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Old Perithia (Palaia Peritheia)

Back to Top of PageA Deserted Village


A Deserted Village, Old Perithia, Corfu - What To See and Visit, Corfu Travel Guide
Guide to Perithia
Old Perithia (gr. Palaia Peritheia) is a deserted village. It is located high up, off the main road between Kassiopi and Acharavi. It is strange driving in the mountains, coming across this deserted village with a few sheep and a couple of Tavernas in the middle! Even more interesting, walking around just wondering about those who used to live here.

A Deserted Village, Old Perithia, Corfu - What To See and Visit, Corfu Travel Guide
Five Tavernas sit in the main village square. Walk through the roughly cobbled paths to find them.

A Deserted Village, Old Perithia, Corfu - What To See and Visit, Corfu Travel Guide
Sit and sample the real taste of Greece, in the "Ognistra Taverna". Spend time talking to the Taverna's owner Vassilis as I did. He will enlighten you, giving you an insight to Perithias past. As you sit in the square overlooking the terrace gardens and the now empty houses, reflect on how once they were full of life. Most of Perithia's houses now stand empty and abandoned, broken down shutters at the windows and crumbling stone walls, bright blue sky shines through holes in roofs. Houses full of memories for the families that built them and still mainly own them. Take a walk around the village, venturing out further to get a feel of this amazing piece of Corfiot history.

A Deserted Village, Old Perithia, Corfu - What To See and Visit, Corfu Travel Guide
I visited Old Perithia on a Sunday in early September. The Two Tavernas in the square were packed full of people both Greek locals and tourists; sitting side by side exchanging stories and conversations. There is life once again in Old Perithia during the summer months. The day was sunny and warm with a few fluffy clouds and a cool breeze rustling through the poplar trees and grapevines above us. A perfect day to visit this wonderful and almost eerie place.

A Deserted Village, Old Perithia, Corfu - What To See and Visit, Corfu Travel Guide
I recommend that you visit Old Perithia at least once when you holiday in Corfu, to experience it for yourself, but I for one shall return many times - lucky me!

A Deserted Village, Old Perithia, Corfu - What To See and Visit, Corfu Travel Guide

Back to Top of PagePlaces Near Old Perithia


Places Near Old Perithia, Old Perithia, Corfu - What To See and Visit, Corfu Travel Guide
Loutses Caves
Once you found your way up to Old Perithia you shouldn't miss out on the Loutses Cave Corfu.
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Back to Top of PageHow to get there by car


How to get there by car, Old Perithia, Corfu - What To See and Visit, Corfu Travel Guide
Follow the main coastal road out of Kassiopi, continue on this road until you reach the EKO petrol service station, this will be on your left and the General tourist office is opposite on your right. You will see the signposts for Loutses and Old Perithia. The turning is on your left immediately after the service station. Follow the road up to New Perithia, this is not far, turn left at the fork in the road, you will see the signs, go through the new village.

How to get there by car, Old Perithia, Corfu - What To See and Visit, Corfu Travel Guide
Continue on this road up the mountain to Old Perithia, you will pass through Loutses on your way. The road is narrow in parts and extremely windy so go careful!!Driving up the mountain side you will witness spectacular views all around you as you climb up to the village of Loutses.

How to get there by car, Old Perithia, Corfu - What To See and Visit, Corfu Travel Guide
Derelict houses line the roadside. In faded sunbleached shades of summer offset by the brightly coloured flowers in hot pinks, oranges and red tones. Take time to look at the traditional Greek village of Loutses. Stop off for a cold drink in the local Taverna there, the welcome will be as warm as the drinks are cold.

How to get there by car, Old Perithia, Corfu - What To See and Visit, Corfu Travel Guide
As you continue on your way up, up and up!!! Leaving the sign for Anapaftiria on you lefthand side. Winding through the hills, lush green vegetation of olive and cypress trees surrounds you, contrasting with the stark grey of the stone and rocks on the mountain side. The road starts to trail down after the climb, there nestling between the mountains almost valley like in appearance is the village of Old Perithia. A secret place of years gone by.

How to get there by car, Old Perithia, Corfu - What To See and Visit, Corfu Travel Guide
Perithia was built in Byzantine times around the 14th century when people fled their coastal homes in fear of the pirates raiding there coastal villages. Even when this threat subsided the villagers were still not able to return to their original villages and homes due to an outbreak of malaria carrying mosquitoes. Old Perithia grew and boasted eight churches, each one belonging to a different family in the village. There was a school, a police station and even a court. Over 1,500 people lived in Perithia.

How to get there by car, Old Perithia, Corfu - What To See and Visit, Corfu Travel Guide
In 1912 the village was made part of the Municipality of Kassiopi. As tourism developed, down on the coast, more of the village inhabitants and families moved down to the 'new' coastal resorts. By 1955 the village was occupied only during the summer months. After these months the remaining villagers would come down to their olive groves to harvest their crops. By 1975 most of the villagers had moved further down the mountain and only a few remained.

How to get there by car, Old Perithia, Corfu - What To See and Visit, Corfu Travel Guide
Today there are six people who live in the old village throughout the whole year, they tend the local crops and look after live stock.
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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.
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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

Fagopoteion
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

Kouloura
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
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, tavernaglyfa.com
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.
Venetian well corfu best restaurants
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, venetianwell.gr
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
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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, boukaribeach.gr
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

Roula
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, klimataria-restaurant.gr
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

Bacchus/Vakhos
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; bacchus.gr
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

Tavernaki
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

Nikolas
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.
Agni cove tavernas best places to eat in corfu
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
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

Foros
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
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

Tsipouradiko
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

Rouvas
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

Filaraki
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
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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Topic Topic: Quad/Bike/Buggy Hire
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
Bcfcbantam

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Posted: 30 May 2016 at 5:39pm
I've ridden a 125cc quad with my teenage daughter on the back for the last four years around the North of Corfu.

Based in Acharavi, we've been to Kassiopi (day & night), Paleokastritsa, Arillias, Old Perithia, Pantokrator, Ag Georgis, Angelokastro and many other places.

The main point though is not to drive like an idiot, you do have to be more alert to other traffic and take into consideration the roads etc

Learn how the quad reacts at speed (30 mph in reality) and how and when to brake.

Yes, I've been fortunate, no accidents and not seen a quad accident but I've also seen quite a few car accidents as well whilst on Corfu that had nothing to do with quads.

Absolutely massive thing to take into consideration, standard holiday insurance will not cover you if you have an accident on a quad.

Do what you feel best with but always stay safe.

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Topic Topic: Kaparelli Taverna Opening
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Bob and Wendy

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Posted: 02 Apr 2016 at 4:28am
As this particular thread has gone off track a bit, I'll try and sort it out for you.
Zephyros taverna is not located in San Stephanos, but is in Almyros between San Spiridon and Acharavi.
Coming from Kassiopi direction, after the Perithia turn off, about 1km further on you pass a little taverna on the left Han side of the road (Mythos taverna) take the next right turn by the old council yard, just follow the road and Zephyros is at the cross roads.
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davyboy

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Posted: 16 Jan 2016 at 12:26pm
Here are the answers i have of the Quiz.
1.   Nice            Ermones
2.   Argo            Benitses
3.   Foros           Old Perithia
4.   Stylia           Karousades
5.   Tragos         Kassiopi
6.   Easy Busy     Agios Georgios N
7.   Face            Kavos
8.   Old Tree       Ipsos
9.   Fuego          Acharavi
10. Ammos        Arillas
11. Vitamins       Nissaki
12. Akamatra     Corfu Town
13. O2               Gouvia
14. Barcode?       Lefkimmi
15. Aigli             Argos (The spoiler)
16. Tram?           Corfu town
17. Pyramid         St. Spiridon
18. Nerieds          Paleokastritsa
19. Arjee Bhajee   Kritika
20. Levanda         Kassiopi.

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1.   Nice?
2.   Argo            Gouvia/Benitses
3.   Foros           Old Perithia
4.   Stylia           Karousades
5.   Tragos         Kassiopi
6.   Easy Busy?
7.   Face            Sidari
8.   Old Tree?
9.   Fuego          Acharavi
10. Ammos        Arillas/Agios Georgios North
11. Vitamins       Nissaki
12. Akamatra     Corfu Town
13. O2               Gouvia
14. Barcode?
15. Aegli             Corfu Town
16. Tram?
17. Pyramid         St. Spiridon
18. Nerieds          Paleokastritsa
19. Arjee Bhajee   Kavos
20. Levanda         Kassiopi



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Topic Topic: Kassiopi Update Please?
Forum: Kassiopi
DaveF

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Posted: 30 Jul 2015 at 9:01pm
Yes even Nicos is looking more like his dad Kosta was when younger every time we go, just a bit taller though Wink

Chinese closed some years back and the guy who ran it (can't remember his name now) was still running a taverna up in Old Perithia

The jeweller is still around, we saw him in June when we were there Andy.

We did miss Christos boat trips on the Dolphin and he hasn't changed at all, still a great bundle of fun when we were chatting to him.

You'll have to make the most of out of school term holidays whilst you can Andy and get Kassiopi well embedded in the families blood stream Thumbs Up

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Topic Topic: Where To Go?
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 28 Apr 2015 at 11:21pm
My personal favourite drive around that we did was starting in San Stefanos for breakfast, Arillas, Afionas, Ag Georgios and finish up in Paleokastritsa for lunch. Have a walk up to the Monastery and visit the aquarium. 

Old Perithia is lovely too and good for a quiet bite to eat.

The beach is Dassia is lovely.

Lunch in Agni Bay is another favourite but the drive down to the beach is pretty steep, well worth it though!

Some of my favourite days have been just jumping in the car with a map, choosing left or right and away we go :)

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Posted: 11 Apr 2015 at 5:21pm
Nothing hairy about road up to Old Perithia, perfectly good tarmac road.  Do try it!

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Posted: 10 Apr 2015 at 7:41pm
Go up to Old Perithia, just beautiful.  Bit hairy getting there, but worth it.
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Topic Topic: Changes 2015
Forum: Acharavi and Saint Spiridon
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Posted: 09 Apr 2015 at 11:04pm
Only just arrived but here is what we have seen.
Binelikia has closed and the building up for rent. (Katerina has converted the ground floor of her house in the mountain village of Petalia into a kafeneon with a summer menu of what ever she decides to do, just like the old days)
Alegria is closing for two weeks from this weekend of Paska.
The blue grill is closing for one week from Paska also.
The Central Bar is now being operated by our friend Vasili, who used to be up in Ano Perithia, he is also serving food lunch and dinner. At the moment no menu, he just tells you what he has.
Contrary to rumours I have heard during the winter, there are no shortages of supplies in the supermarkets, everything just seems to be about the same.
Oh! The dress shop at the Roda end of town that was closing down last year, has opened as a coffee and cake shop,
Bob.
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Topic Topic: How Many Restaurants Will Be Open At This Time?
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
Bob and Wendy

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Posted: 26 Feb 2015 at 3:11pm
As we aren't there until April, this info is as we were told last December.
Acharavi, all these open various days mostly weekends.
Pumphouse, Alegria, Skondros, Maestro, Yani's Blue Grill Room (can't remember it's name.)
Perithia, there are some tavernas open all year certain days in both New and Ano Perithia.
From Nissaki I would think that there will be a number of options the other direction, towards town.
So, a bit of a scout round is on the cards.
Bob.
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Topic Topic: Roda Tavernas/Bars
Forum: Roda
Bob and Wendy

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Posted: 26 Aug 2014 at 6:25pm
If you are serious walkers with the correct gear, one way to Ano Perithia is not a problem, at a guess four and a half hours.
20 minutes to Acharavi, at the Pump roundabout, fork right then first right, follow this road up through the olives bear left keep climbing, you pass the entrance to Monolithi, take left turn at T junction just past Monolithi entrance, carry on to Ag Martinus, through the village turn sharp right up steep hill, your on your way to Lafki, serious climbing uphill all the way.
Enter Lafki (guestimate 2 1/2 hours to here) and stop for a rest and a drink, you've done the hard bit.
After your rest, retrace your steps back to the entrance to the old disused quarry, sign posted Ano Perithia on your right as you go back (100 yards). From here to Old Perithia is about 2 hours, my friends do this bit every year. You could pre-book a taxi to collect you in the afternoon.
I've no doubt there are tracks and trails that cover the same route but I don't know them.
Bob.
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Topic Topic: Roda Tavernas/Bars
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tfg

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Posted: 26 Aug 2014 at 10:29am
Lots of places to eat in Roda. My favourites are El Mar, Skouna (great food and sea front location) and Roda Park (huge menu and excellent quality). For snacks Yummies is well worth a visit. There are also many bars catering for all tastes. The Boat House (on the edge of the village towards Acharavi) is new this year and is perfectly situated next to the sea, well worth a visit.
Old Perithia is too far to walk, but a car hire would solve that problem.
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Posted: 24 Aug 2014 at 2:37am
Hi all,  coming to Roda 26th September for a weekSmile, staying at Elizabeth apartments, first time to this resort, wondering what are peoples favourite places to eat and drink are.  Not interested in relative cost, just wanting to know which are the favourites, traditional or otherwise.  I am especially fond of fish and seafood, favourite dishes being Gavros, Sea Bass, Seafood Spagheti etc. 
 
My experience is that generally you cannot go wrong eating out, having stayed in Kassiopi, Avlaki and Kalami many times, eating in these places, also San Stefanos, Porta, Sinies, Agni and others.
 
I would also like to visit Old Perithia if possible, too far to walk or not?  Any help appreciated.

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Topic Topic: Where Should We Stay North And South Corfu
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 21 May 2014 at 12:38pm
Great for snorkelling in and around Kassiopi lots of pebbley beaches great food and not too far from Old Perithia
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Topic Topic: Driving
Forum: Kalami, Kouloura and Agni
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Posted: 15 May 2014 at 5:50am
Yeah Old Perithia on top of our list in October Smile
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Forum: Kalami, Kouloura and Agni
werangels

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Posted: 14 May 2014 at 5:21pm
We have hired a car for the last 2 visits for the whole holiday and are doing so again next week, as well as a boat and love getting out and about.  You must try Old Perithia in October, well worth the rather scary drive!!
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Topic Topic: Itinerary Corfu 2014
Forum: Acharavi and Saint Spiridon
GJJW

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Posted: 29 Apr 2014 at 1:33am
Morning All
Returning to Acharavi 31st July 2014 and simply can't wait.
As always I have been monitoring the board and taken on people's suggestions and tips and I've put together our itinerary for our stay.
Now, I know it's a lot, and we won't get through it all but it's just a guide.
Any more suggestions/tips are much appreciated:
 

Tavernas

 

Acharavi

Faros on the beach

Odysseus – For Zorbas platter

Woodys on the beach

Theritas – Old town for meze

Τα Ρεμπετικα' (The Rembetika) formally Liberty’s for fish/grill

 

Astakeria

2 Brothers

 

Almyros

Zephyros

 

Kassiopi

To Kyma

Soutsoura

Tavernaki (next to Virginias)

 

Agni

Toulas

 

Kouloura

One taverna and excellent on Sunday lunchtime

 

Kalami

Thomas’s

Dimitris (above Kalami)

 

New Perithia

Gelatis

 

Old Perithia

Foros

 

Corfu Town

Rouvas (corner opposite M&S)

Vidos island taverna

 

Garitsa Bay

Avli Taverna - Avli is one of several tavernas on the inside road at Garitsa, looking out across Garitsa Bay to the old fort.

Drive along the bay as if you are leaving town as far as Nautilus (the coffee bar with the windmills).  There is a mini roundabout there so go round it almost doubling back on yourself and take the inside road (there are gardens between the two roads).  Avli is the last taverna on the left, next to a ruined Byzantine church (marked on the Byzantine Trail map).

Another popular taverna here is Hectors.

Avli is closed on Tuesdays.

 

Roda

Roda Park

Golden Sands – on way to Mitsis (turn left at Afroditi and follow sea)

 

 

Doukades

To Steki

 

Gylfa/Nissaki

Gylfa Taverna

 

Cafes

Acharavi Bakery

Ice Cream Dream

Sunrise (uphill on right towards Sidari with awesome views)

 

Activities

Walking to Roda along the beach for beer meze

Night out in Kassiopi

Night out in Roda

Acharavi Waterpark

Snorkelling (various locations including Kaminaki and Kerasia)

Corfu Brewery (Arillas)

Visit to Corfu town by day

Visit to Vidos Island from Corfu town

Corfu town by night cruise from Kassiopi

Kalamaki Beach

Fishing trip


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Topic Topic: Not To Be Missed - Ideas Please
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 06 Apr 2014 at 12:52pm
I would second Old Perithia and take the walk to the noney man and buy some of that too!! - while you are there

But I would also suggest, on a hot day, a drive to Mon Repo which is set in beautifully cool mature park and woodland. There is a lot to see too apart from the exhibition in Mon Repos, the grounds are full of excavations of which Corfu is sadly lacking

Afterwards you can make you way to the headland and have a coffee in the taverna overlooking Mouse Island and the airport. I am sure the kids would love to see just how short the runway they arrive and leave from is

Apart from that just explore the inland areas behind Acharavi and Kassiopi, there are a couple of tavernas up high with wonderful views and being higher up the air is much cooler







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Posted: 04 Apr 2014 at 4:35pm
What about Old Perithia? My son loved it there exploring now 16 was 14 at the time and great place to have lunch x
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Topic Topic: Acharavi Advice
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Posted: 07 Mar 2014 at 9:19am
If you do have a car then a trip to Perithia (not the old Perithia) is a must for and evening meal.  It is just off the main road to the right before the big bend

We like the least likely looking one on the right as you come into the village, looks very modern and large but the food is to die for and very cheap. All the locals use it so that says a lot. You get free breads and dips to start and free water and a free  dessert to boot!!
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Posted: 16 Feb 2014 at 1:58pm
Ol Foros is a very basic traditional greek taverna in Old Perithia. See my previous post. For many years I believe it was the only place open in Old Perithia. Old stone building with low ceilings and flagstone floor and believed to be at least 300 years old. Was visited by Rick Stein who raved over the onion pie (to die for)!!!  I am sure you will be able to google it.
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Posted: 11 Feb 2014 at 1:29am
How about the B&B in Old Perithia? It was on the Corfu TV series on ITV and looked lovely. Also has some very nice tavernas up there and the views are amazing. 
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Topic Topic: Is Kassiopi For Us?
Forum: Kassiopi
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Posted: 22 Jan 2014 at 9:04pm
The bit that hits me is Karaoke bars and they certainly have those in Kassiopi, together with loud music bars and Large TV screens everywhere. It is the one thing about Kassiopi I do not like

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

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

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



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Topic Topic: Sadly, I'm Back!
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GJJW

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Posted: 20 Aug 2013 at 10:22am

Well, I’ve now returned from my two weeks at our apartment in Acharavi (my wife and daughters are still out there – lucky devils)!

As always, I had a fantastic time. The food, warmth and hospitality were as amazing as always.

The heat was a bit much for me at times but, I could always hide with a drink in the shade or the bar/taverna.

I have to say that I thought Acharavi seemed a bit busier this year, so hopefully the up turn has started.

So, I managed to visit at least half of the tavernas I wanted to and here’s a few points on each:

Binilikia – Fantastic meze style food, and on Friday nights they have Greek music and dancing which was really enjoyable (even if I did make a fool of myself).

Three Brothers (Astakeria) – Great little fish taverna. Ask what they have fresh and recommend. I had kalamari in red wine sauce and what a find!

Koulura taverna – Went here on the Sunday afternoon for lunch and again, the fish was fresh and too much to choose so I asked for the platter and was not disappointed.

Gelatis (New Perithia) – The hosting skills, hospitality and food at this local eatery are great. One of the places were profit doesn’t seem to matter, just customer satisfaction and this really comes through.

Toulas (Agni) – Always visited Taverna Agni in the past but thought we’d give Toulas a try this year and so glad we did. The mussels, salmon and octopus were mouth-watering.

Roda Park – Had the fresh sea bass here and just seeing the waiter filet the fish in the space of 20 seconds is a sight to behold. Again, lovely.

Pyramid (St Spyridon) – Beautiful setting, sunsets and area. The food offers something a bit diferent and the crazy golf and go karts are great for the kids too!

Also visited Faros, Woodys and Orpheus in Acharavi who were all great too.

Can honestly say that we didn’t have a bad meal over the two weeks I was there.

Special mention to Central Bar for their Greek night. Great entertainment, music and dancing of all kinds.

Every year we go back thinking can it be as good as the last? Well, it just keeps getting better and long may it continue.

Yammas all and happy holidays


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Topic Topic: Finding The Abandoned Village Perithia From Paleo
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Posted: 10 Aug 2013 at 3:20pm
Hi all.
We have been coming to Paleo for about five years now, and because it is so beautiful we have never really ventured away (apart from going to Liapades, Lakones, Makrades, Corfu Old Town).  We were there in July and planned to get out a bit further afield. I had read about the abandoned village at Perithia, so we hired a bike and set off. We went through Ipsos, and a few other places, and saw a turn off on the main road (on the right) to Perithia. We followed this road and came to a little village and saw a sign for the old town, which we followed. We simply could not find it! I have booked again for next July and am determined to find this place. When we got back to the Aphrodite, Elisabeth said we should have parked up and walked to find it, but we honestly couldn't see it. Can anbody give us some idea of where we went wrong, and how to actually find it as I am now on a mission. Thanks in advance. xSmile

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Topic Topic: Villa Elia Near Yaliskari Bay
Forum: Kalami, Kouloura and Agni
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Posted: 01 Aug 2013 at 12:05pm
Hi There,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Liz

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Posted: 08 Jul 2013 at 10:06pm
Hello Ashley, yeah I love Kassiopi and the views out to Albania. Wouldn't mind getting a taxi to Old Perithia while I'm there.

Thanks to everyone for the information.

Dean
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Posted: 15 Jun 2013 at 10:50am

I think that there are 5 tavernas in Old Perithia now! The longer established ones are in the square at the centre of the village.

A drive that will show you some wonderful sights and old villages would be to turn right at the pump (roundabout) in the centre of Acharavi and follow the back road through the old village. At the end, turn right head up hill to Agios Martinos, right again and on through Lafki, and Petalia. You then come to a T junction, where you can turn left (up to the top of Pantocrator (very desolate scenery higher up) or turn right into Stranillas.  (If you go up to the top of the mountain you will have to come back down through Stranilas anyway, unless you have 4x4, which a whole new ballgame!)  In Stranilas, find a table under the giant elm tree - no views but very atmospheric.

NB - it is possible to get from Old Perithia to Lafki to carry on up the mountain. However, I haven't done this route for a couple of years and last time a 4x4 was essential - and I wouldn't think any work has been done on the track since.

From Stranillas head downhill (superb views over Corfu Town) to a T juction - turn left and this will eventually bring you out on the north east coast road just above Ipsos; turn right, and this will bring you back into Acharavi, via Episkepsis.

As an alternative, you could take the left turn well before Episkpsis and head for Zygos. Once here, you can carry straight on through Klimatia amd Episkopi before turning right down to Roda, or tum left and head for Sokraki, and Ano Korakiana, to the main road; turn right here and head up through Skripero and on over the mountain to Sidari etc.  Please note that the section of road between Sokraki and Ano Korakiana is very narrow and twisty with many hairpin bends - it may not be for the faint hearted.

Martyn


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Posted: 14 Jun 2013 at 5:05pm
You are talking less than half an hour to Kassiopi even driving at a snails pace. Paleo, probably not much more.

I will let others answer the rest. There are loads of unspoilt inland villages, trouble is we just drive and find them, always forget their names!!! Mind a drive to Old Perithia is worth considering. A couple of lovely tavernas which have been there for years and years, a few restored buildings but not many, the honey man at the end of the track and views to die for!!! Head for Kassiopi, turn off right to Perithia and follow the signs to Old Perithia.

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Topic Topic: Corfu Holiday Itinerary 2013
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 07 May 2013 at 3:04pm
Hi All
I am putting together my holiday itinerary for August and thought I would share it with you to see if you could offer any advice, suggestions or alterations. Please take a look and see what you think.
Happy holidays all
 

Itinerary Corfu 2013

 

Tavernas

 

Acharavi

Skondros

Faros

Woodys

Acharavi Park

 

Kassiopi

To Kyma

Soutsoura

Janis

Festival of Mary 15th August

 

Agni

Toulas

 

Kouloura

One taverna and excellent on Sunday lunchtime

 

Kalami

Thomas’s

Dimitris (above Kalami)

 

St Spyridon

Pyramid

 

New Perithia

Gelatis

Harrys

 

Corfu Town

Ouzo meze at Olympia on Liston

 

Roda

Roda Park

 

Cafes

Acharavi Bakery

Ice Cream Dream

 

Activities

Walking to Roda along the beach for beer meze

Night out in Kassiopi

Night out in Roda

Acharavi Waterpark

Snorkelling (various locations including Kaminaki and Kerasia)

Corfu Brewery (Arillas)

Visit to Corfu town by day

Visit to Vidos Island from Corfu town

Corfu town by night cruise from Kassiopi

Kalami beach

Visit Donkey sanctuary

Visit Old Perithia


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Posted: 24 Apr 2013 at 12:09pm
Maybe the best idea is to hire a car and use it as a base if you are not happy. Parking in Corfu town itself is a nightmare but there are plenty of beautiful beaches and places to visit within 1 hour drive. The roads should not be too busy in early June. Suggest one day you should head to Kalami/Kaoloura and then end up in Kassiopi which your daughter will probably enjoy as they are a lot of local shops plus a harbour .. Other days could be Old Perithia, Paleokonstrista - the list is endless. Of course there is also Kavos!!
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Posted: 20 Feb 2013 at 12:51am
I agree about visiting old Perithia and just driving around some of the inland village, see the old Corfu away from the tourists

On a hot day I would recommend a visit to Mon Repos, south of the airport, the grounds are wonderful on a hot day, shaded and peaceful and the views out to sea and of Corfu town must be seen

The museum is good too if you like that sort of thing but I also really enjoyed looking round the excavations both inside and outside the walls of Mon Repos, there are so few ancient remains which have been found in Corfu this makes for an interesting change

From there you can take the top road to the top and enjoy a coffee  from the taverna overlooking Mouse Island, watch the planes land and take off and enjoy the cool breeze





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Posted: 19 Feb 2013 at 11:54am
I think a must, is a trip up Old Perithia Thumbs Up
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Posted: 05 Feb 2013 at 3:24pm
For some really tasty traditional food, I would suggest O'Foros (run by Tomas) in Old Perithia.
 
Martyn

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Topic Topic: TV Programme "Corfu: A Tale Of Two Islands"
Forum: The Kafeneon
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Posted: 20 Oct 2012 at 4:27pm
I think the whole series so far has been very 'light'

The bits about the restoration project in Old Perithia would do nothing to attract tourists as far as I could see. No real shots of the old buildings which could be restored. No mention of the excellent tavernas which have been there for decades, the beautiful walks

If you did not know Old Perithia it would not have meant much to you at all

Maybe someone can clear this up for me. The program said it was built as a mountain safe retreat from marauders. I was always told it was a safe place away from the malaria carrying mosquitos which used to plague the north east coast back in the 14th century. Mind that reason is not as glamorous as the marauders!!



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Posted: 29 Sep 2012 at 5:05pm
Just returned from Corfu with the first week of our holiday in Kaminaki. We stayed at Dinos Apartment (an Agni Travel property) right on the beach. The location is marvellous and just a few feet from the taverna. The resort is idyllic.

We visited many of the North Eastern resorts which apart from Kassiopi I had never been to before. In fact the only time I had been there it was fairly miserable. This time the sun was shining and the heat was on! That applied most of the time we were there except for a wonderful storm one evening which was superb!

We were fortunate to meet up with Deedee and her Husband at Kalami and another day at Kassiopi which was a nice bonus. We had one day up in the hills via the Panorama Restaurant in Porta which was closed as we arrived early and then Old Perithia. I'm not sure how much longer it will be able to call itself 'Old' with a building now converted to a "boutique Bed and Breakfast"?! Still I had a lovely rabbit Stifado while in the village.

So it was on to the West coast and Agios Gordis .... 

David

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Posted: 11 Jul 2012 at 3:15pm
Good luck with your cuttings Corfufan. We have bought back (over many  years) several cuttings/seeds from plants and flowers in Corfu. Some have not taken, but we now have a very large Walnut Tree grown from a walnut picked up in Old Perithia, a tree which is now 12 feet high bearing two dozen or more, what look (and taste) like apricots. Another 10 ft tree which we dont know the name of but is very prevalent all over the island, several fir trees (from seeds taken from the cones) and I could go on and on. I might add that all of these have been started off in our greenhouse (not heated) so they all had a good start.
 
 
 
Pam...

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Posted: 15 Jun 2012 at 4:06pm
We go to one of the tavernas in Old Perithia every time we visit Corfu. This year (and two years ago) we took our daughter and two grand-daughters (7 & 5) and far from being bored, they absolutely loved the place and were intrigued by the old houses and the wonderful wild flowers everywhere.
 
 
Pam....

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Filipas

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Posted: 15 Jun 2012 at 3:37pm
Went to Old Perithia this year for the first time. What a fantastic place! You might want to add that to your list - good tavernas there too, although might be a bit boring for younger kids. We went to Aqualand every time when our girls were younger - fantastic days out! For a change from driving - try the Corfu Town daily boat trips, good value at 15 euro each. You'll enjoy it - whatever you do!

Cheers

Phil

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Topic Topic: 2012 Corfu Itinerary
Forum: Acharavi and Saint Spiridon
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Posted: 13 Jun 2012 at 11:37pm
My list contains
Eat lots of Greek food
Scuba diving
Donkey santuary
Eat
Read Kindle wilst sunbathing
Lunch at Old Perithia
Snorkel at Kaminaki or Kerasia beach
Get fantastically lost on a mystery tour
Eat at Woodys
Get wobbly on cocktails
Did I say eat
More scuba diving
More eating
More donkeys
Ice cream dream
Randomly sitting with cold beer and watch the world go by
Eat again
Sleep in the afternoon because I cant at home

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Posted: 09 May 2012 at 9:11am
Some of my/our favourites have been mentioned above, so I'll add another to the list - O foros in the square at Old Perithia.  I was there on Sunday and the food was fantastic.
 
Martyn

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Topic Topic: First Time In Arillas
Forum: Arillas
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Posted: 24 Apr 2012 at 4:27pm
Make sure you get up to Afionas one evening and go to the Mama's Kitchen style taverna, on the left as you walk towards Afionas point.  It's a "point from the pots" type of place, delicious food and it was only open evenings when we last visited in the summer of 2010.  

Make sure you find the Brouklis taverna in the road away from the sea towards the bakery for the yummy courgette keftedes and the "just warm" galactoboreko.    

Make sure you walk up to the ridge overlooking San Stef - a couple of bars up there with magnificent views on either side of the ridge. 

You have mentioned all of our favourite things - particularly Old Perithia and O Foros Taverna for walnut cake.

You may want to consider doing the East Coast cruise from Kassiopi - that was a nice day, stopping off at a couple of places during the cruise. 

Have a great time!

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Posted: 24 Apr 2012 at 9:58am
Hi all,
My wife and I will be arriving in Arillas on the 9th of June for the first time, we have been to Corfu several times before but have never been to Arillas so we are looking for a few pointers from the more experienced visitors to this part of the island. We will be bringing our daughter and her fella who are both about 30 and have never been to Greece before and their two children who are 4 and 5. We are staying at the Marina hotel for two weeks, we have chosen self catering as going for a leisurely evening stroll and finding somewhere nice is a big part of our holiday and we wouldn't have it any other way. Our first night will be spent at the Marina enjoying the Greek night. Previously my wife and I have stayed in Paleokastritsa so we will be popping over there a few times I should imagine, we have also planned to take the kids to Aqualand, we will be renting a boat for a day, there will no doubt be a few trips in to Corfu town, across to Kassiopi, up Pantokrator, Old Perithia, the Achilleon Palace, Angelokastro, Erikousa (not sure if I spelled that right), a bit of snorkelling here and there and plenty of great food in all sorts of little tavernas but what we would like is some suggestions for what to see and do in and around the local area of Arillas both during the day and in the evening. I'm sure we will be fine but there is nothing worse than visiting somewhere and finding out when you get home that you missed out on a fantastic restaurant or a spectacular beach just because you didn't know it was there.
46 days to go.


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Posted: 15 Mar 2012 at 11:05am
I don't know the details, but there is a green bus turn round point and bus shelter at the extreme end of Loutses, before you enter the wilder  mountain slopes.
However its a good old slog from there I would imagine. Most of the hillside villages have some sort of bus service, but invariably twice a day early morning (long before holidaymakers like to get up) and then late afternoon.
An alternative would be to get to Lafki Village above Acharavi, and walk to Ano Perithia through the quarry, it takes 11/2 to 2 hours. from Lafki.
We met some folk there last year who had walked from the coast the whole way, across country tracks, they pointed out their route across the hills, but my sense of direction is useless up there, so I couldn't tell you where it links up to.
Bob

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Topic Topic: Roads In Corfu
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Wee Eddie

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Posted: 11 Mar 2012 at 5:23pm
Thanks. Well, the plan is Gouvia up to Kassioppi, old Perithia, then west coast and down and across to Gouvia over a week staying here and there.  We hope to look at some small houses also to to buy and so my question originally was about buying. My new wife is a history teacher and we are sailing to some nearby  islands with history as Jan suggested but never thanked her help. But how are the roads to ride a hired bike?



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