Posted by: travelrat | November 21, 2017



Kanoni: 13th October 2017

For our first venture further afield, we ‘hopped on’ to the hop on/hop off bus. This took us past the Old Town, to the cruise terminal, where it lurked in wait for passengers getting off the cruise ships, and where the tour really starts.

The route runs around the Old Town, then along the sea-front to Mon Repos … not to be confused with our hotel, which takes its name from the house, and is only a short walking distance away. But, more about that later; we’ll call here again on the way back.

Kanoni, where the route ends, is situated at the end of a peninsula called the Paleopolis. That’s Greek for ‘early city’, and is reputed to be the site of the island’s first capital.  However, if this is so, no trace remains. The present town was named after the cannon Napoleon placed there during his occupation. It stands above an inlet of the sea, called the Chalikipoulou Lagoon, at the end of which lies the runway of the island’s airport. You can look down on aircraft approaching to land here; from some vantages, that would be somewhat alarming if you didn’t know the airport was there.

Kanoni 2

Across the water is the village of Perama, to which you can cross by means of a causeway. Around here are two of the houses in which Gerald Durrell lived during his stay on the island in the 1930s. But, we didn’t go looking for them; they aren’t open to the public, anyway. And, I don’t think Durrell would really approve of the way the village has been developed.

A series of steps descends to sea-level, where there’s (yet another) café, and a small, white-painted monastery. From here, you can take a kaiki ride to Mouse Island. It’s only €2.50, but we just made a note, for a later visit.




  1. Would you call this a ‘typical”Greek place? It looks interesting from your photographs but you say you don’t think Durrell wouldn’t have liked the way it has been developed, which makes me wonder.

    • I think it’s more Venetian or Italianate rather than Greek. But, that’s just the buildings; the people and the atmosphere are definitely Greek. I didn’t think Gerald would like Perama for the way it’s been ‘villa-fied’ … and I think his beloved ‘chess-board fields’ went when the airport was built.

      I can’t, of course, speak for the whole island, because we didn’t see all of it, but the bits we did see made it a trip well worth doing.

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