Thursday, June 28, 2007
Now, I'd like to tell you more about the coastline in this area, as I feel it is really worth visiting. Firstly, the largest and most frequented beach in there is Karavostasi. It's about a kilometre long with clear blue waters hidden between lush green mountains. On the one mountain there is a large hotel and on the other you can find one of the oldest archeologicla sites in the area, the ancient town of Elina. Karavostasi is an open bay with deep waters, so it is ideal for those of you who love swimming. Hotels and rented rooms can be found at a close distance to the beach, so you are able to stay nearby. All the hotels offer excellent service, and most are family run, so there is always a warm atmosphere. Restaurants and bars can also be found, and a bus service can take you to and from most places within the Perdika limits.
Arilla beach is ideal for families with younger children. The shallow waters make it a safe place to sit and let the kids play. Fine sand covers the beach and there are also rooms and restaurants along this beach. A small harbor is also ideal for those of you who may be sailing around the Ionian Sea.
Agia Paraskevi is another of the most popular beaches in the area, and is next to two other smaller beaches, Kamini and Agali. Here you can also find rooms, hotels and restaurants.
As well as these, there are five more beaches along the coastline, all accesible, and all just as beautiful as the main beaches. Some are ideal for those who like peace and tranquility. All are clear, clean and ideal for those warm summer days.
Monday, June 25, 2007
...Sofas, no not the furniture in our living rooms, but a beautiful beach on the Ionian coastline. At the moment the only way to get to the beach is through the only campsite in the area, Sofas Camping. A family run business, Sofas camping has been welcoming campers from all over the world over the last fifteen years.
During my childhood in the UK, my idea of camping was based on what I saw on TV, and I must admit that a few "Carry on..." movies, for those of you that remember them, may not be the greatest advertisement for a campsite. Therefore, when I visited, I was astounded at what it actually involved. The first impression is that of awe, as you descend the road into the camp, the beautiful plants and flowers which line the roads and discreetly hide the buildings, give you the first feeling of tranquility. You reach the taverna, furnished with traditional chairs and tables, reminding some other time, maybe even a clip from the Zorbas movie. A few steps away is the bar, again not noticeable, but there for those who would like to enjoy their morning coffee looking out onto the sea, or for others who search for perfect sunsets on warm summer days, it provides the perfect atmosphere.
The beach stretches out directly in front of the campsite, a mixture of small pebbles and coars sand paves the way to the clean, clear blue sea, and there you find yourself lucky to have found one of those spots....you know...where narure seems to have done man's work...a small earthly paradise...
You don't even have to leave to find somethign to eat. The owners ensure that you can find essentials like bread and dairy products, and there is always a great selection of traditional greek meals for lunch or dinner. Once a week, they even have a Greek Night, with live music, and a chance to partake in a syrtaki or two...
The service is exceptional, and the atmosphere warm and friendly....try it out...