It was noon, halfway through May…I have been wandering at Zia village Kos, a small village which is located 16km southeast of Kos town, very close to Asfendiou village, my grandfathers’ homeland, at slopes of mountain Dikaios. I was tired & thirsty, when suddenly I’ve made a very pleasant discovery!
I saw a small “oasis” among walnut trees. A beautiful terrace with a large pergola full of plants & pots with flowers, vintage furniture & decorative, taken from another era compose the secret recipe of the traditional coffee house “The Watermill”.
The Watermill describes itself as a 'traditional coffee house' but it's much more. Housed in the village's old watermill (built 1800) it has great character and offers fantastic views of the coast below and across the Aegean to Turkey. It is an old restored watermill, which site is open to the customers, redecorated with old utensils and well cared from the owners.
The view is breathtaking! The atmosphere is relaxing combined with the warm hospitality of the owners.
I had the chance to quench my thirst with homemade lemonade & the special local cinnamon drink. It was like an explosion of flavor!!! Apart from the 2 special homemade drinks, there is a wide range of specialist coffees, milkshakes, soft drinks, wine, ouzo, beer, etc. as well. It's not really a restaurant but the menu does include omelets, sandwiches, salads, plus ice creams, cakes and desserts, most of them homemade.
Usually, travelers to Greece are familiar with cats wandering around cafes, but at The Watermill we can also see chickens pecking about in search of crumbs and two large tortoises in an enclosure under one of the trees that shade the outside tables.
The combination of the nature environment, the ultimate view and the colorful decoration, make everyone so easy to fall in love with this place…I’m so looking forward to visit again “The Watermill” real soon!
words & photos by Kiki Kapasakalidou