Sivota is quite a quiet village – its mainly Greeks and Italians on holiday, which is a good thing. Its not too big, and its fairly easy to find your way around the selection of shops, bars, tavernas and restaurants.
Our hotel – the Mourtemeno (Μουρτεμένο) was just around the corner from the petrol station. On the interactive map at the bottom of the page it is the place labelled with the red icon.
Two places I went most mornings were the local supermarket and the bakery, located on the main road. I went to the one next next door to the Νούσιας cake shop; this is the closest to the Mourtemeno and we prefer it to the one closer to the harbour, because they speak to Mum and I in Greek when we go in there (staff in the other bakery speak to us in English even when we are speaking Greek). It should be emphasised however that in both bakeries you can speak English – its just that we prefer the one where they’ll reply to us in Greek when we’re speaking Greek.
The bakery sells bread, rolls and things like cheese pie, sausage rolls, apple pie, croissants and other things like that. Normally I’d get a loaf of bread which we’d eat at breakfast time and some ψωμάκια (rolls) for lunch, as well as some cans of drink.
There are two main supermarkets on the main road which we used – Βαγγέλης and Χρισικόπουλος. Both stock a range of drinks, ice creams, yoghurt, milk and other food produce at reasonable prices, as well as postcards and stamps.
The Chrisikopoulos is (roughtly) opposite the Nousias Cake Shop, and the Vaggelis is opposite the village church.
Not far from the small roundabout is one of many tourists office – Isabella Tours; I point them out specifically as Vasso and Georgia of Isabella Tours act as the local agent for Olympic Holidays; they organise the excursions, take the bookings etc. and they also sell many English, Italian and German newspapers.
Next we get to the roundabout… that can be interesting, because sometimes the Greeks go round it the wrong way; I even saw one car reversing up to the roundabout and then using it to turn round on!
An important point here now: If you’re driving, note that in Greece priority goes to traffic joining the roundabout, which means traffic on the roundabout gives way to traffic joining – the complete opposite to roundabouts in the UK. I did have to talk Dad round the roundabout to make sure he gave way when required and went round it the right way when we had the car for a few days!
There are also 2 kiosks (2 περιπτερά) in Sivota – one in the middle of the large roundabout and one next to the small roundabout.
In the evenings, we ate out every night; there are plenty of tavernas/restaurants etc. in Sivota that in a 2 week holiday you can eat out somewhere different every night.
- Steak House – As the name suggests, it is a Ψησταριά specialising in grilled, fresh meat – things like souvlaki, biftekia and steaks. It was extremely busy most nights when we were there; the meal was very good but we did feel like they wanted people to move on quickly after finishing their meals so they could get the next group of people in. Perhaps if it was quieter it would have been better.
- G. Mantzavellas (Γ. Μαντζαβέλας): Can’t quite remember the name of the taverna; Geiorgo Mantzavella I assume is the name of the owner. This was one we ate a lot at when we last stayed in Sivota in 2006. I remember I ordered Κοτόπουλο Μερίδα (Portion of Chicken) from their menu a lot! It’s very nice meat!
- Spiros (Σπύρος): If you have a laptop, you can use the free wifi in Spiros’ taverna. They actually have 2 wifi points (I think he uses his phone number as the code for one of them, the other is without password). We had a starter and main course each when we ate here; it was good food but there was a lot of it: we couldn’t eat it all… Its not my favorite restaurant, but it wasn’t bag.
- Corner (formerly Ο Γύρος του Κόσμου): The place on the corner when you can order a gyro (a sort of Greek fast food) and watch busses and cars struggling to get round the corner, as the road is very narrow… We think its great! And its cheap, about 20€ for 4 of us for a gyro each and a can of drink.
- The Italian place next to the Blue Coast (but not Mamma Mia): Can’t remember the name! But its one of the Italian ones on the front, next to the Blue Coast restaurant, (but not the Mamma Mia – that’s the one on the other side)! Anyway. On Tuesday night we decided we wanted pizza – so we did! Great food, there’s still Greek food available there in case someone in your group doesn’t want pizza – and the waiter was pleased that I was able to speak Greek with him (for some reason, once we’d told him we were English, he wanted to know whether I’d ever been to the Akropolis in Athens – which I haven’t).
- Bamboo Place: Really a bar, where we have been a few times. We like watching Andreas, the waiter who is extremely fast walking around all the tables with his tray in one hand.
- G. Tzovaras (Γ. Τζοβάρας): We saved the best restaurant in Sivota until last. Georgios Tzovaras & Sons run their family restaurant along the front. They do the best quality souvlaki in Sivota, and they’re also the best place to go if you want a break from the other tavernas in Sivota, which tend to be very grill orientated. Tzovaras’ Family Restaurant is great for things like stifado, soutzakakia and kokkinisto etc.
Hopefully this guide to Sivota and its shops helps you. But if you’re going soon and want any more information, feel free to e-mail me on email@example.com and I’ll be happy to help.
I’ve updated my map of the area to show the shops and tavernas/restaurants in the village:
View Sivota 2012 – Σύβοτα 2012 in a larger map
Tomorrow… I’ll be writing about the Torre a Mare waterpark and renting a motorboat in Sivota.