The studios are set back up a small track from the village and less than 5 minutes walk to the beach. We were very impressed with the cleanliness of the apartment and the pool area, towels and bed linen were changed frequently and Yiannis cleaned the pool every day while we were there. Our apartment was a mezanine apartment tucked away in the corner and was quite spacious for the 2 of us ,although if there are 4 you may stuggle for clothes storage as the only wardrobe and drawers are upstairs. The cooking facilities were typical of Greek self catering with 2 rings, but we had a kettle. Due to being on 2 floors we had a choice of terraces, but only used the upstairs one which was more private and in the sun all afternoon, we did have to carry everything upstairs, but it was worth it. Although the stairs are quite steep and a handrail would be advisable it didn't really cause us any problems other than having to go downstairs to the loo in the night.The bathroom was small but adequate and there was plenty of Hot Water on an evening, in fact please be careful as it could get too hot, and there was a shower curtain.
It was early May 2012 and very quiet in Galissas with only one small supermarket open with limited supplies, but as we eat out every night adequate for our needs. There is more choice available in the nearby village of Finikas, 5 mins by car or a 30 min walk and in the main town an adundance of shops and lovely fresh fruit and veg. No ATM or money changing facilities in Galissas but plenty of banks and ATM's in Ermopoli which is 20 mins away on the direct bus. The thing I missed most was a bakery, but again 2 good ones in Finikas and loads in Ermopoli.
In Galissas there are a couple of souvenir shops, a coffee shop, a fast food outlet (very good Gyros) and a couple of restaurants open in early season, the number increases later in the season as many Greeks from the mainland holiday here in July and August, there is also a campsite.
Don't worry about the shortage of Restaurants though, the Sunset is open all year round, the last one on the main parade, next to the mini market. Kostas the owner is a superb cook and delighted us most nights with food not even on the menu, Vassili the waiter is really nice and helpful although he doesn't speak any English. We ate here every night except 2.
The village has a spacious friendly bar which is open all year round complete with cable TV, a pool table and various board games as well as outside seating, the fast food outlet is next door and as they are run by two brothers, you can get food in the bar. The bar has a good range of spirits and for beer lovers CRAFT BEER (only bottled available) but the red ale and black lager are both worth a try.
We spent a lot of time walking aroung the area and if you do go walking then please ensure that you take plenty of water with you, on many of our walks there were no supermarkets or Taverna's to stop for a drink. The area is quite hilly and when it is hot there is little shade. Please do not attempt to walk to Agios Stephanos cave when it has been raining, or in the heat of the afternoon and never go alone. It would be so easy to twist an ankle on the later part of the walk down to the cave and no one can hear you.
I could go on & on about this place, I loved it and will definately be going back.
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