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Where to eat out in San Stefanos? / Re: Spoilt for choice 2014
« on: June 22, 2017, 06:49:29 PM »
Is that accessed via Muck Fleet? I am not sure our craft can navigate that. We may have to hoof it.

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Where to eat out in San Stefanos? / Re: Spoilt for choice 2014
« on: June 22, 2017, 08:54:24 AM »
We have had many of our best holidays on the Broads and will be heading for Brundall for our anniversary, so we may even get to the Waters Edge, thanks for the recommendation  ;D

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Where to eat out in San Stefanos? / Re: Spoilt for choice 2014
« on: June 21, 2017, 08:02:02 PM »
Grounded your reviews have been great.
I do thank you for that most sincerely. It has been a pleasure to join in these forums (fora?) And to share some of our experiences in this lovely place.
This has been something of a sentimental journey for the memsahib and I, being 20 years since we were last here. Sadly we leave on Friday and head for the Norfolk Broads to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary, prior to visiting friends and rellies for the first time in 15 years. Then back to our home in Aotearoa (or New Zealand as she is more widely known). I would love to say, like Arnie "I'll be back", but that is not very likely. We will carry some very happy memories with us.

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Out and About / Our walk to Avliotes and beyond
« on: June 19, 2017, 07:30:29 PM »
I may have mentioned that SWMBO and i enjoy a walk. Shortly after we arrived here we were told of a "shortcut" to Avliotes. We have now taken that path on at least a dozen occasions, but only once have we seen anyone other than locals on it. So i thought i should post it here.
The walk starts by the medical centre/surgery, opposite Spiros bikes. When we sought confirmation from the chap there (no doubt called Spiro) he looked at us in amazement that we should be contemplating it and he informed us the local football team use it for training. Anyroadup, i digress (frequently).
So you take the path between the surgery and the apartment/pool complex until you reach the T junction. I should say at this point that good footwear is essential, no high-heels or jandals please. Take the left turn (the right is supposed to come out opposite the 3 Ws but we have been unable to find a way through) and start through the olive groves. The path is very steep in places and frequently very loose underfoot. The silence in there can be deafening and the dappled light a true pleasure out of the sun. There are some stunning scenes through the old olive trees and some spectacular views of the sea. It is a very pleasurable walk of about 40 minutes, depending how long you spend looking at views, lizards, eagles (i think), ants you could trip over, and various other forms of wildlife.
At the end of this path you arrive at a staggered crossroads. Left would take you back to Ag Stef. You want to face between 1 and 2 on the clockface and cross the road to take the road signposted to Avliotes. After around 500m you pass a petrol station on the left (with a very sad parrot) and shortly after this you arrive at a fork in the road and you take the left option. You follow this up to the village of Avliotes, which takes perhaps 30 minutes from leaving the olive path.
Arriving at the village, turning left will take you to a beautiful church with wonderful views, whilst turning right takes you down into the village proper. You pass a gift shop and the post office and arrive at Ilias Taverna (where they serve some of the best chips i have ever eaten).
If you wish a longer walk, you can carry on along the road, past the playground and you will see a "satellite" cafe on the left. Immediatley past this is a left turn down the hill. Follow this, taking the left choice at each junction (only 3 i think) and after about 20 minutes you will arrive at Logas beach and cold beer. It was walking back from there today we saw our first wild tortoise in 20 years. By wild, i do not mean it could have shredded a lettuce, but he did not have a number painted on his back and answer to "Fred". It really made our day and we got some great pics.
Anyway, i just thought i should share this as we have enjoyed it so very much.
Oh, to get back, just reverse your steps!

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Where to eat out in San Stefanos? / Re: Spoilt for choice 2014
« on: June 18, 2017, 04:09:07 PM »
We went for another walk to Logas Beach today. The wind helped keep the air temperature down but it is still a good walk and upon return we were ravenous. We decided to try the Fantasea for lunch. And a spectacular choice it was. Crispy feta with honey, saganaki mushrooms, and mamas patatoes. Just scrummy. No other way to describe it. Lyn wants the crispy feta with honey every day now and they are going to have to beat her off with a stick.

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Where to eat out in San Stefanos? / Re: Spoilt for choice 2014
« on: June 18, 2017, 08:56:44 AM »
Last night we chose the Nafsica for our evening meal partly, at least on the part of my wife, in the hope of watching Spiro tripping the light elliniko fantastic. The meal did not disappoint in any way, though Lyn struggled manfully through a pastitsio the size of a breeze block. We got into conversation with a couple of resident ramblers at the next table and spent a very pleasant evening awaiting a Spiro  Syrtaki or residents stuff strutting. In the end, neither appeared but we had a good meal and a pleasant time, concluding with Spiro showing us some photographs of the Nafsica as we remember it.

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Out and About / Walk to Porto Timoni - almost
« on: June 17, 2017, 11:26:13 AM »
My wife and i do enjoy our walks and prefer perambulation to slow basting. We have managed a few, our longest being to Logas Beach, which was a bit of a challenge but a very pleasant outing. So we thought we might try Afionas/Porto Timoni. The first stretch through Arillas was easy enough, but then the drag up to the Night Owl really took it out of us. We arrived at rhe Dionysos Taverna after about 1 hour and 45 and began to attempt the descent to the beach. This track is more suited to six-legged mountain goats than a pair of over-ambitious old duffers so we reversed our steps and went back the the Dionysos for a couple of very cold ones. The trip back was a little shorter, with some magnificent views we were better able to appreciate. Perhaps on a cooler day we may have made it, but i am glad we tried.

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Out and About / Re: San Stefanos beach
« on: June 17, 2017, 11:12:43 AM »
You are quite right, it is the tackle on the move which is most in your face, so to speak. There is a possible upside. The other day there appeared to be more commandos than were on the bridge at Arnhem and if i had taken my bike with me there was no shortage of places to park it.

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Where to eat out in San Stefanos? / Re: Spoilt for choice 2014
« on: June 16, 2017, 10:01:54 AM »
I may have misunderstood the purpose of the "where to eat in San Stefanos" section of the forum but when we were planning our trip here back in nz, most of the reviews were yonks old. So i just thought i should bring a few of them up to date on the basis of our personal experience. I have tried to be reasonably careful (not alw ays with success) but informative.
Last night we booked (ourselves) into the Greek night at the 2 Stars. It was, in our opinion, a terrific evening with a skilled display of ethnic dances. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, with perhaps the one exception of being persuaded to join in. Thirty years ago, even with four left feet between us, we may have got away with it but i think we left one or two casualties behind! The hospitality was first rate and the prices were very reasonable.

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Out and About / San Stefanos beach
« on: June 14, 2017, 06:42:08 PM »
San Stef has a beautiful beach, perfect for kids and i would love to bring my grandchildren here, but can i ask when it became a nudist beach? We took a walk along there this afternoon and we had hardly got past the serried ranks of sunbeds and there was wedding tackle everywhere. I am no prude but it was like the butchers shop full of Christmas turkeys in every direction. Just a surprise really.

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Where to eat out in San Stefanos? / Re: Spoilt for choice 2014
« on: June 14, 2017, 04:50:22 PM »
Tuesday evening was our trip to the 7th Heaven restaurant at Logas Beach. Our table had been booked by San Stefano Travel and it was ideally situated. The food was really very good, and well presented. The meals were about 20% more expensive than in Agios Stefanos but you expect to pay something of a premium for the location and Lyn's pork fillet in orange sauce with kumquats was superb. The sunset was pretty spectacular though, with true objectivity, i think the Kariotahi Beach sunset has the edge.
If you do go there and intend to stay for the sunset, wear or take plenty of insect repellant, the mozzies attack in packs.

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Where to eat out in San Stefanos? / Re: Spoilt for choice 2014
« on: June 13, 2017, 09:02:53 AM »
Thanks. It is a real pleasure to have somewhere to share our experiences with others visiting, or revisiting, this little piece of paradise.

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Out and About / Re: Sunset Beach (7th Heaven)
« on: June 13, 2017, 08:58:42 AM »
San Stefanos Travel booked a table for us when we booked their trip. Piece of cake really

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Where to eat out in San Stefanos? / Re: Spoilt for choice 2014
« on: June 12, 2017, 04:49:53 PM »
I don't usually bother reporting on our lunches, though we have enjoyed some excellent repasts, but today after a very long walk we arrived at Taverna O Manthos. This was where we had our first ever meal in San Stafanos, and indeed in Greece, back in 1986. Our first impression was of a character larger than life who looked as though he could throw his arms around the world. He has not really changed very much, if a little greyer, but then who isn't? He genuinely recognised us and made us welcome as only Greeks can. Lyn had feta baked in the oven, which was "to die for" and i had kalamari in garlic with a tomato and cucumber salad, plus a few cold ones. And that view. Bliss. We will be back for dinner one of these evenings.

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Out and About / Re: Sunset Beach (7th Heaven)
« on: June 12, 2017, 04:38:08 PM »
Today we ventured on our longest walk yet. Up the track through the olive groves to the Avliotes road. It is very tough going in places, especialy for us oldies, but it is well worth the effort. From the crossroads we walked to the village of Avliotes, past Elias Taverna (where we have enjoyed two excelent lunches) to the satellite bar where we took the track on the left through the olives. Taking every left turn we arrived at Logas beach. The view is breathtaking. We had a couple of cold ones before returning by the same route. Overall it is about a 3 hour round trip but it is really well worth it and we will be doing it again. Tomorrow night we are booked on the trip to Seventh Heaven fron San Stefanos Travel, which should get us there just a little quicker.

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