"Yialova in Western Peloponnese" Yialova by nickandchris

Yialova Travel Guide: 58 reviews and 218 photos

Not A Good Start......

Our Greek holiday 2007 has been and gone. A fortnight in the small seaside village of Gialova in the south western Peloponnese hardly seemed like a week, let alone 14 days.

We holidayed with Simply Greece, staying in Hetty's Houses and flying with Mytravel. We didn't get off to a good start at Manchester Airport, having to queue solidly for well over two hours for check in and security. It was simply appalling. Well, we thought, it will only be the same at the other end, Kalamata, where a long wait for baggage reclaim is usually the norm. What a pleasant suprise, we had our luggage and hire-car within half an hour and we were on the road. Fantastic! Our holiday had really begun.

Thumbs Up For Gialova

Our hire car upgrade was an Opel Corsa, a great little 4 door car. Gialova is approximately an hour's drive from Kalamata airport but we found we could do it in 50 mins taking the short cut via Pila, a pretty country route which cut out some of the final bends on the main Pilos road.

We finally found our accommodation, Hetty's Houses, after collecting a few vital supplies - beer and ice-cream! Wow, these houses were superb!! Ideally located not far from the village with colourful gardens and such luxurious interiors! We had never stayed in anything as upmarket before.

After a quick unpack, we were off out to suss out the village and have a quick dip. The temperature was about 26c so the sea was reasonaly warm. Amazing, we were stuck in a queue in Manchester airport this morning cursing and here we were, a few hours later swimming in Navarino Bay. Marvellous.

The Place..

Gialova is about 6kms. north of the larger town of Pilos, on Navarino Bay in the south western Peloponnese. It has a main street (which is one way but watch the Greeks!) leading down to the jetty. This street has a bar, three restaurants including a swish Italian, a mini-market and some gift shops. To the left of the jetty the road runs along the seafront, where there are a few more tavernas and a bar. From the jetty there are great views out over the bay to Pilos.Turn right at the jetty and the road finishes just past a couple of tavernas and Hotel Zoe.

Gialova is a strange mixture of abandoned factories and modern villas. It used to produce large quantities of wine which was shipped out by sea but now, tourism is swiftly taking over, with new buildings appearing alarmingly quickly. Many of the holiday accommodatin is built on the surrounding hillsides, offering wonderful views over the bay.There are also two campsites.

If you are looking for a small, non-too commercialised holiday village by the sea, you won't do much better than here. English is spoken everywhere and restaurants are of a good quality. The beach is a mixture of sand, shingle and pebble with shade under the tamarisk trees.

There is no bank, ATM or Post Office in Gialova but travellers cheques can be changed at the mini market in the village. Stamps can also be purchased here and you can even pay for whatever you buy with a credit card.

There is no baker but the mini markets sell fresh bread, pies and pastries daily.

I must mention that development is taking place at a rapid rate, with two huge golf complexes being built. One is a few miles north, well on it's way already, with the second being just outside Gialova, enroute to Pilos. I have no idea what impact these places will have on the local villages, nor the holiday makers. Some are for and some against. Feeling is none of the people using these complexes will need to venture beyond their gates as everything will be laid on for them. One plus is it is bringing back work for the locals, both in the construction and the running of. That can only be a huge bonus, saving people leaving for the cities.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Small and friendly with excellent restaurants
  • Cons:Mosquitos and the forth-coming development
  • In a nutshell:Ideally located for exploring the western Peloponnese
  • Last visit to Yialova: May 2008
  • Intro Updated Jun 15, 2008
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  • Jan 25, 2011 at 7:52 AM

    Yeah maybe nice for them chameleons, but hardly nice enough for swimming - way takes ages and it's not worth it!

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    Dec 29, 2010 at 6:14 AM

    Harry Fournier's Castle of the Fairytale and Mycenaean Tholos Tombs would be so fun to explore in length. Oh that critter report is excellent. Another lovely page!

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    Jul 2, 2010 at 7:12 AM

    I am the owner of La Strada pizzeria yialova Morias taverna has closed after 60 years!!!!!! The owner/cook has opened in the city of Patras on the corner of kolokotroni str. and Karaiskaki str. The taverna is now named TAPAS. (tel. 2610- 620512) liza

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    Jun 5, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    It reads as if you a tourist needs to get here before industry takes over. You did a nice job of presenting the sites and good comments to explain them in detail. You have a similar pic of sunset as on my Croatia cover

  • Oct 10, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Sorry, but forget it. Jorgos is dead, and Jeannette sold the restaurant.

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    Sep 15, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Didn't visit Greece yet .Those places you wrote are wonderful and the views are breathtaking !

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    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:38 AM

    You have made a good choice for holiday. Beautiful beaches, convenient accommodation and a lot of sights prove this choice to be good. Thanks Christine for the virtual tour to such Greece which stayed hidden from me still after the last year trip there.

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    Jan 31, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Yialova looks like nice place. Your page may help us choose summer destination. Thank you. With all the best wishes I&V

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2007 at 7:13 AM

    A great page and a lovely place. Particularly excellent restaurant tips - my mouth was watering:) Excellent photos too - loved Methoni Castle, among many! I just hope the forthcoming developments don't swamp it, but I fear that they will.

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    Nov 14, 2007 at 1:03 AM

    Christine, Another excellent page written. There is so much to see and do at Yialova. The tomb is great to explore.

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