We stayed at the Pegasus Hotel on 21st June 2013. After a delay through flying out, (we booked through Monarch but flew with Small Planet, after a 8 hour delay, that was known with the airline weeks in advance), we ended up not getting to the hotel until 10.30 at night.
The owner of the hotel greeted us outside took our bags and showed us to our room, which was not too big but spacious, a balcony facing the mountains, the bathroom was small but not cramped. Very clean and cool when we arrived. The hotel itself doesn't have much in the way of facilities but there is enough to keep you entertained, we brought 2 snorkels for less than 10 euros and swam around looking at the fish. If you took appropriate footwear there are walks up into the mountains which i will definatley consider when we go again.
As we hadn't eaten since midday at Gatwick airport we were starving, we went down to the bar/restaurant to see if they were still serving food. I had a salad and my partner had a carbonara, both of which i can honestly say were probably the tastiest food i have eaten.
Breakfast consisted of: boiled eggs, fresh bread, meats, cheese, fresh fruit, juice, tea/coffee, cake, jam/honey/marmalade served on the patio with a view of the sea and the fishermen coming in with their catch. The staff were accommodating and offered yogurts and fruit if you didn't fancy the whole lot. It was my partners birthday on our 2nd day there and they gave us a bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate with which was incredibly generous of them.
The beach is less than a minute walk accross the road, not sandy but once you lay a towel down or use the loungers you wouldn't know. Beautiful doesn't even come close to the views and scenery. This was our first holiday abroad together and we would come back in an instant if we could.
The staff were incredibly helpful and their hospitality was incredible nothing was too much, we even had a drink with the bar manager on our last night.
Kala Nera itself has bars and tavernas' along the sea front also shops that sell almost anything you could need. The staff everywhere we went were so generous and friendly. They were patient with our attempts at speaking Greek. .
The buses run in an interesting way, the bus stop in Kala Nera town only runs to 2 other towns, but there is a bus stop on the main road. Once we worked out the bus timetable we spent half a day in Affissos and a day in Milena, incredibly beautiful places and very traditionally Greek, (which made menu reading a bit tricky)
Our holiday rep was not much of a jump from useless and didn't really seem to know a lot or have the answer to many questions we had. Unfortunately we arrived on a bank holiday weekend and a few weeks before the change to high season so booking day trips were quite tricky as a few things were not running yet. There was a bus trip that went around the Penisula but that got cancelled the day before which was disappointing but by this time we had worked out the bus times so we took ourselves off.
If there is the chance to go on the boat trip, i highly recommend it, you see so much of the Pelion area there is a chance of seeing dolphins but we didn't see any sadly. The boat stopped twice for us to go swimming and we stopped for lunch on Trikeri Island, with amazing views all around.
If you want a peaceful and relaxing break away I would highly recommend Kala Nera, and the Pegasus hotel. If i could go back tomorrow i wouldn't even hesitate. One week was not long enough to really take in the surroundings.
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