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Idyllic Coves - Corfu

Back to Top of PageIdyllic Coves on the West Coast

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Paleokastritsa

It is famous for being the island's most treasured beauty spot, and bustles with day trippers throughout the season. Paleokastritsa
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Agni Bay

Agni Bay is home to Taverna Agni - this website's creator. Agni means un-spoilt in Greek and this describes our bay perfectly. Situated on the North East Coast set amongst the olive groves growing either side of the bay. It is not a 'resort' as there are just three Tavernas (each with their own jetty for mooring up to) and a couple of local buildings. The bay is reached mainly by little rented motor boats.
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Kaminaki

Kaminaki is a tiny coastal village tucked in amongst the olive groves. The bay is beautiful. Sparkling white pebbles with the turquoise water gently lapping at the shoreline. It is almost a dream and probably the one that most of us have when we picture a small Greek holiday destination. One Taverna sits right on the beach, while the other sits up high on the rocks overlooking the bay. The atmosphere is friendly - not dissimilar to other smaller coastal resorts in the area. The local boat hire owners chat to you as you stroll along the waters edge. From the main Corfu road is a small steep road down to the bay. It is easily missed and this may account for why the bay has remained untouched by tourism.
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Nissaki

Nissaki means Little Island and hundreds of years ago that is what it was. On top of the island, now stands the Mitsos Taverna. In years past, the local people worked on this island, shaping stones and local rocks bought to them by boat. The stones were used for building.
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Topic Topic: Where To Stay
Forum: Kefalonia
SusieH

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Posted: 06 Dec 2015 at 1:48am
Think it is very difficult to recommend places because everyone likes something different

We like quiet and unspoiled with no watersports and if possible no sunbeds. No loud music bars just a good supermarket, a few tavernas  and a baker does us!!

If that is what you are looking for then I would say Aghia Efimia but you won't find much sand on the beaches. Several small coves as well as a harbour. Easy reach (driving) of anywhere else on the island

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Topic Topic: Snorkelling - Equipment & Locations
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
sue avrio

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Posted: 07 Jul 2015 at 9:49am
The coves and bays around Kassiopi are ideal for snorkeling (Kerasia, Kaoloura, Kalami to the right not so familiar the other direction) You could hire a small boat & explore. You will be able to purchase equipment in the tourist shops or if you are looking for a better standard there is a dive shop in Kassiopi. You will probably have a better choice in a dive shop or good sports shop in the UK. Are you anywhere near a branch of Decathlon?
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Topic Topic: Nudist Beach Recommendations
Forum: Acharavi and Saint Spiridon
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Posted: 24 Jun 2015 at 5:13pm
The Black Rocks mentioned on the forum was at Agios Gordios on the west coast. Black Rocks is a Bar at the northern end of the beach and there are secluded coves on the other side of the bar.

 Yammas, Colin.

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Topic Topic: Topless Sunbathing
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 23 Apr 2015 at 9:52pm
Being a single women in her 30ish I like peace to relax on holiday with my kindle so I may just find one of these we coves and hopefully I'll be fine.
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Topic Topic: Topless Sunbathing
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
janmanessi

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Posted: 19 Apr 2015 at 11:13am
The human body is rarely particularly beautiful unless you fancy the person inside it.  'Topless' sunbathing nowadays seems almost exclusively confined to overweight ladies - and this can be really offputting to others on the beach! 

Luckily there are so many quiet coves around that it is easy to find one where you can bask topless and relax.
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Topic Topic: Topless Sunbathing
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Posted: 18 Apr 2015 at 7:51pm
Lucylou suggest going topless in one of the small coves, no problem there and plenty either side of the village- main beach in Benitses is alongside the main road and people don't particularly enjoy seeing anyone topless there - with or without additions!
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Topic Topic: Rhodes In September
Forum: Santorini, Kalymnos, Kos, Rhodes
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Posted: 17 Apr 2015 at 1:46am
I am struggling to think where black volcanic mountains are on Rhodes Colin!!!

Rhodes is green and beautiful with wonderful inland villages.

I have friends who love Pefkos but I have never stayed there. Several times we have toured round it exploring in the car but it is not for us, we prefer Haraki - not far up the road.

However, places to visit. As you will have a car there are several must go to places. Old Rhodes Town is a must, you can park outside the old walls on the opposite side of old town to the new part.

A visit to Epta Pigis (Seven Springs) sign posted off the main road to Rhodes town is a delight on a hot day. Not only is the taverna there wonderful in the high canopy of trees but the peacocks and geese roaming round the waters are really entertaining. You can also follow the water round to a tunnel you can walk through, in the water, to the pool and aquaduct.

If you get to the other side of the island Ancient Kamiros (one of the ancient main towns of Rhodes) is great, the whole town is laid out down a hill to the sea.

Explore all the coves and beaches and drive right to the end of the island to see the Med meet the Aegean.

Lindos is the big tourist pull. The town is small and exhausting, narrow streets with no cars but you have to see it once!! Our favourite beach there is St Pauls which you can drive down to with a big car park right behind the beach.

Have a look at Haraki while you are there, enjoy lunch or dinner in one of the tavernas and during the day you can climb up  to the imposing castle.

We do to Rhodes every 2 or three years and never fail to find something new to see.

And don't forget to go inland for that cup of coffee and wonderful views.

Susie





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Topic Topic: Rhodes In September
Forum: Santorini, Kalymnos, Kos, Rhodes
carolox

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Posted: 13 Apr 2015 at 4:09pm
Hi Gill,
I think it was you who gave me lots of advice on A.G. 10 years ago when I joined the forum !
plus Nigel, they were the good days,where is everyone now?
I have been going to Corfu now ever since, usually twice a year, and often 3 or 4 weeks at a time,that's how much I like Corfu....and now Paxos too. Will be having my second stay there in May.
ANYWAY.....as to your question on Pefkos. We went to Pefkos two years running (then Crete) before discovering Corfu and this forum,the two go together in my mind!
It had a nice feel to the place and the coves to the far right,just keep walking ,are nice sunbathing areas with secluded tavernas but the main beach is just long and uninteresting and very busy,but the sea is lovely I seem to remember.
We hired a car and went to the very south tip where the the Meditteranean meets the Aegean, Prassonissi,stopping at Katavia a village with a cafenion for refreshments and a nice walk round.
Kiotari is also a nearby small resort to visit plus of course Lindos and Rhodes Town are worth a visit.
All in all not a bad base to be, but you will not like it there as much as Corfu I don't think.
It's definitely good to see other places though.
Hope this was helpful Smile
 

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Topic Topic: Black Rocks
Forum: Agios Gordios
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Posted: 13 Apr 2015 at 3:35pm
Hi Julie,
 
Yes the little coves beyond Black Rocks are often used by nudists.
 
Gill

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Topic Topic: Honeymoon In Paxos
Forum: Paxos
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Posted: 20 Jan 2015 at 5:59pm
Hi Clareski
An absolute MUST is to hire a boat for at least a day and explore the island. It is easy to go round in a day with plenty of time for stopping off in the various coves and inlets for swimming and lazing. Most of the large caves are safe to take small boats into and the sights as you emerge back into the blue are stunning. Too fast and you will be home before lunch! Its only 16 miles circumnavigation, with detours into all of the bays. It also gives you an idea of the other two harbours to plan your evenings (or next trip!)
You can also easily go to Anti Paxos on your own in the same boat - but you may wish to simply use the shuttle. The benefit of the former is you can moor up in a quieter bay before choosing one of the two sandy bays for lunch. We prefer the second bay, Voutoumi and I assure you, the climb up the steps to the Bella Vista for a bite and drink is well worth the effort. I don't think the Express boats from Gaios drop you on this one but I could be wrong.
We don't stay in Gaios so only see it occasionally in the day when its hot and 'busy' and have only been one evening when it seemed very quiet - but suspect it was a one off. Certainly, take a taxi to Loggos and/or Lakka one evening if you get time - they are both relatively small but a great buzz around the tavernas and great for people watching.
Those who know Gaios well will be along soon to share their ideas I am sure, just chill and relax
I would also say, visit Mogonissi - and have lunch at Carnayo Gold - don't bother with the menu, just ask what they suggest, lots off 'small' plates with a difference. Just tell Dimitris when to STOP
Enjoy your Honeymoon in paradise
You will either love it or hate it, and if the love gets to you, you will definitely be back!
Jeff   
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Topic Topic: Where To Stay In Lefkas
Forum: Lefkas / Lefkada
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Posted: 07 Oct 2014 at 9:43pm
We stayed in Lygia it has 5 or 6 good tavernas and a fantastic music bar, plus cafes, a gyros taverna and a good patisserie. It has a lovely waterfront which overlooks the strait between the island and the mainland. It also has a nice but small beach which does not get too busy. it is on the main road to town and  has easy access to both the Lefkas town and Nidri. 
Nidri is the busiest resort on the island more akin to Kasiopi on Corfu, lots of tavernas and bars.
Vassiliki is a mecca for sail boarding and sailing, has a slightly hippie feel to it and is a younger resort but in a nice way. Its a place for enthusiasts and is not at all roudy. Loads of good tavernas and good music bars.
Ag Nik is a very pretty resort but also very busy and at peak times the beach is packed. There are lovely beaches at Mylos and Kathisma just south of Ag Nik. The jewell in the crown is Porto Katsiki which is breathtaking but it can get busy at peak times. 
Sivota on Lefkada is also very pretty, low key and a popular stop with the sailing set although there is plenty of accommodation there * do not confuse it with the Sivota on the mainland* there is a small beach there plus good tavernas and a few bars.
Another option might be Meganissi just across the water from Lefkada, it is much quieter and very traditional, it has some gorgeous coves and beaches and superb tavernas. Its very small but incredibly pretty and has good access to the main island. 
Whichever you choose I'm sure you will want to return, its a well kept secret and has loads to offer.


View Topic: Where To Stay In Lefkas
Topic Topic: Car Hire
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 16 Sep 2014 at 4:21pm
Hi Poppydeb,

Would suggest you see Gina in reception-She will give all the advice you need and arrange car hire.
You may also consider hiring a boat for the day to explore the villages and secluded coves along the North East coast--also have a look at horse-riding to see the countryside from a different perspective.

Regards

Denis

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Topic Topic: Black Rocks
Forum: Agios Gordios
weststekker

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Posted: 19 Jun 2014 at 9:23am
I never saw the place you are talking about but I here it was built from items washed up on the beach. To the best of my knowledge it is no longer there. You still have to walk through a grove of high growing bamboo like plants on the other side of Black Rocks. I would only say it was scary if you did it after dark. In one of the small coves you talk about is a shipwreck on the beach. A small fishing boat believed to have been used by illegal immigrants.

Yammas, Colin.

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Topic Topic: Black Rocks
Forum: Agios Gordios
weststekker

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Posted: 19 Jun 2014 at 6:12am
It is a nice place to relax and enjoy a great view across the bay. It is so peaceful and there is the chance to explore on the far side in the small coves. If you decide to do this, make sure that you have suitable footwear. After an exhausting visit make sure that you try the food and drink that they have to offer. Spiros and the family look after their guests.

Yammas, Colin.

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Topic Topic: Black Rocks
Forum: Agios Gordios
weststekker

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Posted: 10 Jun 2014 at 7:53am
Be sure that when you visit Black Rocks that you also check out the small beaches on the far side of Black Rocks. In one of the coves, there is a shipwreck. It is the rusting hulk of a fishing boat that APPEARED on the beach around January 2014. It was thought to have been carrying illegal immigrants, the boat was found but not the passengers.

Yammas, Colin.

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Topic Topic: Not To Be Missed - Ideas Please
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 04 Apr 2014 at 2:52pm
Try the NW coast drive via Paleo, up the mountain past Bella Vista to Makrades. Here go and visit Angelokastro (remnants of ancient cliff-top fort). Then drive on as far as Vistonas but turn left and go to Pagi village (stopping to take photos of the wonderful panorama from the top of the 'hill' on the way).
Go down and through Agios Georgios north and make you way to the lovely village of Afionas on the headland.  Here you can drink or eat at a choice of several tavernas with stunning coastal views. You can also walk down to the  remote twin coves of Porto Timoni. You don't need to return the same way but instead just drive around the head of the valley via Dafni, Agros, Trombeta etc


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Topic Topic: Boats?
Forum: Kassiopi
violator

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Posted: 02 Aug 2013 at 3:38pm
We've hired twice from Fillipos and both times have been great. Works out about 70 Euros for a 30HP boat. We usually go down to Agni and back, stopping off at coves for snorkelling and fishing, and have lunch along the way. I think Fillipos ask you to be back at 4pm is because the seas get pretty rough off Kassiopi from about 3pm onwards. Last year we were smashing through waves to get back, and Fillipos send a guide boat out to check if anyone is in difficulty.
 
Tony

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Topic Topic: Help Me Choose A Different Island Please
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Posted: 25 Jul 2013 at 10:25pm
Surely Crete needs consideration. It is in many ways a microcosm of Greece as a whole. Ancient sites, bustling towns, mountain villages, some superb beaches and rocky coves a plenty. Personally, I think that Cretan cuisine is on a par with that offered anywhere in Greece and better than the average Corfiote fare.
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Topic Topic: 2013
Forum: Paxos
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Posted: 27 Apr 2013 at 12:05pm
Hello Jenny,

Welcome to the board, and may I say what a fine choice you've made in deciding to go to Paxos, and Loggos in particular.

The joy of Loggos (Paxos generally really) is that it is so small you are bound to find your way around even without tips from folk who've been before you, but you're certainly in the right place if its tips that you want.

With a fortnight to play with, you'll be able to thoroughly explore all the foodie options, which is part of the joy of Loggos.  I'm about to go for my fifth visit in 3 years (I'll be there 4-14 May) and can honestly say that I haven't had a bad meal yet.  I could give glowing reports of all the eateries in Loggos, but special mention must go to Aste Doue and Tolis' Grill.  

Aste Doue is right on the harbour front, and their food is just magnificent.  Their specialty is traditional Greek and mediterranean food which the chef lovingly prepares with great imagination and real flair.  I have heard some complain that the menu is slightly confusing, not being of the traditional starters, mains, desserts variety.  It really isn't difficult though, just order a few plates of whatever takes your fancy and enjoy whiling away a very pleasant hour or two.

Tolis has a grill house on the lane leading away from the sea.  Here is the place to go for extremely tasty local meat cooked on the spit.  The food that Tolis makes is the most simple and the cheapest in Loggos, but for me it is the taste of Loggos that I miss the most when I'm not there.  Also, his mothers tzatziki is the best I've ever had, and I speak as one who lived with a Greek girl for 2 years.  

Boats won't be a problem for you.  You can hire one from either Roxy Bar, Panos, or Nikos.  I don't imagine that they'll be rushed off their feet in early May, so you are unlikely to be disappointed, and you should be able to get yourself a deal.  Don't be afraid to ask around about rates.  As a starting point, figure on 40-45 euros per day, which ought to come down a little depending on your ability to haggle and the length of time you want the boat for.  You should get a discount if you take a boat for a few days or a week.  Your fuel will be on top of this, and obviously, your fuel consumption will depend on how far and how fast you go.  Last year, if memory serves, it cost us 35 euros to have completed a leisurely circumnavigation of the island, then lots of to-ing and fro-ing un and down the east coast for the day.  I think it would be difficult to spend more than that.  On a light day of gentle pootling, perhaps to Lakka and back, down to Kipiadi beach or what have you, you'll spend a lot less.  Top tip, don't go flat out.  There's really no need, and it drinks fuel.

The water will still be a little cold in early May, but if you're brave enough for a swim, you could do a lot worse than the channel between the southern tip of Paxos and the small island just off it (not anti Paxos, which is much further).  Take your boat there, hugging the coast after Gaios and you can't miss it.  There's a tiny chapel on the islet, and signs imploring you not to land there. Drop anchor in the narrow straight, and enjoy snorkling with thousands of time fishes.  Its a magical place.  Likewise the coves and caves on the west of the island.  The west is all cliffs, whereas the east is beaches, albeit mainly of the pebbly variety.

In Loggos, Europa (Evropi) do fantastic coffee, and the owner Christos is a wonderful man with a charming family.  Aside from him, there are two bars, Roxy and Taxidi, right next door to each other.  They are both wonderful, but very different to one another.  Try them both, and you'll probably find you have a favourite.  I don't want to plant any seeds that might influence you one way or another - the joy lies in finding out for yourself.  What I will say though, is that Spiros Taxidi is a genius when it comes to fruit cocktails.  His bar is laden with fresh fruit, and he knows how to use it!

Spiros is also an excellent musician.  Last September, I was extremely fortunate to be there when an impromptu music night happened at Tolis, involving Spiros and his accordion, a fantastic chap called Elias with his bouzouki, and several others whose names I don't know.  This wasn't a tourist night.  By 10 pm, we were the only English left amongst perhaps 50 Paxiots, all eating, singing, clapping, dancing and playing songs of love, loss and death.  I think it was after 2 when we left, and it was still going on.  Marvellous.  Ask around.  If you're lucky, something similar may break out during your visit, and if it does, it really will be an experience to remember.

There's a bakery in Loggos, and being an early bird will pay dividends.  Fantastic bread, which they use to make some very tasty sandwiches.  Load up on a few of these, and perhaps some of their heavenly spanikopita before heading out for the day.  Delicious.

What else can I say?  The sunset bar at Erimitis has magnificent, eagles nest views over the west coast and shouldn't be missed.  The sunsets are spectacular.  The beaches south of Loggos get progressively more wonderful the farther you go.  Levrecchio is the very next beach along and is fringed by Sprios Boukalis taverna.  Not cheap, but very good food.  If you carry on following the path to the side of him, you'll eventually come firstly to Kipos beach, then Kipiadi, which is my favourite.  

You'll be going when the sun shouldn't be too fierce, and there is great joy to be had in exploring the paths that criss cross the entire island.  A walking map is a very good investment, and you should be able to pick one up in Loggos from either Panos (near the soap factory) or the tourist office next to the church. Your walks can be as strenuous or as relaxing as you want.  

Getting around is easy enough.   There's a bus that you will enjoy watching as it picks its way round Loggos harbour.  It can get you to Lakka and to Gaios.  Also, there are half a dozen taxis on the island, and invariably you will find one waiting on the quayside in Loggos.  If you get stuck somewhere and need transport, you're bound to find somebody who can call a taxi for you if you need it.  

I almost forgot Easter.  You'll be there over Easter, as will I.  I'm looking forward to it very much, as I've never done it before.  I'm told that it is very special, with candle lit processions, icons being carried on roads festooned with flowers, celebrations with fireworks and then a heavy emphasis on feasting.  

You're going to have a wonderful time, I just know it.  There is so much more that I could write about places, people, restaurants, kafenions, beaches, walks and other things too.  There's also so much more that I don't know, and that I'm looking forward to discovering in two trips this year, and doubtless many others in years to come.  You have a fortnight, and that is plenty of time to have a good old explore.  I'm pretty certain that towards the end of the fortnight, you'll be agonising over whether to visit/eat somewhere that you haven't been before, or whether to visit/eat at one of the many places you will by then have fallen in love with.

Have a fantastic time!

All best,

Sam.

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Topic Topic: Which Resort?
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 25 Mar 2013 at 10:03pm
Ha Ha Pirates bar is great, having a cocktail looking over to Albania nothing better even more so when its happy hour...

I love the north of the island and have stayed in most places there,  the good thing about Corfu is that it doesnt realy matter where you stay cause if you can, you only need to hire a car for your stay and then the island is yours to find what you want, have a drink in the mountains or find a random bar on the beach for a cool beer with some crispy sardines or even have a laugh and sing all night on the kareoke in a small bar.  There is a difference between stag week tourism and tourism to just because you may like a pub quiz or a sing along doesnt mean you cant appreciate the views from the top of Paleo or the coves on the East coast.  

To the original post Just go to Corfu and you cant be dissapointed.  Ive been to some far away places and Ive always said that my perfect holiday with a no limits budjet is Corfu, self catering accomodation and a hire car.  

Wherever you go enjoy

Nath 

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Topic Topic: New And Need Some Tips
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Posted: 22 Mar 2013 at 10:49am
I would head south and have lunch at Boukari before going onto Petriti for the evening (a diversion up to Chlomos for a drink in one of the most beautiful villages with stunning views might be a good idea. Stay 2 nights in Petriti and from there you can explore the fantastic beach of the south west coast and the wetlands area at Lefkimi.
Then leave Petriti and drive via Agios Mattheos to Agios Gordios, and Pelekas and on to Paleocastritsa.
I would only stay one night there, but visit the monastery in the evening.
Next day go north stopping to visit Angelocastro and then stay on Agios Georgios Pagi for a couple of nights so you can explore the north west (Afionas area). 
I would then head across to the  north east, visit Perithia, and stay three nights in Kassiopi to explore Perithia and the Pantocrator villages, also hire a boat one day and go down the coast finding one of the beautiful little coves to have to yourselves!

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Topic Topic: Villa Porto
Forum: Agios (Saint) Stephanos
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Posted: 05 Mar 2013 at 10:44pm
The Villa Porto that I know is located just metres from the sea on a little side road between Kapareli Taverna and Rula's tourist/souvenire shop. Its up a few steps with a little vine covered veranda out front to watch the world go by from and enjoy a predinner G n T.
Can't remember the interior as its a number of years since we have been inside, and its had a refirb since then.
In the heart of the village.
All the village amenities are on your doorstep and the beach 100 metres away with loungers and brollys to hire, 5 Tavernas, 2 bars, 2 minimarkets, 2 tourist souvenire shops, 3 boat hire outlets  and a tourist office.
Nice walks to Kerasia or Avlaki in the other direction, or round the headland to explore little hidden coves and bays normally only accessible by boat, bit hot in the summer though.
We can often be found in Kapareli Taverna, where we celebrated our golden wedding anniversary last September.
Bob.
 

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Topic Topic: Halki
Forum: Santorini, Kalymnos, Kos, Rhodes
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Posted: 25 Feb 2013 at 9:10pm
All the tavernas are good but my favourite was the one at the far left of the front, (with back facing the sea if that makes sense)

There is little to do on Halki except walk LOL The monastery is a long hot hike but worth it

Boatmen will take you to more secluded coves and pick you up later (promise)

There is a a daily local ferry to Rhodes but watch the return times, you may only be there long enough to explore the nearby castle and have lunch...  and there are also excursion ferries to Alimina, a fascinating island inhabited only by sheep but containing the ruins of the German U boat docks. Great for snorkeling

If you are a good swimmer it is possible to swim into the bay just before the fishermen return, with the dolphins following them, or you can just watch from the beach

The beach and rocks at the top of the hill through the village = along Tarpon Springs Boulevard is brilliant if you want to snorkel too. The place is full of octopus, eels and colourful fish

Although the island has no cars the village has everything you will need as long as your needs are fairly basic. There is a baker (there may even be two rival ones still) and a couple of good mini markets

Halki is not a place for loud music, more the sort of place to relax and watch the wonderful sunsets, everything turns pink, I kid you not!!

Enjoy

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Topic Topic: Lesvos
Forum: Santorini, Kalymnos, Kos, Rhodes
SusieH

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Posted: 17 Nov 2012 at 7:41pm
I love Lesvos!!  There is so much to see if you hunt it out

But be aware it is a large island and as all the roads go into the middle and out again it is very difficult to see everything and go everywhere in one holiday so get yourself a really good guide book and plan what you want to see

Anaxos is a fairly standard but low key holiday resort with a good beach, adequate supermarkets and some excellent tavernas

However, it is within a short bus/car ride of Petra, a real working town with a heart, and the wonderful Women's Co-operative restaurant in the Town square above the coffee house, it has little balconies to help you identify it.

And  a tad further on the wonderful medaeval town of Molivos with its tumble of narrow streets going up to the castle on the top. The castle has open air theatre performances and there are wonderful harbourside tavernas as well as places half way up the hill with panoramic views over the bay

Keeping to that corner of Lesbos there are the facinating  working Turkish Mineral baths at Loutra Eftaous, a hot bath and a cold plunge in the sea. loads of locals use it daily


Inland in the area you will find amazing countryside, horses and donkeys, still working and a beautiful viaduct

Back towards the middle of the island and Kalloni there are huge salt flats which provide and opportunity to see an amazing array of birds, Lesbos is famous for the sheer number and variety of birds that live and visit there

Off to the East you will find Sigri. A small village with a good beach. a few tavernas, a port and above it the petrified forest. Unlike the rest of the island this part of the island is a very bare rock

Out again from the middle at Kalloni you can head for Skala Erressos with its rivers running down to the beach and associated wildlife and tortoises wandering the streets!! Skala Erressos has one the of the longest sandiest beaches I have seen

In the South Plomari is a very Greek working seaside town with a proper Greek Square which is great for coffee and people watching

Mitilini, the capital is bustling  and worth a visit with plenty to explore

In between this lot you will find loads of baths and ruins, huge forests and round every corner there is something new

The people are very friendly and inland the men still sometimes wear their traditional head-dress

Of course there is the Sappho  connection, hence  where we have taken the name Lesbian from, this is more evident in Skala Erresos than anywhere else on the island but in no way invasive

The countryside inland is truly beautiful

Swimming is generally very good all over the island and if you walk a short distance  north from Anaxos you will come to some small coves which are excellent for snorkeling

Do your own research, Lesbos is an island which deserves exploring, ieven if you restrict yourself to one area and a car would be a good idea for at least a few days

Oh by the way, the taverna on the beach at Anaxos to the far right with the sea in front of you, raise and slaughter some of their own animals so  the quality is excellent

I could go on and on but | won't!!

I am sure you will have a wonderful time!!!

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Topic Topic: Sidari - Tell Me About It
Forum: Sidari
mrshawty

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Posted: 05 Sep 2012 at 1:21pm
[QUOTE=flynnmo] We've been going to Sidari for 25 years. It has expanded quite a bit in that time. Don't be put off by the "Blackpool with sun" brigade. Yes there is a "strip" in the centre which can be loud, but you don't actually have to set foot in it - we rarely do, apart from maybe a bit of shopping in the day - but it's there if you want it. It's mainly tribute acts/bingo/quiz nights. The whole "strip" only covers about40/50 yards. I think there are two clubs.There are all kinds of restaurants available, Greek/British/Indian/Chinese/Italian/Mexican. In all these years,I can honestly say we've never had a bad meal - some better than others maybe - but everyone has their own favourites.  Head out the way from either end of the strip, and you'll find lots of lovely little restaurants/tavernas/bars. The main beach runs parallel to the "strip". There is another long narrow beach, which is quieter, and beautiful little coves at the Canal D'Amour. There is loads to see on the island and I would recommend trying the small local travel agents for trips, rather than the reps. They do the same tours for about half the price. Car hire is also an option, if you don't mind driving over there. We use Value Plus, and collect/drop off our car at the airport. You can get a no obligation quote from info(at)corfucarrentals.com, but there are several others. Corfu Town is great. Paleokastritsa is stunningly beautiful. The Achilleon Palace is well worth a visit, and Kassiopi has a lovely picturesque harbour. Aqualand or Hydropolis are water parks and great fun if you're into that. These are just a few, there are little gems to be found round every corner! The weather in May is usually beautiful. Lovely and warm/hot during the day, but cooler in the evening (cardi required), which is better for sleeping. And the fireflies come out in May and are absolutely magical!! Mozzies can be a problem, but if you spray your room/use plug ins, and use repellant, you should be OK. The only thing I can't help you with is the nudist beach. I'm pretty sure there is one, but I'm not sure where it is. Have a great time - we may bump into you, we'll be there in May.
Anything else you want to know, feel free to ask. Enjoy.     Moyra [/QUOTE]

From what I remember, the whole strip is much bigger than 50 yards? I do dislike Sidari but wouldn't put anyone off going there, although Canal D'Amour is very nice.

For the person mentioning nudist beaches, I also think there is one at the end of San Stefanos NW too.

View Topic: Sidari - Tell Me About It
Topic Topic: Sidari - Tell Me About It
Forum: Sidari
flynnmo

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Posted: 04 Sep 2012 at 10:44pm
We've been going to Sidari for 25 years. It has expanded quite a bit in that time. Don't be put off by the "Blackpool with sun" brigade. Yes there is a "strip" in the centre which can be loud, but you don't actually have to set foot in it - we rarely do, apart from maybe a bit of shopping in the day - but it's there if you want it. It's mainly tribute acts/bingo/quiz nights. The whole "strip" only covers about40/50 yards. I think there are two clubs.There are all kinds of restaurants available, Greek/British/Indian/Chinese/Italian/Mexican. In all these years,I can honestly say we've never had a bad meal - some better than others maybe - but everyone has their own favourites.  Head out the way from either end of the strip, and you'll find lots of lovely little restaurants/tavernas/bars. The main beach runs parallel to the "strip". There is another long narrow beach, which is quieter, and beautiful little coves at the Canal D'Amour. There is loads to see on the island and I would recommend trying the small local travel agents for trips, rather than the reps. They do the same tours for about half the price. Car hire is also an option, if you don't mind driving over there. We use Value Plus, and collect/drop off our car at the airport. You can get a no obligation quote from info(at)corfucarrentals.com, but there are several others. Corfu Town is great. Paleokastritsa is stunningly beautiful. The Achilleon Palace is well worth a visit, and Kassiopi has a lovely picturesque harbour. Aqualand or Hydropolis are water parks and great fun if you're into that. These are just a few, there are little gems to be found round every corner! The weather in May is usually beautiful. Lovely and warm/hot during the day, but cooler in the evening (cardi required), which is better for sleeping. And the fireflies come out in May and are absolutely magical!! Mozzies can be a problem, but if you spray your room/use plug ins, and use repellant, you should be OK. The only thing I can't help you with is the nudist beach. I'm pretty sure there is one, but I'm not sure where it is. Have a great time - we may bump into you, we'll be there in May. Anything else you want to know, feel free to ask. Enjoy.     Moyra
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Topic Topic: Paleo Inn
Forum: Paleokastritsa
Treyarnongirl

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Posted: 14 Aug 2012 at 11:11am
Hi everyone
 
Many thanks for all your advice and suggestions.  Seems like we have chosen the best spot on the island!!  I am counting the days now - we arrive at night so we'll wake up to the most spectacular views!  A work colleague has just come back from Corfu and informs me that many ATM machines have been closed - sign of the times and such a shame.  On a lighter note its brilliant to see that people return back to Paleo - the whole area looks beautiful. I have looked on the 'bliss' website so have a good idea of the layout.  Hopefully we'll be able to hire a little boat so visit the nearby coves (something I have never done before!) and no doubt there are boat trips out and about from the larger beach.  We have booked a day trip with Thomsons to see 'Parga and Paxos' and also the 'Corfu by night' although we hope to visit the town on the local bus ourselves - don't like to be too organised and its fun exploring.  My first experience of Greece was last year when we went to Rhodes and stayed in Pefkos.  Corfu appears to be much greener and not so spoilt.  Hope to do some snorkelling - looks ideal.
Thanks again everyone! Any more suggestions/ideas most welcome (never been on a forum before!!)
 

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Topic Topic: Bays On The West Coast
Forum: Paxos
NJDavies

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012 at 11:12am
Hi Malcy,

Figured it might be like that! Was talking to Spyros (Loggos Rent-A-Boat) last year and he mentioned that there'd been a big land slide that had created a decent beach below the Sunset Bar - accessible either by daft goat track...or boat. 

Oh well, I'll have to content myself with the east coast and a couple of the smaller coves on Anti-Paxos. Shame :)

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Topic Topic: Villa Eleni, Kalami
Forum: Kalami, Kouloura and Agni
sunnydisposition

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Posted: 30 Jul 2012 at 6:31pm
Hi Pharmagiles,
Just to let you know that we returned from holidays last week and can report on villa Eleni...it's beautiful.  You will just fall in love with the view!! It was so hot though, but when you go it won't be as bad. It was about 40 degrees!! It took about 50 minutes from the airport and basically it's an easy route as it's just a drive on the main road along the coast with the sea always on your right. We found it no problem as there is a James Villa sign right outside Eleni. The place is spotless and I don't think you will be dissapointed! We had a few powercuts but that was due to fires on the other side of the Island as it was so hot. Kalami is not far but we always drove there, we saw the path people mention but it was too hot to walk it! We tried lots of different beaches and coves and ate out every night. The views at the Whitehouse are nice, but we weren't too impressed with the wine (tasted like sherry), we enjpyed Nikolas Taverna which is in a nice setting and you are collected by boat, Thomas' on Kalami beach isn't bad. We also tried a few in Kassiopi and I recommend a boat trip to Corfu town!!! There were LOTS of mossies and wasps so be prepared there! Any other questions just drop me a line!!

View Topic: Villa Eleni, Kalami
Topic Topic: Driving
Forum: Lefkas / Lefkada
SusieH

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Posted: 20 Jul 2012 at 7:16pm
Andrea

If you want to stay in Meganissi  and want to be near to some tavernas and bars then I would suggest you look for accommodation  in Vathi or in Spartochori the old Chora on the hilltop

We actually stayed in  a lovely spot right on a small cove but it was quite a hike to Katomeri and even more of a hike to Vathi if you did not want to drive

Even though it is a small island we found the car was a necessity to get to all the lovely coves and villages easily, there is a bus but they are few and far between

It is very laid back though. There is one village policeman who was off sick when we were there. One primary type school, the kids go over by ferry for secondary school

The ferry is cheap and if you want to take the car to Lefkas to explore, it is not expensive to do so

Vathi is an old fashioned fishing port which the yachties also use. There are a couple of bars and one or two  old fashioned Greek drinking establishments. A good baker,  good supermarkets, prices are cheap. The bottle shop in Katomeri will deliver to your accomodation as I believe will most of the supermarkets. Vathi also has a traditional cake and coffee shop

Beaches are mostly pebble or shingle and we did not see a single sub bed anywhere although this may change in high season although I would not bet on it!!

A lot of the women still wear the traditional dress whcih on Meganissi is the brown dress with lots of frills. The women traditionally carry everything on their heads. We saw everything from a bed  to a TV to a washbasin

This is because until  fairly recent years there was no electricity or mains water on the island and the women had to carry water up from the coastal wells to the high villages on their heads. Most of the men were sailors employed by Onassis so were away most of the time. Spartohori was the last to get the luxuries we all take for granted

Any more info needed, just ask!!!

Susie

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Topic Topic: 2012 Corfu Itinerary
Forum: Acharavi and Saint Spiridon
JacquieF

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Posted: 14 Jun 2012 at 9:29am
There is something you haven't got on your list GJ -  we hired a boat for a couple of days last year when were in Kassiopi and it was the best two days of our holidays - finding little coves and everyone (except me !) swimming and snorkelling off the back of the boat, pulling up to a deserted beach with a picnic, dashing through the waves getting soaked.  We had a really great time.   Happy memories!   Oh, got to do it all again in seven weeks :-)

Don't miss an evening (or two) in Kostas Bar in Kassiopi - a great atmosphere and greek dancing .

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Topic Topic: Fishing The Messonghi River
Forum: Messonghi and Moraitika
olympus

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Posted: 29 Apr 2012 at 1:20pm
Hi, yes it is possible to fish in the river. No-one will stop you from doing it. There are some really big fish in there, but the water is not always very clean!
To be honest, I think its` best to find a nice quiet spot on the beach & fish in the sea. 
Try a walk through Messonghi village, down towards Boukari. Lots of quiet little coves down there & plenty fish to catch. 
Hope this helps..

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Topic Topic: Paxos With Or Without Car
Forum: Paxos
ElaineK

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Posted: 23 Mar 2012 at 3:29am
Hi Lcborg, welcome to the forum. 
 
You said you love to explore and this will presumably be your first time on Paxos, so I think I'd be very tempted to take the car over.  As Agni suggests, renting a boat is a great way to explore the coast and all the little coves that you can't get to by road, but to see all the old hidden hamlets and get a view of inland Paxos, a car would be great to give you a different perspective on the island. 
 
The two properties that you mentioned are both in excellent positions for uninterrupted views of Loggos harbour, both have "doorstep" access to village life and I'd be hard pressed to choose between them.
 
Happy decision-making!

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Topic Topic: Sidari Newbie
Forum: Sidari
dazzalad

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Posted: 08 Feb 2012 at 3:33pm
Hi Sooz, The main beach is nice, clean with shallow water, water sports & of course you can hire a boat (yellow boat company recommended). Around the resort you will find lots of coves withtheir own little beaches places to explore especially in the canal d' armour area. Follow this through for a long walk (about anhour) & you'll reach peroulades & sunset beach (well worth the walk)....
 
As for wining & dining, we recommend The Orchard, Tavena Bikolis, PIzza Romano, Pancho Villa, Jenis Cafe (for Cake & Cheesecakes) & Especially for the kids (and grownups alike) Kelly's Ice House (for crepes, waflfes, Ice cream, cocktails, beer).
 
You can also get a boat from Sidari jetty to Paleo.
 
Hope this helps

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