The Gialova lagoon is one of the most significant wetlands in Europe and the southernmost major stopover for migratory birds from the Balkans. Also known as Divari –in the western part of Messinia– it has a high biodiversity presenting interesting fauna and flora species.
Located at a distance of 7 km from Pylos and situated between Gialova and the stunning Voidokilia beach, the lagoon expands across an area of 600 hectares, while its depth does not exceed 4 m. The wetlands are protected as a Wildlife Sanctuary and an Area of Special Protection, and with the islet Sfaktiria, which is situated across from the wetlands, they have been declared a "Site of Community Interest" within the framework of the Natura 2000 Network.
Of the total 442 bird species that have been record in Greece, 270 (herons, flamingos, cormorants, etc.) can be found in Gialova. Other than birds the area is a sanctuary for an amazing number of mammals, reptiles (the most significant endangered species being the African chameleon), amphibians and fish.
Environmental education programs, tours, educational excursions and bird watching are all organized in the area.