5.22.07 Olympia and the Greek Beach (Kyparissia)
Kyparissia Travel Blog› entry 63 of 114 › view all entries
Good move: Up early to Olympic
Bad move: Waiting until morning to see Olympic ruins
Good move: Greek beach campground
Bad move: Driving through Makissa
Good move: Stopping in town before campground
Great move: Campsite beachfront- watching the sunset:
Makrisia- remember when driving in
Man, it was a Copan Ruines flashback for us. The one-lane road, tight buildings with balconies, and the hills and curves, it’s just best to avoid it. First we came upon about 15 older men sitting outside – by this time it was obvious even to us that no RV should be driving in this town and their mouths dropped open when we came around the curve. But they kindly pointed the direction when were befuddled by the Y in the road- neither option had looked easy.
At one point, we finally decided we weren’t going to make it through with the current traffic situation and started to back up, but the pickup truck in front of us was kind enough to back up. Then we saw a bypass road as we reached the stop sign at the end of main street. Brother!
This morning we made it back to the UNESCO site- archeological ruins of
But we saw all of the Olympic ruins and enjoyed the Ancient Olympic Museum, which basically held artifacts and statuary found in the area. It only cost 9E for me and the kids were free, which was very nice.
By 10:30 am, it was steamy when returned to the campground, checking out, and getting directions to the beach. The campground owner was shocked we were from the
By 12:30, we’d traversed the small town mentioned above and made it to Kyparissia. A smart move was parking alongside the road where there was room, having Souvlaki (pork shish-ka-bobs) and bread from a tiny café, buying fruit, spinach pie (spanakopita?), pastries and bread, swimming goggles, beach mats, and cash machine. This meant that when we traversed the small town with the camper to get to the beachfront campground, we don’t have to leave again.
I hear the waves as I type. We have a low fence between us and the sandy beach. The campground is very nice and we might not leave.
The “restaurant” here at the campground has an outdoor grill and you place your order with the lady on the corner under the porch.
We ordered a bunch of Greek food: Moussaka (meat pie), Greek salad, tsaziki, souvlaki, and pizza- all were wonderful and far more than we can eat, so we took it back to the camper.
There is free internet here! I succumbed to electric for 3.50E a night extra to charge my computer. Our nightly fee is 24.50 E, which seems reasonable for a nice beachfront location with clean showers, bathrooms with actual toilet paper and soap provided, and internet. And did I mention the sunset?
It is Friday night- we might just hang here for another night. Weekends can be a good time to stay put.