Today our hike lead us to a lagoon, a castle and the most beautiful bay I have seen – the Voidoikilia beach shaped like the letter Omega.
From our parking at the beach (36.954887, 21.669404) it was a short walk to the other side of the headland where the brackish water lagoon of Giavola serves as a wildlife habitat, particularly for migratory birds, which stop here first on their way from Africa to Northern Europe.
|Walking along the lagoon of Giavola|
|In the background the mountain where the castle lies|
|Nice path which could need some maintenance|
|Different flora around the lagoon|
|The path disappears into the bushes|
|Historic paved path up to the castle|
First glimpse at Paliokastro, the Old Navarino castle, a 13th-century Frankish fortress. It is one of two castles guarding the bay of Navarino. Today a sign warns not to enter the castle as it is dangerously crumbling down.
|Still impressive walls along the mountain top|
|Reaching the main gate|
|Big parts of the gate came down|
|Windy but what a view!|
|We continued through the castle to the other side|
|Exit to the horseshoe bay|
|What a view that is!!!|
|Steep climb down|
|Cristal clear turquoise water|
|The way back I had to navigate through the dunes|
|A small path leads along the lagoon|
|Our second greek turtle! Didn’t want to show its head.|
|Rockslide to pass|
|Flowers of the Day|