I’m not big into trip reports so I’ll try to keep this brief.
Always a joy to visit and even better this time because a family of turtles had taken up residence in the harbour at Gefira. They may have gone by now but they swam close to the water’s edge and we got some great views of these amazing creatures.
The drive from Molaoi is spectacular once you hit the coast. The road isn’t for the fainthearted but is well worth the effort. The colour of the sea was incredible shades of turquoise and blue. Lovely village. If you’re ever in the area, I urge you to go.
Initial impressions are not good as the road from the port of Diakofti goes through barren countryside for a few miles before dropping to lovely valleys with pines and cypresses. Kapsali is overrated and absurdly expensive. We stayed in Hora which is a wannabe Cycladic village. Very pleasant with an old Venetian Kastro to explore. Next time I would stay in Avlemonas which is a very pretty village with a few rooms and good tavernas and close to a very good beach.
We picked up a hiker – an elderly yiayia of at least 80 years who was very chatty. Do you have children? Na sas zisoun. Do you like Tserigo? It took me a few minutes to work that one out. Lovely lady.
Excellent beaches. There is a great taverna at Panagia beach. We stayed at the Golden Star studios which are right on the waterfront in the village with marvellous sunset views. Big room, almost new with a large four poster bed and proper shower and mini kitchen. Strongly recommended. Choice of decent tavernas in the village. Best octopus I’ve ever had.
Can’t resist a mention for this almost unknown little gem on the Laconian Gulf looking west towards Taygetos. A pretty village surrounded by olive groves with a nice harbour just starting to wake up to its tourist potential. The village has a really nice vibe in the evenings when the locals come out to play.
Stopped here for lunch as usual on the way back north. This is a gorgeous place but developing fast and has changed a lot since I first went there about ten years ago.
We treated ourselves to the Amymone Hotel for three nights on the strength of reviews on here. All went well for two nights. On the third day, we returned to the hotel in the evening to change for a night out to find that we’d been evicted to their sister hotel along the street as they had double booked our room. We wouldn’t have minded moving but were incensed that they had moved all our things without our consent. The owner was away and had left her son in charge and he cleared off to leave the receptionist to give us the news. All extremely unprofessional but we got a discount and were allowed to keep the room past the usual checking out time.
The theatre always amazes me. The usual extroverts were showing off their karaoke skills. Note to visiting Scots – please leave your bagpipes at home in future.
All in all, a fantastic trip.