Glyfada Beach – Gythio (July 2017)

After leaving Mystras, I headed for a location recommended by Peejay, my unknown benefactor.  Peejay has made available via Google Maps, a number of parking locations suitable for motorhomes in Greece.  Many times on this trip I have called upon Peejay’s knowledge and guidance to find a suitable place to stay.  My heartfelt gratitude goes out to Peejay, I saw more of Greece than I would have, without his guidance.

Glyfada beach is just north of Gythio and has a large car park next to a beach side taverna.  The beach is all but few metres away and is dominated by the Dimitros shipwreck.  The carpark was quite busy when I was there, but the noise level was relatively quiet.  The taverna was a great place to spend an hour or two planning my next destination over a beer.

It was here that I met Fani, a Greek psychologist who lived near Gythio.  Apparently, the name is derived from Theofania, which means the appearance of god to man.  This Greek Goddess (I may have applied a little artist licence here), loved everything English and had visited many times, assumed I was a English Doctor.  Only to be disappointed by the fact that I am neither English, or a Doctor, and was further disappointed by my unwillingness to travel to Athens that coming weekend.  Oh, but what may have been…

In the morning, I decided to take a morning run up the beach and cool down with a swim in the sea.  There can be no better start to a morning than running barefoot along the surf and diving into the warm sea to cool down.  I appreciate how lucky I am to have experienced this trip, in fairness, I always do.

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Taking in the views from the taverna with a beer.

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The taverna at night

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The Dimitros shipwreck

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The Dimitros shipwreck, plus graffiti

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The Dimitros shipwreck at night

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Gythio in the distance (1)

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Gythio in the distance (2)

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Gythio in the distance (3)

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