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Pylos in one week & More: All the things
Pylos is a city full of attractions, activities and things to see.
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:
If you’re traveling with children you will look for attractions for children and kid-friendly things to do, if you’re a lover of photography you would like to see the sights of Pylos.
You could be in Pylos on vacation and, therefore, seek beaches and beach clubs and maybe nice events, or be traveling to discover museums and archaeological sites and be interested in tours in Pylos.
In order to help you to enjoy our city we made a collection of the most amazing, cool, adventurous, fun, romantic, exciting things to do. In this section you can find all this.
The journey is the Discovery
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?
The classic square with giant plane trees, cafes loads of life in the evenings, it's a real Greek town with sizeable year-round population with all the 'real' non-tourist shops to serve their needs.
Castle of Pylos – Niokastro
Two castles are built on the summits of the two hills at the ends of the Bay of Navarino, overlooking the town of Pylos: the older castle of Navarino, called Palaiokastron and the more recent castle, called Niokastro
Pylos Lagoon (Divari)
The wetland between the settlement of Gialova and the bay of Voidokilia, which has been declared as an archaeological site, spreads over 6,000 acres of land and is known as Divari.
Voidokilia Beach, Bay, Curve 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.
Palace of Nestor
The most well-preserved Mycenaean Palace in Greece is located in the area of Pylia and is Palace of Nestor, the famous king of Pylos. It is located 4 kilometers south of the village of Chora on the hill of Epano Eglianos at a distance of 14 km from Pylos.
The palace was built in the 13th century BC by King Nestor, son of Neleus, who holds an important position in the Homeric epics. Nestor led Pylos to the Trojan War with 90 ships and is presented by Homer as a wise old man, whose opinion was always respected by the Achaeans.
To the eye of the tourist used to famous Greek islands such as Mykonos and Santorini or to the region around Athens where the summer vegetation is low and dry.
Many valleys cut through the hills covered by olive groves and natural vegetation around Pylos, and some of them hide wonderful waterfalls, such as the Kalamari waterfall by Schinolaka (the closest to Pylos), Polilimnio by Kazarma.
Castle of Pylos – Paleokastro
According to archaeological findings, the castle have been built above the ruins of an ancient acropolis of the Classical period.
Next to the castle is the famous cave of Nestor, mentioned also by Pausanias: there, according to tradition, the young Hermes hid the 50 cows he had stolen from Apollo. According to another legend, this cave was used as a stable by Nileas and his son, Nestor.
Cave of Nestor
Above the beach of Voidokoilia, on the rock that Paleocastro is also built, you will see a quite visible cave. This is the mythical Cave of Nestor, an Homeric hero who was the son of Neleus.
This is a spacious cavern with 20Ch16m dimensions and a height of up to 30 meters, with majestic walls and an almost triangular entrace. It has been identified with the legendary cave where the newborn god Hermes concealed the herd that he stole from the Sun-Apollo, but also with the cave where the flocks of Neleids and especially Nileas stayed a whole night. The cave was mentioned by Pausanias (D.36, 2).
In front of Pylos and in the entire opening of the Bay of Navarino, the islet Sfaktiria extends, which acts as a natural breakwater and makes the port of Pylos one of the safest ports in the Mediterranean.
During the Peloponnesian War, Sfaktiria experienced a terrible and bloody battle between the Spartans and the Athenians, with their first being completely defeated. At Sfaktiria another battle was also held, during the Revolution of 1821, between the Greeks and their alliances and supporters on one hand, and the Turk-Egyptians on the other.