Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Greece - southern Peloponnese (2)

We trundled further down the coast making for Limeni and Areopoli, slow going due to the twisting mountain roads and hairpin bends at times. Our first view of Limeni bay was from high up on the mountain pass before descending quickly to sea level.

Limeni bay

The weather was as you see it on the picture, no change from our 6:00am start. At the bottom of the hill we noticed a sign showing a parking area for motorhomes, we followed the road which lead past the well cared for Faros taverna to a gravelled parking area next to the sea. The settlement is known as Karavostasi.
It was to become an 'address' for quite some days due to the quietness, walking opportunities and very friendly relationship with the owner / manager of Faros Taverna. Nearby Areopoli had plenty of choice in terms of mini-markets, bakeries, fresh produce and a town with little shops to walk around in. It has a good butcher, the kind which invites you behind the counter to explain how you want your meat cut up - how's that!

Looking north from above Limeni

Along the coast path near Faros taverna, Karavostasi.


After an initial stay of a few days at the camperstop near Faros tavern we travelled across to Gytheio which is on the opposite side of the headland and stayed a night near Vathi on the beach. Still the rainy weather could be seen around us.

Beach near Vathi at dusk
Again as so many times before the rugged mountainous geography of the region struck us, narrow winding mountain passes at times taking you through small hamlets. We saw the odd fisherman repairing nets, men chopping wood in preparation for winter, always a tavern with people drinking Greek style coffees. There were hidden small farms with stone walls demarcating boundaries testimony to how some still prefer a quiet lifestyle of solitude - why not. Not for me though.

From the mountain pass near Kotronas

The mountain road swung north again after rounding the tip of the Tainaro headland, the sun was out and the outside temperature climbed to 19C. We turned off at the signpost to Gerolimenas to have a look around and with a view to staying a night or two - we stayed two. Tucked into the fold of mountains with a narrow bay leading into the Med beyond it had the feel of a film set for a pirate movie. Small harbour with most boats stored for winter, various tavernas and small hotels and a small resident population.

Beach and central square Gerolimenas

On the rocks in Gerolimenas

View from the beautiful Kyrimai Hotel, Gerolimenas.
Back street

Autumn crocuses

All lit up at night, as seen from Fifi.
A really lovely village with possible walks around the area and of course what will be a lively summer venue when it's full of visitors. Across the street from the camperstop the owner / manager of the hotel invited us in and gave us the key to the Wi-Fi connection. We also met Richard and Belinda from Birmingham, touring the Peloponnese in their motorhome and shared stories over a drink. We walked all over town as well as up the mountain road for an all round view of more mountains and more rocks, no shortage of building stones here.

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