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Corfu Travel Guide > Resorts Guide : Kontokali Corfu

Kontokali Corfu

Back to Top of PageKontokali Bay and Resort

View of Kontokali headland and Kontokali Bay Hotel
The resort is a small coastal village that is joined to Gouvia by a coastal road, which can be walked in about 30 minutes. There are plenty of Tavernas/Restaurants to choose from, with an excellent cuisine catering for all tastes. Nightlife is minimal, with a few bars. There are various accommodations ranging from apartments, family run hotels, to the superb Kontokali Beach Hotel. Some parts of Kontokali will be listed under Gouvia, as the two areas during build get closer together.

Back to Top of PageThe Beach

The Beach of Kontokali with beach sunbeds and sun unbrellas
Kontokali Beach (Hotel Kontokali Bay)

Sandy with some pebbles
Sun Beds
Available for hire
There are showers on the beach. Towels can be rented from the stalls at shower points.
Child Suitability
Child friendly, with shallow depths with a slow deepening. Between the two groins is a shallow area more suitable for children to play. The beach is cordoned off for Boats and other watersports.
Can be walked, but will take about 30 minutes, and one has to cross the main road (dual carriageway). There is an under pass in Kontokali if you wish to walk. The local Blue Bus will stop at the end of the lane, and the walk will take about 10 minutes. A Taxi to the Kontokali Beach Hotel will cost about 5 to 7 euros. The hotel will happily get you a taxi for your return journey.
The beach is very clean, and hotel staff are continually picking up rubbish. The beach is Blue Flagged. Some seaweed in the water, but otherwise very clean.
This beach belongs to the Kontokali Beach Hotel, but permits other users to use the beach without charge. You can use the hotel beach bar/restaurant facilities, showers, etc.

To the left of the KBH beach is a smaller beach mainly used by the local Corfiots. They also hire out sunbeds and umbrellas at the same price. There is a small complex consisting of a caf￿wned by an ex-pat from Nottingham. One can get small Greek dishes, ice cream, cold drinks, tea and coffee.

A beach seller patrols the beach at regular intervals, selling fruit, cold drinks, and doughnuts.

See the Resort Guide on Gouvia for more beaches close to Kontokali.

Back to Top of PagePlaces of Interest

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In the village of Kontokali is a small local church apparently one of the oldest on the island of Corfu. Also is the remnants of a castle, reputedly to be the place where the Venetian knight Kontokali resided in the much early days.

Head towards Gouvia and you have the Old Venetian Shipyard, where one can see the Arches that formed the building areas for the construction of ships.

Back to Top of PagePlaces Nearby

Church of Ipapanti on Kommeno Island near Gouvia and Dassia
Ipsos and Dassia are within travelling distance and can be reached by the same bus to Corfu on its return journey, taking about 15 to 30 minutes respectively.

Corfu Town is approximately 15 to 20 minutes away by the blue bus, at a cost of 85 cents. The town hosts an array of shops ranging from modern retail to the many gift and souvenir shops within the lanes and alleyways of the old town.

And of course there is Gouvia, approximately a 15 to 30 minute walk from Kontokali with various sites of interest along the way.

Back to Top of PageHow to get there

Most places can be reached either by the local Bus system, or by Taxi. You can hire a car or mopeds (the latter not recommended), but if you are not use the roads, it can be a nerve-racking experience to try. The main Corfu to Kontokali road is a racetrack, and an experience not for the lighthearted.

To Corfu from Kontokali, run about every 30 minutes (it maybe standing room only) but at 85 cents for a 15 to 20 minute journey, who cares. It's quite fun and an eye opener really. The Bus is a number 7, Blue Bus. There is a Green Bus service, but that is more like and express service, and does not normally stop in Kontokali. Gouvia, Ipsos, and Dassia can be reached by the same bus on its return journey (every 30 minutes), opposite the supermarket is the best place.

Which can be called by your hotel reception, to Corfu will cost in the region of 10 to 12 euros for the 7 to 8km ride. Good value for your return journey from Corfu Town when loaded down with your shopping, full up from your evening meal. The last bus back is at 10pm, so a taxi is the better option.

Back to Top of PageExcursions

There are many excursions well worth taking part, to enjoy the island of Corfu. Excursions can be arranged either through your Tour Rep, your hotel, or do it yourself and visit the Tour Shop situated opposite the AB Supermarket in the village. The latter could, and normally proves cheaper than the Tour Company.

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Boat Trips
There are two boat trips well worth taking during your stay in Kontokali. Both trips run from the small pier by the Gouvia Beach. Your Captain of the boat is Captain Spiros, a very jovial and friendly man who cannot do enough for you on the two trips. Through prior arrangements, it is possible to organise your own trip with Captain Spiros.
The first trip is Corfu by Night, and evening cruise to Corfu Town. Enjoy the views of the Historic town, the Forts and Mouse Island. A stop off at Corfu Town allows enough time to shop until you drop, and a bite to eat. The trip is normally on a Friday evening, and costs approximately 11 Euros. Captain Spiros will offer a much cheaper price if you speak to him. He can be found on his boat, at the Aleka ( a relative of the owners), or in the local bike hire shop.

The second boat trip is the Beach BBQ. Captain Spiros will take you to a secluded beach up to the North East of the island (you will pass the Agni Taverna). Spiros and the crew will cook your food on a large BBQ, with gallons of wine and soft drinks. Enjoy the views, coastline, top up your tan, and have a swim in the beautiful clear waters. The trip there and back is worth it on its own. The boat will stop off on the way back to swim in the caves along the coast. The trips take place on a Friday and Sunday leaving approx at 10am and returning about 7pm. Cost for each trip is 24 Euros. Again this could be reduces if you book direct with Captain Spiros.

A good day out, especially for the children. The trip can be organised through the same sources as above. There are many activities at the park, including water slides, blackholes, large swimming pool for all, shops, and eating area where you can by various meals from burgers, pizzas and Greek dishes. The cost of the excursion is approx 30 Euros for adults, and children under 12 is 17 Euros, and under 4, children go free.

Grand Island Tours
A full day trip. Expect to leave early and to arrive back late. On this trip you will visit the Achilleon Palace. Paleokastritsa, swim in the clear water of Paleo. Plus many other stop offs along the way for sightseeing and lunch. Cost of this trip is approximately 34 Euros.

Greek Night
This is held at Korakiana, where a three course meal is laid before you, (very large portions), unlimited local wines. This is all-inclusive. You will be treated to an array of traditional costumes, music and dancing, where you will be invited to join in. this is an evening attraction, which normally returns around midnight. Cost around 38 Euros.

Paxos and Parga
A boat trip to the islands of Paxos and Anti Paxos situated to the south of Corfu, stopping off for a swim, before berthing in Paxos for shopping tour, lunch etc. On leaving Paxos you sail across the Ionian Sea to the Main Land, and the town of Parga, again for more shopping, sightseeing, and a bite to eat. Returning to Corfu Town at about 8pm. Cost for this trip is 34 Euros, children 10 Euros.

Many other excursions and activities can be arranged through your hotels in Kontokali, and the local Tourist Shop, or your Holiday Rep
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Back to Top of PageTavernas in Kontokali

Greek Salad with olive oil and feta cheese
There are quite a few places to eat in Kontokali. In addition to the fantastic Greek Tavernas/Restaurants, there is also English, Chinese and Indian.
From the main road, take the underpass if you are accommodated on the outskirts of the town, or if at the KBH, come along the main road heading away from Corfu Town. Looking towards the new marina, one can go left or right to find the Taverna of your choice.

Taverna Georges
Situated near the small ancient church in the village of Kontokali. The open area at the rear of the taverna is spacious, with a slight canopy to keep the evening sun out of your eyes. The menu is superb, in particular the liver dish.

Taverna Takis
Excellent menu available every night, all Greek dishes. Live music, singalongs. Different but an excellent choice and change.

Taverna Pippalas
Superb cuisine every time, particularly with fish and other seafood. Well recommended for the larger groups. A spacious restaurant, with seating at the front facing the village, or at the rear facing the marina.

Taverna Zorba's
A very typical greek taverna. Excellent food and service, at a pace suited the Greek way of life, no rush. A very friendly atmosphere where the owner and his family will sit and chat, as long as they are not busy (which is most of the time). Well recommended. Very good value for money.

Fish Restaurant Gerekos
Behind Zorba's on the other side of the main road, recently opened. A fantastic array of fish and seafood dishes. If you don't like fish, don't go, but if you do you are spoilt for choice.

The Marina Restaurant
An absolutely wonderful place to eat. Sat on the edge of the Marina with a grand look over all the boats, yachts, etc. Wonderful food, a vast choice of menu, and well worth the extra cost that would be expected in a place of this style.

Back to Top of PageBars and Nightclubs in Kontokali

Being a quiet residential village, there are not too many bars. If you want more of a nightlife, then pop along to Gouvia for a grand selection of bars and nightclubs. However in Kontokali we have the following:

The Beer Bucket
Heading back towards the marina. During the day, if you want one, it serves a full English Breakfast. In the evenings the kitchen serves a variety of dishes, from pizzas, curries, and Greek dishes.

G & M's Bar
Owned and run by Miltos who is an excellent host with such a friendly attitude to everyone who comes into his bar. Music and dancing to any hour that suits him or when the last one leaves. Learn the Greek dancing with Miltos, he is brilliant. If you get involved, a tray of drinks appears at your table. Brilliant staff, Karaoke (get up and have a go). Whoompah is the word to use, loudly.

The Navigators
A very friendly bar, but more of a relax sing-along place of fun.

The Marina Bar
More for the boat fraternity, but again a friendly place where everyone is welcomed.

Back to Top of PageWater Sports in Kontokali

Kontokali is not a major water sports resort. However, there is the possibility for an active day on or in the water.

Boat Rental
Boat rental is available at the Marina. Several companies offer anything from a short day trip to a long term boat charter.

Back to Top of PageAccommodation

There are various types of Hotels and Apartments in Kontokali, although in some Travel Brochures they will be indicated under either Kontokali or Gouvia.

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Hotel Kontokali Bay
A luxury 5* Deluxe hotel situated in the Kontokali Bay, with its own beach (used by the public and other hotels at no charge). Set in a picturesque wooded area looking over the Ionian Sea. Facilities consist of Swimming Pool, Sun Terraces, 2 beaches, Children?s Area, Sunbeds, Beach Towels, etc. The hotel has its own Hairdressing Salon, Massage Parlour, Jewellery Shop, Boutique, Gym/Fitness Centre, and Tennis Courts. All rooms are tastefully furnished with marble bathrooms, 1 double bed, and 1 single bed

Hotel Aleka
The ALEKA is a family run property in a quiet location outside the village of Kontokali, about 500m from the main road (there is a very slight incline to the hotel). This is an ideal hotel for those who wish to be in a quieter locality, but close to all amenities in both Kontokali and Gouvia, and the beautiful Corfu Town.

Swimming Pool, Pool side Snack Bar, Tennis Courts. All rooms are twinned bedded with private shower/WC, fridge, air conditioning (local charge).
Bookings can be made direct with the hotel on 0030 26610 91681

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Hotel Telessila
The TELESILLA is a family run hotel situated in the village of Kontokali. The hotel has 33 rooms all with balcony, shower room, air conditioning. In the hotel is a TV lounge, buffet breakfast dining room, and the reception area hosts a selection of information boards. There is a flood lit outdoor swimming pool, with snack bar and an 'a la carte' restaurant with a full Corfiot and Greek menu. The Telesilla family will do the best to make your vacations unforgettable.

Back to Top of PageShopping in Kontokali

Local shops for food, papers, etc are available in Kontokali. Also the small supermarket in the Marina is open to everyone. Main shopping areas are in Gouvia, or Corfu Town.

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The Alpha-Beta supermarket (locally known as the AB supermarket) is within the area of Kontokali, but situated on the main road. A superb range of food goods, and many other items for sale. The upper floor is more of a house hold goods area. The supermarket has a ATM machine, with a further machine opposite at the entrance to the Kontokali main area. Both can be used to access money from your accounts.
The 'Italian' supermarket 'Diellas', is a discount hypermarket, and is useful if you are planning to stock up.
You will find it on the main Paleokastritsa road, just opposite the Gouvia junction.

Back to Top of PageUseful Kontokali Information

Kontokali has several cash machines located in the centre of the village. There is also an ATM located in Marina as well as in front of the AB-Supermarket.
There are also many places to change travellers cheques and foreign currency throughout the resort.
Public Swimming Pools
Although most Hotels and Apartments have there own swimming pools, and the beaches are very close by, people on holiday and not staying at the Kontokali Beach Hotel can use their swimming pool, with a possible charge for facilities. Also the pool in the Marina is open for the public.
Further along the main road towards Corfu Town is a Holiday Complex that permits other users to use their facilities also.
Telephone and Post Box
All hotels have telephones with direct dialing to the UK, as do the majority of the Tavernas/Restaurants/Bars, at a small charge. There is also an Internet/Email facility at The Beer Bucket (wireless available).
There are several post boxes along the main strip as well as in the marina.
Children's Facilities
With the exception of the beaches there is not much activity for children. However there is a public playground located in the Marina. Also the Aqualand Park can be arranged through your travel rep, or the local Tourist Shop.
Travel Shop
Opposite the supermarket. Here you can book a variety of excursions, either by coach or boat. The prices are normally cheaper than one gets from your holiday reps.
Disabled Facilities
Most Tavernas and Restaurants have disabled access, if not we notice that the majority of staff will help with the access to their premises.
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Topic Topic: August Festival?
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Posted: 25 Jun 2018 at 7:35am
I think it may be the festival of St Spyridon which is 11th August. List of festivals below:

The Feasts in Corfu
All the most important festivals and events of Corfu have religious connotations.
Orthodox religion (almost all the population) and Christianity (only 4% of the population) form the basis of Corfiots' culture and the major holidays are associated with the worship of Christ or the commemoration of the Patron.

Festivals and events
The town festivals and the holy days are numerous in Corfu island.
Down here you will see the dates of the most important summer festivals.
- Beginning of May: Orthodox Easter, so beautiful to be famous in all Greece
- First Friday after Easter: town festival in Paleokastritsa
- 8 May and 15 August: festival in Kassiopi with the celebration of the Virgin

- 9 June: festivals in Alikes of Potamo, Petalia, Zigo, Potamo
- 12 June: St. Onofrio's Day celebration in Pelekas
- 24 June: Festival of the Holy Spirit, town festivals in Kontokali, Stavro, Arghirades, Kastellani of Mesi, Antiperni and Othoni
- 29 June: Saints Peter and Paul. Festivals in Kombitsi, Stronghili and Vitalades. In the main town of Paxos island (Gaios) there are great celebrations in honor of Saint Gaios

- 2 July: Madonna of Vlacherena. Procession in Garitsa. Festivals in Garitsa, Acharavi, Kamara and Fontana on Paxos island
- 8 July: Celebration of Saint Prokopios with relative festivals in the villages of Kavos, Lefkimnis and Aghios Prokopios
- 13 July: Festival in Saint Rocco square in honor of S. Spyridonas
- 17 July: St. Marina. Festivals in Benitses, Spartera, Avliotes
- 20 July: Festival of Elia Prophet in Magoulades

- 6 August: Church festival held in commemoration of the Transfiguration of Jesus in Pontikonisi, Perivoli, Strinilia, Evropuli, Paleochori, A. Deka and Aghios Mattheos with many days of pilgrimage (1-6 August) on the top of Pantokratoras mountain
- 11 August, first Sunday of November, Palm Sunday and Holy Saturday: In these four days the relics of the Saint are carried in procession along the streets of the city where the festival is being celebrated, accompanied by the most important musical bands of the island.
- 16 August: Three days of celebrations in Kato Garuna
- 23 August: Festival of the Virgin Odighitria in the villages of Gastouri, Pelekas and Aghii Deka

- 8 September: Town festival in Afra, Marathia, Aghio Marko, Potami of Lefkimmi and Sinarades.
- 14 September: feast of the Cross in the monastery of Saint Ioanni in Sidari.
- 24 September: " Mirtidiotissa". Festival in Vato.
- 26 September: St. James theologian. Festivals in Karussades and Remunda.

Name day
In Corfù, as in the rest of Greece, the name day is more important than the birthday.
The choice of personal names is important for Greeks, in fact they always give to the new babies the names of the grandparents in their memory.
Moreover the name days are well-known since the Greek names are all present in the calendar as names of Saints, while is more difficult to remember all the birthdays.
For this reason everybody, in their name day, prepare a banquet for those who will pay a visit to give wishes.

Carnival exist since antiquity and at the beginning was a festival in honour of Bacchus, the God of wine, in order to pray to have a rich harvest.
Later the Venetian domination contributed to change the customs of Corfu and to introduce the masks, the coloration of faces with ash and new characters like the dotori (doctors), the nodari (notary) and the muzeta (musetti).
Today the carnival is truly felt, the floats are prepared months and months before and people dressed in clothing characteristic of past and present of Corfu island.

The Carnival in Kerkyra consist of:
- Rehearsal parade of floats through the city on the first Sunday, the Sunday of the Prodigal Son
- The last Thursday before Lent (Tsichnopempti) is dedicated to gorge oneself with meat before the period of Lent
- The last Thursday of Carnival, in the old city, there is the traditional ritual of "Petegolia" that consists of seeing women appear at the windows buzzing in dialect about all the Corfiot events.
The event is accompanied by music and songs.
- The official parade takes place the last Sunday and is called the parade of "Sir Carnival".
Sir Carnival is the bringer of all ills and misfortunes in the year just past, so at the end of the parade, he is burnt in retribution to launch then dances, songs and amusements.

During the Carnival there are also two local rites:
- The "dance of priests" takes place the last Sunday of Carnival in the main square of Episkepsi, which is a village in the north part of the island and little more south than Acharavi.
This rite would go back to 500 B.C. and it is a dance without music in which the men of the village, in order of age or role in the community, follow the Pope who has opened the dancing.Corfu carnival
The verses sung first by the Pope and then gradually by all the men give the dance its rhythm.
At the end the old women join playing and dancing together with the men.
- the carnival wedding is a rite still present today in Klimatia, Chlomo, Marathia, Kritika and Iannades (once it was present in all the villages of the island).
It takes place the last Sunday of Carnival and consists of the celebration of a wedding with both bride and groom men and the dangerous presence of the demon in the form of satyr. The reason of the two men is that in the past the women could not celebrate the festivity.
During all the celebration the inhabitants of the town make fun of themselves and joke using vulgar language.

Orthodox Easter
The Easter of Corfu is famous in all Greece because there is a big festival in the old city with music, dances, banquets and naturally religious celebrations.
In Corfu Catholics and orthodox celebrate the Easter together since 1964, when the catholic bishop of Corfu demanded it and got a positive response by the Holy See.
Below there are the most important days of the paschal period with all that happens on the island and particularly in the old town.

Palm Sunday
It is one of the days dedicated to the Saint patron of the island.
In memory of the miraculous actions that saved Corfu and its inhabitants from the plague, his relics are carried along the streets of the city starting from the church of Saint Spyridonas and following the line where once there were the walls of the city.

Holy Wednesday
Since 1989, on Holy Wednesday, there is the concert of the Communal Chorus in the theatre of the city.
Obviously there is ecclesiastic music to create a moment of union for the community.

Holy Thursday
In the Catholic Cathedral of the old town there is a reading of the Gospels during which the twelve candles that were lit at the beginning of the service are put out one by one.

Holy Friday
Music is everywhere because it's played by the bands during the processions that leave from every church of the island.
The aim of the processions is to carry the Epitaph of own parish along the roads of the quarter, all that accompanied by the music of the bands.
So it's possible to listen along the roads of Corfu the Adagio of Albinoni, the Funeral March of Verdi and that of Chopin.
The processions do not begin all at the same time, indeed they are distributed along the afternoon and the evening in order to allow the several bands of the city to attend more processions; the first one start from the new fortress and the last one from the Mitropolis.

Holy Saturday
This day is rich of events:
- in the morning, in the Church of Our Lady of Strangers, there is the reproduction of the earthquake that followed the resurrection of Christ
- the procession of Saint Spyridonas that starts from the homonymous church
- the celebration of Resurrection
- the ritual of "Botides" that consist of throwing from the windows earthenware jugs full of water.
In the evening there are the church services, first the catholic and then the orthodox one that takes place not inside the church but outside.
When the Pope announces the God resurrection everybody lights own candle and suddenly the Spianada lights up.
At the end of the ceremony there are the fireworks and the bands play walking for the roads of the city while all the inhabitants celebrate finishing the fast with sweets and wine.
Sunday and Easter Monday
Sunday morning, in the old town, there are still processions with the icon of the Christ resurrection, while Monday they bring in procession the standard and the cross of own church.
Finally everybody celebrates with own family having a lunch with meat, lamb on a spit and "avgolemono" soup.

Sunday and Easter Monday
Sunday morning, in the old town, there are still processions with the icon of the Christ resurrection, while Monday they bring in procession the standard and the cross of own church.
Finally everybody celebrates with own family having a lunch with meat, lamb on a spit and "avgolemono" soup.

Saint Spyridonas, Saint Patron of Corfu
St. Spyridonas is the Saint Patron of Corfu island and for this reason he is celebrated, prayed and acclaimed by Corfiots.
Their relationship with the Saint is very close because they see him like their saviour, they feel him like one of them, a real defender. Saint Spyridonas, Saint Patron of Corfu
Saint Spyridonas was born in Cyprus, he is not Corfiot and he never lived on the island; he arrived in Corfu only after his death because Georgios Kalocheretis carried here his relics.
His relics are considered the reason for which the island was saved from the Turks, the plague and the famine.
For these miracles Saint Spyridonas was proclaimed patron of Corfu.
In the old town there is a church dedicated to his memory that contains his relics.
Spyridonas is celebrated four times by Corfiots, in order to commemorate the four miracles that he has performed for the islanders:
- Palm Sunday to remember that in 1630 he has saved the island from the plague; his relics leave from the church of Saint Spyiridonas and go around the old town along its walls.
- Holy Saturday, there is a procession in memory of the escaped famine of 1550
- The first Sunday of November, there is a commemoration for the salvation from the plague in 1673
- 11 August, there is a procession in memory of victory against the Turks in 1716.

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Posted: 10 Aug 2017 at 7:23am
An insider's guide to the best places to eat in Corfu, including waterside tavernas with the best seafood. By Marc Dubin, Telegraph Travel's Corfu expert.
Greek Islands travel guide
Most Corfu Town restaurants operate all year – though in the countryside and at coastal resorts, only those pitched at locals work in winter, and often just Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.

Greeks traditionally don't observe courses – mezédes (starters) and main dishes typically arrive together at less posh tavernas, to be passed around and shared. If you want your starters first, tell the waiter. They will often ask if you actually want bread – which must be paid for, and is often nearly inedible.

Salto Wine Bar Bistro
Opened in December 2013 by experienced chefs Pavlos and Natasha, on the former site of the classic sailors' bar Dirty Dick's, Salto has quickly garnered a good reputation amongst both residents and visitors. The cast and crew of ITV’s The Durrells series have their catering done here. Leather-bound menus announce 'Inspired Cooking', a promise largely delivered on. Fishy dishes, particularly daily specials, are a strong suit; between tuna fillet in ginger sauce and seafood kritharotó (made with orzo instead of arborio rice), this writer plumped for the latter, which had an abundant lashing of fresh shellfish. Meat-eaters will enjoy steak with mascarpone sauce, and sage- laced gnocchi; plates of the day are likely to appeal. Salad stars include caprese; spirtóza (mixed greens and fennel under ginger-lemon vinaigrette); and rocket with manoúri cheese and sun-dried tomatoes. Hot starters feature Anatolian sausage-y bits, hake croquettes with garlic mousse and caramelised beet or citrus-marinated salmon carpaccio plus a side of beluga lentils. Portions are not huge, but perfectly adequate– the emphasis is on quality, not quantity. Not up for a full-on meal in any case? Sample a long list of charcuterie and cheese slabs, almost all of Greek provenance. Premises are lower-ground floor, with an arch separating the main seating area from the open-plan kitchen. The decor is enlivened by a wall covered by the ID ends of wooden wine packing-cases. The wine list itself, as you'd hope, is well chosen from premium Greek labels, sensibly organised by grape variety, and quite reasonable – most bottles fall into the €25–40 range, and for drivers many are available by the glass. Puds are limited, and change daily; expect pavlova, mille-feuile, and own-made, not-too-sweet ice cream – kaïmáki flavoured topped with sour-cherry compote went down a treat. The soundtrack oozing overhead at conversational volume is mostly vintage jazz (think 'How High the Moon' and 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy'), with old show tunes and a bit of exotica thrown in. Service is good, and not overbearing as so often in more pretentious places; a complimentary carafe of filtered water is placed on your table on arrival. For once there’s good bread, served with olives and dipping oil.
Salto Wine Bar Bistro,
The emphasis is on quality, not quantity at Salto Wine Bar Bistro
Address: Donzelot 23, Spiliá/Old Port
Contact: 00 30 26613 02325 or 6976 956027
Price: budget at least €45 per head for 3 courses, and a share of a bottle
Opening times: daily, all year except Christmas, New Year's Day and Easter Sunday. Dinner from 6.30pm until midnight; open lunchtime only Sept/Oct
Reservations: always a good idea – just 20 tables in total, including 6 outside
Payment: cash or credit card

The most accomplished of the waterside tavernas here, who live off the denizens of the many nearby hillside villas, Fagopoteion has an enviable reputation for its traditional recipes, fresh wild fish caught around the Diapóndia islets and fair prices given a location in the heart of posh ‘Kensington-on-Sea’. Do, however, refuse trays full of little platters proffered 'just to try' – these will be charged at full whack, significantly upping the bill; make an order and insist that the house adheres to it. Signature dishes include fluffy, non-greasy three-cheese saganáki, chunky tzatzíki, succulent, pork-based bekrí mezé, baby squid (gónos kalamaráki) or crispy atherína (sand smelt) in late spring, flash-fried shrimp (probably from the nearby Amvrákikos Gulf), rabbit stew, chard-based tsigarélli (versus the usual wild greens) and melt-in-the-mouth octopus (proprietor Khristos’ secret is blanching prior to grilling). Probably orange cake on the house for dessert.
Address: mid-waterfront, Ágios Stéfanos Sinión
Contact: 00 30 26630 82020
Price: allow €30–40 a head, without 'taster' platters
Opening times: open daily for lunch and dinner Easter–Oct, Sat lunch/dinner, Sun lunch and major holidays otherwise
Reservations: advisable in season, especially for waterside tables
Payment: cash or credit card

An established favourite for the denizens of Kensington-on-Sea, though we hadn't eaten here since 2011 so returned recently with some apprehension. Not to worry – it's still worth showing up. First the bad news: bread is mediocre (though it arrives with tapinade), and tsigarélli to start was a dull version. But a platter of grilled sardines was ace (other seafood is dear), the Corfu red ale came in big bottles, there's a range of daily-changing puds (such as lemon tart), and service is quick even at busy times. The all-Greek wine list (€19–43) is decidedly eclectic, with most bottles in the €28–34 range. Afterwards (or beforehand), have a dip at Houhoulió pebble beach just to the north.
Kouloura restaurant corfu
Kouloura is an established favourite, just south of Houhoulio pebble beach Credit: Marc Dubin
Address: Kouloúra port

Contact: 00 30 26630 91253 

Prices: €28–34 for three courses and a Corfu beer
Opening times: Easter until late Oct, orders taken 11am–9pm (note early evening closure)

Reservations: suggested

Payment type: cash or credit cards

Glyfa is the go-to seafood taverna for this stretch of coast; some diners show up by boat taxi (restaurant can arrange), an attractive option as parking on the road is tricky. What they – and you – get is assiduous service, proper table nappery and excellent grub: king scallops as starters, great fish mains, mussel linguini, and lamb dishes likes chops in honey sauce for the seafood-averse. Finish off with sophisticated puds – panna cotta, chocolate souflée or pavlova. Wines are Greek, and well chosen; our party polished off two, maybe three, bottles of Nico Lazaridi rosé, a snip for the quality at €26.
Glyfa, Corfu
Glyfa is the go-to seafood taverna for this stretch of coast
Address: Just above Glýfa beach, below the main highway, just west of Nissáki
, with views towards town
Contact: 00 30 26630 91090,
Prices: reckon on €45 a head in a group of four, for three courses each and abundant wine
Opening times: Apr–Oct, daily lunch and dinner (last orders at midnight)

Reservations: required 

Payment type: cash or cards accepted

Venetian Well
Besides Salto, this is the other class act in Kérkyra Town, well hidden amongst the lanes and little squares of medieval Campiello district. There has always been a restaurant here, so named for the carved Venetian well out front, but the previous iteration shut in 2011, while the current operation commenced during 2013, under chef Yiannis Vlachos and Eirini (front of house). Sit outside around the well, or inside the plush but pleasant interior, with a digestion-promoting soundtrack; either way you’ll have proper linen nappery, and water in glass bottles, not tacky plastic ones. Summer menus are lighter than winter ones, featuring starters like noúmboulo (Corfiot wine- marinated pork loin) and graviera salad; a tart of caramelised onions, mushrooms and goat-cheese mousse; or gazpacho of melon-and- sweet-pepper mousse which was perfect for a hot night. Mains encompass Sardegnan fregola pasta with mushrooms, marjoram and truffle; grouper-based biánko; or slow-cooked veal cheeks under ginger, lemon grass and honey glaze, flanked by dollops of sweet potato purée and shallot chutney. The wine list (€25–60 a bottle) is mostly Greek, mostly premium label. Creative own-made dessert might be semolina halvás under exotic toppings, and Corfiot-kumquat ice cream. Coffee to finish isn’t caterer’s or supermarket bulk-pack, but Jamaican Blue Mountain. ‘Nuff said.
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Sit outside around the well, or inside the plush but pleasant interior of the Venetian Well Credit: Marc Dubin
Address: Platía Kremastís, Kerkyra Town – tricky to find (ring for help if necessary)
Contact: 00 30 26615 50955,
Prices: A special treat: allow €40–55 a head for three courses, plus on average €25 more for a share of wine.
Opening times: daily, June–Oct 7pm–12.30am; Nov–May 5–11pm, may close Sun/Mon
Reservations: usually required – frequent group events booked
Payment type: cash or cards accepted

Boukari Beach
Cult seafood taverna at this tiny hamlet on the south-east coast, with squirmingly fresh scaly fish, tender kalamári, octopus bourdéto and steamed mussels at very competitive prices – reckon on €35–40 per kilo for fish, a bargain for the island. Rosé or white wine by the kilo is highly quaffable, also Corfu beer and Pilavas ouzo from Pátra. Good whole-meal bread for a change (on request); seaside seating fills quickly. The friendly managing family keeps accommodation nearby (see Corfu Hotels) if you can’t tear yourself away.
Boukari Beach, Corfu
Boukari Beach Taverna has cult status in this tiny hamlet
Address: Boúkari, 4km beyond Mesongí, 700m before the jetty
Contact: 00 30 26620 51792,
Prices: allow €24-30 a head
Opening times: daily, May-Oct
Reservations: not needed, unless you wish to guarantee a waterside table
Payment type: cash or credit card

One of the best places for fish near Corfu town, with an outside terrace looking towards Gouviá marina and its giant boat-slip. Reasonable portions for starters like rocket-and-black caviar salad, with fish like the bass-like mylokópi (ombrine) skillfully butterflied (petáli in Greek) on request. Only letdown: bulk wine is so-so, so get beer, oúzo, tsípouro or bottled wine instead.
Roula, Corfu
Roula is one of the best places for fish near Corfu town, and its outdoor terrace looks out towards Gouvia marina
Address: Kondókali, end of the road on Nisí Gerékou peninsula; well signposted off the route to the Kontokali Bay Resort and Spa
Contact: 00 30 26610 91832
Prices: €25–30 for 2 appetizers, a seafood platter and a beer
Opening times: summer, daily lunch and dinner; winter, daily dinner only except Sun lunch too
Reservations: suggested for large parties
Payment type: credit cards accepted

Klimataria tou Bellou
Inconspicuously signposted seafood taverna known for its wild, fresh (not farmed or frozen) fare, and attentive service from father-and-son team Nikos and Kostas Bellos. Some unusual dishes include sardine bourdéto, or biánko made with grouper or John Dory. Most recently we had a scrumptious shellfish assortment (cockles, clams, gialisterés or smooth Venus). Starters like leek and celery in red sauce and super-fresh steamed mussels are recommendable too, as is the bulk white or rosé wine from Neméa. The wine list is strictly Greek, at €20–50 per bottle. Leave room for Lilly's homemade puds like cheesecake with bramble or apricot jam topping, or meringue with strawberries and whipped cream. Blink and you’ll miss the handful of tables outside this tottering four-storey townhouse (there's a bit more seating inside for cooler weather).
Klimataria, Corfu
This inconspicuously signposted taverna is known for its wild, fresh seafood
Address: Main old village square, Benítses
Contact: 00 30 26610 71201,
Price: Allow €23-45 a head for three courses, drink extra; grilled fish €50–63 the kilo
Opening times: open Mon–Sat 6.30-11pm, Sunday lunch only (12-4.30pm); Sun dinner too 15 June–15 Sept. winter weekends only, but closed 1 Dec–31 Jan
Reservations: highly advisable, as only 15 tables/50 covers
Payment: credit cards accepted

This unimprovably set beachfront taverna, going for 39 years now, prides itself on sourcing local, fresh seafood like baby kalamári, large prawns from the Amvrakikós Gulf, perfectly fried koutsomoúra and naturally coloured (not pink) taramosaláta; farmed mussels from northern Greece are a departure from the pattern. Fresh springtime artichokes are fricaseed in a white sauce with parsley and celery. During winter they set up shop in Pátra on the mainland, presumably with similar proper table nappery.
Bacchus, Corfu
This beachfront taverna has been going for 39 years and prides itself on sourcing local, fresh seafood
Address: south end, main beach, Mesongí
Contact: 00 30 26610 75301;
Price: allow €27-32 a head for a starter, fishy mains and moderate alcohol intake
Opening times: open daily lunch and dinner, May-Oct
Reservations: advisable, especially for the few waterside tables
Payment: cash only

A long-running local favourite in a new prime location since 2014, Tavernaki has a good line particularly in fish and seafood; our big pile of steamed mussels was palpably fresh, with only two duff ones failing to open. The signature vegie dish is melitzána bérdema (baked eggplant), while grilled talagáni cheese resembled Cypriot halloúmi. With the disappointingly ordinary bread, there was a more interesting beetroot salad dip included, though we also ordered pink-ish but nonetheless okay taramosaláta. Lahanodolmádes (rolled/filled cabbage leaves) stuffed with seafood, under lemon-herb sauce, made for an appropriately light summer-evening mains. Portions are medium-sized to large, so go hungry- salads definitely feed two. Corfu beer on draught (500ml) is featured at a keen price; there's also good bulk rosé wine (€11 per litrre), but a suprisingly limited bottle list. The kérasma (sweet treat on the house) was a refreshing lemon mini-sorbet in a shot glass; if you order dessert, there's probably chocolate cheesecake or brownie to choose between. Summer wood-deck seating has impeccable views to the port and lit-up castle; in cooler weather a glass windbreak goes up to create a 'greenhouse', while in winter there are tables inside. Service deals efficiently with the typical crush here.
Address: Kassiópi main port, far end of right-hand (east) quay
Contact: 00 30 26630 81529
Price: allow €18-28 a head, plus tipple
Opening times: daily lunch and dinner April–Oct, weekends only otherwise
Reservations: mandatory, or be prepared to wait 15-30 min
Payment: cash or credit card

The most unpretentious taverna at otherwise toffee-nosed Agní cove on the Kensington-on-Sea coastline, with Periklis in charge. During peak season parking down here could be a non-starter, so many diners arrive by hired boat or water-taxi plying between Nissáki and Ágios Stéfanos Sinión (each taverna has its own jetty). This isn’t primarily a seafood spot, trading more in Corfiot dishes like sofríto, lamb kapamás and pan-Hellenic moussakás, but grilled sardines were satisfying. There are also fun starters like melitzána róllo (bouréki), a slice of aubergine wrapped around crumbled feta cheese, mushrooms venetsiána (stuffed with ham, bacon and cheese under white sauce) or fried prawn balls. Bulk red wine proved better than bulk rosé.
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The most unpretentious taverna at otherwise toffee-nosed Agní cove on the Kensington-on-Sea coastline Credit: David C Tomlinson/David C Tomlinson
Address: Agní cove, on far right as you face the sea (far left if arriving by boat)
Contact: 00 30 26630 91243
Price: allow €18–24 a head, including a share of bulk wine
Opening times: daily, lunch and dinner April–Oct
Reservations: suggested during peak season; mandatory on Thur eve, which is ‘Greek Night’ with music and dancing
Payment: cash or credit card

Cavo Barbaro (alias tou Foti)
A long-running favourite of ladies (and men) who lunch at the far north end of Kensington-on-Sea, which has nudged prices steadily upward though quality has been maintained. Starters include beet salad with yogurt and walnuts, aubergine soufflé, and plevrótous mushrooms; main platters extend to sofríto, baked lamb and seafood like octopus carpaccio or scaly fish. Our fangrí (red porgy) at €45 per kilo arrived perfectly grilled and artfully presented with a sprig of fresh fennel inside and a side of grilled vegies. Small fruit salad as kérasma, or you can order chocolate soufflé with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Service handled a weekend-lunch crush fairly well.
Address: Avláki beach, towards the middle
Contact: 00 30 26630 81905 

Price: a starter, 350-gramme fish, dessert and a modest quantity of booze will set you back €33
Opening times: daily all day May–Oct
Reservations: suggested for groups

Payment: cash or credit card

Bakalogatos ('the grocery cat' in Greek) relies on local products - including only Greek wine and microbrewery beer like Corfu, Pils Hellas or Santorini – plus keen prices to draw crowds to its indoor/outdoor tables. The menu is mostly vegetarian/dairy starters like keratádes (cheese-stuffed pointy green peppers) and pork-based recipes such as tiganiá; seafood has a mere token presence, probably just octopus.
Address: Alypíou 23, corner Prosaléndou, Spiliá district
Contact: 00 30 26610 42187
Price: under €20 a head; 2 portions of starters will fill up one diner
Opening times: Mon–Sat, 6pm-1.30am, all year
Reservations: suggested at weekends
Payment: cash only

One of the earliest tavernas established in formerly desolate Paleá Períthia, and still one of the best – Rick Stein gave it his imprimatur in his “Mediterranean Escapes” TV series, but luckily that hasn’t gone to the proprietors’ heads. The menu emphasises grills and stews (including rabbit), but you can have a very enjoyable mezédes-only meal – sausages, kremydópita (onion turnover), stuffed peppers, dolmádes, superior rocket/parmesan salad – while downing tsípouro (clear grape-mash spirit), Corfu Red Ale, or bulk wine (their rosé is excellent). Save room for their famous karydópita (walnut cake) with ice cream.
Address: Old central square, Paleá Períthia
Contact: 00 30 6955 950459
Price: €21–24 a head with a main dish, €17 for two mezédes platters, pud and light drinking
Opening times: daily, May – Oct; weekends only otherwise
Reservations: not needed except maybe July-August
Payment: cash only

Palia Perithia
Working (they claim) in some form since 1863, Alkinoös and Alexia's (as it's also known) proves a dab hand at dishes like non-oily briám (ratatouille), garlic-y eggplant salad, grilled or sautéed wild snails without the usual red sauce, and succulent sykotariá (sauteed lamb livers) – though tsigarélli was far too oily. Half-portions available; the bulk white or red wine is fine, as is their home-made ginger beer, which arrives in a flip-top bottle. For pud there’s excellent karydópita (walnut cake). The interior serves as a de facto museum of former village days; the outdoor terrace has the best view of any of the village-centre eateries.

Address: Old central square, Paleá Períthia
Contact: 00 30 26630 98055 or 6944 798 567
Price: under €20 a head for two courses and a share of bulk wine; add €3 for walnut cake.
Opening times: daily, May – Oct; weekends only otherwise
Reservations: not needed except maybe July-August
Payment: cash or cards

Elizabeth’s has been going as a restaurant since the late 1940s, now in the hands of grand-daughter Elizabeth (though founder Granny Elizabeth and her mum still make occasional appearances). The fare is resolutely home-style: cockerel pastitsáda with big round noodles, wholesome peas with potatoes. Purplish bulk wine is rough and ready, as is the decor (primarily ancient bottles, some still full of who knows what, and a 1960s jukebox which sadly is beyond repair). Unusually on Corfu, a place that’s definitely more fun to eat at inside than at the limited number of outdoor tables.
Address: Doukádes village centre, 5km inland from Paleokastrítsa
Contact: 00 30 26630 41728
Price: around €20 a head
Opening times: daily, lunch and dinner, most of the year
Reservations: not needed
Payment: cash only

Khrysomallis (aka Babis)
Classic casserole cookshop just in from the Listón arcades, where a local clientele descends for such homestyle specialities as thick tzatzíki; angináres ala políta with fresh artichokes in springtime, not frozen hearts; stuffed cabbage leaves; roast lamb with potatoes; hearty stews and lentil soup, washed down by a heavy but palatable local red or rosé wine. The Durrells ate here regularly during their sojourn, but it has existed longer than that.
Address: Nikifórou Theotókou 6, Corfu Town
Contact: 00 30 26610 30342
Prices: €18-23 for two courses with a measure of wine
Opening times: all year daily 12 noon-10.30pm
Reservations: not needed
Payment type: cash only

Always packed with a young university crowd and their elders, who scoff little platters like mushroom croquettes, marinated Florina peppers and octopus vinaigrette accompanied by vials of tsípouro, the mainland-Greek clear spirit. Summer courtyard seating; otherwise indoors where smoking may be tolerated.
Tsipouradiko, Corfu
Tsipouradiko is a popular haunt with the young university crowd and their elders
Address: Prosaléndou corner P. Gída, behind appeals court, Corfu Town
Contact: 00 30 26610 82240
Prices: €15-20 for three platters plus tsípouro
Opening times: Mon–Sat, 1pm-2am (kitchen closes at 12.30am)
Reservations: suggested for large parties
Payment type: cash only

The Old School
The former village primary school is now the go-to taverna on Kassiópi's picturesque main port for seafood, especially octopus, gávros marinátos (marinated anchovies) local gófos fish (a relative of tuna) and garlic-sauce mussels, preceded by superior renditions of taramosaláta, 'black' tzatzíki (with cuttlefish ink) and melitzanosaláta, or salads (spinach and rocket greens with blue-cheese dressing could feed two). There are also meat casseroles like pork or lamb kótsi (shank) and lamb kléftiko, in generous portions. If possible, get a table right under the giant, landmark plane tree, where a nesting scops owl hoots on summer nights. Local microbrewery products are featured (fairly priced), as well as Belgian beers (dear) and hýma wine (the local rosé is fine and dry). Service coped fairly well with a Saturday-night crowd.
The Old School, Corfu
The former village primary school is now the go-to taverna on Kassiópi's main port
Address: Kassiópi main port roundabout
Contact: 00 30 26630 81211
Prices: €23-27 for two starters, a fishy mains and a local beer, or €18 for a salad, meat mains and a half-litre rosé, or €19 for a starter, lamb shank and draught Corfu Red Ale
Opening times: May–Oct lunch (until 4pm) & dinner
Reservations: advisable in season
Payment type: cash only

This shrine of magireftá (Greek casserole dishes), going since 1936, is another spot where Rick Stein dropped by approvingly on his Med Escapes tour, and where locals have lunch after work or shopping in the nearby bazaar. Signature dishes include moussakás, pastítsio (macaroni pie) and agnináres ala políta (artichoke hearts stewed with carrots and potatoes). We had instead baked gávri (anchovies) and grilled mixed vegetables, accompanied by some superior rosé hýma. The only let-down was the kérasma (sweet on the house) – a factory ice-cream cone. A scooter stands at the ready outside for Rouvas' bumping trade in home delivery.
Rouvas, Corfu
Rouvas is a popular place where locals have lunch after work or shopping in the nearby bazaar Credit: BASILIS DOUKAKIS/DOUKAKIS
Address: Stamatíou Dessýla 13, Pórta Riála district
Contact: 00 30 26610 31182
Prices: under €20 for a starter, mains and modest amount of tipple
Opening times: Mon–Sat 11.30am–5.30pm
Reservations: not needed
Payment type: cash only

Carnivore heaven, and about the only place in this resort area where locals dine. Come here around midnight, and you'll spot other taverna-keepers who've closed for the night and come here for a solid feed – no better recommendation. The signature main dishes are succulent kondosoúvli (spit-roasted pork chunks) and arní soúvlas (spit-roasted lamb chunks), while starters include excellent tyrokafterí (spicy cheese dip) – with little pitta triangles to scoop it up – salads and spicy grilled plevrótous mushrooms. To drink, there's Corfu draught beer or homemade bulk wine. The kérasma is likely a fruit platter or karydópita (walnut pie). There's a pleasant interior for cooler months; otherwise sit out on the terrace.
Filaraki, Corfu
Filaraki is carnivore heaven, and the only place where the locals dine
Address: Main road, Aharávi, south (inland) side
, about halfway along the 'strip'
Contact: 00 30 26630 64750 

Prices: about €20 for a starter, meaty mains and a beer 

Opening times: daily most of the year 11.30am–1.30am 

Reservations: not usually needed
Payment type: cash only

Tragos is ancient Greek for ‘goat’, and while there is a rather fetching goat mural inside, this is actually Grilled Lamb-Chop Central for the area; there’s little else on the menu other than simple salads. A kilo of decent-quality chops (€25) will easily feed three, four people if they’re not ravenous; individual portions are €10. Red bulk wine was okay, at just €8 per litre. Most seating is out in the pleasant courtyard; a few tables inside too for cooler weather.
Address: Kassiópi, on the minor, inner road out of town, just before the junction with the main highway near Kalamíonas cove; a slightly unglamourous location, reflected in low prices for this resort
Contact: 00 30 26630 81937
Prices: well under €20 per person for a share of chops, salad and drink
Opening times: May to late Sept dinner only
Reservations: not usually needed
Payment type: cash only

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Posted: 31 Mar 2017 at 5:22pm
Also there seem to be a lot of people posting pictures of the house from the TV series saying it's one of the three villas from the book. It's not. The real 'Daffodil-Yellow Villa', Villa Anemmoyanni, is here:

The only thing normally visible of it is the main gate off the bay road just south of Kontokali:

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Posted: 20 Jan 2017 at 2:46pm
Just found this. It's a BBC documentary from 1976 called 'Spirit of Place'. Here they've taken Lawrence Durrell back to the island. Charming to watch, and he visits the shrine of St Arsenius where he swam with Nancy, and Margo goes to sunbathe in the new series (although since she is subsequently spied on from the house, I presume it's supposed to be just further along the peninsula).

Having watched some of the series again (recorded on my digibox), they do show more views of the house - you occasionally get to see the front and sides. Maybe they were standing in the right place above the steps after all. They clearly had a bit of fun with a drone camera too as there are more than a few sweeping ærial shots, carefully framed to avoid the road!

Actually, as to the location of the house, there is a massive clue in the ad break animations. In the one of Leslie riding past on the pink bike, if you assume that's the main road out of Corfu town and you're looking out to the island of Lazareto, then that would be Kontokali on the left and you can see the house drawn right there (although in reality it's mostly obscured from the road).

As for the scenes that use the Danilia Village museum, am I right in thinking that the Police Station is the same building by the square that was St. Cyrils church in For Your Eyes Only? From what I've seen on-line it appears to now be owned by Grecotel, who run the Corfu Imperial, Eva Palace and Daphnila Bay hotels. I guess it's been tidied up for the filming and so they can now arrange tours or events or hold wedding receptions there.

Just remember to keep an eye on the background extras in the next series, to see if you recognise anyone, as they apparently hired a load of locals...

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Posted: 18 Nov 2016 at 2:15pm
Ah, now that'd be telling! Not sure if I shouldn't make you work it out, like I did..? LOL

It's not far away from their real first house, but it's on the waterfront in the Kontokali area (pronounced kon-dochelly, as if it was Irish, I think!). If you re-watch the show you can see the two islands of Lazareto and Vidos from their veranda, not quite overlapping. So if you draw an almost exactly east-west line that just skims both islands, you can see where it meets the shore...

Be aware that the sea comes right up to the wall half-way along, so you will have to wade through six inches of water to get from the little beach at one end to the jetty at the other end. And it is a private house, so respect the privacy of the owners. But at least the shore is public land in Greece so you're free to walk around from the edge of the bay.

Though you'll also see some odd things that give away the editor's cunning. There are two sets of steps embedded in the wall that lead down to the beach at the south end, neither of which are directly in front of the house. But through editing there only appears to be one. For aesthetic reasons they seem to prefer to show young Gerald descending the steps by the kink in the wall, but coming out at the bottom of the other steps where there's more beach! And Mrs Durrell talking to the convict when he's at the top of the steps and she's in the doorway. In reality he'd be somewhere off to her right. So not only are they not having the conversation face-to-face, they may well not even have been both present at the same time...

And all the activity takes place at the back door; the front of the house is never shown. Though you won't see this either. It's obviously not visible from the shore, and it's on such a large piece of land you can barely make out the house from the road on the other side.

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[QUOTE=maysol50] Whereabouts in Corfu was it actually filmed?[/QUOTE]


The Durrells: Location Spotting:

I love location spotting and so this is what I have managed to piece together so far from episode 1 (including from comments on this forum). If anyone disagrees or has other ideas or knowledge please do contribute.

Note: I have been updating this description as other members identify places.

- In the scene where the Durrells are walking up a road having just arrived in Corfu, Mrs Durrell says "look I can see the village up ahead look" - The village they are looking at in the distance is Pelekas. The village they are just coming out of at the time is Varypatades just south east of Pelaekas (thank you Annie McGiggles Hawkins and Theresa Taberner (who lives there) for identifying). See photos now in comments below.

- After they leave Varypatades behind on the way to the guest house that the Durrells had booked into, they drive through a village. As they approach the guest house on the main street a man comes out on to the steps to great them. Spiros says “we don’t stay here, too expensive, lots of empty houses on the island" and they drive on by. That village is also Varypatades and the guest house is actually a church (see photos now in comments below). Thank you again to Theresa Taberna for identifying.

- Rock formations at Cape Drastis Perouloudes (Sidari) - (Mrs Durrell at cliff tops and sat against tree after asking her family why they are so vile). Thanks Jason Fisher for confirming location).

- The house used as the Durrells home is at Kontokali (confirmed by Mikey Rav who has been there many times)

- Shrine of St Arsenius (where Margo sunbathes on the rocks and is shouted at by the monk) is a short walk south from the White House at Kalami (where Larry really lived with his first wife Nancy). The Shrine was where Larry (in real life) and Nancy loved to swim (nice connection there).

Note: Boy those were powerful binoculars that Larry was using out of his bedroom window (in Kontokali), to be able to see Margo sunbathing so clearly all the way up the coast near Kalami)! LOL! „smile“-Emoticon

- The flamingos were at 2 places, Alikes Salt Flats (the flying shots) and Lake Korisson the bit where Theo and Gerry are pretending to be Flamingoes in the water (confirmed by Jason Fisher who discussed it with someone who took the film crew there to get the shots).

- According to uk the stars of the show stayed at The Corfu Imperial Luxury Resort on the private peninsula in Kommeno Bay near Gouvia.

- The actual home the Durrells were living in when they left England was in in Wimborne Road, Bournemouth (near the town centre). However the house used for this TV series is located in Hurst Way, Croydon.
Just a foot note in case anyone is interested: When Mrs Durrell first came to the Bournemouth area from London in 1931, the first house she bought was Berridge House (a rambling victorian house) at 6 Spur Hill, Poole (a short distance from where I live now). Mrs Durrell had to sell the house for financial reasons and moved into a smaller house, Wimborne Road, Bournemouth. It was there that the decision to move to Corfu was made. When war broke out in 1939 Mrs Durrell came back to England and bought another home in Bournemouth. There is a very big Durrell connection in the Bournemouth area (as well as Corfu).


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Posted: 15 May 2015 at 11:25am
Hi David,

Many thanks for your post. It made very interesting reading, for although your trip was some 7 years before mine, I "recognise" a lot of what you describe as the island obviously hadn't changed too much by the time of my visit.

I agree with your comments on Greek food in those days. Everything seemed to be lukewarm and swimming in olive oil, but as you say the Moussaka was good and is still a favourite of mine.

I also recall a taverna just up the road from the Kontokali hostel, which in 1977 was also playing "disco". The cheap Greek wine also had a similar effect on me.

In 1977 after Corfu I also travelled (by rail) from Patras to Nafplion (which I really liked, so much so a friend and I revisited it in 1983), and then onto Athens. From there I went to Thessalonika which was also nice (in spite of a dose of food poisoning!).

After our trip in 2012 which my wife and I both really enjoyed, I would definitely recommend that you re-visit the island. Sure, it has got more developed (but where hasn't?) but it still retains the charm and friendliness of all those years ago...oh, and the food has improved as well.
All the best,


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Posted: 14 May 2015 at 5:37pm
Hi John

I, a South London Secondary School sixth former who applied for a special charity grant for "educational" trips, spent 6 weeks in glorious Greece in July August 1970. I started with 2 weeks in Corfu flying with STA (student flights) and remember the hostel you photographed. The policy was you stayed for a couple of nights outdoors in sleeping bag in the grounds which was a proper motorhome-come-tent-camp site, until a place came up in the hostel which was four to a room in bunk beds. It was not too far from the town you could walk it which I did, but soon hired a bicycle.

Corfu Town I thought then was quite dullish. I was always hungry and Greek food, the fish soup etc I found disgusting, apart from moussaka did not appeal. But I survived on those little pots of ice cold rice pudding.

From there I cycled all over the island and in particular south to Kavos which of course was completely empty then. I slept in my bag on the beach. Just a tiny settlement with a few "hippies". Generally speaking it seemed to me the Greeks had their homes and villages away from the coast inland. Most of the time I just I slept in the open. Apart from Palaeocastritsa which even then was a tourist honeypot, most of the island was blissfully undeveloped and tranquil.

There was another hostel just outside Corfu town by a different road inland. It was a very big oldish traditional house which was run quite informally with a quite a buzz in the atmosphere - if you know what I mean! I am not sure whether this was listed in the YH guide book!

A mile up the road from the Kontokali YH was a small roadside tavern (or was it just somebody's home doing roadside meals and beers?) where I drank almost a whole bottle of local red wine and barely got back to my bunk bed! Never again I said at 17.

After my two weeks was up, I caught the ferry with many teenage German on board it seemed to me and no Americans or British, backpackers, to Patras which I loved, then train to Nafplion, then on to Athens and flight back with a short stay in Crete.

I was so happy to see your photos John. I have been thinking of returning...but they say "Never go back" In my case, as I hate mass tourism, that might be best. Even the Kontokali road now is dual carriage with a lot of nondescript concrete cheap development which I find quite ugly. Still, perhaps I will be climbing on board that ferry from Brindisi soon.

Cheers David
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Posted: 18 Feb 2015 at 4:46pm
My friend Alison and I were there in 1981 during the filming. We stayed at the Youth Hostel in Kontokali and walked along the road and onto the beach near the hotel there and would watch the filming in the bay on a very swish yacht.
Happy,happy memories.

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Posted: 15 Apr 2014 at 5:59am
Hello Forum!
I'm new here, hello! Smile My name is Thomas and I live in Stuttgart/Germany.
I'm member of the German "James Bond Club Deutschland", and one of my hobbies is travelling to James Bond filming locations around the world.
In end of 2014 (maybe early 2015) me and some of the guys from the James Bond Club will go to Corfu to visit all the nice locations from the 1981 James Bond movie "For Your Eyes Only".
One famous scene is a Greek wedding, filmed in Bouas Danilia Village, the outdoor museum in Corfu near Kontokali.
I was there about 7 years ago, and it was unfortunately closed. Confused Now I know, this museum village is closed since many years and up to now not open to the public and for visitors anymore.
But maybe there is a way for us to contact some responsible persons from Bouas Danilia Village to ask about a special visit for 1 or 2 hours?
Does anybody know how to get into Bouas Danilia Village? Anybody knows a responsible persons from Bouas Danilia Village which I could contact and ask?
I read that the owner of Bouas Danilia Village is a Mr. I. Bouas. I searched in Google about Mr. Bouas, but got no result. Is anybody here who knows, who Mr. Bouas is and how I could contact him? I fear that Mr. Bouas could be the only chance for our members of the German "James Bond Club Deutschland", to see the filming location Bouas Danilia Village.
Of course we don't want to do this for free. We like to pay for the visit!
It would be very nice if there is someone here who could help us!!!
Big thanks for Your responses and help!
Best regards, Thomas

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Posted: 02 Mar 2014 at 3:54am
Hi! There is a military shop in central Kerkyra that might offer what you need. And if I remember right there is a shop offering outdoor and sailing stuff outside Kerkyra on the road heading out to the north west (where LIDL is as well). I'm pretty sure in Kontokali are shops offering such things as well.

Hope that helps!


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Posted: 10 Sep 2013 at 9:07am
Sometimes we park in Gouvia and then get the blue bus into town!
At the end of September there is space near the beach by the Molfetta, or near the marina entrance towards Kontokali.
We sometimes park at the old port on a Sunday, it is only a euro or two.
Good Luck!

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I wonder if anyone can help.

A friend and I are going to Kontokali in a few weeks and would love to hire a motorboat for the day. I've been getting conflicting details and prices and wondered if anyone had any info on how much we could expect to pay or can recommend a place to hire a boat.



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Posted: 28 Aug 2013 at 5:51pm
Have many friends who come out for half term and have a wonderful time, but I would choose somewhere nearer town so if the weather is bad you can go in there. Gouvia/Kontokali would be a good choice I think as both are quite lively all year round thanks to the marina.
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Posted: 27 Jun 2013 at 4:23pm
The hospital is NOT in the centre of town but in Kontokali about 6 kms to the north- take your European Health Card and if asked to pay anything keep receipts and make a fuss later on- your treatment should be free.
The hospital is suffering from cutbacks but is much better equipped than the clinic.
Don't worry too much, I had a similar problem and as just told to rest and avoid bumpy roads- it worked, my son is now 30!
Incidentally the A and E staff are great!
Hospital phone n umvber is 2661360400, but I would just go there rather than call.
If yoy would rather see a private gynaecologist in Corfu Town no doubt someone with more recent experience than me can advise!

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Posted: 19 Apr 2013 at 8:40pm
Sorry - my mistake - was getting confused with Kontokali, on the way to town.
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Posted: 05 Mar 2013 at 11:58am
in April I would only look at a radius of 12 kms approximately from town- the limit of nthe more frequent local buses.  Then if the weather is poor you can get into town, and if good use your resort as a base for exploring the rest of the island. 
I would look at Benitses (Argo apartments would be great), Dassia, Kontokali

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Posted: 24 Feb 2013 at 1:56pm

Stayed at the Kontokali Bay hotel in 2004 & 2005 and had some great nights in GnMs. He had a Swedish barmaid called Bella working behind the bar and they made a great team. Remember plenty dancing and sore heads in the morning ... happy days.

I remember Mitos saying he was thinking of giving up the bar to spend more time with his young family so it’s great to know he’s still there, must try and look him up next time were over. We go to the San Stefanos on the NW coast now but I’m sure a little overnight stay can be organised for one night Wink

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Posted: 05 Feb 2013 at 1:59am
Hello, somebody have some news about Myltos GnM's bar at Kontokali? Thanks for your answer
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Posted: 23 Nov 2012 at 12:42am
Just thought I would start a post asking when the village festivals are in 2013.
Anyone with definite information, could you please post the village and dates and I will add them to this post. Thank you.

PLEASE NOTE: Some of these dates for the village festivals are not all set in stone as they can be cancelled at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or if there is a death in the village. Local knowledge is best.

18th March    Corfu Clean Monday (Kathara Deftera) celebrated in many villages with kite flying, processions, dancing

28th April   Corfu Town Palm Sunday. St. Spyridon procession

1st May   Corfu Labour Day, parades and other festivities, also marks the Feast of Flowers, a celebration with very ancient roots in festivals of the Goddess Demeter

3rd May   Corfu Good Friday. Day of Epitaphios. Each church brings out it's funeral bier and parades it through the village

4th May    Corfu Holy Saturday. At 11am the First Resurrection and pot throwing custom take place. Silver gilt case containing the body of St. Spyridon is exposed for public worship for 3 days and nights. Thousands pay homage to kiss his slippered feet. St. Spyridon procession with bands

5th May   Corfu Easter Sunday culminating days of celebration

6th May   Makrades Panegyri/Festival

10th May   Paleokastritsa Panegyri/Festival

12th May   Krini Panegyri/Festival (Tou Thomas)

8th May   Kassiopi Celebrating a blind boy who after staying in the church over night regained his sight

8th May   Kanoni Festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

9th June   Alikes, Petalia, Zigo, Potamo

12th June   Pelekas St. Onofrio's Day

13th June   Arillas The Ascension festival

13th June   Analipsi/Kato Korakiana Panegyri/Festival

24th June   Agios Ioannis Fire jumping 23rd June 2013  (Triklino)

24th June   Kontokali, Stavro, Aghirades, Kastellani, Antipernoi, Othoni, Afionas
Festival of the Holy Spirit

29th June   Kombitsi, Stronghili, Vitalades Festival of Saints Peter and Paul

2nd July    Kanoni  Procession and Festival of Madonna of Vlacherena

7th July   Peroulades Panegyri/Festival

8th July   Kavos, Lefkimmi, Agios Prokopios Celebration of St. Prokopios

11/12th July        Karousades            Panegyri/Festival

13th July   San Rocco Square Festival in honour of St Spyridonas

17th July   Benitses, Spartera, Avliotes St. Marina festival

20th July   Magoulades Festival of Elia the prophet

25th/26th July   Lafki Village Main day 26th

28th July   Roda/Loutses/San.Stef NE Panegyri/Festival

2nd August          Kassiopi 1st Folklore Festival in the harbour

3rd August    Benitses Sardine festival

3/4th August        Arillas Antamona Festival, Dancing groups from other parts of Greece
4th August    Paleokastritsa Varkarola

6th August   Pontikonisi, Perivoli, Strinilia, Evropuli, Paleochori, Ag. Deka, Agios Mattheos Church festival held in commemoration of the Transfiguration of Jesus, with days of pilgrimage (1-6th August) on Mount Pantokrator

7th August    St. Spiridon Varkarola 

8/9th August    Nymfes Festival/Panegyri

9th August Skripero Frog Festival

9th August Petriti Varkarola

10th August Ipsos Sardine festival

11th August    Corfu Town Silver gilt case containing the body of St. Spyridon is exposed for public worship for 3 days and nights. Thousands pay homage to kiss his slippered feet. St. Spyridon procession with bands
15th August    Corfu Festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Many big festivals with church processions, feasts

16th August    Kato Garouna Gala weekend

17th August    Kavadades Panegyri/Festival

22nd August Agrafi Panegyri/Festival

23rd August    Gastouri, Pelekas, Ag. Deka, Viros, Poulades.  Festival of the Virgin Odigitrias

24th August    Loustri/Gimari Pie Festival

31st August          Agni Varkarola

1st September    Kalami Varkarola

7th September Arillas Wine festival, food and dancing

8th September    Afra, Sinarades, Marathia, Agios Markos, Lefkimmi Festivals/Feast days

14th September   Sidari Feast of the Holy Cross in the Monastery of St. Ionnis

15th September   Kavadades Wine Festival with spit roast pork and lamb. 

24th September   Vatos Myrtidiotissa festival

26th September   Karousades, Porta Remounta Festival of St.John/James the theologian

21st September   Kassiopi/Moraitika Wine festival

9-13th October    Arillas Corfu Beer Festival
25th October Messonghi Panegyri/Festival  

28th October Ochi Day Celebrated by processions throughout Corfu

3rd November Corfu Town St. Spyridon procession

12th December Corfu Town St. Spyridon. The procession takes place inside the church and NOT 
around the town.
Then he is placed in front of the altar for three days.
You will be lucky to even get a glimpse of the Saint because the 
whole of Greece comes over for these three days.

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Posted: 26 Sep 2012 at 8:23pm
There is a garden center on the main road from the port to Kontokali, just before the Telesilla hotel, they seem very popular, you could stop there on your way to Roda, as you will go past it. Hope this will help you
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Posted: 27 Aug 2012 at 5:31pm
You may well be right in one way Gary but I'm sure that as use this Site more you will become more accustomed to how it is run and what makes it so successful. I wish you a long and very happy Membership. I know you will gain an incredible amount of knowledge about Corfu and many other places covered by this Site.

I was impressed that Josefina who has been a Member an even shorter time than yourself was able to be so helpful to you on this occasion. Thumbs Up

I have responded to your post on the Kontokali Forum.


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Posted: 27 Aug 2012 at 8:44am
The Kontokali forum includes Gouvia, which is where the Louis Corcyra Beach hotel is located.
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Posted: 27 Aug 2012 at 12:39am
Yes that is it thanks but that's not where I posted it, I posted under General Corfu Questions as Ive never heard of Kontokali
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Posted: 27 Aug 2012 at 12:13am
IF it was its posted under Kontokali
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Posted: 21 Aug 2012 at 8:01pm
Anybody know of a cheap place for self-catering in Kontokali? a.s.a.p.Tongue
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Posted: 03 Aug 2012 at 1:42pm
Good Morning!
Hoping against hope, somebody knows someone, or some place, somewhere around Corfu Town or not far, perhaps Gouvia or Kontokali? To rent a standing spot for my clean neat small caravan year-round - 
just like an on-land winter parking of  a boat.  
Its a 2 berth, insured, needs no "lovely view" location or services or anything. 
Just a discreet regular spot on private land to keep it on, but on level land and level access year-round.
I'd take it on trips occasionally and return it to its regular spot.
In England its 250 pounds/year for simple storage like this. And 400 pounds for super-duper service place.
I just can't afford the best at Ipsos beachside sites - 900 - 2000 euros on year-round holiday-quality spot.
My budget is 350 euros / 400 at most. 
Its footprint is only same as a large saloon car plus the pointy triangular towing bit at front.
I'd  H A T E  to have to give it up and sell it in UK (where it is now), having  made it Soooo cute inside.

Keeping fingers crossed.

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Posted: 20 Jul 2012 at 12:06pm
Here are some of the Festivals in Corfu.

21st May

Local holiday commemorating Union with Greece. Processions are held in Corfu Town.
28th May Ascension Day. Festival in Kato Korakiana near Dassia.
7th June Pentecost. Festivals in Lakones and Kastellani Mesis.
8th June Whit Monday. Festivals in Kontokali, Argirades, Kastellani Mesis.
24th June Agios loannis Day (St. John). 2 day festival in village of Agios loannis (Approx. 8 km to the north of Corfu Town heading for Paleocastritsa).
11th/12th June Formula 1 World Champsionship Power Boat races in Corfu Town (Garitsa Bay).
8th July Agios Prokopios Day. Festivals in Agios Prokopios village and at the church of the saint in Lefkimi.
6th August Festivals in Palaiohori. Perivoli, Agios Matheos, Agii Deka and Mount Pantocrator
10th August Varkarola - concert of traditional Corfiot cantades presented from boats moored in Garitsa Bay, Corfu Town.
11th August Dedicated to patron saint of island - Saint Spiridon. Procession in Corfu Town starting at 9 am. Festival also in Kastellani.
15th August Assumption of Virgin. National Holiday. Festivals in Avliotes Spartillas, Vatos, Skripero. Kinopiastes, Viros, Lefkimmi and Kassiopi
14th September Festival in Sidari at the monastery of Agios loannis.
26th October Saint Dimitrios' Day. Festival at Ano PavIiana.
28th October

Ochi Day. National holiday commemorating Greek refusal to allow Italian invasion in 1940. Procession in Corfu Town.

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Posted: 25 Jun 2012 at 10:55pm
Hi Folks,

A quick update following our visit. My wife and I are just back from a very enjoyable week in Corfu where it was a nice 35C every day. We were very impressed with the island's scenery and also the friendliness of the local population.

We didn't manage to find the restaurant pictured above although we did have a good try! We travelled extensively on the island and I was glad to see a lot of it was still recognisable even after 35 years (well, perhaps from Sidari!). At least I've now got a good idea of where the restaurant *isn't*, and also a good excuse to pay another visit in the near future.

I did however manage to get a couple of "then and now" shots in other locations, and also found the site of the old 1970s youth hostel at Kontokali. I've posted the photos on Flickr, in case anybody wants to see them:

By the way, for those considering travelling to Corfu we had no issues with money. All the ATMs we visited were working and restaurants were happy to take credit cards also.

Many thanks again for your help.

Best regards,


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Posted: 25 Jun 2012 at 6:54pm
Once you have seen one garden centre you will see loads! There are two or three around Kontokali on the main road then two more on the main road just past Ebanos and Profi. If you head for the airport from Dassia end you will see all these plus two or three more on the main street before you branch off right for the airport, not sure what it is called there.
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Posted: 20 Jun 2012 at 1:22pm
Gouvia is quite relaxed by day, livelier at night. Visit Christos at the Orpheus taverna, and say hello to his gorgeous dog Moby....
Spiros does various boat trips from the jetty by the Venetian boatyard, less than 20 euros for a BBQ on a secluded beach, inclusive of drinks, or a romantic after dark trip to Mouse Island and Corfu town.
Walk to the marina in between Gouvia and Kontokali and see how the other half live!!!

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Posted: 19 Jun 2012 at 5:26pm
Yes, there is a shortage of prescription drugs, and the pharmacy stocks are lower than usual so being a tourist paying through insurance would be no advantage there.
I have not heard of any similar problems at the hospital however where they are very well equipped with all the latest things, and I am certain that any drug needed to save a life would definitely be there.
By the way the hospital is not in Corfu Town but in Kontokali, about 5 kms north

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Posted: 18 Jun 2012 at 8:41pm
We have stayed twice at Spiti Prifti, between Gouvia and Kontokali.
I remember Gouvia being quite lively at night, particularly over the weekends.
The attraction for us is the proximity to Corfu Town, via the blue bus which runs until late evening so you can go there for an evening meal if you need a change of scene.
May I suggest Kokkoras taverna behind St Spiridon church - lovely for a romantic evening meal in my opinion.
Also the green buses to Paleo and to Ipsos/Barbati/Kassiopi run through Gouvia, so you can revisit some of your old haunts without hiring a car.
Have a great time!

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Posted: 28 May 2012 at 1:01pm
There are several good restaurants in Gouvia and Kontokali, our favourites are 9 Muses and Verginas.
We're flying out on the 8th, but we're stopping at Potamos. We will be visiting Gouvia a few times, bobbo

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Posted: 26 May 2012 at 10:34am

Hello Dawn.

I hope you enjoyed your time on Corfu. Wifey and I are currently watching ‘My family and other animals’ on DVD to get us in the mood, we’re flying out on June 8th. Depending on the Greek elections, it could be our first holiday in which we’ve needed two different currencies!

What did you make of the beach there in Gouvia? I’ve heard it’s mostly pebbles but that there’s a much better one just down the road at Kontokali.

Best wishes – Chris. 

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Posted: 25 May 2012 at 12:55pm
Thanks, but I think it'll cost a lot more than 10 euros, Gouvia is nice and a bit busier, I like the Orpheus there, and Babba Yannis, it cost me 8 euros from the Kontokali resort to Gouvia. 
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Posted: 24 May 2012 at 4:24pm
I've found mention of the Viceroy in Ipsos and the Koh-i-Nor in Sidari.  I think there's also a very good one around the Marina at Kontokali/Gouvia.  A few years ago they provided the buffet for an evening art exhibition in the palace garden in Corfu town - and it was very good.

When I'm desperate for something spicy there's always Spiros' on the edge of Paleokastritsa.  His 'house special saganaki' starter is a hotpot mix of sausage, onion, feta etc. but fantastically spicy.  I'm usually still eating it by the time the main course arrives.  The Nagasaki of Saganakis, if you will.

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Posted: 01 May 2012 at 11:15am
Thanks Janmanessi,

My next question is hopefully a bit easier:  The youth hostel at Kontokali is no more (I believe), but does anyone know the location and what is there today?

Many thanks in advance Smile


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Posted: 01 May 2012 at 6:05am
(at)wazzer: (We only missed you by a month back in 77!)..I'm really straining the neurons here regarding the location. All I can really remember location-wise is that it was on *a* road back to Kontokali from Paleokastritsa. I also recall coming down through hills either just before or after our visit to the cafe and passing the gates of some military sort of establishment (I remember this as a dog rushed out and chased us on our scooters down the road!).

(at)Janmanessi & (at)Razaker: Thanks for the reply. Great to get up to date info on the island!

(at)Geoff: That sounds interesting. It was on a bend as I recall as it sort of appeared from nowhere and we then had to double-back. I don't recall seeing the sea from there though. If it is the Bella Vista and it only closed two years ago that would be a real shame, but hey we'll pay a visit anyway and drink to the memory!

Many thanks,

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Posted: 30 Apr 2012 at 11:40am

My wife and I have booked a week's holiday to Corfu this June, which we're both looking forward to very much. For me it's my first visit since September 1977 when I was an impecunious student and I'm keen to see how much of the island has changed (and how much has not).

In  September 1977 we stayed at the youth hostel at Kontokali which was great (compared to the spartan/strict ones in northern europe).  I don't suppose it is still there.

We also hired scooters and travelled extensively all over the island. On one trip to Paleokastrista we returned via the north and stopped off at this cafe'restaurant which was in the countryside. It was really good and almost everything on the plate came from their garden at the back. I would love to know where this was. Can anyone identify it?

Many thanks.


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Posted: 28 Apr 2012 at 12:39pm
We have stayed twice at Spiti Prifti, as Muffy says lovely pool and garden - and the blue bus stop is almost outside. This is very handy for exploring Corfu town (and Dassia the other way) and the busses run well into the evening.
The area is not hilly and there are plenty of places to eat and drink in Gouvia and Kontokali.

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Posted: 28 Apr 2012 at 11:01am
Yes I agree with you, but it can be expensive to eat and drink there, and gets so full with the coach trips and cruise ships that go there every day, I love Corfu town but I dont think its for weeks holiday you would be better off staying outside and travel in for the shops, I quite often stay in Kontokali by the mariner it is not a tourist place but is so easy to get everywhere the Tellislla is a great hotel and people keep going back year after year, or the is the Spiti Priffi a great self catering hotel large pool and great gardens a 5 minute walk to Gouvia with shops bars ect. You really are spoilt for choice as everyone will have their favorite place but no matter were you go you will love it, there are plenty of videos on Corfu in the search engines, worth having a look Thumbs Up   
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Topic Topic: Villa Athina, Kaminaki
Forum: Nissaki
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Posted: 17 Apr 2012 at 8:58am
Haven't stayed at the villa but looks nice from the photos. The nearest largest supermarket we
use is A B supermarket in Ipsos, about 10km away from Kaminaki. Set on 2 floors, ground floor has the food/drinks etc and  1st floor cleaning products etc.
We normally stop off at A B or Diellas in the Kontokali area approx 17 km away on our way back from Corfu town. These are even bigger supermarkets.
You have also got 2 corner shops within 1 km away for the bear essentials.
Hope you have a pleasant stay.


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