Monday, October 3, 2011

When it’s the end of summer and the tourists have left, you can enjoy walking along a deserted beach on a Greek island.

The waves of the Aegean Sea gently lap along the shoreline.

That’s about the only sound you hear, except for a few birds and maybe the motor of a boat in the distance.

On our second night on the island of Patmos, my friend and I grabbed our cameras and walked over to Petra Beach to explore the sites through our camera lenses. The beach is made up of large pebbles and stones, running toward the southern end of the island, near the quiet fishing village of Grikos, where our hotel was located.
Solitude on Petra Beach on the Greek island of Patmos.
Petra Beach once was known as Kalikatsou, or jackdaw, a type of a small crow. There is a large rock, pictured above on the left, with the same namesake. We didn’t see any of these crows, maybe because it was getting dark, but they call this rock home supposedly.

During the winter months, Petra also is home to a small marsh with several migratory birds, such as several flocks of swans, herons, and wild ducks.

But during late September, just empty boats call Petra Beach home.

Two by two - docked together along Petra Beach.
This fancy yacht was facing towards Grikos Bay.
Suddenly, our silence was disturbed. Sheryl and I thought we heard bells off in the distance. We looked at each other quizzically. We looked around us to see where the noise could be coming from, and then I looked through the zoom lens on my camera.
A herd of goats were grazing on the other side of the beach.
I guess you never know what you’ll discover or see once you set out exploring like we did.
An abandoned red van near an olive tree along Petra Beach.

Wildflowers along Petra Beach.
You can read about the island’s other beaches here.

Iyi yolculuklar!
Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa Hotel in Grikos Bay, Patmos, Greece. This hotel looked spectacular!

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Sheryl Sparks said...

I am ready to go back -- anytime!

Joy said...

Yes indeed! It was very peaceful there along the beach. =)

Julia said...

Doesn't look like a bad place to while away a little bit of time, Joy. I'm sure we could manage that one. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Joy,
My name is Alexandros and I am the manager of Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa. The beautiful hotel in your pictures which I loved. Our bay for your information is member of " the most beautiful bays in the world " I would realy appreciate if you allow us to use your photo in our web site. Please contact me at congratulations, you are welcome.

Joy said...

@Julia, yes, a very relaxing place indeed!

@Alexandros, thank you for contacting me! I will send you a private email regarding the photo. This bay in Patmos definitely is beautiful!