Skala Oropou Things to Do
Ok you are at Oropos, you have the beach, you have the taverns, the cafés and the clubs but sometimes you want to see something. Unfortunatelly there’s not much to see in Oropos except some churches (Agios Andreas and Agios Georgios were the ones we visited near the port). But along the main road you may see some monunents and statues.Pics 1-2...more
The marina of Oropos is a favorite spot for locals and visitors for lazy strolls, it’s not big but you can relax watching people fishing (not only old people but we noticed some young girls following the footsteps of the old generation), taking pictures of the small fish boats (that come and go non stop, some of them are happy some others didn’t...more
Agios Andreas is the main church of Skala Oropou, located a block away from the KTEL bus stop. It was built in 1960s over the ruins of the old church that was destroyed by the 1938 earthquake and was replaced for a few years by a wooden church. The old church was dedicated to Agioi Apostoloi but was renamed in 1890 by the locals (only a few of them...more
Skala Oropou Restaurants
Time for a last souvlaki before going back home and although our favorite place for that is elsewhere we were a bit lazy that evening so tried some from Ovelix grill house and it wasn’t bad (although we would love some real fries too). We had some regular hirina kalamakia (pork sticks), 1,50e each served with bread.Normal prices in general although...more
Saturday 12 of September and most visitors have left Oropos already, schools year had started a day earlier so it was no surprise we could see around mostly people that were of some age. Most cafés have customers though, especially those with a TV screen as match of the greek football league was on display. We stopped at Evoiono, next to the port...more
27th Street is an all day coffee bar facing the marina of Oropos. With a name that reminds of New York (I have to ask about this one day) the main part of the café is a colorful place that may be nice in winter but we preferred one of the tables at the other side of the road next to the marina of course.Service was fast and friendly and we liked...more
As expected there are many souvlaki eateries in Oropos but recently a new comer arrived and changed the scenery with perfect souvlaki and good prices. OROPOS grill & bbq is located just a few meters away from the port opposite the KTEL bus stop and the road in front is always busy so not the most romantic place but we went there for the souvlaki...more
I’m not a big pizza fan but most of our friends ask for one when we visit Oropos. My previous attempts were a big failure but Gavas pizzeria seems to be the best one at the moment.Looking at the store (pic 2) doesn’t seem very appealing but the outdoor seating near the sea/port (pic 3) worth a try, no surprise this place was busy most of the days...more
Byzantino is a bakery-patisserie that is located on the seaside road just opposite the west edge of Nea Palatia beach.But we don’t go there for the bread… we usually take our freddo espresso when we need something on the go or at the beach. It is served with cookies. They also have a good variety of desserts, although my main pic focus on them I...more
Porto Pizzeria-Cafe is one of the small places along the seashore(in between the port and the main beach) where you can stop to eat something or enjoy an ice cream, coffee, soft drinks or regular drinks while watching the sea. Obviously it serves pizza but we were there one evening (july 2015) because we just wanted to have a table next to the...more
Ippokampos (seahorse ) is a small café at the main road along the sea that hopefully has some tables at the other side of the road too so you can be near the sea. In reality it's just side by side with Coco Pan we visited the previous evening.We had a frappe (3e), coca cola (2,5e) and a glass of ouzo (2,5e) that came with ice (fail, you serve the...more
Dodoni is a nice place to try some ice cream, we know their quality from other spots they have all over Greece. They have some chairs on the large pavement over the main road (pic 2) but we liked the tables on the other side near the sea (pic 1), it’s relaxing to be a meter away from the sea so we choosed a table there no matter we had ice cream...more
Skala Oropou Nightlife
Epoca: Epoca cafe
We’re not much into clubbing and especially in places like Oropos late in the evening we just need a nice place to enjoy a drink or two. Epoca is a café during the day that serves all the usual coffees, ice creams, fresh juices or what ever else but it turns into a nice bar later in the evening (usually with lounge music) when you can enjoy the sunset with one of the cocktails, beers (from 3,30 to 6e) or regular drinks.
The great thing about Epoca (that opened in 1991) is the nice setting with outdoor seating (numerous tables and couches) near the sea with some nice low lights and the small bars over the water (my favorite spot). For a while we thought we were on an island, but isn’t earth just another island after all? :)
Last time (july 2015) we had a freddo espresso (3) and a glass of ouzo (3e) that came without a meze of course but the waitress had no problem to provide some peanuts for free when we asked her.Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Skala Oropou Transportation
by busThere is a regional bus from Athens (70’ ride). KTEL ATTIKI operates at the beginning of Alexandras Avenue at the intersection with Patision. There are about 16 buses from Athens to Skala Oropou and it terminates near the ferry to Eretria in the heart of Scala Oropou. The first one is at 6:00 and the last one at 21:30. In summer it may get...more
Skala Oropou is a small town so you probably have to walk only to the beach or to the tavern and back. Unfortunately there’s not a pavement near the sea all the way from the port to the beach and in some parts you’ll have to watch out for the cars (pic 1) but in some smaller parts you can have the pedestrian only zones for lazy strolls around (a...more
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Skala Oropou Shopping
When we stay more than a day at Skala Oropou we may need some supplies to make breakfast, prepare sandwiches for the beach etc.The near by Market In (you will see it on your right hand as you come into Skala Oropou via Markopoulo, 100m from the beach) is a great option as it has all the regular items of any super market in Greece (and normal prices...more
It’s not unusual as you drive between towns in Greece to see on the side of the road small or bigger kiosks selling watermelons or other seasoned fruits and vegetables.7km before we reach Oropos (via Markopoulo, not Malakasa) we noticed this one, we remember miss Maria many years now, she always has the best greens (the vlyta yesterday were just...more
Walking toward the port we passed by the lighthouse promenade where there are numerous small fish boats. The small building has a sign outside that this is where the local fishing community have their club (it’s called Agios Georgios, it’s the small structure on the left of pic 3)……so I was sure there must be a fish market near by… and it is, a row...more
Skala Oropou Off The Beaten Path
Sanctuary Of Amphiarion
I put this under OFF THE BEATEN PATH tips for 2 reasons. First because the Sanctuary is located at Kalamos village which is 10' away from Skala Oropos by car. The other reason is that most of the people prefer to swim all day and dance all night at Oropos and they dont care about old ruins so much :) I went there one sunny morning from Skala Oropos and I really enjoyed it.
The Sanctuary of Amphiarion is Attica’s ancient healing center, the only one of Attica! You can see the ruins of Amphiarion hidden among the pine forest that covers the area before the village of Kalamos. There in a small valley you can see the place that was the Oracle dedicated to Ampiaros, the king of Argos that could interpret dreams.
You can see the ruins of many buildings and monuments like:
-the Temple of Amphiaraos
-the Theatre (pic 1)
-the Statue Bases(pic 2), with some interesting text written on them
-the Klepsydra(pic 4), the most interesting item, a hydraulic clock!
-the Stoa(pic 5), that the patients were sleeping waiting for the God to heal them
-the Sacred Spring,
You can spend about 30 minutes among the ruins but I suggest you to buy the small guide at the entrance so to know what you look. There is a small map inside the place with some written notes in case you don’t know anything about the place.
You can visit the Amphiarion daily (except Mondays) 8:30-15:00 and the entrance fee is only 2euro.
Drive toward Markopulo or Kalamos which is 15’ away by car. After Markopulo turn left to Kalamos. On your way you will see a monastery on your right, after some minutes you will see the Sanctuary of Amphiareos on your left.Related to:
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel