Elitsa

Peloponnese

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  • Ground floor: Open plan living room/dining room (Sat TV, DVD, WiFi, A/C) with doors to the dining terrace. Kitchen (oven, dishwasher, microwave). Double bedroom (A/C) with doors to the dining terrace. Shower room.
  • Outside: Barbecue*. Dining terrace with retractable awning. Garden with mature trees and shrubs. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (6.5m x 3m).

One bedroomed houses with private swimming pools are extremely rare, particularly those situated only a few minutes’ walk from a wonderfully unspoilt sandy beach and Greek village. Imagine then our delight when we discovered this little gem.

Just a short stroll uphill from the harbour village of Gialova and with impressive panoramic views, Elitsa enjoys the tranquillity of a relatively rural setting whilst being within walking distance of the sandy beach, general store and seafront tavernas of the village itself.

A welcoming, deceptively spacious home for a couple, Elitsa’s open plan living area is bright and modern with wood beamed ceilings and French windows that open onto a covered balcony overlooking the pool and colourful gardens.

From this privileged vantage point far-reaching views stretch out over the village of Gialova, across the Navarone Gulf and out towards Pylos in a marvellous, sweeping panorama.

Externally, the attractive grounds and lovely private pool area create an oasis which you will find difficult to leave, however getting out and about could not be easier. A stroll of about 15 minutes takes you down to the village and sandy beach of Gialova itself whilst a drive of less than 10 minutes brings you to another delightful village, Pylos, well known for its impressive Venetian castle.

The Messinian Gulf is a magnet for lovers of traditional, unspoilt towns, virgin sandy beaches and fascinating archaeological and mythical sites such as Nestor’s Cave which is mentioned in Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ and is located just outside Gialova.

Please note: *Due to the wooded environs barbecues are not permitted in July and August.

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Great Things to Do Near Elitsa

Go for a boat trip

Drive into Pylos harbour, and take one of the excursion boats over to the 'arched' Sfaktiria rock. You may well have seen this beautiful rock on many posters and postcards, but the only way to see it is by these excursion boats. It's well worth the trip, and the commentary from the captain is very interesting as he will tell you all about the sunken ships in the bay, casualties of the battle of Navarone.

Visit the nearby village of Methoni

You will spot its imposing Venetian castle that dominates the coastline. You can look around the castle, and the village itself, which boasts many excellent cafes and tavernas. Remember your bathing costume as well, as it also has a brilliant golden sandy beach.

Visit the beach at Voidhokilia

Swim in wonderfully clean water, explore Nestor's cave on the way, and have a wonderful walk around the lagoon - a nature lover's paradise.

Sunset supper!

Some of the best tavernas in the area can be found down at the waterfront here in Gialova, so sip the wine whilst watching the sun sink slowly into the ocean. Wonderful!

Take a drive and explore the Mani

It's not too far, but you will need to prepare yourself for being away from the house for a whole day - take your bathing costume, as you will have many opportunities to stop for a refreshing swim, whenever the mood takes you. The Mani, the Taygetos mountains and the charming village of Kardamyli all combine to make this a perfect day out.

Bird watching

Ornithologists will know about the bird watching area at the Gialova lagoon, where you can see several different species of migrating wading birds, as well as the day to day hunters feeding off the plentiful supply of fish in this shallow lagoon.

Visit the Nemea winery

Drive to the town of Nemea in the northern region of the Peloponnese and visit the vast number of wineries there. Nemea wine is one of the most popular in Greece, and you will find varieties of it in all of the shops.

Nestor's Cave

This is an extremely interesting ancient site, and it's only a 20 minute drive from Gialova on the way to the village of Chora.

Wander down to the lagoon

Sit under the trees in the shade and watch the wildlife go about their daily business - frogs, fish, dragonflies etc. It's fascinating!

Get lost in Messinia

Take a map, and head for Filiatra, then Kiparisia and then take the inland route back through the villages of Aristomenis and Vlachopoulos. When you get lost, don't worry, you won't be lost for long as the next village is only a couple of kilometres away. You'll want to stop in all of them, as they are so pretty, very traditional and it's highly unlikely that you'll come across any other tourists throughout the entire day.

Snorkelling

The best places for snorkelling are along the rocky shore at the end of the sandy Golden beach. There are huge numbers of fish along here, as well as many varieties of shellfish - you'll have a whale of a time!

Sit on the terrace and gaze across the countryside

towards the amazing sea view.You'll discover that this will be one of your favoured past times during your stay. The views are simply irresistible, and you'll spend hours just simply gazing.

Spend a day at ancient Olympia

You'll find ancient Olympia on the road heading north towards the market town of Pyrgos. It is well signposted along the way. Spend an amazing day here visiting all the nooks and crannies of the original Olympic stadium.

Eat grilled meat sitting out on the square in Chora

No need to dress up in your Sunday best for visiting Chora in the evening, unless you want to entertain the locals that is! This truly traditional village sees most of the men eating out in the square in the evening, whilst the women stay at home and clean the house - Greek style. The grilled meat served in the tavernas in this hill top village is extremely fresh and tasty, albeit the tavernas themselves are less than fancy!

Spend a day (and a night) in Nafplion

A must do on most peoples list on visiting the Peloponnese. Nafplion is often regarded amongst most Greeks as one of the most beautiful towns in Greece. This is thanks to the Venetians, who have created a delightful town with many cobbled streets, beautiful buildings and wonderful squares that are now fringed with cafes, boutiques and fine restaurants and first class hotels.

Sit under the very old plane tree in Pylos square (Platia)

As in most Greek towns and villages, the hub of the place is in the platia (square), so called after the Platanos tree (plane tree) planted in all the squares to provide shade from the heat and sun. It is a real honour to sit under some of these grand old specimens and the huge tree in Pylos square is over 200 years old. An excellent place to enjoy your morning or late afternoon coffee.

Eat olives on the terrace

Kalamata olives are famous all over the world. Now you can enjoy this delicacy in their home environment. Why not wash them down with a nice glass of chilled Retsina?

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Kalamata 60 mins
Athens 240 mins
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