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.
Popular amongst romantics and food lovers alike. Some of the best fish restaurants can be found in Agni bay. Very easy to get to, either drive yourself, or catch one of the evening sea taxis from San Stefanos,(best to book in high season though).
Take a trip to the monastery of Mirtiotissa.
Not easy to find, but well worth the effort. Head out of the village of Vatos towards Glyfada, and look out for the signposts nailed onto the olive trees along the right hand side of the road. Remember your map, but don't worry if you forget your swimming costume, as the beach at Mirtiotissa is the only naturist beach on the Island!
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!
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.
If you would like to do a bit of snorkelling in clear, deep waters, go to the Blue Flagged Kerasia beach where the water is sublimely clear. I've been told that it's particularly nice to snorkel at either end of the bay, near to the protective rocks that create such a perfect bay. .
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
Benitses Shell museum.
Not to be missed by all shell lovers, this extremely impressive collection is lovingly curated and features shells from not only the Ionian sea, but from all over the world. The children love it too.
Korission Lake ornithological nature reserve.
A Lake and swamp of great interest to bird watchers in particular, although it is also of great interest to plant lovers and walkers in general. It is the temporary and permanent habitat of more than 150 bird species, as well as many rare and beautiful plants. You will find this stunning lagoon and its neighbouring deserted sandy beaches close to Halikouna in the south of the Island.
Walk along the Liston
and once seated at the café of your choice, enjoy the atmosphere and take your time, as the children run around the esplanade and the locals meet and catch up on the gossip. This is the place to people watch! The coffees may be a little bit more expensive than in other parts, but the entertainment comes free of charge!
Spend a few hours visiting the place where Prince Philip was born. Mon Repos
the birthplace of Prince Philip can be found a short 20-minute walk away from the town centre of Corfu. The walk to or from the palace of Mon Repos is delightful, along the Garitsa bay, and on arriving into Mon Repos you will be amazed at the lush gardens and the grandness of this royal abode - where the Greek royal family used to spend their annual vacations in the early part of the last century.
Scenic drive -
the north east coast Dramatic scenery, hair-raising bends, traditional villages - you'll get them all today. Drive north, past Kassiopi to Acharavi where you must turn left. Drive through the villages of Episkepsi, Sgourades, Petalis to Mount Pantokrator, the summit of Corfu. On the way back down, drive through Strinilas and Spartilas to the coastal road. Remember to take your bathing costumes, and stop at Barbarti to swim in the blue flagged waters of this beautiful bay.
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