This trip was very short but the price was hardly extortionate. We went at about 11.30am and were in and out in 20 minutes.
The beautiful colour of the water was a sight to behold and we got plenty of lovely photographs.
Well worth a look if you aren't staying too far away. It's a short drive from Sami or Aghia Efimia.
Our second favourite excursion of the holiday (after the Ionean boat trip).
The cool, damp atmosphere is a welcome relief from the sweltering heat.
The stalagtites and stalagmites are very impressive but the best thing about the cave was the magnificent acoustics. No wonder they hold concerts in there. I couldn't resist a few whoops myself!
Went from Aghia Efimia, picking up from Fiskardo on way to a cave used by a Greek hero who torpedoed several German ships from his submarine (he cleverly evaded the radar by hiding in the caves - hurrah!).
By far the best part was the visit to Scorpios (Onassis' personal island) where we stopped for a swim. The beach where we stopped for a swim was nothing short of paradise on earth. Overhanging green vegetation - a small golden beach, turquoise waters. One of the greatest experiences of my life.
Went on to Lefkas, which was far more "touristy" - we weren't keen on the place.
On the whole, a wonderful trip (especially the swim) - only gutted we didn't see any dolphins and the seats on the boat weren't too comfortable, though that would be picking faults!
Book this as soon as you get there!
WE LOVED IT! Came back on June 15.
Decided to put an end to rowdy, booze-fuelled, raucous Ibiza-style "drinking" holidays and treat ourselves to a peaceful, scenic break.
Aghia Efimia is beautiful - the type of place you fall in love with.
Beaches are ok, and there isn't much in terms of shopping, but that's not what we went for.
The tavernas are all of an excellent standard - we recommend Levante, which has tables and chairs on a stone jetty out into the sea. Beautiful on a night with a nice breeze.
Went for the week, which was ideal because we used four or five of the days up seeing the sights and the remainder "chilling" in the sweltering heat - it was roasting.
Can't recommend this place enough to adults of any age, (not much for young kids).
It's everything you expect it to be.
Message for Martin Scott.
We stayed at Violatos and it was fine. Our room was on the upper floor and had a fan on the roof which we couldn't have done without. It wasn't brilliant, but the heat was so extreme I wouldn't have fancied risking a room without it. I don't think all of the rooms had a fan on the roof, but I'm sure those that didn't had a normal fan that you plug in.
The location is the strength of this accommodation. I say that without any reservation. It is in the middle of the "horseshoe" bay, set about three streets back. Ideal because everything in Aghia Efimia itself is within five minutes' walk.
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We went from June 8 to 15 this year, and obviously are slightly biased in that we think it's the best time to go!
But I have to say that it was starting to get REALLY hot and I don't think I could have lasted much longer than the week. The excursions weren't overcrowded in the slightest and the weather, as I said, was starting to really heat up.
Had we gone in July or August, I don't think we would have been able to stand the heat. Having said that, we all complain about the bloody weather in blighty, and then people like me complain about the heat when on holiday. I hope I don't sound like a 23-year-old Victor Meldrew!
Message for Chloe.
I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure this beach is just a minute outside of the main street in Aghia Efimia. And it is lovely. It's small, and there's no sand (like most beaches over there) but it's lovely and peaceful and very calm. The sea is also calm and ideal for a swim. There are lovely views and we went once at about 8.30pm when it was starting to get dark just to gaze across the waters towards Sami and Ithaca.
Anyway, how to get there (if it's the same one - which I'm 99 per cent sure it is!): head down the main street in Aghia Efimia, the one with all the restaurants. You should be passing To Stekis and other restaurants on the left and the yachts on the right. You pass the breakwater on the right (which usually has a big boat "parked" up) and then pass some tables and chairs on a raised area on the right, opposite a two storey bar, with a restaurant on the balcony. The beach is about 20 metres past the chairs on the raised area, on the right, and there are stone steps down (which you can just about make out in the picture). Hope you find it coz it's lovely.
Ana, I can't remember the exact figure but it was about £30 each - probably about 40-50 euros.
We thought that sounded quite a lot but you are on the trip from about 9.30am until after 5pm so you're getting a whole day. And after that swim at Scorpios I would pay for it again tomorrow. Gives me goosys just thinking how beautiful that cove was!