Short stay in Alexpolis Oct 19, 2013
Alexandroupolis in North Eastern Greece is the last major city/town before entering Turkey, and therefore usually gets bye-passed by travellers who use the A2 motorway into Turkey.
The town has a small yacht harbour and a large freight harbour both overlooked by the towns emblem, the classic lighthouse that stands tall and proud looking down on the town and of course across the sea.
What I like about Alexpolis is the mix of 'stature' and informality. The stature is given to the town/city by, besides the lighthouse, a number of imposing buildings spaced well apart with tree lined avenues and lots of green and shaded space between them. On Saturday morning one such shaded area was given over to the towns elderly gentlemen sitting on the numerous benches playing cards or chequers.
Another nice touch is the towns free wifi which I'm using in the comfort of my own van to type this.
The informality is found around the beach area. It's been simply left to it's own devices and is very natural and rustic. I was very tempted to drive my motorhome onto it to overlook the sea, but decided against it and parked on a large carpark adjacent to the beach for just 6 euro/day - and that's paying for two spaces because of the vans size!
The town becomes alive in the evening, the place was buzzing at 9pm on Saturday 19th October when I had a wander around. It has a very young vibe, there are trendy bars where the average age seemed to be around 20ish and the music loud drum and base and a little further along the street a similar trendy '30 something' bar playing Paul Weller. There was even a piano bar which was churning out the expected 'elevator music'!
The eating establishments too were very varied. They included the usual gyros/grill bars, most European menu's in resturants that had neon strip lighting to those having just candles on tables - again something for everyone.
I'm not into clothes much, but there are also quite a few good clothes/shoe shops as well as the more interesting artisan shops in the narrow back-streets.
Not a place to spend your annual holiday, but well worth a day or two to have a little look around as I have done
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