Places of Interest nearby
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The Osmananga lagoon is interesting both in an ecological and an archaeological manner. The area of 6000 acres is an important bird migratory location and hosts the Caretta-Caretta turtle and the African Chamaileonta. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the wildlife is the presence of chameleons. Recently it became known that they were of the African species and people have been at a loss to explain how they came to the Peloponnese. The explanation which seems to be most popular at the moment is that they are derived from pets which escaped from Roman villas!
The area of the Osmanaga lagoon is now a popular cycling area. It definitely has the asset of being flat (which is nice hen you have to cycle in temperatures above 30 degrees). You ride here through a set of varied landscapes. It varies here from salt marshes, dunes, eucaliptus forests to extendend olive and citrus groves. There are also interesting historical places to see such as Paleokastro and the Cave of Nestor. To reach those, you have to get off the bike and do some climbing. You will also find one of the most beautiful beaches of Greece here: Voidokilia. You can rent bikes in the center of Gialova.
Gialova Lagoon ( Greece Peloponnese ) is a protected wetland, included in the Natura 2000 network, where many protected species and migratory birds are found. 79 of 240 species of bird found there are endangered species. It is located in Messinia,14 km northern of Pylos and 278 km from Athens. It is next to Voidokilia Beach from which a strip of sand dunes divide them. The water is semi-salted and shallow, from 0,7 up to 1,5 m. depending on the season. In the southern part it communicates via a channel with the Navarino Bay.