular Natural Beauty” and is part of a Natura 2000 protected area. The beaches was voted one of the top ten beaches in the world.
VOIDOKILIA (Βοϊδοκοιλιά) Beach, Bay, Curve or Cove is not only one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, but maybe also in the Mediterranean Sea.
The sheltered bay is referred to in Homer’s Odyssey and archaeologists believe it was used by King Nestor as a port in ancient times.
Situated at 12 km from the city of Pylos (in the north of the Navarino bay), you reach from the village of Petrochori.
The curve of Voidokilia seems to be traced with a compass like a giant Greek omega (the name means “cow’s belly”), from the two rocky promontories that define the entrance of it. It is surrounded by a magnificent beach of light, fine sand, protected by the wind, and the crystalline beach invite somone to go swimming.
Voidokilia is hidden behind sand dunes, which seem to be protecting its secret of magic beauty. The beach of outstanding beauty lies beneath the Old Frankish castle (Paliokastro) and the cave of King Nestor, the ancient King of Pylos, who according to legend, used this cave as a haven for his cattle. Taking the path up from Voidokilia to the Old Navarino castle you will enjoy the wonderful panorama that unfolds in front of you: the Divari lagoon of Gialova, Navarino Bay and the Peloponnesian hills covered with olive trees.
From Voidokilia beach you can pass onto the lagoon of Gialova through a natural path to observe the lagoon’s bird life, and the fascinating world of one of Europe’s most important wetlands.
Voidokilia Bay has been recognised officially as a landscape of exceptional natural beauty by the Greek government, and is one of the most captivating spots in Greece.
No other geological formation like it exists elsewhere. The area is considered of archaeological interest, so it has remained intact by civilization.
This coastline and the wetlands of Divari lagoon of Gialova (or Osman Aga lagoon) has been designated as a European Ecological Natura 2000 Site.
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Glossa is a little beach in the shadow of Voidokilia. As you can see on the image, it has a very small opening that let the seawater come in. The beach is relatively small but not many people visit the beach because it is relatively unknown to the public. The water is quiet and protected by the small entrance. It is a popular destination for nudist and alternative people.
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Golden Beach (Divari)
North of Pylos, pass through Gialova and turn left at the sign for Golden Beach (also known as Divari Beach). A vast sweep of fine gold sand with tress for shade. Lots of little car parking areas, quite a few taken up with motorhomes. As the beach is so extensive there there is room for all. The water is incredibly shallow and calm, safe for young children.
Unlike the beach of Gialova, it is organized with sunbeds and beach bars. It is busy with a strong youthful element. Near the beach bar there is a semi-sunken ship which has become home to many species of fish.
If you are looking for water activities, Divari is a great destination as it has beach volley, and possibility for wind-surfing, sea-skiing, jet-skiing.
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Gialova beach is great for families with young kids. The bay keeps the big Ionian waves out. And at most places, the water is quite shallow. Parents can enjoy a meal or a drink while being just a few steps away from their kids on the beach. You can find some nice and simple family hotels here. There are also a few campings nearby. The beach is 200m from our main accommodations.
Costa Navarino Beach
Costa Navarino is the biggest resort in the Navarino bay area. It is situated at a long beach right at the Ionian Sea. It is not for the public but you can visit the Koa Beach bar at the same beach.
Romanos – Glifadaki Beach
Passing Romanos village you will find the beach, with fine sand and shady spots, frequented destination for many families who live nearby. Locals call it also Glyfadaki. It is a long beach with views to the Ionian Sea and fine sand. In fact, they are many small beaches, one next to another. The first part of Romanos beach is organised with sun beds, parasols, beach cafes and bars, while above is a restaurant for those who would go hungry. The rest part of the beach is intact and more peaceful and is mostly preferred by families and those seeking tranquility.
Petrochori – Kolopana Beach
The area around Petrochori is considered part of the kingdom of Ancient Pylos under King Nestor. Voidokilia beach, which is at a distance of about 800 meters from Petrochori, is referred to in Homeric epics as “sandy Pylos”. The wider context of the above term is considered to include the other beaches of Petrochori that have a front to the Ionian Sea where according to ancient tradition the fleet docked in the Mycenaean years.
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Mati – Bouka Beach
Mati beach is characterized by the intense golden color of its sandy beach and its large length. Somewhere in the middle of the beach you will find a bar and beach volleyball court, while there is always a quiet place for those who do not want people. During the summer you are also very likely to come across caretta-caretta turtles that go ashore to lay their eggs.
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Almirolaka – Agios Niklaos Beach
Romanos – Glifadaki / Petrochori Beach
Romanos is a village and community in the municipality of Pylos-Nestora, Messinia, Greece. It is 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) north of Pylos. The community consists of the villages of Romanou and Petrochori. Petrochori is famous because of the beach of Voidokilia. Also, near the village there is the cave of Nestor.
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It is dominated by fine white sand and pine trees that offer ideal shades for lunchtime views overlooking the sea. It takes its name from the torrent of the same name which flows into its northern beach. It is located on the coastal road that connects Filiatra with Marathopolis (3 km before we reach Marathos). Many surfing friends from all over Greece arrive in this area to enjoy the waves of this beach which is a natural landmark for sports lovers.
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Vromoneri beach is a choice for the inhabitants of the surrounding villages, as it is a decent beach with quick access. The beach is paved with sand, and there are steps from which you can descend to it.
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The hidden beach with swimming in clear blue waters and with a stone beach, in a quiet lonely environment.