Mandrakia / Tourkothalassa
A little further west of Sarakiniko lies Mandrakia, a beautiful little fishing village with a church, a restaurant and a number of traditional sirmata (boathouses) that cluster around a little circular harbour bay. You can get to Mandrakia via a road that starts in the northern part of Pera Triovasalos.
In the big bay west of Mandrakia there is a narrow sandy beach that you can reach from the road via a steep downhill path to the left. Even though, because of its proximity to Mandrakia, it seems like the beach of the same name, it is not. Rather it is the Tourkothalassa, the “Sea of Turks.” The real Mandrakia Beach is only a few metres wide, is easy to miss and is on the eastern side of the village.
Last but not least, the good reputation of the Medousa Restaurant ensures that Mandrakia is just as popular with both tourists and the island’s inhabitants. Especially on warm summer evenings with no wind, the restaurant’s terrace, which is right on the shore, offers the perfect little spot for that Mediterranean holiday mood – small and straightforward, no surrounding bustle, with a great view of the play of colour over the sea between sunset and nightfall.