Strongyli Lagoon

Strongyli Lagoon is right next to Pounda beach, opposite Elafonisos and Pavlopetri.

It’s an important biotope, an extension of the wetlands of Maganos and Neratziona, part of a NATURA 2000 area, a stop-over site for migratory birds and the home of rare flora. An endangered species of cedar tree also survives here. The whole area is a historical and ecological treasury.

From the village Aghios Georgios, drive on to the settlement of Viglafia and turn left towards the lagoon just past the settlement.

Pounda, Viglafia, Agios Georgios Vion

Beaches of Cape Maleas and Vatika

The beaches in the municipal department of  Vies (or Vatika), to the west and east of Cape Maleas are varied indeed.

The northernmost, facing west, is the relatively unknown but lovely Marathia. In the bay of Vatika, the turquoise waters of Pouda, Magano and Neratziona in fact form one long continuous sandy beach stretching for five kilometres.

Even though in the centre of town, the beach at Neapoli is clean and well-maintained to a degree that earns it a Blue Flag every year.

Behind the little port of Palaiokastro is the small protected cove of Ammitsa further south is Aspes and Rismari. Set in the striking landscape around Aghia Marina are the beaches of the Petrified Forest.

On the western side facing the Myrtoon Sea is Panayia, perfect for cooling off after a visit to the Cave of Kastania, and futher south are the beaches around Velanidia.

Finally, no one should miss the opportunity of spending a day at the world-famous sandy beach of Simos, on the island of Elafonisos.