Gialova Wetlands: Paradise where angels take the form of Flamingos.
The wetlands of Gialova (Divari) are of particular ecological interest as a major stopover point for many migratory birds. Many rare species of birds such as herons and flamingos, ospreys, stilts, avocets, calidris, snipe, curlew, tartaric, terns, and the only chameleon found in Europe. The African chameleon changes colour depending on his mood and are an endangered species so please drive carefully and only park in designated areas. The wetlands are a protected area as among the many species found here there are several endangered birds as well the chameleons and the carretta carretta turtle.
The only bird with the strange charm of silhouettes, with their feet tall, the long and weird beaks, their slender necks and evligystous. Excites the slow dance moves and drag the pace. Between the wetland and the sea behind thick thyme bushes is hidden another surprise; Voidokilia beach, a perfectly round beach surrounded by rolling sand dunes.
Voidokilia Beach is possibly the most renowned beach in Messenia and one of the most exquisite beaches in whole Greece! The beach took its name from the word “Voufras”, which means “where the oxen live”. Voidokilia is also referred as Vouvota (Oxen’s Belly) in an ancient inscription. Another obvious reason for the name of the beach is the great curvature of the bay which resembles the belly of an ox.
Every special beach hides an interesting story. In the case of Voidokilia, the beach surrounds a natural little bay, with white fine sand spread from edge to edge of the large coast. As you lie on the beach, you can see Paliokastro on your left. On your right, on the other side of the beach, you can stare at the vaulted tomb which stands up on the hill. This tomb is said to belong to Thrasymedes, Nestor’s son. Low vegetation bounds the bay and the sand conceals an abundance of gorgeous shells – it only takes for you to dip your hand in the sand!