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    Peroulia/ Vounaria Beach

    by nickandchris Updated Jun 11, 2008

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    This beach is about halfway between Chrani and Koroni so we decided on a re-visit, it being such a nice beach and to see if anything had changed. Well, the tavernas on the cliff tops were closer than ever to the cliff edge and new steps had been built down to the beach from them. I reckon these have to be rebuilt every year after the winter storms.These establishments were in preparation mode for the season's opening.

    The beach seemed to be more populated than our last visit, but then the weather was probably better.

    Still lovely sand, backed by steep green hills and gardens, leadng up to property and tavernas. If you walk to your left, you come across a seperate little cove, very calm and pretty. Again, steps lead upwards.

    One afternoon, we watched the sea really get up and a small tender for an anchored yacht couldn't make it back. These people very nearly came to grief, being blown well off course and out to sea. It was only through the strength and courage of the lone female on board the yacht that she managed to up anchor and rescue them.

    This beach stretches in the opposite direction and becomes, I think, Kompi beach.

    Park on the dead end roadside, but turn round first, before you get hemmed in, as it's quite steep.

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    Life On Koroni Waterfront

    by nickandchris Updated Jun 5, 2008

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    How's things?
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    This was where we would sit, sipping a beer, most mornings. It was a very traditional place, pleasing to the eye with it's blue furniture and gingham tablecloths. It was a great meeting place for business men and the older men who would enjoy an ouzo or glass of wine whilst putting the world to rights. One old boy often appeared carrying a carrier bag with clocks in and a pocket full of watches. We weren't sure whether he just needed to be reassured of the time or whether he was trying to sell them!! No-one seemed to take much notice of him. Another morning a young lad appeared with a bag full of cucumbers, hoping for a sale. We don't know whether he'd just picked them from someone's garden or bought them to sell. Whatever, he went away with the bag still full!! I guess everyone grows cucumbers!!

    The proprietor usually had a fishing line dangling in the water, never saw anything caught, although there were plenty of fish in the harbour.

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    Ag. Triada Beach

    by nickandchris Updated Jun 5, 2008

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    Another stunner
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    Now this is a beaut!! Travel down the signposted road until you come to a very rough parking area. From here there are steps(new since our last visit when most of the path had disappeared under a landslide) leading down and onto a decent track. Only a few hundred metres down to the glorious stretch of sand and cliffs.

    At the end of the steps is a left branch, which just takes you to a small watercourse. There is also a marvellously comfortable seat made from stone to sit and rest awhile in the shade.

    The beach is backed by lush vegetation, growing from unstable looking cliffs and offers some shade. It's possible to access another stretch of sand beyond a spit of rocks.

    Well worth the trek down (such a short distance).

    Be careful leaving the parking area, there are huge ruts on the exit on which you could easily take the bottom of your car out.

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    Gargarou Beach

    by nickandchris Updated Jun 5, 2008

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    Narrow beach by the well
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    Oops, I got this one wrong again. We had explored the beaches around here a few years back and I thought Gargarou was actually Ag. Triada, which is a beautiful beach. Gargarou is down a long, steep road that finishes by a well and a very narrow beach. It's tricky turning round in a car, owing to the steepness and narrowness of the road. The beach to the right of the well is the nicest, and has slightly more backshore than the left opion. It feels very hemmed in, being so narrow and with steep cliffs towering immediately behind. Absolutely no-one here.

    Possible to park, further back up the road, in an olive grove.

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    Wander Round Harokopio

    by nickandchris Updated Jun 5, 2008

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    In the hub of Harokopio
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    Harokopio is the village you come through just before Koroni. It's a traditional place with old fashioned shops and a very Greek ambience.

    We spent a couple of mornings in Harokopio, as well as a couple of evenings and we loved the place. One morning we had had a very brief powercut, so the apartment being kitted out with a small camping gaz stove, we decided to purchase a refill in Harokopio. We entered a very traditional emporium, where practically everything was sold from somewhere in the gloom of the shop, including shoes! The gas canister was found and dusted down for us. Cost, about £.65. Amazing experience.

    The street running through Harokopio is the main road, also very narrow so take care. There is a rough car park on your left, as you enter the town from the Koroni direction, complete with it's own orange tree. We picked a bag full!

    There are two or three cafeneons, (as well as Niko's who is only open in the evenings)none of them particularly stunning architecturally, but the drinks are cheap and you certainly see life from your seat on the roadside!!

    There is also a large church in the square. I had a wander round and off the main road were some lovely old houses and superb gardens.

    On Sundays there is a market, mainly consisting of fruit and veg. stalls.

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    Explore the Back Streets

    by nickandchris Updated Jun 3, 2008

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    Going up.....
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    You can't visit Koroni without wandering amongst the back streets and climbing some of the many steps that lead to various parts of the town. Houses appear everywhere, built into hillsides, clinging to roads and pavements, teetering on the edge of the hills that Koroni is built on. Houses range from tiny humble abodes to more grandiose, all mingled together in an attractive sprawl.

    Walls and trees are white-washed, pavements and steps lined with white, pots and tubs of every kind filled to overflowing with brilliant flowers. Everywhere is colourful, wear your sunglasses!

    Cats snooze on the stairs, dogs bask under cars, washing flutters from balconies. Fine smells of today's lunch float on the air.

    Old fashioned shops line the streets into Koroni, the top street seeming to be the ironmongery type shops. One had samples of it's wares pinned to a display, they must have been there years as paint brushes with no bristles, rusty old hacksaws, ancient tools, rat traps and other such delights adorned the board. How we smiled!!!

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    Castle in General

    by nickandchris Updated Jun 3, 2008

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    Koroni castle
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    The castle is the home of Timiou Prodhromou nunnery and is full of little churches, some older than others.You are allowed to visit the nunnery if you are suitably attired, shoulders and legs must be covered.

    My re-visit to the castle in May 2008 was well rewarded with brilliant flowers, stunning views and I found my way down to the large church below. After exploring this area, I thought I would be able to get down to the harbour from this church, but it was not to be, I had to return via the castle. I only met three other people on my visit.

    The nunnery appeared to have been entirely re-fettled since our earlier visit and I couldn't seem to get to various parts previously visited. Maybe I should have found the second entrance.

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    Flowers in the Castle

    by nickandchris Updated Jun 3, 2008

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    Yellow gardens.
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    The narrow streets of Koroni lead up to the Venetian castle. This is now the home of the Timios Prodromos Convent. The castle's huge interior is also given over to private houses with colourful gardens. Everywhere are beautiful wild flowers and perfect solitude.

    The gardens of the nunnery were prolific with wild and cultivated flowers, a brilliant showing.

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    Castle Views

    by nickandchris Updated Jun 3, 2008

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    Looking back to the town and harbour.
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    The views from the castle are a must. Looking down towards the long beach of Zaga, or down to the town, both worth the uphill walk.

    On my return visit in 2008, I couldn't stop taking photos. The contrast of the blue sea and the lush vegetation was particularly stunning, as were the views of the harbour and beach. Try and visit on a clear day, for the best photos.

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    Lambes Beach

    by nickandchris Written Jun 2, 2008

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    Cool waters of Lambes beach
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    Strictly speaking, this is nearer Finikounda than Koroni but it's still only half an hour away.

    This is a long expanse of sandy beach with a more sheltered end by a cliff. Here is a taverna, which we had eaten at last year but this year, 2008, was not yet open for the season. There's also a posh beach taverna complete with swimming pool and loungers. No thanks!

    This was the coldest swim I had in 2008!

    Can become popular with campers but was practically deserted on our visit.

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    Zaga Beach

    by nickandchris Written May 28, 2008

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    Huge expanse of Zaga and Memi
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    At the northern end of the long stretch of beach, south of Koroni.

    This is quite difficult to find by car, we never did!! There is a road signposted off the Vasilitsi road which we took, but somehow ended up in Koroni!!

    There are quite a few buildings at this end, more developed than Memi, with accommdation and tavernas, also a sailing/windsurfing school. I know Simply Greece have a couple of apartments here at the Zaga Beach Hotel.

    It's possible to walk along the beach from Memi to Zaga and then up to the castle, but it will take you at least an hour and believe you me, it's hot work!!

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    Memi Beach

    by nickandchris Written May 28, 2008

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    Our part of Memi
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    Koroni has a most magnificent beach, stretching for what seems like miles. It appears to have two names, Zaga, at it's northern end and Memi at the southern end, close to our accommodation.
    Here, there is a small jetty and plenty of places to park, near a then defunct disco and a nearly open tverna.

    The water is shallow for a long way and the beach sandy. Be aware that when the wind gets up, it can become very rough, as it seemed to do most afternoons.Philip really enjoyed suring inthe wave with his swim ring.

    There is little development beind the beach, a few private buildings and the afore mentioned taverna. Set the other side of the road is a taverna, just as you reach the beach and a football/basketball court.

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    Visit the Church on Sunday

    by XKuger Written Feb 16, 2007

    We happened to be in Koroni on a sunday and we had the good fortune of attending services. Even though I did not anything that was done during church services, the hyms that they sing and the lighting and the atmosphere is very memorable.

    Definitly try to pop in for few minutes if sunday mass in on.

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    Walk the Harbor

    by XKuger Written Feb 16, 2007

    The view of Koroni from the harbor front is beautiful. If you stand at the tip of the harbor you get a fantastic view of the waterfron with the beautiful house settings. The Fort is to the left and homes to the right.

    Sometimes it looks as though you are in Gythio.

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