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    Posted: 03 May 2013 at 3:55pm
Hello everyone, just joined this site as found some of the topics and forums really helpful.
 
Love Greece, especially Corfu.
 
Returning for my 5th visit to Corfu in June and this time rather than stay in Paleo have booked the Villa Tango in Lakones.
 
Was really chuffed when I booked it a few days ago, as was undecided where to stay in Paleo, considering I booked flights early January I have dithered rather, but to my horror when I checked out the location (obviously stunning) but one has to get there! 
 
Hate heights and we have had to book a hire car for the 11 nights that we are there and am really scared about the road to and from the village to Paleo.
 
Can anyone give me any idea how steep, sheer drops or anything else I might need to know prior to my holiday so I know how many valium or how many ouzos I may need to drink prior to getting into car and driving anywhere...Cry
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2013 at 4:12pm
All roads in Corfu need to be handled with respect as most can be uneven to say the least
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2013 at 6:12pm
Hi Jules and welcome to the site.  My hubby always hires a car when we are in Corfu.  Granted he was quite nervous the first time but as long as you take time to get used to a different car, you will be fine.  The locals are used to tourist so try not to worry too much and just relex and have a fantastic time.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2013 at 11:50pm
Would not worry too much Jules, the road is fairly steep if you have to walk it, but there are no steep sides or sheer drops to the road, most of it is past houses or through olive groves and woodland, so no valium needed, would still take the ouzo though, you're on holiday after all!! My wife is a very nervous passenger and has never had any real problems on Corfu, I can usually tell by the level and number of muffled screams as we zip round a hairpin bend. Kalymnos and Rhodes however were another story!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 May 2013 at 12:11pm
Many thanks for the replies, it certainly has helped and don't mind being up high its the steep side drops etc I cant cope with.

Rocdoc yes, I have took had a rather scary Kalymnos trip and don't want to repeat it so Lakones although high up is going to be a walk in the park.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 May 2013 at 10:45pm
Come to think of it we had our moments on Crete and Lesvos too, especially the jeep ride up Mount Olympus
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2013 at 12:32pm
AAh, Lesvos such a lovely island and quite undiscovered.

Shame more holiday companies don't go there, had a glorious 2 weeks in anaxos a few years back.

Looking forward to Corfu on 9th June for 11 nights, have done Perama, Messongi and Paleo so nice to try Lakones this time.

Have hired a car for the full duration, anyone know of any secluded beaches to discover?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2013 at 11:50pm
Yes thank goodness for T.C. we stay in Petra will be our 3rd year on the trot, and we are already planning to return next year. its like they have a "and relax" switch.
Lakones is lovely as I am certain you already know, absolutelly stunning views of Paleo. There is a taverna there that is reputed to be one of the best for real Greek food on the island, the name escapes me at the mo, will post again when it comes to me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 May 2013 at 9:58am
I  agree with Rocdoc about this stretch of road. In fact I have never even noticed any problematic places! Most corners are very wide as the road is much used by coaches. Obviously always look well ahead and if you see a coach or lorry coming then pull in on a straight or wide bit of road where YOU can choose and be comfortable with, and wait.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 May 2013 at 12:20am
O Boulis taverna! I knew it would come to me. I have not eaten there myself, but everyone Ive spoken to that have highly recommend it and serving traditional Corfiot food and a view to die for.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 May 2013 at 9:12am
Yes try Boulis Taverna as it is lovely and the people are great. I hope you have an amazing time. Smile
I can close my eyes and see Paleo but it's not the same.........Roll on my next trip.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 May 2013 at 4:58pm
And the bakery next door to Boulis for coffee and cakes!!!Thumbs Up
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2013 at 5:59pm
And the VIEW...!!   Same view out of my windows!! I meet lovely new people every day as I go there for my morning coffee. Lucky me.Smile    K
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2013 at 6:37pm
I've walked all the way down that road in the dark before.  It's not bad at all.  It's just fairly long.  It doesn't really wind that much either - for the most part it's just a slope up across the side of the hill.  There's the odd zig-zag bit, so just hang back if a coach shows up, but otherwise the corners are very wide.  And there are no sheer drops - people live and work on the slopes beside the road all the way up.

OK, now onto the important business, where's BOULIS then?  Assume I've just come up the Donkey Track and am sat gasping for air on the seat around the wall in the village centre.  Further assuming I recover briefly enough to last through to my next Mythos, do I turn right back towards the main road up, or left towards the Bella Vista and Makrades?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2013 at 7:05pm
I don't know the donkey track but if turning left takes you to Bella Vista then it must be right for Boulis as it is at the opposite end of the village.  Best Dolmades we've had anywhere, worth driving over from the north east of the island for.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2013 at 10:55pm
Approve Boulis and the bakery are next to the traffic lights for the single file road through the village to the east. So assuming you come up the final steps [how the hell did you manage that?] the sea behind you, turn right and walk along the road towards Paleo, Both are on your right, virtually next door to each other, the bakery being the last building [modern] in the village. If there is something special you would like at Boulis, go a couple of days before and ask them to cook it for you giving day and time. They did that for us last years but as our grandson wasn't 100% my wife and I ate at the taverna and they did the rest to take away. Absolutely wonderful and the views?!?!?!?!?!Thumbs Up
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 May 2013 at 1:40pm
Thanks, I'll give it a try.  Everyone I've asked about Papoutsakia me Karni says to order it, then turn up the following day.  Though I've eaten in restaurants on other islands where they manage to do a quicker version. Then again, they have tended to be busier places so probably have more stuff ready to go.

That donkey track is nothing compared to the one north-east out of Lakones that goes up to the top of the next hill, past a little church and over the saddle in the hills onto the road to Vistonas.  I came down there as the sun was setting last year and it's awfully knobbly.  (I'd failed to find the abandoned village over the next hill, misled by my map to the church instead).  That's how I ended up on the Lakones road in the dark, as I didn't trust the donkey tracks after sunset.  The view of Lakones from up there is like the one you get of Paleokastritsa from Lakones.

Though now I think it would have been far better to go down at least to the service road and follow that to the west end and down through the villas to the harbour.  The road is a long way to walk, though at least my way back took me past Spiros'.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 May 2013 at 3:04pm
Hi Joefish, I have done the usual walks, donkey track, Krini Angelo Kastro etc, but it sounds as though there are a few different tracks I have not been on, is there a map that you know of available with all the different footpaths around Paleo?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 May 2013 at 5:54pm
Many thanks for all the replies I have had to my initial post about Lakones and the roads leading up to it, they have all been very helpful and have taken notes of the knowledge we now have.

This donkey path that leads to Paleo, it is easy to find and how long does it take to stroll?

Although we have hired a car for the 11 nights we are there we do enjoy walking and exploring so any info you have on this would be fab.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 May 2013 at 11:41pm
I don't know if all the tracks are on it, but anyone asking about maps of Corfu should read this thread:
http://www.agni.gr/holiday-forum/mapmans-corfu-map_topic2339.html

In the meantime, you could go to Google Maps and zoom in to Paleokastritsa.  Compare the simple map view with the satellite imagery to spot the paths.  The main road up and through Lakones is shown in yellow.  The Paleokastritsa coast road is below it in white.  But there's another white road shown just below Lakones.  This is a concrete service road and is the scenic way up, and a fairly safe way down after dark.

You get to it by taking the turn off inland near the port junction, then bear LEFT.  The road winds up through the villas and turns into a concrete road that then turns back East and runs along below the Lakones road.  Ignore a gravel road that doubles-back and heads upwards a little - that leads to a clearing and an old path up to the Golden Fox, but it's now blocked by construction and overgrowth.  Eventually you come to a point where the concrete road crosses another path coming straight up the hill and there's a drainage channel cut under the concrete.  At this point, head straight up that path.  You come up a path round the edge of someone's garden, and at the end turn left and up into Lakones village square.  On your way back, remember to note the arched double-doors on your left and take the right-hand path at that point to get back to the concrete road.

Now for the quicker, but tougher way up.  This should take about 45 minutes but you'll want a good rest at the top.  Find the Odysseus hotel, the left-hand end at the top of the hill opposite the steps for the Dolphin and the Belvedere Annexe.  You'll see a steep ramp and may just be able to make out a sign at the top marked 'footpath to Lakones'.  Head up there and you'll find a bit of road.  This is the lower road you can see on Google Maps going around the back of some of the Paleokastritsa hotels.  If you're staying down near the port, you can go inland from the port junction and bear RIGHT this time to get to the same road.  Either way you follow this arc of road up to its highest point.  There you'll see the beginning of the donkey trail; a hard packed path with shiny stones showing through.  Whatever you do, don't imagine any sort of motorised transport is going to go up there.

That's the start of it; you just follow it all the way up.  It gets narrow and steep in places but it's always pretty clear.  It crosses the concrete service road where I described before and goes right up into Lakones village square.  Again, on your way down the only thing to watch for is to turn right at the big doors on your left when you first set off back down from Lakones.

If you look on Google Maps, you can see the loop road round between the port junction and almost to the back of the Odysseus.  Another road branches off round to the Felicita.  To the left of that the start of the donkey track is quite visible on the satellite imagery.  It goes up then turns East into a cutting between the cliff and that huge rock coming from the right, then turns North again to cross the service road.
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