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    Posted: 17 Mar 2013 at 4:06pm
Hello Everyone,
I am in need of some advice and tips. A friend of mine, her two kids, myself and my child plan on going to Corfu in April for a week. I've been trying to do some research on where to stay and what there is to do for kids. If anyone has some helpful tips it would be much appreciated.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Mar 2013 at 4:19pm
Would probably say somewhere like Paliokastricas, its a family resort
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Mar 2013 at 4:22pm
Thank you. I'll look into it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Mar 2013 at 4:34pm
I would recommend Sidari as its got a lovely beach perfect for children.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Mar 2013 at 4:35pm
Hi Nckd,
There may not be too much going on in April as the season in Corfu doesn't really get up and running until May.
Also Greek Easter is much later this year, Easter Sunday being May 5th, so whereas in past years when Easter has been in April, some places opened for Easter and stayed open, this year they may not open until later.
Probably best to consider Acharavi in the North which is a year round village. Even Kassiopi or Roda (both North) but cannot guarantee that much will be open.
Perhaps someone else can advise of villages Central or South which may be suitable. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Mar 2013 at 4:44pm
Do you know if the shops and restaurants will be open? Thank you for the info.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Mar 2013 at 4:55pm
Hi,
Having been to both Paleokastritsa and Sidari in April they are basically closed as are many of the other resorts.
There are a few places in Sidari to eat, but not much to entertain the children. The sea is really cold at this time of year and there is no guarantee that that it will be beach weather. 
It snowed yesterday in Corfu, just to put things into perspective.
Sorry to be a gloom merchant, but would rather you be prepared than expect wall to wall sunshine, which you may get as the weather is so unpredictable. 

There will be supermarkets in Sidari, Acharavi and Kassiopi open as the locals need to shop too. There will be some restaurants open but not all as quite often they open just a few nights each week nearer to the weekends.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Mar 2013 at 5:02pm
Oh, wow. That is very helpful. Maybe we will change our trip for later on in year. Thanks again everyone! 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Mar 2013 at 5:06pm
Might be better to go in September/October, reasonable weather although not wall to wall sunshine and most tavernas and everything else will be still open.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Mar 2013 at 7:22pm
Have to agree that September/October are great months to visit Corfu, but in my humble opinion, if you have not visited the island before, choose sometime in May to introduce you to all the delights of the Spring flowers and the freshness of the place as the season fully begins.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Mar 2013 at 7:26pm
Hi, I would also recommend May as the children will be entranced by all the fireflies that abound then. They are a truly magical sight. Thumbs Up 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Mar 2013 at 7:28pm
That'll be great!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Mar 2013 at 9:22pm
I agree with the suggestion to wait until May. My family and I went the first week in May last year which was still mixed weather but at least we were on the beach for 3 days. You may get cheap flights earlier but you end up spending more to keep the children occupied. I hadn't seen the fireflies for many years and still found them enchanting to watch.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Mar 2013 at 9:43pm
If honest Corfu in April with kids in my opinion is a no go Thumbs Down
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Mar 2013 at 12:12am
Elliemay- a few flakes of snow on the mountain yesterday, not snow in th UK sense thankfully!
Agree re April but does depend on childrens' ages and interests as some children might love scrambling round the forts in town, and Angelocastro too, taking a boat out to fish rather than swim, copying Gerald Durrell hunting for animals and insects- all things which are more pleasant when not too hot
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Mar 2013 at 12:55am
Hi,
I just said that it had snowed and it was more than a few flakes Jan, if the pictures that I saw of white covered ground are anything to go by.
I think that they would be far better off going after the season starts when there are more places open and better weather.
Nothing worse than having miserable, bored kids when it's bucketing down.
Not only that, many apartments still have no reliable form of heating so the accommodation could be cold and damp as I have experienced in the past.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Mar 2013 at 5:52pm
as Tricia Giles said- great photos, but probably of hail rather and snow.....splitting hairs of course as both are white and cold!
 
As I said before I agree re April, except that childrens' interests are different, and as the family may not be free to go in term time they MIGHT prefer an early holiday where they have plenty to do (weather permitting) exploring to a holiday when it is not so good for getting around as it is just too hot!
 
Last week's discussions of Corfu's untapped potential has made me, and others, look at the island afresh,  As was said to rely on a water park which for anyone who has been to the States, or even Spain, is very small as the main tourist draw, and not mention Angelokastro, Silvaland, Ambelonas etc. means many visitors go home without even realising what they could have seen and done.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Mar 2013 at 11:29pm
We will be in Corfu for about 10 days in May. We like visiting small villages, beaches...Mt. Pantokrator sounds like fun too. We need an itinerary as to where we should stay outside of Corfu Town (we are planning on 2 nights here at Hotel Konstantinopolis).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Mar 2013 at 12:13am
How long do you want your stay to be in each place?  Are you hiring a car or relying on buses?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Mar 2013 at 5:12am
We will have our car. Unsure how long in each place. Would like suggestions!
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