Almyropotamos (southern part of Evia)

Trip Start Apr 04, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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The Lake of Dystos

Flag of Greece  , Central Greece,
Sunday, July 29, 2012

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. In reality what Greeks do this summer is having short breaks instead. They leave Athens and find refuge in close coastal destinations to avoid the heat wave and fill their batteries but they cannot afford much.

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. They can spend hours sitting at a café bar with the company of friends for a bottle of beer or you will see them out at the beach gathered around a fire with guitars and sing songs and having fun.

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. Do you think that we are lazy bones?

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)

By Ferry:

From Ayia Marina there are frequent daily services to Styra and Almyropotamos.

Information Port Authority at Ayia Marina +30 22940 63491.

By Bus:

Buses from Agia Marina leave from Athens from Mavromateon Street. Tel: +30 210 821 0872.

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rossport on

Popi I would not be worried by others comments as they should learn each culture has its own way of living.

The greeks are hard working I should know i have worked with them for over 30yrs at my work place and they are all hard working but come the time when they relax and party now this is a people who know how to throw a party, love going to Greek functions.

We Australians have a beach party culture where we live and breath the beach but we too work hard and I love my fishing nothing better then to throw a line in the the water and let it float away as too do my worries and concerns I have not caught a decent fish in nearly 5yrs maybe i should get serious again.

Love the photo's and I hope Yianni's knee is much better now

mmbcross on

Russians live to work. Greeks work to live.

greekcypriot on

I like your comments, thanks.
Well, Yianni's leg still hurts and I think there would always be some pain. It was a huge operation anyway. Doctors tell him to go swimming, he does and then the pain gets worse. I think he will have to live with it from now on.

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