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    Posted: 04 Sep 2012 at 9:15pm
OK you old hands, some girlfriends and I are thinking about Sidari for a couple of weeks in May;  mozzies - how bad? Enough on the Island to amuse our non beach lover for a few days? We're not young and hip anymore so will we want earplugs at night!!?  And for me - any accessible naturist beaches? Tongue
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Sep 2012 at 10:44pm
We've been going to Sidari for 25 years. It has expanded quite a bit in that time. Don't be put off by the "Blackpool with sun" brigade. Yes there is a "strip" in the centre which can be loud, but you don't actually have to set foot in it - we rarely do, apart from maybe a bit of shopping in the day - but it's there if you want it. It's mainly tribute acts/bingo/quiz nights. The whole "strip" only covers about40/50 yards. I think there are two clubs.There are all kinds of restaurants available, Greek/British/Indian/Chinese/Italian/Mexican. In all these years,I can honestly say we've never had a bad meal - some better than others maybe - but everyone has their own favourites.  Head out the way from either end of the strip, and you'll find lots of lovely little restaurants/tavernas/bars. The main beach runs parallel to the "strip". There is another long narrow beach, which is quieter, and beautiful little coves at the Canal D'Amour. There is loads to see on the island and I would recommend trying the small local travel agents for trips, rather than the reps. They do the same tours for about half the price. Car hire is also an option, if you don't mind driving over there. We use Value Plus, and collect/drop off our car at the airport. You can get a no obligation quote from info(at)corfucarrentals.com, but there are several others. Corfu Town is great. Paleokastritsa is stunningly beautiful. The Achilleon Palace is well worth a visit, and Kassiopi has a lovely picturesque harbour. Aqualand or Hydropolis are water parks and great fun if you're into that. These are just a few, there are little gems to be found round every corner! The weather in May is usually beautiful. Lovely and warm/hot during the day, but cooler in the evening (cardi required), which is better for sleeping. And the fireflies come out in May and are absolutely magical!! Mozzies can be a problem, but if you spray your room/use plug ins, and use repellant, you should be OK. The only thing I can't help you with is the nudist beach. I'm pretty sure there is one, but I'm not sure where it is. Have a great time - we may bump into you, we'll be there in May. Anything else you want to know, feel free to ask. Enjoy.     Moyra
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Sep 2012 at 11:37pm
Every thing that Moyra said I agree with and you are fortunate that one of the most beautiful beaches on Corfu is a nudist beach too. Enjoy   Big smile

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Sep 2012 at 11:40pm
Can only add that when we wandered down the far south side of the beach in St Georges South...we were one of the few 'clothed' couples on the beach...althought that's possibly a bit of a trek from Sidari Wink  xx
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Sep 2012 at 12:25am
MMMmm... maybe I got to get me a car next time I'm over...   Embarrassed
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Sep 2012 at 7:11am
There's a naturist area at the far end of Arillas beach, which is much closer to Sidari than Myrtiotissa.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Sep 2012 at 1:14pm
Moyra - thanks so much for that, I hope it will convince the ditherer in our group !  I'm really looking forward to this now, havent had a holiday for a couple of years - bring on the sun !Cool
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Sep 2012 at 1:21pm
Originally posted by flynnmo flynnmo wrote:

We've been going to Sidari for 25 years. It has expanded quite a bit in that time. Don't be put off by the "Blackpool with sun" brigade. Yes there is a "strip" in the centre which can be loud, but you don't actually have to set foot in it - we rarely do, apart from maybe a bit of shopping in the day - but it's there if you want it. It's mainly tribute acts/bingo/quiz nights. The whole "strip" only covers about40/50 yards. I think there are two clubs.There are all kinds of restaurants available, Greek/British/Indian/Chinese/Italian/Mexican. In all these years,I can honestly say we've never had a bad meal - some better than others maybe - but everyone has their own favourites.  Head out the way from either end of the strip, and you'll find lots of lovely little restaurants/tavernas/bars. The main beach runs parallel to the "strip". There is another long narrow beach, which is quieter, and beautiful little coves at the Canal D'Amour. There is loads to see on the island and I would recommend trying the small local travel agents for trips, rather than the reps. They do the same tours for about half the price. Car hire is also an option, if you don't mind driving over there. We use Value Plus, and collect/drop off our car at the airport. You can get a no obligation quote from info(at)corfucarrentals.com, but there are several others. Corfu Town is great. Paleokastritsa is stunningly beautiful. The Achilleon Palace is well worth a visit, and Kassiopi has a lovely picturesque harbour. Aqualand or Hydropolis are water parks and great fun if you're into that. These are just a few, there are little gems to be found round every corner! The weather in May is usually beautiful. Lovely and warm/hot during the day, but cooler in the evening (cardi required), which is better for sleeping. And the fireflies come out in May and are absolutely magical!! Mozzies can be a problem, but if you spray your room/use plug ins, and use repellant, you should be OK. The only thing I can't help you with is the nudist beach. I'm pretty sure there is one, but I'm not sure where it is. Have a great time - we may bump into you, we'll be there in May.
Anything else you want to know, feel free to ask. Enjoy.     Moyra


From what I remember, the whole strip is much bigger than 50 yards? I do dislike Sidari but wouldn't put anyone off going there, although Canal D'Amour is very nice.

For the person mentioning nudist beaches, I also think there is one at the end of San Stefanos NW too.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Sep 2012 at 2:08pm
Hi Sue
I go to Sidari, but I really dislike the strip, and only go there to access ATMs, Pharmacy etc.  We stick to the Melitsa/Peroulades end (Canal D'Amour).

The wonderful thing about Corfu is that there are so many resorts with differing qualities.  Sidari is definitely dominated by the Brits, with some Eastern Europeans starting to visit over the past couple of years.

In contrast, Paleokastritsa, for instance, is very cosmopolitan, with visitors from Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, in fact, just about everywhere. Very beautiful, but a bit hilly if anyone has walking difficulties. My avatar pic is Paleokastritsa by the way.

Wherever you stay, I'd either hire a car, or book a couple of boat/bus tours and explore what the island has to offer. 

Don't book through your rep though-the day trips are half the price if you book through one of the agencies in the resort, ie Valueplus or Vlaseros Travel.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Sep 2012 at 2:57pm
The main street in Sidari is certainly longer than 40/50 yards, but the "strip" is only part of the main street, not the whole street! You don't hit the really noisy part until after The Three Brothers/ Vlasseros Travel/church area, coming from the (former McD's) crossroads. You can avoid it completely by walking along the beach, or along the back road by the car park. On the odd occasion when we have walked along there in the evening, if asked to go in to any of the bars, our standard reply is "do we LOOK mad?" 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Sep 2012 at 4:43pm
Hi Janet - thanks for your input, in fact the hotel we are looking at is not in Sidari itself but near the Canal D'Amour so I think we will be quite happy to enjoy a less busy area but near enough to take advantage the town. What can anyone tell me about the roads?  Yeah - I know about Greek roads...! but are they any worse than what passes as normal? I've driven in various countries/islands and know to expect sudden craters and no barriers, oh and lunatic drivers...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Sep 2012 at 5:31pm
Hi Sue, which hotel are you looking at?        Moyra
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Sep 2012 at 12:05am
To be honest I find the roads in Corfu no worse than those in Gloucestershire!!!!!

Yes there are holes in the road but we have them too LOL

Unless you go up the mountain  none of them are very steep although you will find some very sharp bends on hills inland from the main road

There are not even that many steep drops unless you are climbing up the mountain and through the villages on the way

Some of the minor roads do get washed away in winter rains and then get repaired again for the summer

Some are very narrow, but then you have those in Devon as we do in Gloucestershire!! The main roads round and across the island is generally very acceptable

I would say no worse than any other Greek island and a great deal  better than many!! Not nearly as many rocks cascading onto the road for one thing!!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Sep 2012 at 12:25am
Sue, as Susie says, the roads aren't too bad-it really depends where you plan on going.
Stick to the main roads and they're fine. 
I wouldn't drive from Sidari to Corfu Town in the dark though. Too many fairly sharp bends, not all with crash barriers.
My DH has been driving on Corfu for 30 years, and he knows most of the roads well, but still finds it a little stressful, mainly because he's driving on the other side of the road, and there's the odd crazy person overtaking you on narrow roads etc.
No different from the UK then!Disapprove


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