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Fresh fish is a popular dish on the island. It can be enjoyed at many of the local taverns.
Located on a peninsula in the south east of the island, Vasilikos is a quiet area with beautiful sandy beaches. It’s famous for its lush green landscapes, spectacular mountain views and being home to the Gerakas beach, a reproduction site for the endangered Caretta sea turtles.
There are a wide range of accommodation options in the area, from luxury resorts to independent hotels and villas. The top rated hotels include Selyria Resort – All Inclusive, Arty Grand Hotel and Apollonion Asterias Resort and Spa.
A quiet village with a traditional Greek get-away-from-it-all feel, it’s a place of endless olive groves and rural vistas where the only sound is the deeply relaxing song of cicadas. It’s a self-catered holiday region with plenty of eateries and tavernas along the roads, although it also has a few hotels and villas to choose from. Many visitors hire a vehicle to explore the area and enjoy its tranquility. Others prefer to use the local bus services to reach destinations in and around the town.
2. The Old School
Located just North of Plakes Village, The Old School offers a charming setting beside the long sandy beach. The family run taverna serves coffee in the morning, good lunches, and for those who like to linger, supper as well.
This is a very reasonably priced and highly recommended restaurant. Ask for Spiros and he will look after you.
The tavern is open all year, although the kitchen closes in October and January. It is owned by members of the Argyros family and has been running for many years. Their service is friendly and the food good value for money. The rooms are also very nice and can accommodate families of all sizes. Their en suites are large with a lovely bathroom and shower. There are also balconies and a seating area. They have air conditioning and satellite TV. The room is also equipped with a mini-kitchen. The bathroom has a bathtub and separate toilet. It is also fitted with hairdryers and guest toiletries.
3. The Beach Bar
The beaches on Mathraki are stunning and there is a lot of greenery that adds to the overall scene. Some of the best beaches include Portello Beach, Arvanitiko Beach and Kontrakas Beach.
There are many restaurants in Mathraki that serve delicious Greek food, including fish, seafood, meat dishes and salads. The fresh fish is especially popular and is a must-try when visiting Mathraki. The fresh fish is often served with a Greek salad and potatoes.
There are also several taverns in Mathraki that offer traditional Greek dishes such as stifado, mousaka and fish bourdetto. The taverns are family run and offer great service. They also serve drinks and snacks. The taverns are located close to the water and provide a great spot to relax.
Located beside the church of St Spiridon in Ano Mathraki this traditional local Kafenion is run by Spiros and his family. During the summer it is open for drinks, good lunches and at night charcoal grilled souvlaki or lamb are served.
Their menu is simple, yet their food offerings are quite extensive. Their savory sides like quinoa and Kentro fries are just as satisfying as their entrees such as a special paithakia, a stuffed tomato with wild rice, Yemista which is a roasted vegetable dish with garlic and feta, and the classic moussaka.
The drink selection is just as impressive. From the familiar imported beers to their assortment of wines and alcohol, Kentro really does have something for everyone. With a trendy ambiance and seating options, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing afternoon or a lively Saturday night. Whether you dine-in or takeout, the service is fast and great. It’s also a great spot to satisfy any foreign cuisine fantasies that you may have.