Friday, March 15, 2019

Beach Hopping in the South of Skiathos and Dinner at the Infinity Blue Restaurant

Another summer day in Skiathos Island.

Infinity Blue Restaurant sits on top of a cliff.

Dutchman and I had no specific plans for the day except for dinner. We were eyeing to eat at the Infinity Blue Restaurant near Kolios Bay. We decided to check out the beaches with the rental scooter. A mini island road trip with the bike =)

The island is very small. You can reach the other side of the island in half an hour with the scooter.

The popular Koukounaries Beach.

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It has been a while since we were here so I cannot remember the details anymore, however, I remember Dutchman and I surveying the southern part of the island for the beaches with the rental scooter. Here are the beaches we have discovered.

Koukounaries Beach

Perhaps the most popular beach where every summer holiday tourist visits. The travel companies in Old Town Skiathos were selling 1-day beach excursion trips to Koukounaries. You go with a busload of other tourists for a day on this beach.

This isn't really our type of beach so we didn't stay here for long.

Agia Eleni Summer Beach

A really nice beach that we highly recommend. There's lots of sunbeds, music, and. a good atmosphere. We've stayed here one whole afternoon until sunset when almost everyone has left. Definitely, one of our favourite beaches

Banana Beach

This beach is not easy to get to! It is located on the other side of Koukounaries. One has to go through gravel roads and there was some construction site going on as well.

The beach is lovely, exactly the type we would like to spend an afternoon, however, we were too early in the season. When we arrived there, the owner of the beach bar was just opening it up. Dutchman and I prefer a functioning beach with at least a beach bar as an amenity.

Tzaneira Beach and Kanapitsa Beach

A cosy bay beach visible from the main road so you can imagine why Tzaneira can easily get busy. Everyone knows about this beach. We visited but didn't stay. If it was not that busy we would probably spend a good couple of hours here.

The location is nice but its proximity to the main road and that it is very visible takes the novelty out of this beach.

On the road...

Kanapitsa Beach

Further ahead of Tzaneria Beach is Kanapitsa Beach, another busy beach as well but not as busy as Tzaneria Beach. Both beaches are located side by side with a cafe restaurant on the beach front.

The view around the cape just after Kanapitsa Bay:

Here we are taking our scooter to all roads imaginable on the island. This is the advantage of renting a two-wheel vehicle than a car. You can practically go anywhere. Especially in Greece, many of the nice beaches are located on a bay below a cliff and not directly accessible by a car but easily with a motorbike.

This is, by the way, a dead end road, so we turned back.

Vromolimnos and Troulous Beaches

I have lumped all the pictures below for both beaches. We found Vromolimnos much nicer, cozier and smaller than Troulos. So we stayed at Vromolimnos Beach, in fact twice because we loved the bay location, the vibe and that it was not too mass oriented. There is also a cafe on the beach with music.

Agia Paraskevi Beach

This is a wide an open beach with very little shade (from the sun) offering. It is either you rent one of the parasols and sunbeds or you bring your own.

We found this place a bit more on the mass tourism side. There are big hotels nearby the water which occupies a good part of the beach ground with their "only for guests" beach parasols, sun beds, and lounge areas. We were not enamored at all. We walked around a bit and decided to move on.

We thought the scooter was broken because it didn't start up anymore. Poor Dutchman had to push the thing for half a kilometer under the heat of the sun (while I followed walking). Little did we know that it's not firing up because there's no gasoline. The gasoline meter was not working at all as it shows that we still have some gas.

Anyway, luckily, the terrain in this part was elevated, so once we reached higher ground, we could sit back on the scooter's saddle and go with the flow. You know, the law of gravity, what comes up must go down. And there was a gasoline station just a few more hundred meters away!

Maratha Beach

Maratha Beach is another favourite of ours because it's situated in a small bay. It has the same vibe as Vromolimnos. There are parasols and sunbeds for rent and a resident cafe terrace on the beach.

More sightseeing ride with the scooter...

After the beach hopping scooter ride, we went back to our apartment in Skiathos and just stayed put on the pool, wading in the water every now and then, and then back to the lounge bed to read. Then it was time to prepare for dinner.

Infinity Blue Restaurant

Dinner was at theInfinity Blue Restaurant near Kolios Bay. I saw this restaurant advertised on the pamphlets as well on Tripadvisor as a fish/seafood specialty restaurant. The main catch of this place is really the views and open seating on the elevated terrace.

We arrived earlier than normal as we were not sure if the restaurant is popular. I hate making reservations, hence. After all, it is not even high season yet, so we took our chances, but arrived a bit earlier. As you can see in the photo's the guests have yet to arrive so we could choose which table we want. Although the tables by the railings were already marked reserved.

I use a lot of fashion style accessories when I am on summer holidays or when I am travelling to a more adventure type of destination. It's best to leave real jewelry at home or use them only for shorter city-like business and leisure type trips in Europe.

The restaurant looks over to the Bay of Kolios.

We started with some bread with dip and olives.

Then we moved on to our Greek Salad starter. Dutchman and I shared this. We are great fans of Greek Salad and I don't know why, but this salad is best eaten in this country. I have tried eating this salad in other restaurants (outside Greece) and even here at home (moi making it), it just does not taste the same! It has something to do with the taste of the local ingredients.

Then our mains came with some warm grilled pita bread we also ordered.

The Dutchman had some stewed beef, not sure if this was Kokkinisto, but the stew was not soupy but thick which the Dutchman actually preferred. I, on the other hand, ordered for some, what else, seafood. Shrimp Saganaki in a very rich tomato and feta sauce concoction. I am glad they added a small rice portion because feta can be very salty.

I usually take pictures very quick so I don't worry much about getting the right angles or what. I just swiftly take my pocket camera out of the bag or pocket and shoot the object or view in question right away. I never bring any camera accessories, just the tiny pocket camera that I can easily hide away when not needed.

For dessert, we were treated royally by the restaurant to some little sweet to rinse our palates and liqueur tasting from the house, both homegrown and made in Skiathos. What best to take the chocolate cake with almonds and syrup with coffee. Then close the dinner with a local spirit.

Another one of our very good dinners on the island.

The service here was quite fast. The waiters I noticed were also a notch more experienced and refined in service quality compared to the usual tavernas in the Old Town. They are professionally trained here I guess. Prices are also a lil bit higher than your usual Greek taverna.

We stayed a bit longer until it got dark and we could see the full moon hovering above us.

Travel Period: June-July 2017
Destination: Skiathos (South), Sporades, Greece

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