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    Posted: 07 May 2014 at 11:35pm
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My hubby and myself are booking to visit Corfu for the first time in September - but I'm going mad reading resort descriptions and trying do decide which one to go for. I've seen Dassia described as both a lively resort and a quiet resort. We are late 40s so well past the 18-30 type holiday, but also want somewhere with a good selection of tavernas and bars as we like to try somewhere different each day.

I'm thinking one of these:
Dassia / Roda / Acharavi / Kassiopi

Could anyone offer me any help or suggestions please?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 May 2014 at 11:56pm
For me it has to be Kassiopi every time. It has everything to match your wish and more. You won't regret it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2014 at 12:13am
Same here Davyboy it has to be Kassiopi with all the different types of tavernas and restuarents the people and a harbour to die for. So beautiful and as for the people so friendly, mind you we are both bias arent we after all we both have been going for years.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2014 at 1:22am
All 3 of Roda, Acharavi and Kassiopi will suit your needs.
We stay in Acharavi which is the biggest of the 3 resorts and in the middle of Roda and Kassiopi.
It has plenty of bars, tavernas, cafes, bakeries, grill rooms, kafeneons, supermarkets, banks, shops etc. There are bars/tavernas all along the  beach and on the high street.
I'm biased so I'd say Acaharvi, but to be honest, all 3 resorts are very nice.
Hope you enjoy.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2014 at 2:35am
Sorry probably not going to help much but having stayed in Roda for the last 25 years I think it has everything you are looking for and more. Unfortunately so do Acharavi and Kassiopi. Whichever of these three you choose you would have a great time. Choose one to stay in, visit the other two and stay in your favourite next time. Never stayed in Dassia.   
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2014 at 10:41am
A good suggestion from Tfg, stay up in the North East, visit all of the resorts ,but start with Kassiopi, it is stunning!! Biassed of course, but I love the village for everything that all visitors love about all of Corfu.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2014 at 11:33am
Hi Carron
 
Of the 4 resorts you mention, Dassia is the closest to the airport and to Corfu Town so your transfer would be shorter and you can pop into town easily.  My experience of it is limited to passing through it on the way to or from the airport/the capital.
 
I've never stayed in either Acharavi or Roda. I've visited Acharavi a couple of times and Roda several times. Acharavi is a working town as well as a resort and has some all year round facilities. We stayed in Kassiopi last year after 11 holidays in Kalami (which is beautiful but probably would not have enough bars & tavernas to fit your requirements). We are staying in Kassiopi again this year and Kassiopi would be my suggestion for you. The route from the airport to Kassiopi follows the coast for much of the way and the views are splendid. The quickest route to Acharavi and Roda is over the Troumpeta pass and offers some extensive and lovely inland views.
 
There's a direct bus service from Kassiopi to Corfu Town (doesn't run in the evening). There is also a bus service from Kassiopi to Sidari which (presumably) stops in Acharavi & Roda en route so you could visit them too. Kassiopi is the centre for most of the boat trips from the north of the island. Among other boat excursions there are both day and evening trips to Corfu town. The route for these is the Corfu channel and the views of Corful and Albania are delightful. From Kassiopi you could also visit the charming, smaller resorts on the north east coast. You could visit them from Acharavi or Roda too, you'd just be starting from further away. There are probably charming, smaller resorts near to Acharavi and Roda that I am unaware of. Despite 12 holidays on the island we still have places to explore.
 
If you're thinking of hiring car then Kassiopi, Acharavi and Roda all offer easy access to the main road around the north of the island. Said road skirts along the edges of Kassiopi and Roda and runs through Acharavi. There are several roads off leading to Acharavi Beach and much of the accommodation and refreshment outlets are down these side roads.
 
What do you want from a beach? All the north east coast beaches, including Kassiopi, are shingle.  Acaharavi and Roda have sandy beaches. Kalamaki would be the nearest sandy beach to Kassiopi - a 10 min drive or 30 mins or so walk away.
 
Wherever you decide on in the end I hope you have a great holiday.  Deedee Big smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2014 at 12:12pm
Just to say nothing wrong with Sidari which is just higher up than Roda, I know you didn't mention Sidari but just a thought, lots of people turn their noses up at it because its lively but we go every year & its as lively or as quiet as you want it to be. We stay in the Canal d 'Amour area but go into Sidari, I might add we are not youngsters but young at heart being 70 & 71, been going to Corfu for 30 years, it holds a spell over you & I'm sure this wont be your last visit. Happy holidays
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2014 at 12:28pm
Just to put a spoke in the wheel. Take a look at Arillas. It is a lovely, laid back resort with many tavernas. My favorite place as it is so friendly with all that you could ask for. Many restaurants with a plethora of different cuisines.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2014 at 1:34pm
We stayed in Dassia a few years ago and for us felt it was too touristy without the beauty and scenery that you get in other Corfu resorts. I agree with the others that Kassiopi sounds like it would tick your boxes and is somewhere we like to visit in the evening and sit at one of the harbourside bars and watch the world go by. For us, Kalami is our favourite with a handful of restaurants and 3 more to visit in Agni bay by boat taxi, however, there are only two bars... Cocktails and Dreams is where everyone spends their evenings after dinner and has entertainment.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2014 at 3:14pm
We love Roda. We first discovered on a day trip from Kalami, and decided on a whim to go for two weeks. We fell in love with the place, it has just the right mix of touristy and traditional. Some great bars, fantastic tavernas and the centre of the village has a lovely Greek feel to it. All the bars and tavernas offer great value for money, and there is a bus stop so you can get out and about easily should you so wish. We love it, and will be visiting for the 7th time in six weeks.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2014 at 3:39pm
Please let us know where you choose you should have a great time wherever after they are all Corfu!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2014 at 4:06pm
Hi Carron, have a look at Moraitika and Messonghi. These are both layed back resorts with plenty of good tavernas and bars. Both resorts blend into each other, Im sure you would have a great time.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2014 at 1:15am
Wow - thank you all so much for giving me such detailed information and advice. I will take Dassia off my list and check out the new resorts mentioned. It does feel like Kassiopi would be good for our first visit and ideal for getting to see other parts of the island from. I was going to go for Dassia originally as the transfer times to the North look horrendous. I'm guessing that where it says 1.5 hours that's on a good run?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2014 at 1:23am
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The coaches drop off at various resorts do depending on where you are staying it can take a couple of hours. We hire a car now, but if you don't feel confident about then, then you can always book a return taxi journey. It may cost a little more, but it will get you to your resort in 30 minutes or so and your holiday can start then!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2014 at 2:54am
Hi Carron, Have a look at the Kassiopi Bliss site and see what it is like, see the link below
only 10 days left for us to be there for our first 4 week stay , where ever you go have a great time like we do, Yama's Lil & Bob   
http://www.kassiopi-bliss.com/
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2014 at 3:06am
The upside for Dassia is the short transfer time, the bus service into Corfu Town, walking distance into Ipsos with its stunning bay and views over to Corfu Town and a good choice of bars, tavernas and restaurants.  Ipsos was an 18-30's resort years ago and a lot of places have closed down but what remains is good quality.  The beach is shingle so not the best but there is also the option of walks into small villages such as Analypsis and Ano Korakiana.  I notice you mention September, I have found that Ipsos tends to start to close down the last week in September but I understand that the other resorts mentioned do stay open into October. Enjoy wherever you choose :-)
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2014 at 3:16am
Kassiopi. You know it makes sense
Keep taking your, take a holiday in kassiopi pills.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2014 at 3:21am
Hi Carron, When you go on, if you do Kassiopi Bliss take the virtual tour it shows you all
round Kassiopi    Yama's   
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2014 at 4:56am
I'd been to Gouvia twice and Moraitika once before I discovered Kassiopi. I've now been to Kassiopi about 15 times. So, Kassiopi!
 
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