Days in the sun
As a result of the surrounding greenery, St Spyridon is often thought of as a nature reserve. Just a 10-minute walk from the beach is the thick of it, with the Nisos Forest, streams, a lagoon and fields of wildflowers. Many fish make the trek this way to lay their eggs, so you’re bound to spy them swimming through the canals.
St Spyridon is laden with grassy footpaths cutting across the landscape and along the coast. They provide picturesque walks if you’re looking to get active and explore the local scenery. There’s also a supermarket at the top of the main road selling unique souvenirs and beach gear, plus the Pyramid Adventure Park. It’s essentially a waterfront restaurant turned mini golf course and go-kart track that provides endless hours of entertainment.
St Spyridon is home to a handful of restaurants that specialise in traditional Greek eats, though you’ll find the odd pizza and burger if you’re feeling homesick. Most are located either along the beach or en route to it, so you’ll often be treated to seafront views.
The fare in St Spyridon largely comprises of fish and meats, with traditional dishes like gyros and moussaka. Dining experiences here are effortlessly unique – Taverna Molos puts on a barbecue everyday, while at the outdoor terrace at O Omilus, you’ll be dining right on the sand.
Nights in St Spyridon are very laid-back and usually consist of quiet drinks along the beach. While you won’t have trouble finding beers at the local bars, Ouzo is the country’s drink of choice, and can be sipped or glugged nearly everywhere on the island.
Mareblue Beach Resort
The Mareblue Beach Resort is a luxurious 4* hotel nestled right into the coast and overlooking the Ionian Sea. It’s the only hotel resort in St Spyridon, but it meets the mark with a large, lagoon-style pool lined with sunbeds, not to mention a special ‘adults-only’ pool.
Whatever you can’t find in St Spyridon, you’re bound to find here. There’s an international buffet and Greek a la carte restaurant, a gym, courts for sports like waterpolo and tennis, plus bicycles to rent and explore the town at your own pace.
Kassiopi and Acharavi
Up at the northern coast, St Spyridon is close to the towns of Kassiopi and Acharavi. Kassiopi is only a 10-minute drive away – here, you’ll find beaches, a lively town centre and a backdrop of mountains topped with a Byzantine castle now lying in ruins. The shores are packed with opportunities for watersports, including a diving school that’ll take you out on boating trips to explore reefs just off the coast. Acharavi is even closer – it’s another beach-centric haven with a livelier nightlife than St Spyridon.