Leaving Pyrgos, we descend towards its port, called Panormos. A bay, a hug and an island called “Planet” protect and at the same time lead to the open sea.
By car, following the dirt road (on the left side of the village) we pass by the beach of Stafida (Raisin), where we make a short stop to gaze at the ducks, geese and turtles hosted in the small lake! Moving on, we arrive at a more sheltered beach of Exo Meria called “Agia Thalassa” (Holy Sea). Tradition says that the icon of Saint Nicholas was washed up in the calm waters of this bay, and a chapel was built in the left.
We light a candle, we ring the bell and this time on foot we take the path that leads to the beach of “Kavalourko”. Even here the artist has left his/her mark on the wild cliffs that surround this beach. A breath away, the “Planet” with its stone lighthouse rises ahead.
In the crystal waters we throw away everything that tired us in winter and we relax under the shade of tamarisks (salt cedars).
Leaving the village of Panormos and continuing on the asphalt-road, we arrive at the beach of “Rohari”, where we can find a beach-bar, beach-volley, loungers, hammocks, canoes and thick tree-shade to enjoy a swim overlooking the “Planet” and “Kavalourko”.
In the wider region of Exo Meria, there are other beaches, just as wonderful, like “Ammos” (sand) in the bay of Isternia, sheltered from the north-wind; “Giannakis” beach in Kardiani; and the organized beach “Kalyvia”, mostly chosen by several celebrities of domestic show-business.
Nearby all these beaches, there are little restaurants “tavernas”, where one can enjoy ouzo and delicious local mezze (snacks) after a swim!
If, however, someone is searching for the absolute quietness then one can find it in its superlative form in “Aspros Gialos” (White Bay), in “Vathi”, in Mali, in Koumelas and the wild area of the strait.
You should be prepared for dirt roads (in fair condition) or even walking. But the result will surely reward you!