A really enjoyable two weeks at Geni. The joy of having a boat (Clara) was exploring small sheltered bays which were not accessible by foot. We both loved swimming from the boat and the wonderful sensation of the sun on your face as you swam in beautiful turquoise water. May is an excellent time to visit as the spring flowers are out and people’s lemons trees are laden with fruit. A cycle trip up into the hills was an opportunity to see more of the interior and to get away off the beaten track.
We stayed at George Studios, the family was really friendly and kind – we almost got a full wave from the baby grand daughter by the end of our stay.
Some of the things that we did included:
- Sailing to Fteri Bay on the mainland (twice). The second time we continued up to Georios Castle and back down past Lygia. Fteri Bay was excellent for swimming.
- Spartochori for lunch. Brilliant to have Clara (the Drascombe Lugger) moored right next to our table. Bay outside the taverna is also good for swimming.
- Several attempts to go down past Abelakia bay. Finally got beyond the light at Cape Elia.
- Walking to the waterfalls at Nidri – wish we had taken our swim gear – lovely pool underneath the waterfall!
- Sailed and anchored at Desimi bay. Also walked and cycled to this beach multiple times from Geni. Lovely beach and a quaint taverna on the beach.
- Tried sailing to Papanikolis Cave, but the channel was very lumpy as we reached the line with Cape Lougi, so we turned round and sailed back up.
- We walked up to the radio mast on the ridge above Geni. Wonderful views of Skorpios, Skorpidi, etc. Also great for flowers and butterflies!
- Had hired bikes for two days. Cycled to Sivros. Wonderful views – would love to come back on a cycle tour of Lefkada and the islands. Also tried to cycle to the Monastery at Taxiarches, but it was just too hot and turned back part way.
- Our favourite swimming bay for anchored swimming from the boat was Fraxia Bay.
Many thanks to Phil (and Benjy) for making it such a great trip, and for making suggestions of what to see.