Beachy Leonidhion – 17th – 19th August 2016

Beachy Leonidhion – 17th – 19th August 2016

Today was certainly a contrast to last week, no wind, the sea flat as a pancake and temperatures back up in the mid-30’s – without any wind it definitely feels hotter. En-route to Astrous, we had a change of mind and decided to go south down the Peloponnes coast to a village called Leonidhion and stay there a few days, rather than doing a couple of quick hops … also it had a nearby beach and a cooling dunk was needed.59 - 2016 Aug - Leonidhion - 06As you approach from the sea, Leonidion appears from behind the breakwater, it is quite a petite, pretty village that has a lot going on considering its size. To its right is a long “sandy” beach (actually it is pebbles up to and just beyond the shore line, but then it becomes sand), which continues along part of the breakwater almost directly behind where we moored – good planning or coincidence, I will let you decide. Another beach packed with Greek holiday makers sits within the harbour area near to the tavernas and all this sits directly under some very impressive mountains upon which is perched, almost at the very top, the monastery of Elona … after all, this is the land of the Spartans. Fortunately these mountains are to the west of the village … which means the sun goes down early and we get some much needed early relief from the current temperatures, phew!?The village seems to be run by a couple of families. Margaret, dressed in one of the typical long black dresses off the mourning widow, seems to be the matriarch of one of these families managing her business empire. Her family owns one of the two “supermarkets” and a large brightly painted restaurant on the harbour front, no one passes her premises without a welcoming smile and a friendly hello in either French, German, English or Greek, all of which she seems quite fluent in – very impressive. Vegetables come from their own fields, so super fresh and this afternoon whilst buying a few supplies, Margaret gave me some free vegetables (tomatoes and loads of cucumbers from her field).?However, the main attractions of Leonidion are the pretty beaches, which make it a magnet for the area, the local Greeks and Greek holiday makers lining the roadside with their parked cars. It isn’t however too busy, it seems just right; there is something very attractive about this place. The nights are quieter as the beach goers depart and the restaurants fill up. There is however the one bar that stays open to the last reveller leaves which seems to be about 5:00 am, but the noise is muted, so sleep isn’t a problem.?On our first day here we explored the village centre, it only really took half an hour, so we walked Hudson out through the village to explore a bit more of the surrounding area. I have enjoyed the beach, both afternoons and had “quiet time” sunbathing and reading my book, leaving Mark behind to clean the chrome work and polish, and he has done a spectacular job (had to say that didn’t I). We frequented the local bar for our early evening drinks, they are a bit slow on the service, however the location (right next to the beach) and setting (looking at the sunset over the mountain range) makes up for it. Night two we tried out Margaret’s family restaurant, the food was a little disappointing as the Calamari was a little rubbery, but Mark’s fish and my Greek style Lasagne were ok. We decided to leave, on the Friday 19th, so we could get ourselves settled in our next place before the Athenians come out to play over the weekend.?

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