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Lagkadia, Greece

We are signed up for our first RS tour to Greece next year. It will be our first visit.
Just wondering about Lagkadia.........what is there to do there? I have the RS Greece guidebook and there is a very brief mention of it, but it does not really give a sense of why that particular town is included in the itinerary.
Is is just to break up the long drive from Delphi to the Mani peninsula?
What did you do there if you have taken this tour?
I may call the RS office to ask as well.

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1455 posts

I'm sure you'll get lots of responses from those who have taken this tour recently, but we really enjoyed this little town. It comes towards the late afternoon after a full day. You will have traveled from Delphi, ridden the cog railroad up the gorge and had a delicious lunch at a trout farm, where you may get to see a shepherd herd his flock through the area. I hesitate to site other specific activities because things change from one tour to the next and I've watched other threads where that caused issue. We did find a wonderful store not far from our hotel that had delicious honey that was worth carrying the rest of the trip. The owner spoke about zero English (although with more RS tours that may be changing) but happily shared his various products, encouraging those of us who wandered in a taste of everything.
It probably does serve to break up travel day, but nobody wants to be driving down those windy roads in the dark!

Posted by
2430 posts

The view of and from the town is outstanding. It is a lovely hill town, but not a 'to do' town, IMO. Walk around and enjoy the view and the town. By the time you get there, it is almost dinnertime and a group dinner is planned for that night in the hotel. After my walk, I relaxed on my balcony and enjoyed the amazing view and then a great rain storm coming across the valley.

The first Greek scrapbook for 2017, under the Delphi (etc) section shows Lagkadia in photos 10-14. The second album under 'photo gallery' has pictures 15 and 16 representing the town.

When we were there we mostly wandered, taking photographs, and chatting with an older man who was feeding his chickens, whose son apparently owns the hotel in which we were staying. We were early in the season, later I suspect some of the restaurant bars might be more occupied with tourists, but I enjoyed having the town to ourselves.

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772 posts

We were on a tour the first year it stopped here. It is to break up the driving time, but you aren't there for long really. It is in the mountains and has spectacular views. The stonemasons came from Albania. Just walk the town and enjoy the views and relax, catch up on your journal etc...

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6236 posts

We arrived in late afternoon. Had time to do some laundry, make our own happy hour before the group dinner. The only time I enjoyed lamb was the dinner here.

When we were there the dinner was across the street about a block from the hotel on the cliff side of the road and had wonderful views. There is so little traffic the wait staff has no problem bringing the food across the road to the area where the tables are.

Just absorb the scenery

What did you do there

Sit with a glass of wine, look at the hills and valley and say " I am in Greece!"

Posted by
2235 posts

Great little town, Lagkadia! Nice views, nice people, good food. Yes, that shop near the hotel with fresh local honey, fresh pastries, was down-home and wonderful. The young lady who was there in the evening spoke English very well, her mother who was there in the early morning not so much. But they looked pretty much alike. I remember happening upon a vending machine along the main street that had some of my favorite, Schweppes Bitter Lemon, no longer available in the States, but it was locked so all I got was a photo of Schweppes Bitter Lemon in a vending machine.

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6236 posts

I remember happening upon a vending machine along the main street that had some of my favorite, Schweppes Bitter Lemon, no longer available in the States, but it was locked so all I got was a photo of Schweppes Bitter Lemon in a vending machine.

So how is that working for you when you are thirsty?... The mental picture of you licking the screen of some electronic device .....

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1530 posts

Thank you everyone! Well, anyone who knows me knows I love me a good happy hour, and great views to boot, I will say to myself, I am in Greece! I can’t wait!