The best thing (for me) is going to the beaches in the Autumn when all the Greeks have returned to the cities and left the beaches empty...except for a few die hards and beach lovers. The waters are still warm enough for swimming, contrary to popular belief. So, don't be afraid of the first chilly feeling! Dive in and swim. Once you have swam for a few seconds, the upper layers of the sea will feel warm and refreshing.
If you just aren't brave enough to swim, sit on the beach and make a 'Sandman' to photograph and send to all your friends back home who may already be shoveling snow!
Relax and enjoy every season in Greece.
The best thing to do on the beach is to lie on it and relax! We always like to take a small pic nic lunch with us, especially some fruit and sandwiches. Don't forget to take water as well.
At the far Eastern end of the beach in Anavissos, is an area where scuba divers like to enter the sea. There are many interesting rock formations and underwater fishing is good.
Every Saturday morning, from early dawn, the street market in Fokea serves the residents of Anavissos, Agios Nikolaos, Fokea and nearby villages, with fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, nuts, grains, rice, olives, household supplies, clothes and other things that would surprise you.
If you haven't experienced a local "Leiki' or 'people's street market, you must do this when in Greece. It is the real Greek essence of shopping for weekly food. A ritual that every Greek family is familiar with and without would probably become ill.
This street market in Fokea, is an incredible mix of just about anything and everything you could possibly want for your kitchen and then some...
What to buy: Fresh vegetables, fruit, fish, beans, rice, and much more.
What to pay: about the same as in supermarkets, but fresh from the fields
After you have found your fresh ingredients at the local "Leiki" or street market, (or any supermarket:):) why not try an original Greek recipe for a Sunday Dinner?
Here is one of my original recipes for 'PORK POT ROAST AND QUINCE'
1 large ripe Quince
1/2 kilo Pork cut in cubes
Mavrodaphni Sweet Red Wine
1 large onion
3 fresh Spring Onions
1 Knorr Beef Cube
place one or two whole cloves into each piece of meat; Put in a glass bowl; pour enough Sweet Mavrodaphni Red wine over meat to just cover; pour about 1/4 cup olive oil into this mixture; add 2-3 Bay Leaves (Daphni leaves) Cover and let marinate overnight in Fridge.
When ready to cook:
Saute 1 diced onion in small amount of olive oil
Add meat and saute. then add marinade and cook slowly until meat is tender; at least 40 minutes.
When meat has cooked and is tender; add pealed and sliced quince to pot; do not stir; put top on pot and let mixture simmer until quince is very soft.
At end, add about 1Tbs. honey and the juice of 1/2-1 lemon.
Prepare Basmati Rice by first cutting/dicing 3 Spring Onions; lightly saute; add 1 cup rice and water to pot; water should reach the heighth of the 2nd joint of your pointing finger:): (that's how I measure the amount of water for this kind of rice.) Basmati rice does not need as much water as other rices since it is soft and cooks faster. Let rice and water come to a boil and then simmer for a few minutes, checking to make sure water does not dry up before cooked. When you see the rice has absorbed just about all the water, turn off flame from stove and leave lid on rice until the rice is soft.
Serve the Pork over rice! DELICIOUS!
I also serve this dish with a salad of Rocket; lettuce; Spring onions; parsley; and bits of corriander. Very nice.
Every week, Greeks shop at their neighborhood street market for fresh vegetables and fruits. The street market in Anavissos is especially good because it is located very close to the actual fields where the produce is grown. You are sure to find some of the best vegetables that are in season at this market. The fruits are just as plentiful as are other items such as rice, nuts, fish, honey and herbs and spices.
It's a great place just to walk through and see the people, enjoy the sights and taste the fresh things being sold.
If you are on Holiday and if you are staying close to the Southern Suburbs of Athens, Attiki, and IF you are looking for a great tennis club to come for a game of tennis, then Anima Club is the best in Anavyssos. The Orange Tennis Systems, managed by Philipos and Bent Papayliou offer daily lessons, both group and individual, as well as for young children. You may rent a court and play your game in a modern setting with all the facilities for observers and for players. You can sit by the courts and enjoy a perfect cup of coffee or a cold drink.
After the tennis game, you could enjoy the beautiful swimming pool for a refreshing dip.
If you would rather not play tennis, there are also volleyball courts and a huge playground for small children.
Come to Anima Club just to sit and relax! The area is beautiful and the people are friendly and the coffee is not as expensive as in the nearby coffee shops.
Equipment: There is a shop at Anima Club that sells sports clothes and equipment, if you have forgotten to bring your own gear. Otherwise, bring your favourite tennis racquet, you shoes and your tennis outfit and you are ready.