The fishing port village of Plitra (or Plytra) sits on a protected bay in the Laconia region of Peloponnese, Greece. It’s known for the ancient, sunken town of Asopos, as well as, a pristine Blue Flag beach. Filled with beach goers during the summer, the population of Plitra dwindles to less than a hundred local residents during the off-season.
When in Plitra this past October, we discovered a spacious square lined with a few tavernas, clubs, and other businesses alongside a large, empty parking area. A few places were open but the busy vibe of the summer months was gone.
As we walked along the waters edge we came across a narrow inlet where ten or so sea ducks lounged along the shore. We saw more ducks than people at the port that day.
Within the narrow inlet we spotted a tiny duck-sized house perched on a rock, and observed one of the sea ducks sipping water from the sea.
From the vantage point of the village square, there was an expansive view of the bay, as well as, a view of the port and its colorful fishing boats.
Across from the port were a couple of houses and a ruin perched on a small jetty that peaked my interest.
I’m always on the look-out for interesting doors to photograph and houses by the sea are often a good place to find them.
This stone house had some interesting wooden doors painted a golden yellow.
Another house, decorated with typical Grecian blue shutters and door was showing its wear and tear. The salt air, and winter’s wind and rain take a toll on seaside homes.
One of the homes had a pair of weathered blue doors. The soft textures and colors of this house and doors looked like a pastel painting.
A close-up of this aged beauty captures the interesting textures and subtle shades of blue created over time by the elements.
On this trip, we didn’t have time to explore the ancient town of Asopos which was destroyed by an earthquake in 365 BC. The ruins, still visible on the shore and on the seabed, are located on a small peninsula southeast of of Plytra. I’m adding Asopos to our list of places to see on our next trip to Peloponnese.
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