Dassia beach, Corfu, Greece
Dassia is an atmospheric, lively place, popular with younger couples, groups and water sport enthusiasts. Dassia is 10km from Corfu Town on the east coast of Corfu with views across the sea to the mountains of Greece and Albania.
Popular Dassia beach is long, quite narrow and a mix of shingle and pebbles. The water at Dassia beach is exceptionally calm and flat. The beach at Dassia slopes gently and platforms have been built out to sea making Dassia a superb place to swim. Dassia has become a popular Corfu resort with a reputation for quality water sports including waterskiing, windsurfing and parascending. Hire a boat to explore the coves near Dassia. Dassia is on a flat coastal plain and is surrounded by low verdant hills that invite exploration by bike or car.
Sidari - A popular holiday destination.
On the north western tip of the island is the lively resort of Sidari. It's actually two small coastal villages connected by a long sweeping sandy beach. As being the largest northern resort it is well signposted and we had no trouble finding it. When we entered the resort of Sidari it looked a bit scruffy, but the center was much better. We already could see the beach from the road and we were pleased to see that there were plenty of parking lots.
Not so very long ago, this was a sleepy little place made up of little more than a village square surrounded by a cluster of pretty cottages. Today it's a popular holiday destination. It is certainly a more livelier resort than most, but (in our opinion) it is becoming a little too commercialised.
The monastery of Thetokos Palekastriotissa(Virgin Mary of Paleokastritsa) was the our main motive to come to Paleokastritsa. Apart from the great scenery where it is located (on a rocky promontory with amazing view as it stands up at 450 metres), the monastery is really worth a visit.
Before entering the church have in mind that the dress policy of the greek orthodox monastery don’t allow entry to those who don’t have shoulders/knees covered so don’t come with your shorts after the beach :)
The monastery was founded back in 1225 (!) but the building we see today is from the 18th century. We strolled around the inner yard where a dozen of lazy cats live and play/hide, the yard is full of flowers, an archway (pic 4) that leads to the small museum (with byzantine paintings and books) and several small buildings that house the monks or items like oil etc. There is also an old well (pic 3) that we rested for a while as the nice church (pic 2) was close at first.
There was nobody around and we had to wait for about 30’ till the church opened but I was tempted to call the priest by hitting the typical (in monasteries) wooden bell (pic 5). The church was built in 1722.
There is also a small museum inside with church items but also the bones of a whale(!!) and a store where you can by local crafts (olive oil is produced by the monks).