Message posted by Guest on 18 September 2007 at 6:38pm - IP Logged
If I have the misfortune to speak someone else who doesnt realise there is a south of the island after Corfu town Unfortunatley so many people think that Kavos is the only resort after the airport. I await others comments here Just spoken to someone I work with whose rep in kassiopi told him that there was no good resorts in the south only Kavos then sold him Aqualand and the corfu town excusions. well readers as people who stay in Benitses,messonghi,moratika,Aghious mathios and the wonderful small beaches in that area ,St George south,santa barbara ,plus many more . there are some of the best beaches on the island south bound stop at lefkimmi if youre over 17 (he he)that is as Kavos is next I made a comment in 2006 about this but how many people took the time to go see ive done all the island in the last 25 years and know my favourite bits (ive built there) but if someone tells you there isnt life south ............DONT BELEIVE THEM
Message posted by Dave and Kerry on 18 September 2007 at 7:11pm - IP Logged
Plenty of life down south brian, and for those who are lucky enough to have a car to travel down, they will be very suprised at some of the places. Like you, we have covered a vast amount of the island but still look for places off the beaten track, which can sometimes turn out to be little paradise coves with some privacey if you wish to be alone.
Excursions if your staying down south is great but limits you to what you can see and if you wish to stop for a photo shoot you dont have much chance.
I would recommend you take a look at as much of the island as possible, some people dont ever get out of one particular resort which is a shame really as they are missing out on so much.
As for reps?..well lets face it they are only there to make as much money from us as possible selling trips and rather expensive ones at that, better to go to some other place that does trips just as good if not better than what the reps can offer and at half the price too.
Message posted by Jimmy66 on 18 September 2007 at 7:15pm - IP Logged
HI BRIAN, I AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY .I know ..and love all of the places you have mentioned, I have a special place.....!! that I don't ever want to change. In a previous post there was talk of a new airport being built in the Messonghi area .......My blood ran cold at the thought of it.! The consolation I have is that, that rumour has been arround for many years. The tour operators send people north. its as simple as that. ( my opinion ). few get the opportunity to spend time in the south, when the beaches etc etc are so inviting in northern resorts. K.
Message posted by Guest on 18 September 2007 at 10:30pm - IP Logged
thank god ime not alone with my ravings
Message posted by JoannaWells on 18 September 2007 at 11:33pm - IP Logged
The salt flats are beautiful, every time I am in Messonghi I take a boat ride down to them,the water is calm, shallow and safe and it would be dreadful if that were to be spolied.
Message posted by Greece girlie on 19 September 2007 at 1:01pm - IP Logged
yeh! someone who agrees with me, i have always gone to the south stayed in benitsis and moraitika before settling on the legend that is messonghi i love it and its a great base to vist places like st georges(gorg beach) or issos beach, the fab restaurants in boukari and the beautiful lefkimmi. The beach isn't oo busy and the restaurants and bars are brilliant all are different with something for everyone
I work in travel and all the tour ops concentrate on the north however the mayor of messonghi and moraitika is really trying to get more british ops in and is meeting a number of them in the winter. i have to book flights and then accom (the christina) which i know for me works out more expensive as i could go to the north with an operator for so much cheaper but i don't want to, although the north is lovely and some great resorts i prefer to go for day trips up there.
come on people give the south a try its the best!
on the airport - i spoke to a few people and there is no way they want it and i doubt it will happen as its no more than an hour to all resorts in the south anyway from corfu airport they just need to extend it!
Message posted by maxholland on 19 September 2007 at 2:59pm - IP Logged
HI KEIRA, HOW TRUE YOUR WORDS ARE WE KNOW LOTS OF PEOPLE THERE NOW, ITS NOT LIKE GOING ON HOLIDAY ITS LIKE GOING HOME!! ROLL ON NEXT YEAR AMOST AN UNBEARABLE WAIT!! IT WAS DEFINATELY QUIET THIS YEAR WHEN WE WERE THERE IN JULY, NICE FOR ME I LIKE IT LIKE THAT BUT NOT GOOD FOR LOCAL BUSINESS, COME ON YOU GUYS SUPPORT THE SOUTH!!
Message posted by Viv D on 19 September 2007 at 4:07pm - IP Logged
We stayed in Benitses for a week last september. Popped back for a day in July to see one of the owners of the Restaurant we went to every day and he greeted us like family.
His first words to us Welcome Home. Those words bought tears to my eyes. In all the time we have lived in Somerset none of our neighbours have ever welcomed us back from holidays with these words.
Could not make it back this September but hope to next September for a week.
We want to stay in Benitses itself as last time we were a twenty minute walk outside. Anybody got any ideas for Apartments/Hotel like to know I have use of a swimming pool either on site or just a few metres away.
Message posted by maxholland on 19 September 2007 at 5:03pm - IP Logged
TO VIV D, I DO KNOW OF THE ROULLA APARTMENTS JUST ACROSS FROM THE CHINESE, THEY HAVE A SWIMMING POOL HAVE NEVER STAYED THERE MYSELF, YOU WOULD HAVE TO BOOK THROUGH OLYMPIC HOLIDAYS, WHERE DID YOU STAY IN BENITSES WE STAY AT THE KARINA A 15 MINUTE WALK INTO TOWN, LIKE THE CHOICE TO STAY AROUND THE POOL IN THE DAY OR VISIT LOCAL BEACHES AND THEN WALK INTO TOWN IN THE EVENING, I WONDER WAS THE RESTAURANT THE LAST ONE OF THREE IN THE MIDDLE THE VILLAGE STEAK HOUSE BY ANY CHANCE? HE REMEMBERS US EVERY YEAR!!
Message posted by StevenM on 19 September 2007 at 5:45pm - IP Logged
There is a pool at the Hotel Potomaki in the centre of Benitses which is right on the main coast road.
I stayed there in my more “young and reckless years” in 85 and 86 with the lads when Benitses was more like what Kavos is now. Now that I’m in my forties San Stefanos (NW), Gouvia/Kontokali and Kassiopi (this year) are where we tend to go to now. Having said that I agree with the other posts there are plenty resorts down south that get overlooked.
We have been staying in Benitses for 31 years, and agree that there are some lovely places in the south, especially to the south of St George. Not too much tourism, but a few tavernas.
Benitses council have certainly improved the village. I have heard that they are going to build some restaurants and a small park by the side of the new marina, which will all help to upgrade the image of Benitses.
It is like going home when you return and we have always been made very welcome.
Message posted by Viv D on 19 September 2007 at 7:49pm - IP Logged
I WONDER WAS THE RESTAURANT THE LAST ONE OF THREE IN THE MIDDLE THE VILLAGE STEAK HOUSE BY ANY CHANCE? HE REMEMBERS US EVERY YEAR!!
It was the first restaurant Coming in from Corfu Town side. You have the Pizza Place then go along a bit to the walk about area (no cars) and it was the first restaurant there bright orange table cloth's.
Thanks for info on hotels everyone.
Message posted by Viv D on 19 September 2007 at 7:58pm - IP Logged
Hi All, have you walked up to the San Stephano hotel ? and looked over the rail , alongside the pool, and look down on BENITSES ??? WOW &The flower gardens were immaculate..... I often stayed in village rooms. (up past the stinky drain, covered with cardboard cartons ). on to the cemetery. I have loved Benitses through all it's changes.... Keira.
Message posted by NIGEL on 19 September 2007 at 8:50pm - IP Logged
HI VIV, YEP THATS THE ONE!! WE ACTUALLY STAY THE OTHER WAY GO OUT OF BENITSES AND HEAD TOWARDS MORATIKA ETC A 15 MINUTE WALK (THE WAY I WALK, 10 IF YOUR MY HUBBY) EXCELLENT FOR WALKING OFF ALL THE FOOD AND WINE LOL! AS I SAID IF YOU GO ON THE OLYMPIC SITE THERE ARE 3 HOTELS IN BENITSES WITH THEM WHICH ARE THE ROULLA RIGHT IN THE CENTRE AND THEN THE KARINA (WE STAY THERE) AND JUST FURTHER ON FROM US TSAKI APARTMENTS, DONT KNOW ABOUT THEM. I HOPE YOU FIND WHAT YOU WANT. CANT WAIT TO GET BACK THERE NEXT JULY. MY DAUGHTER WORKED THERE THIS SUMMER AND LOVED IT!
Message posted by DAVID1 on 19 September 2007 at 9:19pm - IP Logged
I must agree that there is life in the South of the island.
Spent two weeks in St Georges South (Corfu Plaza). Lovely beach with everything to hand. The apartments and facilities on site were some of the best I've experienced in any country.
I won't try and claim I saw a lot of the South, except spent a very pleasant evening in Lefkimmi and saw the most incredible full moon over Benitses.
The great advantage of the South is the roads are generally better!!
I never made it to Kavos!!
Message posted by KEIRA on 19 September 2007 at 9:36pm - IP Logged
with the hills behind Benitses it gets dark so much sooner, and unfortunately doesn't have the magnificent sunsets of the western side of the island. Issos beach (as far as I am concerned ) is THE best in all Corfu. what do you say ?? K.
Message posted by Guest on 19 September 2007 at 9:51pm - IP Logged
vitalades gardenos beach ....
well afew germans...
thats my best beach shallow waters, sandy beach, great tavernas ...........
and the best part friendly people
Message posted by savechip on 19 September 2007 at 10:29pm - IP Logged
Must admit, havent ventured south yet but after reading this thread will definitely do so in future.
Message posted by Graham T-A on 19 September 2007 at 10:41pm - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by Brian .Maureen on 18 September 2007
ive done all the island in the last 25 years and know my favourite bits (ive built there) but if someone tells you there isnt life south ............DONT BELEIVE THEM
I rest my case
Hey Brian, I know there is life in the south and I don't need to shout, but does this mean that you have now visited anywhere on the N/E coast other than the 'popular' resorts??
If you have time in the next couple of months come and visit us and I will take you around the villages you have missed, not the tourist resorts!!
I will be down in Lefkimmi with friends for a meal soon, not sure when but I will send you a message if you want to join us. Never trust a rep, they all tell 'fibs' The ones who we met in Ag Georgios South said much the same things about the North. Nothing there! Full of snobs! Beaches horrible! Please don't forget that the 'reps' have never been outside their own resort and most are only kids
Message posted by Guest on 19 September 2007 at 11:01pm - IP Logged
thank save chip if only 1% travel south and see ille be happy and yes ive done the "none tourist places too as my greek friend takes me to them as some of his family live kousadaris and other places 1st cousins 2 nd cousins 12 th c ousins 34 times removed...........
you now the feelimg
Message posted by diane and steve on 19 September 2007 at 11:30pm - IP Logged
we drove around a bit during our honeymoon in june
we've been to corfu many times and with the help of Stephans map we thought we would go south.We had a lovely day in Lefkimmi sat by the river and then along the coast to Boukari for lunch one day which was divine.
the only place we got to on the west coast was skala(i think that is what it was called and another place with a little sort of river which you can go over with the car
There were 2 tavernas on either side of the river and we parked up and walked up a lane where we saw a lovely garden and a place with rooms to rent-you wouldn't know what it is called would you?
We are going again 30th of may 2008 and fancy roaming and staying overnight along that west coast and maybe in lefkimmi as well
we are there for 10 days -any suggestions?
Message posted by Guest on 20 September 2007 at 12:03am - IP Logged
great to see another stopfordian discovering the south .........
Message posted by Guest on 20 September 2007 at 12:04am - IP Logged
skala noyt sure about that skala is on keffoloia i think
Message posted by Mapman on 20 September 2007 at 12:27am - IP Logged
That's the lovely little seaside place near Ag Mattheos, Brian and Maureen. There's that fantastic little road that runs from there north to Agios Gordis, winding along the west coast. Not many people are aware it even exists!
Many people think there's only one road down to the south, but in that central bit, there are in fact four roughly parallel roads going north-south. They're very poorly defined on the other tourist maps, which only confuse and put off anyone who tries to use them.
The southern part of Corfu is definitely worth visiting - and exploring, with the right map of course. There are miles and miles of interesting back roads and mountain roads to follow with beautiful views and quaint, quiet villages. Typically, and authentically Greek.
The regions vary so much, It's almost like visiting different islands.
Message posted by FredF on 20 September 2007 at 12:41am - IP Logged
Just to add to Stephan's post above. I've driven on a few of the roads he's writing about and add my recommendation. The roads are quieter and the views in parts are spectacular. One in particular I remember must have been hundred's of feet above sea level and looked down on Corfu Town as a panorama spread beneath us, with planes landing and taking off as we watched. Well worth the effort.
Message posted by Mapman on 20 September 2007 at 1:15am - IP Logged
Skala is a lovely little beach on the West coast and much quieter than those busy beaches further south. I totally agree that people should get out and about more to visit these smaller resorts. It's one of our favorite places in the south of the island.
Message posted by Shuey on 20 September 2007 at 5:30pm - IP Logged
The fish restaurants in Boukari are a gourmet's delight and the area is virtually unspoilt.
Message posted by Greece girlie on 20 September 2007 at 10:39pm - IP Logged
i agree i got married and had my reception at the boukari beach taverna and everyone is still raving about it now, the sea food was just to die for its well wworth a visit to boukari, apparently next year in messonghi you'll be able to hire speedboats so i'll be off to boukari me thinks in style!
Message posted by Graham T-A on 20 September 2007 at 11:34pm - IP Logged
Of course there are many beautiful resorts in the south but I still prefere the small resorts, Not the ultimate Greek inland villages, but the small quiet resorts, often where many Greeks visit. I can well understand the reps in Casiopi selling the bus trips around the north or Corfu town. The views around the north in places like Palio and the north east coast road from a coach are amazing. There are similar views in the south in places like Scala but I don't think it possible to get a coach along this road. If I were to organise a bus trip anywhere I would take people to the town hall above Kalami, bella vista above Palio and then take them down the middle of the island down the road that goes past the quarries and then through Skripero back to the town. The views are amazing as you can see the sea on both sides of the island at this point. If I could get the coach up there and be able to turn it round I would go to Afrionis on the west which has no beach as it is too high above the sea as I believe this is one of the best villages on the island and a great place to drop every off for a two hour lunch.
Trips to Corfu town can be booked anywhere on the island and are very popular for shopping trips. Just have a coffee on the Liston and people watch. It may cost a few quid but it's well worth it.
Message posted by ritavan on 21 September 2007 at 6:21pm - IP Logged
Wholeheartedly agree with you. There is life south of Corfu Town. Having a second home in that area and having explored most of Corfu by car in the last 20 years or so the South has so much to offer. We love it there. The people are so friendly. The vast sandy beaches on the west coast with watersports in tourist season and quiet almost deserted ones that we ourselves prefer. not forgetting Korission Lake. The east coast with Moraitika and Messongi lovely family resorts and the beautiful quieter Boukari and Petriti. Very good restaurants and tavernas to eat in. We explore the area by walking as much as possible and are trying to promote the area with our web site that we have set up as a hobby and add more to it every time we visit.
We stayed at the Marbella Hotel in St John's a few years ago. It said St John's in the brochure but according to the Hotel's website it's in Agios Ioannis. When I tell you it's built on top of the big tunnel on the main Corfu road just North of Maraitika you'll know where I mean. Anyway, not much to do at night time outside of the Hotel but a lovely beach with a couple of Tavernas nearby and only a short taxi ride or 20 minutes walk into Moraitika.
Message posted by Greece girlie on 26 September 2007 at 2:44pm - IP Logged
are you related to the original davey boy the wrestler my hubbie is a huge fan of wrestling!
Message posted by Mapman on 26 September 2007 at 3:54pm - IP Logged
Whats this about speed boat hire in Messonghi, please tell me more?
Message posted by Greece girlie on 27 September 2007 at 12:33am - IP Logged
yes its true have been chatting to spiro (from dimensions) anyway he has been working on the beach this year and apparently the mayor is wanting to really improve messonghi amongst other things they are having speedboats and jet skis for hire i think he said the speedboat would be about €25 for an hour but don't qoute me on that! there is a guy who currently works on moraitika beach and is moving to messonghi beach to help sort it all out, its all so very exciting
can't wait to pop over to boukari for lunch!
Message posted by Dasia on 27 September 2007 at 4:35am - IP Logged
I hope this is not too grouchy a comment but I do not think Messoghi would be improved by speedboats buzzing around.
To me its chief charm is the quiet family atmosphere, and the fishermen setting their nets in the evening. Surely speedboats would disturb that.
Message posted by DAVID1 on 27 September 2007 at 11:20am - IP Logged
Splendid!! Your post superbly illustrates the differences in what people want from a holiday. Long live diversity!!!!
Message posted by Greece girlie on 27 September 2007 at 11:50pm - IP Logged
i understand what your saying and to be fair i think its going to be one boat for hire and one boat for jet skis so not masses and the speedboats from moraitika always come right over to messonghi anyway so i would imagine they will take them farissh out and towards moraitika so not to disturb the peace too much.
I just think they are trying to attract more british tour ops so needs to proved more facilities in order to attract people who want more options really.
as the improvements such as the path all the way along the bach has increased business to the beach tavernas and bars so it seems the mayor has the best interests of messonghi in mind.
Message posted by bobbo on 28 September 2007 at 12:18am - IP Logged
The south of the island is so diferent from the north,I cant drive south,(at)cos I cant keep my eyes on the road,once we get past the hill south of the airpot!
We went to Messongi,my favourite southern vilage,then followed the road along the coast.There was a road closed sign,but after we turned back,and found our way back to that part of the coast,we were told that the road was open!
We found a little taverna,where we paid 4 euros,for what we pay 10 for,in the town,and had a fantastic view south,and a lovely sandy beach,where we will take our grandchilden,next year,bobbo
Message posted by Dasia on 28 September 2007 at 5:13am - IP Logged
David, you are much more diplomatic than me! My post was just an instant reaction to the thought that the last peaceful beach easily accessible from town toward the south was going to be taken over by major motorized water sports. I did not mean to upset those who feel a "need for speed"...but still feel that, since speedboats, jetskis, parasailing etc. are well established in Moraitika and Agios Ioannis Peristeron, that Messoghi might be left as a refuge for people who appreciate a slower and quieter way of life.
I understand what you're getting at, Greece Girlie, with the aim of attracting more British tour ops to the area. Some of the business owners in Mesoghi are hoping for more profit than they realize from the Eastern Europeans (dedicated to self-catering) who are now the main tourists in the area. But judging from the preferences of those who visit the north, the ability to swim and fish in peace are also treasured by many British visitors.
Really hoping I'm not stepping on any toes now...I'm afraid I'm not well-disposed toward that new mayor. A resident of Mesoghi told me that he was responsible for forbidding tavernas from placing their tables on the beach in the evening, well after the sunbeds (revenue earners for the municipality) had been piled up for the evening. This, in her opinion, was a major contributing factor to the demise of my family's favourite restaurant, Memories.
What harm did it do to the beach, to have folks enjoying their dinner at sunset with the waves lapping close to their tables?
Message posted by Bob and Wendy (Uncle Bob) on 29 September 2007 at 12:41am - IP Logged
Bob and Wendy
Re. Tables on the beach in Mesongi. I wonder if the reference made to the mayor forbidding tables on the beach might not in fact refer to the mayor demanding taxation for tables on the beach?
All table locations have to be paid for in taxation to the local dimos.
Also table locations, even if tax has been paid in the past can and often are, chalenged in court by variouse bodies for variouse reasons, even throughout the season, with the result that a situation can be present foe a while, then change back for a while, only to revert back at a later stage pending judgement or appeal. All very commlicated.
These things are often far more complex than a simple statement like "The Mayor wont allow it!"
Just my opinion, never been to Mesongi, but the rules are the same all over.
Message posted by Guest on 17 November 2007 at 2:16am - IP Logged
nice to read after all this time the diversity thats the south we all want our own place to (BRAGG) about i still feel a greater warmth from the people in the south altho all corfoits are the best greeks ive met over 25 years of going to the island .......and other islands...
please visit if you can in 2008 see what I see..
Message posted by lorraine10ten on 17 November 2007 at 2:57am - IP Logged
One could always buy a beach mat, then you can mould the substratum ( i.e. the sand ) to fit your personal body contours ........or just float on a Li-Lo offshore .......can't help with German holiday magazines though.
FABULOUS WONDERFUL and soo picturesque
thats my rant for the south.
I was introduced to the south about 2 years ago and loved it so much,bought a house there.
Dead easy to get from one coast to another,nice easy to drive roads(loved the north too but the roads are a bit scary for me) and we find eating out a little cheaper than the north.
we have a place on the Petriti/agios nicolaos border and love it there
I like pebbly beaches as well and Notos is lovely as is Kalivioti ,Boukari and melissi.
if you look in my photos,there area few of examples of the area.
There are a lot of German people in the south that holiday there and have houses and we have found more greek people speak german than english,but everyone manages to understand each other.
we met a lovely couple when we were looking for a house (we couldnt afford it unfortunately)
I get the impression that they-like me prefer quieter ,more undeveloped places.
ladies on donkeys in traditional costumes abound here!!
its great-come and see!!
Message posted by windmill on 06 May 2009 at 12:27am - IP Logged
Once had a girlfriend who lived between Whaley Bridge and Chapel en Le Frith. From memory, liked that area better than south Corfu, however was only 19 at the time so may have had different priorities. Seriously though, the North East is much more attractive and laid back.
Message posted by Lavinia on 06 May 2009 at 12:29am - IP Logged
I for one much prefer the south. My late Corfiot husband came from the north but when it came to building a house we decided (years ago) to head south. I now live in and love the south, protected by the mighty Aghi Deka. Give me the beautiful sandy south-west beaches over the pebbles of the north any day. Halikouna/Issos just have to be the best beaches in Corfu and this is because they are protected and no exploitation has been allowed there (so take water with you when you go for a swim!). Paramonas and Ag. Barbara pretty good too. The hill villages are amazing and the whole of the south is so much less developed and spoilt.
I can now too sing the praises of the South! Until last year we had always headed north to Roda or Ag.Spiridon but last year stayed in St George South. Beautiful, picturesque,laid back, slightly cheaper than the north and the friendliest people ever.
The great thing is that it doesn't take that long in the hire car to pop up north, so it's the best of both worlds.
Looking forward to discovering more of the south in July!
Message posted by Buxworth on 06 May 2009 at 11:49am - IP Logged
I agree Buxworth keep it secret then no matter what time I go to the beach I can still get a sunbed but having read all the comments I think it shows how beautiful the whole of Corfu is and how different folks like different strokes north,south,east or west corfu is just the best hope you all enjoy it where ever you go
The south is certainly our favourite, we have been visiting Benitses since 1976 and spend our evening there, but spend most days on the beach at Marathia which is our favourite beach.
Don't tell too many people though, as we don't really want it to become spoilt, in the way Benitses was in the 80's, but it is now getting back to it's better days which were in the 70's. the marina has made an attractive addition to the village, plus much more car parking has encouraged people to be able to spend time looking around.
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