Sorry it has taken me so long to get started......
Day 1 We left home at 0730 for the train journey to Birmingham for the 1305 flight - way too early but the other half doesn’t like airport rushing whereas I’m quite an expert at it 😄. We usually go on the 0700 out of Gatwick on a Friday so the whole flight experience was different. Arrived on time to weather similar to what the UK had been over the Bank Holiday weekend , but nicer as we knew it was pretty much guaranteed for the next fortnight and it was ‘eating outside at night’ weather. The airport passport control went pretty fast despite only 2 police checkers but the baggage arrival took a while considering there was inly our flight. Our bags appeared in the last batch & then it was through to the TUI bus for a fast transfer to Kanapitsa, via Punta - our bags made it to the hotel before us as well. We didn’t dilly dally as we were heading into town on the bus. We set off for the bus only to decide half way down the toad to stop in Johnny’s for dinner - booking only apparently so we tootled on. The bus was busy but we got seats. Arrived into a busy Papadiamantis St and both of us just fancied gyros so stopped kerbside of Yianni’s place and watched the hustle and bustle for an hour or so. We walked to the top of Papadiamantis St then through the old town and then popped out on the old harbour for a beer at Mythos bar. It went down very well & quickly! Feeling the tiredness we headed back on the bus and straight to bed. It was great to be back! However, the other half was kept awake by the overwhelming smell of the faulty cesspit of the hotel which was located right outside our room door, I slept like a log 😂
Day 2 The other half went to reception first thing and told them about the smell so they moved us at noon to another room which had been vacated. The room we moved to was a much better standard than our original one so we were happy! Kudos to the hotel for getting it sorted so promptly. We had a quick breakfast in the hotel which was just ok, I’m not really a morning person and decided the breakfast wasn’t worth getting up for on subsequent mornings... We had our quad delivered to the hotel so off we went to Ag Eleni beach, a favourite of ours. But first we nipped into town to change the helmet of my other half as it was too small and stopped at the Spar in town for beach essentials of water, soft drinks snd crisps. We got the best lounger on the beach imo, and dipped in and out of the sea all day, bliss! The day flew by and in the evening we headed to Agia Paraskevi to Boubounakia for dinner and then popped into Iguana bar to ‘listen’ to the quiz - we got a lot of the questions right & might have done very well had we entered it, but chances are if we had have entered it we would have came home with the booby prize of toilet roll with sparkler! Caught the bus back to Kanapitsa and was going to have a quick drink in our hotel bar but alas it was shut so we went to bed for a very unsettled sleep all night - our new upgraded room has new upgraded beds which are firm to say the least! Woah, it was an uncomfortable sleep (or lack of).
Day 3 Woke up a bit tired and cranky but we’re on holiday so we can’t be cranky 😄. Headed off in town direction and decided to drop down into Megali Amnos for breakfast, we walked along the beach to one of the many cafes and refuelled. Afterwards we headed to Xanemos beach, not changed at all, still very chilled out and loungers well spaced. Sunbathed until we got hungry so had tzatsiki and toastie at the taverna. After we got back to our loungers the music changed and we were treated to the Best of Queen for the next hour or so. It really is a fab album to listen to on a beach! A few planes took off over our heads so the other half got pics, safer this end than the other end where people continue to gather for pics, despite the warnings and near misses - we saw some guy standing in the open window of a car which can’t have been very secure at the best of times, never mind when the tail wind of a jet starts! After the beach we showered, then off to the taxi boat on Nostos beach to hit town. We wandered up the back streets to the right hand side of Papadiamantis Street - we always find ourselves to the left of the main street so this holiday we are making more of an effort to explore the other side. We stopped in a little square at Taverna Cuba and had dinner, I really wanted stuffed tomatoes but they didn’t have any so had chicken souvlaki instead. Afterwards we strolled around a bit and then made our way to the old town end and stopped for a drink or two in King & Queen bar. Before we knew it, it was bus time home and both of us were ready for bed, even the hard one!
We’re in Kanapitsa, Cape Kanapitsa Suites & Hotel.
The hotel is nice and location second to none, simply stunning! But, they could make so much more of the place, it’s pretty soulless, nobody at the bar, only a few by the pool, dreary music and hardly an hello from any of the staff when they meet you; maybe they’re tired coming to the end of the season...
I think not Veronica. I'm 100% confident that we shall get enthusiastic welcomes from everybody we meet, in every shop and every taverna where we've been before. Nikos of Nikos Taverna will be rude and abrupt of course, because that's his enthusiastic welcome.
Day 4 We had a better sleep last night so we must be getting used to the hard bed. We headed west and had breakfast in Agustera cafe bar in Koukanaries. I simply love greek yoghurt & fresh fruit for breakfast (minus banana) - I now associate this delight with Skiathos and whenever I have it at home it reminds me of Greek holidays. We set off up the dirt track beside Ag Eleni beach road and went right round to Mandraki beach. My other half suffers from vertigo but after seeing Dennis’ video last year of this journey (I think it was this route), he thought he’d be ok and it was. The only other time we were at this beach we walked through the forest on a day after a storm and the beach was looking dishevelled and the clouds sat low over the sand, we just stayed 5 mins and left. Today it was glorious and not busy at all. We again got the best loungers on the beach and the water was amazing, so clear and so sandy underfoot - perfect. We swam, tanned ourselves, read a bit, ate crisps and suduko puzzled. Lovely day. Headed back to Kanapitsa about 6.30pm and caught the taxi boat into town at 8.20pm after a quick beer in the taverna on Kanapitsa beach. The light was fading fast as we set sail and I took some beautiful photos of the red sky in the distance as the sun set on the west of the island. I also got pics of the town and Bourtzi as we approached our docking point. We stopped at a new place on the front just opposite where the boats come in, a meat feast kind of place where the main guy used to be in the Time Out cafe at the end of Papadiamantis St. We were able to watch the chaos of a boat disembarking and embarking during our starter as that’s all the time it took! We then headed to Andersson’s bar off Papadiamantis St, lovely lighting in the courtyard and chilled out music. Next on the crawl was the Old Port House Bar, it was pretty busy in there but emptied out early for a Friday night. Few drinks later and we knew we had missed the last bus home so decided on one drink in Kentavros before taxiing back. 13 euros back to Kanapitsa and in bed at 0230, way later than planned!
Goodness Veronica, I have to stand in awe and amazement at your stamina, home at 2:30am!
If my video helped persuade your OH to travel that way, I'm so pleased, but need to point out that it's so good for us all to post feedback and photos and videos for the benefit of others. They're not just us showing what we did, we're helping them seek out their own pleasures.