Leaving Mani for Kalamata – and Home

Well our three week trip around the Pelops has sadly nearly come to an end. I had always thought that places like Monemvasia and Vathia were inaccessible to me, not having the courage to drive in Greece, so this trip was partly a personal mission to show that it is possible to visit these amazing … Continue reading Leaving Mani for Kalamata – and Home

The Dyros Caves, Limeni and Neo Itilo

Today is our last day in Areopolis and our first visit today is going to be the Dyros Caves.  We know that this is a big tourist destination with coaches arriving from cruise ships and resorts in driving distance, so we plan to get there as soon as it opens at 9.00am.  There isn't a … Continue reading The Dyros Caves, Limeni and Neo Itilo

Vathia and Gerolimenas

I must say that when I think of the Mani, I think of the Maniot towers in Vathia perched on the hillside.  I didn't really know if we'd be able to get to Vathia from Areopolis as we are travelling by bus and not sure of the intricacies of the timetable until we arrive at … Continue reading Vathia and Gerolimenas

The Bookseller, the Baker and the Pasta Maker!

Before I embarked on this trip, a friend of mind Carol shared a Youtube video that had been produced by the Greek Reporter about Areopolis.  With thanks to her, I felt it only fair that I should pay homage to the places featured in the video and so I set about on a mission to … Continue reading The Bookseller, the Baker and the Pasta Maker!

Arrival at Areopolis

The bus station is a small office just on the outskirts of Gythio town.  There are tables and chairs where you can sit and wait and the man in charge is very helpful.  I asked him if he knew if there was such a thing as a map of the all the bus routes for … Continue reading Arrival at Areopolis

Last Day in Gythio

As I fling open the shutters to our balcony this morning I am stunned to see a cruise liner docked into port.  It must have silently crept in during the night or early this morning.  I don't know why I am so surprised - the quayside is large enough for vessels of this size and … Continue reading Last Day in Gythio

Exploring Gythio – First Stop – The Dimitrios Shipwreck!

Gythio is small and can mostly be visited on foot but we decide to head over to Valtaki beach to visit the Dimitrios Shipwreck.  It is just 5 kilometres North East of Gythio though along a main road.  Because of this we walk to the square to pick up a taxi to take us there. … Continue reading Exploring Gythio – First Stop – The Dimitrios Shipwreck!

Arrival at Gythio

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 … Continue reading Arrival at Gythio

More Sparta and a trip to Mystras

After an excellent breakfast at the Lakonia Hotel we head off to the site of Ancient Sparta just 10 minutes walk away.  We pass the statue of Leonidio again and walk down a lane past a private school to the entrance of Ancient Sparta.  The main gate is locked but upon further investigation we see … Continue reading More Sparta and a trip to Mystras

Leaving Elafonissos and on to Sparta

There is so much to love about Elafonissos.  A beautiful island but with wonderful people.  We have loved our stay at Kalomoira.  It was lovely coming in to see new treats left in our room every day - home baked biscuits and feta and mint muffins.  I highly recommend this place to stay - very … Continue reading Leaving Elafonissos and on to Sparta

Last Day on Elafonissos – Greek MasterChef and Hospitality!

Elafonissos really is about the beaches.  The beaches and the friendly community that welcome you into their homes and taverna's. Close to Kalomoira Apartments are a couple of really nice beaches that can be overshadowed by Simos and Lefki Beaches but they deserve the status of an excellent, white sand beach up there with the … Continue reading Last Day on Elafonissos – Greek MasterChef and Hospitality!

The Star of the Show – Simos Beach!

Anyone who knows anything about Elafonissos knows that it is famous for its spectacular Simos Beach.  As a small island there isn't any public transport but we are determined to walk the 6 kilometres to see it.  The signpost at the port will tell you that it is 4 kilometres - but it definitely isn't!  … Continue reading The Star of the Show – Simos Beach!