Circle around the island, part 3
We’ve arrived in Limenas, the capital of the island. It is the biggest town on the island, with the largest number of facilities for tourists. I suggest you come to this city in the early evening to enjoy long walks and a wide promenade along the coast. Limenas is full of small shops, taverns and cafes, and there is an amusement park for children. In this town, you can dine in one of the beautiful taverns with delicious food on the coast or in the narrow streets in the heart of the town.
Driving eastward after just 2km you experience one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, Makryammos beach. It is a beautiful sandy beach, the only one in which the entrance is not free. If you continue the drive after 4km on dirt and the dusty road you come by a Marble Beach (Saliara).
Only 10km east coast from Limenas is a large bay or better yet long sandy beach that connects Skala Potamia and Skala Panagia (Golden Beach). Visiting these places should be definitely used for swimming because the beach is sandy and well organized, with clean and clear water. If you want, you can dine in one of the fine restaurants on the coast or drive another 3-4 minutes to the mountain village of Panagia, which is known for its good lamb. Panagia is the most beautiful traditional village on the island, known for its narrow, cobbled streets, full of shops of handicrafts, local food products, olive oil, great lamb on a spit. It’s nice to take a walk to the church and visit the water spring and bridge of love that are in the shadow of the sumptuous plane tree.
Driving east coast 10km more you arrive to a small place Kinira, and just outside this town you can find one of the most beautiful, sandy beach on the island, Paradise beach. From the highway to Paradise beach leads a winding, dirt road, but you should certainly leave a day at least for this beach. As the sun sets on the beach very early (about 5pm), you can use that to visit the famous Alyki beach. It is about ten kilometers away from Paradise beach. There are two bays, sandy and rocky one or better to say windy and quiet. If you get hungry, we recommend you to visit the restaurant Archontissa located on a bend 300m before the beach (coming from the Paradise beach). With the stunning sunsets and breathtaking views of the bay you can enjoy deliciously prepared food. Alyki is a sandy beach with very clear water and archaeological site in the backside.
Only a kilometer from Alyki towards Potos is Kekes beach. A beautiful beach with a romantic restaurant on the shore. Kekes beach is ideal for lovers of rocky beaches.
Driving one more kilometer more, you arrive to another bay, Thimonia - which is mostly rocky.
At approximately 3 kilometers from the beach Thimonia to Potos, there is the famous monastery of St. Archangel Michail which must be visited primarily because it is great sanctity, but also because of the beautiful buildings within the complex and fantastic view of the sea that extends from the cliff where the monastery terrace is.
Below the monastery, there are two bays Arsanas and Livadi beach. Arsanas beach is farther and smaller beach with beautiful turquoise water. Livadi beach is bigger with sandy and rocky parts. If you like wild coves, then be sure to stop by Arsanas beach but the way to it is dirt, dusty and with holes.
On the way from the monastery to the place Astris you are passing by some interesting and wild coves that you can discover by yourself. Astris is a little place and is known because of Psili Ammos beach that is located there. It is 500m from Astris to Potos direction. Psili Ammos is one of the most beautiful sandy beaches on the island.
Four kilometers after Psili Ammos is a small, sandy cove Notos, ideal for families with children because of the fine sand and just behind it is a sandy cove Roso Gremos, and after one kilometer is a sandy and shallow San Antonio beach, which is connected to the city beach in Potos.
So, we’ve made a circle around the island with a circumference of 93km. We hope you will enjoy the ride and tour of visited places and swimming at the beaches, which we have mentioned in articles.
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