Old Castle Navarino
Old Castle Navarino
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DIMITRIOS P
Thessaloniki, Greece47 contributions
Jul 2022
It was an unforgettable experience, worthing the effort to climb up the hill. At the middle of the climbing path you meet a great cave, special place for the first panoramic shots to Voidokoilia bay. When at the top, you stay speechless of the beauty of the open sea, Navarino bay, Sfaktiria isle and Yalova lagoon.
Written 29 July 2022
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B a r b a r a
Athens, Greece15 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
I visited the castle yesterday afternoon, a good idea to have sneakers and a walking stick to chase the spider webs along the path
Breathtaking view at the top overlooking the surrounding area
Definitely worth the effort!
Written 8 June 2022
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alenchik2013
St. Petersburg, Russia32 contributions
Jul 2021
After our successful kayaking we decided to try another activity with Explore Messinia and it was a great choice! We started at 09:30 and proceeded to the Old Castle uphill. I can tell a lot about breathtaking views we saw on our way, a great experience of dwelling into the history, sitting under thousand old olive tree where our ancestors were spending time, dreaming, chatting, laughing and singing. Getting to a highest point and admiring a unique view of Voidokilia beach! Even though there was some challenge of getting downhill, but it worth it and all family members felt proud that they did it! Nestor cave was also an unexpected experience of the unique natural sight. And as a prize diving into a crystal water of Voidokilia beach with a lunch on the seaside. Highly recommend this activity for families, a very good experience of team building for the family. And huge thanks to George for our fantastic experience!
Written 1 August 2021
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Alexander K
New York City, NY71 contributions
Oct 2019
Another amazing free to visit place in Greece.
Anywhere in the world one would have to pay a costly ticket in order to enter such a wonderful place with such amazing views to the Voidokilia beach and to the sun setting in the ocean
Thank you Messinia!
Thank you Greece!!!
Written 16 November 2019
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HMDresearch
Athens, Greece50 contributions
Aug 2019
Awesome views, fresh air; this is great hike to a place full of history, myth and culture! A must-see for all the nature lovers!
Written 12 October 2019
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ERDFirefighter
Edmonton, Canada874 contributions
Sep 2019
The ruins themself are just ok. They are not taken care of at all so there is some crumbling going on. One of the standing walls is impressive to see.
But really the reason to come up here is for the magnificent view of the beach.

The walk from the parking area to the view of the beach is about 25 minutes.
Written 21 September 2019
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ZM2
Sofia, Bulgaria20 contributions
Jun 2019
An old venetian castle above Voidokilia beach, 360 degree amazing view. it's worth climbing. Pictures from the walls to the beach with omega shape is remarkable.
Written 9 September 2019
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cropelka
Poland237 contributions
Jul 2019
The place itself is not very special - just old walls and ruins, the whole area is rather full of grass, bushes and trees. However, the views from the castle are amazing, so I think it's really worth climbing up the hill. The path from Nestor's Cave to Paleokastro might be a bit difficult at some places; getting into the castle through a hole in the walls is not very easy either. I saw a snake in the castle - a thrilling experience. A pleasant adventure altogether.
Written 9 August 2019
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Sorin C
Arcore, Italy82 contributions
Jul 2019
You may find yourself admiring the castle walls from the bellow, most famous, Voidokilia beach. The castle sits on the top of 200m rocky hill, on the northern edge of the Pylos bay, defended by sheer cliffs since classical times (remember Sfacteria battle between Sparta and Athens in the Peloponnesian war 425 BC?).

The place is not actually inside a normal archeological site, there is no fence, museum or ticket office: local authorities let vegetation overgrow the antique ruins after having declared the place "closed" because the structure is considered dangerous.

So if you are ready for a little adventure, take your camera, a sun hat, good walking shoes and start climbing!
The most adventurous path starts from the Voidokilia beach, goes up over a few sand dunes to the Nestors Cave. From this point forward the path becames very narrow and steep, in some places steel rope and hand rails are fixed into the stone to help you.

The entrance is actually a spot where old walls have fallen. Not a lot is to be seen inside as everything is almost overgrow by vegetation. You may still adventure however on the top of the walls for stunning views over the omega beach bellow, Gialova lagoon and Pylos bay!

They say another easier path should be available from Gialova…

Anyway you go don’t forget to have a refreshing bath once you get down from the hill!
Written 7 August 2019
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coolcustomerLondon
london107 contributions
Sep 2018
Yes you do need proper trainers/hiking shoes and hat and water but at the top you will be greeted by the most astonishing panorama and ruins.
Written 19 July 2019
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