MpatsiMpatsi 845 01, Greece
Batsi is the social and commercial centre of numerous surrounding villages and hamlets. A picturesque resort, it spreads out amphitheatrically beneath St. Philip’s Church, overlooking a large, clean and fully organized sandbeach which was awarded a European blue flag.
Besides hotels and rentals apartments, you will find a good choice of shops and services, restaurants, taverns, ouzeries, bars and night clubs, as well as a branch of the National Bank of Greece (Ethniki).
As you leave Batsi, if you turn off the seaside road just after the memorial monument (Heroon), a narrow road will lead you down to the beaches of Delavogia, Stivari and Ag. Marina. If you stay on the main road to Chora, you can also drive north towards Katakilos and Ateni, where you’ll find two lovely sand beaches on either side of a Chapel dedicated to Our Lady. Both beaches are good for swimming and water sports (especially the smaller one, which is also more sheltered).
Great festivities take place in Katakilos on St. Panteleimon’s feast day in the summer. From Katakilos, where you’ll find a few lovely grills and taverns, the road continues to Remata, a verdant green area with abundant water, a small cascade and lakelets. When you pass Remata, a steep road will take you up to Arni, a mountain village, and to the Chapel of Prophet Elijah which offers an unrivalled view. From Arni, a dirt road leads to the northern beaches of Lefka and Vori, where you can still see a boat wreck. Arni is set amidst a lush, verdant backdrop, with springs and watermills and a river meandering through a cool green ravine. From there, the road heads to Vourkoti, Apikia and Chora. After a detour to Katakilos, let’s get back on the main road to Chora.