Karavados

A typical small, sleepy Greek village measuring ½ ml long by ¼ ml wide, with tiny, narrow streets winding off on both sides of the main road.

It boasts a picturesque church, an attractive mix of tumbledown rustic and smart, modern buildings, colourful gardens, a couple of small taverns and a tiny minimarket/bar where the locals gather to drink coffee and play cards.

This area caters for middle class independent types, couples and older travelers looking for a comfortable, scenic base or a relaxing away-from-it-all break where birdsong is about as noisy as it gets. It doesn’t have much for families. It is popular with Greeks, Germans, Italians and, more recently, British holidaymakers. Having your own means of transport is considered a must.

Locality:

Karavados is in the south of the island (i9½ mls SE of Argostoli, 2 mls N of Pessada, 3 mls E of the airport. It is situated about 1 ml inland from the nearest coast  of St Thomas, off the main road between St Thomas and Argostoli. It is set at the base of a mountain in scenic, rugged, pine-covered terrain, surrounded by olive and citrus groves. A small, flattish plain lies between the village and the coast, where the road drops sharply to the small beach.

 

Things to Do:

Nearby St Thomas Beach, which is actually 2 small, sandy coves, one accessed via a steep ramp, the other by a 100-yd track around the headland, is the only beach. Sunbeds and  umbrellas are available at the larger, path-accessed cove; no water sports  are offered but the shallow water is good for snorkeling.

The area also has a basic boat jetty, 2 small taverns and a stunning view of Zakynthos across the bay.

There is 1 village minimarket; serious shopping has to be done in Argostoli.

Daytime activities are consisted mainly of beach life or exploring the local villages. A couple of taverns are offered as nightlife.

Traditional Greek food can be savoured at the taverns.

Karavados