A corkscrew road on the Paliki Peninsula drops vertiginously down onto a bay with such an arresting navy-and-turquoise complexion that you could be forgiven for driving off the edge of the mountain. Make it to the bottom and you’ll find a lovely little beach with the finest white sand, and water so clear it looks as if the yachts which pull in for lunch are floating. There are loungers for the lazy and the sweet notes of bouzouki music for the weary; for those in search of mermaid epiphanies, the gently shelving beach has some of the most enticingly clear water in Greece.

Where to eat: Erasmia taverna on Petani Beach has front-row sunset views and a menu of freshly caught fish (mains €7).