Places of Interest nearby
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I discovered this place more than 20 years ago when I was a student creating a soil map of the Bay of Navarino. That bay is the place where the fire of the Greek Independence was lit. It is also loaded with Greek mythology: Telemachus washed ashore here in this bay when he was on his way to Nestor of Pylos for advice. And the cave a few hundred yards from the bay, was the cave where Apollo hid his bulls. Nature copied the belly of the bull creating this bay. The name “Voido-Kilia” literally means “bull belly.
Voidokilia is one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. The sheltered bay is referred to in Homer’‘s Odyssey and archaeologists believe it was used by King Nestor as a port in ancient times. The name Voidokilia means “cow’s belly”, from the two rocky promontories that define the entrance of it. The beach lies beneath the Old Frankish castle (Paliokastro) and the cave of King Nestor, the ancient King of Pylos, who according to legend, used this cave as a haven for his cattle.
Voidokilia beach ( Greece Peloponnese ) is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean area, very popular for its round shape, the golden sand and the turquoise waters. Located in Messinia, 14 km north of Pylos and 278 km from Athens. It is located between Sfaktiria islet and Gialova Lagoon from which a strip of sand dunes divide them. On the south side there is the Palaiokastro, a medieval castle of the 13th century built by the Franks. Visitors have to walk about 20 minutes but the view of the whole area is breathtaking.
Voidokilia was probably the location where Theseus, son of Odysseus, arrived by boat to go and visit the wise Nestor.
Linked themes: Legends and myths
The lagoon behind Voidokilia is caused by currents in Navarino Bay transporting sediment along the coast and forming a sand spit from Gialova to the Palaiokastro island, cutting off part of the bay to form the Osmanaga lagoon. It was probably at this time that sand transported into Voidikilia Bay, was laid down and began to form the magnificent beach and sand dunes.
Linked themes: Geology
Beach of Voidokilia. It doesn’t get much better!