On the southwestern part of Peloponnese, a surging tourist destination awaits. Pylos is a historic coastal town, otherwise known as Navarino. You may have read about the luxurious hotel Costa Navarino and the humongous investment in the area. Celebrities from all over the world, actors and singers, athletes and super stars like Cristiano Ronaldo choose Pylos as an exotic getaway throughout the year. Overlooking the mesmerizing Ionian Sea, this is a place where dreams come alive.
Pylos is part of Messinia and has been inhabited since Neolithic Era. Of course, the most prominent historic site from antiquity is the Palace of King Nestor. He took part in the Trojan War and was famous for his wisdom. After all, it was wise of him to settle in the region and construct an impenetrable Palace without any fortifications. The steep cliff edges served as protection against any hostile intrusion, so there was no need for additional measures.
The area is well known for two battles. The one took place during the Peloponnesian War and is none other than the Battle of Pylos in 425 BC. The other is much more recent and served as the capping stone of Greek Independence against the Ottoman Empire in 1827. This has been named The Battle of Navarino and made the Ottomans admit their defeat and flee. There is an equally thrilling castle, built in the Medieval times. Called Niokastro (meaning New Castle), it is located on the highest point of the town and offers dramatic views from above. This used to be an observatory for the Venetians back in the day, spotting any suspicious act and ensuring their well being.
Besides the glorious past, Pylos also boasts exceptional natural surroundings and marvelous attractions. Gialova lagoon is a wetland of rich flora and fauna, while the world renowned Voidokilia beach with the transparent waters and the tall dunes is located within short distance from the town. At the former you may even gaze at flamingos and cormorants, imperial eagles and other wonders making the hearts of birdwatchers skip a beat! The former provides the ultimate scenery for swimming and soaking up the Mediterranean sun.
Explore the depths of the Mycenaean world and become part of an everlasting wonder of nature in Peloponnese. Welcome to Pylos!