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 and from the palace of Mon Repos along the Garitsa Bay is delightful. 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.
Check out the island on arrival in style!
A great way to see the island is to take a whisle stop tour at the beginning of the holiday with a local taxi driver. Generally knowledgable and more than happy to show off their island, you can sit back and relax and get to know the size and roads of the island without getting lost and gain a lot of useful local knowledge!
Go hill walking along the many trails
The Spartillas to Ano Perithia via Mount Pantokrator is one of our favourites. Through the hills to the highest peak on the Island, visit the deserted hillside village of Ano Perithea for a delightful lunch in one of the 4 tavernas along the way. Remember your camera!
Visit Pontokinissi (Mouse Island)
What a lovely way to spend a half day. Take a trip out to the Kanoni peninsula and enjoy a coffee on the waterfront café there. Next to the Vlahernon monastery, which is also an Island, but has been connected to the Kanoni Peninsular by a small causeway. It is from this small causeway that you take the regular boat crossing over to Pontikinissi, about a 5 minute boat trip. Don't forget your swimming gear, as you can easily have a lovely swim here.
Sip wine in Liapades
Home to some of the best locally produced wines in Corfu. Just drive into the old village, park (abandon like the locals do) your car next to the locals and knock on one of the doors that are signposted local wines - Yammas!
Take the youngsters to Aqualand Water Park
The largest in all of Greece, and just 10 minutes from Corfu town. Make the children the excuse and have a great time yourself on the slides and flumes.
Small but magnificent!
The Archeological Museum that is! Don't miss this little gem - you won't get "museum indigestion" here, it is quite small and very well laid-out, with a couple of real highlights, which are as good as anything we've seen in the whole of Greece on many trips in the past. It is air-conditioned, which makes it a lovely place on a very hot day - cool off as a culture vulture!
Enjoy a little orchestra music in the square
Splianada Square is the main square of the island and the central meeting spot for locals and visitors, situated in Corfu (Kerkyra) Town. It was constructed to resemble the European Royal Gardens. It is the largest square in the Balkans and one of the largest in Europe. During the summer months, symphonic orchestras perform at the kiosk that is situated in the square. Order a Greek coffee and soak in the atmosphere....
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!
Set sail for Paxos
A truly idyllic Island, very unspolit and full of olive trees! Paxos is a tiny Island, with only 3 small coastal villages, and of course a very famous little sister in Anti-Paxos (small Paxos!) where the beach resembles the white sand of the Caribbean. Well worth a day's visit.
A bookworm's delight - Lawrence Durrell's home
Visit the white house in Kalami, home to the Durrell family back in the 1940's, whereLawrence wrote his novel, "Prospero's Cell", and Gerald created his novel "My Family and Other Animals", both a must read before heading off on holiday to Corfu. There is a taverna on the premises, which is a delightful stop-over to enjoy the scenery.
Saddle up and explore!
There are two horse riding schools along the north east coast of Corfu. One at Avlaki (Avlaki Horse Riding School) and one at Ano Korakiana (TrailRiders Corfu). Different rides are available for beginners and children. Those with experience will be taken on more demanding rides, through the olive groves and along the beach!
Enjoy a little "retail therapy"!
The narrow streets radiating off from the Liston house small shops of every commercial nature. Dominated by the 'gold shops', Corfiot craftsmen excel at designing and making Greek jewellery in gold - this coupled with competitive prices may tempt you. Among the bustle, look out for those shops and stalls selling local items like wild honey, fig cakes and handmade lace.
Visit Paleokastritsa (easier to get there than to say it!)
Pa-le-o-ka-str-it-sa (pronunciation: just let it roll off the tongue!) is set around three main bays. It is famous for being Corfu's most treasured beauty spot; beware it can become busy in high season. Luxury yachts sail in to admire the back drop of the beautiful green hills around Paleokastritsa.The best way for the views is to go via the Troumpetas pass. Look on your map for Skipero (which is on the main Sidari road), the pass is just above.
Enjoy the beach where princes and lords regularly visit!
Kerasia is a quiet cove situated between Kouloura and Agios Stephanos. It is mainly just one long sweeping beach and is quite stunning.There is just one Taverna and a scattering of villas. During lunchtime, the occasional day trip boat may arrive - but they soon depart! The Rothschild's have a holiday home on the headland - Prince Charles and Lord Sainsbury are regulars. It is an idyllic 'get away from it all' setting.
Take some kodak moments from the Old Fort
Otherwise known as Paleo Frourio, construction on Corfu's Old Fort began in the 8th century, and this structure has served to protect Corfu Town throughout various historically significant conflicts. Much has been contributed to the fort over the years, with the Venetians adding a moat in the 16th century and the British adding various buildings inside the fort such as the church during the 19th century. Magnificent views over the city are available from the top of the fort, which is one of the islands most popular historical attractions.
Venture across the sea to Albania!
There are organised day trips to this fascinating country. The cost of this trip is about €40 plus an additional €18 for the visa to enter the country. This is well worth the trip, to experience the culture of a country that is still completely un-commercialised. You can purchase tickets directly from the Ionian cruises office in the old harbour in Corfu town.
This really is an excellent course, the oldest and currently one of only half a dozen in all of Greece! We have the British to thank for this, for it was created during the time of the British occupation of the Island. You’ll find the golf course close to Ermones on the Ropa Valley.
Take the plunge and try the watersports!
Nissaki has a large water sports jetty to the left hand side of the beach. It is a little climb over some rough ground, don't wear high heels!!!! Water skiing, Wakeboarding, Ringo and Banana rides and Parasailing are available.
Dress up and Splash out!
Barbati Beach next to Nissaki has a very sophisticated beach bar and restaurant called Piedo del Mare - a llittle oasis of calm and elegance for a dress up and splash out evening and just five minutes drive away!
Agni by Boat
Hire a small motor boat for the day, explore the beautiful coastline, then head to the lovely bay of Agni. There are 3 tavernas on the beach and all are famous on the island for fab food. Tether the boat up on the jetty and enjoy a leisurely lunch.
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