Livadia on Tilos

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Livadia is the largest village on Tilos in terms of number of inhabitants (480 people) and the island's major tourist resort and port. The village is set in a tremendously beautiful and wide bay. The approach to the port is adorable: on the left the moon-like and treeless mountain, straight ahead the long pebble beach are stretching out and to the right, the small white village are getting closer. You can hardly wait to disembark.

Livadia is quite small and easy to get the hang of. One can say that the village is divided into three parts: the harbour, the square and the seafront promenade. In the cute little port, fishing boats and sailboats packs together. Speaking of sailboats, Tilos is an immensely popular night port. There are a great pleasure to see when the sailing boats are about to berth at the small port, usually it becomes fully in the port, many sailing boats therefore have to swing at anchor, making the attractive bay even more beautiful. The strange building to the left of the port is the island's police station. The building was built by the Italians when they occupied Tilos (and other islands in the Dodecanese). Beside the strange building is a supermarket and two tavernas: Gorgona and Nikos.

The port in Livadia.

The port in Livadia.

The beatiful full moon in Livadia.

The beatiful full moon in Livadia. The sunrise is even more beautiful.

Above the port is a square with a kiosk, a few bars and a shop selling local products such as honey and spices. The square is a popular gathering place for both tourists and islanders, especially in the evenings when many have a drink here before or after dinner.

To the right of the square, under some majestic trees, lies the pleasant ouzeria Omonia. They serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food is good-tasting, as everywhere on Tilos, but at Omonia it's not just the food that attracts, it is also the charming, and very Greek atmosphere that attracts. The locals get together here both during daytime and during the evenings. Omonia is the perfect place for board games or a good book and a nice place to end the evening.

When I am on Tilos, I go to Omonia at least once a day, either for lunch or dinner. It is just not me, here are many returners. Do you want to be sure to get a table in the evening it is best to make a reservation. Michalis and Maria is the names of the nice owners. Michalis (who hear a little badly) serves and crack jokes, and Maria is responsible for the cooking. She cooks food like her mother did. In other words, good old-fashioned Greek homely fare. Try their "Baby pork from Tilos" and their Gigantes.

The square in Livadia.

The square in Livadia.

Along the street that leads from the square is a small souvenir shop, and a little further - on a side street - is the bakery run by Mike, who owns Anna's Studios. After the bakery is a cosy place called Mediterranean delights (To Croma is closed). Opposite the bakery, we find Taverna Kiriakos where, among other things, you can have a gyros. Further on are two supermarkets (my favourite is Yannis), one scooter rental place and Taverna Michalis. The taverna lies in a garden and do often serves good food.

Along the long and pedestrian seafront promenade a nice pebble beach stretches out. The water is lovely, but the stones are a little to big in some places and it can get quite uncomfortable after a while. Thongs are a must. Many of the tavernas along the seafront offers free sun beds to its guests, and the many tamarisk trees give shade.

Along the promenade are several tavernas, most of them are good. My favourite restaurant is Armenon that serves excellent food. They have even received an award for its superb food, something they are very proud of. Try the dishes prepared according to traditional recipes. Do not miss "Tonight's tip" written on a slate. To make a reservation is necessary if you want to sit closest to the sea. Would it be fully on Armenon there are many other restaurants to choose from, most are good. If you like wood-fired pizza, go to the Oasis, their pizzas are magnificent.

Pebble beach and the seafront promenade in Livadia.

Pebble beach and the seafront promenade in Livadia.

One thing that is good about Tilos
is that it is not hard to choose where on the island you should be staying. It is Livadia that apply to most, a few choose to stay in Eristos. Nor is it particularly difficult to choose a hotel as almost all is good. Basically it would be possible to play dice and let chance decide.

Below are suggestions for some good pensions in Livadia.

Annas Studios »
Ilidi Rock »
Irinoula Apartments »
Ellibay »
Apollo Studios »
Marinas Studios »

Book other hotels in Livadia here »

View of Livadia from the trail to Lethra.

View of Livadia from the trail to Lethra.

Livadia beach in low season.

Livadia beach in low season.

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