The story of Gythion Bay begins from the year 1980 that Mr. Koutsogiannis Fontas rent this field from the owner Zafeiris Zafeirakos. He rent the field so as to turn it into the first camping place of the region. The camping was a very successful businness. Every summer hundreds of tourists were arriving, mostly backpackers and from countries such as Germany, Austria, Holland, Switzerland etc. Every evening the “greek kamakia” were there at the bar waiting for the girls to appear. The bar was full. The barmen changed the 30lt beer barrels one after the other and the people outside the bar were fighting who will catch the beer first. Those years stayed in history for the great parties and the great love stories that led even to weddings.
The contract about the field finished after 10 years, and the owner of the field wanted to take it back and manage the camping himself. The initial owner, Mr. Koutsogiannis wouldn’t give it back so easily. Mr. Zafeirakos and Mr. Koutsogiannis were fighting at the courts for many years. Finally, Mr. Zafeirakos manages to gain it back on October of 1993. When he took over the camping, he realized that it needed full rennovation as everything was broken.
Despite the fact that he didn’t have a lot of time until the next season, he decided to start the rennovation. Along with the precious help of his brother in law, Mr. Kostas Petroulakis he began to rennovate the buildings and the surrounding. Mr. Petroulakis was an architect and thus he gave his own taste to the new buildings. Dozen of workers were making great effort each day to accomlish the target that was the new season. In February of 1994, Mr. Petroulakis returning to Athens from Gythion with his car, slips on the road and hits the car on the road-side fence. From the accident he breaks both his legs and stays in the hospital for more than one month.
Due to the pressure of time, he gives advice to the workers and to Mr. Zafeirakos from the phone. Even if Mr. Zafeirakos hated bureaucracy, he had to visit all the public agencies so as to issue the license of the camping. Luckily his wife Aggeliki helped him very much.
The new season came and many customers from the past years arrived and were disappointed not only because they didn’t find common face in the camping but because the camping was not open yet.
The fully rennovated camping opened finally on 14th of July and people were happy to be on their favorite campsite once again.
In 2010 a new rennovation project started by the daughter of Mr. Zafeiris Zafeirakos, Iliana along with the help of her father and her uncle Kostas Petroulakis.
The rennovation lasted 3 years totally. A lot of people were disappointed because of the noise that the big trucks made during the project. But finally everyone is happy and they can enjoy a beautiful and harmonic environment during their holidays.
Unfortunately, in the meantime Mr. Zafeirakos died on 23rd of February of 2013 because of cancer. He didn’t have the time to enjoy the view of the swimming pool that he always had dreamt but never decided to build.