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Cats from Eftalou {Lesbos}


Eftalou Taverna

There's a special little restaurant I need to tell you about...

If you want peace and quiet, as well as good authentic Greek food with lots of fresh herbs, you should come and eat at I Eftalou Tavern, tucked away in one of the less visited corners of Lesbos.

The food is some of the best on the island: feta saganaki, gigantes, tatziki, dolmades, fried zucchinni flowers... 😋

But you have to be willing to share all these delicious Greek specialties with the many, many feline residents of the I Eftalou Tavern. 🐈

Eftalou cats

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Eftalou restaurant

Cats abound on the island of Lesbos.

They are everywhere you look, and Eftalou is no different.

Yet the cats are more numerous at the I Eftalou Tavern than elsewhere on Lesbos.

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This is mainly because there are very few restaurants and hotels in Eftalou.

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I Eftalou Tavern

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Since the cats are almost all strays, they know that the I Eftalou Tavern (as well as the yoga hall behind) is a sure spot to get food and shelter. 

Eftalou Taverna

Eftalou Taverna

Eftalou Taverna

Contrary to most other restaurants on Lesbos, I Eftalou Tavern even provides basic medical care to unwell cats.

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Eftalou Taverna

When the owners of the I Eftalou Tavern noticed that the white and ginger kitty had a problem with his eye, they immediately took him to the veterinary clinic for treatment. (You can read here how other restaurants treat the local stray cat population.) 

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Eftalou cats

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I Eftalou Tavern

Its al fresco dining area is a spacious flowery place overlooking the sea, with lots of tables in the shade if case you want to eat there around midday.

Eftalou restaurant

I Eftalou Tavern

I Eftalou Taverna

In the evening, the I Eftalou Tavern is perfect to watch the sunset over the sea. 

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Eftalou Lesbos Tavern

The tavern is located next to the main road which goes from Molyvos to the Eftalou hot springs. 

When the asphalt road ends, you can continue towards the cute fishing village of Skala Sykaminia (which you can read about here).

Eftalou Lesbos

Eftalou restaurant

The tavern is easily accessible by bus, and there is plenty of parking for your car, bike, or scooter.

Eftalou Tavern Lesbos

Have you ever visited Eftalou and/or the island of Lesbos? Did you eat at I Eftalou Tavern?

I Eftalou

I Eftalou Tavern

Text and photos by Vanessa Morgan

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Cats from Sitges {Spain}

Sant Bartomeu church Sitges

Sitges is a small, picture-perfect resort town located a mere 35 kilometers south of Barcelona in Spain. 

It's easily one of the most charming seaside escapes thanks to its whitewashed Mediterranean houses, its magnificent St. Bartomeu church, its maze of cobblestone alleyways, and its breezy seaside promenade lined with palm trees and al fresco restaurants.

Japanese film director Takashi Miike fell in love with this coastal town while visiting the internationally renowned Sitges Film Festival and decided to film his movie JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (2017) in Sitges.

But the most iconic sight of Sitges is... its cats. 🐈

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There used to be a time - not even too long ago - when Sitges was teeming with cats. 

They were everywhere: at the cemetery, in restaurants, near the port... Even cinemas had their own felines.

Club náutic de Sitges

But the amount of stray cats has dwindled over the years.

This a good thing because some of them were in really bad shape.

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Sitges Spain

Nowadays, the cats are protected.

Several organizations and volunteers feed the strays daily (If you look well, you will see food bowls and cat houses sprinkled throughout the town.).

Some cats are being taken from the streets and given a chance at life, while others are being sterilized through a Trap-Neuter-Return system to prevent the stray cat population from growing even more.

Church of St. Bartomeu Sitges

A good place to spend time with the cats is on and near the breakwater next to the Club Náutica.

Some of the cats will gladly cuddle, while others will run away and hide underneath the stones of the breakwater.

Club náutic Sitges

In any case, it's a must-see Sitges location - even without the cats. 

Situated in front of the landmark Church of St. Bartomeu and the Siren of Sitges, the area is a hub of activity, with vendors selling jewelry and handbags, as well as being a gateway into the old town and the waterfront boulevard.

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