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Topic: Which Resort?
Posted By: linzechris
Subject: Which Resort?
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2013 at 5:41pm
Hi, I'm new on here and have been looking to go to Corfu for a holiday with my husband.
We are in our early fifties, like to relax, maybe sightsee a little and eat and drink in typically Greek tavernas as well as relax on the beach.
We do NOT like very touristy places with lots of drunk people that have no respect for the local culture.
Also, my husband is awaiting a knee replacement at the moment so struggles with walking too much or very hilly areas if there are no lifts etc.
Does anyone have any advice for which areas would be best to stay in please? We looked at Kalami but were a little worried about my husbands mobility there, but not having been there were not sure.
All replies gratefully recieved.Smile



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Posted By: Elliemay
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2013 at 6:16pm
Hi,
When are you intending to go as that will give an idea of how busy or not a resort is.
I would suggest Arillas, Acharavi, Roda, Kassiopi as they are all fairly flat and not too busy.
Are you looking for a sandy beach or pebble? Mostly pebble on the NE coast and sandy on the NW coast.
You don't really get many places on Corfu with with a lot of drunken people so you have a fair bit of choice, it really depends on what you want.


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Posted By: StevenM
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2013 at 6:43pm

Hi Linzechris,

1st off welcome to this site, you should get plenty advice on which resorts would suit your needs.

My own recommendation would be San Stefanos on the North West coast. Beautiful laid back resort with a cracking beach, beautiful sunsets (see my avatar) and the friendliest locals I’ve ever came across. It’s has a nice mix not too busy but not too quiet, the resort is split in two, you have the old part nearer the harbour which is quiet and typically Greek and the newer part which is more busy but not rowdy, plenty restaurants to choose from, most serving home cooked Greek food.

It’s a shame you husband is a currently waiting on knee surgery as there are some beautiful walks around the area but most tend to be hilly but you are rewarded with magnificent views. However, there is plenty accommodation next to the beach which is on the level and should be ok for your husbands needs.

Check this link below for info on the site, the resort gets a lot of repeat visitors, including me.

http://www.sanstefanos.co.uk/" rel="nofollow -

If you have any further questions please let me know

Steven



Posted By: alehouse
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2013 at 6:54pm
I personnally would sugest Kassiopi, its flat has plenty of tavernas for eating and drinking. The beaches are pebble, accomadation are the ussual Greek standard and from the square about 5 minutes walk from everything so not too long a walk and as for the people, atmostphere and views, well there to die for, but where every you deside Im sure you will have a ball

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Posted By: Bev D
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2013 at 7:13pm
I recommend Roda/Acharavi. My husband and I are in our fifties and love Roda and have been going for 7 years. It is quiet, people of all ages with generations of the same family returning each year. It is very flat with sandy beach. There is lots of accomodation to suit all types and budgets. Plenty of tavernas and bars, some are very British but there is also a good selection of purely Greek. Acharavi is a 20-40 minute walk along the coast road with a wide selection of beachfront tavernas to stop at and enjoy the view.

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Posted By: sue avrio
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2013 at 7:17pm
The village of Kalami itself is not too hilly but if you want to venture outside (Agni or Kaoloura) your husband will struggle as Kalami is a cove with hills all around. There are boat taxis during the day and evenings from the jetty and they would enable you to get to Agni, Kassiopi and Corfu Town without any problems as long as he is able to step down onto the boat.


Posted By: linzechris
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2013 at 7:31pm
Wow! What a quick response. Thank you. We are thinking of going in May.
My husband can walk but struggles a bit. I will look at all the suggestions so far in more detail.


Posted By: Barrie
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2013 at 8:27pm
Try Acharavi you will love it,  have a good holliday

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Posted By: Dennis
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2013 at 12:32am
Linzechris
If you decide on Agios Stefanos or Arillas ask the exact situation of the accommodation and clarify on this forum whether it is on a hill or not as some apartments are on quite steep hills in both resorts.
In Agios Georgios north the bulk of the accommodation units are on the flat.
My wife and I now have arthritis and back problems and cannot walk very much so we ensure we have a good time by just spending a bit more money on our holiday to hire a small car for running around locally.  It enables us to visit lovely places like Afionas, Paleokastritsa and some nearby quiet villages as often as we want. We can still do some of our favourite walks but drive some of the route before leaving the car.
May is a lovely time to visit Corfu because it is so fresh and the wild flowers are still blooming before they die back for the hot summer.
Dennis


Posted By: lindybell
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2013 at 4:33am
Can I suggest Paleokastritsa. The Apollon hotel is right on the road from the covebeach. Trygoogling it and see what you think. They have very nice rooms for couples and Karen (Spiros wife) is British and will be able to give you all the advice you need. There is also a bus that picks up and drops off in the layby a little further down right on the beach also that takes you into town, I think its 4.20 €. Yamas.

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Posted By: boblil4550
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2013 at 9:04am
Thumbs UpHi Linzechris, and welcome. Please have a look at this link for Kassiopi, it has every thing you may need, any questions about accommodation just ask, we have been going twice a year for the past 6 years.Hope to be back for the Greek Easter (first week in May)
Like what   other members say wherever you choose you should enjoy!!!
This is the link.

http://www.kassiopi-bliss.com/

YammasBeer


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Posted By: razaker
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2013 at 9:51am
Nah Sidari, get your selfs there Thumbs Up

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Posted By: daveneil
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2013 at 9:58am
Sidari every time, I tried Roda, San Steph, Kassiopi and several others but now settled once or sometimes twice a year in my beloved Sidari staying with the same family every time.

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Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2013 at 11:52am
I would not recommend any of the above after looking at your list of likes and dislikes- I would look south- maybe Petriti- easy access to other places, delightful unspoilt fishing village- flat, excellent tavernas- no karaoke or similar bars- a real Greek paradise


Posted By: Bob and Wendy
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2013 at 1:01pm
I like Petreti but know nothing of the available accomodation, however Acharavi has an abundance of small bungalow type villas of varying grades, some virtually on the beach, these are mostly let through small indipendant local tour companys. The whole area is on the flat.
May would be nice and quiet everywhere with almost all the businesses up and running with a welcoming smile.

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Posted By: Terry W
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2013 at 1:21pm
My recommendation would be Paleokastritsa, very laid back, easy going though there are some gentle slopes here and there. A car would be good to get out and about. A couple of nice, shingly beaches, plenty of tavernas and restaurants and very friendly people.
I like Sidari but only for a day visit as it seems to be geared mainly for the youngsters, I like being a boring old ....!

Still 4 months to go to Paleo


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Posted By: razaker
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2013 at 6:44pm
Listen Man believe me its got to be Sidari, its got the lot book Sidari. Book NOW Thumbs Up

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Posted By: Elliemay
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2013 at 6:47pm
Hi Razaker,
How can you say that Sidari is not touristy. Just need to look at the majority of the shops.


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Posted By: sue avrio
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2013 at 6:55pm
I am going to upset a few people here but I also find Kassiopi touristy & very busy in the Summer Ouch


Posted By: Elliemay
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2013 at 7:52pm
Hi Sue,
I agree with you, but when Linzechris goes in May it shouldn't be too busy.


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Posted By: Jersey Bean
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2013 at 10:43pm
I love Paleo but I don't think it meets your criteria. I can definitely recommend Arillas and in my opinion it is virtually all on the flat and AG North is half and half as I went there for the day and half of it is up a really steep hill. I can only think of one accomodation that is up a hill in Arillas and that is Anna's, there used to be Christos too but I'm not sure if that's still open.


Posted By: Bob and Wendy
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2013 at 11:10pm
Sue Avrio, yes like you we find Kassiopi a bit loud as well. And I would suggest the slopes to and from the harbour a bit of a struggle for someone waiting for knee surgery. With good mobility you wouldn't notice it, its a breeze, likewise Paleo, a gentle slope to a fit person is a mountain to a person with limited mobility.

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Posted By: razaker
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2013 at 7:36am
OK Elliemay the strip is touristy but if they go may be around the Orchards way its not as busy with the best of both worlds or at the other end towards Yannis village quiet up there all flat to, mind I spent a couple of weeks in a private villa up at Spartillas definitely wouldnt recommend there, great villa, great views, but up there with the gods,Thumbs Up

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Posted By: GJJW
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2013 at 10:00am
Why not try Acharavi?
It's flat, has a mixture of local Greek tavernas, bars and other restaurants.
It's actually a town which is open all year round so not tecnically just a tourist resort, so a great mixture of locals and tourists.
Great bars. Shops on the high street and beach.
Short distance to Roda and Kassiopi.
Plenty of places to stay.
We have been going there since 1995 and love it.
Wherever you go, have a safe and enjoyable trip.
Cheers


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Posted By: paleogirl
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2013 at 10:55am
Paleocastritsa fits some of your wish list but it is hilly which may cause mobility issues. You can get around this depending on where you stay eg have a look at my hotel http://www.odysseushotel.gr" rel="nofollow - www.odysseushotel.gr which has a lift and you could ask for a room in the main building. However you may feel that the main road is on a slope and this would not suit. Check on some pictures on google and see if it is place for you.

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Posted By: SusieH
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2013 at 12:27pm
I agree that both Kassiopi and Paleo are too hilly for someone with mobility problems

I also believe they would be too touristy

On balance I would think that Achravi would be ideal.


Posted By: Elliemay
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2013 at 12:44pm
Hi SusieH,
I agree, either Acharavi or Arillas.


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Posted By: paleogirl
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2013 at 1:56pm
Enjoy my visits to Acharavi ... but not touristy!!!

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Posted By: GJJW
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2013 at 2:16pm
Hi Paleogirl
As I said earlier, as Acharavi is open 12 months of the year and has many facilities that locals and residents depend on, there is an excellent mixture of tourists and locals/residents. It really works well and makes for a great atmosphere in many of the tavernas and bars.
If anything Acharavi has become significantly less touristy over the last 10 years in my opinion.
Cheers


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Posted By: Elliemay
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2013 at 2:19pm
Hi,
I agree, Acharavi will still be quiet in May when the original poster is visiting.


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Posted By: weststekker
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2013 at 3:33pm
Hi Linzechris,

We all have our ideas of the best resort on the island including pro's and con's. The best we can do is give you as much information as we can for you to choose a resort which matches your needs.

Here is a link to a 360 degree view of San Stef which may help. 

http://www.agiosstefanos.corfu360.net" rel="nofollow - http://www.agiosstefanos.corfu360.net

Yammas, Colin.


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Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2013 at 11:20pm
All the north and north west coasts are tourist creations- OK Roda was a small village but that is all.  Acharavi may be a town now but I doubt if any 'local' relied on its facilities before about 15 years ago as it used to be just a few houses round the well! They are justly popular resorts but not if someone wants a taste of local life!

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Posted By: GJJW
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2013 at 9:42am
Sorry Janmanessi but don't agree with your comments on Acharavi at all.
A few houses round a well 15 years ago?
I have been going every year (bar one) since 1995 and if anything, Acharavi has got quieter!
The nightclubs have gone, there are now less bars and tavernas on both the high street and beach roads leading to both Roda and Almyros and the old village is practically deserted!
The fact that Acharavi has an old village says it all really.
Sorry, but I mix with the locals in the Adonis, Nosey Corner, local bakery, kaefenions and plenty of small tavernas.
I also have very good Greek friends who have always described Acharavi as the capital of the North because of the facilities it has always had.
Sorry to diasgree but don't really get your point. Yes, it isn't a local village, untouched by tourists up in the hills, but I feel your statement re: 15 years ago merited a response. 


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Posted By: daveneil
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2013 at 10:07am
I totally agree with you GJJW about Acharavi as I stop and walk round the place many times over the years and talk to a lot of people and I can always get the things I cant get in other towns there. I see your a Fleetwood supporter lol.

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Posted By: GJJW
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2013 at 10:25am
Ha Daveneil
Very good.
I do have a soft spot for Fleetwood but Blackpool, through and through I'm afraid!
Now Acharavi in 1985 was very different but not 15 years ago in my opinion.
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Posted By: SusieH
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2013 at 12:03pm
Just to put things into perspective, not all of us are voting for our favourite places!!!

I for one  suggested a good place which fitted the original questioners bill!!

I suggested Achravi because one year we ended up there when our original holiday was cancelled. It was not a place I would have chosen but I was pleasantly suprised and it was a good base to explore other parts of the island from including the very hilly inland villages with a car. We found some excellent tavernas and found the sea very easy to get in and out of so would be ideal for someone with walking difficulties if they fancied a dip. It is the capital of the north of the island so it has all the facilities one would want.




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Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2013 at 12:23pm
Yes, maybe a bit more than 15 years, although I did say 'about'  I stand corrected. 
But I suggested Petriti because it is not a 'resort' as such and I got the impression from the original post that they wanted a Greek village with facilities, rather than a resort as such.

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Posted By: GJJW
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2013 at 12:33pm
Hi Janmanessi
Yes, probably closer to the 25 year mark, when they were still using wells for water and there was only 4 phones in the whole town!
Seemed like simpler times didn't it?
Anyway, lots of lovely villages as you say, some with very close links to the larger resorts in case of emergency etc.
I do hope the original poster finds a resort which is suitable for them - let us know please!
Anyway, what a great thread to get you in the holiday mood eh? 


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Posted By: sedgi
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2013 at 1:40pm
Hi all very interesting everyone has their own ideas I too find Acharavi and Kassiopi too busy and towny.  I love Sidari that may sound daft but Sidari has a real holiday feel. Have been going since 1991 stayed in Paleo, Roda, Ipsos and many more but don't know what it is about Sidari probably where ever you are you can always walk on the beach or see it from every where. But each to their own long as it makes you happy.
 
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Posted By: razaker
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2013 at 1:41pm
Couldnt get any more  (Greek local village) than Spartillas where we stopped 3 years ago, was glad to get back to our favourite place Sidari the following year. As we get a car every year I find it easier to go out & visit these places rather then stay in them Thumbs Up

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Posted By: Barrie
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2013 at 6:46pm
Go to Sadari if you want to see Elvis or Michael Jackson. But still a nice place though

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Posted By: daveneil
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2013 at 7:01pm
Its cheerful Sidari not Sadari and Ive been loads and never seen Elvis yet, I thought he was dead.

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Posted By: Barrie
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2013 at 7:33pm
I have in Sidari, sorry.


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Posted By: Elliemay
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2013 at 8:03pm
Hi,
Could everyone keep in mind what the original poster Linzechris asked advise for.

"We are in our early fifties, like to relax, maybe sightsee a little and eat and drink in typically Greek tavernas as well as relax on the beach.
We do NOT like very touristy places with lots of drunk people that have no respect for the local culture.
Also, my husband is awaiting a knee replacement at the moment so struggles with walking too much or very hilly areas if there are no lifts etc."

This may help with any further advise than you may give.
 


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Posted By: GJJW
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2013 at 12:24pm
Still say Acharavi Elliemay.

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Posted By: Elliemay
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2013 at 1:17pm
Hi GJJW,
I totally agree as I first suggested it in the second post in this topic. x


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Posted By: GJJW
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2013 at 1:24pm
So you did Elliemay.
Great minds as they say.
Do you go to Acharavi every year?

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Posted By: Bob and Wendy
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2013 at 2:07pm
WE do, its our base town, as we are just up the mountain from it. I'll let Elliemay speak for herself.
We also frequent the North East area a lot, our little boat is moored there.
Bob


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Posted By: Elliemay
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2013 at 2:14pm
Hi,
Have our own house, but the bank and accountant are there so we visit very regularly. Also have very good friends who live just up the mountain from there. Wink


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Posted By: GJJW
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2013 at 3:30pm
We aspire to own our own place there one day. At the moment we rent our own apartment behind the Tassos wood yard.


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Posted By: davyboy
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2013 at 7:22pm
No matter where you go in Corfu you will find tourists. But if I did not want to share the place with too many tourists I would be looking round the Chalikounas Beach area.

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Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2013 at 8:05pm
But you won't find many locals there either....at least you will find them on the beach, but you'd have to go inland to find a cafeneion (for example)

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Posted By: davyboy
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2013 at 10:38pm
Originally posted by janmanessi janmanessi wrote:

But you won't find many locals there either....at least you will find them on the beach, but you'd have to go inland to find a cafeneion (for example)
On the road in to Chalikounas you will find restaurants & tavernas 5 minutes from the beach.


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Posted By: sedgi
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2013 at 12:23am
Sidari is flat and also never seen Elvis, well the guy that did Elvis was from Churchills. Now he has gone more is th pitty, loved that place, he was on you tube though.  

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Posted By: sedgi
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2013 at 12:30am
After reading all these posts and 20 plus years of going to Corfu, Acharavi not for us too, built up, reminds me of home, so no no no. x Sorry if I offend not usual for me but not keen at all.
 
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Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2013 at 12:41am
Davyboy- do you mean the road by the lake or the road through St George's south?  If the latter I would still say you would not see a person who actually lived there relaxing, only on the main road at Linia...if the lake- possibly, if either of the tavernas are open which is highly unlikely at the moment sadly!

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Posted By: GJJW
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2013 at 12:57am
Sedgi no worries. Everyone has different opinions but Acharavi built up? Not for me.

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Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2013 at 10:40am
Even though I live in a fishing village that became a resort I do not like anywhere that is called that, especially if it has been purpose built for tourism- as GJJW says, horses for courses thankfully!
I was beginning to think I was alone until I had friends over last Easter who were amazed by Corfu as they said although they holiday several times a year in various places they had never been to a place where there seemed to be nothing but tourism- and although they were polite I don't think they liked that, although they found the island very beautiful.


Posted By: kevessex
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2013 at 2:13pm
I agree Jan, I love Corfu, but would not like to stay in a pure tourist resort, prefer to stay in a village where local people live and work, we always stay in Benitses, which thankfully has returned to just that (Ii do remember the sad days of too much tourism there!) It is a great base to explore the island too.

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Posted By: tfg
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2013 at 9:56pm
Tourists seem to becoming a dirty word in this thread, where would Corfu be without them?


Posted By: razaker
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2013 at 10:32pm
Here here Tfg,  I think its great interacting with differant folk on holiday (in Corfu) as much as I enjoy meeting & getting on with the the local people who work in the tourist trade, I mean this is why the forum exists? As for the original post I strongly recomend getting a private villa, I did once enjoyed the experience but I soon came back to Sidari ..

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Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2013 at 10:40pm
Think there is a difference between tourist and traveller- neither dirty words but my personal definitions of both are (and the fact that I have put 'he' is just for ease, could as easily have been 'she').
 
 
Tourist- someone who has probably worked very hard for their holiday and wants to be able to relax, have comforts to hand, like warm sea and pool, cold drinks, food that he knows about (nothing too adventurous), not always very interested in the place he is staying in as long as it ticks all the boxes of what he wants, sometimes (and I have see this for myself) does not even know what country he is in!  Likes his comfort zone and for this reason alone may come back again and again if he finds a place he likes.
 
Traveller- someone who likes exploring, getting a bit below the surface to find out what is really going on, who travels round with his eyes open, and can put up with a bit of hardship as long as he has a great experience- sees a wonderful view for example. Someone who likes meeting people from other cultures than his own. Probably does some research before booking his holiday to ensure that it will suit him, and afterwards to learn more about the place he will be visiting. Possibly this person is less likely to be a repeat visitor every year as his curiosity may lead him to want to experience somewhere else new.
 
Of course these are the two extremes, and most people contain elements of both, such as those who come back to a favourite place annually, using it as a base to explore fresh pastures, as well as a chance to rekindle friendships which have become a rightly valued part of their lives.

The tourist probably prefers a "resort" which he knows will satisfy all his requirements, whereas the traveller doesn't mind risking the unknown for the sake of a new experience.


Posted By: Bob and Wendy
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2013 at 12:21am
Its a funny old world. And we're a funny old lot as well.
I've watched reccomendations on this post with amusement. Places we know and like, loads of other places loved by others we hate with a passion. We are all different.
From my perspective, I cringe when someone states that a place is ruined, spoilt, I have to smile to myself, because almost without exception any place that person likes is probably new built to some extent, so is guilty of spoiling somewhere from another point of view.
I remember San Stephanos when there were just 2 tavernas, 1 bar, 1 shop (a hole in the wall sort of place) and not much more than about 12 villas and some rooms. (Nissaki not much different.) Our first visit there we stayed in one room above someones house, outside loo and shower open to the elements, nothing between us and the old folk downstairs except 1" floor boards, talk about living in the heart of the village. Look at it now, from the sea you can hardly see the island for villas and apartments.
We still love the place, sure its changed out of all reccognition, there are new ventures most years, some of course have closed and gone, but how can you blame people for having a go if they have a chance, business is what makes the world go round, I'm told.
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Posted By: razaker
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2013 at 9:46am
Bob Wendy I first visited Corfu late seventys with my mates camping, Sidari then was a 1 hotel town, for me give me the Corfu of today any time.Thumbs Up As for a traveler (Iive done it) yes Janmanessi you do want to see behind the seens but only briefly before moving on, seriously I wouldnt recomend the orignal post to Sidari for the real feel to Corfu life, just me supporting my favourite place Thumbs Up

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Posted By: GJJW
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2013 at 10:21am
If we all liked the same place the world would be very boring and that place very busyWink
We love Acharavi but always hire a car to explore different areas around the coast and up in the hills. Works really well for us and allows us to have the best of both worlds so to speak.
Wherever anyone chooses to go, enjoy it, as most work very hard for it.
Life is faaaar too short so enjoy it whilst you can with your loved ones.
Happy holidays all


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Posted By: Andyroogolf
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2013 at 11:33am
Why not stay in Corfu town itself? Easy walking lots of traditional bars and tavernas and then go and visit other places and see for yourself where might be best for a holiday later. Some of the suggestions made on here are just ridiculous but it is all down to personal taste. There is enough info on the internet to steer you away from Brits abroad places like Sidari, Kavos and Roda. Unfortunately by its very nature Corfu can be a bit hilly but that is what makes the views so good. No matter where you end up you will undoubtedly find a special place for you in Corfu.

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Posted By: tfg
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2013 at 1:30pm
I think its a bit unfair putting Roda alongside Sidari and Kavos!! Yes it has a high proportion of British visitors but they tend to be made up of family groups that return year on year. It was also obvious last year that a much wider mix of visitors were present in the village during our stay.


Posted By: razaker
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2013 at 3:00pm
The Brits that visit Sidari are slowly being out numbered to the dissapointment of businesses there.

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Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2013 at 6:59pm
But better in the long run not to put all their eggs into one basket (the UK market)

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Posted By: Bob and Wendy
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2013 at 8:03pm
Quite right Jan, we've had some brilliant nights meeting people from Slovakia for example.
Bob


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Posted By: razaker
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2013 at 8:23pm

For some reason I dont think the businesses on the Sidari strip will share your sentiments, Brits being superceded by Solvakians, Bulgarians etc is a good thing for them & that is nothing to do with a little Englander thing or any thing against them folk, its a economic thing.



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Posted By: Bev D
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2013 at 8:28pm
Being a person who recommended Roda because to me it mostly fits the criteria that was asked for, I also have to agree with the forum members who have just posted. I was disappointed on my first visit with the number of English style pubs there and the majority of Tavernas selling British staples. Roda worked it's magic and this year will be 8th year there. We mostly avoid the very British pubs and spend our days walking or hiring a car to discover the island, or go to Corfu Town on the local bus. There has been an increase of other nationalities in the last couple of years which has to be a blessing. There is also a couple of businesses opening promising pure Greek food and music, (thank goodness). What everyone has to remember, Corfu tourism was built on the British tourist and without the families returning year in year out Corfu could be in worse straits. Also what about all the Brits who have relocated to Corfu and the women who have married Corfiot men. I love Roda and Corfu.Heart

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Posted By: flynnmo
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2013 at 9:38pm
Talking to our Greek friends who have businesses there, the Eastern Europeans tend to ACTUALLY self cater, and spend very little money in the resorts. As someone else pointed out, everywhere has changed from when we first went to Corfu. There were very little prospects, other than working in the family business/smallholding, for the young people. Tourism brought much needed money into the island and enabled the youngsters to have a better education than their parents had ever dreamed of. The result is the youngsters now are usually overqualified and want to move away from the island, to pursue their interests/vocations. The tour companies encouraged owners to build/expand, then pulled out!, leaving the owners with mortgages for buildings they had no customers to fill. There are many reasons for the position the island finds itself in now. The challenge is to find a way out of this situation. 

A good start might be to stop slagging off resorts. Horses for courses! What suits me will not suit others and vice versa. BE NICE. If you've nothing good to say,say nothing.




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Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2013 at 1:02am
The eastern Europeans may not all have money to throw around and so self cater- although some have a LOT of money and enjoy spending it, but the first British tourists in the 60s were not all millionaires, they slept on the beach, etc.  Those 'hippies' are now older people with money to spend, many of them...it is short sighted to dismiss them because of the amount of Euros in their pockets today, welcome them and they will come back when they have more money- and good memories!
Also why would they eat out in many places- they don't want English breakfasts etc. which are aimed at just one portion of the market, they probably don't feel comfortable in an English style bar either, what they do want, thankfully, is to be in Greece- and it is on this that tourism should be capitalising.
 
There are few property owners who were encouraged to build in the early days who have anyone but themselves to blame...tour companies in general advanced the money to build, admittedly to their specifications, in return for which they had the property for their exclusive use for a number of years paying a very small amount of rent.  The tour company was paid off within 10 years which was the limit of many contracts, after which time the property was unencumbered and the owner could rent to whoever he chose to. Sadly many people did not reinvest any of their income in their properties as they thought the good days would never end! If they had husbanded the money that came very easily years ago many would not be in the state they are in now.

Of course the younger generation have many more opportunities than their parents. I just hope that those who want to can use their qualifications so hard earned, abroad if they so choose, leaving those who WANT to work in tourism to do so, rather than going into the family bar, taverna or whatever without any real appetite to do so.


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Posted By: rocdoc
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2013 at 1:03am
Well said Flynnmo, there are increasing numbers of Eastern Europeans travelling to Greece. I have spoken to people in Lesvos, Thassos, Crete and Kalymnos who all welcome new visitors but are dismayed at how little they spend in the resorts, tavernas and bars. It may well be that while they have the income to get to the destinations they find the cost of living so high they simply cannot afford to use the local businesses.
They are probably sold Greece as a cheap destination, and we all know that belongs in a time gone by. That said many of us will continue to travel to Greece whatever the cost, the pound sinking like a stone is not helping though.
   


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Posted By: flynnmo
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2013 at 2:47am
I'd say the Eastern Europeans who have a LOT of money to spend, tend not to go anywhere near the resorts, but rather to villas in the hills, and to pretty exclusive/expensive venues. The others, who do go to the resorts, can't afford to eat/ drink out. This is not a criticism of these people, it is a fact. Good luck to them and I hope they enjoy their holiday, but they don't put much into the local economy. The so called "hippies" of the 60's who slept on the beach etc. were generally middle/upper class young people, having an "adventure" before settling down. Not all, but most. Nobody I knew, for example, could afford to go" travelling". They could barely afford their bus fares to work! When package tours came along, Spain and Italy were the places to go - Greece was still considered exotic and was more expensive. We have been going to Greece for 25 years, at least twice a year, and love it. We now have a holiday home in Corfu and hope to spend more time there once my husband retires. I don't think we have ever set foot in an "English" bar and probably never will. If those who do are putting money into the local economy, good luck to them too. To each their own. Last year the tour companies were offering owners 3 - 4 euros per night. It wouldn't even cover the electricity! How can that possibly be justified? Some refused and are now going private via the internet. Hopefully they will be successful and pave the way for a new wave of visitors to Corfu.

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Posted By: razaker
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2013 at 9:06am
Dont think any one has slagged off any resorts Flynnmo just promote there favourite resort, I would love to try a differant resort every year but would miss the friends weve made over the years in Sidari. lLst year we were sitting have a cold beverage where a Romainian car packed with a family and a fridge on top drove passed us, I kid you not,LOL

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Posted By: lindybell
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2013 at 3:51pm
I must admit, I think that is funny... how some people live hey!
Going back to the subject of tour operators offering 3 - 4 euros per night for the rooms is a real cheek, however, we have stayed in several S/C places and have asked how much to hire directly from the apartment owners and they say some rediculas price like 350erous per week (I think WHAT? You must be having a geraffe!),  I'll stick with the tour operators thank you in that case... for the same apartment Β£60 ish per person, well thats a no brainer! But if for example the apartment owners said... 200euros a week, still over the price than online but hey ho, I would reaaly like to cut out the middle man, believe me. But until then it's the internet booking for me. It's a shame though, I think they are cutting off there nose to spite there face as to speak.
 
'Paleo', still my favourite though must say, been to many other places for days away from resort, (always do), there are many nice areas to choose from on the Island. Personal preferance comes into play.
 


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Posted By: alehouse
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2013 at 4:00pm
A lot of the problems arrived when the EU handed out money to Greece and a lot of the appartment owners didnt use it to improve the appartments and now very few tour opperators go there because  lot dont meat there requirements and hence no broucher coverage, but if you know where to look there is plenty of reasonable accomidation avalible.

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Posted By: Bob and Wendy
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2013 at 4:34pm
With reference to the youth of Greece being over qualified and haveing to leave for work elswhere. Before mass tourism, it was always so, many of my middle aged friends in Corfu went to sea, their wives stayed at home with their mother-in-law, tending the olives etc;
Our immediate neighbours for example, left Corfu as soon as they were married, went to Belgium to work in the coal mines, later on moved back to Athens to work in an industrial plant, before retiring back to Corfu.
A common scenario in the past.
I agree about the well qualified youth of Corfu for instance, their most probable opportunity will be to move away. But in all probabillity they would'nt want to work in the family business anyway.
As for the Eastern European tourists, surely, better them than nobody, regardless of what they may or may not have to spend.  Sure they come by coach, stay in full board lodgings, enjoy their holiday on the beach, with a few bevvys after dinner. Good luck to them.
Anyway, this is all going slightly off topic, innit?
Bob


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Posted By: Elliemay
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2013 at 4:38pm
Hi,
Well I bet Linzechris is totally confused now. Confused
This topic has gone from recommendations as to what they're criteria were, to people recommending their favourite resorts, whether suitable to the original posters ideals or not. Wink
Now we are on to all sorts of subjects as to who holidays where, who spends, who doesn't, what the apartment owners do or reap.
Isn't it amazing how a topic develops just as a normal conversation would. Smile


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Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2013 at 4:41pm
I have friends renting to tour operators who pay more than than thr 3-4 Euros per night quoted, but obviously still low but you have to realise that the commitment contracts run from May- October whether or not the beds are used, so for quite a number of nights they are getting paid but not having any outlay (electricity, laundry etc.).  Most places also have a pool and a bar and anticipate making a profit by their guests using their facilities, and it is up to them to make them welcoming so they do so rather than going elsewhere.


Posted By: flynnmo
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2013 at 5:33pm
Many T.O.'s are now only paying if the beds are used, and have also cut the contract period to 2-3 months. One I know of only using apartments for July and August. One telling customers the apartments are fully booked/overbooked, so they must book elsewhere. Pools still need cleaning/chemicals and bars require electricity and staff. Anyway, I'm going to leave it there. I apologise for going off subject, and if I've upset anybody, I'm sorry. I hope the original poster finds a suitable place and has a lovely holiday on our beloved island.   Moyra

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Posted By: Elliemay
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2013 at 5:51pm
Hi Moyra,
No worries. As I said it's amazing the way topics meander, just as normal conversation does. I too hope Linzechris find somewhere that suits them. Sure that once they do, they will fall in love with this magical isle, as all we have done. x


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Posted By: tfg
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2013 at 8:14pm
This has been a really enjoyeable topic to follow. I too hope Linzechris find it useful and find a place to enjoy for their holiday.


Posted By: lindybell
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2013 at 10:00pm
Here here! and both have a wonderful holiday and many more to come...

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Posted By: razaker
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2013 at 1:18pm
A decent post always goes sideways forwards backwards & in the end we all agree. We love our imput about Corfu because we love the place Hug

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Posted By: Samaras mcfc
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2013 at 3:00pm
Good afternoon to all not a regular poster but have been going to Corfu now for 36 years,so have seen the changes all over. Have stayed reguarly in Benitses and also in Roda where my daughter has a bar with her husband and his family. Personally I would recommend a place close to Corfu town then you have the best of everything, trips out to various places by bus, also plenty of eating places, Greek bars, cafes, shops etc.

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Posted By: GJJW
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2013 at 6:04pm
Which bar in Roda does your daughter have?
Hope her business is doing well.


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Posted By: Samaras mcfc
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2013 at 6:15pm
She has Pirates Bar in Roda, business is not very good at the moment, even though she stays open all the year round the locals and ex-pats havent got money to spend, but at least they have the sunshine for a lot of the year.

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Posted By: nathsamk
Date Posted: 25 Mar 2013 at 10:03pm
Ha Ha Pirates bar is great, having a cocktail looking over to Albania nothing better even more so when its happy hour...

I love the north of the island and have stayed in most places there,  the good thing about Corfu is that it doesnt realy matter where you stay cause if you can, you only need to hire a car for your stay and then the island is yours to find what you want, have a drink in the mountains or find a random bar on the beach for a cool beer with some crispy sardines or even have a laugh and sing all night on the kareoke in a small bar.  There is a difference between stag week tourism and tourism to just because you may like a pub quiz or a sing along doesnt mean you cant appreciate the views from the top of Paleo or the coves on the East coast.  

To the original post Just go to Corfu and you cant be dissapointed.  Ive been to some far away places and Ive always said that my perfect holiday with a no limits budjet is Corfu, self catering accomodation and a hire car.  

Wherever you go enjoy

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