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Places to Visit in the Navarino Bay area

Here are some of the special places you’ll find nearby.
You can visit them by yourself or book a tour guided by the Navarino Parkranger. There are a lot of places to visit in the Navarino Bay area.
We list 11.

Pylos

Distance from Gialova: 13 min. 7,9 km.
The small town of Pylos was built on the southern shores of the Navarino Bay. It has always been an important port of the western Peloponnese since at least the Middle Ages. Today it is a quiet town that becomes alive during the summer season when tourists and Athenians arrive to spend their holidays.

Pylos is a delightful town, with its waterfront tavernas and its beautiful central s quare which is surrounded by cafés and were you can have an “Ellenikós Káfe” in the shade of an enormous Plane tree. On the square you will also find a memorial commemorating the Battle of Navarino of 1827, in which the Turkish fleet was destroyed.

Pylos, a picturesque, amphitheatrically built town, is on the southwest end of Peloponnese, on Messenia land on the Ionian coast. In the fold of Navarino Bay, Pylos stands proud, a mistress ready to reveal to every visitor the treasures years now she keeps well guarded. The sandy beaches, the waterfalls, the vast olive groves, the imposing castles, all combined with the idyllic sunset, are elements that conjure up a landscape that leaves no one unmoved.

In Pylos history meets the unparalleled beauty of the scenery and the sea. A beautiful square with imposing sycamore trees, little alleys and pedestrian walks give the opportunity to enjoy relaxed moments with walks and promenades.

Water sports, mountain climbing and boat rides in a natural port full of colour and so masterfully protected by southern Sphacteria, but also for lovers of history and tradition, museums, castles and archaeological discoveries, who come to Pylos to make their adventure more thrilling.
The view of the sea and the colours of the sunset overflow everywhere.

The Royal Palace and the cave of the Homeric king of Pylos, Nestor, bear witnesses to the peak of the town during the Neolithic Era, and the extraordinary discovery of the Mycenaean tablets with Linear B inscriptions ranks it as the second biggest centre of the Mycenaean world.

It is not a coincidence that Pylos is mentioned by the great epic poets of Greece in their works.The great historical importance of Pylos is completed in modern history with the battle of Navarino in 1827, which became the cause of the Greek nation’s liberation from the Turkish oppression.

However, the importance of the region does not stop there as in our days, out in the sea open of Pylos, in the Calypso Deep, a high-technology international scientific experiment is conducted for the detection of cosmic neutrino particles that impart information about the universe and the beginning of cosmos.

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Methoni

(Distance from Gialova – 26 min. – 18,5 km.)
Methoni and Koroni are the twin castles of Messinia. It is worth noting the particular strategic location of Methoni, where is also the largest fortress of the Peloponnese. In antiquity, Methoni was referred to as Mothoni. It had taken its name from Mount Athos, a huge underwater rock.

A beautiful seaside town, Methoni with its imposing castle maintains its romantic atmosphere. Pausanias and Strabo identify the ancient Methoni with the “Pidassos vineyard”, which Homer mentions as one of the seven cities that Agamemnon offered to Achilles, trying to persuade him to return to the battle of T . A submerged settlement of the Middle Bronze Age (1900-1600 BC) has been located in the bay of Methoni.

During the Historical Times the important Messinian port was also known as Mothoni. During the Byzantine times, Methoni played an important role in navigation as a commercial port and refueling station for warships.

During the Venetian occupation, Methoni with its castle was a usual station for merchants, the pilgrims of the Holy Land and the travelers of the Mediterranean. Methoni has 1,169 inhabitants. It is 61 km SW of Kalamata.

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Finikounda

Distance from gialova: 34 min. 27,8 km.
Foinikounta is situated in the southwestern tip of the Peloponnese peninsula, in Messenia, between Methoni and Koroni.

The municipality’s population is approximately 600 habitats and it administratively belongs to the new municipal unit of Pylos-Nestoras.

The village sits on a beautiful location with a great seaside front, and is notable for its magnificent sandy beaches.

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Koroni

Distance from Gialova: 1 u. 47,9 km.
Koroni or Corone (Greek: Κορώνη) is a town and a former municipality in Messenia, Peloponnese, Greece. Known as Corone by the Venetians and Ottomans, the town of Koroni (pop. 1,397 in 2011) sits on the southwest peninsula of the Peloponnese on the Gulf of Messinia in southern Greece.

One of the most elegant examples of Venetian fortress architecture and one of the few castles inside which houses and temples are preserved, the castle of Koroni, dominates with its imposing volume almost the entire Cape of Akrita, at the southern end of the Messinian Gulf. It was built by the Venetians in the 13th century and strengthened by the Ottomans in the 16th century.

The picturesque uphill route, which starts from the pier, takes us back centuries as we meet parts of both the pre-existing Byzantine castle and the ancient fortification. The narrow cobbled streets lead us to the main gate of the castle, on the north side.

Here, the whole settlement was concentrated in its attempt to protect itself from the invasions of the conquerors and pirates. Today, however, few houses are inhabited. Inside the castle are carved tombs, underground vaulted tanks made of chipped boulders to collect rainwater, the octagonal tower – a sample of Ottoman architecture – the churches of Hagia Sophia (Byzantine church of the 12th century) and St. today it functions as an orthodox church) as well as the monastery of Ioannis Prodromos.

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Koroni

Koroni

Marathopoli

(Distance from Gialova – 19 min – 18,6 km.)

A small fisher village with a nice boulevard and many good restaurants.
If you want to party, go to ‘The Albatros’.

Having developed in recent years into a modern tourist resort with rich infrastructure and without losing a trace of its traditional character, Marathoupolis enchants the visitor from the first moment with the simplicity and the beautiful natural landscape that surrounds it.

The famous taverns-temples of seafood along the main pedestrian street overlooking the endless blue of the Ionian Sea and the imposing island of Proti, but also the busy cafes and bars that keep the pulse alive until the early morning hours give a cosmopolitan graphic character of the area.

Right opposite Marathoupolis with the background of the endless Ionian Sea, the island of Proti rises like a natural breakwater. The name of the island is probably due to the sea god Proteas, son of Poseidon. According to local traditions, in the past it was a shelter for sailors, but also a refuge for pirates, who hid their treasures there.

Today this island has great archaeological importance as the ruins of a Mycenaean or pre-classical citadel with a wall and a circular turret are preserved.

A pole of attraction for the visitors of the island who can go there at any time by boat from the port of Marathoupolis, is a uniquely beautiful beach, Vourlia, located in a quiet cove with crystal clear blue waters and white sand. A unique experience is also the visit to the monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin of Gorgopigi which is located north of the beach of Vourlia and gathers a large number of believers on the 15th and 23rd of August.

An important attraction is the bay which is located right in the middle of the island and is called “Grammeno” as they are carved on the rocks wishing for a good passage of the ships.

The waters are blue there too and it is difficult to resist their call for a refreshing dip. On the beautiful island that is very close to the coast but very far from technology, city noise and exhaust fumes outside the monastery there are no houses or hotels.

There is only nature, a paradise of peace and adventure, a natural reservoir of iodine and oxygen. The waters are blue there too and it is difficult to resist their call for a refreshing dip.

On the beautiful island that is very close to the coast but very far from technology, city noise and exhaust fumes outside the monastery there are no houses or hotels. There is only nature, a paradise of peace and adventure, a natural reservoir of iodine and oxygen.

The waters are blue there too and it is difficult to resist their call for a refreshing dip. On the beautiful island that is very close to the shores but very far from technology, city noise and exhaust fumes outside the monastery there are no houses or hotels.

There is only nature, a paradise of peace and adventure, a natural reservoir of iodine and oxygen.

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Kalamata

1 u. 2 min. 51 km.
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Sparta

2 u. 16 min. 109 km.
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Mani

2 u. 54 min. 133 km.

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Chora

19 min. 15 km.

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Gargalianoi

(Distance from Gialova – 19 min. 19 km)
In western Messinia, on a plateau 300 meters high is the “balcony of Messinia”, the town of Gargaliana. It earned this special nickname because of the impressive view of the vast olive grove of the area ending in the Ionian Sea, where like a natural breakwater stretches the beautiful island of Proti. F. Pouqueville, a French diplomat and historian of the 19th century, gives us the following description of the landscape: this most attractive of graceful Messinia “.

The Gargalians are also known for the excellent quality oil and wine they produce – some of the best in the world. The visitor can taste the local delicacies in the central square which is surrounded by traditional cafes ready to introduce anyone to the relaxed rhythms of the town and the authentic rural spirit of the area.

The name of the Gargalianos is due to the Venetian documents that mention the city as Gargaliano, a name given to a Venetian official who lived in exile in the area.

However, the history of the area goes back to the Homeric years since the wider area belonged to the kingdom of the mythical king Nestor.

The recent history of the Gargalians is particularly brilliant since from here comes Sarantos or Sarandellos Agapinos, according to Tellos Agras who voluntarily joined the Greek corps that fought in Macedonia with the Bulgarian komitatzides.

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Kyparissia

(Distance from Gialova – 45 min. 43 km)
Kyparissia is a seaside town in the southwestern part of the Peloponnese. It is the capital of the province of Trifylia in the prefecture of Messinia and at the same time is the agricultural and commercial center of the region.

At the same time, it is the seat of the Holy Diocese of Trifylia and Olympia. It is built on the northwestern slopes of Mount Psychros, at the foot of Mount Egaleo. It is divided into the old Ano Poli, which is a preserved settlement, and the Nea (or Kato) Poli, a newly built area that reaches the coast.

Ano Poli is built at the foot of a small hill 150 meters, at the top of which the ruins of the Venetian castle are preserved. The castle was built in prehistoric times and expanded during the Venetian period.

In the years of Ottoman rule, was for the wider area the stronghold of the struggles of the inhabitants against the conquerors. The area of ​​Kyparissia is rich in green and has endless sandy beaches, where even today, caretta -caretta turtles choose to build their nests.

Kyparissia is said to have been inhabited since prehistoric times and developed into a major commercial center, mainly during the 4th century BC. In medieval times it was called Arcadia, perhaps by the many Arcadians who took refuge there persecuted by the Slavs.

Kyparissia is said to have been inhabited since prehistoric times and developed into a major commercial center, mainly during the 4th century BC. In medieval times it was called Arcadia, perhaps by the many Arcadians who took refuge there persecuted by the Slavs.

Kyparissia is said to have been inhabited since prehistoric times and developed into a major commercial center, mainly during the 4th century BC. In medieval times it was called Arcadia, perhaps by the many Arcadians who took refuge there persecuted by the Slavs.

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