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Written by GB from Devizes on 21 Oct, 2004
Pserimos is so tiny that everything about this lovely island can really be summed up in one entry. I hope, therefore, that readers will appreciate that this place is far removed from any other island in the east Aegean due to it's total lack of…Read More
Pserimos is so tiny that everything about this lovely island can really be summed up in one entry. I hope, therefore, that readers will appreciate that this place is far removed from any other island in the east Aegean due to it's total lack of commercialism. For how much longer this will be the case remains to be seen.
Avlakia, Pserimos' tiny harbour village, is home to no more than a few dozen residents, mostly making their living from the tour boats that tie up every day to disgorge their "cargo" onto what must be a village currently awaiting a transformation with some trepidation.
There are but a couple of tavernas, a restaurant, and a tiny hotel with very limited accommodation so, if like us, you've made your own way here, make sure you have pre-booked a room.
So what will cause Pserimos to suddenly appear upon the tourist trail? It will have to be its stunning beach: wide, sandy, and with a gently shelved drop into the sea. You can swim out as far as the harbour and still be in only 6 to 8 feet of water.
The day we were there we saw no more than 40 people on the beach, the majority of these having arrived on the tour boat and were taking a quick swim to cool off before setting sail again.
I doubt you'd want to stay more than a few days here at present; there simply isn't anything to do other than laze on the beach, go for a swim, and enjoy your evening meal. But for many folk, that will always be enough......
If you seek tranquility and relative solitude, then catch Pserimos VERY QUICKLY because in 5 year's time, the rest of the world will have discovered this beautiful place that will be a backwater no more.