Top things to do

Archaeological Site in Mandraki

Paleokastro

Best reached by a lovely 20-minute hike through the fields, along a trail that starts southwest of the monastery, this astonishing Mycenaean-era acropolis was founded 3000 years ago. Its restored cyclopean walls are…
Taverna in Mandraki

Taverna Panorama

This friendly roadside restaurant sits above a wildflower meadow between Plateia Ilikiomenis and Hotel Porfyris. From its hillside elevation you can gaze across the Aegean to Pserimos while tucking into a meat-accen…
Greek in Mandraki

To Kazanario

Escape the day trippers in this garden ouzerie (place that serves ouzo and light snacks), tucked off the pedestrian lane a block from the sea. A dark staircase drops from its inconspicuous doorway to a friendly old …
Museum in Mandraki

Archaeological Museum

This showpiece modern museum, on Mandraki’s main pedestrian street, displays a fascinating collection of Hellenistic and Roman pottery and sculpture, as well as earlier artefacts made of obsidian quarried on neighbo…
Cafe in Mandraki

Proveza

This welcoming seafront bar started life as an internet cafe and still has a few computers at the back. The wi-fi’s as dependable as ever, but these days, customers are more likely to linger over a morning coffee, a…
Seafood in Mandraki

Kleanthis Taverna

Apart from the live lobster gazing nostalgically back at the nearby sea, there's an ocean of choice from shrimp souvlakia to crab and flounder; fried cuttlefish, cod and octopus. All caught by Vassili's, their fishe…
Taverna in Mandraki

Irini

Sitting in the corner of a pebble-mosaic square in the shade of mature fig trees, Irini dishes up a mouthwatering menu of traditional fare like dolmadhes, goat in tomato sauce, souvlakia and saganaki (fried cheese).…
Bar in Mandraki

Rythmos Bar

Whether you choose a seat on its sun-soaked roof terrace or within its modish interior, this is a cool spot for a midday frappé or sunset glass of vino. Curiously it draws in the old boys as well as a young crowd – …
Bar in Mandraki

Ta Liotrida Bar

Wood floors, stone walls and low-lit interior at this atmospheric bar that plays nostalgic tunes and is the perfect spot to unwind over a coffee to escape the sun. Look out for the traditional olive press inside.
Museum in Mandraki

Church Museum

Despite its name, this small museum, just up from the seafront below the monastery, is not exclusively ecclesiastic. Besides its icons, vestments, votive offerings and memorabilia of long-deceased monks, it’s cramme…