Take a trip to the 3 Islands (Diapondia) off the north coast.
Erikousa, Mathraki and Othoni are 3 very quiet and completely un-commercial islands 11 nautical miles off the north coast of Corfu. This caique trip, mostly departing from the resort of Sidari, takes about 1 hour and is well worth the trip. You can have lunch on one of the Islands, and the photo opportunities on both journeys are brilliant.
Go for lunch over on Vidos Island.
Vidos Island used to house an ancient Venetian fortress, later turned into the Corfu 'Alcatraz'! Now, it is simply a beautifully tranquil spot to go for a walk, a quiet swim and a perfect setting for lunch - with the beautiful view of Corfu town and its fortresses in front of you. You catch the boats for Vidos in the car park at the old port, which you will find situated in front of the new fortress.
Take Corfu Town's little train, for a fabulous view of all the best landmarks
. A chance to rest your feet after a hard morning of sight-seeing! The little train leaves from the Liston every day, practically on the hour. This is great fun for all the family, and should not be missed.
Read Gerald Durrell's "My family and other animals"
His book was based on the area of Vigla, Kalami, Kouloura and he writes about the carpets of cyclamen found in the Spring in the area walking up from Kalami to Vigla
Sit in the garden at Achilleon...
after having walked around this amazing palace, built for Sissy, the empress of Austria in tribute to Achilles, her spiritual hero. The garden, statues and views here are fabulous - you won't want to leave. Try the Corfiot version of Ginger Beer - a leftover of the British occupation.
Go walking along the many trails.
The coastal path from Agios Stefanos to Nissaki is particularly enjoyable, passing through Kerasia, Kouloura and Kalami. Take your bathing costume, some money for a delicious lunch - and a little bit extra in case you decide to take a taxi back home after over indulging on the wine!
Just laze by the pool in the brilliant sunshine.... ..
cooled by a gentle mountain breeze, before rolling into the pool for a lazy swim and feel life's stresses peel away.
For a fun day out for the children
(and the adults too) Aqualand is on the 'must do' list for all families visiting the Island. It really is a great place, very relaxing and a lot of fun for all.You'll find it very well signposted throughout the Island. It is located in the village of Agios Ioannis, just 10 minutes out of Corfu Town.
An evening boat trip to Corfu Town,
starting in Kassiopi, is a lovely way to while away an evening, and takes the strain away from having to drive in the dark to the fabulous shops in Corfu Town. This is a wonderful way to see Corfu town at night, and to have the added advantage of cruising back in the dark - star gazing on the sea. Heaven!
Go to the beach!
Just a few minutes away - and what stunning beaches they are too. The best local ones are at Kouloura and Kalami (practically on your doorstep) and the beach of Avlaki, which also has a small and excellent windsurfing and sailing school at one end of it. Both are less than a 10 minute walk away, and a 5 minute drive away respectively from Astarti, whilst Avlaki is a 30 minute drive.
Ornithologists will know about the bird watching in the mountain of Pantokrator, where you can see several different species of hunting birds, amongst others.
Blue flag beaches
See how many blue flag beaches you can swim on during your stay, an ideal way of seeing the Island, experiencing the diversity of the Island, and having a lot of fun at the same time.
In July & August, many of the local villages hold evening festivals
with local produce and then a communal meal is prepared with everyone joining in.
Take a trip to Agios Stefanos
Visit the pretty little fishing village set between Kalami and Kassiopi which is home to waterfront tavernas, mini-markets, shops and boat hire.
With its crystal clear waters which are great for snorkeling, this pebbly beach is one of the most idyllic spots on the island.
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