Pylos has been an important hub of culture since Ancient Greek times. Although it’s no longer the seat of kings, the city’s abundant ruins and sweeping natural scenery still give off an air of majesty. In fact, Pylos holidays are perfect for history lovers. Those looking for culture can enjoy a range of sights from days gone by, including the Palace of Nestor ruins – Nestor of Gerenia was the wise King of Pylos in Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’.
Pylos is located on the southwest coast of the Peloponnese peninsula and boasts the largest natural harbour in the region. The town centre provides unparalleled views across the Ionian Sea and surrounding mountains, which are lined with olive groves and vineyards. The town itself is compact and picturesque, with most activities revolving around its leafy central square, where locals gather to drink coffee and discuss the politics of the day.
Visit a palace
Visit the Palace of Nestor, one of the best-preserved Mycenaean palaces, which lies 18 kilometres north of Pylos. Archaeologists discovered it during excavations in the 1930s.
Explore a grand home
Pylos is home to some picturesque buildings, including a mansion where the Greek Olympic gold medallist Konstantinos ‘Kostas’ Tsiklitiras first lived. Open to visitors, today it houses a collection of artwork.
Scuba enthusiasts will be delighted by the number of diving schools in Pylos. The surrounding sea features rich underwater treasures, including shipwrecks from the Roman and Byzantine periods.