A Weekend Of Walking In Tyros, Greece
Back in March a few of us from the Zakynthos walking group packed our bags and headed to mainland Greece for a weekend of walking. Our walk leader, Derek, has a friend based in Tyros in the Peloponnese, who provides holidays and mini-breaks through her business Greece On Foot.
I’ve been a following Wendy and her walks on Facebook for some time now and the photos she posts on her page are fantastic. And with her knowledge on the local flora and fauna springtime was the perfect time to go, armed with a camera of course.
Twelve of us and one dog headed to Tyros and had a fantastic weekend. Everything was sorted for us. The accommodation, which was a beautifully simple hotel run by a lovely couple who couldn’t do enough for us, was situated almost on the beach. The food, which was all freshly cooked and plentiful was included in the price too. The only thing we had to think about was enjoying ourselves. Oh, the pressure!
The walks were challenging, but we stepped up to the challenge and it paid off in terms of what we saw. Wendy tries to customise the walks to suit the level of walking within a group, and there are pick-up points during a walk if people find it too much and want to head back.
As always I took far too many photos, so I have decided to split them into several posts over the next few weeks.
The journey over was very scenic, but I don’t think any of us expected Tyros to be as pretty and quaint as it was. It was just so picturesque and unspoilt.
It’s time I let the photos do the talking…
Our Journey To Tyros
By the way… *I was in no way compensated for this post nor was I asked to write this post.*
It was a beautiful spring day when we left Zakynthos. Perfect for a weekend of walking around Tyros.
We got to see Zakynthos from a different angle as the ferry chugged out of the harbour.
Despite it being a warm spring day, snow was still visible on Kefalonia.
Leaving Zakynthos behind.
The ferry journey to mainland Greece is about an hour and a quarter, which gave me plenty of time to take photos.
No walking group would be complete without at least one dog. We had Marcel as group mascot for the weekend. Our dogs were most put out that they couldn’t come too.
As we got closer to the mainland we could see snow on the mountains there too. Luckily the air temperature was still warm.
The water as we entered the post of Killini was a beautiful turquoise colour.
We couldn’t stop on this bridge so I had to take a photo through the windscreen. Not bad considering I was sat in the back of the car!
It looked so pretty I was determined to get a nice photo of the snow on the mountains. Again we couldn’t stop the car so I snapped this out of the window of the car. It’s not the best photo, but I like it and it was the best of the bunch that I took.
The Quaint Greek Village of Tyros, Greece
When we arrived in Tyros we were quite taken back by its beauty. Getting something to eat was a priority. as it was a while until dinner.
On our stroll to find somewhere to eat we saw several ducks living happily on the beach. It really was the funniest thing!
Marcel, the mascot for the weekend, was intrigued by the ducks too. Although I’m guessing for a totally different reason.
What a beautiful setting for a bite to eat. For once we were the tourists!
After eating it was time to stretch the legs and explore.
There were a few fishing boats in the harbour. If you look closely you can see a chap sat on the boat fixing his nets.
Wherever you go in Greece you will see older men sat passing the time of day.
Boats out of the water, probably for the winter.
Evening settling over Tyros.
Water bottles are often used to weigh down the branches of young trees so they grow to provide much-needed shade. I like the way these water bottles have been coloured.
How could I walk past this olive tree and not take a photo? It just wasn’t possible!
Early Morning In Tyros
Being an early riser I made the most of it and headed out early the next morning with my camera.
At this point, I had a feeling I would manage to get a photo of the sun actually rising.
I was right! When I found the point where I could see the sunrise the sun had already risen! Luckily I still had two more mornings left.
Early morning is my favourite time of day and early morning in Tyros did not disappoint.
For any of you who are late sleepers, believe me when I say you are missing the best part of the day! That’s only my humble opinion though.
No rodent problem here, that’s for sure.
This chap had the right idea. Catch a few zzzz’s and hopefully some fish too.
I had really wanted to photograph this shop when it was open but never managed to. Maybe next time!
We took a pre-breakfast walk into the village.
I wonder how well the ducks of Tyros sleep with cats not so far away.
The Second Morning
Yay! On the second morning in Tyros, I had better luck photographing the sunrise. It was beautiful.
The sun rising over Spetses was hugely significant to me, it was where I met my husband many moons ago. And where was my husband?… In bed of course!
The Oceanis Hotel where we stayed was perfectly simple. The symmetry of this photo was purely accidental.
A sleepy Tyros.
The photo says it all.
Four very nice BMW bikes must have rocked into the village last night.
The sun was still rising as I headed back to the hotel… I swear I could smell breakfast being served!
The Zakynthos walkers enjoyed alfresco breakfasts whilst in Tyros. We were so lucky with the weather.
Have you ever visited the Peloponnese in Greece? If so where did you stay?
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