zante zakynthos 7: shipwreck beach, Monastery of St. George Kremnon, porto vromi, base bar, a yard of the taste

after a couple of days lounging on the beach it was time for the bike again , do some stuff ! shipwreck beach was the main event today , or rather the cliffs above shipwreck beach . its up on the north west coast of zante . its a pretty spectacular view hundreds of feet up on the cliffs . there is a viewing platform we qued for over half an hour to get on , but the best view was hanging over the gravelly cliff face a bit higher up [if youre brave / stupid enough … like me lol ] . considering its one of the most popular things to do in zante , they really could make this so much better , rather than a platform that only one couple at a time can realistically go on for a photo . maybe when they place the proposed ‘new’ wreck there they will update this as there isnt that much of the original boat left now its all rotted and rusted into the sea which cant be good either .

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after here we stopped at the monastery a bit further on , Monastery of St. George Kremnon 1508 . considering its age its well preserved . outside there are large bells on the tree plus a well , and a hot looking donkey . inside is their ‘safe space’ , a fortified tower inside the high compound walls .

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after leaving here it wasnt too much of a journey to visit another small cove on the west coast [similar to porto limnionas and port roxa i blogged a couple of posts back] . maybe a 20 minute or so drive perhaps . again , amazing driving roads over the mountains via the hairpins and onto the twisting west coast sheer cliff face roads [as in the first picture below] . this one is called PORTO VROMI . the cove is a tiny place , split into two parts as you will see in pics or video . there isnt a lot here , but the half we went to had an overpriced mobile canteen for light refreshments . fair play tho , they take all the tourists rubbish away . i suggest take your own food if you want more than chips or a can of lemonade . we swam way out along the peninsula and got a great view of both coves while keeping our eye out for boats !

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we were starving after the swimming and shipwreck/monastery rambling so decided to head over to the east coast to a place id seen on the internet and do some sun rays and food , passing random sights such as abaondoned cars , eathquake ruins , football pitches and beekeepers hives .

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its a place called SHOESTRING on the east coast , but when we got there about 4 oclock it was just finishing up , its a daytime place that closes early . looked good actually , but no veggie stuff so unusure we would have stayed anyway . maybe next time . cool place and great location .

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so we jumped back on the bike and went to a place alongside the river in alykes . its a local taverna we checked out the menu on previously , and was busy with locals too . food looked great so we took a ride there . its called PAVADOSIAKO . i had village sausage ,  mrs robster had stuffed vine leaves . painfully slow service and a lot of people were frustrated , however we both wished we had a chance to return for a proper evening meal as the food was tasty and everyones meals looked very nice at their tables . DSC01288 DSC01289 DSC01290 DSC01291 DSC01292 DSC01293 DSC01294 DSC01295 DSC01296 DSC01297 DSC01307 DSC01308 DSC01312

that evening we decided to go back to zakynthos town

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after trawling several restaurants and not finding what we wanted we decided to just go back to a yard of the taste . when somethings so good why not ! chicken for me , vegan pie for her ! see previous blog entry for the full menu . DELICIOUS , BEST IN ZANTE !!

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and after all that food it was a small walk off round the streeets past the lights , the curiosity shops , pomegranates and graffiti , before hitting BASE BAR , pretty much the coolest bar in zante town with international dj’s on like culoe de song , anane vega etc … proper house music .

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finally a recap of the route we took earlier today to the west coast

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