Pylos: Shipwrecks & Saganaki

The classic Grecian seaside town of Pylos sits on one of the most beautiful shorelines along the Peloponnese peninsula. With excellent conditions for water sports, culinary pedigree and a number of noteworthy sites of historical interest, Pylos is best experienced on a yacht. The town’s restaurants have some notoriety, particularly around the main square Platía Trión Navárhon. Take your pick of the fine cafés, tavernas and eateries as well as dipping into the chic boutiques. Walk off lunch by visiting Néo Kástro castle, which dates from 1572. For stunning views of the bay, and your yacht at anchor, head up to the Kástro Navarínou.

The island of Sfaktira is an ideal day trip. Peppered with monuments from the many wars and battles that have been fought in the area, it is also excellent snorkelling territory – the remains of a Turkish fleet sunk in the bay are clearly visible in the water. Don’t miss Gialova wetland, one of the main lagoons in Greece. A short cruise along the coastline will bring you to the pristine white beach Voïdhokiliá, next to a bird conservation area. Escape modernity in this as-yet unspoilt region of Greece while enjoying the luxury and freedom of chartering your own yacht.


When to go:

June – mid July and September

High season:

June – mid July

Highlights

1

Take a steep climb from Voidokhilia Bay to Nestor’s Cave for incredible views. Take plenty of water and sun cream and jog back down

2

Have an afternoon cocktail at CooCoonari on the white sand of Romanos Beach – it’s windy so take a cap not a straw hat

3

Take the tender to Ammothines, a rustic beach restaurant where the seafood is to die for: order the sardines and then hit the beach

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