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Corfu Travel Guide > Corfu Beach Guide : Quiet Beaches - Corfu Corfu

Quiet Beaches - Corfu

Back to Top of PageQuiet Beaches on the West Coast

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Ermones

Ermones is a small cove nestling between dramatic hills, studded with a few apartments and a couple of hotels.

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Agnos

Small bay just outside of Roda.
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Back to Top of PageQuiet Beaches on the East Coast

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Avlaki

Situated between the village of Agios stephanos to the south and the bigger livelier resort of kassiopi to the North, Avlaki is relatively unknown to most of Corfu's visitors. It is a long beautiful bay with clear sea - a few villas and just two Tavernas. It is quiet, but has the potential to become popular. On Sundays many of the locals invade! During the afternoon you get a Northerly sea breeze which is cooling in the heat of the summer, but this can make the water 'choppy'.
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Kerasia

Kerasia is a quiet cove situated between Kouloura and Agios Stephanos. It is mainly just one long sweeping beach and is quite stunning.There is just one Taverna and a scattering of villas. During lunchtime, the occasional day trip boat may arrive - but they soon depart! The Rothschild's have a holiday home on the headland - Prince Charles and Lord Sainsbury are regulars.
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Agios (Saint) Spiridon

Agios Spiridon has two beautiful bays overlooking the dramatic hills of Albania. As soon as you reach the bay at the bottom of the road the turquoise of the sea stuns you, this is truly a stunning bay with the flatness of the beach offset by the ruggedness of the rocks either side of the two beaches.
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Topic Topic: All Over For Another Year!
Forum: Paxos
shakespearstar

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Posted: 28 Sep 2016 at 4:34pm
Hi Jeff, I was like a cat with 2 tails! I never ever put my face in the water so just being able to do that took a bit of courage!

Angela had forgotten she had the gear but with the instructions as to where she had stored them, they were found straight away.

I decided the best way was to start off in the swimming pool (much to the amusement  of some of those lying around the pool.) With a bit of help on making sure I'd got it on right from a gentleman who knew what he was doing and 2 hilarious ladies who nominated themselves as my lifeguards (neither of whom could swim that well!) and knowing I had an audience there was no way I was going to make a  big drama and a fool of myself. I might have been under for no more than a minute but  I couldn't believe that I had done it, and neither could my hubby who was convinced I wouldn't do it!!

Next step the beach!! 

First time it was to  Orkos beach. Not very peaceful this year as the house on the beach had Italian residents and the teenagers of the party quite liked their "boom boom" music blasting out on a loud speaker! I was Mrs Grumpy and shouted to them to turn it down!! 

Fish!! Such beautiful blue and green fish!! I loved following them to see where they were going! Funny how I have never seen them when standing up and looking down. I also now know why its a very good idea to have shoes on as I saw plenty of spiky sea urchins. No sharks though! Hahaha.

By far my favourite beaches were Kipos and Lakkos. Both of them were beautiful and quiet and getting into the water I managed with a bit more grace than I do at Orkos beach! (nowhere near as graceful of your Ursula though) I also found that I could swim around the rocks on Lakkos beach without being too far out of my depth. The downside to Lakkos beach though is the climb back up. Boy that must be one of the steepest roads anywhere. Even a motorbike had to be pushed up!

I did have to replace the snorkel after my first time at Orkos as when I pulled the mask off it broke, obviously it has been much loved! It did though do what I wanted it to do, and that was to see if I could do it, and enjoy it!  Which I did! So, thank you Jeff, I am thrilled to say I can now snorkel and will make full use of it in all my future holidays!

Big smile

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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: Help!! Which Resort To Choose?
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
joefish

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Posted: 18 Jun 2015 at 12:30am
I would also suggest Sidari with a pre-teen in tow, though it's a longish transfer, and I can't say I've been everywhere. At least be sure you go straight there instead of a long and winding drop-off. Nice long beaches, low fairly safe but interesting cliffs to explore, nice bars and grills and a small amusement place in town, more traditional restaurants further out. The Orchard, out to the west, and El Greco, on the east beach road stand out. I've heard good things about Paradise, and can certainly recommend the Moussaka if not the rooms! For small, quiet family surroundings, I can recommend Monika and Jasmine (via Booking. com) Apartments off the same eastern beach road.

(Though my personal preference is Paleokastritsa, but its awfully quiet after dark of late).
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Topic Topic: Nearest Sandy Beach
Forum: Kassiopi
sillygoose

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Posted: 17 Jun 2015 at 1:41am
Hi,

Back to awesome Kassiopi in August, the 4th time, of many more visits to come no doubt.

We usually rent a car for a few days here and there for adventures, we don't bother with the beaches around the area much as they seem all pebble and not very comfortable. 

Can people suggest a sandy beach within a short/EASY drive, preferably relatively quiet but with at least one taverna for a loo and cold drinks, lunch. Kids are 10 and 12 and still happy to play on a beach.

I thought all the sandy beaches are over the other side so put off by crossing the mountains, but I am probably wrong?

I know there is sand at Sidari but don't want to go anywhere near it if I can help it. Wink

Thanks.

View Topic: Nearest Sandy Beach
Topic Topic: Black Rocks
Forum: Agios Gordios
weststekker

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Posted: 26 Apr 2015 at 2:41pm
Where the main street meets the beach, turn right along the board walk. When it ends then continue along the beach and you will reach Black Rocks bar. Continue through it and the quiet beaches are on the other side.

Yammas, Colin.

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Topic Topic: Black Rocks
Forum: Agios Gordios
lucylulu

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Posted: 26 Apr 2015 at 2:31pm
How do you get to the quiet beaches is there a road? Lucy.
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Topic Topic: Black Rocks
Forum: Agios Gordios
artdonald

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Posted: 14 Apr 2015 at 11:21pm
Does it get busy because I like quiet beaches? Thanks.
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Topic Topic: Best Resort
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
Ellenjay

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Posted: 06 Apr 2015 at 9:35am
We are going back for our second visit to Kefalonia in about 8 weeks time.

We are going back to Lassi, we liked it because it is in walking distance of Argostoli.
Lassi is a purpose built resort, again not for everyone, quite spread out and some accommodation is up steep hills. The beaches are beautifully sandy if you like that. Some are very quiet, others more lively. We were still discovering beaches and walks after two weeks.

We hired a car for three days and visited Lourdas, Skala, Poros, Sami and Ag. Efimia.
There are buses but  it is difficult to do day trips on them, Kefalonia is bigger than Corfu and places more spread out.

In June we are hoping to visit Fiskardo, perhaps on an organised excursion.

I have given my experience rather than recommending somewhere.

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Topic Topic: Best Resort
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
SusieH

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Posted: 06 Apr 2015 at 12:24am
I hate making recommendations

I loved Agia Ephimia but it isn't for everyone. Quiet, small number of tavernas, pebble beaches, supermarket and bakers.

It is wonderfully placed to explore the rest of the island!!

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Topic Topic: Corfu Newbie
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
flynnmo

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Posted: 08 Feb 2015 at 1:20am
Sidari has something for everyone. Plenty music bars, restaurants, tavernas, several beaches, some watersports on the main beach, horseriding etc. There is a small "strip" which normally has tribute acts in the various bars. Bingo, Quiz Nights and Greek Nights available. If you prefer quieter, there are many small tavernas/bars around where you can while away an evening in conversation. The prices in Sidari are very reasonable for eating out, they have barely changed in the last 5 years. You can use any pool bar and sunbeds are free as long as you buy a drink (even water).  Currency Exchange and Car Hire/Excursions are readily available and not expensive. We use Value Plus or Vlasseros Travel, but there are many others. You can get a no obligation quote for car hire  from Value Plus website and cars can be delivered either to the airport or to your accommodation. Have a look at Othonas Apartments (Othonas Apartments on FB), or if you see somewhere, feel free to ask for info.  Good luck.  Moyra
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Topic Topic: Kos 2015
Forum: Santorini, Kalymnos, Kos, Rhodes
railman

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Posted: 27 Jan 2015 at 10:53pm
We stayed at Jacks in Kefalos a couple of times a few years ago. Like the previous post stated it is a quiet resort, but the beaches are fantastic as are the views. Try the fishing trip, or the trip to Niceros (sorry about the spelling) a volcanic island, where you can go right into the crater.
It's also excellent for wind surfing, and there is a training place on the main beach towards the little island. We got invited to their beach barbeque, that was a fantastic night (I think).
There used to be a cocktail bar (Papillon) on the main street, which was very friendly and did good special cocktails. If I remember right a very good restaurant called the Captains Table, just opposite.
We used to walk up to Kefalos village quite a lot, for fruit salads at a bar just opposite the castle ruins and for the amazing views. Saying that, it is a pretty hard walk up a very steep hill, part of which is on the road. If you try it, go and look at the small church about half way up. Lovely views, but round the back is a short cut to the top. Bit of a rough track, but it certainly helps when it's hot.
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Topic Topic: Kos 2015
Forum: Santorini, Kalymnos, Kos, Rhodes
joefish

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Posted: 27 Jan 2015 at 4:44am
Nice quiet place, lovely scenery.  Great beach and little island.  But can seem a bit empty - abandoned by many of the package operators in favour of new purpose-built all-inclusive resorts on the north-west coast.

Walk to the far southern end before the cliffs for a restaurant that does an excellent Papoutsakia.

East of Kefalos are some really great long beaches, but you'll need your own transport.

A nice long walk if you fancy it, or a drive, up to the original village and south out to a gap in the hills.
As you pass some pine woods on the left, stop at the end by a tap and go back to explore the woods, where you'll find a derelict temple and Hippocrates' amphitheatre.

Continue to the end of the road between two hills.  Up the one to your left is the Naval communications base; scramble up the goat trail to your right to a plateau with an incredible view over the lower plains.

Kos town is worth a visit, though it's at the opposite end of the island.  There are ruins in gardens all over the town if you walk around, there's the Templar fortress over the harbour, and a short drive inland to the Asklepion.  Or a longer drive out round the north-eastern tip of the island and down to a thermal spring.

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Topic Topic: Where To Stay 2015?
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
flynnmo

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Posted: 20 Oct 2014 at 11:45am
I would recommend Arillas or San Stefanos NW. Both are small quiet resorts with lovely sandy beaches nd nice tavernas. Good luck.    Moyra
View Topic: Where To Stay 2015?
Topic Topic: Corfu In May
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
Deanieb42

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Posted: 20 Oct 2014 at 3:55am
My husband and I are thinking about visiting Corfu in May. We have both been there many years ago and have always talked about going back together. I stayed in Paleokastritsa and I am not sure where he stayed, but we both agreed it is one of the most beautiful spots we have seen. We would like to be in a quiet area with gorgeous beaches, good food and beautiful scenery. I have read recently that Corfu has many wasps and mosquitoes and although I don't remember that, this would be an issue now as I am allergic to wasps. I am assuming they would be a problem in the summer months but hopefully not in May.  Please advise.

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Topic Topic: Where To Stay In Lefkas
Forum: Lefkas / Lefkada
rocdoc

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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.


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Topic Topic: First Time
Forum: Paleokastritsa
Nardine

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Posted: 12 Sep 2014 at 12:45pm
Hi Cara

I've not stayed at the Paleo Inn but I know people return year after year, it's in a good spot with a great bar just next door called Petrinos.
I haven't been in August but I would say that the main beach will be very busy however there are 4 or 5 other beaches that will be quieter you can also hire a boat to explore and find secluded beaches for yourself or take a ride in one where they'll drop you off somewhere and pick you back up at an agreed time.
Paleo is beautiful and quietens down some in the evenings. Expect to do plenty of walking as the village is spread out along the coast road however the views around every corner are well worth the walks.
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Topic Topic: First Time
Forum: Paleokastritsa
caramc64

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Posted: 11 Sep 2014 at 9:40pm
Hello, could someone help answer a couple of questions for me please?
We have been to Corfu many times, usually the other side of the island but for next year we are looking to go to Paleo. Firstly we have to travel in August so I was wondering just how busy the beaches are, are we likely to find a quiet spot and secondly has anybody ever stayed at the Hotel Paleo Inn, if so how did you find it? (and I don't mean which road it was onConfused)
Any help appreciated
Thanks
Cara.

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Topic Topic: Back To Thassos In May- Yay!
Forum: Santorini, Kalymnos, Kos, Rhodes
rocdoc

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Posted: 27 May 2014 at 12:33pm
Can report the island remains unspoiled. The honeyballs are still as good as I remembered. Our first week was very quiet with just us at the Aberdeen and only 3 couples at the Thetis. Weather was a bit iffy in our first week and a coat was required nearly every evening. The pool was freezing that week. However towards the end of the week it picked up, and we did a fair amount of the island. Sadly our jeep trip up Ypsarion was a bit chilly as the cloud base was about 200ft below us and visibility about 20 yards. In our second week the temperature was up in the mid to high 20's which was just nice, by Tuesday we were able to use the pool. The Aberdeen was full and the Thetis still had 3 couples, 2 of them used the Aberdeen pool bar as it was always open. Fun and games on Saturday though when the earthquake hit, massive shock to the locals as it is so rare in Thassos, exciting and scarey for us as we had not experienced one before in 17 previous visits to Greece. Thats one to tick off! We had the car for a week and covered virtually every inch of road. Found some amazing empty sandy beaches, and visited some villages that we missed last year, particularly Maries which is lovely, up in the mountains, with a tiny square and a few tavernas. Was a real wrench to leave, and we will return in a year or so.


View Topic: Back To Thassos In May- Yay!
Topic Topic: Paleo Studios
Forum: Paleokastritsa
Nardine

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Posted: 22 Apr 2014 at 6:31am
Hi Stokiedave
I can't comment on your accommodation but you've had plenty of that already.
I was a bit weary of the layout of Paleo and if I'm honest I did miss the village atmosphere a little bit but you get used to it and you earn your dinner!! Then of course there are the views, another stunning one around every corner.
The resort is roughly 3km long with hotels, bars, shops, mini markets & taverna's stretched out all the way along.
The biggest beaches are indeed down at the bottom which gets pretty busy during the day, but there are quiet spots to be found. Check out the Paleo Bliss website, virtual tour and locations & pics of all the beaches.
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Topic Topic: Finikounda
Forum: Greek Mainland
aegina43

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Posted: 05 Apr 2014 at 11:35am
I have been to Halki for the last seven years and going again in May. Halki is VERY quiet only the one village hardly any cars .. well maybe see about 10 in two weeks as very little roads, no scooter or car hire etc.  It is so laid back the most noise on balcony during day is the doves. Only noise in the morning is gentle putt putt of small fishing boats at end of town where we stay just now, left from harbour looking from the sea. Small bakery, fresh bread in morning. About 8-10 tavernas for food and all good. Three small beaches, yes very laid back, no big apartment blocks only one small hotel on outskirts but hardly used by tourists, as far as I can see most stay in studios or apartments converted from villas scattered through the town. Most excitement is watching big ferry come in when sitting with a cold Mythos lol. It's another world, so quiet nothing really to go and see except castle on a cool day and monastery but really its a chill out place.   
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Topic Topic: Not To Be Missed - Ideas Please
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
leelee36

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Posted: 04 Apr 2014 at 6:53am
Hi everyone,

We've been to Corfu a few times now and we've settled at Aghios Gordios. We're back there in August (school hols ) with our daughters who are now 14 and 11. We'll hire a car for a few days and want to know where we should take the trouble to go and see. Obviously in August it's very hot so we don't want long walks etc but any other ideas for what to see/do would be much appreciated.
We have driven around most of the island but not stopped everywhere and need to know of hidden gems of beaches/small resorts to go to.
We've already been on a boat trip to the mainland and around Paleo bay, but we love boat trips, so any others out there that people would recommend? (not a whole day, my daughter says!)
2 weeks is a long time in a small resort, however lovely, so ideas of day trips would be good. Preferably on the west coast...(quieter roads!)
Thanks peeps x
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Topic Topic: Finikounda
Forum: Greek Mainland
SusieH

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Posted: 27 Mar 2014 at 6:22am
I have never stayed there, just spent a day exploring and yes it is very Greek and fairly quiet. Sandy beach and a small harbour. Great place to explore other parts of the area from

However I have a friend who goes every year. She stays  at the Finikounda Hotel B & B and loves it. It is in the centre of the village and close to the beaches

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Topic Topic: Which Other Resort/Area
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
Nardine

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Posted: 21 Feb 2014 at 3:25am
Hi Jacquie
The bottom end by the Monastary is busy, it's where all the coaches drop off, there are two other beaches down that end, one across the carpark and one down a little side road by the Apollon hotel, they're both a lot smalleer but much quieter.
Check out the Paleokastritsa Bliss web site and have a "stroll" around, the home page also points out where the other beaches are, they're spread out along the coastal road.
We're booked up again for June and I'm really looking forward to it Smile

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Topic Topic: Which Beach?
Forum: Paxos
ElaineK

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Posted: 14 Feb 2014 at 2:52am
I don't think you're odd Martyn. When my daughter was young she loved our annual holidays to what was then a tiny coastal village on Zante (sadly it's grown a bit over the last 30 years!) with exactly the same sort of "entertainment" that Tina describes. She quickly got to know the locals and, more importantly, they knew and looked out for her.

Now that she has an 8-year old of her own they still enjoy similar holidays - although to France rather than Greece - and my grandson loves exploring quiet beaches with rock pools, wandering through woodlands and just enjoying the luxury of having his parents on hand 24 hours a day!
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Topic Topic: Is Kassiopi For Us?
Forum: Kassiopi
SusieH

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Posted: 22 Jan 2014 at 9:04pm
The bit that hits me is Karaoke bars and they certainly have those in Kassiopi, together with loud music bars and Large TV screens everywhere. It is the one thing about Kassiopi I do not like

There are some lovely tavernas though away from the 'noise' and yes it is a bit British in terms of. visitors. Everything else on your wish list is there!!! There are many little beaches with excellent snorkeling although mostly pebbles

To be honest Avlaki, although not obviously so. might suit you better, quiet beach tavernas at night, away from any noisy bars which are really only on the main road through the town. Not sure boat hire is available there though

Both have excellent bakers bakers for your cheese pies but for the best, baked to order, try the tavernas at Old Perithia!!!



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Topic Topic: Moraitika Or Messonghi
Forum: Messonghi and Moraitika
olympus

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Posted: 18 Jan 2014 at 12:11am
Hi, Messonghi is very laid back, where as, Moraitika has a bit more going on. Really depends on what type of holiday you are looking for! If you want somewhere quiet, a couple of restaurants and a couple of bars.. then Messonghi is for you!
If you want a bit more life, more choice of restaurants and bars.. some quiet, but others where you can dance a little if you want, etc. then it's Moraitika.
I would say that at a steady pace, you could walk between the two resorts in 15 minutes.
Both have reasonably good beaches. We like both and it would be hard to choose..
Hope this helps.  Wink

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Topic Topic: Paleo Report
Forum: Paleokastritsa
Nardine

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Posted: 30 Sep 2013 at 4:08pm

Have posted the same on T.A.

Got back from Paleo on Friday. Stayed at The Belvedere for a week.
Against our better judgement we booked with Olympic having had problems in the past but we chose an afternoon flight with Thomson's (paid a wee bit more for this) but we hoped it would avoid any of the changes & delays that others had experinced with the likes of Small Planet & Germania etc, it paid off! Flights on time, first drop off on the shuttle bus which in itself would have been quicker but for a couple who were booked on the shuttle had taken a rental car without informing the rep's.
Dropped off cases, changed into lighter clothes and went straight up to the pool bar introduced ourselves to the regulars Pete, Flic, Mandy, Steve & Dee and owners Nikos & Natasha & their son George then proceeded to get a teensy bit tipsy on cocktails!
Next day spent exploring Paleo, ate at Limani by the Harbour, really good food & service, waddled back up to the Belvedere and over indulged in cocktails again!
Next day Other Half convinced me it would be great to walk up to Lakones via the donkey path, within 15 minutes I hated him with every fibre of my being, 20 minutes after that I loved him heartily again because the views are spectacular. Walked up to Bella Vista and the couple of shops up there then back down to the village and had lunch at Boulis Taverna, lovely old style place with "Mom n Pop" service.
We walked back fown to Paleo via the road which was a lot longer but worth it if only for the visit to "Georges Cellar" we tasted & bought wine & Raki.
Ate at Spiros near the top end of Paleo for dinner, had mixed meat on the spit, again, really good and filling food.
Next day, hired a scooter for two days, went back up to Lakones, Mikrades and Angelo KastroCarried on up the coast and made it to Agios Georgios, nice long sandy beach but it made me glad that we were in Paleo. Rode up to the Monastry for sunset. Evening meal was at The Dolphin next door to the Belvedere, decent food with a nice setting overlooking the sea.
More scooter adventures, rode to Gouvia and Dassia and back, popped into La Grotta  Ate at Nausika for this evening.
The rest of the week was pretty much spent on various beaches sun bathing, swimming & snorkelling, except for a trip into Corfu town on one of the Olympic organised excursions. Overall we had a great time, Paleo is stunning with another amazing view around every corner. The Belvedere was very basic but if you go with an open mind you wont be disappointed, with the sea just down the steps, a view to die for from your balcony and a decent kitchen & bathroom in the room, a pool, bar & restaurant all on site I don't think you can go wrong as far as self catering accomodation goes.
We will be back!
My recomendations are; Food - Limani, Spiros & Nausika. - Not based on price but on food quality & service. Drinks - Akron - Nice place & cheap for local beer, also serve Corfu Beer, Belvedere pool bar - Cocktails and great friendly regulars and Petrino Garden - cheap as chips & quiet 2.50 for a pint and 2.00 for a glass of wine. Tango bar for views.
Do do the walk to Lakones and spend some time exploring, it's worth the asthma attack and aching calves!Clap

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Topic Topic: Just Back From Lesvos
Forum: Santorini, Kalymnos, Kos, Rhodes
rocdoc

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Posted: 29 Sep 2013 at 11:15am
Well, we are back from another fantastic 2 weeks in Petra, Lesvos. The weather was perfect, with only one evening with a mighty t-storm, but temperatures ranged from mid 20's to low 30's daytime. Did have a couple of cool evenings where long sleeves were needed, and even had a blanket on the bed for a few nights.
Still a fair number of people about but a few businesses were starting to close down, but our flight was totally full, as was our hotel, the Niki Michael. They are also full to the end of the season. 
Had a mission to cover the Geni gulf area this year which we did, stunningly beautiful with some very pretty beaches and great old style tavernas, with traditional hospitality, and where they dont ask what you want, just tell you what they have got, and it forced me to use my pigeon Greek.
We also took a jeep trip up to mount Olympos again as we had a friend with us this time and again it was breathtaking.
Lesvos is an island that has retained its Greek character and hospitality in-spite of the many difficulties and hardships the islanders are suffering, they always give the best they can. We witnessed a teachers peaceful demonstration in Mytilene, and the museum workers were on strike for a couple of days, but if someone had taken 700e per month off my salary I would be out there too. 

The real sadness of our trip was that a few days later one of the teachers committed suicide, jumping off Molyvos castle walls after being told that he was to be made redundant, if you pray please offer one for him. It is the sad reality of life in Greece at the moment. 

We will be back next year, but the tour operators need to get their act together. A ferry service is starting between Turkey and Petra and many of the hotel owners are planning to switch to catering for the numbers they will bring rather than rely on the British and Dutch operators who have cut the number of flights they operate and the amount they pay on 1 year contracts, while massively increasing their prices to the paying public (our holiday will cost 25% more next year). No business can plan investment on that basis. No one wants to see All-inclusive taking over, it devastates the local economy. The island does not suit "family holidays" there are no attractions or entertainments for kids or modern nightclubs for the 18-30's, their visitors tend to be more mature travelers of 30+, many of whom have traveled extensively in Greece and enjoy the old style character and peace of the island, offering quiet resorts, great driving and walking, a spectacular and varied landscape, traditional tavernas, and isolated beaches. A low cost flight service is desperately needed, there is massive apartment and hotel capacity, ideal for those wishing to travel independently.   

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Topic Topic: Trivizas Apartments
Forum: Sidari
flynnmo

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Posted: 18 Sep 2013 at 4:26pm
Never stayed in these apartments myself, but several friends have, and were very pleased with them. Quite well situated at the far end of Sidari, so ideal for both the centre and the (quieter) Canal D'Amour. I believe they have a nice pool and bar area too. Very close to several beaches. You'll be spoilt for choice for restaurants/tavernas, there are dozens. In 25/26 years of going to Sidari I can honestly say I've never had a bad meal. Some that maybe weren't to my taste, but I love Greek food. As for prices - I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Full English breakfast can be got for 2-3 euro. Most main courses are around 7-10 euro. We're just back and our evening meal worked out at around 15-20 euro per head, including a couple of drinks. Good luck and enjoy!    Moyra
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Topic Topic: Mozzies & Humidity
Forum: Kalami, Kouloura and Agni
stevetheeagle

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Posted: 14 Sep 2013 at 1:14pm
First time to Corfu, can't wait...love seafood...quiet beaches...just some quality R & R, especially as summer seems to have left UK.
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Topic Topic: Corfu Help Please!
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 29 Aug 2013 at 11:59pm
I  would suggest you look at Acharavi. It has a mixture of sand and pebble beaches and they are straight off the coast path, no steps.

You may find the beaches at Kassiopi a bit to much for an 81 year old to climb down, and up again too and they are all pebbles. It also has a few hills which younger people might not notice but your mum might find too much.

You can rent studios right on the beach at Acharavi although you might find the town a bit too busy for your taste, it is the capital of the north of the island.

You could also look at Roda.

I have only ever driven over to the West coast and spent a few hours at each beach and then usually in October so although they might have been quiet while I was there, I don't know about next week.

I know others rave about Boukari but I have never been there. It is supposed to be a well kept secret. Do a Google. certainly looks lovely.

I agree Kalami could well be another contender.






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Topic Topic: Corfu Help Please!
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
weshamers

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Posted: 29 Aug 2013 at 11:30pm
Some pretty resorts on Corfu. Kassiopi lovely harbour, still as some traditional tavernas. There are a couple bars with night life, a bar that does nightly Greek dancing. Very popular, many return visitors of all ages. Kalami is quieter only 3 beach front tavernas and a couple of bars, bit more up market. Only done day visits to the resorts on the west coast. They tend to have sandier beaches, don't think any are too noisy. But am sure someone will give you more details. Hope you find what you looking for. lol xxx
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Topic Topic: Nice Beaches
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 08 Aug 2013 at 4:20pm
[QUOTE=janmanessi] the 30 km stretch of sand from Halikounas Lake down to Lerfkimi- developed resorts, deserted beaches, beautiful peaceful beach bars, trendy lively ones too- whatever your preference is you will find it there.
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Yes, our favourites are Santa Barbara (there's a "river" across the beach that the kids love to muck about in and the Santa Barbara Taverna is excellent) and Gardenos - I never understand why it's so quiet!
 
They're signposted off the Lefkimmi road - as you head south they're on the right, of course, opposite signs for Perivoli.

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Topic Topic: Nice Beaches
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
Geoff

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Posted: 07 Aug 2013 at 3:57pm
The next 3 bays up from Paleokastritsa are all worth a visit :- Aghios Georgios, Arillas, and San Stefanos. They are all sandy and shelve fairly gradually, and are great for families. Arillas is probably the quietest resort, but the main beach tends to "shift" in shape a little as weather sometimes picks up the sand and moves it around to San Stefanos and vice versa. Be advised that each far end of Arillas beach (ie well away from the main beach directly in front of all the sea-front tavernas) is frequented by naturists so don't wander too far if you are easily offended by such sights. Having said that, it is not compulsory to disrobe completely and many people visit those ends of the beach fully "clothed".
Aghios Georgios and San Stefanos are both a bit busier but the beaches are longer. The extreme North end of San Stefanos beach is also frequented by naturists, but it is a very long walk to get to that end of the beach!
My favourite is Arillas as it is a nice quiet resort and there are many really good restaurants/tavernas/bars right next to the beach.

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Topic Topic: Nice Beaches
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
Chipembele

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Posted: 07 Aug 2013 at 1:54pm
Can anyone recommend nice beaches on Corfu?
 
I'm going to Agios Gordios but would like to travel around a bit and sample other beaches. Last time I went to Liapades which is a pebble beach and pretty quiet. The sea gets deep very quickly but the water was crystal clear.
 
I also went to Paleo but it was really busy so probably wont go there again.
 
I'll give Myrtiotissa a miss too.

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Topic Topic: Villa Elia Near Yaliskari Bay
Forum: Kalami, Kouloura and Agni
LizM

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Posted: 01 Aug 2013 at 12:05pm
Hi There,

Sounds like you have made a good choice! We (also 5 of us) are returning at the end of next week to Villa Saranda which is just down the road from Villa Elia - second time in this villa; sixth time to the Kalami area. It really is a perfect, relaxing, peaceful area but with enough around the immediate vicinity to keep you occupied. Re your specific questions:

1. Car hire -  we have taken the easier option of getting a taxi from the airport, and then arranging car hire in Kalami - we've used Blue Bay Travel, who have been fine.  Staying in Yaliskari last time we decided not to have a car for the whole of the holidays, instead we had one for a few days at the beginning and a few days towards the end - this allowed us to stock up with the heavier essentials - mainly beer, wine and water - and then top up each day with a not too arduous walk to one of the three mini-markets in Kalami. That said, these shops are fine for staples - bread, milk, yoghurt, fruit etc - but the stock is not that extensive, and if you want a better choice you may need to take a car into Kassiopi where there are bigger supermarkets.  On the road to Kassiopi we really liked a slightly smaller supermarket (where the road turns for Ag Stephanos) which had a bit more variety.

2. Villa Elia - we've not been but the Yaliskari area is (in my opinion) fabulous because it's really quiet and peaceful but ...

3 - Walking to Kalami / Agni is easy-peasy.  Kalami is at the most 10 minutes away (depending on how hot it is)  by a quiet road -steep in places, but fine if you take your time. Agni is about the same in the opposite direction, via a fairly steep road down to Yaliskari bay, then round a coastal path.  

4. Tavernas - you're really well served in both Kalami and Agni, with 3 waterside tavernas in each bay, and a couple of other options a bit further back from the beach in Kalami. Personal preference for me is Thomas's in Kalami and Nikolas in Agni - but it is entirely personal and probably linked to the fact that they were the first places I visited in each of the bays. Nikolas particularly feels more authentic and a bit more rustic than the others in Agni - and the owner Pericles is a real character. The tavernas in Agni offer a boat taxi service from Kalami - if you don't fancy the coast path at night, ring them they will stop off at the little jetty in Yaliskari.  You can also walk to the taverna at the lovely harbour in Kouloura, and a bit further on to Kerasia, where there is a great fish taverna (or go by boat of you hire one)
Further afield, if you have access to a car, I couldn't give a high enough recommendation to Taverna Foros in Old Perithia. This is a very rustic and authentic little taverna at the bottom of an old village of abandoned houses up in the hills.  Take the road through Kassiopi, along the north coast, turning left to go through Ano Perithia and Loutses, on to Old Perithia.  You park at the top of the village and walk down as far as you can go to Foros.  There are a few other tavernas which look a little more touristy - they tend to serve the parties of 4WD's that come up in the day. Foros is definitely the business!  

5. Boat Hire - we have used the one by the White House in Kalami but there are other options - check the prices / deals.  

6.  Supermarkets - see car hire above, but if you want to do a really big shop to stock up then you may want to drive back towards Corfu town to visit one of the 'hypermarkets' on the outskirts.

7. Local Bars - we love the Cocktails and Dreams bar which is part of the Adonis and Astonitis Hotel  in Kalami - it may not be everyone's cup of tea, but the staff are genuinely the most friendly and welcoming bunch you will ever meet, and OK, it is the standard package-fare of Karaoke, quiz nights, maybe a bit of Sky Sports - but come on, you're on holiday, let your hair down a bit!!

8.  Places of interest - the obvious trip to Corfu town for sightseeing, shopping, choice of eateries.  Closer to home Kassiopi has a the remains of a castle and some crystal clear bays and beaches for snorkelling.  You could travel over to the west coast to see some amazing views (particularly around sunset) around the NW coast. My other half wants to drag me to Albania where he did some voluntary work restoring old ruins - but it sounds like way too much traveling. We always mean to get out and about when we are there, but somehow never quite get round to doing as much as we planned - a combination of heat and extreme relaxation sets in! 

9.  Any other tips - can't really think of anything except the standard - take plenty of mossie repellent, the wasps will probably be awful at this time of the year so keep a swatter on hand - but other than that, I hope the only bug you get bitten by is the Kalami bug, which seems to attract people back again and again.

I'm sure other people will give you their own recommendations, but hope these are helpful.  Have a great time!

Liz

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Topic Topic: Looking For Another Island
Forum: Paxos
loggos les

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Posted: 01 Aug 2013 at 8:58am
Hi, I live in Paxos, but after Paxos, Meganissi next door to Lefkas is the island for me. Still quiet with nice villages and good beaches.
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Forum: Liapades
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Posted: 02 Jul 2013 at 8:41pm
Definitely not looking for action, just quiet resort, beaches and walks and good food. I have been to Corfu a few times in different resorts including Paleo so think I can pictures the hills.Yes thats the problem with Halki the journey and thats why I am trying to find a place thats easy to get too, our trip to Halki in May was a bit rough at sea. We have been going there for two weeks at end Of May for last 8 years, do not think we have seen rain.We have booked Halki for next year already and hope that our stay in Liapades this year makes us want to return in the September, and follow up with more visits, we aint getting any younger so Liapades easier trip. lol
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Forum: Liapades
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Posted: 02 Jul 2013 at 10:19am
Thanks Lili or Kaytee lol, sounds just what we are looking for, I have printed of all walks to beaches so will do them all. We are staying at Akis apartments they look very nice. It does sound laid back but I doubt if it is as quiet as Halki where we just returned from. I expect we will go to Greek night, there is nothing like that on Halki  but been to a few on other islands, yes even finished up in pool when dancing geez. Really I am just looking for nice quiet resort on an island thats easy to get too and this seems to tick all the boxes (walking poles definitely in the cases though)
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Forum: Sidari
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Posted: 09 Jun 2013 at 5:06pm
Just got back from a week at the Katsaros Apartments in Sidari, well what can I say?? Fabulous...the weather for first 24 hours was a bit iffy but then it was glorious, Fotis was a smashing chap and although we didnt go much to the bar he always spoke every day and asked if we needed anything. The apartments were basic but functional and ideal as they are about 10 minutes from the main strip so in quieter place, watch your weight when there!! lol We ate out all the time as the choice is wonderful, the Family restaurant was lovely as was many more - Mojitos was nice for a cocktail. My daughter took over the driving and we drove to Paleokatritsa through the mountains and bought home made wine and oil - the scenery was spectacular, we also had a couple of days on the beaches at Kassiopi, very pretty place, we did the BBQ boat trip and that was good value, we also did the 3.30pm - 11.30pm Corfu Town trip by boat that was nice too. Make sure if you go on night boat you take a jumper its cold at night on boats.
Everything went well and now its back to work tommorrow.



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Topic Topic: Arillas .. West Coast
Forum: Arillas
Mr-Mythos

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Posted: 30 May 2013 at 12:37pm
Arillas and to an extent, Ag Stef are what Corfu was in its heyday without the crowds. Plenty of bars if you want them, some good restaurants, the odd budget grillroom in Ag Stef and fab beaches. Arillas is the smaller and quieter of the two, but is a good base and although the whole area is a little hilly, Arillas beach area is on the flat.

Highly recommended.

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Topic Topic: Corfu With A Two-year-old - Help!
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 23 May 2013 at 12:37pm

Hello everyone - I'm looking to holiday in Corfu with my wife and two-year-old son in September.

 
We went to Kassiopi a few years back and loved it but with a toddler in tow we are now looking for accommodation near a sandy beach and where the transfer from the airport is not too long (under one hour). Air conditioning is a must and the more comfortable the beds the better!
 
We're looking for a relaxing break with days spent at the beach, evening meals in a taverna and a quiet night's sleep.
 
After much research I am liking the look of Paleokastritsa and Agios Georgios North, though I am open to alternative suggestions.
 
Can anyone recommend some toddler-friendly accommodation and are any of the beaches in Paleo particularly sandy (the little one loves playing with sand!)?
 
Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
 
David

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Topic Topic: Where To Stay In Lefkas
Forum: Lefkas / Lefkada
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Posted: 22 May 2013 at 9:02pm
Firstly, great choice Lefkada/Lefkas is a brilliant island and totally unspoiled by mass tourism. Can suggest Lygia on the east coast, a few miles south of the main town. It is a small fishing port with some very nice tavernas, a couple of "supermarkets", a gorgeous bakery, and a very friendly bar, we have seen dolphins in the channel while sitting at a taverna. Its a really friendly place on our second visit a couple of the taverna owners called out to us by name when we wandered past. Have been a couple of times happy to give more info if needed. Cosmos/Monarch operate packages to apartments in the village or if you are going independent I can put you in touch with someone reliable and reasonable for accomodation, just p.m. me.  There is also Agios Nikitas which is a bit more touristic but still quiet. Has a nice but fairly busy beach. 
Nidri is quite developed but not to the scale of places like Kavos or Laganas, its more of a Kassiopi sort of place with beautiful views to the bay and small islands and easy access to Meganisi. Can be quite busy though as it is the place where boat trips board. Vasiliki attracts younger windsurfer types and sailors and is very windy! Has many good places to eat. Sivota (not to be confused with the one on the mainland) is really attractive but lack beaches. Lefkas is a beautiful island to explore, one of our favorites, the south western tip has some amazing cliffs and beaches. There are pics in my gallery that may help. Hope you decide to go, its a well kept secret. 
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Posted: 25 Mar 2013 at 9:51am
Hi Yvres
Well you couldn't have picked a better island ...quaint, quiet, typical Greek, rustic, warm ...it has it all!!
 
Getting about the island really depends on what you like and how you like to travel. A regular bus goes between the three main villages, Gaios, Lakka and Loggos. If you like to walk from each of these villages the whole of the island can be covered. You could if you wish, lets say you are staying in Gaios, do Lakka one day and Loggos the next. Walking if its something you like to do is a wonderful way to discover the small hamlets and beautiful countryside. Then you have a boat, the best way to see the coast and many of the beaches which some can not be got to on foot. Of course if time is limited and you want to see as much as you can then there is the choice of a car, but in my opinion its not needed.
 
There will be taxis at the port but most probably be already booked. Not to worry though as the island is so small they would do their fare and come back for you.
 
Hope this helps. Smile
 

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Topic Topic: Apartments in Rhodes
Forum: Santorini, Kalymnos, Kos, Rhodes
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Posted: 14 Mar 2013 at 12:48pm
I stayed in Ixia and Trianda about 20 years ago, Trianda is a little quieter, well was then we stayed at Olympic Palace and The Electra Hotel. Must admit though beaches were pebbly and low flying aircraft thats why opting for the south, much prettier and relaxing. It may say 2 hours but thats because they keep stopping and dropping people off. You could always opt for private transfer.
Hope this helps. Kids are more resilient than you think, mine have travelled since they were 18 months old and youngest is now 15, not sure if it gets easier or harder.Smile

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Topic Topic: Apartments in Rhodes
Forum: Santorini, Kalymnos, Kos, Rhodes
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Posted: 14 Mar 2013 at 12:08am
Charlie

Not wanting to put you off but the Kremasti/Trianda area is the area on that coast I would avoid. We had an hour to kill one year before we had to get to the airport and found it hard to find a pleasant spot to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee- mind Ancient Kamiros further along the coast is a not to be missed, ancient site and the castle further along and free, is worth a visit too. That coast towards Rhodes, apart from the airport noise, is very scrappy, no heart, just a continual strip of development. I am sure there must be some good places, we have just never found them LOL

I would stick to the other side if I were you, Tsambiki, Stegna, Haraki, Lindos, Pefkos are your best bets, beaches are sandy with fine shingle, the market town of Archangalos (very Greek) is nearby and there are good bus services into Rhodes Town. If you hire a car do visit the interior. Start at Epta Pirgai (lovely taverna by river and a long tunnel you wade through at thigh height which kids would love) then keep going. You will find some wonderful old villages, ornate Italian buildings and a real welcome. And I agree the Butterfly gorge is worth a visit too as long as you are not too late in the season when they have all flown off

Hope you find somewhere, it is a lovely island!!







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Forum: Agios (Saint) Stephanos (NW)
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Posted: 01 Mar 2013 at 3:40pm
[QUOTE=charlie7]Kassioppi and Kalami both sound like possibilities. Would I be right in saying Kassioppi is busier than San Stef whilst Kalami is quieter?

Anyone have any suggestions of places that are not on Corfu?[/QUOTE]
Hi Charlie7
 
Kassiopi is more compact that San Stef NW which would probably make it feel busier.  Kassiopi is also generally cheaper than Kalami for accommodation, food & drink.  Not trying to put you off Kalami, we've had 11 great holidays there, just trying to give you information to make your decision.   Another thing you might want to take into consideration is that the beaches at resorts on the north east coast of Corfu are shingle, no sand.  There is a lovely sand beach at Kalamaki though that might be a bit far for a 6 yr old to walk.
 
Whilst staying at Kalami last September, we drove over to San Stef NW to visit Effy (at 2 Star taverna) who used to work at the A & A at Kalami.  We worked out that we hadn't visited San Stef since 2007, we had forgotton how lovely it is. 
 
If you are looking outside of Corfu you could consider Kefalos on Kos.  I think it is similar to San Stef NW in being an airy, spread out resort.  We haven't been there since 2008 but friends who hve been more recently say it hasn't changed.  Also has a long sandy beach and fits in with your transfer time requirements.
 
Deedee Big smile

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Topic Topic: Airport Transfers
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 26 Oct 2012 at 12:38pm
We always get a car from airport, the beauty of being late at night the roads are quieter. We have never got lost because the main roads are well signposted. It depends how confident you are, my hubby enjoys it, and I prefer it because he is a very safe driver. We then have the car to do as we please with during our stay. Cheaper than going on organised trips, good for getting shopping and finding secluded beaches and lovely villages. I would imagine the kids will fall asleep in car if they like my grandkids. It all depends what you feel comfortable doing your self. Our hire car is £200 for 11 days, plus petrol, no other charges that includes me as second driver. We also find it much better on last day if leaving resort late, usually go into Corfu town, so near airport and have a lovely last day too, it also has beaches nearby. lol xxx
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Topic Topic: Sandy Beaches In The North East?
Forum: Kalami, Kouloura and Agni
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Posted: 12 Oct 2012 at 11:41pm
Not much by  the way of sandy beaches ,in the immediate area. Kalamaki is a good half hour by car.
I fear Kalami will be pretty quiet, I understood The A&A was to close late October.
I would recommend a car for your stay. Give you a lot more options, especially with two youngsters.
You may wish to contact Top Cars,they are excellent (no connection I promise. I am not a share holder).
The bus service will be a trial (to say the least). You could even make Acharavi and beyond in around 3/4 hour.
Should take you around one hour from the airport to Kalami (maybe Less) You will save around £100 in taxi fares alone.
Anyway, enjoy, whatever you decide. You will be made most welcome by all that are there.
Whereabouts you staying???
Woodie & Dee

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Topic Topic: Pool Or Beach?
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Posted: 25 Sep 2012 at 5:52pm
I love a pool but just adore the sea, we really like spending time on Avlaki or Kerasia, both have lovely tavernas too, its just so beautiful on those beaches especially late afternoon watching the ferries and cruise ships pass by in the distance and the sea is like glass especially at Kerasia which is lovely and sheltered and when we go in October the beaches on the headland are lovely and quiet and there's Trilogia for a cold frappe or a spot of lunch could life get any better Cool 
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Topic Topic: Blue Sky Apartments
Forum: Sidari
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Posted: 11 Sep 2012 at 4:08pm
I've visited but not stayed there...rooms are large and as Cannock Girl says the pool is great. There is a small bar there and they have a taverna with Orchard also nearby. You will find it very quiet, ideal for a relaxing holiday with just a 20 minute walk to Sidari. The beaches nearby in Canal area are good. You can also walk up nearby footpaths onto the Cape Drastis headland; lovely walks with nice views once on clifftop.  
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Forum: Zante / Zakynthos
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Posted: 08 Sep 2012 at 3:18pm
We have been there

Spent a week in Keri, took the local fisherman's boat to the local caves and swam with a grey seal. (very cheap). Lovely quiet place with just enough tavernas  etc and a pitch (as in tar) spring in the woods!! Has a dive centre if you like that sort of thing, lovely for snorkeling. There were peacocks in the garden of our studio

We then went on to spend a week in Old Alikanas which I doubt you can book any more except independently, and loved the place!! Not many tavernas but near enough for a walk into Alikanas for a meal if you wanted to through the olive groves. Greece as it used to be, thin uncrowded beaches, market gardens. Heaven. And the best beach on Zakinthos a 5 moinute drive up he road, not signposted, loads of Greeks, pure white sand and not a beach bed it sight!!!!

Went to a lot of hill villages which were wonderful but avoided Laganas etc. The blue caves are to be avoided too!!!  Stick to the ones at Keri!! Smaller but quiet and no-one stopping your car every 100 yards to persuade you spend you cash!!

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Topic Topic: Sidari - Tell Me About It
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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.

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Topic Topic: Winter Weather
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
DAVID1

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Posted: 01 Sep 2012 at 12:17pm
Hello Dafnordad and a warm welcome to the Site.

In truth April/May isn't usually described as "Winter".

The Agni Travel Guide gives the following weather guidance for April and May - and other Months.




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Corfu: Weather in April
Weather in April: Spring time, flowers and walking. Sunny days, cool evenings. Only few Tavernas will be open in April. Visiting Corfu pre-season offers a different perspective to this beautiful island. Most rental accommodation is only available from the beginning of May.
Corfu: Weather in MaySpring: May is usually the earliest time that you can visit Corfu, mostly due to the availability of flights. To visit out of season (between November - April) a flight to Athens and then a domestic flight to Corfu is required.
The Beginning of May: Very quiet beaches and Tavernas. Spring flowers in abundance and a very green and fresh Corfu. Perfect for walking. Weather wise expect warm sunny days. Temperatures of mid 20's. At night, the FireFlies start to Dance.

Hope this is of some help to you.

David



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Topic Topic: Honeymoon In Antipaxos
Forum: Paxos
shakespearstar

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Posted: 04 Jul 2012 at 8:30pm
Hi Garrick and welcome!
 
First to say that you have chosen a beautiful part of Greece to start off your married life!
 
I think Anti Paxos could be too quiet for some. Not in the day when the day trippers come to one of the 2 main beaches Vrika and Voutoumi but at night. If you don't self cater I believe you may have trouble getting something to eat and drink!
 
Where as Anti Paxos grows grapes and the beaches are soft sand with the most amazing blue water Paxos has endless olive groves the beaches pebbly and great for snorkeling.
 
As you say Paxos has many choices of Villas it just finding one to suit you. I think first to decide is  where about on the island you fancy: Gaios the capital and the busiest of the 3 main tourist areas. Lakka: the horseshoe shaped village that is a good spot to start many beautiful walks. Loggos smaller than the others utterly charming and very very pretty. Then again maybe choose somewhere more off the beaten track and hire a car to get you about. A lovely villa I saw recently was Loggos Retreat Villa and might fit the bill. A romantic retreat yet close to tavernas and bars of Loggos and it has the most beautiful views.
 
Hope this helps a bit. Just keep asking about anything you want to know, one of us will happily try and help.

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Topic Topic: Arillas
Forum: Arillas
Elliemay

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Posted: 01 Jul 2012 at 7:39pm
Hi,
Depends on what you are looking for. Arillas is a lovely little resort, but far, far quieter than Sidari. It has several family run tavernas and a lovely sandy beach, that has  shallow water. 
Arillas beach being between Agios Georgios and Agios Stefanos bays, allows access to these other sandy beaches as well. 



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Topic Topic: 2013
Forum: Kassiopi
Janw

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Posted: 27 Jun 2012 at 5:04pm
Hi
Avlaki has nice beaches and is a lovely place but a bit quiet in my opinion
Having said that so is Kassiopi or at least it was in May as usually quiet is.... but in May the weather when we went was horrendous but is looking much better now which is always a plus
 
Have a great holiday and lets know about it lol so I can forget mine Smile
 
Kidding I love Kass but have never ever in 24 years walked down the main street with my jeans rolled up above my knees as I did 5 weeks ago lol.And had planes diverted to Athens or Italy ...oh well all down to experience
 
still love the place x
 
OOPs also noticed the first time you are going Please do not let me put you off it will be great ....if it was not I wouldnt still go back .I have been with my children ...myself...and now my hubby so it does suit all     Wink

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Topic Topic: Assos to Skala
Forum: Kefalonia
Ellenjay

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Posted: 19 Jun 2012 at 9:04am
Glad you had a great time, so did we!
Lassi turned out to be a great choice for us - we walked to Argostoli many times (bus back after  it had started up on 4th June)
We also walked to the Italian Acquis memorial and burial site, there were a few older Italian people visiting while we were there - it was very quiet and emotional.
We hired a car for four days and toured around - saw Myrtos from the top but did not venture down the hill! Visited a few resorts with a further visit in mind, I thought Agia Efimia would appeal to me and yes it was nice but I preferred Lourdas to my surprise!
I was impressed by how pretty the island is - the wild flowers were still out and the sea colours the best I have seen.
For those who like beaches and sand Lassi is amazing - two big more organized beaches and at least four smaller quieter ones.

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Topic Topic: A Question Of Kefalonia?
Forum: Kefalonia
silverbircher

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Posted: 28 Apr 2012 at 2:34pm
Hi, I have also been to many Greek Islands and I really  like Corfu, we went to Kefalonia and fell in love with it , we go to Agia Efimia which is quieter not so touristy, well not so many Brits, its very Greek for me I feel its like Greece 30 years ago, very laid back still very good prices, and the people are very kind and freindly (as in most places in Greece) Handshake We have been to Assos and Fiskardo which are both beautiful but busy Skala and Lassi are great as well but for me Af Ef has the edge, try it you wont be dissapointed we stay at Makis apartments which has fabulous views and a superb pool, there is a lot of history to see in Kefalonia, Ag Ef is close to the Dragoti cave, Sami and Myrtos beaches, also Melissani Lake. Try this link .. move the wee man over and you can walk up the street.
http://justkefalonia.co.uk/agia_efimia.asp

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Topic Topic: A Question Of Kefalonia?
Forum: Kefalonia
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Posted: 28 Apr 2012 at 2:05am
Hi GIlly. I have been all over the island with Nathan from Corfu for the last two days but now have time to answer you. There are many places you could stay. I would say Skala and Katelios to start. Sandy beaches. good choice of tavernas. If the children want wantersports go to Skala. katelios is quieter. But if you stay in Katelios you can go to Skala by boat or by car or by bus as it is only 6 kms along the coastal raod. The good thing about these resorts is that everything is within walking distance and the teenagers can go off on their own in a safe environment. If you want advice on accommodation let me know.
kefalonia(at)agni.gr  If you find a package holiday you like and want to run it pass me then let me know. You can look on the website www.agni.gr/travel.kefalonia for villas in Katelios. See Ismini, Fedra, Semeli, Aspasia, Konstantina, Alexandra, Melissa. You can google for them as well. For some apartments down by the beach in Katelios see the website www.kefaloniatravleguide.com and click through to accommodation section and then to Katelios. 

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Topic Topic: Honeymoon suggestions
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 01 Mar 2012 at 6:15am
Lindybell
For a quiet romantic place to spend a honeymoon you will not beat friendly Agios Georgios north. Tucked away in a beautiful sandy bay between high headlands this un-commercialised, rather laid-back resort has only 4 hotels, all small and no tall blocks of apartments.
Apart from the long sandy beach and clear sea the surrounding countryside is great for quiet walking in the olive groves and hills. (http:www.agiosgeorgios.info). Pass your time just relaxing over a drink or delicious meal in the restaurants at the beach or walk to the rustic Fisherman's Cabin and get a water taxi back. Take a memorable boat trip to the islands or Paleokastritsa or be dropped off at a remote beach such as Porto Timoni.

Walk up to the tavernas of Afionas such as the Panorama or Dionysos and enjoy the bird's-eye views over Agios Georgios bay or northwards to Arillas and beyond.  You can take a boat or pedalo to the remote beaches. For honeymooners the list is endless!!





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Topic Topic: Apartments in Rhodes
Forum: Santorini, Kalymnos, Kos, Rhodes
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Posted: 11 Feb 2012 at 8:51am
You are almost asking the impossible!!

Almost everwhere within walking distance of Rhodes town (at least in hot weather) is very built and there are not really any good beaches near the town

However the local bus service is good

We usually go to Haraki when we go to Rhodes, lovely quiet village with a lovely beach and brilliant tavernas. There are lots of apartments to choose from, go a search on Google, most are on the beach front or within a 2 minute walk.

The buses from Haraki leave from the square by the church



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Topic Topic: Sidari Newbie
Forum: Sidari
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Posted: 10 Feb 2012 at 1:52am
Sidari for me is great, you have the lively strip at a night time plenty shops to browse in we all have our favourite resteraunts, but if you dont want the livelyness of the strip there is the canal area 5/10 min walk which has a quieter ambiance, day time plenty good walks super markets beaches with all the water sports, yep Sidari has a lot to offer,  plus there is array of trips on offer too..go enjoy.. 
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