Gialova Lagoon

Peloponnese  >  Greece

A combination of salt and fresh water lagoons. A migration hotspot but not often visited by birders. Easy access but requires walking some distances.

Added* by Bastiaan
Most recent update 8 September 2022


An excellent location along the coast that gets few visits from birders. April-May seems to be the best season for spring migration. Nice birds you can encounter here are Greater Flamingo, White-winged Tern, Kentish Plover and Collared Flycatcher.



Take the small beach road about 800 m north of Gialova (to the Erodios camping). Check the bird hides and bushes along the road near the beach. Check the beach. After about 3 km you have acces to the lagoon to the north (park your car here, there is a barrier). Walk counter-clockwise along the northern lagoon, and after about 1.2 km you arrive at an observation tower which has the best sights on the fresh water lagoons. You can walk around the lagoon (6-7 km) passing the Voidokila beach. Just past the Voidokila beach the trail is difficult. Alternatively you can also drive a few km to the Voidokila beach and park there. Near the beach there are also some excellent mudflads and some dunes.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Lake , Beach , Mud flats , Scattered trees and bushes , Grassland , Dunes , Sea , Reedbeds


Flat , Sandy , No shadow , Dry , Open landscape , High water possible

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring , Autumn , Autumn migration , Spring migration


Paved road , Unpaved road , Narrow trail , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform



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