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 large, new looking church.The castle was built during the Greek War of...more
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. I have to admit, we never actually stopped to have a look round the place,...more
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 tree covered grounds provide much needed shade but even so, you can work up...more
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. The Argolida is home to mega resorts such as Ermioni and Portocheli as...more
Paralio Astros has it's fair share of beaches. The main town one extends from the harbour for about 10 km. southwards to Paralia Ag. Andreas.The further you walk, the wilder and remoter it becomes. There is a track along the first part, as far as the campsite and there are trees for shade. It also has a lifeguard post not too far away, although...more
Having taken longer than we thought to get as far as we did , we decided we'd left Philip on his own back at the apartment long enough. By the time we got to Orini Meligou ,we decided to about turn and wind our way back down to Paralio Astros. Orini Megilou is situated on a plain, high in the mountains, surrounded by rural grasslands and rolling...more
One hot afternoon we decided to wind our way up the mountain road from Astros, through Elliniko and to Orini Meligou, calling at the monastery as an afterthought. We left Philip in the coolness of our apartment and prepared for a hot journey. Boy, it certainly was that. There wasn't a breath of wind up there and temps. soared into the high...more
Disappointing as major work is being carried out (at times) and there is no admittance to the site.It's fenced off and photography isn't allowed. From what we could gather, this is a major find and is going to be an extensive site. It's in the process of being "tented in" to preserve it. Would seem to be a "soon to be on the beaten track...more
This lovely nunnery is a few miles north of Paralio Astros, on the Tripoli road. it's in a stunning setting with pretty, colourful gardens. The whole place just oozes calm and tranquility. The church here is Byzantine, from the 1100's although foolishly we weren't dressed appropriately so didn't feel we should enter.There are lots of shady seating...more
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 Paralio Astros!). Try the soups, and the pasta dishes will have you...more
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, or you can finish the evening, having had a meal in one of the...more
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 pull my chair out to sit down only to find it already occuppied by one...more
We gave this cafe a try one lunch time, not feeling hungry ourselves but having noticed that cheeseburger was on the menu. This Philip had and enjoyed for a change and we had a plate of meze between us for 3 euros The cheeseburger was 2.5 euros and the wine 2.8 euros a half. Not a bad place. The meze consisted of different cheeses, including a...more
This was the best place we found to eat. Still on the esplanade along with lots of other cafes, Harmonia advertised pizza, spaghetti, breakfast. We don't usually eat at these places, Nick and I not being into pizza and spaghetti but we gave it a try so Philip could have pizza. What a great move!!The menu was quite extensive with all sorts of...more
This was not a favourite of ours but seemed to be for many people. Service was fast and efficient, run by an Aussie Greek. There seemed to be a huge choice of food, ranging from breakfast, Greek cuisine through to fancy European dishes.Cover consisted of a huge basket of lightly toasted bread (hey, at last someone has cottoned on what to do with...more
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 Athens. Unfortunately, at the moment there is a massive upgrading project...more
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 Messini, where the airport is, with an hour to kill before check-in. There is...more
Paralio Astros fills up in the evenings and weekends with Greeks from far and wide. They all arrive in their cars and part of the beach by the harbour has been turned into a large parking area. Even so, one particularly hot weekend the park was nearly full by midday. Then the Greeks choose to park wherever they think fitting which is not always in...more
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 couple more in Astros, but I don't use them. The local shops are much more...more
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, driving through.There are a couple of banks, every grocery shop you could...more
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!!!
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 shopkeeper said "you must be staying in Paralia Astros - mosquitoe...more
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 disaster the boat and children had nearly disappeared round the headland....more
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.
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 an expensive beach type bar.A pity, as there looked to be a few decent...more
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 very friendly spot and since the hydrofoil service stopped, the businesses...more
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 fashioned fruit which you don't often see, but I seem to think it grows, or...more
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 noted was that wherever there was a gap in the buildings, a totally unnecessary...more
For the English who read this and are holidaying in Paralio Astros with Manos, you will find you'll have a gem of a rep in Al. She's big on antiquities and paints a very descriptive picture of such places as Mycenae and Epidavros and she's also an excellent speaker at the welcome meeting.She's the sole Manos rep in Paralio Astros and says it's not...more