Gialova is centrally located to a number of popular beaches, archaeological sites and natural biospheres of some importance.
Castles and Archaeological Sites
For those with an interest in history, Gialova is approximately half an hour’s drive north of Methoni with its impressive castle built mainly during the Venetian period but with a history stretching back to the ancient times. Messenia is also home to a second well known castle, that of Koroni which is another half an hour drive east of Methoni. To the north of Gialova, the famous Palace of Nestor, one of the best preserved Mycenaean palaces ever discovered, is a short 15 minute drive.
If the rich history of the area is not enough, Gialova is right next to two important natural habitats. The first is the Gialova (or Divari) Lagoon, a Natura 2000 site which plays a crucial role for migratory birds and is the only place in Europe where you might be able to catch a glimpse of the African chameleon. The Lagoon is an area of interest year round, but for bird lovers the months from September to May are considered the best time to visit. Slightly further afield (but still only 20 minutes south of Gialova) is the wildlife reserve at Agios Nikolaos.
The western Peloponnesian coast is blessed with beautiful beaches at almost every turn and while listing them all would be impossible, it is worth noting the popular and picturesque beach at Voidokilia, a short 15 minute drive west of Gialova. The beach is famous for its odd shape (it looks like the Greek letter omega – Ω), its sprawling sand dunes and its clear turquoise waters. It is a popular beach for good reason and we can recommend a visit without hesitation, shade is at a premium however so for those that get easily burned, take along some sun screen and umbrella!