Day 29: Katakolon, Greece Savoring favorite Greek foods

by jonezy on June 2, 2007

We visited Katakolon, Greece last year on the Noordam, thoroughly enjoying Holland America’s “Ancient Olympia & the Museum” shore excursion, especially seeing the stadium where the original Olympic event, a 210 yard sprint run, occurred in 776 BC. The Museum is filled with artifacts from the ruins.

For this visit, we decided to sleep in and then stay in the small village of Katakolon, which has some good shops, an internet café, and terrific waterfront restaurants very close to where the ship is docked.

After catching up on the internet and shopping, we returned to Thanasis Karousos Café/Bar/Restaurant to enjoy some of our favorite Greek dishes: salata horiatiki — Greek salad (fresh tomatoes & cucumbers are grown nearby Katakolon); bread and tzatziki (a spread/dip made of yogurt, cucumber, garlic & olive oil); fried cheese with fresh lemon, and souvlakia (kabobs, usually lamb). All went well with a cold Mythos beer.

 This restaurant is near the end of the pier with one of the largest dining areas that juts out further into the water compared the others. Once again, it was fabulous!  

Back on board, we learned that we missed a great wine-tasting shore excursion to Mercouri’s Vineyard & Winery but our tablemates Fran and Jim brought back some of the wine for our dinner table to try.

 

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Conchi Rejon December 31, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Hola from Mexico,Katakolon is a beatiful place. I was there,last year and i loved.
Conchi

Yorgos L. May 12, 2010 at 8:58 am

GREECE IS THE BEST PLACE TO VISIT, REGARDLESS OF ALL THE LATEST MAYHAM. DON’T LET POLITICAL GAMES EFFECT YOUR TRAVEL PLANS.
CARRY ON WITH YOUR LIFE AND ENJOY YOUR TIME.

BECAUSE …

… LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO WASTE IT WITH NONSENSE
FAREWELL KAI KALO TAXIDI OR BON VOYAGE MY GLOBAL FRIENDS.

Toby Simpson June 21, 2010 at 10:47 pm

I love to taste some greek foods because they are very spicy.`-`

Jack Smith July 21, 2010 at 12:39 am

Greek foods are like asian foods, they are both tangy and very spicy.’,’

Sheer Curtains ` October 11, 2010 at 8:27 pm

some greek foods are not spicy but very sweet:,’

Outdoor Rugs December 13, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Italian and Greek Foods are indeed very spicy. sometimes they are so spicy hot `.’

viktor January 25, 2011 at 5:59 pm

THANASIS KAROUSOS make nice foods in KATAKOLON. I know him

Georgia Tritsari May 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Hello Mrs.Janis I’m Georgia from Greece and guess what??I’m Pantelis daughter!!!!!Pantelis is the waiter next to you!!!I’m so happy than you enjoy your cruise in Greece and I’m more happy because you taste real Greek food!!!I wish you to come back in Greece one day!!!
With love
Georgia

janis May 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Terrific to hear from you Georgia! We also return to the same restaurant whenever we go to Katakolon.

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