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Holidays In Livadia

Livadia Holidays at a Glance

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On the quietly reserved island of Tilos, Livadia is the hub of the action. You’ll find a pretty, well maintained beach, a town square with a selection of tavernas with some interesting attractions round about. Scenically attractive, and exceptionally warm and welcoming, Livadia will provide a holiday in its traditional sense: time to unwind in an authentic greek atmosphere and space to wander and explore.

Who holidays here:

The perfect destination for anyone wanting to slow down the pace a little. Very relaxed, but with plenty of interest, Livadia is ideal for young families and couples of any age. 

Key Facts - Livadia

  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Dialing Code00 30
  • Time Difference+2 GMT
  • Flight Duration3 - 4 hours

Livadia is where island hoppers disembark and is also where most of holiday accommodation on Tilos is situated. As such, it is the most vivacious spot on an island of calm and tranquillity, more so than its inland capital of Megalo Chorio 7kms away. As a pretty port, it attracts a mix of people from wealthy yacht owners to holidaymakers, locals and the odd artist, all of whom mingle along the traffic-free, stone walkway that follows the curve of the bay. The sand and pebble beach is well served with sunbeds and parasols and some eateries nearby while the warm waters of the Aegean shelve gently away to the distant horizon in a magnificent sweep of turquoise.  The cubed white and pastel dwellings take your eye up the hillside forested with the dark greens of tamarisk, fig and pine to the clear skies above. Splashes of vibrant colour from sapphire woodwork, or the intense hues of mediterranean flora enhance the scene. In the evening, the lights twinkle around the bay reflected in the sea, but the main square is the place to go to spend time over a delicious meal in a cafe or tempting taverna.

Now the main port on Tilos (though not always - it once was the neighbouring medieval port of Agios Stefanos) the town’s economic history is of farming rather than fishing; Livadia is greek for meadows.  The community, who today number about 300,  work fertile plain in the valley of Livadia as well as cultivation on the hillsides. As a spot vulnerable to pirate attack in centuries gone by, however, islanders tended to retreat inland to settle in towns such as Megalo Chorio and Mikro Chorio. But the rise of tourism in the 1970s brought more development along the coastline, though not of the mass-tourism variety - Livadia still retains the air of a traditional Greek town, with some interesting architectural attractions. There is the quirky Italian-built police station, for example, or the churches of Agia Anna, Agios Nikolaos and Agios Panteleimonas. High above, on a rocky ridge aptly named Kastellos, are the remains of a Mycenaean fortification and ruins of medieval castles are to be found if you cast your net wider and take the coastal road towards Agios Stefanos. Here there is also a lighthouse and a couple of kilometers further on, the agricultural settlement of Geras with its natural springs. 

Potami Gorge: A picturesque rocky valley on route between Lethra Beach and the island’s main road.

Megalo Horio: Pint-sized capital of the island, this little town is made up of narrow streets wending their way up the hillside through little cubed dwellings. There is also a small museum containing the bones of a mastodon (miniature elephant).

Mikro Horio: This is the original settlement on Tilos, now abandoned, built as protection against pirates. It is situated close to Livadia.

Medieval Knight’s Castle:  Located on top of a steep mountain, right above Megalo Chorio, it was constructed by the Knights of Saint John. 

Monastery of Agios Panteleimon: The Monastery of Saint Panteleimon is the most important church on Tilos and the protector of the island. It is located at the end of the main road in Megalo Horio. 

Hiking: The paths deployed by farmers to tend their hard-to-reach crops now offer a variety of fascinating trails to hikers and ramblers.

Birdwatching: A number of rare species may be spotted flying over the fertile valleys and mountains. Visit the Tilos Park Association for assistance in identifying  the long-legged buzzard, Bonelli’s eagle, peregrine falcon, Mediterranean black shag or any other of the 155 species identified in a recent study. 

Beach life: Livadia and Eristos beaches are the best known. However, Plaka beach is a cove with naturally warm water and shade in the afternoon. It also has some rocky areas which are good for snorkelling. Lethra Beach is undeveloped with a pebble and sand mix and not a great deal of shade. Or go exploring and find your own little patch of paradise for the day. 

Eating/Drinking During Livadia Holidays

Try the Kleftiko at the Taverna Trata with a view of the mountains turning amber in the sunset. Other options are octopus, mussels, shrmips or veal. At Mikro Kafe you’ll find salads, sandwiches and meatballs, and Omonoia cafe offers seafood, salads, grilled meats and other temptations - for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Spitico, overlooking the main square offers coffee, pies and local sweets. In Megalo Horio, visit Kastro Tavern for organic pork dishes, fresh calamari and whitebait. At Michalis tavern enjoy a meal in a beautiful garden area, a wide menu and a speciality of lamb or goat on the spit, with a good range of quality Greek wines open for lunch or dinner. Armenon is also a good restaurant. 

Getting Around on Livadia Holidays

Bus: With the first bus eaving Livadia at 8am, there are 7 island end-to-end trips per day, the final return departure from Megalo Horio being at 10.15pm. On Sundays is a special excursion to Moni Agiou Panteleimona (monastery), allowing one hour to look around. In summer there are excursions to hidden away beaches.

Car: Cars can be rented for your holiday, but bear in mind that there are not that many roads to make it worthwhile. 

Ferry: There are regular ferries to the island of Rhodes as well as other of the Dodecanese islands, and also to the mainland port of Piraeus.

Hike or Bike: The best way to enjoy the beauty of Tilos is by scooter hire. 

Livadia Holidays Shopping

Fresh fruits and local produce are good buys in Tilos - available with other groceries from three main shops in Livadia. 

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