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Sandy Beaches - Corfu

Back to Top of PageWest Coast Beaches

 - Corfu Travel Guide

Agios Georgios (Saint George) North

Confusingly there are two Agios Georgios on Corfu - both on the West Corfu coast. This one is the most Northerly one. Here you will find a large sweeping sandy cove - ideal for the bucket and spade.
 - Corfu Travel Guide

Agios Georgios (Staint George) South

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.
 - Corfu Travel Guide

Glyfada

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.
 - Corfu Travel Guide

Chalikounas Beach

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.
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Back to Top of PageNorth Coast Beaches

 - Corfu Travel Guide

Acharavi

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.
 - Corfu Travel Guide

Sidari

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.
 - Corfu Travel Guide

Agios (Saint) Stephanos (NW)

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.
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Topic Topic: New Mega-Resort Near Kassiopi/Ag.Stefanos
Forum: Kassiopi
joefish

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Posted: 17 Feb 2017 at 7:50pm
This link seems to be a few years old but I thought it might be of interest since it includes a map of the area concerned, which is the first one I've been able to find.

http://news.gtp.gr/2013/02/01/greece-closes-privatization-deal-on-kassiopi-corfu/

Last year on a boat trip around the north-east corner of Corfu, the captain was complaining that the picturesque headland and beaches sticking out of the far north-eastern corner of Corfu had been sold off to a private developer to raise capital. It seems to have been haggled over for a few years but finally settled in 2016.

It's not quite as devastating as he made out, but it's a sizeable chunk of land, and will certainly alter the views along the coast. (Technically it's also leased for 99 years rather than sold, not that that makes much difference to anyone around at the moment).

The land starts off at the northern inland corner of San Stefanos, but doesn't include that headland. It covers the top of the hill where there are currently radio masts, and covers the next few beaches with lagoons behind them, stopping part-way along the second beach.

But at least what it doesn't do is extend onto the northern headland with those lovely wide sandy beaches where the boats do like to pull in, as the captain had implied. No doubt it'll put a lot more people in the region, but it's not tearing up the wooded areas and beaches, just the bare hills above San Stefanos.

Thought that might be of interest.


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Topic Topic: Thinking Of St. George For 2017
Forum: St George South
Corfusun58

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Posted: 08 Oct 2016 at 11:42am
We are thinking of trying somewhere different in Corfu for 2017 for a family holiday. Looking for a resort with a nice sandy beach we usually go to Messonghi and love it but that is just the 2 of us and can cope with the beach there, it isn't very nice and just doesn't seem to be getting looked after anymore but ok for us but next year taking family and grandchild so want a nice beach.
Can anyone advise me on the resort we will be going 1st week September will it be busy quiet or just nice and looking for accommodation which is near to the beach and any with pools so we have best of both worlds.
We are going to Messonghi in June as I've said earlier love the place and the people are just so friendly it's like going to second home.
Looking forward to some information on St George South no matter how small anything that will help me choose well. Thank you.
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Topic Topic: Bus To Loggos Beach
Forum: Paxos
Mannag52

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Posted: 16 Sep 2016 at 12:19am
There are 2 beaches in Loggos, the town beach at the far end of the village in front of the old soap factory and Levreccio at the other end of the village, this one has a taverna at the back of it  on the other you would use the village facilities. All the beaches in Paxos are pebbley with the exception of Mongonissi, which is 'manmade' and there are tavernas there. You can also get boats from Gaios waterfront on a very regular basis to Antipaxos where there are sandy beaches to rival the Carribbean. I'm sorry I have no idea re costs of the bus or the boats. The bus may well let you off at the beach if not you will have a 5 minute walk if that.
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Topic Topic: Beaches With Tavernas For Lunch
Forum: Paxos
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Posted: 05 Sep 2016 at 7:17pm
You can take a walk along the road from Gaios (past the Green man) to Mongonissi (or take your hire boat, car or taxi) and there are two places to eat right behind the beach - one a traditional taverna and also Carnayo which is on the waters edge. (The latter is one of our favourite places for a slightly different lunch - quite stylish and very tasty run by lovely people.
Mongonissi is the only real sandy beach on Paxos and although 'man-made' makes for nice relaxation and a beautiful warm bay to swim in. It can get pretty busy in peak season I would think but should be fine when you go.
Perfectly safe to leave your towels etc unattended whilst you have a long lunch ;-)
Have a great time. 
Jeff

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Topic Topic: San Antonio Corfu (A & A)
Forum: Kalami, Kouloura and Agni
Elliemay

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Posted: 06 Aug 2016 at 1:21pm
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Dear all,

We definitely understand your feelings when seeing your beloved San Antonio Corfu changing. Sometimes it is difficult to welcome new developments.

Change most of the time is such a hard thing to accomplish. It's hard to accept, it's hard to put into action and it's hard to understand why things should change. We often like the way things are and as the saying goes, “if it isn't broke, don't fix it”.

The truth is that change is a natural occurrence and is ironically the only permanent thing we can count on to happen. The problem is, most of the time we put it off.

Following the comments of our guests and collaborators, we have carefully planned to head into a new direction and we are very enthusiastic about it.

We are willing to spend time and effort to create a welcoming place where you will be able to relax and enjoy yourselves in a resort focused on an older audience.

In an “adult’s only” hotel, the staff knows you are there for some relaxation, tranquility and privacy. You will get to think about what you’d really like to do, being on holiday without kids gives you the freedom to do it.

San Antonio, as an “adults only" resort, shall offer a chilled out atmosphere, where you can enjoy grown up company in a heaven of serenity without interruption.

And to be honest….San Antonio has never been ideal for kids. Due to its hillside location, has never been the perfect place for young children. Moreover, we don’t have to offer a sandy beach with shallow waters, or kid’s pools, or open-air play grounds, or kid’s club with appropriate animation. We believe that young children would be much more content in a family orientated resort that can provide all the above.

Please let me assure you that we have not taken the challenge of a complete renovation program and a brand new concept to destroy positive emotions and loyalty, but to progress and move on. We are devoted to always improve our hotel for the generations to come.

With Kind regards,
Danai Assoniti & San Antonio Team


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Topic Topic: Where To Stay
Forum: Kefalonia
Ellenjay

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Posted: 06 Dec 2015 at 8:56am
We have stayed in Lassi twice. 

It has sandy beaches and quite a wide choice of bars and tavernas. It is a purpose built resort with a long road, flat, going through it. Quite a lot of the accommodation is up steep hills though.
The transfer time from the airport is short, and Lassi is within easy reach of the capital, Argostoli which is why we chose it.

As SusieH says it depends what you like. On Corfu we usually stay in Kassiopi - when we stayed in Kalami my husband found there was not enough choice for him of bars and tavernas and he needed to keep getting buses out and about!

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Topic Topic: Thinking Of Visiting Mortaitika
Forum: Messonghi and Moraitika
Gerry P

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Posted: 28 Oct 2015 at 5:41pm
Hi Annie. Moraitika is a good resort as it is on the "road side" for bars/tavernas and the beach is sandy and shallow. There are a number of good tavernas but we all have our favourites. Just over the river is Messonghi which is a little quieter but also very good for bars/tavernas! I've been going for over 25 years and never tire of it.
Gerry   
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Topic Topic: Thinking Of Visiting Mortaitika
Forum: Messonghi and Moraitika
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Posted: 28 Oct 2015 at 12:24pm
Hi, looking for some advice on visiting Moraitika. We, a couple in our late 30's have been to Corfu a few times, we've stayed in Kassiopi, Paleokastritsa and Agios Gordios - Agios Gordios we have visited 3 times and is our favourite resort so far. But this year we fancy trying another resort, and are thinking of Moraitika. What we like in a resort is a nice sandy beach, places to walk to during the day, good tavernas and decent clean accommodation. We are not looking for clubs etc, but a bit of life in the night-time is OK :-)



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Topic Topic: Airport Transfers To Agios Georgios South
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 12 Oct 2015 at 12:36am
Hello, arriving in 2 weeks, staying at Aquis Sandy Beach resort in Agios Georgios South. I am looking at booking a minibus transfer with corfuairporttransfers. com as their prices are very reasonable, however after lots of trawling through the internet there are mixed reviews. Any other recommendations? We are a party of 8 (4 adults, 4 children) 
We have also considered hiring cars and driving there ourselves, again, any help on this would be appreciated also.

Please help!! Thumbs Up

Thank you  Smile

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Topic Topic: Who Is Off To Kassiopi 2015
Forum: Kassiopi
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Posted: 05 Jul 2015 at 11:51pm
Hello Raphael 

Presumably your transfer from airport to resort is sorted so, as it is your first visit and is for one week, I wouldn't worry about car hire.  Should you feel the need to venture away from Kassiopi there are a variety of excursions by both coach and boat on offer from the tourist offices in the resort.  These include day and evening trips to Corfu town and I would recommend you do one or both of those, boat would be my choice of transport.  You can also use the local bus service to Corfu town, it doesn't run in the evenings.

The Kassiopi beaches are shingle, as all the north east coast beaches are.  The nearest sandy beach is Kalamaki which is walkable from Kassiopi and I think there may be a boat running to it in high season.  There are a couple of tavernas there and the sea is sea is shallow for a long way out.

There are more than sufficient eateries in Kassiopi for you to try a different one for every meal if you wish.  Limani is our favourite lunch spot.  In the evenings we tend to stick to the restaurants around the harbour, Petrinos, Tavernaki and Melina Bay were our favourites last year and when we do venture away from the harbour in the evenings it is to dine at Sousouro.

Hope you both have a great holiday, Deedee Big smile

View Topic: Who Is Off To Kassiopi 2015
Topic Topic: Nudist Beach Recommendations
Forum: Acharavi and Saint Spiridon
corfu connie

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Posted: 04 Jul 2015 at 10:09am
Hi all, overnight stay in Arillas, wonderful place to relax with a nice clean sandy beach, very friendly. Off to San Stefanos, hope its as nice..connie xx
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Topic Topic: Nearest Sandy Beach
Forum: Kassiopi
Elliemay

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Posted: 17 Jun 2015 at 9:11pm
You also have St Spyridon sandy beach on the North East coast. On the NW you have Arillas, Agios Georgios  (Pagi), Agios Stephanos which are all sandy beaches.
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Topic Topic: Nearest Sandy Beach
Forum: Kassiopi
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Posted: 17 Jun 2015 at 10:05am
[QUOTE=davyboy]Hi Sillygoose. Kalamaki (Sandy Beach) is just a 5 minute drive from Kassiopi. There are a couple of bars and a good restaurant there. Long and sandy, the sea is shallow and crystal clear, you can walk way out without the water going above your waist. Also you can go by boat by booking the Beach BBQ trip. Enjoy.[/QUOTE]

Thank you, exactly what I wanted to know. Clap

I think we might make a few ventures over the other side as we should really, I like the mountain drives but the family moan it makes them sick, especially the hairpin roads up to Pantokrator - Oh for something small and sporty to whizz up there!

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Topic Topic: Nearest Sandy Beach
Forum: Kassiopi
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Posted: 17 Jun 2015 at 7:54am
Hi Sillygoose. Kalamaki (Sandy Beach) is just a 5 minuyte drive from Kassiopi. There are a couple of bars and a good restaurant there. Long and sandy, the sea is shallow and crystal clear, you can walk way out without the water going above your waist. Also you can go by boat by booking the Beach BBQ trip. Enjoy.
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Topic Topic: Nearest Sandy Beach
Forum: Kassiopi
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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.

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Topic Topic: Trip Report May 2015
Forum: Paxos
Nardine

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Posted: 10 Jun 2015 at 3:39pm
Hi everyone
Sorry for doing this so late, I’ve had a Paxos hangover and couldn’t bear to write this up in the past tense until now.

This year we booked independently for a number of reasons but the main one being that I wanted to fly out on the 8th of May and have 3 days in Corfu before a week on Paxos, I could not get a package deal for my needs.

There has been some tooing & froing on here about package v indie, I’ve come out of it preferring package, personally I found it hard work keeping all of the balls up in the air having made 6 different bookings (Parking, flights, taxi, hotel, ferry, 2nd hotel). It stressed me out far too much and unless necessary I won’t be doing it again. That said there were no hiccups apart from some small issues with our return flight and a flat car battery, all of the companies we used were helpful and it worked out well considering the potential for things going wrong.
We booked our flights with EasyJet from Manchester early on so got a good price, parking with Purple Parking via a Voucher Cloud offer, Taxi to Roda (and the return) with Roda Taxi’s via the Roda Online website, Coral Hotel in Roda via Booking. com, ferry transfer & transfer to Bastas (and back) via Routsis Holidays by email and room only with Olympic via their website.

We arrived late at The Coral Hotel, they kept the bar open for us and we enjoyed a nice couple of arrival Mythos’ and cocktails. Our room was on the ground floor and light, bright & clean, the bathroom was a treat!! Very up to date with a fully enclosed shower cubicle, what a Greek treat . Breakfast was included, described as continental but it was a bit more than that, had a big fat bowl of Greek yoghurt, honey and (tinned) fruit every morning.

Roda is a pleasant village, all on the flat with a wide sandy beach at one end, The Coral is touted as being on the beach, it is but it’s not a useable beach, it’s narrow and rocky but perfectly pretty to look at and walking out of the hotel to such a beautiful view morning or evening is a real treat.

Roda has a really nice mixture of traditional and up to date bars & Taverna’s and as usual everyone is super friendly, there are quite a few Brits working there as well as business owners. We used Nino’s on The Beach pool & bar during the day as The Coral’s was a bit small, treated myself to an honest to God carved out pineapple cocktail on our first day. Next day we walked up to Acharavi along the sea front then up into the village proper and the old village, got some well-priced “Thank you for looking after the cats” olive wood gifts.

On Monday we left after breakfast for the port and our ferry over to Paxos, had a blip whereby the fella in the port wasn’t there to hold/look after cases and the rumour from Olympic rep Sam was that he may not be back for the season at all. Atlantis Hotel happily stored them for us, we made sure we had a drink there before we hopped on the 2:30pm ferry.

Ferry trip was dicey, a storm rolled over briefly and I was a bit green around the gills from the sea/sky view towards Corfu, by the time we were driving to the hotel the roads were steaming, great personal service from Routsis and we were at the hotel in a jiffy.
Had a 2nd floor room with a garden terrace, due to the time of year it was actually a bit chilly come the evening and we used the blankets all week for the first time ever!

We introduced friends to Paxos for the first time and they arrived on a specially laid on Illida Dolphin crossing, they’d suffered the remnants of the storm on the crossing and were already saying “we won’t be coming again” I’m really really pleased to report that by the end of the holiday that view had changed and for the first time ever they have said they would return (The only other place they’ve been to twice before is Las Vegas!).

I won’t go into our daily routine as we’re creatures of habit regarding places to eat & drink.
Dio’s and La Piazza were not open the whole time we were there, Manadendri taverna & beach did not open for business until the Friday, we went Saturday, we could not get a scooter from Christos. There is a new shop in the square opposite Niono’s & Pounentes, it sells the same things as the Balinese shop by Harbour Lights, there were no other new businesses that I could see and some of the shops were not open yet.

We did have a boat but had some issues with it and had to pull into Mogonissi beach to call in, turns out it had either overheated or munched up some rubbish, it was fine after we’d stopped for a while but we’d been told to be OFF Anti Paxos by 12:30pm so by the time we’d sorted the boat it was too late to go over, but we made the most of it and took our time going back up to Lakka stopping off at Loggos for picnic lunch then ice-cream at one of the bars.

We took the bus to Gaios one day, ate at Georges Corner (shock horror) and a taxi one evening just for drinks. For my birthday we breakfasted on bacon sandwiches and prosecco, spent the day at Harimi beach & at Bastas pool, went to ALL of the bars in the evening and ate at Nionio’s, had an absolutely perfect day which could only have been improved if we’d realised Manadendri had opened up that day, we’d have spent the day there instead.

As we’d booked indie we could afford the luxury of the later ferry so did have the morning and part of the afternoon to enjoy on Paxos, our friends who booked a package with Olympic were picked up at 6:30am for the first ferry despite their flight not being until 4.30pm.

We said a fond farewell to some various people on the island that we’ve forged and strengthened friendships with and I did have a lump in my throat for a while there.

Our beautiful donkeyless island paradise will be missed by us as it’s unlikely we’ll see it again for well over a year, we enjoyed the nature on the island being early season, that we don’t normally see such as the beautiful flowers, fireflies in the evening and more bird song than we usually hear.

Paxos does sing a sirens song to us, we’d happily dash our boat against its rocks to be forever caught in its tide…. But we would need to remember our Bleasedale book, which we didn’t do this year.
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Topic Topic: Which Places To Visit in Skiathos?
Forum: Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos, Skyros
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Posted: 15 May 2015 at 10:46pm
Definitely use the bus to go to the villages between Skiathos Town and Koukinares. Its been many years since we did Skiathos, but the bus was always fun. I used to worry that we might not get on sometimes when going back to Troulos from the Town, but people just packed on and anyone with cakes had them squashed!  Troulos had some nice tavernas but I guess they will all have changed now, but also a lovely sandy beach to for a days visit. so worth a go.
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Topic Topic: Kaminaki - Snorkelling
Forum: Kaminaki
gazzaw

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Posted: 13 May 2015 at 3:02pm
Hi, thanks everyone for your responses, love your comments, will not be walking up that hill if I stay, it will be in the village, but you have inspired me to go.

Still love the place so much, I'm going on my own in September15 purely on a "rekkie" of course for me and my son going next year Wink

I will be snorkelling and then recouperating on the beach, I may even hire a boat for a few days, can't wait, it will be a change from the Aquis Sandy Beach Hotel, whilst good, my god is it busy, but location, pools and food was excellent, but this is a much quieter break, making my own continental breakfasts and evening meals out, can't wait, maybe see you there, Cheers Thumbs Up

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Topic Topic: Best Resort
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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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: Where To Go?
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 05 Apr 2015 at 8:57pm
Sinarades is a real gem, just wander around and see the what I am told is the largest traditional village on the island. They also have a folk lore museum there. Whilst there go up the hill to Aerostrato for a superb view over part of the west coast. If you head a little further south there is the bay at Agios Gordios. A fantastic safe sandy beach with Tavernas and bars down to the waterline.

 

 Yammas, Colin.

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Topic Topic: The Forum Is Dying!!!
Forum: Paxos
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Posted: 23 Dec 2014 at 7:39pm
We live about a mile from a sandy beach on the North Sea coast. Do I dip even a toe in? No!
Our relatives from London love it, even when it is freezing cold! I love to paddle in the Med!

I have not yet visited Paxos, it is on my list
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Topic Topic: Where To Stay 2015?
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 20 Oct 2014 at 4:26pm
I was going to suggest that you look at resorts on the north coast or west coast for a change. As hinted in the previous post, Agios Gordios might suit you down to the ground. I must admit that I am biased as I now consider the resort as my second home. It has a long sandy beach, fantastic food locations, something for everyone and is so laid back it is almost horizontal.

 Yammas, Colin.

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Topic Topic: Corfu In May
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 20 Oct 2014 at 4:15pm
 May is a beautiful time to visit the island but be prepared for chilly evenings. The mountainsides will be cloaked with fresh greens and the yellow of the Spanish broom. In the olive groves and along quiet paths the fireflies are a sight to behold.
  It should be remembered that early in the season the KTEL Green Bus service offers a restricted service if you wish to visit other resorts using it. A quiet resort with plenty of good eating places, sandy beach and good bus connections, my suggestion would be Agios Gordios on the west coast. I have visited there on 3 occasions over the years and it is magical.

 Yammas, Colin.

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Topic Topic: Where To Stay 2015?
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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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
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Topic Topic: Corfu In May
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 20 Oct 2014 at 11:37am
Wasp problem usually worse August/September, should be fine in May. You could have a look at Arillas or San Stefanos N.W. Both are small resorts, with beautiful sandy beaches. Livelier Sidari is only 15 minutes away if you fancied a change. Honestly, almost anywhere you go in Corfu will have beautiful views. We've been going for 26/27 years, twice a year, and never tire of it. Still finding new places to visit. Good luck.  Moyra
P.S. Mosquitos can be a problem, but bring plenty repellant, preferably containing DEET, and hopefully you'll be fine. The fireflies are also out in May and are magical to see!!


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Topic Topic: Going Friday
Forum: Zante / Zakynthos
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Posted: 28 Jul 2014 at 6:51am
I really enjoyed my holiday in Tsilivi, great sandy beach and lots of great places to eat. Avoided their equivalent of Kavos. Also visited Rhodes, stayed in Pefkos, fantastic people there. Once again avoided their equivalent of Kavos. Found the trip from the airport to Pefkos an eye opener, the black, bare volcanic rocks, wondered what I had let myself in for. The wonderful green island of Corfu wins hands down for me over other Greek locations every time.

Yammas, Colin.

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Topic Topic: Village Festivals/Panegyris 2013/14
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
Bob and Wendy

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Posted: 22 Jul 2014 at 11:54am
Just back from Alikos, (its down near Lefkimi) shallow sandy beach with warm sea. Not much there to do except chill in an old fashioned way, two tavernas one at each end of the beach, with a few holiday apartments, studios and rooms, and that's about it.
Our teachers, musicians and pupils were scattered around in various locations, but all seemed pleased.
The seminar consisted of 2 to 3 hours teaching in the morning, then another 2 hours from 6pm, followed by anything up to 5 hours free dance after dinner, in other words some fools hardly went to bed but made up for it by sleeping during the day.
Most of the group have now moved on to Macedonia to finish the seminar.
We were a very mixed bunch with attendees from as far afield as Australia and USA, France, and Belgium, one Russian, one Cypriot, one Swiss and three English.
Happy days, I hope they repeat for next year, and that I'm fit enough to attend.
By the way, as well as all that, we attended two panigieri, one in Benitses and the other the other side of Kavos. We preferred the latter, Benitses was just off the main drag, so parking was a lunatic asylum, but well attended for all that.
Bob.   
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Topic Topic: Costas Golden Beach Hotel
Forum: Agios Georgios
wishiwas

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Posted: 14 Jul 2014 at 10:02am
I have never stayed in Costas, but know those that have, and do return year after year. I have been inside, and I think this hotel is very well kept, clean and attractive.  Guests are made to feel very welcome.  The view from the pool is stunning, unbeatable I think.  

Agios Georgios is a real gem.  The scenery is stunning.  It is a mostly sandy beach with some large pebbles.  The tavernas are varied and generally very good with a couple of fish restaurants.  I think AG is still unspoilt, quite rural and is close to other resorts should you wish to venture further afield.  Do visit Afionas, which you can see atop the peninsular from the bay, for more stunning views, and excellent tavernas including the Dionysus.  If you enjoy walking, you will love the area, as there are many walks to go on.   This is not a resort if you need a lot of nightlife, music bars etc.  It has a really laid back, relaxed atmosphere.  The clientele is very mixed. 

Jane 

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Topic Topic: Nikolas Taverna
Forum: Kassiopi
Elliemay

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Posted: 27 Jun 2014 at 8:04am
Weeminx,
I think you are getting the two confused. Kalamaki is the big long sandy beach north of Kassiopi and Kaminaki is the small quiet bay with the pebbly beach. x

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Topic Topic: Always Beautiful!
Forum: Agios Georgios
nuff

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Posted: 08 Jun 2014 at 2:09pm
Agios Georgios is a hidden gem. Whether it's the soft sandy beach, the easily accessible sea or the cheerful but happily very Greek tavernas you'll love it. I know because I live here.
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Topic Topic: Booked. Were On Our Way!!!
Forum: Agios Gordios
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Posted: 01 Jun 2014 at 4:24am
Well at last we have booked our 10 year anniversary holiday for August...WITHOUT THE KIDS!!!

Were off to the Aquis Agios Gordis for a little week. We stayed at the Sandy beach in St George's South last year so if the standard is the same or better than we cant go wrong.

Never stayed at Agios Gordis before but from the sounds of things its right up our street.  We have spent a few times at Sidari, Kassiopi but I think Roda up to now is why we fell in love with Corfu so hoping Gordis is up there with it.

Not much info on the hotel on this forum so I will let you all know what its like when I get back but the reviews on TA seem good enough for me Big smile

Only 11 weeks leftSmile

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Topic Topic: Silver Moon
Forum: Agios (Saint) Stephanos (NW)
tim000

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Posted: 30 May 2014 at 5:18am
Never been to Agios Stephanos and thinking of booking to stay at the Silver Moon apartment in August. Anyone stayed there? Been to Corfu a few times staying in Agios Gordis and St Georges south. How does Agios Stephanos compare? Looking for a quiet, relaxing week with a nice sandy beach to chill out on. tim.
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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.


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Topic Topic: Resort Advice Please
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 08 May 2014 at 11:33am
Hi Carron
 
Of the 4 resorts you mention, Dassia is the closest to the airport and to Corfu Town so your transfer would be shorter and you can pop into town easily.  My experience of it is limited to passing through it on the way to or from the airport/the capital.
 
I've never stayed in either Acharavi or Roda. I've visited Acharavi a couple of times and Roda several times. Acharavi is a working town as well as a resort and has some all year round facilities. We stayed in Kassiopi last year after 11 holidays in Kalami (which is beautiful but probably would not have enough bars & tavernas to fit your requirements). We are staying in Kassiopi again this year and Kassiopi would be my suggestion for you. The route from the airport to Kassiopi follows the coast for much of the way and the views are splendid. The quickest route to Acharavi and Roda is over the Troumpeta pass and offers some extensive and lovely inland views.
 
There's a direct bus service from Kassiopi to Corfu Town (doesn't run in the evening). There is also a bus service from Kassiopi to Sidari which (presumably) stops in Acharavi & Roda en route so you could visit them too. Kassiopi is the centre for most of the boat trips from the north of the island. Among other boat excursions there are both day and evening trips to Corfu town. The route for these is the Corfu channel and the views of Corful and Albania are delightful. From Kassiopi you could also visit the charming, smaller resorts on the north east coast. You could visit them from Acharavi or Roda too, you'd just be starting from further away. There are probably charming, smaller resorts near to Acharavi and Roda that I am unaware of. Despite 12 holidays on the island we still have places to explore.
 
If you're thinking of hiring car then Kassiopi, Acharavi and Roda all offer easy access to the main road around the north of the island. Said road skirts along the edges of Kassiopi and Roda and runs through Acharavi. There are several roads off leading to Acharavi Beach and much of the accommodation and refreshment outlets are down these side roads.
 
What do you want from a beach? All the north east coast beaches, including Kassiopi, are shingle.  Acaharavi and Roda have sandy beaches. Kalamaki would be the nearest sandy beach to Kassiopi - a 10 min drive or 30 mins or so walk away.
 
Wherever you decide on in the end I hope you have a great holiday.  Deedee Big smile

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Topic Topic: Walks
Forum: Kalami, Kouloura and Agni
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Posted: 07 May 2014 at 2:02pm
Sue, do you mean Kaminaki not Kalamaki?
Kalamaki is in Apraos Bay isn't it? Nice shallow sandy beach though.
Bob
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Topic Topic: Mozzies & Snorkelling In Early June
Forum: St George South
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Posted: 07 Apr 2014 at 8:16pm
They won't be in huge numbers, but they will be around.

For snorkelling you want Paleokastritsa or Nissaki. One to the north-west, the other to the north-east.  Both mark the start of lots of accessible bays with pebble (rather than sandy) beaches, so the water is very clear.

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Topic Topic: Finikounda
Forum: Greek Mainland
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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: Agios Gordis Versus Messonghi
Forum: Agios Gordios
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Posted: 01 Mar 2014 at 10:18am
Hi Jollys,
  I am a regular visitor to Agios Gordios but I will try not to be biased. Both resorts have a lot to offer the visitor and both have good bus services to Corfu town from where you will be able to explore the island by bus at reasonable cost. Here is a link to the bus timetable which is constantly updated month by month dependent on on passenger numbers. You can get some idea now but check it out nearer your holiday.


  On the east coast you are liable to see some great sunrises and on the west coast some of the most fantastic sunsets which you will be able to enjoy on a beachfront taverna with the nightcap of your choice. There will be many places open and you will be made to feel very welcome.

  As to walking, you are able to head towards Sinarades in one direction and Kato Garouna/Pendati from the bus stop in the center of the resort. You can stick to the roads or use some of the local paths. If you walk to Sinarades you are able from there to continue on to Aerostrato which offers some fantastic views. It is not a climb for those faint of heart but well worth while.

  Agios Gordios has a long sandy beach which is fronted by a range os tavernas and bars. Do all your homework and make your own choice. Regardless of which resort you choose, have a fantastic holiday.   

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Topic Topic: Which Other Resort/Area
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 22 Feb 2014 at 3:14am
I love Kassiopi and have been loads of times, last year we decided to try another resort and went to St George South, we loved it so much we went back later in the year and are going again this year, it isn't as pretty as Kassiopi but they have sandy beaches and the food is even better than Kassiopi, it was also cheaper in the bars and restaurants.
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Topic Topic: Is Lassi A Good Place To Stay?
Forum: Kefalonia
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Posted: 20 Feb 2014 at 3:12pm
Hi everybody,

I've planned to go to Kefalonia this summer on July for 1 week with my boyfriend and I've been recommended to stay in Lassi from a travel guide in a travel agency as I told that I prefer a sandy beach.
It will be my first visit to Kefalonia and I was wondering how Lassi is. Can anyone give me some tips who has been to Lassi before? Some good hotels or even apartment hotels?
I've heard that there was a taverna with a live music which sounds great because we prefer the traditional style of a culture.
Would be nice to hear some tips from those who has been to Kefalonia and has some expierences about the island Smile /alara

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Topic Topic: Is Kassiopi For Us?
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Posted: 19 Feb 2014 at 4:26am
The sea at Kalamaki Beach/Sandy Beach is warm crystal clear and very shallow.
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Topic Topic: Kaminaki - Snorkelling
Forum: Kaminaki
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Posted: 27 Jan 2014 at 5:41pm
Hi Gazzaw
 
A Joefish says, the north east coast (from Nissaki northwards) is excellent for snorkelling - due to the fact that there are no sandy beaches, which ensures very clear water.  I would add that the sea on the east cost tends to be warmer than on the west, due it being sheltered from the prevailing wind and somewhat more shallow.
 
The beach is quite small and, in sailing terms "steep to" - that is, it gets very deep, very quickly.
 
Kaminaki is a very small resort, with only a couple of tavernas (and a very steep hill up to the main road).
 
Hope this helps.
Martyn

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Topic Topic: Is Kassiopi For Us?
Forum: Kassiopi
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Posted: 24 Jan 2014 at 9:57am
I believe Arrillas is a sandy beach so not great for snorkelling. Have you looked at Kalami - has all on your wish list and only one karaoke/music bar (not noisy and does not continue late). Pebble beach makes it great for snorkelling and just 15 minutes to Kassiopi.
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Topic Topic: Which Resort???
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 13 Jan 2014 at 8:59pm
I too love Arillas and if you want a two centre holiday there are also Ag. Steph NW and Ag. George NW which you could also walk to from Arillas if feeling really fit. Lovely coastline with sandy beaches. Agree that Villa Linakis is beautiful.
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Posted: 13 Jan 2014 at 5:33pm
Hi have you thought of Acharavi? Not as picturesque as Kassiopi but a lovely friendly village with a great choice of restaurants and within walking distance of Roda. Also on the bus route to Kassiopi and Sidari. Very short driving distance to both. Long beach which has pebbles but once over these in the sea it is sandy. Can't help with the villa rental but I'm sure there are some around the area.
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Topic Topic: Kamari - Santorini
Forum: Santorini, Kalymnos, Kos, Rhodes
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Posted: 27 Nov 2013 at 4:39pm
I didn't go into Kamari but I do know it can get extremely windy there - it's quite exposed.

The big ridge just to the south shelters Perissa from the strong winds. I found Perissa a bit odd though - restaurants are good and varied but otherwise nightlife is an odd European style of cliquey clubs, one open-air with a hippy free-for-all music jam (probably the nicest), another with thugs on the door to see that the place stays mostly full of under-age girls, another English bar full of people just sat in groups at small tables staring at a big TV, and another deserted except for a creepy dark back-room bar for dedicated alcoholics. A lot of the apartments don't have their own pools, and the ones that do fence them in and charge daily rates for anyone to come in and use them. The blazing hot sandy beach is what it is - nothing particularly remarkable, and there's not much to see snorkelling or diving anywhere else either.

Being out-of-season, you might want to look at Imerovigli - it's just outside the main town of Thira, on the road to beautiful Oia; it's still got the amazing cliff-top hotels but for some reason it's a lot cheaper.  And places inland from the cliff views shouldn't cost much at all. The western, cliff-side of the island is absolutely amazing. But the resorts off to the lower eastern side are pretty average.

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Topic Topic: Not Going Back Next Year
Forum: Kalami, Kouloura and Agni
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Posted: 06 Oct 2013 at 11:31pm
Hi Ann,
Have a look at Arillas on the NW coast. It is lovely, many tavernas in season and a sandy beach. Flat too if anyone has mobility problems and not too far from two other resorts there, Agios Georgios and Agios Stephanos.



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Topic Topic: Back To Paxos Next Year
Forum: Paxos
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Posted: 02 Oct 2013 at 2:43pm
Well we went to Paleokastritsa, saved no money whatsoever (if you remember we were budgeting this year), had no transfer problems, flights on time, first drop off on the shuttle transfer and all at a civilised hour, 7 hours door to door.
We had a great time, Paleo is a lovely resort, a stunning view at every turn, numerous easy to reach beaches with lots of sandy bits!
Quite a few bars to chose from and lots of Taverna's with nice food, but... I couldn't help but compare everything to Paxos!
I know it's not good and maybe a bit small minded when Paxos is the only other Greek island I've been to but I do find comfort in familiarity and I do think we've been spoiled.
The water wasn't as warm and not quite as clear, the taverna's were fine, but they were all a bit samey in their offerings, the bar's don't give you nibbles!! Disgraceful Wink
Anyhow, we'll probably go back to Paleo because there was nothing wrong with the place, and I have to say that opening your windows onto a balcony that overlooks the sea was amazing, but it's just not Paxos.

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Topic Topic: Paleo Report
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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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Forum: Acharavi and Saint Spiridon
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Posted: 21 Aug 2013 at 12:01pm
[QUOTE=Bob and Wendy]Astrakeri is a nice large sandy beach, with shallow sea, and a small harbour, one taverna (Three Brothers) as the road comes down to the beach, (there is another at the other end of the beach, but you turn left before reaching the beach, can't remember the name), no sun beds or umberelas to hire. This is the beach the people of Karousades consider their own.
Bob.[/QUOTE]

The Taverna at the other end of the beach is called Gregory's, if that's the one you mean Bob & Wendy, blue and white? The locals from Karousades tend to use Agnos beach--well we do, Wink

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Posted: 20 Aug 2013 at 6:05pm
Astrakeri is a nice large sandy beach, with shallow sea, and a small harbour, one taverna (Three Brothers) as the road comes down to the beach, (there is another at the other end of the beach, but you turn left before reaching the beach, can't remember the name), no sun beds or umberelas to hire. This is the beach the people of Karousades consider their own.
Bob.
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Topic Topic: Back From Sidari
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 14 Aug 2013 at 3:42pm
Roda is lovely, smaller than Sidari, and cheaper, it has a lovely sandy beach and plenty of shops and taveners. The Afroditi is lovely and you get 15% off evening meals as well, we ate there all the time and never once were we dissapointed with the meals and it made the holiday money go so much further, well worth a look.
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Topic Topic: Nice Beaches
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Posted: 08 Aug 2013 at 10:59am
[QUOTE=LewisUK]There is a beach somewhere between Kassiopi and Archarvi that we went on a beach BBQ to. You could walk out to around 200ft (maybe more) and the water was only up to your knees.

I can find it on google earth but I have no idea what its called lol.
[/QUOTE]
That would be Kalamaki Beach (Sandy Beach)
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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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Posted: 07 Aug 2013 at 2:28pm
Alykos near Lefkimi, sandy beach with a shallow sea, nice and safe for little ones. Not much there, just two tavernas, one very good, the other much more old fashioned with limited offerings.
We were there last week for a few days, the sea was incredibly warm.
Bob.
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Posted: 29 Jul 2013 at 7:38pm
Davyboy.
Give this place a look.
Alykos, or Alykes, seen both spellings, near Lefkimi..
Very laid back, sandy beach, shallow sea sort of place. We are there at the moment staying in beach side apartments named Stellios Apartments. Nice airconned rooms.
Bob.

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Posted: 29 Jul 2013 at 7:29pm
The word in the shops is that we are experiencing an heatwave, that's great you would think, but "W" and myself are attending the Greek Dance Workshop here in Alykos just outside Lefkimi. And it's too darn hot, to quote and old song.
Now, if you are looking for a laid back holiday location, with a sandy beach and safe bathing for kids, this place might well suit you. Not much here but a couple of tavernas and a few apartments.
Bob.
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Topic Topic: Halki Report
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Posted: 06 Jul 2013 at 11:15pm
Well, where do I start? Was it all I hoped for?- yes and so much more, my huge regret is that we only booked for a week. It was lovely, a completely relaxing chilled out week. Yhe issue of the two brothers was resolved by a temporary truce brought about by the Nissos-Halki having an electrical fire while in port just before we arrived, which meant they pooled resources (blood being thicker than water... a sore point that I will return to) and they both brought all of us across in the small daytrip boat, which is about the size of a medium size broads cruiser! Quite exciting for a 90 miuten trip! 20 of us piled or rather leaped off the quayside onto the boat in a game of nautical sardines, ha ha! Our baggage doubled up as additional ballast below deck.

But we arrived safely and quickly found our apartment which was fairly easy to get to and was both quirky and delightful rather like the island itself. 2 days in a whisper went round the tavernas that it might be as well to store whatever water we could as supplies of tapwater were rather precarious. Sure enough  the following morning I turned on the shower and - nothing, just a gurgle!
 
Its amazing how well you can wash with a litre of bottled water and no plug in the sink! 

I later found out from Michael at Minori that the demos had not paid the water bill and that its head was on the phone to the suppliers eating a fairly large portion of humble pita and arranging payment and resupply. It obviously worked as the following morning a tanker pulled up, a large hose was attached to the quay, the Island belched and we all had water again!

Beaches: 
Pandamos was sandy, very organised and busy not really our sort of thing but the swimming was very nice there, and Nick's taverna produced some excellent dishes for us. Their Halki shrimp and melitzanasalata were exceptional and the grilled squid yummy.

Ftenagia we only visited once and did not enjoy much although the taverna seemed very good.

Kania was by far our favorite with a nice shingle beach in a pretty bay, there is no taverna building  as such and food was produced from a large burger van, but it was very good and the owners were brilliant. On that day it was very windy in fact my other half narrowly avoided being hit by a low flying heavy plastic sunbed which sailed over her head! Others were blown into the sea which we all helped to retrieve. Around lunchtime the lady at the taverna said as it was so dangerous there at the time she would give a lift to anyone who wanted to leave, we all stuck it out and within 10 minutes the wind calmed. Later while wandering back we were picked up by the owner and given a lift back to Emporio.

The harbour is beautiful especially at dawn when it glows, the horseshoe cascade of pastel painted houses reminiscent of Symi, wandering the the narrow paths and lanes in the town rewards you with gorgeous gardens and beautifully decorated homes, plus glimpses down into the harbour and its lovely fishing boats.

The only real walk we took on was to Chorio and the castle, the best advice is to start early in the morning - we started at 11! It was hot! 30+C. But we carried lots of water and were fine an oh was it worth it, the chapels, the old houses, the castle, the views all breathtaking. Wear good walking shoes and a hat! There are so many more walks I wish we could have done, we will have to return, there is an excellent relief map available locally.

Tavernas: we did not have one bad meal but some were better than others as you would expect.

Black Sea, good mezes, very nice selection of fish, we had scorpion fish and bream both were beautifully fresh.

Babis, again very good mezes, the mains were a little over cooked on the grill, probably a bad choice on our part, he is better known for his fish.

Remezzo, you cant miss for mezes on this island! Essentially an Italian taverna so we ordered Italian, it was good, my wife had a seafood pasta which was very good and I had pizza, frankly I have has better in my local pub but they do have a wood oven. I is the trendy spot on the island at the moment, but its food and service is no better than anywhere else.

Valentis, a grill house and great. Lovely souvlaki, superb gyros, great salads, amazing value. If you were on a tight budget 2 people could eat here all week for less than 175e

Minori, odd fish this run in partnership by a retired Englishman and a Cretan lady cook, Michael and Maria, the food and hospitality is some of the best I have eaten anywhere in Greece. we ate here  on 4 of the nights we were there. Fantastic mezes, the best Halki shrimp, superb zuchini balls, awesome dolmades,  beautiful mousaka, fantastic stifado, and their fish soup was gorgeous. Beware of "lock-ins" it is impossible to get away, unless you have a will of steel.

All in all the tavernas are superb - I put on half a stone in a week!

A wonderful holiday, I was an emotional mess the day before leaving prompted mainly by the lovely man who runs the supermarket in the harbour who saved my hat, wished us a safe trip home and a swift return. I think he will get his wish. 


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Posted: 04 Jul 2013 at 4:56pm
Hi Colony

You might also look at Acharavi

The Hydropolis water park is much larger than the one at Sidari and not far from some of the apartments in the village, some of whom also offer Hydropolis as one of their amenities I seem to recall

Acharavi has a mixture of pebbly and sandy beaches and is very safe

The village has lots of bars with TV and snooker tables etc. Some places have tennis courts and most have pools

And, as a bonus it is only a short local bus ride to Sidari if you fancy a change





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Posted: 04 Jul 2013 at 4:31pm
Hi Colony
 
Based on you wanting sandy beaches, activities for the children and being on a budget, it sounds like Sidari might suit.  It is one of the largest and most commercialised resorts on the island but that means that it offers options and competition which keeps prices down.  It is also a family resort.  Have never stayed there myself so cannot advise on accommodation.
If you wanted somewhere less commercialised but still with those sandy beaches then Aghios (also known as San) Stefanos North West would be my choice.  There is another San Stefanos on the north east coast but that is almost the opposite of your requirements.
I'm staying in Kassiopi myself later this year but it has pebble beaches. The nearest sandy beach, at Kalamaki, is probably too far to walk.
 
I hope you find somewhere that suits you all and have a great holiday.
 
Deedee Big smile

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Posted: 03 Jul 2013 at 3:39pm
Check out Sidari Water Park and Apartments. It only has a few slides, but has apartments on site and is only about 50/60 yards from the nearest small sandy beach. Very close to supermarkets/tavernas/restaurants, but away from the main strip. Has a good reputation. Good luck.   Moyra

P.S. Still only 10 minutes walk from the strip if you want a livelier night out.

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Posted: 03 Jul 2013 at 11:18am
Can anyone advise on the best location for 2 adults with three children age 8,9 and 10. Preferably self catering with air con, WiFi and a pool with slides and somewhere children can have fun so not a relaxing place for those without children. Sandy beach and easy access to it. Have been reading through forums and guides, trip advisor and booking com etc and now overwhelmed. Got last minute cheap flights and going from the 11th until the 25th...yes this month. Went last year to Kos last minute, but smaller island and easier to choose a resort to suit and got accommodation for first 2 nights online then wandered about and checked out resort for best to suit...but wondering if this is advisable in Corfu?  We are on a budget and do like the odd meal in apartment and enjoy eating out also. Many many thanks Sal and family

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Posted: 24 May 2013 at 12:59pm
When ours were younger we went to St Georges South. I know that it is not "old Corfu" but we found the beach to be large, flat, sandy and clean. In-fact the whole area was fairly flat, ideal for little legs and pushchairs. We found lots of different places to eat and at the time they were reasonably priced, there was even a pizza take-away (cannot vouch for this as we did not use it ). There was a good local tourist office that offered plenty of excursion ideas and again were reasonably priced. We would highly recommend the trip to Sivota by boat if they still do it. We stayed with Thomsons and found there was again plenty for little ones to do on site, and the rooms where air conditioned!


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Posted: 23 May 2013 at 9:01pm
I must put in a good word for St George South. Laid back nightlife, good tavernas and bars as lively or quiet as you want it. Look out for Tzevenos for simple, self catering or bed and breakfast accommodation and a lovely pool with snack bar. Also the Village Grill for simple Greek food with Mad Mikes nearby if you want a lively, friendly bar that also serves breakfasts to die(t) for! Beautiful sandy beach and one of the most friendly resorts on Corfu I have ever been to. San Stefanos NW is great as well, as is Roda and Kassiopi.

I don't think you will be disappointed wherever you stay in Corfu...I've not had a bad holiday experience there in 26 years!

Sue
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Posted: 23 May 2013 at 1:11pm
May be worth looking at Arillas in the NW too. Has a lovely sandy beach, not too large and friendly, laid back feeling.
Transfer to the NW would probably be longer than an hour though if you are using the transfer bus provided by your holiday company.
Would recommend paying for a taxi transfer which would be about 40-50 minutes.

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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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Posted: 22 May 2013 at 7:57pm
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 sandy beach 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!
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Posted: 21 May 2013 at 4:31pm
Hi Sue,
I believe that you have these confused as San Stefanos NE is a small, shingle beach with about 5 restaurants, whereas San Stefanos NW is a large sandy beach, well spread out with plenty of eateries. 

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Posted: 21 May 2013 at 3:45pm
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 sandy beach I believe and larger, more comercialised. S.Stef in the NW is a smaller, very pretty, fishing village.
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Posted: 21 May 2013 at 3:36pm
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 sandy beaches but what they all share is fantastic sunsets.


Yammas, Colin

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Posted: 21 May 2013 at 11:00am
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 sandy beach 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.

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Posted: 20 May 2013 at 3:36pm
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, sandy beach 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
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Posted: 16 Apr 2013 at 5:29pm
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 Sandy Beach on the 12th May.
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Posted: 30 Mar 2013 at 11:35am
Hi all 
Were going to the Aquis Sandy Beach 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?

All hints tips and advice most welcome please.

Nathan

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Posted: 25 Mar 2013 at 2:14pm
Thanks all

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 Sandy Beach 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.

Thanks again everybody

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Hi all
Going back to Corfu in May hopfully but to Agios Georgios south, never been there before, staying in the Sandy Beach resort...

Is it worth booking a transfer though the agent or just getting a taxi as the transfers are close to £50 for two of us.

Thanks all

Nathan

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Topic Topic: Apartments in 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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I'd recommend Lassi on Kefalonia. Lovely sandy beach, 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! 
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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 sandy beach. 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.
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Posted: 04 Mar 2013 at 6:16pm
Hi,
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 sandy beach 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.

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Posted: 02 Mar 2013 at 10:40pm
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 sandy beach (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
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Posted: 02 Mar 2013 at 8:23pm
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 sandy beach. It is one of the few locations that would tempt me away from Corfu. Clap


Yammas, Colin.

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Posted: 02 Mar 2013 at 6:24pm
How about the other side of the island, how about Agios Gordios. It is not to busy but has all you may include a sandy beach for the children. Here is a link to give you a tour of the resort.

                http://www.agiosgordios.corfu360.net  

You can wander round the resort and explore some of the locations there.

Yammas, Colin.

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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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Posted: 26 Feb 2013 at 8:10pm
Lizzi there are two Ag. Stephanos. The one in the NW is larger and has a sandy beach whilst NE is a smaller fishing village (pebble beach). Make sure you book the correct one.


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Posted: 08 Jan 2013 at 2:56pm
Lefkimi is a short drive to Marathia which is in my opinion the best beach on Corfu.  Long stretch of sandy beach and some good tavernas too, including Kastro Mondavali, which looks like a castle if you are facing it from the sea.
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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 sandy beach and watch the dramatic sunset over the sea.


Stevie, Smile

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Posted: 20 Dec 2012 at 1:07am
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 sandy beach, all the best.
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Posted: 01 Nov 2012 at 2:19pm
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 sandy beach. 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/
You can get a virtual tour of San Stefanos beach here:-
http://www.agiosstefanos.corfu360.net/
Whichever one you choose, you will have a great holiday.

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Topic Topic: Hints Around St George South
Forum: St George South
lymmbo

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Posted: 31 Oct 2012 at 7:30pm

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. 

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Topic Topic: Sandy Beaches In The North East?
Forum: Kalami, Kouloura and Agni
Bronwen Brian

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Posted: 14 Oct 2012 at 9:27am
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 sandy beach 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
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Topic Topic: Sandy Beaches In The North East?
Forum: Kalami, Kouloura and Agni
TOPCHEF1

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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: Sandy Beaches In The North East?
Forum: Kalami, Kouloura and Agni
Deedee

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Posted: 11 Oct 2012 at 11:16am
Hi Talullah
 
The nearest sandy beach 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.
 
Deedee Big smile

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Topic Topic: Sandy Beaches In The North East?
Forum: Kalami, Kouloura and Agni
Talullah

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Posted: 11 Oct 2012 at 12:18am
Hi,

We will be travelling to Corfu with our 2 young children in around 2 weeks time and will be staying near Kalami. Does anyone know of any sandy beaches in the area?

Also, any tips on how to get around via public transport - bus/water taxi?

Are there any castles/ruins to see?

Many thanks,
Talullah
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Topic Topic: I Love Ag G!
Forum: Agios Gordios
DAVID1

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Posted: 30 Sep 2012 at 3:34pm
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.

The resort itself is a gem. The long sandy beach 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 arrived.

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 action!

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.

David

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Topic Topic: Pool Or Beach?
Forum: Kassiopi
sooz

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Posted: 25 Sep 2012 at 8:51pm
Gotta to have a pool.  It's amazing as we have spent the last 5 holidays staying in resorts with the best sandy beaches 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 placesOuch
Sue
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Topic Topic: Beaches
Forum: Paxos
toulky

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Posted: 25 Sep 2012 at 1:02am
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 sandy beaches etc, it perhaps not the island for you.    
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Topic Topic: Beaches
Forum: Paxos
Malcy

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Posted: 24 Sep 2012 at 10:58pm
Hi Netsina - I think there might be a few sun beds on the small sandy beach 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)

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Topic Topic: Pool Or Beach?
Forum: Kassiopi
Netsina

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Posted: 24 Sep 2012 at 4:18pm
I quite liked the beaches in Kassiopi because althought not sandy were not crowded (well not in June anyhow).  Will investigate options mentioned.
 
 

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