View of the Old fort from the new fort
Finally this morning we wake up at a decent hour and out and about in the streets ready for a real breakfast meal. We head to Tweety's restaurant for a full english breakfast €8.50, fresh orange juice €4. The sun is already very harsh and the heat hasn't fully set in but you can tell that its going to be HOT! We head up to the New Fort with a 1litre bottle of water in hand. The entrance is tucked in behind a side street and you have to climb a few stairs to even reach that first. With the heat it is already feeling like a mission and not knowing how hard the climb will be means that we could be in for an unpleasant surprise. We pay €3 per person to the lady in the booth and make our way in.
The New Fort is definately much easier to reach the top.
A top of the New fort
There are more underground tunnels to explore, surprisingly they are not cool under there as I'd expected, they are in fact quite damp and warm. There are more through way tunnels, which allow us to hide away and shield from the sun but to also catch some breeze going through. As we are undertaking the challenge at midday we come across a lot more tourists than we did yesterday. Everyone is looking for the perfect picture and the perfect views. We can see the Old Fort from the second level, there are benches here to let you take in the views and take a break before heading up to the next level. The next level is reached via an inside building, you see a small exihibition/collection or pictures and artefacts before you head up a steep staircase.
Town view from the New fort
This takes you right to the top here. You can do a full circle of the top level and get a good view of the town. The flag flies high in the breeze for all to see.
As we exit, instead of heading back down the stairs that we came up we turn right to see what we're missing on the other side. We pass some lorries lugging crates of fruit and veg and then we are hit by the smell of FISH. We realise that we are in fact on the side of the fort where there is a fruit and veg market. We decide to rub shoulders with the locals and take a stroll through the market, we buy ourselves some fruit too, four peaches for only €1, bargain!
We head back down to the sea and were just in time for the 2pm Kalypso star boat ride and under water show.
Fruit & Veg market
The boat pulls up promptly at 2pm and we jump on €14 per person for the 1hr journey/show. Everyone runs below deck to get the best seat. try to get seats at the front tip of the boat as you view will not be obscured by the engines here. The glass is apparently unbreakable so no fear! You can see the blue/green colour of the sea and when the boat moves off you can see the waves the boat creates. We head out into sea for about 20mins before the boat anchors up. The spot the captain chooses is near a under sea wreak. The old boat is all rusted and full of furry algae. We see a small group of fish aimlessly swimming around, there are only a few and they are small ones. We wait and squint to see if we can spot anymore.
Fruit & Veg market
Soon the underwater divers appear and one is enticing a whole school of fish with food. The swarm of fish look like they could eat the diver alive, it looks pretty cool like a family of piranhas. The other window is being entertained by another diver parading around with two lobsters. The just looks and feels sad. Next we await the sea lions. We move off a little towards the sea lion enclosure. The sea lions are excited and anxious to perform as they dive in and then out of the water. The music is ready the and staff are preparing themselves for the show. The sea lions can clap, they dive in and out to touch the dangling balls, the jump through hoops, they kiss, they slap the divers bottoms, they really get the crowd excited.
Kalypso star under water boat ride
The are of course rewarded with fish bits and they seem satisfied enough. Once the show is finished we speed off back to land and greeted with the next group of tourist waiting. The €14 price tag is a little expensive for the quality of the show but you always do pay more for the cheesy holiday fun.
Even at 4pm in the afternoon its still not too late to go for a dip in the sea. We head back to Faliraki
getty swimming place. The sea is unexpectedly cold! I expected a hot dip but was greeted by cold salty water. Lots of kids splashing about and a few serious swimmers far out where the buoys separate the rest of the sea.
Diver being devoured by hungry fish
I still want to catch some sun so after a 1/2 hr dip I come out to lay in the sun. Not too long in the sun before I'm ready to burst into flames. The rays of the sun are blazing hot and I need to jump back in the sea to put the fire out. Word of advice keep applying suncream there is not a worse look that being lobster pink and peeling all over.
Lunch at the restaurant on the sea front. Couldn't quite work out the name of the place but they served some really great food. The penne with salmon was divine, it had cavier in it and the sauce was lovely and creamy. The mixed fish plate was perfect. I love calamaries, white bait, prawns and octopus and the plate was filled with it. The meal was €35, which we thought was reasonable as the food was such a high quality.
Even on a monday night the town is booming. The Liston for one was crowded with people out late having dinner or just sipping cocktails. The shops are still happily trading with hundreds of people buying souvenirs. I search for my beloved postcards. The regular ones cost €0.30 but the more higher quality ones are €1. The stamps are €0.70 for all around the world post.
We head to a local bar for some drinks. The seats are located up a stairway and the bar is pretty busy. Beers and local ginger beers all around.