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“It's a little Gem”
Review of Syvota

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south west england
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
89 helpful votes
“It's a little Gem”
Reviewed 6 July 2011

SIVOTA is a Greek village complete with school, church and village square which also happens to be a small resort. It's a bit off the beaten track but well worth the effort for the independant traveller or for those who like low key holidays, booking through the one or two travel companies who provide packages to this destination.

WHERE? It's on the mainland opposite Corfu and the deep bay nestles amidst pine and olive clad hills. As such it is a safe haven for yachts and popular with flotillas and independant boat owners alike. So, lots of activity to watch from your harbourside bar.

GETTING THERE: from Corfu take the local ferry to Igoumenitsa (E10 in 5/11, time 1 1/2hrs. They run from about 6am to 23.45. Boards outside the ferry terminal show the next sailing and the tickets display the name of the boat. These ferries are the supply ships for Corfu so they have car decks. Once on board stow your bags just inside and go up to enjoy the view, get a snack and/or watch the telly.

Alternatively, fly to Preveza, hire a car and head for Igoumenitsa turning left for Sivota after about 1 1/2 hrs. Transfers will be by coach if on a package.

FROM IGOUMENITSA: buses are not an option as only one aday at most goes through to Sivota though all will stop on the highway at the Sivota turning. Taxi is your best bet. Local taxis meet the ferries or book your Sivota taxi through their website or by 'phoning ahead from Igoumenitsa or the ferry. Sivota taxis are grey, transfer about 20mins E35 in 5/11.

WHY BOTHER: as I said, it's a little gem; peaceful, low key,popular with international clientelle as well as the localsand whilst quite smart, is not particuarly expensive and utterly unpretentious. Just enjoy being in a Greek village with the children fishing off the pier or chasing up and down on their bikes.

ACCOMMODATION: a good selection of rooms, studios, apartments and hotels. In May 2011 we apaid E50 per night for a lovely apartment with harbour view which we booked from the UK through Isabella Tours. They are local, not Uk based - contact Vasso or Georgia through the Isabella Tours website. This is our 5th visit and Vasso has always come up trumps. There are other travel agents locally but we find Vasso to be a mine of information who has helped with onward bookings (hotels) and day trips.

ACTIVITIES: sun, sea, sand(sometimes gritty, a few rocks). take the taxi boat or hire your own boat and take yourself to your own off shore beach. Try Mega Ammos for sun beds, shades and a taverna or Zavi, set in a small waterside garden of olive trees. Both are 1/2 hr. and 15 mins walk from the centre of the village or get a taxi. Water sports are at Bela Vraka, otherwise there is bike hire, small boat hire, taxi trips to Perdika (hilltop town, fab views) and Parga, or day long boat trips to Paxos and Anti Paxos. Fast boat is fun as is the sailing boat trip E50.

EATING & DRINKING: there's an excellent choice but for us Blue Coast is a must (international menu including Turkish foods plus all the Greek favourites superbly cooked, also does accommodation), or Spiros set back behind the harbour which is a carnivor's delight or on the front, Georgios for good homecooked Greek dishes. You will find a warm welcome from whereever you go in search of your own favourite taverna. As usual there are a string of comfortable bars along the front but for a masterclass by an owner in a class of his own, try Bamboo Place where Andreas will be delighted to meet a new friend.

LANGUAGE: almost everyone speaks Englsih however you will hear many other languages spoken the predominant being Greek. The bars and tavernas are popular with locals as well as Grek people from inland towns.

EXPLORATION: we have travelled fairly widely from Sivota hiring a small car from Vasso. Try Necromanteon (Hades) or the magnificent amphitheatre at Dodoni both about an hour away. Ioannina has Ali Pasha's castle, a lake, an island and just outside, on the Thessalonika road, stunning staligmites and staligtites in the caves of Perama about 1 1/2 - 2 hrs. Further afield are the ancient villages of the Zagoria also the Vikos Gorge (2 hrs+) or the monasteries at Meteora (4hrs+). Hire a care, stay over. We've also meandered around Lefkas, Ithica and Megonissi before returning to Sivota - depends how long you've got.

OTHER STUFF: the village is well appointed with butchers, bakers, supermarkets, hairdressers, pharmacies, ice-cream parlours gift shops and some limited personal shopping for clothes/beachwear. We don't find a down side here but are told that August is very busy. You make your own nightlife in the bars and tavernas but that works for us.

36 Thank theadventurersays
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
14 helpful votes
“Surprising star - Irini Studios”
Reviewed 26 August 2010

I booked a last minute week a way with a friend in August, not an ideal month of course. Our criteria were -Greece, quiet, good beaches, not too expensive self catering. After much research we ended up by booking through Sunvil, who looked after us pretty well.
Both of us have been to many Greek islands and love them, so Sivota being on the mainland was new territory, However it has its own little islands with small but delightful beaches easily accessible by hiring boats or boat taxi, notably thebeautiful wooden one captained by Kostas. We were disappointed by the initial look of the Irini Srudios, being outside the main harbour and near one of Greece's many unfinished building projects. However on getting to know the place we realised that the studios are perfectly situated to be quiet, 10 minutes from the habour and restaurants, and 10 mins walk the other way from a lovely beach- Zavia. We also had a day trip to Paxos and Anti-Paxos with time to swim in that magical turquoise water, a bargain at 20 euros. The appartment (one of 6) was spotless and owned by a friendly couple living next door who were very kind. The sudio,unusually ,has a bedroom and a living room/kitchen + balcony. After eating mediocre food the first night on the harbour amid the bustle of yatchs, we found the Octpia taverna a short way off the main drag and had excellent, traditional, cheaper food every night of the week. It's not like us to be unadventurous but we felt we'd struck gold! Sivota is a holiday destination for Greeks and Italians in the main, and it was nice to be surrounded by other languages.

7 Thank LewisRipley
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Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
44 helpful votes
“Relaxing scenery”
Reviewed 3 August 2010

This spot in north-western part of Greece is of unparalleled beauty!
There are around 15 different beaches and smaller or bigger bays in a total coastal distance of 10 kms that can keep you there for the whole summer! My favorite one was that of Ag. Paraskeyi 6 kms south from Sivota village. A small bay in the shape of W with a small island at the front fully covererd with trees.
Other gorgeous beaches include those of Bella Vraka, Mega Drafo, DEH beach and the small bay of Karvouno just before Bella Vraka on the right hand.
The whole area is amazingly relaxing, with top layer beaches and green-transparent crystal clear waters!
The place is ideal for switching off "the engines" after an overloaded working winter.
However, the small village of Sivota is not there to offer nightlife sessions as there are only a couple of bars of modest aesthetics.
Last but not least the neighbouring village of Perdika offers the most breathtaking view and sunset of the whole area!

6 Thank The_Don_79_NA
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Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
28 helpful votes
“what a little gem”
Reviewed 25 September 2008

We had just one perfect week in Sivota, although it was very hot.
There was just enough to keep us busy, and all in all we really enjoyed it,so much so we will definately return. There were many restaurants and cafe bars and so could go to a different one each night. The hotel Mourtemeno was basic and could be improved in many areas,but it was quiet enough [except for some local building work ].The closest beach was fine, and was good for swimming,with only one taverna.The boat trip to Paxos is a must,if you havent been [take your bikini for a swim stop].The shopping there is wonderful,and so are the tavernas.

2 Thank Mickthegreek
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1 review
3 helpful votes
“Summer holiday in Sivota”
Reviewed 26 September 2007

My holiday in Sivota Thesprotia, was the best place to be, for a
young but tired business-couple, A mixed combination of green scenery, deep blue sea water and hospitality.
We spent everyday in a different beach, Mega Ammos, of course, the best beach of all, though the Italian visitors from the Hotel nearby, made the difference in the beach with their noise.
Torre a Mare a fun place, water slides and beautiful view from
the pool, and late at night the club was great to have a drink and
enjoy the moon reflection on the sea water.
There was a book exhibition on the village port and we liked it a lot.
We also visited Perdika, with the nice tavernas and traditional Greek food.
Egnatia Odos made our way back to Ioannina faster and we discovered some picturesque small villages along it,
with the houses being hidden behind the fir trees.

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