Zante 2001 - by Alan Coleman
I'd like to thank Alan Coleman, one of my Website's many visitors who read my Holiday In Zante report and very kindly he took the trouble to compile a "report" of his own when his family visited Tsilivi. Alan stayed at the same Admirals hotel and judging by his report went on exactly the same flight number as us from the same UK Airport!
He has scanned a map of Tsilivi given out by JMC Holidays which I have posted at the bottom of the report.
His report is reproduced below:
Night flights will we ever learn!!
Flight & Airport
Got to the airport about 22.30hrs on Sunday 12th August 2001 for our flight
at 00.55hrs. The flight left on time with a smooth ride. As we approached Zante
the captain announced that we had to circle the Airport to wait for our turn
to land. There was one other plane already circling ahead of us.
Coming home was worse. Four hours from getting to the Airport until we actually took off, around 45 minutes late. The departure lounge was overcrowded and dirty. The Airport really lets the Island down.
First impressions of the Tsilivi Admirals Hotel were good; the staff were efficient
and helpful. We were put in apartment D207 which was away from the main building
with a balcony overlooking the children's pool.
The holiday itself was very good, the hotel staff were friendly and helpful.
We went to the welcome meeting at 11.00hrs on our first day, usual things about
the water and hire vehicles then the obligatory selling the trips.
Our days mostly revolved around the pool reading, swimming and playing games. The hotel was supposed to organise the games but they were not very reliable. As well as this we would take a walk along the beach, which was rather narrow, crowded and a bit stony, the small harbour was nice and the village is okay.
One of the days we took a taxi into Zante town (the taxi was very cheap at
£4 each way, which considering the distance and time it took was great). The
town is interesting with a lot of contrasts between the rich and poor areas.
It is also worth the journey just to visit the market. It is massive with every
item you can imagine. There were the usual clothes and shoes, with a liberal
scattering of rip-off designer items. The biggest surprise was the pet stall
with terrapins, lizards, fish and insects for sale.
We decided to take two trips.
The JMC Night (as it had been recommended) and the Sunshine cruise.
I am not normally keen on this type of show as they often get taken over by Rep's with more enthusiasm than actual talent, but this show was really enjoyable and entertaining. Obviously the free wine helped. The food was a selection of local items that we liked and it was well cooked. All in all it was a good night. Whether it was value for money or not is a different matter.
This was a daytrip out in a boat that set off from Zante town harbour down the coast in search of the famous turtles, unfortunately with no luck on our trip. We sailed south along the coast for about an hour and a half then stopped off at a cove for swimming in the sea. This stop was for an hour then it was back on board for a short trip to the bay where we stopped to go ashore for our lunch (this was provided in the price).The lunch was the usual barbecue, same as at the hotel. Then we had an hour to relax and enjoy the beach, sea and water sports that were there. That just left a steady cruise back to Zante, slowing down in the area that the turtles inhabit! This was a really nice fun day out and was definitely worth the money.
The choice in Tsilivi is vast and we didn't find a bad one. Some were better
than others but none were bad.
Koukos was the most authentic Greek cooking and was excellent.
Points for visitors
Overall View Of the Holiday
The hotel was good, well laid out and clean. The staff were pleasant and helpful.
The area was very scenic.
On the downside, the Airport was beyond belief.
There was no bus service to speak of, we only saw two busses the whole fortnight.
All in all though, it was a great holiday as it always is with Greece.
© Alan Coleman, August 2001
Map of Tsilivi (Click on the image below to open it full size in separate browser window for printing).
I recommend that you change the "Page Setup" properties "Orientation" setting to "Landscape" in the new browser window,before you print the map, so that it all fits on one page.