For those of you with a sense of adventure, next time you are in Skiathos seek out Aselinos. It's a little off the beaten track, but well worth the walk, just 3 KM from the main drag from bus stop 18. Enter the forest and you will sense an immediate change in atmosphere and pace and you will feel like you are a million miles away from the tourist trap, full english brekkies and sky sports.
My first experience was amazing. I was astounded at the sheer intensity of birdsong and the aromas from the extensive range of wild flowers, chammomile, jasmin, poppies fringing the headge row. An array of colour which softened the edges of the natural landscape and became more intoxicating with every step. I was heading for Aselinos beach which I'd been advised was well worth a visit but en route I happened upon a little villa, set back in it's own grounds and was blown away with it's uniqueness and its beauty.
I stopped for coffee and had the best cappucino on the Island, in a setting that was so tranquil and picturesque I wanted to stay there all day.
Villa Angela is owned by an eldery couple, Giovanni from Italy and his beautiful Greek wife, Angela. Both were out tending the expansive gardens when I arrived, but they promptly downed tools and came out to greet me.
I ordered Greek salad and was tickled pink to see Giovanni toddle off with his trwel and return with all the ingredients fresh from his allotments. All natural produce tended to with his own fair hands, it doesn't come fresher than that. It tasted amazing.
Complimentary strawberries were placed before me as dessert, again fresh from the garden. Angela sat by me and prepared them before me with a twist of fresh mint. They were delicious.
I was mesmerised by the place as their son, Pasquale took me for a tour and showed me the grounds. The constant tinkle of goat bells put Mke Oldfield to shame and as I took in the view from one of the upstairs appartments I saw the natural herd, grazing freely on a backdrop of mountains carpeted in greenery.
The rooms are immaculate, each with their own character and style with private balconies and incredibly scenic views of the mountains.
There's a taverna where Giovanni cooks a unique blend of Italian, Greek and German cuisine. It all smells amazing. I popped back for his special pizzas at every oppirtunity, his sea-food concoction being my absolute favourite.
In the grounds there is a large swimming pool surrounded by flowers and a pool bar serving snacks and drinks where excellent music is played for every taste imaginable. There' s wifi available too.
It is just so spacious and chilled and once you are there it is hard to leave as it is so peacful and easy on the eye.
The hospitality is wonderful, laid back, friendly and extremely warm.
I made it to the beach, a mere 200m away which was large and sandy and fabulous for swimming. It too had a natural feel to it with a rugged and untouched landscape and a distinct lack of commercialism, though I walked back via Villa Angela to sample souvlakki fresh from the grill and cool draught beer before my lazy and fulfilling meander back through the woods and down the hill to Troulos, one of the more populated resorts where I was staying.
The downside to Villa Angela is that it is a good half hour walk to the nearest bus stop and realistically, transport is needed, for for all the walk is extremely scenic and relaxing it is not very practical in the dark.
So having holiday'd in Skiathos for the last 12 summers, I am adamant that I will find a cheap flight and book direct with Pasquale who has offered even to pre book me a car. No more package deals for me. The entire island is amazingly picturesque, the folk are all friendly and the cuisine is good, but Villa Angela is in a league of its own. I can't believe it has taken me so long to discover it.
book direct at www.villaangela.gr, speak to Pasquale and explain your needs he will help you with ev...
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