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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:25 am 
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Sunday morning started well

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but got more cloudy, so in this walk, you will notice a change in weather halfway through because I did the first part of it on Monday the next day and joined them together lol

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so here we go, at the far end of Golden Beach

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along this stretch the sand is perfect but the shelf into the sea itself has a fine shingle

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it shelves down to a depth above you knees for about 3 metres out then rises up to be a sandbank before gradually shelving out to sea

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this is one of the few restaurants down this end that is only metres from the sea

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you can walk out quite away to get to shoulder level

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I was told in 1985 only the Vigli restaurant building existed at this end, plus one other place further up the bay

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all these chairbeds are put out for customers by the restaurants, so lots of chairs, as they don't want to miss out on customers

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for us, we always buy a lunch wherever we go, so to us it's free sunbeds lol

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on this photo you should be able to see the small shingle, its not uncomfortable in any way

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All the restaurants colour code their beds, so you know which restaurants beds you are sitting on

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In general the restaurants are happy if you have lunch with them

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but some people do abuse the system and say they will buy a drink later

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later comes and they don't buy a drink

The guy told me they have to pay huge ground rents

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And they only have a short season to recover this

the general rule with our guy is, a drink last 4 hours

after which you expected to buy another for the afternoon lol

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so establishing yourself with the same guy builds up the trust between you that you are going to have lunch lol

and having the odd frappe or two just before lunch suited us

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so here we are at a point were there is banana boats, jet ski's, paragliding and other types of stuff for hire

I'm laughing at myself here, imagining I puffing up the beach telling you all this, as Micheal Palin would lol

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if you didn't want to buy a drink or eat and you do your own thing there are chairbeds / parasols for hire for 5 euro's a day

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if you notice the sun is now missing, that is because I did this bit on Sunday and the first bit on Monday lol

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there are several volleyball courts available in different areas along the beach

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this area almost goes to dunes away from the restaurants, hotels and campsite

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now beach sellers, there were about 4 chinese masseurs that go quietly around offering their service with a notice of prices, not too much bother

There were also about six african guys who seem to work their way from Skala Potamia and sell those make up wrist bands, they do try and build up a relationship with punters, more the young, they didn't bother us at all, too old lol

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beach is narrowing a bit here

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however, another couple arrived near the end of the holiday selling watches and jewellery and one who was a bit pushy annoyed me, as he passed from me to Mrs Db with his junk jewellery

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so plenty of sand beach along here for a good stretch

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an area without parasols at all, probably to far from everything to make a go of it

not sure whether I have mentioned this before, but on TA there are a number of reports in September with annoyance with wasps, we didn't have any problems, apart from the odd one, just like home but come September people have reported loads of them dead in the sea. So for us a time to avoid

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the edges of the beach here are now starting to get pebbly

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but people still happy there

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another volleyball court

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I can see people walking down this stretch to get the last bit of sand before the end of Skala Potamia

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there is a lot of accommodation down this end and I would be disappointed if I thought it was golden beach sand all the way along, many on the Mini Train were surprised when they first saw it

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but here we are on the outskirts of Skala Potamia

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but the place has character and probably is the only part that could call itself the true Shirley Valentine area lol

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I still laugh at the scene when they get off the coach and they said, "but there's nothing here" lol

you could say, "your brother had a small boat" and repeat all the other lines without anybody else hearing you here lol

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plenty of places to eat

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You don't get the sunsets here on this coastline, as the sun sets behind the mountains

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I have cut out bits and pieces along the way

but we are now coming into the last part of Skala Potamia, the pebbles change back to sand but so many people down this end, IMO the beach is very cramped

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but judge for yourselves

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the beach does go very wide at this end, which helps

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so I've moved on to the promenade at this point, showing loads of restaurants

shops are there too

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the more conventional restaurants under cover

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I doubt if google have covered all this lol

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there were some bars just playing music down this end but the bar next to the one we ate in was empty but perhaps we eat too early

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I haven't said much I must be out of breath lol

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so as you can see, chalk, cheese but something for all

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last part near the end of Skala Potamia but of course it does have roads running off with more shops / bars and retaurants

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so this is the roundabout at the end with the harbour which I have already shown you

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hope it give you a good idea of the place, however, the sun had now come out so just a few more shots walking back

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then is was back to Mrs Db, where we had Gyros's for lunch for the first time and got hooked on them lol

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