My partner Liam and I stayed at the Demetra studios 9th - 23rd June and very much enjoyed our stay. The couple who own/run the studios, Maria and Kyriakis, are delightful but speak very little English. However, we did have a laugh with them, when Liam managed to lock himself in the toilet, so if your door is a bit dodgy in apartment 14, then this is why. The studios are set in beautiful surroundings, with gorgeous flowers and fruit growing. The pool area is very pleasant but we weren't too keen on the actual pool bar, which is called Rouge Booze. Apart from it being overpriced, the lady who managed the bar 'Tricky' seemed to be joined mostly by her friends, who weren't actually staying at the studios. I absolutely love reggae music but I've never been so bored of it in all my life.
In Nidri, there are lots of things to do: walking along the harbour can be very interesting, especially if you are impressed by very expensive yachts and you just might catch sight of a greek wedding or christening; walking to the waterfalls is a very pleasant walk and one day we walked up the mountain to a village called paleokatouna, on our way down, we stopped for a lunch at a really good taverna called Dimitris.
Make sure you go on the ferry to Megannisi, the villages of Vathy, Spilia and Spartohori and really lovely places to visit, even it's just for lunch and some time away from Nidri. The ferry costs a whopping 1 euro, 90 each way.
We went on the forgotten islands boat trip, on the 'Christina', The captain, Stalios and his crew, made this trip so fantastic. Apart from all the beautiful islands we visited, Stalio's Mother had made an absolutely stunning lunch, which went down very well with the barrel of white wine! This trip is worth every penny - we paid £45 euros.
Restaurants that I would recommend: If you're looking for something romantic, then The Maistrali is excellent, the food of course is very good, but the service and the srroundings adds to the ambience and they give you a free ice-cream and ouzo. Also a beach taverna called Gregory's is equally as good. We also loved the Ionian but the downfall here is there are about 30 cats around your table.
Parallel to the harbour and restaurants is the main Nidri street. After 7pm, it's very safe to have a stroll up and down as the cars have been stopped driving down there. There are some great bars and fantastic grill houses, where you will see all the local greek people sitting outside, drinking either a coffee (and water) or a heineken (strange, as were preferred their Greek Mythos. We found the best grillhouse, unfortunately on our last day. We had a small lunch there - pork gyros, 2 euros and we loved it so much we went back there for our tea. We ordered a meat variety plate for 15 euros (between us) and I've never seen so much food in all my life, all freshly cooked, accompanied by chips, salad, pitta and tsatzikis - This place is called Stathis Grillhouse - please make sure you give it a try - you will not be disappointed. Last, but not least, you must visit Ola Kala, where Crazy George, the owner of the taverna, greets you with "Merry Christmas Tourist". He's an absolutely star at keeping his customers entertained, to the extent of doing handstands on the tables - see attached photos, hopefully I will have downloaded them successfully. Please take some mozzie repellant, Liam was bitten 29 times on his first night!!
- Also Known As:
- Demetra Studios Hotel Lefkada