Arkady apartment is set in a hillside olive grove, with panoramic views, just outside the pretty village of Gialova. Even in the high season the beach is uncrowded and you can eat with the locals nearby or join visitors in the Gialova restaurants. The apartment has everything you expect in high quality, self contained holiday accommodation.
At our local beach, a 10 minute walk away, our local Greek Taverna serves inexpensive traditional dishes and home-made wine. In Gialova village is a diverse selection of restaurants and even two small bars.
A little further on is Golden Beach with 3km more of safe and sandy beach. Take a picnic and enjoy a wonderful adventure visiting Palio Kastro ( the old castle) on the cliff above. On the other side is is the dark cave where King Nestor kept his livestock and semi-circular Voidikilia beach, voted one of the top ten beaches in the world by the New York Times in 2010. Because of UNESCO status it remains undeveloped and uncrowded.
If you rent a small boat for the day you can explore the islands, go snorkelling and find the tiny 'secret beach' of Sphacteria. On the island is a wooden church built by the Russians to commemorate the Battle of Navarino.
The tiny village of Gialova has a small supermarket and several shops. If you prefer not to to drive you can hire a bicycle locally and make the trip in 5 minutes.
The area around has many attractions including Nestor's Palace, Ancient Olympia,The Temple of Apollo Epicureus at Bassae, Ancient Messini and Methoni Castle, once known as 'The Eyes Of Venice' for it's strategic importance.
The small town of Pylos is 5km from Arkady apartment and is one of the most beautiful old towns in the Peloponnese.
We are sheltered from the open sea by the island of Sphacteria, where the Athenians finally defeated the Spartans in 425bc and the Spartans camped on our beach !
This area is far enough from Athens to be still off the beaten track. People that come here enjoy a peaceful, unspoilt, relaxed atmosphere and the friendly rural community maintains its identity and customs.
Arkady apartment is family owned and independent. We look forward to welcoming you here for a memorable holiday.
We enjoyed ourselves so much last year that we decided to return again this year. Our thanks to Fiona & Nigel for the many little touches that made this holiday homely, warm and personal. We had a great time again!
The accommodation is set in a beautiful and peaceful olive grove on the side of a hill overlooking Navarino Bay. Its only a short walk down to the waters edge. The apartments are comfortable and well equipped; including a kitchen on the balcony for al-fresco cooking and eating, and a wide selection of books for those, who want to relax with a glass of wine and a good story. There is also a lovely garden and patio with a swimming pool. Perfect for a midnight swim! We looked at the stars every night and watched meteor showers in the dark night skies. (Not much light pollution here!)
Everything had been arranged smoothly and we felt the welcome and the friendliness of everyone we met. The area has a lot to offer; unspoiled coastal towns with clean beaches and clean water, good food and drink and wall-to-wall sunshine. We ate out in local restaurants nearly every night! It is not expensive and the food and wine are locally produced and freshly cooked.
The scenery is stunning, and the water is crystal clear, great for snorkelling, or even scuba diving which you can try from the local scuba shop in Pylos under the watchful eye of Nicos. You can also hire boats from there, which we did for a day, and went to exlplore the bay and the islands.
Most days we tried a different beach. The kids enjoyed collecting pebbles which we then painted and decorated ….
We also liked going to local villages and towns, especially Gialova and Pylos; both picturesque and lively, full of restaurants and some entertaining local music and events.
No doubt that we will return again. Hopefully next year..
Elektra was exactly what we needed. There are two apartments in the house; Arkady and Elektra. We stayed in Elektra for a few days at the beginning of August. The apartment was beautiful, homely (not just the usual whitewashed clinical finish), and clean, with outstanding views of Navarino Bay from the kitchen/balcony. This innovative feature makes more sense than you would fist imagine; and is something that we will remember for long time (if only we had the weather for it in the UK!). The house is situated just far enough up the hill to give you peace and quiet but just close enough to walk to the beach and the village. Perfect… Or, you can walk the other way up amongst all the Olive groves. One of which the house it situated in. And I’m sure you can even borrow a lovely dog from Nigel and Fiona to accompany you if fancy (we recommend Daisy!)…
Nigel and Fiona gave a warm welcome which equalled the weather and the clear waters of the bay. We also took advantage of their recommendations, taking trips to Pylos and Methoni. We saw the Polylimnio Waterfalls, Methoni Castle. We spent many hours snorkelling around the beaches in Methoni and Navarino Bay. If we had had the car for longer we would have gone to Messini and further afield.
Our memories are full of lovely weather, beautiful thunderstorms, sand in beds, warm sea, snorkelling and starfish, sailing, scuba-diving, unfinished books, late trips to the local Stasi restaurant, unpolluted star-filled night skies, and of course Greek salads.
Next time we will try and visit some of the places we didn't have time for, go scuba-diving again, and maybe try a bit of windsurfing or kite-surfing; because we will definitely be returning here and would recommend it to everyone…
We've had a fabulous holiday here in Gialova : have loved every minute ! The accommodation has suited us perfectly and the view from the balcony is a treat for the soul every morning. We've taken full advantage of all your recommendations and highlights have included : dining at Kastro's, Andreas' and Niko's in Methoni. Visiting Pylos and Methoni castles and snorkelling from the rocks below Methoni castle. Also dipping into the limpid turquoise waters of Shinolakka waterfalls ; Voidokilia beach and the walk to Nestors cave and Paliokastro ; day trip to fascinating Messini , eating well at Stasi's and Elia's in Gialova and swimming across to Sphacteria from the end of Golden beach. Also visiting Tsapi beach beyond Finikounda and eating the most delicious grilled sardines at the Taverna. A feast for the senses ! It's been a pleasure staying here plus meeting you and your extended family, Nigel , Fiona and Phoebe. Many thanks for your hospitality. We'll be back !
Jane , Simon, Joseph and Martha
We had a 10 day stay at the apartment. We utilised the extra bedroom downstairs and were really impressed with the location. The views are outstanding and aside of a few thunderstorms we had a lovely holiday. We used our car mainly to get to Gialova and then we mainly walked. We were able to walk to and from town in under half an hour which was a perfect distance to walk off the amazing food and drinks that Gialova offers. Fiona and Nigel were lovely hosts and couldn't do enough to help/ advise us. We really felt that we experienced a snippet of the Greek lifestyle in and around the olive groves.
Thank you for your warm welcome in your houses. Our expectations of a warm and resting holiday were fulfilled. The climate, beaches and wonderful sceneries of Methonia and Gialova helped, but the comfortable, well-equipped house and the beautiful view from the apartment Elektra associated with your care of our well being made the difference. Of course we look forward to and will be coming back. Take good care of yourselves and family and see you soon.
Philippe, Gertha & Ivy
Con i nostri 3 bambini abbiamo trascorso alcuni giorni nell'appartamento Elektra, pulitissimo, accogliente e con vista incantevole che rendeva piacevole anche il lavaggio dei piatti!
Ci siamo sentiti a casa, grazie soprattutto alla calorosa accoglienza di Fiona, agli ottimi consigli di Nigel e alla simpaticissima e dolcissima Phoebe, perfetta compagna di giochi dei nostri bambini.
Speriamo di poter tornare presto!
Stefania e famiglia
It's a 10 min walk to the warm, crystal-clear waters of The Ionian Sea and to our local taverna, Niko's. Home-cooked traditional food, big Greek salads and his own wine served by the jug, make it a favorite among locals and visitors alike. All are made welcome.
Gialova remains relatively not touristic considering its incredible natural beauty, historical and mythical significance and proximity to astounding archaeological sites. Here you cannot escape the voice of Homer drawing you back to ancient times - looking out to sea from Nestor's Palace and imagining the wise King of this region returning from Troy, brimming with ideas of peace and agricultural plenty for all; his legacy is still apparent today; 90% of all organic farming takes place in the Peloponnese. Nestor's city is rumored to lie under the sands of Voidokilia beach, perhaps the most beautiful beach in Europe. With the lagoon behind and Golden Beach beyond it forms a huge conservation area.
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A Security deposit of 50 Euro per person is payable on arrival and refunded on departure.