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Almerida

It's a small village with a fantastic beach and a shallow spectacularly blue sea - great for families. Almyrida is only a few kilometres along the coastal road (wonderful views) from Kalyves and 2-3 minutes from Gavalohori and Plaka.

It's part of the Vamos municipality and is grouped under Plaka for administrative reasons - along with Kambia. The permanent population is less than 200 but obviously swells to much more than that in the summer!

There are more than 20 places to eat in Almyrida. The food is generally great - there really is something for everyone. A lot of the tavernas and snack bars literally sit on the beach. You can eat great classic Greek dishes, fresh fish, meze, souvlaki, and pastries - everything you could ever want. All of these are open late in to the night - but don't get the wrong impression, we've never seen anyone in ‘Union Jack' shorts! More and more of these places also now stay open throughout the year for the residents.

There are some great hotels on the beach, many ‘owners' and visitors use their pools (some kids don't like the sand!) and the hoteliers don't mind - as long as you buy drinks etc. There are also many smaller hotels, rooms etc all within strolling distance of the sea shore.Many visitors stay in friends villas or hire them from the agencies in Almyrida.

Almyrida is a nice place to live. There are many nice apartments here - usually with pools - all within strolling distance of the beach. There are also some great villas on the outskirts of the village - usually with sea and sometimes mountain views.

There is a Water Sports centre (May - October) where it's possible to hire equipment to windsurf, kayak, catamarans etc. There are many shops - 2 bakeries, a great new shop for ‘fruit and veg', 4 mini markets, various jewellery and gift shops and much more. We also have cash machines and a pharmacy.

There is a picturesque little harbour - quite often a few hopefuls with rod and line can be seen fishing off the end of the jetty. It's about ‘the moment' rather than the catching of fish. There's not a lot in the 'Med' - which is why fresh fish is often one of the most expensive items on the local restaurant menus.

Almerida has its own bit of history at the entrance to the village with the mosaic floor of a ‘Palaeo-Christian' basilica from the 6th Century. If the truth be told, most people just drive past it - its ‘protected' by a wire mesh fence and not advertised.