The Long Walk - Sidari To Peroulades
What constitutes a long walk. For me anywhere I don't want to go.
Doctors tell us a good brisk walk is good for the heart. The rest
of me totaly disagrees. When it's 30C + in the shade what tourist
in his right mind would want to walk about 2 miles, sorry 3.5 Km.
It's easy to lay on the beach and watch the world go by. Just maybe
though someone will say 'Daaad why can't we do sumfin'. Big problem.
The Long Walk has been specifically designed to make you feel you
have actually achieved something. I would advise leaving about 5pm.
By then it will be cooling down. The idea is to to be in Peroulades by
7.15pm at the latest. Time enough on the way to sample a few
beverages, even a snack.
Remember if you run short of time or energy a taxi can be called for
to finish your journey at any taverna or bar. Do stop if you can at the
crossroads and have a walk through Peroulades to Sunset Beach.
It really is a very lovely old village.
I have a cunning map which hopefully is correct. If you meet any
gentlemen wearing a fez and your feet feel damp then blame me.
You can start anywhere you like along the route but of course
make sure you are fully kitted out first.
It can get quite chilly later in the evening and a light coat or pullover
is not a bad idea. A good pair of shoes a hat of any sort and of course
a rucksack. What seasoned walker would dream of going anwhere
without a rucksack. This one is to put the Amstel in or whatever
beverage you may need between pitstops. Sitting in a Greek hedge
drinking an ice cold Bacardi and coke, whisky and dry ginger or gin
and tonic does have a bit of class about it. Sort of very British.
Taverna No 1
is Anna's. This is a little early for a stop but if you have already
walked from the far end of Sidari you may be in need of sustenance.
We often used this little family taverna when we stayed in Melitsa.
Good value for those with families. Shortly on the right hand side
you wil find Ioanna's Supermarket. One of your last chances to top
up with fodder for the 'gruelling' journey ahead. Ioanna and her
daughter run the shop now as Kostas is hiring motorbikes at the
far end of Sidari. A really nice family.
. This is not on the map but I have a problem. I have known George
for many years and I have been asked to include his emporium on
the web site. Not actually by George but by another good friend. I
am afraid that most of the family speaks very little English ( they are
trying to learn it ) and this does cause some interesting moments
in the shop. George looks similar to Peter Sellers which helps when
it comes to defining which George we are talking of. Last chance
to get a hat is right here. They don't sell wellingtons. Strange.
Taverna No 2
is Dorella's. This first walk is a long one, maybe 15 minutes from
Melitsa. I have of course assumed you were pre tanked up and by
now this taverna will be a welcome sight. If you were not then your
rucksack supplies should still be almost unused. Dorella's is a
nice little taverna, cool and inviting. Nice food. I think here a
short break is called for. Little Johnny can now stop complaining
and have something to keep him quiet. The children can too.
Back on the road again and the pace is warming up. 100 yards
and it's pool time. Did I forget to mention swimming trunks - silly me.
Bar No 3
is called The Blue Sky. It's down the bottom of that alleyway you just
passed. The Blue Sky Pool is run by Stamatis and his Irish wife
Dianne. My friend Vasillis built the pool. Dianne is Irish and a good
cook. Stamatis is not Irish, but a very nice chap all the same.
The last two watering holes were rather close together but who's
counting. Either one will take good care of anyone dying of thirst.
Taverna No 4
is the Orchard. A new addition to the route. Rather nice inside and
no doubt even nicer in 05. The childrens play area to one side the trees
and the care with which this little taverna has been built make it a must
Bar No 5
is a supermarket. It's been tough going the last 15 to 20 minutes and
any port in a storm will do. It's a nice new supermarket that devotes
almost one complete wall to those in need of sustenance. They also
do fresh fruit and ice cream, not together though. Come to think of it I
have never asked. The bicycle must stay where it is please. No
cheating. Looks like a comfortable saddle though which is very
unusual in Greece
Taverna No 6
is Alexis. At this point in the update we are now into 2 hours of
refreshment. I do however remember that the Alexis has a very
nice English style bar and everything seemed very reasonable
and the drinks up to scratch.
Steve likes the Alexis Bar and reckons the food and friendlyness
are great. Try it and see.
Taverna No 7
Katarina swimming pool and restaurant is about another
15 minutes along our route. Never been in there. I'm sure though
they will give you first aid and let you relax at the bar or in the
swimming pool. I have seen a lot of Greek friends leaning on the
woodwork so it must be OK.
Now comes the most gruelling part of the journey. About a kilometer
with nothing but your courage and determination to win you through.
If it was not for this next taverna ...................
Taverna No 8 belongs to Yianni. This is a cool
Greek taverna not a tourists one. What's the difference you may ask?
The price, the number of Greek people who use it and the amount of
Ouzo that gets drunk. Also the display of 'interesting' vehicles that
often adorn the local countyside.
If all else fails there is a
in the village that does not pretend to be a supermarket. Well worth a
visit, just like old England. 50 years here and 50 years before that
almost next door. That's Spiros on the left by the way.
Taverna No 9
is Panorama Restaurant and the 7th Heaven Cafe. This picture was
taken just after sunset. Early and late in the season you need to be
there by 7.30pm. July and August just before 8pm.Perhaps by now,
if you have walked, you are beginning to wonder what it all was
all about. I recommend a Sunset Cocktail and watch the sunset
over the islands from the cliffs. You may be lucky and
just why the long walk has been included on this web site.
2 hours at a very slow pace. It could be done in one hour, but not by me.
The choice is yours now. Stagger home or have a taxi.