Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lefkada, Greece: Views from the Geni Peninsula

Kalimera! Greetings from Lefkada Island!

We were supposed to stay in Geni, a small peninsula jutting out of Lefkada island like a tiny pinkie. But a week and a half before the actual start of our holiday, we received an email from the holiday operator that the place is fully booked. We were utterly devastated as we were really looking forward to staying at this accommodation, even dreaming of what it is like waking up in the middle of nature and having breakfast with the view of the other side of the water. I also already had ideas on where to go and what to do in the area.

So the holiday operator gave us 2 other options and we chose the one in Nydri which is a small and cozy boutique resort hotel on the marina.

The place we originally booked in Geni is a group of stand-alone small holiday villa apartments surrounded by trees and gardens with flowers. The ambiance is very country, low-key and Greek, which is what Dutchman and I prefer for our summer holidays. It has all the comforts of western European standards but has a distinct local character. The truth has to be told: We are not fond of large, luxurious, all-inclusive holiday resort hotel complexes. We find this rather distasteful and boring.

What makes this place in Geni really special is its location. It is set on a somewhat private and hilly peninsula with direct access to the water. The terrain has spectacular views to the inland lake, the boats drifting on the waters and the sleeping towns of Vlicho and Steno. Just a few metres away are a few lovely tavernas on the water.

In addition, Geni is approximately 5+ kilometres to Nydri, the second biggest town in the island, and the largest and busiest tourist town. Civilisation is not too far away and you definitely need a car (or a boat) to stay here which is not a problem for us. Normally, Dutchman and I would rent a scooter for our Greek Island summer holidays but since we are with the Dutch mother, we have rented a car instead.

So out of curiousity, we decided to pay a visit and see what we have missed. Our suspicions were confirmed. The boutique resort hotel we are now staying in Nydri is pretty and comfortable, and I am sure majority of the people I would ask would vote for this place, but in all honesty, we would have preferred to stay at the humble holiday villa appartments in Geni.

You cannot have everything in life. Even when it is cheaper.

The location of Geni on Google Maps.

Looking towards Nydri from the Geni peninsula.

A cafe terrace in Geni with views to the inland lake.

The tavernas on the water in Geni. We are going back here for dinner.

Views of boats from Geni with the backdrop of Vlicho and Steno villages.

Travel Period: June 2016
Destination: Geni, Ellomenos (Lefkada - Ionian Islands), Greece

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