My wife and I spent our honeymoon on Corfu back in '88.
We're hoping to return to the island this year with 18 and 13 year old daughters in tow.
We stayed in Sidari then, but this time want something a bit more chilled.
All I read on this great forum is pointing towards a stay in Kassiopi.
It will be an early holiday - late April into May - hopefully arriving before Easter Sunday.
We'd be grateful for all advice, from where to get best prices for flights, airport transfer, accommodation recommendations - needs 2 bedrooms, where to eat out, likely weather, etc, etc.
Thanks in advance
Message posted by C4owner on 25†January†2011 at 6:29pm - IP Logged
Late April the season hasn't actually started for the main tour ops so you may have to arrange flights and accommodation yourself so first question, where are you prepared to fly from and would you be happy not being able to go direct, but have to go via Athens say?
Message posted by baywatcher on 25†January†2011 at 6:41pm - IP Logged
EasyJet have flights direct to Corfu from the end of March, a lot of tavernas in tourist areas will open after Easter. Perhaps you could have a few days in Corfu Town to see the wonderful Easter celebrations then transfer to a tourist resort.
I can recommend Agios Gordios its a lovely village and very friendly, a good sandy beach although the sea will still be cool at that time of year. The bus service into Corfu Town is cheap too.
Message posted by julesx2 on 25†January†2011 at 7:07pm - IP Logged
Denise, sorry nothing to do with this thread but whats with the phone box in your avatar? Typical British icon in a Corfu street!!! ..julesxxx
Message posted by jundas on 25†January†2011 at 7:08pm - IP Logged
If you are still thinking of maybe Kassiopi, a good site to have a look at is:[www.kassiopi.com]. Run by a travel agency called The Travel Corner in village square and has lots of info on it, car hire, apartments, transfers etc. A few restaurants I like in Kassi are Trilogia (quite dear though, but superb food n very scenic location, Janis' restaurant (lovely family run taverna looking out to sea), Little Italy, Bolero's, a fish taverna just on outskirts called Imerolia, the Harbour Bar which is great for people watching (more a bar really, but does do food) and Kassiopi Star also just off harbour..
Message posted by kenny boy on 25†January†2011 at 8:12pm - IP Logged
We have always found Acharavi to be a good resort any time of the year, we have taken children of all ages, great beaches, fab places to eat and nice bars. Free swimming pools at hotels. People couldnt be more friendly. Water park within walking distance, great day out. We have a house in Roda but always find ourselves going to Acharavi most days as its just a walk along the beach. Roda is good for night life for teenagers too.
Message posted by twinkle2 on 25†January†2011 at 8:42pm - IP Logged
Kassiopi will be perfect for you - flights start from March direct with easy jet the end of April is pretty much the same as May weather wise, there are places open here out of season but be aware that Easter is a big holiday here and a lot of supermarkets and restaurants may be shut over the weekend. If you arrive on the Saturday make sure you are in the harbour at midnight for the church service - it is a beautiful ceremony - and also don't be surprised most people will disappear straight after for food then the party begins at about 2am - you may find a nap in the afternoon will help you keep up! If you don't think you will last just make it for the service.
On a note for accommodation - visit the sites recommended also check through the forum for other mentions - a lot of places are direct here so it's a case of seek and you will find!
It is a really special time to visit Corfu and I hope wherever you decide to go you will enjoy it!
Message posted by manncubdad on 26†January†2011 at 2:29pm - IP Logged
Thanks for all the helpful replies.
After some more reading we've decided to wait until end May when its a bit busier - but not too busy.
But having a daughter doing her A levels means we're pretty much forced in to including the half term week after the bank holiday. Which also means we're forced into paying seriously hiked air fares.
Am struggling to find much below about £1300 for the 4 of us!
Anyone got any advice on getting cheaper flights? We're in Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, so Bristol or London airports are best. Would consider coming a day or 2 before the BH weekend, and if we had to, we could return home after the half term on Monday 6th June.
Any advice welcome.
Message posted by manncubdad on 26†January†2011 at 2:33pm - IP Logged
You might also consider Birmingham Airport -it is a pretty direct journey from you - up to the M5 and M42 (my brother has done it and he lives in Purton)- Thomson, Monarch and Thomas Cook both fly to Corfu from there (Fridays and Mondays mostly I think).
Message posted by Deedee on 26†January†2011 at 3:19pm - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by manncubdad on 26†January†2011
Am struggling to find much below about £1300 for the 4 of us!
Any advice welcome.
Okay, putting on my flak jacket and preparing for backlash from the anti-package holiday brigade.
Your post does indicate that you are looking to book independently and know which accommodation you want to stay in. I am just suggesting that if the cost of flight only is unpalatable and if you haven't already done so, you could price up some package holidays to Kassiopi. It might work out less cost overall, it might not (it does for us but there are only two of us and we stay in Kalami) and I do appreciate that some people do not want to consider a package holiday at any price but the option is there.
Message posted by Bill on 26†January†2011 at 3:54pm - IP Logged
No backlash coming from here Deedee, an eminently good idea to look at all options, especially when the flights seem so costly!
Meanwhile, easyJet do fly Bristol to Corfu and, having had a quick check, currently at the end of May / beginning of June you could get flights (excluding any luggage costs and speedy boarding if you wanted it) for around £575 return for 4 people if you can be a bit flexible with the dates...
Message posted by manncubdad on 26†January†2011 at 4:30pm - IP Logged
Thanks Deedee - if I can find some accommodation similar to Dimas in a package deal, then I'll look at that as an option.
Going independent is looking like a £2K holiday before we even sit down at the harbour and enjoy our first beer.
Thanks Rocky and Bill too. I headed straight off back to Easyjet, but cant see anything close to that price for 4 of us.
Message posted by Kernowman on 26†January†2011 at 9:30pm - IP Logged
You haven't said how long you want to go for, but Ive just checked out EJ and going 23rd May returning 30th May it works out at £587 and if you delay returning till the 10th June you can still get the same price.
Message posted by Lawrence on 26†January†2011 at 10:21pm - IP Logged
Hi Manncubdad , you could try Olympic holidays. We got a great deal this year for the Lofos in Kassiopi. I believe they also have apartments at the Michaelangelos. Yammas
Message posted by manncubdad on 27†January†2011 at 12:37pm - IP Logged
As I said having a daughter doing A levels means we're pretty much forced in to the half term week after the bank holiday. Which also means we're forced into paying seriously hiked air fares.
The Saturday of the BH is the 28th.
I guess a late flight on the Friday 27th is an option. But still an expensive option.
After taking Deedee's advice, I am seeing package deals for the price of just the EJ flights. Sadly not in Kassiopi though.
Message posted by KEIRA on 27†January†2011 at 1:05pm - IP Logged
Hi Manncubdad. We took Lawrence's advice and booked for our week in September through Olympic holidays at a reasonable price because the flights only from Newcastle are so expensive. If you do go to Kassiopi I can guarantee you will be given a wonderful welcome and the place will seep into blood and grab hold just like it did with all us Kassi lovers on here! Wherever you do go, have a great holiday!
Message posted by manncubdad on 31†January†2011 at 6:09pm - IP Logged
Would have preferred the independent route, but have been forced into a package by the huge cost of flight only.
Very happy with our choice though .. the Adonis & Asonitis in Kalami. Seen some great reviews.
What we are paying for a week there : flights + transfer + 2 apartments (as theres 4 of us), is not much more than the EJ flights + transfer.
Really looking forward to it.
Will of course be visiting Kassiopi while there.
Is the bus service along that coast good?
Message posted by Deedee on 31†January†2011 at 6:49pm - IP Logged
Hi again Manncubdad
My first visit to Corfu was in 2001 so I don't know what any of the resorts were like when you were there 23 years ago. I love Corfu and I like the romance of you returning to your honeymoon island so I really want you to find somewhere that suits your family and your budget.
Would you consider Roda - smaller than Sidari, not quite as pretty as Kassiopi (in my personal opinion) but could be a happy medium between the two. Roda is also between Sidari & Kassiopi on the north coast with easy access to the main road and therefore handy for the local bus services. You could get the bus to Kassiopi.
Aghios Stefanos North West might suit - not quite as easy to visit Kassiopi, hire car would probably be the best way but has a sandy beach, enough eateries to try a different one every night (if you want to) and is definitely chilled.
If you're wondering why I'm not recommending my own favourite, Kalami, one of the most beautiful and most chilled resorts on Corfu, it is because the only accommodation available via a package (the Adonis & Asonitis Apartments) is with Thomson, who do not have a Saturday flight. There is lots of accommodation available independently in Kalami of course but then you're back to those unpalatable flight only prices.
I do hope you find something, Deedee
Message posted by Deedee on 31†January†2011 at 6:58pm - IP Logged
I don't believe it - your post about booking Kalami appeared whilst I was typing my extensive post above. Yes, it took me that long, work kept interrupting!
You have chosen well. Since our first visit to Kalami & Corfu in October 2001 we have been back 7 times, always to the A & A. We are making our 9th visit this coming September.
The Corfu town to Kassiopi service runs 4 times a day and picks up on the main road above Kalami. Unfortunately it does not run in the evenings. If you wanted an evening in Kassiopi you could get the bus in and get a taxi back (Ä20-25)
Message posted by Ellenjay on 31†January†2011 at 8:00pm - IP Logged
Thanks again Deedee.
I must have read your mind as you were typing .. somehow.
Corfu in '88 was fantastic. Perfect for 2 weeks peace after all the madness on the run up to the wedding.
The thing I remember most was how friendly people were. From the owners of the small family run tavernas to the little old lady who came up to us when we were cycling and gave us handfuls of plums.
EllanJay .. sounds perfect. Is it easy enough to find out details about the trip and book it? I take it theres a Tourist Office in Kalami village?
Message posted by Deedee on 01†February†2011 at 6:15pm - IP Logged
Corfu is still fantastic and the friendliness of the people hasn't changed either.
I would second Ellenjay's recommendation of the evening boat trip to Corfu town - it is a lovely experience.
Message posted by Dannygirl on 01†February†2011 at 6:44pm - IP Logged
We too spent our honeymoon on Corfu in 1988 Gouvia, had an amazing time then, two years ago took our two teenagers back to Gouvia they loved it. This year we are really lucky and going to Ag Gordios for 4 weeks. Also looking forward to post children visits
Message posted by Bronwen Brian on 01†February†2011 at 11:29pm - IP Logged
I'm sure you'll love Kalami, we're back this year for the 10th time and have stayed five times at the Adonis. Really lovely tavernas, and a great friendly atmosphere at the bar in the Adonis. We got married in the town hall above Kalami three years ago and had our reception at Thomas's Taverna on Kalami beach, so it will always be a special place for us.
Bronwen and Brian x x
Message posted by issos on 02†February†2011 at 1:31am - IP Logged
Normally the thing I'm really looking forward to and cant stop thinking about all through Jan, Feb, March, April,etc, is my annual trip to Glastonbury Festival.
This year, thanks to this forum, its my return to Corfu.
Just wish it wasn't 4 months away.
The bay at Kalami looks great for snorkelling. My daughters will love that. How's the water temp at the end of May??
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