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Lost count of the number of times I have been here now. There is something special in this place that gets people coming back. It is very common to find other people for whom it is their 4th, 9th or 20th time in this resort.
Very much on the quieter end of the scale, there is only really two roads in the place. The one that runs along the coast and the other that goes up to the village of Katastari.
Without doubt the best beach of any of the resorts on the island , and a concern for us for a while was safety when the kids were younger. The beauty of this beach is that there is a sandbank a few meters offshore and to get out of your depth you have to walk a bit out into it.This made it perfect to allow the children to play by the shore, knowing they would come to no harm. Doesn't make it any easier when it comes to throwing yourself in though :-)
Over the years I have seen this place from various perspectives.
While foot loose and fancy free I was able to stay out until 6 o'clock in the morning, and experience that strange sensation you get as you are heading home and you bump into to people who are already heading out to the beach with their towels and lilo's. Never quite sure what to say then. Are you weird for staying out that late or are they the weird ones going out that early.
While the children were very young we did it as a package, just in case we needed the emergency assistance of a rep, and we found different apartments and bars that suited our needs.
Moving onward we could/can go flight only and sort out our own apartments, although sometimes it has actually worked out cheaper to book a package. Once did that for a different resort and when we got off the plane told the reps we were doing our own thing ,would be back in a fortnight, and jumped in a taxi to Alykes.
Aparments tend to be basic, as is the style throughout Greece, but only once can I think of when I was unhappy with it ( loud music from Pool Bar when children were young and in bed that bit earlier). Some of them have been excellent however,either in the standard or sometimes the service. One in particular where we arrived late in the evening and as we were putting our cases in the owners wife came down with 2 plates of Pastichio and a bottle of wine.
Anyone wanting an early night can do so in peace, as like I said it is not a resort really for young singles or groups, and the police come round about midnight to enforce the noise laws and it is all taken inside. Really a resort for couples and families, and one of the most sociable places I have ever been. With only the two roads as you move about you keep bumping into and recognising the same people and everyone at least says hello or plenty will want to chat.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants, the busier ones tend to be at the crossroad and the temptation would be to go in as busy is a sign of being good. Some of the nicer ones are actually at different ends of the resort. If I had to pick one it would be the Paradosiko on the road out to Alykanas. Four of us eating out and none of us have ever had a bad meal there. Lively bar with great atmosphere is The Jungle Bar at the crossroad. Would have to say that as Dimitrisis a mate , but it is true. At the other end of the resort The Virago has good music and tends to be more chilled and sociable.
There is one reasonable sized supermarket,Montes, that also has an ATM outside and a few smaller ones dotted around. Choice of car rental places and you can also get motorbikes, quads and bicycles.
Couple of tour offices offering trips. Two main ones would be the trip round the island taking in the Blue Caves and the shipwreck (not as romantic as it sounds) or out into Laganas Bay to look for the Loggerhead Turtles. Worth doing that one with the stop on Marathonisi and getting the chance to swim off the boat into the caves. They also do excursions to Athens (2 days), Olympia and Kephalonia
Trips also done to the Water Park ( not gigantic by any means, but somewhere different to take the kids) close by, and there are two crazy golf courses at the Iris Bar in Alykes, just up the road to Katastari from the crossroad.
My first blog, so thought I would do it on somewhre I knew well. Been often at at various times from May to October, and always found it to be what i wanted to be able to relax and rest, so that for the other 50/51 weeks I could focus on travelling about.
Anyone heading there feel free to ask