Just got back. Most comments we read before we left were accurate. Very peaceful, clean and little nightlife. People all very friendly as all Greeks seem to be. No regular ferries to other ports/islands, only excursions were available on the formal looking Ifiginia. Much more expensive than Lefkas last year otherwise would have rated it higher. Generally prettier island than Lefkas with little traffic. Do try the small Kantina about 100 metres up the north coastal road. Nicos' skewered meat and salads are superb and his Mum makes the best satziki in Greece! Also the small Marabu bar on the end of the harbour, near the bank if you like chilling out with a cold beer watching the world go by. Such friendly service. Hire a car from another Nicos (actually a friend of Kantina Nicos!) next door to the diving school - seems cheaper than our rep's prices with CBR.
For sand, read pebbles, lovely rounded ones! Steps lead down to the water along the road north out of town, past the main harbour wall. Only very small beaches but that's what we loved. Never crowded (in July) but you need a parasol (and pneumatic drill to erect it!). You must take goggles and a snorkel because the water is so clear. Take some bread and feed the fish - it's absolutely brilliant, must be what it's like to swim in an aquarium. I got some of them to feed from my hand!
Not bad but have to say the view from the approach road is better than the beach itself. The only one we found with a parking fee but blame the producers of Captain Corelli for that! Anyway, we just drove past the car park and rather smugly left our car further along the beach, nobody seemed to mind. Beach a bit too large and busy for us, bearing in mind the superb choice of small, more intimate ones nearby.
Very hot every day; 35-40. Saw a small white cloud on 22 July, quite a talking point! Buy a parasol and annoy the baggage handlers when you are too mean to leave it behind!!
Very impressed! Good value for money at €3.50. We must have been lucky though because there were hardly any others there and could stay as long as we wanted, probably failing to capture it effectively on film! It was very effectively illuminated but a bit slippery under foot. I have to say I liked it more than Melanissi. The free swimming pool at nearby cafe was a lovely touch as well.
Not over impressed but if you go around midday the light is fabulous. Just over a bit quickly as it's not very big and we got the "singing" boatman. Form your own opinion on him! Personally I envied the people in the other boats thinking how lucky they were! We preferred Drogerati cave just down the road
Bearing in mind the publicity perhaps we expected too much but I though it was another beach better observed from the cliff top than being on! Sand a bit stoney but convenient cafe on site with loads of cars parked in July, probably packed in peak season. We didn't experience any of the apparent undercurrents, but assume they're there somewhere.
Very pretty, small, busy fishing village. Expensive I suspect because of the yachties but then I'm jealous 'cos I want one.
We had to get some exercise as we were Greek saladed to death so we made the trek up to the castle but . . well the view was magnificent but the ruins were lost on me as I'm ignorant. It was lovely walk though so don't spoil it by trying to drive up. Assos itself was superb from any angle but I don's know how busy it gets - we were probably lucky as it was very quiet.
The location of these apartments must be amongst the best, being right opposite the main jetty at the entrance to the harbour. The views are marvellous, but pay extra for air conditioning, partly 'cos it's hot at night but also it means you can shut the car noise out with the double-glazed balcony doors! One moan; the shower was the smallest I've ever used, with a hand-held shower rose. Don't close the door if you need to turn round! Also (o.k. two moans), gourmet meals are out with the two-ring hotplate in the galley, sorry, kitchen. Never mind you should be eating out anyway!
Just got back and no, the whole village isn't disturbed by building work. They're digging out the rock at the far end (beyond Paradise beach. I don't know when they start but they don't do it all day and it could only be a problem if you're staying at the Gonitas or Paradise accommodation. Agia Efimia is so pretty you'll want to be up and about early anyway so don't worry about it - get out there!
The location is excellent, beside the quay at the entrance to the harbour. The apartments belong to the owner of the restaurant below, which was also excellent. Our only gripe was that the bathroom was tiny, with the smallest shower we've ever used (don't shut the doors or you won't be able to move! The kitchen was also tiny (more of a galley than a kitchen) but that didn't matter as we ate out most nights. Fabulous view from the large balcony and friendly owners.
Excellent weather generally but first week this year was over 40 deg C, whcih may be too much for some. I then settled down to mid 30's which was more comfortable. Saw a cloud on the Saturday but it didn't stay long!
Had a brilliant holiday in Agia Efimia and were lucky enough to see the European football final (I think they won!)
Please watch out at the airport on you way home though. There's a woman in the duty free shop who clearly makes a nice living out of short-changing passengers. She will give you the right number of coins in your change but not the right denomination. It's only 1 euro each time but she was the only Greek to try this trick. I remember her doing the same thing last year and I was ready this time. Please make a fuss and perhaps she'll realise we're not entirely stupid. Check your change!