The winter is little difficult around the Island and almost of the people come living to town. If you looking for some service you con ask to the company below and I am sure they will provide you good service.
The company is Home Concept-Corfu.
You will find all the contact on the web site.
Message posted by doug on 21 August 2009 at 11:36pm - IP Logged
Personaly I would not want to live in St Georges south without a car. In fact I had problems when my car was in the garage for repairs for 1 week and I only live 6 kilometres from Gouvia/ Kontokali. The buses are infrequent in the winter and if you forgot anything what a night mare with no transport. If anyone needs taking to hospital or just to go out to visit friends how do you do this with no transport. I could not live without my car or bike and I love walking but for trips to the supermarket or any supplies from the local builders merchant I would not be able to cope.If you do not want to have a car live in the town or very near.
My opinion only.
Message posted by Lavinia on 21 August 2009 at 11:50pm - IP Logged
I live nine kilometres from Corfu town centre and could not manage without my car as I live up a hill and it is a twenty minute walk to the nearest bus-stop and walking back up a steep hill with bags of shopping is just not viable especially in winter in the pouring rain. Corfu in the winter is very different as so many of the "resorts" become ghost towns. The town is always vibrant summer and winter and if you live here full time I would say that Jan is absolutely right in saying you should live within the blue bus zone as you will have access to the town (which is beautiful in the winter not only because you can actually park!). Places like Arillas, Ag. Giorgos (both north and south), Barbati even Kassiopi and Paleokastritsa virtually shut down in winter. I remember going for lunch in Benitses last February to Paxinos and it was the one and only place open. Nothing open at all in Ag. Gordios for example. You are left very much to your own devices in the winter and maybe I am strange but I love it. I open my shutters in the morning and see the mist in the valley mingled with the smoke from the olive wood burning in the grates and look across the sea to the snow-capped mountains of Epirus - magic. The storms are phenomenal and not for the faint-hearted! Good luck to you in you search and I hope I have helped a little?
Message posted by Graham T-A on 22 August 2009 at 1:03am - IP Logged
Lavinia I totally agree with you, it's really nice in the winter and I love it too and agree again, it's not for the faint hearted even with the views of the snow covered mountains we see across the water in Albania. But I just have one question to ask - Where do you manage to park in Corfu town in the winter??
Message posted by matsui on 22 August 2009 at 3:34am - IP Logged
I am far from being an expert on Corfu, but I am sure that there are people living in St George South or in the vicinity. There are a few bars/tavernas open in winter also. But, it is quite isolated, as you probably know so transport would be a distinct advantage re shopping etc.
Wherever you decide to re-locate to, I hope you have a wonderful time living your dream!!! Good Luck in your search for a new home.
Message posted by annmay100 on 22 August 2009 at 4:05am - IP Logged
Have been there in February via Olympic Airways and 4 hours in Athens Airport - still some things open - a bit pushed for where to get a meal etc. but really not too bad on the whole. There are still some local bars open and a couple of supermarkets, so if you are staying self catering, you will be OK. You can still get a Gyros (kebab) in Moraitika. We have yet to find more local bars and tavernas which are open during the winter months.
Message posted by diane and steve on 22 August 2009 at 10:09am - IP Logged
If you go to the east cost, opposite St George, Petriti has a grill room which opens all year and a bar with a woodburner to keep cosy, further along the coast, past Notos, Sabbas taverna is open all year and I think there is a place in Argyrades village that's open too. But these places are not really walkable to St George so you would need a car.
There are supermarkets near Lefkimmi, and bars in lefkimmi that are open too-again you need a car.
I think it doesn't bother the Corfiots as they would rather drive than walk anywhere anyway!! They love their cars!!
Message posted by Daniel&Sylvie on 22 August 2009 at 12:38pm - IP Logged
Our first house viewing trip to Corfu was in November. We intentionally waited so we could experience winter. We rented the favorite candidate villa for 3 days, and boy are we glad we did so. The house was very damp and it took 2 days to warm it up. Benitses was the nearest village and it was deserted with only one restaurant open (must have been Paxinos mentioned by Lavinia). Several other areas were like that. Still beautiful, with always a soft sun inbetween showers, but rather lonely if you like social contacts.
There are plenty of villages with all year activity, some even by the sea. We decided for land on the north coast, because Acharavi is alive all year round. It's still 8kms away, but we can get to Acharavi by car or scooter in less than 10 minutes.
It is not necessary to live IN a resort, but as mentioned by others transportation is very important. With a car you can go to your favorite resort anytime you want, regardless where you decide to have a home.
Message posted by Roseanne on 22 August 2009 at 1:55pm - IP Logged
St George south has people living there all year round not everything closes down for the winter. I live about 15 minutes from St George and have got around for 16 years in the winter. I have only just passed my driving test so unless I waited for my husband to get home from work I had to use the bus which are fine not as many as in the summer but you just find out when they are and plan whatever you are doing around them, living in Corfu in the winter is great and I wouldn't change it for the world but I would say try a winter here first as everyone is different and you might not like it as much as I do.
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