Just got back late Friday night after a fantastic time in San Stefanos.
We stayed at the Teresa apartments which are situated at one end of the resort on a hill. They overlook the bay and have excellent views to the outlying islands. The weather for the first week was scorching and we spent lots of time by the pool sunbathing and swimming. The pool here is lovely and they also have a seperate small pool for children.
The family at the Teresa are great and treat you like family. They have weekly BBQs with Greek dancing and quiz nights which are great fun. Everyone who stays here seem to get on great with each other and most like ourselves seem to return each year. Bo the dog was as lovely as ever as well.
On the Tuesday of our first week we went on a trip via San Stefanos travel to Mount Pantokrator (€15 each). Here we went right to the top on the coach and had excellent views to Old Perithia amongst other places. The monastery was very nice inside but outside it has a tv mast in front of it which serves Corfu but is not placed in the best possible place for taking photos of the monastery. If you can get at an angle just away from the mast you can get a reasonable picture. The guide we had was called Susan and she knows Nathan and she lives in a lovely village called Strinilas which is where we went for our lunch which was very nice. Beware of the old womans German Shepherd dog. Although it is chained up it barks at everyone who passes to close to him!!
The tavernas we tended to visit were Olympia (our favourite), 2 Stars, Little Prince, Zorbas and Barras. Most serve excellent meals every night. Some places did seem a little quieter than usual but the quality of food was always good and as usual you are met like a long lost friend.
Maria in the paper shop was her usual cheery self and always had time for a chat with everyone.
We took all currency with us again from the Co-op at €1.43 / £ this time but we did notice that you could get €1.45 / £ in the village.
On our second week we hired a Quad bike for the day which was €30 plus you had to return it with about the same amount of petrol in. When we went to fill it back up it only cost us just over €5. The price was €1.04 a litre which is much cheaper than ours will ever be here in the UK. On the bike we just went with the flow and went through various olive groves, countryside and small villages. The loveliest place was Afionas which has beautiful views over Agios Georgios Bay as you are so high up. We had already had lunch at Arilas otherwise we would have lunch here.
One of our friends we met up with from last year told us about the Terrapins in the river at the far end of the beach. We thought he was joking until we went along to have a look and there was loads of them there all popping there heads up looking for food. One little German boy had even caught one and was proudly showing it to everyone who stopped to have a look.
Thw weather on our 2nd week started off lovely but on the Monday we had rain and thunder and lightning which is spectacular. On the Thursday morning we were woken up by a terrific thunder storm with forked lightning and sheet lightning over the sea. By mid-day the sun was out and was brilliantly hot once again and you would never have guessed it was part of the same day.
The only downside to the holiday was the long tansfer back to the airport from the resort. It seemed to be stop/ start all the way and with the long windy roads it was little wonder I had to jump off the coach as soon as it stopped at the Airport entrance where I was immediatley sick much to my embarrasment. May be next year we will have a taxi transfer for more comfort.
Again the village lived up to our full expectations and we have now already booked next years and are again counting down the days!!!!
If anyone needs any info on the village please ask me!!