Beaches are not the only great destinations around Gialova that bring the refreshing water in summer.
The waterfalls of Peloponnese hold adventure and water fun at the same time and offer cooling off but away from the beaches for a change!
Kalamari Waterfall – Καταρράκτης Καλαμάρης
The Kalamari Waterfall at Shinolakka is very close to Gialova Hills 6 and is an enchanting insider’s tip. If you’re lucky, the other waterfall enthusiasts will be on their way back when you head there. You can definitely have this idyllic spot to yourself and enjoy mother nature.
The path to the waterfall gives you the feeling of a jungle! No matter how hot and dry it is in summer, on this path you feel like you are on an expedition through the rainforest. Good shoes are required, but the 15-20 minute walk is easily mastered even by non-adventurers. The picturesque path eventually leads to a fairytale-like clearing with a waterfall about 10 m high and with a pool that is very inviting indeed for a swim. Everyone has to decide this for themselves, but the water is definitely cold and pure nature. The sight of the scenery of this waterfall is certainly worth it!
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Leave Gialova in the direction of Marathopolis and look out for the turn-off to Shinolakka on the right. A sign saying “Καταρράκτης Καλαμάρης” leads you further, then down a gravel road on the right, parking and off you go on exploration.
However, the Peloponnese offers more waterfall treasures.
Polylimnio Waterfalls – Καταρράκτες Πολυλίμνιο.
These can be found at Kazárma, on the cross connection from Pylos to Kalamata.
From the well-attended car park, down a gravel slope, you walk along the course of the stream in the Polylimno Gorge through wild vegetation and over wooden bridges until you reach the main pool of the highest of the waterfalls, where small fish bustle about. According to guidebooks, it is 25m high. The sight of the many small waterfalls pouring over rounded rocks is also picturesque.
Neda Waterfall – Καταρράκτες Νέδας
This one is already a further distance northwards from Gialova, close to Figala, but it is one of the most photogenic waterfalls of Peloponnese. The path into and through the gorge and dense forest, along the river Neda, offer a little adventure that is rewarded with a 20m high waterfall (and a smaller one before that) and a large blue natural pool to swim in. A few more cascades then pour down the river from the pool.
You’re sure to meet several waterfall fans at this waterfall, it’s such a beautiful sight!
The waterfalls of Peloponnese offer a good change from repeated beach visits. They are also an ideal destination in the low seasons.