Almyropotamos (southern part of Evia)
Trip Start Apr 04, 2012
33Trip End Ongoing
We drive all the way from one end of the bay from Ayios Dimitrios to the other side (2 kms) pass the beach with the eucalyptus trees which for years is something like a free campsite with caravans and campers.
For years there was a narrow dirt road but now it is a kind of cement road with some wholes on the way, but at least it is easily accessible.
Almyropotamos is a major tourist resort in Evia.
There are a few modern hotels here, rented rooms, sea sports, and picturesque little taverns which are mostly by the beach
It is 9:30 pm by now and there are people out with their fishing rods trying to catch some fish. Fishing nets are let dry and are scattered on the square.
There are some ducks in the water. Personally I believe the people with fishing rods must be enjoying their hobby but I cannot imagine myself holding a fishing rod for more than 10 minutes and waiting to catch a fish. I prefer walking, swimming, or eating the fish than catching them…lol.
Young folks are everywhere and this is what I like most, people ambling on the coastal road which is open only for pedestrians after 7:00 pm. In all, there is excitement in the air, and everyone seems to be having a good time.
The vivid nightlife is a fact here with many tourists enjoying their very short holidays
Not many Greeks have the luxury of spending much for holidays this year, and the majority of them are either hosted by friends or family. Some have their own holiday house and they are the luckiest. They come along with friends, with the maximum holidays ranking between 5 to 7 days.
I am glad we came here instead of having dinner at the previous village. In the past you could hardly find a seat but with the crisis not many people eat outside any more and those who do, they eat out once in a while and on special occasions and try to spend the least.
Well, taverns might not be full but at least the café bars are full of youngsters. I mean it is not a resort where you find mostly elderly people and I think that the presence of this young generation gives a pleasant breeze
For me, just their presence means a lot.
I remember how we argued with a lady coming from Russia some months ago when I was in Cyprus. She insisted that Greeks are lazy bones, idling about in different café bars and sitting at squares doing nothing while on the contrary Russians are supposed to be hard working people.
My answer was that no matter how poor Greeks might become, nothing can stop them from going out and having fun. It does not necessarily mean that they are to spend much. It is the climate, the culture, the beautiful country that makes you want to be out. It has nothing to do with the laziness of the people. In fact I have read in a foreign magazine once that Greeks are hard-working people
After a stroll we find a quiet spot at a nice tavern, and the best part is that our table is just a meter from the water. The idea of having dinner on a sandy beach excites me. We came here for kebab, -we are also on a budget!
How to get here:
During the summer months there is a daily ferry route from Ayia Marina's harbor (outskirts of Athens) to Almyropotamos. The duration of the sailing trip is 45 minutes.
( Ferry info: Tel: 22230 53 768)
From Ayia Marina there are frequent daily services to Styra and Almyropotamos.
Information Port Authority at Ayia Marina +30 22940 63491.
Buses from Agia Marina leave from Athens from Mavromateon Street. Tel: +30 210 821 0872.