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Kalami, Kouloura and Agni, Corfu

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    Posted: 13 Apr 2014 at 12:13pm
Guys and Gals, only 20+ plus days till we are back.

Was wondering if anyone had driven from Kalami to Corfu Town, firstly I have never driven in Corfu but will be hiring a car in a few weeks.

So 2 questions

1. Is it an easy drive to Corfu Town? (as want to spend more time there this visit, and buses and boats are constricted on times whereas driving we can be there as long or short as we want)

2. Is there a best (easy) place to park?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Apr 2014 at 1:19pm
Driven from Kassiopi many times. I always manage to park on the side streets up by the Liston. The easy way though is to head to Corfu town stay on the same road till you come to a T Junction. Turn left for the Port/Lefkimi and Corfu town, continue till you come to a left turn sign posted To the Port. Follow this road past the port and you will see on the right side what looks like a park with trees opposite the sea, you will find loads of cars parked up in there . You can park in there, its only a short walk to the shops and bars from there. This should be easiest for you. Hope this helps
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Apr 2014 at 2:18pm
Davyboy's directions are correct but it is a long way round. As he says follow the coast road to Corfu Town (Kerkyra) - a little after you past Profi you will past a Mercedes and Citreon showroom. Take the left hand turning towards the Port (it is a major turning with traffic lights - there is a supermarket and gift shop on the corner). Go past the cruise ship port and you will then see a right hand turn which goes uphill by the old Fort (signposted to museum I believe). This will take you through the market. Park where you can but if you have difficulty just follow the road and you will make a left hand turn and reach the seafront where you can also park.  If you park on the road heading out of town it is free but the area in front of the park needs a ticket. You will find it far easier to park mid-morning onwards.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Apr 2014 at 2:21pm
Also Tuesday and Thursday are late nights - most shops re-open 6-9pm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Apr 2014 at 3:47pm
Thanks for the quick replies.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Apr 2014 at 12:54am
Originally posted by sue avrio sue avrio wrote:


Davyboy's directions are correct but it is a long way round.


We are on the same road same route Sue ,but instead of turning right up the hill, just continue a few hundred yards down the road to the parking on the right. In front of the New Fortress.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Apr 2014 at 4:34am
Sue I park up by the Liston. But I have sent Dingojunction to park up at the bottom of town, at the park (Platia Spirilas) opposite the old port and in front of the New Fortress.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Apr 2014 at 7:42am
Both are fairly reliable places to park - once the market has closed!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Apr 2014 at 12:31pm
We usually manage to park at the old port.
 
And, I would not call the drive along the corniche road from Kalami to Corfu Town easy!
I prefer to go by boat, from Kassiopi or Kouloura. You can go during the day and there is an evening trip too. Look out for details at the various travel places.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Apr 2014 at 7:09am
I think it is courses for horses to be honest

It depends where you live in the UK as to whether you find the drive easy or not, the road to Corfu town certainly twists and turns a bit but it is no different to to many of the road where we are in Gloucester and a great deal better than many!!!

All roads lead to Corfu town from anywhere on the island so even if you get lost you will simply see a bit more of the island but you will get there eventually.

We always follow the sea rule. Going to Corfu keep the sea on your left until you come to the built up area and then there are lots of signs for the main places of interest.

Coming back keep the sea on your right!! Apart from driving on the right there really is no problem.

In town all traffic lights are overhead, just take it easy and be prepared to stop suddenly for the Greek driver in front deciding to park with no warning!!

Road signs are in English and Greek and the tourists signs likewise and brown as in the UK.

We have never had trouble parking, places you can't park are clearly marked although the car park near the Liston can get very busy, the fort road is often easier.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Apr 2014 at 7:41am
Although not the subject of this thread, Sue's post above reminds me - the Traffic Light Salesman has hit town!
 
I don't know where they all are but beware.  Two sets of new lights that I am aware of:
 
 - AT the juction of the road from the airport where it meets the coast road at Garitsa Bay
 - On the way to the airport (from the north) - at the end of the fist stretch of one-way street, which goes downhill to the crossroads - there is a new set at the crossroads.
 
As to parking in town - the is a large car park on the right - opposite the New Port (and quite near the bus station. This is the one we use when we go into town (but it is a long way from the Liston etc.)
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Apr 2014 at 1:13pm
Thanks everyone spoke to Gina about car hire and going to nip around the Island when we are there...including Corfu Town although we were wondering if you can get the boat to Corfu Town in the daytime like we did last time (Dinos) but get the night boat back instead of day boat return?


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Apr 2014 at 2:17pm
Check out http://www.dailycruisescorfu.com/  as Iakis provides regular boat trips and is the perfect host - you will not find better. Pick up from the jetty in Kalami.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Apr 2014 at 3:18pm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 May 2014 at 2:04pm
Guys thanks for above help, did this drive successfully today and still in one piece, only one scare as motorbike pulled in front of me and caused me to swerve and a car to brake but he was fine with a sorry as we both vented on bike person. We ended up parking in a 3 euro car park by bus station which was great and amazing how quiet it became after all tour buses left. We were the only ones at one point in the street... Not a bad drive at all really, thanks for above advice from all.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 2014 at 6:44am
Dingojunction, if you still have the car you should do the short drive up the hill to Vigla.  Leave the village as if heading to Kassiopi and in no time at all you will see a sign for Vigla with the cut off being on your left hand side.

Follow the road up for a few minutes and you can stop at a couple of places, just to see the view.  You can see Kouloura, Kalami and Agni all at the one time.

Beautiful and breath taking!!!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 2014 at 2:16pm
Will definitely try that in October, car went back today and miss it already. Did Paleokastritsa and then Sidari again yesterday and it was a nice drive without any hassle of being back on a coach by certain time, car hire for me in the future definitely.
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Direct Link To This Post 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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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 2014 at 5:50am
Yeah Old Perithia on top of our list in October Smile
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