Sometimes our summer escapes can feel a lot like spending a week with a load of other red-faced Brits packed onto a foreign beach. You’d be right about that for much of Greece, which has become a home away from home for those looking to enjoy stunning scenery, delicious food, and guaranteed sun.
But, there’s a way to enjoy all those things and still feel special if you pick the right spot. Preveza is only a three hour flight from London and it has everything you could want from a Mediterranean beauty spot and more. Travel Greece says: “Preveza is regarded as a paradisiacal escape for people looking for a peaceful tropical Greek island experience but who want to escape the busier commercialized Greek resorts.”
At the mouth of the Ambracian Gulf, Preveza links to Epirus and the rest of Greece with a remarkable undersea tunnel. The jetty, marina, restaurants and bars, and cute shops make it a wonderful place to walk around. There are also 60km beaches to explore and soak up the sun on. Arriving by boat might make you think you’re on an island too.
There are bookshops, cosy bars, an archaeological museum, clock tower and sun dial, an old church and a castle. Much of the vast coastline is perfect for swimming, and there are busy beach bars dotted around. Some of it though, is untouched and you can find quieter secluded spots to really escape.
The Dioni Boutique Hotel is highly rated from £91 a night and located only 500m from the beach. The Preveza City Comfort Hotel is also well regarded at a much cheaper £46 a night with breakfast included. For couples Nobel is an example of private accommodation boasting free bikes and a tennis court.
To Rempetiko Steki is the highest rated restaurant on Trip Advisor with Greek classics like grilled octopus and politiki salad among the favourites. Ventura Tavern and To Tempelxaneio were also well reviewed with fresh seafood the star of the show across most of the top food spot menus.
Return flights are around £250 from Gatwick, taking just over three hours. You can also find routes into Heathrow. Once there it’s recommended to rent a car, but there is also a shuttle bus or taxi option to take you to your accommodation.
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