Hiring a boat is the ideal way to explore the hidden beauty of Pylos, located on the southwest end of the Peloponnese. This beautiful town is protected by the coast of Navarino Bay, which folds into the land of Messinia and the Ionian Coast. Pylos enjoys a favorable climate, has sandy beaches, imposing castles, and a natural harbor where you can easily find the ideal catamaran, sailboat, motor yacht, or speedboat of your choice. You can directly contact the owners of the vessels for the ideal boat, or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper, or without if you own a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise around Navarino Bay. You also have the option to rent a motorboat, their fast cruising speed will allow you to visit Koroni and Methoni on a day trip or tour various beaches in Divari with ease. If you book a catamaran, you will be able to throw any special event of your choice on board, including a birthday party or a romantic sunset or dinner cruise. Finally, you can hire a luxury yacht or sailboat and enjoy a multi-day adventure in Messinia, making sure to include Pylos in your week-long itinerary.
Pylos is an amphitheatrically built town located in the west end of Messinia of the Peloponnese. Before you spend your holidays in the warm Mediterranean sun and clear waters of Pylos, you can dedicate a beautiful day around the picturesque square. The center of Pylos offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy promenades in small alleys surrounded by sycamore trees. There are also many grill houses, cafés, and taverns. You will also find two imposing castles. The castle of Neo Kastro (meaning new fortress) and Paleokastro ( meaning old fortress) share memorials and relics left behind from the famous battle of Navarino. Neokastro has scattered canons in big open spaces, at the time they were used by the Greeks in the battle to defeat an armada of about 80 Turkish and Egyptian ships. The British, Russian, and French armies helped to close the final chapter of Greece by overthrowing the Ottomans. Today, you can visit the Three Admirals Square, this impressive monument dominates the modern center of the town where pride of place goes to all the commanders of the Allied fleet. According to mythology, Neleus was the son of the god Poseidon, who became king of the maritime city of Pylos. The Royal Palace of the king is known as Nestor’s Palace and features an extraordinary discovery of Mycenean tablets, ranking it as one of the biggest centers of the Mycenean world. Even after a long history and remarkable cultural heritage, Pylos has all the credentials for enjoying a fabulous boat tour in the Peloponnese region of Greece.
With your boat trip in Pylos, you can explore the enchanting bay of Navarino. By peering through the clear waters of Sphacteria, you will see shipwrecks from the Navarino sea battles. Sphacteria island stretches all the way to the lagoon called Divari which has many sandy beaches you can stop for a swim. Alternatively, you can cruise to the coastal town of Marathopoli and continue to Proti island which is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and water sport activities. A full-day sightseeing trip in the bay is highly recommended acquainting yourself with Greece’s dramatic war-torn history. The Monument of the Greeks, the Santa Rosa Monument, the Russian monument, and the English monument were all built in honor of the fallen allies during the battle. Navarino Bay is also an ideal spot for sea kayaking trips and has impressive rock formations, sea caves, and sandy beaches where turtles often return to lay their eggs.
With your boat tours in Pylos, you can explore many more beautiful destinations around Messinia. Voidokillia beach is a famous beach accessible from Pylos and forms a great curvature that resembles the belly of an ox. Voidokillia attracts many tourists during the period of August and is known to be one of the cleanest beaches in Greece. With an experienced skipper aboard your sailboat or motor yacht, you can also enjoy a day cruise to Methoni and its spectacular, rugged coastline. Here you can drop anchor in a secluded sandy beach or lunch in one of the taverns by the sea.
With a two-day cruise, you can also explore the Messinian Gulf, which includes Koroni and Mani. The Messinian islands include Sapienza, Agia Marina, and Finikounda. In Sapienza, you will find the beach of Ammos and Kokkina, both have clear blue waters and serene views. Finikounda is a picturesque seaside resort that also has peaceful sandy beaches including Mavrovouni, Koumbares, Loutsa, and Kantouni to name a few. All vacationers on a yacht will enjoy complete relaxation and carefreeness by cruising the Messinian coast. You also have the option to sail past Kalamata and Stoupa or enjoy a longer cruise to Elafonisos at the southern tip of the Peloponnese. Your boat tours in Messinia can also be combined with both Elafonisos, Monemvasia, and Kythira which is right between the Southern Peloponnese and Crete.
Below you will find some useful information for your boat hire in Pylos.
Pylos port: a small port that can berth fishing boats and yachts. The port is well-protected from the winds since it is sheltered from Sfakteria island right opposite, acting as a natural breakwater. The marina within the harbor zone is planned to berth over 130 yachts, since Navarino Bay and the Messinian islands are becoming popular cruising destinations.
Pylos port is roughly 55 minutes away from Kalamata Airport and 3 hours and 30 min away from Athens Airport.
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