Paralion Astros Travel Guide
Paralio Astros from castle
Paralio Astros from castle
Evening in P.Astros
Paralia Astros Harbour
Lagoon, P.Ayios Andreas
VIEWS FROM CASTLE
Worth climbing to from the older part of the town, known as Nissi. It's a star shaped hill from which the castle gets it's name. Long, long ago, this hill was an island. Lovely old houses with colourful gardens lead you up some steps to the castle, away from a square with a...
Greece's first capital and port for ancient Mycenae and Argos, Nafplio is only half an hour away by car . You can bus it to Argos from P. Astros and change there for Nafplio.It's a pretty (in parts) bustling town with an old town and a sprawling modern mess of a newer town....
Epidavros Of Course....
Being a mere hour's drive away and Al's enthusiasm for the place, we just had to visit Epidavros.We left early (for us) and arrived before 10am. Even at this time of the day, the place was full of tour coaches and school children. What a combination! It didn't bode well.The...
From Paralio Astros it's not too far to the Argolida, the piece of the Peloponnese on the far east. It's surrounded by the Saronic and Argolis Gulfs and is worthy of a visit. It's impossible to see much in one visit, as roads are mountainous and interesting places far apart....
Remezzo: The best food by far!
Yianni will make you very welcome at Remezzo, which overlooks the harbour. The food is always beautifully prepared and presented, and delicious. He has a good menu and there are usually some 'specials'. I am a vegetarian, and always found tasty food here (quite difficult in...
The Cafe (aka The Jolly Cafe): Don't miss the ice creams!
The Cafe is right in the square in Paralio Astros. You can sit under the grapevine, or across the road in the area overlooking the harbour. It's a great place for a snack (the mixed plates - fish or meat - are good, and I recommend the omelettes), you can pop in for a drink,...
Blue Sky: Inexpensive Fayre....
A great place for a seaside meal. The restaurant , in the tiny seaside village of Xiropigado,sits above the beach, with access to the shore via steps from the restaurant.We found ourselves a table in the sun, as it was quite cool the first few days of our holiday. I tried to...
The Peloponnese has a spectacular, single track railway, incorporating Korinthos, Argos,Nafpllion, Tripoli,Megalopoli, Kalamata and over to the West at Kiparissia. Then northwards along the west coast to Patras and continuing round back to Korinthos. This then proceeds to...
Paralio Astros is a good 2 hours and more away from Kalamata airport. Our flight back to England was due to leave around 3pm. As we had our own transport which we were returning to Kalamata airport, we weren't in any hurry. We made the scenic journey over the mountains to...
Use the local shops
There are lots of small shops in Paralio Astros. As with small shops in the UK, it's a case of use it or lose it! The shop owners are all very helpful and will put themselves out to get what you want if they don't have it. There is a supermarket in Paralio Astros, and a...
Lots of tradional shops: Inland Astros
Just up the road from Paralio Astros, on the Tripoli road, is the main town of Astros. It's a maze of roads, all leading to different parts of the town, which is quite strung out. I'm pretty sure a lot of these roads are one-way, but never mind! We were forever getting lost,...
nickandchris 1990 reviews
Considering how much rubbish is accumulated in Greece, Paralio Astros was kept clean, with plenty of wheelie bins for dumping your rubbish in. There seemed to be a local custom of painting the bins with alsorts of unusual artwork and it made a nice change to be taking in someone's handywork whilst getting rid of your rubbish.
Note the cat on the bin!!!
Written Jun 1, 2006
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- Arts and Culture
We are taking our SIXTH holiday in Paralia Astros this year as we love the people, place, food and very "Greekness" of it.One problem encountered on our first visit was quantity of mosquitoes who left me looking like a very sorry plague victim. (On a visit to Nauphlion a...
Strong Beach Currents
Of the two main beaches Astygaros is the more sheltered and safe for swimming. However do be aware of strong currents and winds. We witnessed a very near accident when two children were blown out to sea in an inflateable and by the time the parents were aware of the imminent...
nickandchris 1990 reviews
A restaurant we ate at one evening did not live up to expectations. I don't know the name ofit but it was a little way along the main thoroughfare of P.Astros on the side away from the sea.
It had a menu board outside advertising lots of dishes but in reality they didn't have a lot to offer. Also the food was cold and the local wine undrinkable.
Unique Suggestions: The only redeeming feature of this place was the saganaki and the nice little courtyard tosit in.
Always ask what's available to eat before settling for an establishment. Don't trust the menu. It would seem that the days of being invited into the kitchen for a good old poke around have, on the whole, gone.
Fun Alternatives: Walk away and start again somewhere else.
Written Jan 7, 2005
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- Food and Dining
- Family Travel
Bronze Age Pyramid
North of Astros, on the Argos road is a left turn to the Bronze age pyramid at Elliniko. This was apparently built as a stockade on the ancient road to Arcadia. The Kenkreai pyramid stands to nearly full height on it's good side. The stones used to build it are enormous.
Continuing on after Plaka, you get to Poulithra on the coast and then the road winds it's way up into the mountains, covering some spectacular scenery. About an hour and a half in a car.Poulithra is quiet, so quiet we could only find one place open for a drink and this was...
If you have your own transport, make sure you visit Plaka. It's about an hour's drive south of Paralio Astros.A real away from it all feel in May. There are two immaculate beaches, both claiming a Blue Flag Award, a pretty harbour, a hotel and a couple of tavernas. It's a...
Fruit For Free....
Everywhere you went in Paralio Astros you would be falling over fruit trees. Oranges seemed to be growing wild as well as lemons, prickly pear and even medlars, in our accommodation.We especially enjoyed the juicy, extremely tasty medlars in Astra's garden. This is an old...
Paralio Astros is full of little alleys (or ginnels as we from the north call them.) There are lots from the shopping road to the larger road behind and some are very pretty. Of course, cats not being stupid, find these shady places and add to the scene.Another thing we...
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