lagoon, also known as Divari
lagoon, is a wetland bordering Voidokillia
beach, the old Navarino castle and Divari beach. The two beaches entirely separate the lagoon from the sea, leaving only one narrow channel.
Gialova lagoon is part of Natura 2000 as it is a natural habitat for over 270 species of birds and reptiles, among which very rare ones. Many of the migrating birds stop int he lagoon on their way to Africa, and some of them spend the winter here. The lagoon is also home to the African chameleon and this is the only place in Europe where it can be seen. Hiking trails and observation tower is provided for the visitors and the best time for observation is from September to May.
You can visit the lagoon any time. The road is the same as to Divari beach and Navarino castle. Having reached Divari, follow the road until you see the branch - the road continues straight for the castle and turns right for the lagoon. The parking place is next to the old pumping station, a building on the lagoon shore, and the hiking trail starts from there.
highlights: natural habitat for rare birds and reptiles, nature in Gialova, Messinia Region, Greece