Camping Bacchus October 2008
This is probably our favourite campsite in Greece,
though at first glance it doesn't look anything special. It's a small site, with only 10 pitches for tourers, and some room for tents. In addition there are about 30 statics, mostly owned by Athenians who come for the weekend, go fishing, have huge, jolly
meals where they barbecue the fish, then go home again. The touring pitches are hardstanding and not very big, but the owner, Dionysos, is enormously obliging and even demolished a small wall in order to shoe-horn our large caravan in, assisted by several
family members and residents. Then we all repaired to the bar for a much-needed ouzo.
It's the atmosphere rather than the facilities that's the attraction here. The toilet block is fine and soap and toilet paper are provided, by no
means the norm in Greek sites! There are the usual washing-up and laundry sinks (though at weekends they tend to be full of people cleaning the fish they've caught) and a washing machine for 5 euros. The taverna is open in summer only, but the bar stays open,
and there is a kitchen with cooking facilities and a fridge for tent-users. As usual in Greece there is a population of friendly cats!
There's a nice sandy beach about 100m away, with rocky paths that take you to another bay. In fact
you can walk the 4.5 km to the famous Temple of Poseidon, though we chose to drive. There is a mini-market and a baker's within walking distance, and it's about 3 km to the nearest town, Lavrio, which has 2 good supermarkets.
are all sorts of interesting ruins in the vicinity - in ancient times Lavrio was a great centre of mining and smelting, and there is a ruined theatre and several tombs to explore. A little further afield is the Temple of Artemis at Vravrona. However the main
attraction is the proximity of Athens. It's about 30 minutes' drive to the nearest metro station - the metro system was greatly extended for the Olympic Games and is efficient and cheap.
We spent 6 weeks here in October and November
and it was still warm enough most days to swim in the sea. A very friendly, laid-back and typically Greek campsite.