Paleokastritsa, Corfu is more than a beautiful beach, golden sand and emerald water. It is located near a Christian monastery established in the 12th century. The holy building stands on a green hillside. So tourists have an amazing view over the Ionian Sea and picturesque surroundings. The top attraction is a boat trip around the bay which is famous for its beautiful rock formations. Read More
Corfu is the second largest of the Ionian islands. It is located in the north-west part of Greece’s mainland. The elongated isle is 40 miles long and 2-2,5 miles wide. Corfu is considered to be the Greek island with the most abundant green vegetation. Well, it is a little bit exaggerated! Since I have visited Lefkada, Kefalonia and Ithaka from the Ionian archipelago, my personal opinion is that all the islands of the chain feature green trees and rich flora. The Sporades island of Skopelos is also fascinating with its lime green pines.
Unlike other Greek islands such as Mikonos, the plants in Corfu remain green in all seasons. Local people say that there are millions of olive trees on the mountain slopes. Some of the hills are covered with green cypress trees and with a local species with purple flowers in the spring. During this season, you can walk and relax through the green fields of the countryside.
Corfu has an unique charm thanks of its exotic landscape, rocky formations, emerald water and distinctive style of architecture. The tourists are attracted by the splendid natural sceneries and beaches of the island.
The northernmost of the Ionian islands has mild and moderate climate. It is a popular travel destination during the entire year. Yet, the best season for a beach vacation is from mid-July to mid-September. In May and June the water is very cold for swimming. If the main point of your Corfu vacation is the relaxation or sightseeing, then spring is the best season for you. Although wild flowers bloom during all the seasons, in spring you will be amazed by beautiful carpets of flowers.
Corfu Beaches and Places
On the northern tip of Corfu are located two marvelous places – Cape Drastis near Peroulades and Canal D’Amour beach in Sidari. The most striking aspects of the landscape are the amazing sandstone formations in caramel shades along the coast. Unique sandstone beds descends amphitheatrically into the blue waters of the Ionian Sea. The eroded rock formations have become a symbol of the northern coast of Corfu island. These natural attractions are located 23 miles (36km) from the capital city – Kerkyra.
Sidari and the beaches in the area are must-see places for one day but it is better to choose an accommodation far from the crowds. Sidari is full of taverns, stores, hotels and attractions for kids. In the evenings, thousands of people walk up and down the narrow streets. The town is overcrowded in July and August. In addition, the climate is extremely hot in this time of the year. There are convenient places to stay in a short drive outside Sidari.
The west coast boasts more spectacular scenery than the east part. On this side are the best Corfu beaches. It is less crowded because of the highest standards and prices of the hotels and dining. Except for the popular beach of Paleokastritsa, the other places such as Glyfada, Ermones, Agios Gordios and Pelekas are best to experience peace and quiet.
Mirtiotissa beach is located very close to Glyfada Beach [approximately 1 km] and is known for its clear waters and sandy beach. It is a relatively small beach and is considered to be a nudist one for the most part. However, there is a small part of the beach which welcomes non-nudists as well.There are no sun beds or umbrellas on the beach so one is advised to bring his own. The two parts of the beach are divided by rocks. The waters in this beach are home to many fish and it is a great place to snorkel.The great thing about Mirtiotissa is that it is not very popular therefore it is not very crowded, which is great especially during the high season in Greece, as it tends to get busy and over populated on the beaches. There are various signs that indicate the way to the beach and there is a paved road that leads to the beach. There is a small parking where one can park his car. However, one can also park his car along the road to the beach. This beach is a great place to visit as it features the crystal clear waters of Greece accompanied with the wilderness of the nature. Therefore, I greatly recommend visiting Mirtiotissa a part of your itinerary when visiting Corfu.
Corfu Island offers an interesting mix of sports and cultural activities. The most lively place is Corfu town or Kerkyra where one third of the island’s population lives. This city is the beating heart of this beautiful land and it is in bloom all year round.
Where to Eat in Corfu
The town of Corfu offers many places to eat – from Greek street food like gyros to fancy gourmet food. Since Corfu has been influenced by Italian culture there are many Italian restaurants. One of the restaurants we liked the most was Avli, Ta Kokita and Mouragia. They serve traditiinal greek food at very reasonable prices. The parking in Corfu town is quite problematic so one is advised to loom for parking spaces in the small streets and avoid the main roads as it is almost impossible to find a parking spot there during the high season.
Where to Stay
Foxy studios is a great place to stay and the hosts were very polite. It is located relatively close to the historical center of Corfu – around 2km. There is a supermarket right next to the apartment which makes it very convenient to shop. Furthermore, the apartment features all necessary amenities like a washing machine, big fridge and kitchen box. It also features a bathroom equipped with a shower. There is also a patio with a table and chairs where one can enjoy the garden.
The west coast of Corfu boasts extremely beautiful sunset beaches. From the southern part of the coastline, to the northwestern point, you will find the best Corfu beaches on this side of the island. Most of the places feature gold sand but in the north, there are amazing places with reddish cliffs and caramel shades of the sand. Read More