Monday, 22 May 2017

Update from the Olive grove ...

Work continues ...

Here are some photos of the site, and the path down to the Banana Beaches.

Our roving reporter writes ...

'I have been advised the new hotel have taken over Bananistas and from 2018 there will be foot access only. Not sure if this is true, as so many rumours are going around, like the 51 new properties are now 100.  

A few cars/jeeps have managed to sneak down, I am waiting for the day they padlock the barrier while they are there, and can't get back up' ... 












'There were around 35 people, on Banana,  a couple of jeeps at the bottom everyone else parked at the top or walked down' ... 

9 comments:

  1. Have to pack a blowtorch instead of swimming trunks this year.

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  2. we are going to use this as our last visit, but Stig will tell you I say this every year for the past 6!! SO WHAT TO DO, to overcome the problems , 1. park where you can and walk,MANY HAVE DONE THIS FOR YEARS 2. look into a water taxi( return trips x 12 expensive) 3. long uphill and down dale trek from agia Eleni, killer walk.4, decamp to Mandraki, after years of great times on LB, a pity other options nil. SKIATHOS you have killed the golden goose. LITTLE BANANA is a jewel in your crown and the actions taken have been very short sighted. a great pity but all things do not last forever. I think it will benefit other beaches and Greek isles and a huge loss to Skiathos

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    1. It was a beautiful area, when everyone walked through the grove to the beach. It was respected, and the only vehicle made deliveries to Panagiotis taverna and the cushion bar. Then one year access was blocked. The barrier removed and it became a car park by many and a litter srewn rubbish dump, that was the start of the outcome, that you have now ...

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  3. I've just returned home after another great week staying in Koukounaries. I have to say I was angry to see the development taking place behind banana beach - this once peaceful walk through the olive trees to the beach has been desecrated & all for the sake of greed. Surely there were plenty of other sites that could have been used for a project like this. :(

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    1. If I owned the land, and it was desecrated every year. I guess I would sell it too ...

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  4. When did they start allowing vehicles to drive down there Ian? I Know it's selfish of me but I hate seeing so many jeeps and quads down by the beaches, and my worry is that if they can't get to the Bananas, there'll be more of the noisy buggers driving through Mandraki Forest.

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    1. It always was private land, one year the owner blocked access, this was around 2006/7 when Panagiotis taverna was dismantled. Everyone parked at the top and respected the Olive grove.
      The barrier was removed, and everyone started driving into the Olive grove. Now as you have seen, in the forums, its taken as this is what you do, and they are stopping us.
      If it was your land and it was transformed by visitors into a litter strewn dust bowl. I guess you would be tempted, take the money and run.
      The lazy ones have brought on their own downfall, and are now shedding tears for what they have brought on themselves. It is and will always be a crying shame ...

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  5. Thanks Ian
    I've been visiting since '97 and I don't recall seeing vehicles down by the beach then, everybody walked there.
    It is a real shame that the olive grove will be lost, but the beaches and the sunsets will still be there for people to enjoy. And I know that some won't be able to manage to get to the beaches without transport, but the very nature of some natural environments is that they aren't always accessible to everyone.

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