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10 Unmissable things
Not on every visitor’s radar, Pylos can prove to be one of Greece’s most fascinating places… when you give it a chance. No matter what time of year you plan to visit, here is a list of the top 10 things to do in Pylos.
Things to do in Pylos
During your stay in the city you’ll want to choose the best things to do based on the type of holiday you have in mind.
In order to help you to enjoy Pylos we made a collection of the most amazing, cool, adventurous, fun, romantic, exciting things to do in Pylos.
The list of attractions and places in Pylos that you must see is very long: just stroll around the historic center to understand that the points of interest in Pylos are in every street, corner or alley.
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The journey is the discovery
Pylos is a place rich of beauty, history, landscapes, attractions, wonders and contradictions and the time to visit and fully understand it is never enough. However it could happen to you to be able to visit it only for a day and in that case you will wonder: where to go in? what to do? what to see? Which side of Pylos start my tour? Where do I conclude it?
In order to answer these questions we propose this itinerary thought to let you spend a long tour around the city where you will be able to visit Pylos in a day.
Pylos is a city rich in beauty, history, landscapes, attractions, wonders and contradictions and all that makes it perfect as a destination to spend a weekend. Once arrived in the city to spend your weekend, you’ll probably ask yourself questions like:
where to go, what to do, what to see in Pylos? In which point of Pylos do I begin my tour? Where do I conclude?
That’s why we have designed a route that allows you to visit Pylos in a weekend. To define the route we suggest you for your weekend in Pylos we imagined a 3-day weekend, from Friday noon to Sunday evening.ENJOY THE WEEKEND
The journey is the guest
Pylos is a place full of beauties, stories, landscapes, and attractions and the time to visit it is never enough. It could happen to you to visit Pylos for an entire week or more and in that case you’ll wonder:
Where to go? What to do? What see? From which part of Pylos I’ll start my tour? Where it will end?
In order to answer these questions, we propose this itinerary that will help you visit Pylos in a week.
Stories & Legends
Things you might don't know about Pylos.
Pylians are renowned for their hospitality (‘filoxenia’ in Greek). Homer tells the story thus: searching for his father Odysseus, Telemachus accompanied by the Goddess Athina in mortal guise, came ashore at night in Voidokilia which was also the port of ancient Pylos, to ask King Nestor of his father Ulysses whereabouts. The Wise King was holding a feast with his sons on the sand, he gave the travelers the best cuts of meat and his best wine. Only after they were fed and rested, did he ask them who they were and what was the purpose of their visit. This is the first written account of hospitality in the Western world and it’s in Homer’s Odyssey, the foundation of Western storytelling.
The peculiar name of this enchanting location, Voidokilia (lit. ‘Cow-belly’), can be traced to an ancient myth about Hermes, who stole the oxen of his brother, Apollo, and hid them in a cave above the beach. Feeling remorse, Hermes gave Apollo a lyre made from the shell of a sea turtle, which to this day lays its eggs in the bay.
The tale of the ‘Cow-belly’ beachVoidokilia
This drinking cup or ‘Kotyle’ was found in a grave in the ancient Greek colony of Pithekoussai on the island of Ischia, off the western coast of Italy. Now widely known as Nestor’s Cup, the remarkable clay vessel has been dated to the Geometric Period (c. 750-700 BC) and bears a three-line inscription that is one of the oldest known examples of writing in the Greek alphabet. The inscription has been transcribed as: “Nestor’s cup I am, good to drink from. Whoever drinks this cup empty straightaway, desire for beautiful-crowned Aphrodite will seize”
According to legend, the great hero Heracles brought the olive tree to Greece from the land of the Hyperboreans, planting the first one in the Peloponnese. In ancient Pylos, archaeologists discovered the earliest written forms of ‘olive’ and ‘olive-oil’ on clay tablets inscribed in Linear B script which date to 1300 BC, providing concrete evidence that Messinia was among the first regions to cultivate the sacred olive.
Roots in the pastOlive Trees
According to local legend, if a pregnant woman passes under the majestic natural archway of Fanari, she will give birth to a male child.
A particularly tragic event associated with Paleokastro took place in 1825, as the Greek War of Independence raged. The Egyptian forces under Ibrahim Pasha had invaded the Peloponnese the previous year after the Ottomans had asked for assistance in crushing the Greek revolt. As the Egyptians approached, many women from the area of Garantza, along with their children, jumped from the cliffs of Paleokastro, preferring death to being captured.
It is said that the tradition of souvlaki, or skewered meat, started in Pylos, based on the purpose-made ceramic vessel found in the kitchen of the Palace of Nestor, dating from around 1300 BC. It is believed that lamb, goat and beef chunks were skewered and spit roasted in this vessel over an open fire and then served to guests and strangers seeking sanctuary.
The First SouvlakiSkewered Meat
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