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Times to remember
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What I liked best about Corfu was its greenery. Hot spells in summer and mild winter rains have produced a green island full of olive groves and the landscape is absolutely pleasing to the eye. After few days enjoying the beach in Pelekas and the hot sun, I decided to take a local taxi and explore the island on my own. The taxi driver offered to take me to the Aqualand, the largest water park in Corfu, but I declined (a bit too old to be frolicking in the water!).

I visited some very picturesque villages like Strinilas and the deserted mountainous village of Perithia, where the only life (besides me) was a few sheep. But I was surprised as hell to find a couple of taverns there. Well, the Greeks sure know a thing or two about tourism! The Achillion Palace in the village of Gastouri is a "must see" and is one of the top tourist attractions of Corfu, and so also is Paleokastritsa, a beautiful spot set around three bays with a backdrop of beautiful green hills.

The taxi driver was a happy man in his middle 50s and he tried to open conversations, which I find very amusing to talk to the locals. They always have something different to tell you! If you decide to take the cab to get around the island, first ask a tavern owner for a good taxi driver and then negotiate the price from before. Me I gave 80 euros for all day. If I had a licence, things would be easier but I don't.

What I also liked in Corfu as food. I tasted some fabulous Mediterranean food at many of the taverns I visited. Not being very fond of seafood, I decided to tuck into some of the popular meat and vegetable dishes of the island. Among the great many dishes I tasted, I simply cannot forget: stifado (a meat stew with baby shallots), stuffed chicken breast with spinach and wine sauce, and briam (a baked dish of mixed vegetables), washed down with glasses of Metaxa, or was it Ouzo, or perhaps Retsina?



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Great for families with kids
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We had been to Corfu twice before and we went again last summer because it is a great place for families with children. Beaches are safe: no strong winds, no urchins, no deep water. Perfect to let your children free all day. Favourite beaches: Glyfada, Agios Gordis, Pelekas, Ypsos and so many other.

Maybe beaches on Corfu are not as impressive as in Kefalonia, but it has so many other things to do than just swimming. The island is full of castles and ancient sights. Especially Corfu Town. You can walk and walk for two days on the row and still have things to see. We always enjoy the view from the cafeteria in the Old Fortress. Liston is also great for coffee and the square of the Town Hall. We loved walking in the Old Town with an ice-cream at hand and looking at the gift shops. So many nice memories!

The only difficult thing with Corfu is to get around. It seems that buses are not frequent and almost never on time!! The best way seems to rent a car but signposting should be improved, or else be prepared for much confussion. A map helps a bit but will not solve all your problems. If I have to give you an advice on that issue, I would say not to look for small villages but for big villages of the area. For example, do not look for any sign to Kerasia (a really picturesque beach), just follow the road to Kassiopi and after Kalami have your eyes open!



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Far from my idea of Greece
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I've been several times in Corfu, before visiting Dodecanese. Living in Bari, it was very close to Italy and well linked with my town. About the island, it's a nice one even if it's quite far from my idea of Greece: it looks too European.
The Old Town is interesting, but in the last years it became too busy and find a parking for your car is like an hell pain even in the Esplanade area. Restaurants are quite good: I would suggest Papiris in the Old Town and Taverna Tripa in Kinopiastes. Only Corfu is going to be a little bit expensive, too much for Greece. In some places in the harbour area, you could pay 90 euros for person!
The beaches are very nice: lovely places in Paleokastritsa even if with cold water. Have a lunch on the terrace of Restaurant Castellino: it has a gorgeous overview on the bay. Still I would suggest the emerald waters of Nissaki, Barbati and, more, Kassiopi, a lovely place in the north of the island, facing the albanian beach of Butrinto. A nice trip is to the Pantokrator Monastery; after you can have lunch at the Elm Tree tavern.
One thing that I didn't like, it's that in some villages in the south, like Kavos, several bars and restaurant didn't allow Italian people and it was noticed on the entrances. This was very disgusting.



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Island with normal life
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Our experience is that Corfu was the best destination we ever had. Best villages, gorgeous beaches, amazing landscape. I had heard that Corfu gets very busy in July and August, so we tried it a month earlier (mid-June) and indeed sometimes beaches were so relaxing that I could even forget my name!

It is nice that Corfu is an island with normal life around. I mean it is not a place just for tourism, it is place where people work and live in villages all the year. It was also amazing that we got every day and evening good fresh food- everywhere. Small tavernas and small local restaurants have extremely good level- at least the places we visited. Stay in places off the beaten track, in stonehouses in the countrysides and small cottages. You will love the landscape, too, not only the beaches of Corfu.

Only one problem. We really didnt like the system of signs: lot of signs and often there was no kilometers, so you do not know how far is the next place. Also sometimes there is no signs at all (if you are away from highways). We travelled by car and we were trapped twice. We made some circles because it was really not clear how it is possible to find way "out". If you look at map it seems impossible to get lost, but actually the network of small roads is confusing and signs do not help much.



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Drive along the south
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All people say that the north of Corfu is the best part, but I enjoyed south the most. You drive along narrow hills up and down and you pass through small villages, under arched roads and by traditional Greek coffee houses that have tables in the yard and old men are drinking coffee or playing cards under the shadow.

You don't see pictures like these in the northern side, where hundreds of tourists are packed in small beaches like Paleokastritsa and all you see is hotels, hotels and hotels like in Acharavi. The south from Benitses till Lefkimi is actually a green mountainside with villages dotted here and there and delicious taverns on top of hills with view to the sea.

Agios Mattheos is a lovely village and the region of Agii Deka have beautiful villas in the middle of forests. Issos is a sandy beach to swim and do windsurfing. I think this is the only place in Corfu to do windsurfing or kitesurfing.

Corfu Town is also very interesting and you will find it a delight to walk in the narrow paths in a busy morning. Reminds kind of Venice, doesn't it?



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Memories for a lifetime
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This was my second time in Corfu, but the first was only for three days so it doesn't really count! This time, I stayed for two weeks and I can tell you, I feel in love with this island! We stayed in a villa in Agios Stefanos but also rented a car so we drove all over Corfu and stopped wherever we liked to enjoy the scenery.

Corfu has a lot of monuments to see. My favourite was climbing up Angelokastro (near Paleokastritsa). The sun, the storng wind, the view, the isolate... Excellent, an experience to remember for a lifetime! My daughter also loved the Palace of Empress Sissi (Achillion), a very romantic place on the road to Benitses. Opposite the palace, there is a nice business that makes cum-quat, the traditional liqueuer of Corfu. There you can taste cum-quat for free. In Benitses, visit the Sea Shell Museum, kids will love it.

No need to talk about the beaches in Corfu. Every single one is wonderful, from the south to the north. The north has the best beaches for me and the south has the best nature. However, both should be taken better care of. I think it is unbelievable that many people smoke on the beach and put their cigaretters off in the sand!!! How is this possible? The worst thing is that the authorities rarely clean up the beaches afterwards! Thank God, in winter, these beaches are empty and have the chance to clean themselves. Nature is obviously more clever than people...

We found the best fish taverns in Kassiopi, northern Corfu, but be careful where you sit because prices differ a lot from place to place! Have in mind that fresh fish are bought by kilo, they don't have standard price and you choose which fish you want to get cooked.

Trust me, you will have excellent holidays in Corfu! Surely we'll be back soon!



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Excellent sweets and drinks
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Corfu town is the first place that you'll probably see in Corfu. It has a strong Venetian influence. The whole island is full of palaces, strongholds, museums, archaeological places, libraries and churches, most of them in the town. The central square, along with Kanoni, are the top places of the town. At Kanoni, there are many luxury hotels and a great view over the sea and Pontikonisi. Ponitkonisi is a small island, reachable with small boats in one minute. On that isle, there is a church called the church of Pantokrator, which is a very popular sight.

Another great place to visit is the isle of Vidos, right opposite the town. Vidos has nice places to swim, usually not crowded and one restaurant. Outside the city, Corfu is generally covered by green olive tree valleys or pine tree forests. Corfu has some nice beaches and a water fun park, but the best beaches in the area, or... let me say in Greece, are on the small islands next to Corfu, Paxi. I've traveled to many places in Greece, especially islands, but still Paxi remain my favorite!

While in Corfu, try Mantoles, a traditional Corfu sweet with browned almonds in caramel. Delicious! Another special made in Corfu product is ginger beer. This is a refreshing drink with lemon juice, ginger and sugar mostly. It has to be served fresh and cold, and you cannot find it outside Corfu. Still, most famous things to drink and eat on Corfu is koum kouat. That's a kind of tangerine juice, maybe Chinese, that is very common there. You can find alcohol drinks, liqueurs, jams and traditional sweets with koum kouat.



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Our personal paradise
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We have been to Corfu many times. We originally chose the place because of a book I had on Corfu Islands. I looked through brochures for a place on the island that was green and reasonably quiet. Once we had visited we drove all around the island and knew we had chosen the right spot, northeast, which is by far the prettiest area. We have since visited Corfuabout 8 times.

The villages in the north east coastal area are beautiful, hard to get to as down steep roads but well worth the effort. Inland the villages are lovely, with spectacular views. Nightlife in the North east is informal and not too energetic, mostly restaurants and bars for entertainment. Clubs etc can be found further south (Kavos/Corfu Town) though in the North Sidari and Roda offer a few. Beaches are great, a few blue flag beaches. Some lovely little coves and secret beaches to visit by boat as well as long sweeping beaches Acharavi).

There are also so many to choose from food. Most of the tavernas and restaurants offer the same menu, typical greek dishes with some other eurpoean influences. Plenty of choice for everyone. Some good fish restaurants too, but these are mostly in beachside tavernas. Bars and coffee shops are in abundance, many sell lovely cakes and a variety of icecream sundaes.

Anyone visiting the North of the island will love it immediatelly. Those visiting the south should definitely take a trip north for the contrast. Hire a car even for a day and see the sights of Paleokatritsa, Kalami, Perithia, Aghios Giorgios and visit Corfu Town even if it's just for the fabulous jewellery shops.



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Loved the food and beaches
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What I love mostly about Corfu is the delicious cuisine. Of course, all meals in Greece are good but in Corfu, I think it is the best, especially the traditional dishes.

I went to Corfu last year. I had stayed at a resort in Paleokastritsa, but toured the various villages on Corfu. Each village is unique in its architecture. I really enjoyed Paleokastritsa, Benitses and Lefkimi. I avoided the ancient historical sites and museums, since I am not really interested in history. So I visited a lot of beaches on this island.

The easiest way to travel around Corfu is to hire a car. I asked my hotel to make all the necessary arrangements. The best beaches were Agios Georgios, Kalami, Barbati Paleokastritsa, Benitses and Dassia. I also tried some scuba diving in Paleokastritsa, but I can tell you, it was difficult, guys! I came across many good gift shops in Corfu town that sells fine pottery and ceramic items. If you walk in the Old Town, you will find plenty of such shops. Though my bargaining skills were not so good. still I managed to obtain these items at a much lower cost.



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Everything you need
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Corfu is a place where any visitor can find everything needed during the trip. Active and overcrowded places are combined with rather isolated areas and beaches.
If you need an energetic nightlife, you should find it out in advance whether a particular place has got anything to offer you.
Almyros is a quiet place whith no nightlife, a few good tavernas, sandy, partly rocky, narrow beach with no natural shade.
Six tavernas located in Almyros were all very good (as everywhere in Greece) offering nice food at the economical price. Bars and coffee shops are located either at the territory of the hotel or 2 km away in Acharavi.
Car rent is a must on Corfu. Taxi is a problem in Almyros, there is no taxi stand, except if a taxi comes to the village.
Install ATMs in small villages.
Provide post terminals for all small tavernas and shops and guarantee good connetion to the banks.
Do more cleaning of the beaches (no dust bins and no beach cleaning at all in Almyros area).



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