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Those looking for an authentic Greek experience will enjoy this town. It is mostly popular with budget to middlemarket independent or mature travellers looking for a convenient base from which to explore the island.

Not really suitable for families as the beach is some distance from town, and hotels in town don't have pools. Attractions consist of: the impressive archaeological museum; a small cultural museum; glass-bottomed boat rides; sports centre; swimming pool; Katavothres sinkholes to the N of the peninsula.

By night there are plenty of tasteful bars and a few tacky offerings; a couple of bouzouki clubs; occasional performances by the local music school or traditional dancers; a few discos in and slightly outside town, but serious clubbers are on the wrong island.

Local excursions consist of half day: barbecue boat trips to the red-sand beach of Xi on the largely undeveloped Lixouri peninsula; turtle-spotting at the lagoon, a local breeding ground for loggerheads; "Greek night" at a local bouzouki club. For a full day there are is an island tour, including Drogarati Cave, Melissani lake grotto and Fiskardo; cultural tour, including winery, church of St Gerasimos (island's patron) and monastery of St Andreas; coach and ferry excursion to Ithaca or to the classical site and museum at Olympia on the mainland; boat trips to nearby islands of Lefkas or Zante. 2 days: Athens by coach and ferry from Poros.