Paleokastro

Peloponnese

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  • Ground floor: Open plan living room/dining room (Sat TV, DVD, CD, 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. Shower. Garden with mature trees and shrubs. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (7m x 4m).

With stunning sea views across the fertile valley, Paleokastro is named after the ancient castle situated on a spit of land that forms Navarino Bay and is part of the scenic Gialova Lagoon; a pastoral landscape of fields, orchards, groves and cypress trees stretching out below the property, a lovely sight, particularly early evening as the sun sets. All of this can be fully admired from your private pool and elevated dining terrace before strolling down the gentle hillside to Gialova's tavernas, shops and coffee bars just 900m away.

An impressive stone exterior is hewn from local granite with thick walls keeping the cottage cool in the summer heat. Bouganvillea and yucca trees greet the visitor at the front door while shrubs and sweet-smelling lavender provide a clourful backdrop for relaxing around the pool and enjoying the restful ambience.

Looking out over the pool, the contemporary double bedroom and modern, open plan living area both open onto a dining terrace with retractable awning for shade. This is an excellent spot in which to enjoy breakfast or an evening aperiftif whilst gazing at the sweeping panorama and far-reaching views that reveal the massive bay of Voidokilia, a perfect semi-circle of broad sandy beach.

Surrounded by valleys laddered with ravines, small rivers and general rustic spledour, the beaches of Romanou, the Ionian Sea, and Voidokilia itself all provide a rich tapestry of historical facts (as well as countless fascinating myths and legends).

It was in this area, according to Greek mythology, that Hermes, messenger of the Gods, hid the cows he had stolen from his brother Apollon. When Apollon found this out, Hermes, to avoid argument, gave his brother a lyre he had made from the shell of a sea turtle. Today Caretta-Caretta turtles still visit regularly, the big sand dunes around the Voidokilia crescent offering shelter and an ideal environment in which their eggs can incubate.

Nature lovers have so much to enjoy here. Paths winding between lemon groves lead to the spectacular Kalamari Falls, a mighty waterfall that gushes down fearsome-looking rocks and the expansive lagoon of Gialova is home of countless species of indigenous and migratory birdlife.

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

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Great Things to Do Near Paleokastro

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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 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?

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.

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

Visit Nestor's Palace

King Nestor's Palace is only about 20mins from Petrino. It is over 3000 years old - but the ruins still give you a very clear idea of how life was lived in the palace. The Queen's bath is still there! It also has a modern roof over the area which is great if you are visiting in the summer as it makes it a little cooler. You can also get a joint ticket with the museum at Hora (Chora) which has many of the finds from the palace and is well worth a visit too. The road to both is a bit twisty though!

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

Have a go at 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!

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!

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.

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Airports

Kalamata 60 mins
Athens 240 mins
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