Staint George's Bay with its long sandy beach lies to the south of the coastal Lake Korission, on the South West of the island which is about 45 minutes from the airport. The bays is surrounded by olive groves and boasts an amazing sandy beach.
If you are looking for a stunning sandy beach - probably the finest the island has to offer - then Glyfada should be on your list. There are several bars and tavernas around the beach as well as the usual hotels and a few apartments.
Chalikounas Beach is a hidden treasure on Corfu's west coast. It's a long dune which divides Lake Korrision and the open sea.
Due to the strong winds on the west coast it is a paradise for wind surfers and kite surfers.
Acharavi is a busy and lively resort set on the North coast of Corfu, boasting something for everyone. It is not just a resort, it is the main town for the North of the island and many of the local people visit Acharavi on a regular basis as there is a post office, banks, a dentist and doctors and all the facilities found in a modern town. You will also find shops such as hardware stores and flower shops. Acharavi has plenty of Tavernas and bars, and a good, long, sandy beach.
Sidari is actually two small coastal villages connected by a long sweeping sandy beach and two smaller beaches. With the effects of tourism, the villages have merged together over the last few years to make one large resort.
A small family resort and village in a cove, with a large sandy beach - it reminds me of a small Cornish seaside resort. This is the Agios Stefanos, (Avliotes) of the North West coast, not to be confused with one of the same name on the North East coast. Agios means Saint in Greek, therefore you may see both of them referred to as St Stefanos also. A good resort for those visitors who want everything on their doorstep - but nothing too touristy.
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 sandybeach 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!)?
They are close to the beach and a short walk up in to town. Lovely, spacious, clean apartments.
If you're looking for natural beauty in a resort I would go to Aghios Gordios every time. Gorgeous village, beautiful sandybeach and a bit of life but not too much. Check out the Aghios Gordios Hotel, it has great reviews and right on the beach. We are in our forties too and love this resort. Aghios Gorgeous! View Topic:
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Make sure you have the correct San Stefano when looking for accomodation. There are x2 areas with the same name one in NE which is the larger, (near Sidari) and the smaller in the NW. The NE has a sandybeach I believe and larger, more comercialised. S.Stef in the NW is a smaller, very pretty, fishing village.
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One more addition for you to check out on the west coast. We all have our own favorite locations and love to promote them. The west coast has mainly sandybeaches but what they all share is fantastic sunsets.
Beautiful Agios Georgios north on the NW coast between Arillas and Paleokastritsa might suit you. Although quiet and not commercialised it has plenty of nice tavernas and restaurants, many of which have lovely views. The bay is well known for its long sweeping sandybeach with background of olive grove covered hills. It is popular for walking in the leafy green countryside. As GJJW says you will also enjoy the famous Corfiot hospitality which has led to quite a few ex-pats settling in the area's villages.
Roda sounds like it could be perfect for you. A quiet stroll down the beach road from Acharavi. Plenty of choices, prices kept down. Flat, sandy, great views and a wide choice of self catering apartments. If you don't want to go independent most of the tour companies still go to Roda. We use Olympic. Visit www.rodaonline.org for lists of independent apartments. Hope this helps. Bev
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Hi Violet Chicken. Roda is small, flat, sandybeach with little fishing boats tied up. Lots of tavernas catering for all tastes, from genuine Greek to English roasts on Sunday. There is the centre of Roda called the triangle where most of the businesses are but if you go futher afield there is still plenty to choose from. The walk to Acharavi along the beach road is flat with tavernas pretty much the whole way. Roda caters for all ages. This will be our 8th year and we love Roda. Bev
We booked ours with On The Beach and to be honest got an absolute bargin, it has gone up by about £100 if you were to book it now. Were going to St George south Aquis SandyBeach on the 12th May.
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Were going to the Aquis SandyBeach Resort on the 12th May for a week all inclusive without the kids, so its starting off good but not been to SGS before as we normally go to the north of the island. We are going to spend our days relaxing by the pool or beach as its been a long time without the kids so taking full advantage of it. But I know I'll get bored and we will have a little wander whether by car or foot Im not sure yet.
What are we to expect? Anybody been to our hotel? Anywhere local that we must see?
Really cant wait now, its the first holiday away from the kids in 7 years and even though we feel a little bad were still gonna enjoy it...
Has anybody got any info on the SandyBeach Resort? It has really good feed back on the reviews since it was taken over in 2009 but just wondered if anybody had stayed there before.
As Ive put earlier I wouldnt normally go allinclusive anywhere nevermind in Corfu but at the price we got this for and being last minute we thought it was worth a punt and seens as its so close to the resort centre we can always have a little wander to town.
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
I'd recommend Lassi on Kefalonia. Lovely sandybeach, shallow sea. Bars and restaurants, shops etc on one long road running parallel to the beach. Some nice apartment 'complexes' where you can use the pool if you buy a drink. Fantastic restaurants (even better than San Stef). Lovely friendly Greeks - of course. Short transfer from the airport (but tiny, hectic airport!!). We're back to San Stef this year but already thinking about next year and Lassi is looking favourite!
I recommend Roda/Acharavi. My husband and I are in our fifties and love Roda and have been going for 7 years. It is quiet, people of all ages with generations of the same family returning each year. It is very flat with sandybeach. There is lots of accomodation to suit all types and budgets. Plenty of tavernas and bars, some are very British but there is also a good selection of purely Greek. Acharavi is a 20-40 minute walk along the coast road with a wide selection of beachfront tavernas to stop at and enjoy the view.
When are you intending to go as that will give an idea of how busy or not a resort is.
I would suggest Arillas, Acharavi, Roda, Kassiopi as they are all fairly flat and not too busy.
Are you looking for a sandybeach or pebble? Mostly pebble on the NE coast and sandy on the NW coast. You don't really get many places on Corfu with with a lot of drunken people so you have a fair bit of choice, it really depends on what you want.
We went to Santorini last year and loved it, like you we had done 12 holidays in a row to Kalami and Kassiopi and wanted a change. We stayed in Perissa, gorgeous sandybeach (black sand), lovely bars and restaurants along the front. We hired a car, about 20 minute drive from the airport. Mind you it's a small island so you could do end to end in about 40 minutes! We found everyone to be very friendly. No problems with getting sunbeds on the beach, every taverna had their own and if you were buying a drink or food, they were free to use. We've booked again for this September! Hope you find somewhere you enjoy Love Bronwen xxx View Topic:
If a different island could be on the menu, may I suggest Zante. The resort of Tsilivi is close to Zante Town, an excellent place to explore. The resort itself has a large range of options for all the family and a fantastic sandybeach. It is one of the few locations that would tempt me away from Corfu.
[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]
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 sandybeach and fits in with your transfer time requirements.
Lefkimi is a short drive to Marathia which is in my opinion the best beach on Corfu. Long stretch of sandybeach and some good tavernas too, including Kastro Mondavali, which looks like a castle if you are facing it from the sea. View Topic:
Pelekas village lies on the west coast of Corfu some 15 kilometers west of Corfu town and the airport.
Taxi to the village is currently 25 euros or you can catch the number 11 bus from San Rocco Square for 2 euros.
It is not exactly known when the village was founded, although the name Pelekas can be found in the historical archives of Corfu as far back as the 16th century and in church records dating from the 17th century.
It is also unknown where the name Pelekas comes from, although one suggestion is that it derives from the word "pelekis" which was a type of ancient axe, used by the villagers for cutting wood or carving stone.
In the lower part of the village is the Theotokos Odigitria church where the service takes place for the yearly panayiri or festival on 23rd August. This swells the local population from around 500 to over 1,000 in the main plateia or Square.
In the upper part of the village is the Saint Nikolaos church and a 15 minute walk uphill will bring you to the Kaisers Throne viewpoint and a third church called Thetokos Evangelistria. Two further churches fall in to the Pelekas area and they are Saint Anargyri and Saint Onoufrios. All these churches date from around 1750.
There are many tavernas and cafe bars in Pelekas which is unusual for a village inland.
This is a legacy from the late 70's and 80's as scandanavians and europeans alike took advantage of cheap student bus and railway tickets to visit Corfu.
As Pelekas beach, known locally as Kontagialos became the backpackers daytime paradise, the village 20 minutes uphill became the centre for their nightlife.
Hundreds of young backpackers crammed the streets, the local people embraced them and duly supplied them food and drink by opening more tavernas and bars, many of them still surviving today.
The Pelekas Cultural Society promotes cultural awareness, maintains local traditions and organises festivals, as well as running choirs and dance groups.
There is also a costume museum on the main road up to the village which houses a private collection of traditional Greek dress dating from the 19th century.
Now Pelekas is back to a traditional village where life ambles along at a slow pace. In the summer months there is a free bus service that will take you from the village down to the beaches of Pelekas and Glyfada.
All the traffic have to give way as the bus to Corfu Town does a multi point turn around in the square. Cats walk in the road as tourists come through on their way to Glyfada and Mirtiotissa beaches. Cars slow down to let Spiros from the souvlaki grill room cross the road to serve his customers.
So, next time you are in Corfu, take a trip to Kaisers Throne, have some lunch in the village square and then head down to the beach for a well deserved swim. Sunbathe on the sandybeach and watch the dramatic sunset over the sea.
Hi Sidari is pretty much as cheap as prices get, Acharavi is more expensive and shingle beach but quieter also, Roda was cheap for us this year with breakfasts around the 2.75 mark and drinks etc also cheaper than Acharavi, Roda also has a sandybeach, all the best.
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It all depends on what you are looking for from a holiday. If it is a quiet resort with a good beach then Arillas, and San Stefanos in the next bay, are both great resorts. You may find that there are more packages available to San Stefanos. San Stafanos has a long, flat, gently sloping sandybeach. Really great if you have small children. Arillas
beach is not so big, and tends to suffer from the sea shifting sand
around, so sometimes it is really good and sometimes it is quite narrow
in some places. But it is a really nice beach and you can walk to the
far North and South ends of the beach which are both very secluded.
These ends are favourite haunts for naturists, but it is not essential
that you join in if you don't want too - just be aware that they are
there if any of your party might be offended by such things. Both
resorts have great places to eat, and there is plenty of choice at both
resorts to suit most everybody, although overall there are more places
in San Stefanos as it is a slightly larger resort. Neither resort has
what you would call a "noisy" night-life, although both have a couple
of good bars where you can listen to music and they sometimes have live
performers. It is possible to walk along the roads between the
resorts, or there is a shorter route over the headland between the two
bays, and there is a really great taverna at the top where you can rest
and get some liquid refreshment whilst enjoying the stunning views, but you may find both of these routes a
little too much of a walk if you are not really into walking, particularly after a big evening meal! Meanwhile,
to get a better idea of Arillas there is not only a live camera on this
site - http://www.arillas.com/web-cam/ which will give you a good view of the bay, but there is also a
website which shows a "virtual" tour of Arillas here:- http://arillas.corfu360.net/
In my opinion the best beach on the island is the one slightly further south than St George, ie Marathias. You can find it by turning back from St George and taking the road towards Lefkimi, go through Argirades and turn right where the sign is for Marathia, there is a Taverna on the side of the road called the Village Taverna, which you can use as a landmark. Then follow the village road for about 100 yards and branch right, otherwise you will go round and back onto the Lefkimi road. Follow the road and when you come to another fork in the road, keep left and keep driving and you will see signs for Mondavali Taverna, and park up there and the beach is in front of you.
Eat at the Mondavali Taverna where the food and the owners are both excellent. The taverna looks like a Castle. We have been visiting Corfu for 37 years and this taverna for about 34. We have seen the family grow up, but they still stay as friendly as ever and you often find Greeks eating there which is always a good sign in my opinion.
One consideration, is that if you don't like loud music, don't go on Sundays in peak season as there is a disco at Waves Bar which is on the beach and it gets quite loud.
Marathia Beach is about 2kms long, and there is plenty of room for everybody to spread out. There is a small river which runs down to the sea in the middle of the beach and the other side of the river is known as Santa Barbara or Maltas. Therefore if you see signs later in your holiday for either of the latter places, you will have already been and visited them hopefully.
The beach at Marathias is sandy and there are sunbeds for hire along with parasols.
So many people who visit return over and over again.
Also Vitalades beach is nice and this is a little further south than Marathias.
Hi Talullah, If the supermarkets in Kalami are running out of thing, you could try Nikos supermarket on the edge of Kassiopi, they are open April to October so hopefully should still be open when you're there. We've found them to be one of the best supermarkets, if you want to do any cooking they do a good selection of meat and their homemade dips - tzatziki, hummus etc are amazing. They do deliver and I've also known people get a lift back from them with their shopping. Their telephone number is (+30) 26630 81130 Kalamaki is a beautiful sandybeach as the others have said and very shallow for children, we've always hired a car and can drive in about 20minutes from Kalami, so it might be worth getting a taxi for one day to go. Hope you have a great holiday Bronwen xx View Topic:
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Not much by the way of sandybeaches ,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???
The nearest sandybeach is Kalamaki which is a 15/20 minute drive north. As you are going right at the end of the holiday season I'm not sure whether the tavernas at Kalamaki will be open, you could take a packed lunch if you go.
The water taxis will probably have stopped running by then. The local bus service (Corfu town to Kassiopi) will be operating, you would need to get to the main road to access it. The bus service does not run in the evening. There is a ruined castle at Kassiopi which is a 15 minute bus ride north. You can also get the bus the other way to Corfu town where there are the two fortresses. There is also Angelokastro on the west coast of the island, about a 60-75 minute drive.
The second part of our recent holiday - after the first week at Kaminaki
- was at Stevens on the Hill. This place has a quality and feel to it
which is difficult to define but truly lovely to experience. I think
it's because they just let you get on with your holiday at your own pace
but are always around to provide whatever you need.
itself is a gem. The long sandybeach set in that amphitheatre of rocks
and hills is a wonder to behold and laze on in the sunshine and heat we
enjoyed. We used the beds and umbrellas of Ark kitchen and bar. They
only once came down to take orders from us once and we went up to get
drinks and food and enjoyed the views on a regular basis. I did notice
that other bars were on the beach taking orders almost as soon as people
We strayed away from Ag G a few times. One day to
Paleokastritsa, Lakones and Angelokastro and meeting up with KEIRA was a
highlight. There was a couple of super storms which we watched from
the balcony of Boulis Taverna in Lakones. A stunning view of all the
Another day we visited the Achilleon Palace. Despite going past it a few times in the past and even meeting people there I've never been inside before. I'm glad I did this time as it is impressive. The grounds and statues are exquisite and the views to Corfu Town excellent. We lunched in Benitses and noted the massive new hotel being built above it (Russian owned I think?). Later we parked at Perama and walked across the causeway to visit the Monastery and watched the planes come and go.
Our other short excursion was a fascinating trip up to Pantokrator Monastery (nowhere near Mount Pantokrator) and the 'golf ball' radar tracking station (I presume?) which you can see perched on top of the hill anywhere South of Corfu Town. It's a tight steep drive but worth it for the views of both coasts at the same time in places.
Overall it was a wonderful stay once again at Ag G and particularly special at Stevens.
So onto the third phase of our holiday - Corfu Town.
Gotta to have a pool. It's amazing as we have spent the last 5 holidays staying in resorts with the best sandybeaches in Corfu yet we hardly ever visit. Give me a nice stony beach with clear water, like Barbati. If not this then we confine our swimming to the pool..don't like sand in odd placesSue View Topic:
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As Malcy says there are sunbeds at those locations and in Lakka. Anti Paxos has tavernas, sunbeds and lots of golden sand but you need to get sea taxi from Gaios.The majority of beaches are pebbles so beach shoes are advisable. The beauty of Paxos is the island itself, if you you want parasols sunbeds sandybeaches etc, it perhaps not the island for you. View Topic:
Hi Netsina - I think there might be a few sun beds on the small sandybeach by the Taverna down south at Mongonisi or you could go to the beach Bar at Monodendri between Loggos and Lakka but I don't think the bus will get you to either.
Nearly all beaches on Paxos are stoney but catch the sea taxis that go from Gaios to Anti Paxos and you've got sand, blue seas and beachside Taverna (not sure about sun beds though)
Your holiday countdown must be excruciating by now!
I have transferred the deposit and await the ok from the owner of the villas...just seems slow now that the flurry of activity and investigation is over!
I'm rubbish at keeping secrets usually but so far I am doing well and actually quite proud of myself! Also my soon to be better half can't stand not knowing (especially after a glass of Pinot Grigio!) which in a weird sort of way adds to the enchantment of next year!!!
Jenny's piece reminds me of Sunday school when I was much younger. They would get you to lie on a mat, close your eyes and imagine you were on a soft sandybeach with the sun shining and the sea gently lapping...magic!
I'd be quite happy to wish away 365 days (Also, that way I'd be guaranteed not to let the secret out!!)
(at) Alecko, you do not know what you are missing by not visiting the south of the Island. There are some lovely villages, and marvelous beaches, including Marathia/Santa Barbara which merge into each other. 2 kms of sandybeach with about 6 tavernas on and lovely sea to swim in.
Benitses, which is also close to the Achilleon Palace, has a lot to offer and has thankfully lost it's reputation for hooliganism which it had in the 80's. It is a lovely fishing village with a marina, and a walk into the old village to soak up the atmosphere is a must.
Further south there is also Petriti, Boukari, Vitalades, Lefkimi which are all worth a visit and not one bit commercialised.
PLEASE, please, please, have a look to the south. So many people say they have seen all of Corfu, but we have been visiting for 37 years, and make a point of finding somewhere different each year.
I can assure you that there is life south of Corfu town.
There is one at St. Spiridon between Kassiopi and Acharavi called MareBlue. (Google it for further info.) friends of ours stayed there last year and loved it. It used to be called Blue Bay Escape years ago when it first opened and they ran a courtesy bus into Kassiopi a couple of times a day I don't know if they still do it.
St. Spiridon is very quiet but a lovely place with a white sandybeach.. You can walk through an olive grove up a hill to the main road where you can catch the bus either to Kassiopi or going the other way to Roda, Acharavi and Sidari. It runs four times a day in each direction but finishes around 5 pm. No night time service. I think our friends paid €15 each way in a taxi to Kassiopi.
Hi We are staying at the Paleo Inn 3rd- 17th September, its our 2nd visit. Although our 1st visit was 10 years ago loooks like the only thing thats changed is the addition of the swimming pool. Don't take any notice of the bad revews on Trip Advisor, Paleo Inn is a basic, clean, very friendly place to stay. Our last visit was in June 2002. The mosquitos were quite bad so expect the same in Sepember. The beaches are great, the closest one just over the road is good with a good taverna. The main beach towards the Monestary is a lovely sandybeach. The walk from the Paleo Inn to the main beach is stunning (about 20 minutes slow walk) The bus stops just over the road, a good tip is put your hand up to stop it. First time we tryed to go into Corfu town we just stood by the bus stop and it sailed by. Not sure about the tavernas as they will of changed in the last 10 years. But most are very good. Looking forward to trying them all out... When are you staying at the Paleo?
Just joined - and noticed 'Chudleighcats' - looks like you may live in the same area as me. We are off to stay at the Paleo Inn in a few weeks time - our first visit to Corfu. Its had some mixed reviews on Tripadvisor but recently they are all positive. Has anyone stayed there that you know. I understand that we might be in for quite a few mosquitos around September time. The beaches look lovely, although I prefer a good sandybeach, these look gorgeous and have got myself some beach shoes for the pebbles. Any tips would be most welcome. Corfu looks great. Also understand that its best to take cash as most ATM machines have been closed. So looking forward to our holiday - Paleokastritsa looks wonderful!! I understand there's a bus on the main road near the Paleo Inn where we can catch the bus to Corfu town. Presume Taxis might be hard to come by for local use? I can see that the bays are well spread out and some walking might be involved but that'll be part of the holiday! Can't wait!
Thanks again. Just one more question about the beach. In general, are there a lot of stones or sharp rocks in the sea? I'm wondering whether I need to pack my beach shoes or not. I don't particularly like wearing them so if the sea bed is mostly sandy I'll leave them at home.
Monday – Up at the unearthly hour of to leave home dead on 4.We leave dead on 4.30!Arrive at BrizzolAirport and queue for all of ten minutes at check in.Flight on time and makes up time. – which is why Greece at 2 hours in front of us I guess.This year I’m being a big brave boy and have hired a Peugeot 5008 (I didn’t know what it was either)Arrive in Kalami and the Alkinoos Villas.Changed & a much needed cooling off.An early evening meal at Thomas’s place is in order as we’re all starving!
Tuesday – We ring my father up, who is 80 today and sing/wish him happy birthday only to discover I dialled the wrong number!It’s going to be a tough day by the pool today, but I have to do my chores first of getting the morning bread & supplies. Book up an evening trip to CorfuTown.Kalami Beach Taverna is the choice of venue for evening meal.The girls force us to go to the Cocktail & Dreams bar for the quiz – 10/10 in the music round!!
Wednesday – My birthday!!We take the girls to a sandybeach for the day and drive up to Roda, first time back since 1989, didn’t recognise any of it. Must have been out of my trolley that day…We have fun of the beach playing bat and ball, building sand-castles a bite to eat then back to playing sand castles and building bat and ball.The sea is warm and inviting!Our choice of evening meal is the White House – The Obamas weren’t in but we still had an excellent meal (Pork with feta cheese -unbelievably good)Also on the menu was crepes with CRASHED biscuits.I wonder if they bag them up and throw them against the wall??
Thursday – Another tough day by the pool.We wonder around the corner to pick the boat to Town up at and arrive in Corfu town.The lady says ‘Do not stand up until the boat has docked’So what do people do?Stand up and start queuing to get off! (why do people do that? Why do they do on the plane as well?) She soon barks out further orders for people to return to their seats.The town is full of life this evening, brass band, a local gymnastic club with a drum band and a choir – the place is really buzzing but can’t help thinking how quite it is compared to other years. We eat at a place tucked away from the main drag only to be served by a man who is a cross between Sid James and Engelbert Humperdink.The menu offers a JAM & Bacon Pizza!Didn’t see that coming did you Jamie Oliver!! For the first time ever my wife doesn’t need a handbag!I’m in shock.Instead she’d like some jewellery.She finds a very nice bracelet for around 140 euros, I offer to pay in cash and pay 85!The money is snatched out of my hand and pocketed before we have time to blink.We have to visit a chemist for ear-drops as once again Alyssa is suffering.
Friday – Up early, so Ceris, whose idea of getting up late is I go for a walk. We buy some bread, doughnuts and some juice and sit on the beach having a pre-breakfast snack sat on the beach with hardly a soul around.Sheer bliss.
Saturday – A very lazy start to the day and head off to Kassiopi for brunch and a little more shopping.Today I have decided not to lead or suggest anything I am in the hands of the others. About time they did that!!We find a table near the waters edge for brunch - There’s a cooling welcomed breeze coming off sea as we eat.he girls spend some of their money on water blasters for the pool.A welcomed ice cream is required and eaten.We do a small shop in the supermarket for essentials and return home.After our evening meal the girls want to par-take in the karaoke at Cocktail & Dreams – both get up and sing! Very proud of both of them.Ceris (7) sings Lady Gaga and Alyssa (9) does the one that goes Ella Ella under my umbrella (what ever happened to lyrics like she loves you yeah yeah yeah??)
Sunday – Our last day.Boooo!We head to the beach this morning for early morning swim.A quick bite to eat then the packing of cases, I’m sent out to buy gifts and things to take home.Our final evening meal in Kalami is at the White House.
Monday – Drive back to the airport in under an hour – where is the traffic this year?? And finally home.
We visited Arillas for the day a couple of weeks ago, it was our first visit. We enjoyed a swim and sunbathe on the sandybeach, then wandered along the main street to explore the place. When we passed the place with the pools, free sunbeds, childrens play equipment etc. it had lots of signs out advertising their food, drinks etc, including one saying "Smoothies, juices, fruit pants..." We just stood and laughed!
We've been trying to work out what it could possibly have MEANT to say ever since, to no avail!
Does anyone have any idea?
It still makes me smile to think of it, and has become a bit of an "in joke" in our house.
Paleochora in south west Crete is lovely, 2 beaches- one sandy and one stoney. Nice and flat. Roads closed at night so tavernas put their tables out in the street. A working village all year round so lots of locals wandering about. I think Sunvil are the only UK company that go there now.
Or maybe Stoupa in the Pelloponese. The possibilities are endless!!
We are AG lovers as well but must admit Pefkos Rhodes comes a close second. Choice of 3 shallow sandybeaches, great tavernas, not too hilly, and easy access to other resorts by boat or road.
Just For A Change!
Having stayed in Agios a number of times, not as many as some of you (!!!), my wife and I have decided it's time for a change. We have considered long and hard but, maybe, just this time, we would like to try somewhere else on another island. We will miss the beach, the locals and all that the village has to offer and I'm sure we will be back.
So, what do we want? Something very similar to AG but on another island. A small village with a sandybeach, perhaps a choice of pools, a few supermarkets and enough tavernas to keep us going for the fortnight. I know, it sounds just like AG. Finally because of mobility problems somewhere on the flat with everything fairly close together would be brilliant.
Any of you experienced island hoppers have any suggestions.
Kouloura is beautiful but not exactly a beach children would love - soft sand etc It is more shingle with some sandy bits and is very small. It also has shade from overhanging trees and often there will hardly be anyone else there. Plus side is there are no shops so constant cried for ice cream will be in vain!!!
Gyfada has a huge sandybeach but is more crowded but has all facilities
Do a Google search for some pictures and decide from there
Personally I would go for Kouloura but then I don't like sand or crowds and like to snorkel which Kouloura is great for. But then we are not young, both in our 60's
If you do hire a car, I would also recommend a trip to Marathia on the West Coast, it has a lovely sandybeach which is about 2 kms long. Don't go on a Sunday afternoon unless you like disco music as there is a disco at one of the beach bars which gets loads of the local Greek people visiting. Obviously they also want something to do when they are not working, so I am not knocking it, just prefer to warn people about it. The rest of the time, it is wonderful. You may like it anyway.
Also, dont forget to catch the bus up to Benitses, as it is a lovely old fishing village and there are some nice restaurants tavernas there. You will pass through on your way to Corfu Town, which is another must place to visit.
From Benitses, you can walk up to the Achillion Palace, a bit of a walk uphill or even get a taxi up from Benitses, it's well worth it and will be much cheaper making your own way than going on a trip.
Enjoy and hope you get the same bug as a lot of others and want to return back to Corfu again and again.
I didn't see any, but then, we were only there for an afternoon, we weren't really looking specifically and it was late May, so still quite early on in the season. I'm sure somebody who knows the place far, far better than me will be along to give you the definitive answer, but I can say that Lakka isn't really the most perfect place on the island if a perfect beach is what you're after. Lakka does many things brilliantly, but for beaches, you're far better off mooching on foot south, on the path past the primary school (the red building looking for all the world as though it should be a customs house) and having a bit of a scramble and an explore.
If walking isn't your thing, or you have young children with boredom thresholds and accoutrements, take Bastas bus, or indeed the island bus to Loggos (should be less than 10 euros in a taxi), from where you can walk very easily to Levrecchio (5 easy mins), or for far greater reward, carry on to Marmari, Kipos or better still Kipiadi (20-25 minutes of beautiful walking from Loggos).
Sandybeaches are to be found on the south, and on Anti Paxos. All else is shingle, so make sure you've got something appropriate to wear in the sea, if your feet are as nesh as mine.
Best of all options, hire a boat!
Apologies for rambling on so without answering your question.
South is a bit warmer and if you go to the South East coast there is little or no breeze. We stay in Messonghi (wouldn't go to Kavos unless you are in the 18-25 age group). Messonghi is a lovely small village with really friendly locals and people come back there year after year, so it has built up a little 'holiday community' at this stage and all new people welcome.
We were there in May and had temps of late 20s, early 30s which was fab.
Also, the south is not half as commercialised as the north of the island and has a more 'real Greece' feel to it. Depends on what you are looking for though - commercialised or not.
The South West Coast is lovely too but remember that it has a strong breeze here - places like St George South, Stanta Barbara etc. They are a little more rural and smaller than Messonghi but they have huge sandybeaches whether as those on the South East Coast are a little more shingly.
Having said that, Marathia on the south west coast often has a nice cooling breeze, so no need to keep cooling off in the sea, but having said that, the sea is lovely there, nice easy walk into it. Our favourite beach, so if you do venture south, I highly recommend it.
Also, Benitses, which has got a shingle beach as opposed to the long sandybeach at Marathia, is a lovely fishing village, and it is always interesting to walk around the old village.
Less than 13 weeks before we go, and now getting excited about it, providing we can get travel insurance for my husband.!!
It depends on where you are staying the beach is a sandy one and buying drinks or meals in the beach side bars gets you free sunbeds, we reccomend the Siesta the full breakfasts are too big for us (€3.5 each). There is a waterpark on the Roda side of the resort all they ask is you buy snacks drinks there to use the slides there is a small fee. At the other end there are footy /tennis courts.
I was at Jimmy's Taverna in Pagi (near Agios Georgios NW) the other day and he was telling me about the filming of the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. Apparently the car chase was filmed in and around Pagi so I thought I'd post a link to it on here. Roger Moore's Spanish sounds quite out of place but it's good seeing the Citroen passing Jimmy's bar in the movie.
The whole area is well worth a visit incidentally. Agios Gergios NW has a beautiful sandybeach with just enough tavernas and Pagi is beautiful. If you fancy seeing one of the best sunsets on the island go up to Afionas, you'll be glad you did.
If you pick your accommodation carefully, there is no need to tackle any hills (other than a really small incline) when you are in Kassiopi - some of the apartments are up in the hills, but the whole town is virtually level. It is a fantastic place for a holiday, with something for everyone - just enough going on if you want entertainment but many quiet, traditional tavernas if you don't. True, the beach isn't sandy but the water is beautifully clear and no sand to get everywhere!!! Roda is also a nice resort, and totally flat. Whereever you go, enjoy ps. some good deals with Thomson to the Elizabeth Apartments in Roda at the moment - sadly I am now a Kassiopi convert so no good for me!
First Time Visit
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. Sandybeaches. 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.
Correct me if Ime wrong but Kassiopi goes from the port area and goes uphill, and the beaches arnt the best no real sandy ones but some great places to eat some of the best on the island.
First Time Visit
[QUOTE=Fizz40] Thank you for your advice. Not been to Acharavi before but went to Kalami 2 years ago and also been to Kassioppi and St Georges Sth over the years. Kalami was definately my favorite place - so relaxing! Hopefully will take a trip there in June but looking forward to seeing Roda too. I'm counting down the weeks [/QUOTE]
Kalami is relaxing isn't it, it's a place to be rather than do. The occasional urge to do anything remotely energetic just seems to dissolve away.
Acharavi is not quite as pretty as Kalami (in my opinion) and you probably won't see the same amount & variety of sea traffic. However, Acharavi is rather larger and mostly flat. You will find much more choice of places to eat & drink in Acharavi, consequently prices are likely to be generally cheaper than in Kalami. You'll also find larger supermarkets and a greater selection of other shops. Acharavi also has a sandybeach and I imagine that access to the local bus services & taxis will be rather easier than it is in Kalami.
There are 3 'beaches' in Lakka bay itself - but like all of the island mostly bright white stone as opposed to sand
On the west side of the bay the first one along the path is small and usually (depending upon the winter storms) gently shelving - once over the stones it is quite sandy underfoot. Further along is Harami which is longer and shelves steeper and has a taverna at the back (maybe ?) and has sun loungers for hire.
Some people go across the other, east side, where there is a sand and shingle area each side of the small breakwater
These are all 10- 15 mins walk from Andrikos.
Further up and along the headland you can walk to Planis beach below the lighthouse which looks out over the west coast - and quite good for snokelling etc : too far and hilly for me at my age though! - and from memory probably a good 40 minute walk
For a more adventurous trek you could walk (or bus and walk) to a number of 'beaches' on the east coast between Lakka and Loggos. If you like walking its probably worth buying the Bleasdale walking map which will guide you to all of the beaches and sights on the island.
Failing that - hire a boat for a day or two and find your own piece of paradise on either the east or west coasts ( or subject to weather in search of some real sand on Anti Paxos
Enjoy your first (and, unless you are some of the very few who hate the place, unlikely to be your last) trip to Paxos
Many others on here will be able to give you their own views and preferences
I'm new to this Forum and would really appreciate some Help with Holiday Choice..
My girlfriend keeps on at me about researching a holiday for June 2012.
She says she wishes for a Holiday in Greece.
What we are looking for are
-Greece - 7 or 10 days - bout £400 each if possible - somewhere with a nice beaches, sandy only. - nice restaurants, traditional food, various restaurant as long as there traditional Greek and nothing English food wise. - it does matter about what the hotel is like, as long as it is comfortable and clean, but we will be out and about most of the time - and also a holiday where we can explore, stuff to do in the day.
Can anybody tell me somewhere this might be in Greece?
Tthese apartments are very nice and set in large grounds with their own childrens play area. However they are inland some 800 metres from the beach at Agios Ionnis; which is not the sandy part of Sidari. It is also at least 1.5km walk into the main strip. On the plus side you are within 1km of Sidari Water Park which is suitable for the children.
If you know Sidari, go along beach front with Canal D'Amour end behind you and walk as far as you can. One of last places on front is Wave Bar and apartments. Alessandro & Marilyn are some 800 metres inland behind them; there is a small road nearby.
Unless you plan to spend a lot of time around the pool and eat there then this may just be a bit to far to walk to town and back, to the sandybeach and back every day (maybe twice if out in evening) unless you are all used to walking, especially the children. Remember it will be hot and there is little shade along the way.
Hi Spike. I am based in Kefalonia and if you want cheap accommodation virtually on the beach I would look at Vrahinari region of Kefalonia - fine sandybeach. Studios for 2 persons Vangelis, Dionisis and Remetzo. Book with Agni Travel www.agni.gr/travel/kefalonia.More cheap studios and maisonettes for 4 right by the beach in Katelios at Dreams www.katelios-dreams.com. The Vrahinari studios are next to a great taverna. Dreams is next to the Dreams snack bar. These are both quiet areas. For more ideas go to the website www.kefaloniatravelguide.com and look through the section on accommodation. Hope this helps.
Lady Grey teabags, bone china mug wrapped with teatowel and sponge/scrubber inside along with small washing up liquid bottle and j cloth (lots of places now provide these though), Yorkshire teabags and Nescafe in the new foil pouches. Wind up torch for power cuts and walks on unlit paths, elastic twisted washing line (no need for pegs), lots of mozzie repellant and plug in, cotton sarong for beach (lightweight and I hate it if I do get to one of the sandybeaches and it all gets in a towel, bar of Vanish.
From memory Melly I think Routsis provide teatowels etc, check with Irene.
Also been known to take school bags and clothes, toys, party plates etc, outfits for carnivals, woks, fake blood - don't ask - just the usual holiday gear!
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 sandybeach 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!!
I have a place in Agios Georgios and I can honestly say that for those who like a peaceful holiday next to a beautiful sandybeach with a handful of lovely tavernas overlooking it.. Agios Georgios NW is certainly worth a look. View Topic:
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