Old Corfu town, a world heritage site. There is a good variety of beaches on Corfu. On the West side of the island, the beaches are sandier while the East tends to have calmer waters. The north-east coast is also home to most of Corfu’s upmarket holiday villas. Nudist beaches are also there in quite a number.
- Sidari. A fair sized resort dominated by British tourists. At one end of the beach is the “Canal de l’Amour”: sand stone cliffs with narrow inlets, a natural archway and small paths to explore.
- Dasia and Ipsos. A narrow stony beach with relatively calm waters. The resort runs along the road so there’s a good variety of shops and tavernas.
- Glifada. A long wide sandy beach with fairly rough waters.
- Pelekas beach. Also a nice sandy beach.
- San Stefanos beach. A long beautiful beach on the north west of the island, very good for sunbathing as there is loads of sunbeds.
- Barbati beach. Crystal clear!
- Chalikounas beach. A very long, virgin stretch of land, caught between Chalikiopoulos’ Lake and the Adriatic sea. The natural landscape here is unique, it is a great place to get away from the world and just enjoy both sea and sun.
- Issos beach. Next to Chalikounas, again on the southwest of Corfu, this beach has a desert motive, because of the high sand hills right next to the seashore. Bring your bike and enjoy the terrain, or just enjoy the panoramic view from high above.
- Prasoudi beach. High cliffs hang over your head, clean waters and a mix of sand and pebbles. A remote beach that will not leave you unsatisfied.
- Mesongi beach.
What to do in Corfu
- Aqualand, Agios Ioannis. 10:00am-6:00pm. It’s quite a small water park with only a few main “rides”. It is best to travel to and from the park under your own steam as a whole day there with an organised trip might be too long.
- Walk the Corfu Trail. Corfu is an ideal location for a keen walker. The North is fairly rugged with Mt. Pantokrator, the highest mountain, and beneath it Corfu’s oldest village, Ano (Upper)Perithia. At the other extreme is Korission Lake in the South; an inland lake, separated by a thin sand bar from the sea. The Corfu Trail is a 222 km long distance footpath covering the full length of the islands. The route is well signed and a book accompanies the trail, there is also an introduction, history and walking guide for Old Perithia, Corfu’s oldest village which you pass through on the Corfu Trail.
- Meditation. There are several meditation centres on Corfu, and many people practicing massage and giving all kinds of sessions, from deep tissue massage to craniosacral and psychic massage.
- Massage. There are many people practicing massage and giving all types of sessions, from deep tissue massage, relaxation, Reiki therapy. One center is Arillas in the north west of the island but there are also places in and close to Corfu town offering courses and sessions as well as mobile massage therapists who come to your villa, apartment or even boat/yacht.
- Yachting. There is a lot of yachting going on in Corfu and the Ionian, it’s an ideal spot due to calm weather conditions, Magic Islands, and fun people. Corfu and Ionian in general is an ideal place for sailing and yachting with steady fair winds all summer long. Motoryacht Pyewacket is the newest addition in Gouvia Marina, its a 20m motor charter yacht made by sunseeker with two professional UK/Dutch Crew members on there third season in the Ionian. Another operator is the Discovery Yachting offering yachts for sailing in the Ionian.
Where to eat On Corfu
Eat at Agni Bay either in the evenings or during the day, arrive on foot or by boat, there are 3 places to eat on the beach all excellent, some of the best food ever. Water Taxis run some evenings from some of the surrounding villages. Very Romantic, but prices are high here. A very special place to be. As featured in Gerald Durrells ‘ My Family and Other Animals’
- Klimataria or Grapevine, benitses (opposite blue bus stop in benitses). 7PM-11PM. If you aren’t a seafood fan then this restaurant might not appeal to you as there are limited alternatives, although there is a good selection for vegetarians. Its a family run business and the setting, a very old building, must be the most photographed building in Benitses. Eat early to get a table as the locals rarely eat before 22.00. 10-40€.pp.
- To Fagopotion, Agios Stefanos. Worth visiting but praise in the Guardian newspaper on 13 09 08 (ostentatiously displayed at the entrance )may have gone to chef Christos Vlachos’ head. Don’t let him bully you. Some of the cooking is good, some is ordinary, and some has the feel of leftovers from the night before.
Shopping in Corfu
As elsewhere in Greece, olive wood, ceramic and leather goods are common. In addition to many tourist shops in places such as Corfu town, you will find small shops along some of the more major roads, often combined with the factory / workshop. In some remoter areas, you may find locals selling locally produced wine, honey and olive oil from small street-side stalls.
Best places to have a drink on Corfu
Gingerbeer. Corfu was a British protectorate and gingerbeer is one of the British style drinks that the locals adopted with enthusiasm. The Greek version is simply excellent. Ask for it at Liston or better restaurants and coffee houses. Locally it is called “Tsitsibeera”
Corfu Beer . In Arillas, in the north of Corfu there is the Corfu Microbrewery. They produce four different kinds of beer, all of them unpasteurised (so they have to be drunk within a couple of months of their production) and all of them delicious! They are so good that they were selected by J.D. Wetherspoon to produce Koroibos Beer, exclusively for the London Olympics. You can visit the brewery and have a taste of their beers. Better give them a call in advance at +30 26630 52072
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