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Location of Helena
Great Things to Do Near Helena
Follow the sign in Agios Mattheos up the mountain for a stiffish walk ending in spectacular views over the sea.
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.
Explore Corfu Town
See the palaces and Venetian fortresses and explore the old town that is home to the Greek Royal family during their annual vacation. Our very own Prince Philip was born right here, in Mon Repos palace.
Ornithologists will know about the bird watching area at the Korission lake, where you can see several different species of wading birds, amongst others.
Visit Lake Korission at the southern tip of the Island
Go for a walk around the lake, watch the winsurfers just off the huge expanse of golden sandy beach, and explore the nearby Gardiki castle – a busy day out for all the family. And right on your doorstep too!
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 kids 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.
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 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.
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's from this small causeway that you take the regular boat crossing over to Pontikinissi about a 5 minute boat trip away. Don’t forget your swimming gear, as you can easily have a lovely swim here.
If you would like to do a bit of snorkelling in clear, deep waters, go to Alonaki 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.
For those who would like to know more about the cuisine here on Corfu
Try bourdetto, one of the many local dishes created here on Corfu. Bourdetto is a spicy fish stew made from freshly caught scorpion fish. Be warned though, you have to eat this dish with your fingers and a lot of bread for the salsa (sauce), as it is a very bony fish, and is far too fiddly to try to eat with a knife and fork, so eat it the local way!.
Venture out on a glass bottom boat
This is far more than just a trip on a glass bottom boat. As well as seeing the wonders of the Ionian sea, you'll also be taken to the amazing caves close to Ermones that can only be accessed from the sea, and then you will be left to enjoy the afternoon on Paradise beach - a huge expanse of white sand/shingle beach and aquamarine sea, no road, and only accessed by sea – truly amazing. These trips leave from the village of Paleokastritsa daily.
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 wonderfully 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.
Visit the Achileon Palace
Built in the late 19th century, for Sissy (Elisabeth), the empress of Austria. This beautiful palace has wonderful gardens, excellent views and is well worth a visit. You will find it well signposted, and is close to the village of Gastouri, heading south from Corfu town.
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 will love it too.
Go to another island for the day - Paxos
A truly idyllic Island – very uncommercial (as are ALL islands are that do not have an airport). 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 reminds you of images from the Caribbean. You can travel there by boat, departing from the nearby Lefkimi daily.
Go ride a bike!
There are a number of dedicated cycle trails all over Corfu, enquire at the ‘Giant’ mountain bike shop in Dassia for a map and information on bike hire locally. What better way to enjoy the scenery?