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Sandy Beaches In The North East?

Kalami, Kouloura and Agni, Corfu

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    Posted: 11 Oct 2012 at 12:18am
Hi,

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

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

Are there any castles/ruins to see?

Many thanks,
Talullah
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Oct 2012 at 11:16am
Hi Talullah
 
The nearest sandy beach is Kalamaki which is a 15/20 minute drive north.  As you are going right at the end of the holiday season I'm not sure whether the tavernas at Kalamaki will be open, you could take a packed lunch if you go.
 
The water taxis will probably have stopped running by then.  The local bus service (Corfu town to Kassiopi) will be operating, you would need to get to the main road to access it.  The bus service does not run in the evening.  There is a ruined castle at Kassiopi which is a 15 minute bus ride north.    You can also get the bus the other way to Corfu town where there are the two fortresses.  There is also Angelokastro on the west coast of the island, about a 60-75 minute drive.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Oct 2012 at 11:56pm

If the Kassiopi bus turns round there, it does'n t go past Kalamaki, another alternative, but further away is San Spiridon. I'm sorry, I have no knowledge of bus services.

Both places boast shallow water well out from the beach, with very safe bathing.
Have a great time in Kalami, you wont have time for sand castles.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Oct 2012 at 12:41am
Hi! Kalami stands rather far from the main road that goes uphill, so it's about 25 minute ascend to the bus stop.
Here is Green Bus timetable for Kalami/Kouloura bus stop


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Oct 2012 at 10:28pm
Hi,
You can get to the main road where you catch the bus by useing the lift in the A & A apartments and walking up the last remaining steps to the main road, I'm sure if you ask at the reception there they will advise you, we came home from Kalami last Friday and the guy who works in the second supermarket as you go through the villiage says he will shut in two weeks time. If you contact the owners of the White House or Thomas  Tavernas in Kalami (Just use google to find them) or Nickolas round at Agni, or Dimitries on the main road they will tell you when they shut.
Hope you find what you are looking for, you will love Kalami and surrounding area. We hire a boat for the day from Tassos who also has the White House Taverna in Kalami.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Oct 2012 at 10:30pm
This is the summer timetable which ends soon. In the winter less buses run each day and they finish much earlier in the day. Funny how they spell Kassiopi with a 'C' as there is no letter 'C' in the Greek language. Oh, forgot to say, the service from Kassiopi to Sidari also finishes in the winter.
There is a castle/fort in Kassiopi which is worth the walk up the hill.
Your biggest problem is that, if you are going for UK half term it appears that all the shops and tavernas in Kalami will be shutting as you get there. What date do you arrive??
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Oct 2012 at 11:41pm
Not much by  the way of sandy beaches ,in the immediate area. Kalamaki is a good half hour by car.
I fear Kalami will be pretty quiet, I understood The A&A was to close late October.
I would recommend a car for your stay. Give you a lot more options, especially with two youngsters.
You may wish to contact Top Cars,they are excellent (no connection I promise. I am not a share holder).
The bus service will be a trial (to say the least). You could even make Acharavi and beyond in around 3/4 hour.
Should take you around one hour from the airport to Kalami (maybe Less) You will save around £100 in taxi fares alone.
Anyway, enjoy, whatever you decide. You will be made most welcome by all that are there.
Whereabouts you staying???
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Oct 2012 at 12:12am
Thank you for all your messages.

I have to say I am very concerned as I thought that at least the supermarkets would be open even if the tavernas were winding down but it sounds like we could be stuck for both. Where do the locals shop? We will be there for the week beginning 22nd October. Neither of us drives so we will be completely reliant on buses/taxis whilst there.

Any suggestions on what we could do for food would be really welcome! I am beginning to feel like a complete imbecile for not researching all this before we booked as it now seems like a completely crazy plan to be going out at this time!

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Talullah
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Oct 2012 at 1:25am
Hi we stayed at the A+A the same week as you 2 years ago and everything was still open. The supermarkets were winding down, but the meals at The A+A were very reasonable. There will still be bread, milk and most neccesaties, so dont worry. The weather was also lovely, just needed a woolie at night. I am sure you will enjoy. lol xxx
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Oct 2012 at 9:32am
We have to go down to Kalami either today or tomorrow so I will ask around when everything closes. I am pretty sure that the A&A closes on 26th October this year and this pretty much triggers everything else to close. Have you got cooking facilities?  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Oct 2012 at 11:25am
If you can tell us a bit more exact where you are staying then we could maybe help you more.  If you are in a resort and dont drive then its not so bad providing things are still open.  If you are out of resort then it dosent matter what time of year you come, this will be difficult.  Yes most things Im afraid to say will be starting to close if not so already.  I think Aphrodites supermarket further down will still be open as will Yiannis in Sinies.  Best to get yourself some taxi numbers as I dont think you can rely on buses at that time of year.  Did you book through a tour operator who should have advised you that it was end of season and although can be lovely there are downsides.  But if you can give us rough idea of your location we can help more with information to help you.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Oct 2012 at 1:22pm
The problem with getting a taxi in Kalami is that it will have to come from Kassiopi or Ipsos which would make them very expensive. Getting to Sinies or Nissaki to one of the shops you mention is about 4 miles each way and you will still need cooking facilities which you don't say if you have or not. If you have facilities then you could stock up before the shops close.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Oct 2012 at 4:00pm
Here is the website for Yiannis supermarket in Sinies. http://www.yannismarket.com/index.asp?PageID=1
If the supermarkets are closed in Kalami, I am sure that you could telephone an order through to him and he would deliver to you. He speaks very good English and supplies welcome packs for many of the villas in the area.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Oct 2012 at 7:37pm
Talullah.
I am sorry I certianly didn't want to sound Negative or put a damper on your Holiday.
You will survive I'm sure. You can walk to a couple of beaches with the children, whilst  in the main pebbles, still lots of fun, you just need some sun.
Go for it "These are the days of our lives" Enjoy. Just think! all the space you'll have!!!
You ALL ENJOY. Sure you will.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Oct 2012 at 7:41pm
Hi Talullah,
Buy some swim shoes for your family, they are a 'must' for the beaches!!
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Oct 2012 at 11:53pm
Thanks for these comments - I am much more reassured now and can look forward to our stay once again!

Best wishes,
Talullah
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Oct 2012 at 9:27am
Hi Talullah,
If the supermarkets in Kalami are running out of thing, you could try Nikos supermarket on the edge of Kassiopi, they are open April to October so hopefully should still be open when you're there. We've found them to be one of the best supermarkets, if you want to do any cooking they do a good selection of meat and their homemade dips - tzatziki, hummus etc are amazing. They do deliver and I've also known people get a lift back from them with their shopping. Their telephone number is (+30) 26630 81130
Kalamaki is a beautiful sandy beach as the others have said and very shallow for children, we've always hired a car and can drive in about 20minutes from Kalami, so it might be worth getting a taxi for one day to go.
Hope you have a great holiday
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Oct 2012 at 10:45am
I know two of the tavernas in Kalamaki are closing this Saturday 20th.  Nikos supermarket in Kassiopi is very good and will still be open but he also has started to greatly reduce things with fridges off etc.  But as Bronwen says he will do his very best for you and you could call him or fax him a list of things to deliver to your accomoodation for arrival.  Can you give us more info on your accomodation facilities then we can also help you with other things to amuse kids, etc if the weather is not great.
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