Voidokoilia beach: Voidokoilia or otherwise the Homeric beach of Voufrada
Voidokoilia is a beach in Messinia that is considered one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. It is famous mainly for its all-round shape reminiscent of the letter O. It is located north of Pylos, on the coast of the Ionian, and is adjacent to the lagoon of Gialova from which it is separated by a strip of sand dunes.
The beach and the wider area has been designated a place of special natural beauty and is part of the Natura 2000 Network. At the southern end of Voidokoilia, the Korifassios promontory is developed, where the ruins of the classical city of Pylos were located.
The beach is accessed by a dirt road that crosses the perimeter of the Gialova lagoon, by a dirt road from the village of Petrochori and by a path from Divari beach.
It is believed that the beach corresponds to the Voufrada beach where, according to the Odyssey, the ship of Telemachus arrived upon his arrival in the Peloponnese, in order to meet Nestor and Menelaus.
The name of the beach comes from Voufras, meaning “where the oxen live”. However, there is also the explanation that the name may also come from the great curvature formed by the bay, making it look like an ox’s belly. By the way, the beautiful, exotic Voidokoilia beach with fine white sand and blue-green shallows, the depth of which does not exceed 4 meters, is located on the western side of Messinia, just a few kilometers north of the beautiful Pylos, and its waters are Ionian waters .
On the north side of the beach are the ruins of a vaulted tomb from the Mycenaean period, which was excavated by the archaeologist Spyros Marinatos. According to Pausanias’ description, it belonged to Nestor’s son Thrasymides. A settlement from the 4th millennium BC was also excavated in this area. The “Tomb of Thrasymides” was first identified by the British traveler GBGrundy at the end of the 19th century. It was excavated by Sp. Marinatos in the 1950s and further investigated by G.S. Korres in 1976-77, when he noticed a burial pithos not recorded by Marinatos.
The name is based on the testimony of Pausanias (Messiniaka, 36.2: and there is a monument to him within the city, but a little beyond Pylos Thrasymides is a monument). The diameter of the grave is 5 meters and traces of at least 7 graves can be seen. The floor was paved with pebbles from the nearby beach. Among the movable finds were stone arrowheads, two necklaces of amethyst and sardium, four gold plates, two Mycenaean vases, loom flywheels and possibly two Mycenaean figurines.
The most important find is the intact skeleton of a bovine that testifies to a special sacrifice in honor of the deceased. The first phase of the tomb (phase of pit burials) dates to the Middle Helladic period, while the period of its heyday is placed in the Mycenaean period. Traces of human presence were also found around the tomb from the Hellenistic period: figurines and clay tiles from the 4th and 3rd centuries BC, as well as a small structure, like an altar, possibly testifying to ancestor worship.
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