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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
Flisvos: Nice and fair-prized starters, some brilliant dishes and some flops.Seaside-Restaurant with a great view on the sea and the mountains beyond, cute blue chairs.Located in a row with the other local restaurants of Koroni on the main street, next to the restaurant where you can see a grandpa grilling octopus, an orange flower in his hair :)...more
Seafront taverna, seating across the road from building.Pleasant ,blue colour scheme.Plenty of Greeks eating here. Watched finned fish feeding on the waters surface. This excited a group of Greeks so much they jumped into the nearest boat (which hardly seemed seaworthy) and proceeded to attempt to catch the fish with a spear. Naturally they didn't...more
As this place is just down the road, we felt we ought to give it a go. It serves only grilled foods at this time of the year, so the choice was the usual of chops, souvlaki, bifteki etc etc as well as frozen staples. The location is just across the road from Memi beach so I expect it will get a fair amount of custom in high season. On our visit, we...more
I'm not sure of the real name of this place, but it was a real find!! I fancied this place when we first looked round at eating places, being tucked away off the main routes. There is seating inside and a lovely courtyard with plenty of tables, under the trees. There isn't a lot of English spoken but you are invited in to look at the array of...more
It's difficult to make a decision about where to eat in this area, there being such a choice, even in low season. We opted for this place as it was not far up the road from where we were staying. It turned out to be an excellent choice. A large establishment, it looked fairly new, with seating inside and out, in a see through awning with walls and...more
Our first evening in Koroni, we were tired having just arrived after two days of travelling. We looked at a few menus and opted for Flisvos, purely because the wine was cheaper than other places!! In the end, it turned out to be an excellent choice. We all managed to get what we wanted to eat and huge portions they were!! Nick and I had beef in...more
One of Koron's finer nightlife spots!!I love these ramshackle outdoor disco type efforts, takes me back to camping in Spain and Greece way back in the 70's.This place wasn't open but I suspect it springs to life come high season. It's position was right on the beach, with steps down to the sand, so I guess the overspill danced on the beach!! Handy...more
Its difficult to describe the night life as I was in Koroni in winter. Some of the bars were open and most of the places seemed to be crowded with local who were totally into watching soccer games.Nothing really to rave about.... the Fort was lit and a beautiful site. Casual.more
2 Reviews and Opinions
Our hire car came as part of the holiday and was arranged through Europcar. We have always had friendly and efficient service from them. The car was an Opel (Vauxhall)Corsa, 4 door. It was fairly basic and the air-con. didn't work. Neither did the temperature/date/time display work which was slightly annoying as it's interesting to see what the...more
Please be aware, anyone travelling to Zeus Villas and along this Memi beach road towards and beyond Vasilitsi, there are continual raodworks in progress. The road is very dusty, riddled with pot holes and unsurfaced. Every day we travelled this route, heading beyond Vasilitsi, we wondered whether any surface had been laid. The roadworks seemed to...more
In Koroni itself, there are some traditional shops, as well as a small supermarket of the same brand as the one on this tip. The large supermarket is conveniently situated on the downhill road into Koroni, not far from the petrol station, thus saves you having to go all the way into Koroni.
At first, we thought prices a little steep, but when we shopped elsewhere, it turned out to be fairly competetive. Most items were cheaper than in the Champion supermarket in Messini.
There is a butcher's department, a deli and fresh bread is sold at the same price as the bakers, suprisingly. Upstairs is a strange mixture of hardware, including fridges!! (and shoes!!)
The girl who seemed to always be on the till is friendly and very efficient. She also weighs veg and doles out deposit returns.
Open 8am - 14.00 and I think 17.00 - 19.30 in May, Mon - Sat.
What to buy: We shopped here most of the time.
Local wine 1.5 litre: €2.15
Amstel:€.78 +14 deposit
Milk litre: €1.49
Bread small loaf:€ .90
Orange juice litre: €1.51
Can pepsi: €.76
Gouda cheese: kilo: €5.83
What to pay: As above.
Nick and I were really taken with this building, seen from the carpark in Harokopio. We guessed the bathroom was the tiny building on the back, accessed from the upstairs door and the plumbing leading straight down into what looks like the back of the lorry. I don't think it was quite that way, but certainly the lorry looked as though it was a...more
One morning, observing the daily comings and goings on Koroni waterfront, we noticed this lad on his motorbike, to-ing and fro-ing. He was obviously a delivery boy, as he returned a few times, always carrying at least three boxes. How he drove his bike, let alone saw where he was going, was anybody's guess. Still, it's just a variation on a theme,...more
I can't think of a day during our holiday in May to Koroni, when the wind didn't get up in the afternoon. Up at our apartment, it could get really wild, we would have to retreat to the back/front of the building, depending from which direction the wind was coming.
The sea could get really wild, ideal for experienced sailors and windsurfers but not so good for the less experienced.
One afternoon at Peroulia beach, we watched a near tragedy unfold. A yacht had sailed from A. Andreas in the morning, in flat calm conditions (we saw it leave.)Later, we were on the beach and noticed the yacht anchored, with a small rowing boat tender pulled up on the shore, further along from us. As the afternoon progressed, so did the wind and it really did get up. Three people had to get back to the yacht, one managed and the tender had to return for the third person, not being large enough to carry all three people in one go. Well, the wind blew it completely in the wrong direction and no way could they get to the boat. They were being blown further and further away. In the end, the person who had safely returned to the yacht had to up anchor and set sail to rescue them. It was a close thing.
A hat to keep the sun from your head whilst exploring the castle.Beach shoes as the sand gets VERY hot. And a waterproof, in May, as it usually rains at sometime.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There is a pharmacy in Koroni ,normally there is a man who speaks good English serving but the one night we needed a chemist, the dour Greek man serving only spoke Greek. A very old fashioned shop with everything shut away in cabinet drawers. No browsing here!!!
Photo Equipment: Definitely a camera with a decent zoom and plenty of memory.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: We usually take a sun brolly, but because we travelled by tain to Gatwick, didn't bother this year. We were fortunate to always find shade, but it would be a problem when the beaches are busier.
One of our all time favourite beaches. We have been to this beach a few times in previous years, when the big pull here was a rusting shipwreck almost on the beach. Imagine our astonishment this year upon arrival and no shipwreck!!! Somehow, the place looked bereft!! Goodness knows when and how it was removed!!The beach is still gorgeous, though...more
A truly old fashioned village. Turn off the main road (you can't avoid the road works) to your right, travelling uphill. Turn round just before the square and park a little back down the hill. Wander around the narrow streets, watch the locals gardening, washing cars, riding donkeys, building, chatting and generally putting the world to rights.It's...more
I guess we were well and truly hooked by Koroni. Such a lovely place to wind down, have a drink, make it two, as there's always something worthwhile watching and you don't need to be anywhere in a hurry. Feed the fish in the harbour with your left over bread, you'll be transfixed by the feeding frenzy you cause. The fish were fairly leaping out of...more
Again, Koroni in 1993.This is where we watched the lightening across the bay from. Very impressive. I always like seeing the octopus hanging to dry. Koroni was no exception.2008 we had another terrific thunderstorm, with horizontal, purple fork lightening flickering every few seconds. Most impressive. It is almost as if Koroni has more than one...more