Chorto, Milina, 37006, gr
Banougla's Taverna looks out over Valtoudi Bay and the monestary island of Alatas. The food is all fresh and delicious, but the calamari is the best I've tasted! It's a lovely night out, and Banougla and his family will give you a hearty welcome. They speak Greek, German and English.
Favorite Dish: The calamari.
Until thirty years ago, donkey tracks were the main routes between the towns and villages. They are perfect choice for a cycle ride or stroll, and lead you to fabulous remote locations - deserted beaches, monestaries, and stunning valleys. The abundant vegetation, stunning views and the utter peace make for a memorable day.
We had a great time at Pelion Sail and Cycle, a beach activities centre just south of Milina. We are a family of five, my husband and I, plus our three children, a girl of 14, one boy of 9 and another of 5.
My husband and the older kids had a wonderful time learning to dinghy sail over the course of our holiday. You can be taught to dinghy sail for free! You simply pay for the hourly boat hire and Pelion Sail and Cycle give you all the tuition you need to get you out on the water safely. They needed about five hours training to cover all the basics of dinghy sailing. Once they could tack and gybe, set the sails, come to a stop, sail a triangular course, and right the boat in the event of a capsize, they were ready to sail within the bay. They had fantastic fun! Everyone learnt at their own pace and there was no pressure. The kids loved it!
I didn't fancy sailing and went kayaking with the little one. The sea kayaks are unsinkable, sit-on-top, the water is sheltered and calm. Our younger boy loved paddling the kayak and exploring the cove. The whole family went kayaking together one afternoon and kayaked around Alatas Island - wonderful, peaceful and utterly beautiful.
Equipment: They provide buoyancy aids and life jackets for the kids. If you are a dinghy sailor then bring your sailing gloves and sunglasses with a strap. They provide dry bags so you can take your camera and phone with you on kayak outings. All the usual beach gear - water shoes, beach towels, sun cream, beach wear, can be bought in Milina. You can buy flippers, snorkel and mask locally, but there is only a limited range so it's better to bring your own.