Message posted by gilly on 19 October 2004 at 2:59pm - IP Logged
Next June is my partners 30th, and to console I would like to go to greece. Ive been searching for a fairly quiet villagy type destination, typically greek, with nightlife centred around local tavernas.
Travel guides can be very variable when describing places, can anyone give me any suggestions?
Message posted by Sue H on 19 October 2004 at 4:53pm - IP Logged
Messonghi fits the bill, it's an ex fishing village. Well I say ex, fishing does still go on. See my descriptions under Pantheon Hall Hotel in the resort thread for Moratika, Messonghi and Benitsas, for more detail. I love the village, but as I'm biased I'm sure others will give you lots of suggestions, alot of villages in Corfu will meet your criteria. Happy hunting
Message posted by tor the viking on 19 October 2004 at 5:12pm - IP Logged
tor the viking
Try out Kassiopi!
lots of nice restaurants and the night life is good.
Message posted by Big Alan on 19 October 2004 at 5:30pm - IP Logged
Message posted by Bob and Wendy (Uncle Bob) on 19 October 2004 at 6:14pm - IP Logged
Bob and Wendy
From the description you gave of your desired location, I would not think that Kassiopi, would fit the bill.
To my mind, it is what I would describe as a town, although the tavernas are fine, there are also quite a few of what I would call music bars, which can sometimes be quite load.
You might consider San Stephanos Sinies (NE)
There are 4 tavernas, all with a different feel and atmosphere, 2 bars, which do play music, but not too load, 2 mini markets, 2 tourist shops, 2 hire boat outlets and 1 tourist office. The village is at the head of a sheltered bay, often used by sailing flotillas for an overnight stop. All the accommodation is self catering villas and appartments, many with pools. The companys that let that I can think of are CV Travel, Meon Villas, Something Special and Simply Ionian, there must be others but I cant think of them.
You might also consider Agni Bay, with 3 tavernas it could suit the bill, but there is not very much accommodation directly in the bay. And there is no village as such, but Kendroma village is just above it on the main coast road with one Kafeneon and no shops.
I'm sure you'll be inundated with alternatives.
Message posted by Trace (Profile Location Assistant) on 19 October 2004 at 6:29pm - IP Logged
I would have to agree with Bob, and also reccommend Agios Stephanos (NE). Although we have just stayed two weeks in Kalami and had a lovely time, we enjoyed the walk up the coast during the day and are now considering staying in Ag Stef next time we visit Corfu.
We found Ag Stef suited us a bit better than Kalami and still gives you the opportunity to come down to Agni on the water taxis at night. It's also pretty close to Kassiopi so you can have a bit of a wilder night out if you fancy it. The two supermarkets in Ag Stef were the most well stocked we came cross during our two week trip. The staff in all the tavernas were wonderful and friendly and during the day the wee resort can get "nicely" busy with day boats popping in and out......great for those who love a bit of people watching !!
Message posted by ecotrails on 19 October 2004 at 7:00pm - IP Logged
Would have to agree with several above, Ag. Stef. N.E. seems to have the edge. Down sides (balance in everything) is being 'Villa country' prices tend to be significantly higher than most other spots. If you've lots of loot to spend that won't be a problem though. Another point is that since it's not a 'working' village there are not many 'authentic' locals about. You don't mention that you require to be on seafront so maybe you could try inland villages/ small towns (nowhere is far from coast however) e.g. Acharavi, Pelekas,Perivoli, Lefkimi etc. , where theres always plenty going on but not so much touristy stuff, but still enough to make it a traditional holiday.
North West resorts (Arillas, Ag. Georgios, Ag. Stefanos (N.W.) are less developed it's true, but apart from restaurant staff and mini market owners and the like Greeks tend to stay away apart from Sundays.
Message posted by kcbeard on 19 October 2004 at 9:02pm - IP Logged
Have been going to different Greek Islands for the last nine years!!
Went to Acharavi on Corfu this year for the 1st time and, I must say if you want a reasonably quite resort with some really nice Tavernas, good beach and some excellent holiday accomodation, I would highly recommend this resort. We stayed at the Matoula apts (booked via Unitet/1st choice) and they are the best/cleanest and well looked after apts we have ever stayed at in nine years.
They are clean, with excellent facilities,polite and helpful staff, a good size pool, plently of free sunbeds and will do everything to look after you. We will most certainly return again very soon (have been to Sidari/Corfu several times and would say Acharavi is far more relaxing and laid back.
PS;- I will be 50 in december and the wife is 52, with two girls of 22/24 years, trust us? you will not be disappointed.
Message posted by becky on 19 October 2004 at 9:57pm - IP Logged
We're with the majority here, San Stephanos NE would seem to fit your specification perfectly. There are one or places in the village that are let out independantly by local families. let me know by PM if you are interested in a 'DIY' holiday, and I will look out some contact details.
Failing that, if you prefer the package holiday route, try some of the villa companies in Bob's post, they have some very nice apartments on the road between San Stephanos and Kerasia, many of which have great views over towards Albania.
Finally, have you looked at Agni travel, http://www.agni.gr/agni_travel/agni_travel.asp from personal experience I can say that the properties and locations are very accurately described, so you may find something that suits from there.
Also have a look at the Corfu guide section of this site, it will give you an excellent idea of what each resort is like. You can find it here: http://www.agni.gr/guides/index.asp
If you are fond of great food, I would very strongly recommend that you look in the NE corner of the Island so that you can sample the delights of the tavernas in San Stephanos, Agni Bay and the neighbouring villages.
Good luck in your search.
Message posted by chrissiej on 20 October 2004 at 11:28am - IP Logged
Have to agree with Tor, Kassiopi is just what your looking for.
Nice little fishing village people great loads of nightlife and tavernas, I went there for the first time this year and fell in love with the place.
Message posted by Sue H on 20 October 2004 at 12:52pm - IP Logged
I saw a holiday programme recently and it was basically true what they said, North and South Corfu for parties, East and West for the laid back relaxing holiday, if that's any help to you.
Message posted by Sailor on 20 October 2004 at 1:21pm - IP Logged
I would have to recommend Kontokali on the east coast. A quiet village, where the evenings are localised around the small bars and tavernas, which there are many to choose from. Enjoy a nice quiet evening down on the Marina, very tranquil. It has access to two very good beaches with all the amenities to hand.
Gouvia is a mile or so north of Kontokali, easy walking distance along the coast road. Gouvia is a much livelier place with lots of bars, tavernas and a few night clubs, but is a very good night out, and not loud at all considering the facilities there.
Corfu Town, for shopping, eating out (that special night out) is only 7km away, and can be accessed by bus from Kontokali, takes about 20 minutes, and costs about €1, Taxi €12.
Take a look at the following links for more information:
For a fairly quiet time I'd recommend Agios Gordios (More or less opposite Corfu Town). There are a couple of dozen tavernas, quite a few of which are on the beach; a couple of late bars if you want them, plenty of walking and scrambling about, a magnificent beach, and some tremendous views from the surrounding mountains. Its also only about 20-30 minutes by bus to Corfu Town. (I wrote a long description of our recent holiday there on the Agios Gordios forum, and have also posted some photos in the gallery if you want any more info).
If you want things a bit more lively we also love Kassiopi with its harbour and abundance of excellent eating places. Wherever you choose I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time - we've yet to have a bad holiday in Greece and we've been going usually twice a year for the last 15 years.
Message posted by bailey on 26 October 2004 at 9:57pm - IP Logged
Ive got to agree with Sandra,Arillas is a lovely little village,try www.arillas.com,but dont tell too many people about it.Baileyx
Message posted by BoltonLynda on 27 October 2004 at 12:05am - IP Logged
Well, Im going to buck the trend here and recommend Kalami Village. The scenery is beautiful and the locals very friendly. Theres quite a few apartments to rent privately and Thomson have some apartments there too. There is very little in the way of actual nightlife, but a few tavernas. There isnt a proper through road so there is very little traffic and the whole place is absolutely idyllic. We go every year, and each year it is full of people who go year after year, so despite its quiet, laid back outlook, they must be doing something right! Come to think of it - perhaps it IS the quiet, laid back outlook! Ive never ever ever met any one who went and didnt love it - so there!
Message posted by Trace (Profile Location Assistant) on 27 October 2004 at 10:15am - IP Logged
I am with BoltonLynda to a certain extent. Not long back from two weeks in Kalami myself, and agree with you that the scenery is beautiful and it can be idyllic and quiet. We had a lovely time during our stay there but felt that the village was perhaps somewhat tainted by the sheer extent and setup and the larger Thomson accommodation you mention (I do realise it provides many locals with a living though). We had many reasons for saying this, but I wont go into them here. I appreciate that it's a matter of preference and choice and everyone has their own.
We stayed in the lovely Stratigos apartments, situated right on the beach. At night after having been out for dinner/drinks we loved sitting out on our balcony with a bottle of wine watching the two Agni Bay water taxis bringing back happy diners. Would you believe that from our balcony, depending on what entertainment was on, we could hear songs from the Karaoke, football commentary and even hear questions from the quiz.........all coming from the bar area at the aforementioned accommodation. Our apartment was the other end of the village and it's balcony faced away from this bar. Perhaps it was just that the wind was blowing in the wrong direction when we were there and made things worse, but was still a little surprising.
Once again, thoroughly enjoyed Kalami, it is a great base for those who enjoy good coastal walks and favour it's proximity to Agni. We will definitely be back to visit next time we are back on Corfu, but may not stay for a full holiday.......not until someone finds how to work the volume control up at that bar anyway
Again Gilly, I'll stick with my suggestion of Aghios Stephanos. It may be a bit more expensive there, but seeing as you're going for a special occasion (remember you are close enough to visit Agni for that special birthday meal!), perhaps it will be worth it. I'm sure wherever you decide to visit you'll have a fabulous time.
Message posted by gilly on 28 October 2004 at 10:19am - IP Logged
many thanks for all your helpful advice, Im now looking into the North east / east of the island, maybe Kalami or San Stephanos. I do fancy a DIY, simply to avoid the "herding". Unfortunately, coming from Scotland adds some complications. We'll manages somehow.
Message posted by Benneworth on 28 October 2004 at 2:01pm - IP Logged
Depends how quiet you want. Massongi is quite large, Kassiopi too european. Maltas, Perivoli is very quiet, based around 5 Tavernas and 4k sandy beach. See Sunmed brochure.
Message posted by timmos on 28 October 2004 at 6:34pm - IP Logged
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