Just 50 minutes away from the city of Kalamatais located the most important jewel of south Greece. The gulf of Navarino.
During the Greek Wars of Independence the gulf of Navarinobecame the theater of the biggest naval battle that ever took place in Mediterranean. On the west coast of the Peloponnese peninsulaat 1827, allied forces from Britain, France and Russia decisively defeated Ottoman and Egyptian forces trying to suppress the Greek war of independence, thereby making much more likely the independence of Greece.
Sideways of the gulf at the top of the hill is standing the old Navarino castle. Is a 13th century Frankish fortress that is totally abandoned and destroyed after all these wars with a spectacular view from its top though.
The route starts from the bottom of that hill. On our way to the top we will meet the southernmost station of migratory birds between Europe and Africa, theGialova lagoon. A multitude of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish live there such as herons, kestrels, aegean seagulls, flamingos, ospreys, royal eagles and other migratory and endemic birds. Prominent among them is the African Chameleon, which is threatened by extinction. Leaving the Gialova lagoon behind us we will have the chance to swim into the most photographed and well know beach in Greece, Voidokilia beach.
After few dives we will keep climbing up the hill and at the top after about an hour we will have the chance to admire the outstanding view of the whole area of the gulf, including Voidokilia beach, Gialova lagoon, the city of Pylos and the Ionian sea by learning the local history from 425 BC to today.
- Professional Tour Leader
- Mountain Guide/s
- Walking Poles
- Dinner (suitable to your needs)
- Liability insurance
- Taxes and fees
Meeting place: Your residence
Meeting time: 17:00
Arrival time: 23:00
Route Length: 6 km (in total)
Walking Time: 4 hours (in total)
Approach by car: 50 min
Kids friendly: 9+
Ratio guide to guest: 1:7