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“A nice, small village for a relaxing holiday”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Nidri

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20 reviews
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“A nice, small village for a relaxing holiday”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2010

Nidri is a nice, small village where you can find anything you need for a nice little holiday.
I recommend to do the following things while enjoying your Greek surroundings:
Take the Odyssea cruise around the islands
Have a bite at the Barrel or even better: Ta Kalamia. It's a hidden restaurant near the end of the main street. It's not showing the gem inside. It has a couple of tables on the outside, greenish. The menu doesnt show what you're gonna get, but you can choose meat/fish or veggie and you can tell what you don't like. If you're up to haute-cuisine, you will find it over there for a price of your choice.
On the islands you must have a car. We rented a scooter and went by ferries, but if you want to see the whole island, and the inlands, you really need a car.
There's not much history on the island, but the Epirus tour will bring your to wonderful places, like the Acheron river and Parga. In Parga you really should check the castle, it's fantastic, free and huuuge.
Also the waterfalls in Nidri are a really nice refreshment and the walk all the way up there is a nice trip.
Something you really mustn't miss is off course the stunning blue (south)westcoast, which is do-able by scooter, but PLEASE fill up your tank in Vasiliki. Pushing your scooter up the hills isn't funny. Especially not at 40 degrees without shade.
Even in high season boat-rental is possible for everybody with or without license.
If you have the possibility to book your hotel there, you should check out hotel/appartments Iris, all the way to the end of Nidri, but along the coast. The water isn't clear, but it brings very cute turtles and lots of fish and it's really nice, got a pool, clean and quiet.

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Windsor UK
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161 reviews
70 helpful votes
“Fountain of Life near Nidri”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2010

July 2010 we are staying at villa Fountain of Life in Perigiali near Nidri. The villa is wonderful, new, light, huge, fabulous views over the islands scattered around the sea. There's not much in Perigiali and be aware that east coast beaches are all small rocks... Don't judge Nidri by it's awful main street but get down to the road on the seafront which has dozens of restaurants.
Move out of town to Geni about 20mins from Nidri... We ate at Taverna Elena (watched the world cup there too!).. Great food and location, many tenders from nearby moored yachts come by to eat here so it should be a good sign.
Made the trip to Egremnki beach about an hour away but worth the drive... Beautiful beach but the 350 steps down are tiring and the last 30 on wooden stilts are very scary. We did it with our 11 and 9 year olds and they were fine but I wouldn't attempt it with kids under 6 unless you can carry them!

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croydon
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4 reviews
14 helpful votes
“nidri, what a waste of time, don't bother!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2009

My wife and i decided on a late holiday this year due to work commitments.In the end we decided to travel with James villas to a small villa they have in pelligouri (excuse spelling) near Nidri, Lefkas Greece.Bearing in mind this was around 20th september 2009, it wasn't cheap by any stretch even though the travel industry were suffering from a drop in holiday makers this year (apparently), anyway our first impressions on arrival were not very good to be honest, we found the whole island very boring,the food, drink, shopping,generally everything a totally outrageous rip-off,there was barely no natural beaches,only man-made shingle beaches in our area of Nidri.I must go back to the subject of the local greek cuisine as i thought it was not only very over priced for the very basic and boring style it is, i found it very annoying that most of the tavernas on this island are now greek tavernas come italian pizza/pasta restaurants which really they dont do well.
The town of Nidri which was closest to us had a good nickname which rung true when you happen upon it of - "tacky town" and beleive me it is very true, the bloody place is an eye sore and we avoided it and its chavvy sports bars and gyros kebab joints like the plague.
To be truthful, the only good thing about Lefkas is everything surrounding it, so if you want to see beautiful islands, get a boat out of there and beleive me, there are plenty !
I wish to make a point to all the taverna owners on this island that read these reveiws, please stop blaming your government and the euro for the rip off prices that you charge, your just plain greedy!

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Cheshire
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29 reviews
18 helpful votes
“Lovely Greek Island”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2009

Just back from Nidri on the island of lefkades. I must say its a lovely island lots of greenery and mountains. Nidri itself has a very busy main street with a marina running parallel to the main street. We stayed at the Demetre apartments with Olympic holidays. The apartments are quite basic but all have a front door leading into a pretty walkway covered in flowers or greenery they also come with a balcony or patio. We had number three in the middle beware if you get a room overlooking the pool the bar only closes at three in the morning and can be very noisy. The bar is privately owned and the apartment owners have no control over it.
Now to restaurants on the first night we ate at a restaurant on the marina called FLISVOS ( picture added) my partner ordered chicken souvlaki which duly arrived raw in the middle when we pointed it out to the waiter he suddenly couldn't understand english which was strange as he had just finished asking us where we came from. AVOID this restaurant at all costs. The ISLANDS on the marina opposite the ferry serve very nice food its run by a mother and her two daughters and any changes to the menu you require just ask they are happy to serve you oven potatoes or jacket potatoes instead of the usual chips and rice. We visited them twice during our stay. The Bistro also on the marina serves nice food and again the staff are most helpful.
The Italian restaurant of the marina was very disappointing 12 euros for a pizza you could almost see through it was that thin and the pasta wasn't so much to write home about either.
There is a bar on the main street called the OK run by an ex circus performer, it is a hangout for ex pats who are only to happy to give any advice try the mussels they are fabulous.
On the marina there is a hotel called YANIS at the top end the staff are very nice and most helpful we spent most of our free time there in the evening ( foot ball on if you want it fellas and in English and the beer very reasonable priced) There is a restaurant next to YANNIS cant recall the name you cant miss it its overgrown with flowers but the food is very reasonable and very nice. Expect to pay around 4 euros for a large beer and around 12 euros for a main meal. Try the water falls in NIdri its about three kilometres from town centre but nice and a nice bar at the entrance you can drive most of the way then about a fifteen minute walk to the falls.
We hired a car for three days it costs 50 Euros a day we hired from Avis on the main street got a good deal on a nissan convertible should have been 195 euros haggled her down to 150. Be aware you are not insured for any damage to wheels and underneath the car and are responsible for the first 350 euros in any accident. Don't try to drive down to any of the beaches you cant park try the water taxis instead less hassle. The main beaches are on the far side of the island from Nidri and are very spectacular but are only accessible after a long drive down some very windy roads . The beaches on the Nidri side are pebbly one or two sandy ones around the capital lefkas. And do try to visit port Visiliki its fantastic. All in all I would recommend the place to you. Feel free to contact for advice

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Yorkshire
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3 reviews
2 helpful votes
“tourist trap”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2009

When one of the first signs you see in a foreign country is 'full English breakfast' I know I have come to the wrong place. Such, in the main, is Nidri. A tourist trap in the heart of a beautiful island. The good thing about Nidri is that it's easy to get out. Boats to Meganissi are frequent and cheap. Car hire is reasonable and restaurants are cheap and authentic if you get away from the 'main drag'. In the mountains or on the mainland you are soon in 'real Greece' where the people are friendly and welcoming and not purely interested in the size of your tourist wallet. On nearby Meganissi the beaches are clean and the water is clear unlike Nidri where there is a constant thin film of diesel on the surface of the water and the beaches are littered with cigarette detritus. The mountains are superb and there are still some Greek villages left. But they are disappearing. Prices reflect the tourist trade. An ouzo on its own is between 2 and 4 Euro in Nidri whilst on the neighbouring mainland it is a uniform 2 Euro but this includes the traditional Greek medze or snack (a few olives, small piece of cheese, gavros etc). There is only one authentic Greek bar in Nidri. It is over 120 years old and full of welcoming locals. Find it, you'll be welcome, but don't spoil it. It's a gem which is why I'm not giving its name....and it doesn't serve fish'n'chips or a full English breakfast.......thank God!

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