From Sparta the bus journey take about one and half hours to Gythio and it’s a really pleasant journey. The bus station at Gythio is just on the edge of the town and it’s about a 15 – 20 minute walk to our hotel. The distance isn’t far but typically the pavements have been built around the lamp posts which lay centrally in your pathway! 🙂 We find it easier to walk in the road.
We are staying at the Gythion Traditional Hotel which is located centrally overlooking the harbour. There are a number of steps up to the entrance of the hotel but it is manageable. We receive a lovely warm welcome from Martha who tells us that we are the only people staying in the hotel so she will upgrade us to a room with a balcony – and this works out perfectly for us.
The building used to be an old mansion house and is over 100 years old. It seems to be representative of the faded grandeur that we can see in and around the town – beautiful large mansion houses that have fallen into decay – yet still look resplendent.
Our room, it’s fair to say has seen better days. The fixtures and furnishings are a little worn and dated but more importantly the place is spotlessly clean. I think we are going to enjoy our stay here very much.
An initial recce around the harbour front takes us on a hunt for somewhere to eat for our evening meal. On the corner of the marina one of the taverna’s called 90 Moires seems extraordinarily busy, so we opt for Palyria which is just a few doors down. The service is good and so is the food!
We’re looking forward to exploring further tomorrow!