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Elizabeth E
Leeds, UK12 contributions
Couples
When my partner and I went it was a Monday morning, end of May and around 09.30 but there was a small group of people already there (one of them was the loudest woman on the planet or she thought the rest of her family were actually sitting 3 miles away)….numbers were increasing all the time and half an hour later when we left, the young guys with swimming trunks and cans of mythos had arrived. The pool itself was a lovely clear turquoise green but the immediate surrounding area is just rock, no steps as such so would be tricky if you had mobility issues. Plus the wider area surrounding it basically resembles a big pile of rubble. As it is it’s free so an average 3 stars, if we'd had to pay it would have been a very disappointed 1 star. Would we go again? No. The pool isn’t worth the effort you put in getting to and from it.
Written May 24, 2022
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Jamesjameson
Thessaloniki, Greece37 contributions
Couples
One of the most beautiful natural places. We came before 6 years and the access to Giola it was very difficult. This year we realise that you can go by car just 50meters from Giola. We had to walk only one minute. We are very happy for that because now we have the choice not to walk and also we are happy because now there is one bar just 50metes from Giola(Giola Vibes) and you can also drink a coffee or cold drink before our visit to the natural swimming pool.Our paradise year by year is getting better.
Written July 6, 2022
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R T
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Family
Must see location. The kids had a blast. It would be best to go around 5 pm, we went around 11 am and it was way too hot. The second time we went around 5 pm, and there is lots of shade.
Written September 9, 2020
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Angry Citizen
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Family
I first visited Giola in 2003. At that time very few people knew its existence. We rented a gouse near, and our greek host showed us the pool: it was deserted, there were no road, and the water was crystal clear green, with small fishes inside. It was a natural beauty, we spent days there.

In 2022, I came back. Signs, roads, parking places, restaurant, coffe shop... wow, certainly a big change. When we reached the pool i became very sad. There was a crowd, and the water was so dirty that nobody swim inside. We spent 5 minutes there, and left.

Of course I understand that everybody wants to see this beautiful piece of nature. I also understand that locals try to earn money from the tourists. But the result is simple and visible everywhere in the world: mass tourism kills the nature and kills the experience.

Very sad.
Written June 28, 2022
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Nicoleta
Bucharest, Romania14 contributions
Giola, in my opinion, is an over rated destination.
It is a wonder just because its genealogy, but otherwise it is a basin filled with water only durring the storms so its water is filthy, black green, smeally, unatractive.
The acces to it is not facile, even if you start your jurney from the second car parking. For a while the path seems to be ok, but becomes very steep for the last quarter or so. Definatelly not suitable for small kids or older people.
But you can swimm nearby, in the sea.
Written July 3, 2022
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Costi S
133 contributions
Giola is a natural pool carved in mountain (by the sea) and is a good stop for those who want some adrenaline in their vacation. Take good care of the path to Giola because is offroad and it's difficult to go there if you have mobility problems. Although there is a terrace on the way, it would be better to take some liquids with you. Beside that the landscape is beautiful, the place is crowded and the adrenaline is floating through the air. JUMP !
Written July 17, 2022
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SvenBER
Cologne, Germany24 contributions
This is for the restaurant. Giola itself is a nice location. But don’t eat at the restaurant. Had a bad stomach from a Greek salad. Don’t know how this is possible. Must be cut with dirty hands and not be cooled. Unfriendly service as well. Avoid giola tavern.
Written September 11, 2020
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Maria
Athens, Greece27 contributions
Family
The natural beauty is amazing! My teen were very excited with jumping off the highest cliff. The water is not transparent but it is clean. Very crowded though. There is a parking lot very close to the cave still the climb back is tiring and with very little to no shade. An early morning visit is ideal!
Written August 6, 2022
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BİLGE B
Istanbul, Turkey101 contributions
Couples
There is a long tough way to walk down the natural pool, you cant go all the way with your car. Maybe I expected too much but there is big pr work for this place for sure!The sea inside the pool was the dirtiest water in that beautiful island,I didnt even tried jumping in even the weather was like 40 degrees, neverthelesd if you eant to go there take some water and your trainers for a better experience
Written July 30, 2019
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LovetoTravelWorld33
Bath, UK56 contributions
Couples
Positive:

1. Interesting to look.
2. Entertaining to observe tourists diving. (PLEASE NOTE: Many sustaining injuries!!! )
3. Try accessing by sea if possible.

Negative:

1. Access on foot from the first 'car park' location is long and painful. Down one hill, up another, along the top and down to Giola.
2. The road is covered in fine dust and as some cars make it to 'car park' 2,3 or 4 the dust covers those on foot.
3. The dirt road is mostly wide one for one car so cars tend to reverse up and down.
4. Given how steep the hill is at places cars need to approach in speed and can be dangerous.
5. IF YOU NEED to go to the toilet, there are NO facilities other than behind a tree.
6. The footpaths on the mountain are mixed and people are coming up from all directions, trying to find shortcuts, therefore privacy is limited.
7. THE WATER in GIOLA DOES NOT RENEW OFTEN and is common knowledge (locals advised) that those who dive n Giola use it as a toilet.
8. Giola has rocks and sea urchins. Many tourists who dived sustained injuries. I witnessed three injuries.
9. Once you are there, if you decide not to dive, the see access right next to Giola is not suitable for a swim so I am afraid you will need to cover from the sun and wait until you head back to perhaps use the beach at the bottom of the hill.

Overall:

Overrated and can be dangerous.
Would not visit again, would not advise family or friends to visit.
Written July 19, 2014
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