Corfu Island Local Customs

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    Lefkimi - First floating lighthouse of Greece.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 22, 2007

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    The first lighthouse on Corfu.

    Most guides (and even guidebooks) either ignore or dismiss Lefkimi, but anyone interested in how a Greek town works away from the bustle of tourism should not miss it. As you can read above we weren't interested in visiting Lefkimi in the first place, because we didn't know anything about it and didn't read any stimulating stories about it. We just drove towards it because of the attracktive and distinctive orange dome of the Agios Arsenos Church. We were not sorry about that!

    Another must see near Lefkimi is the lighthouse! The first lighthouses built in Greece on specific designs and in accordance with European standards were found on the Ionian island chain. Colonian English rule of these islands for a few decades ensured that several crucial sections of the Ioanian were navigable. Thus, from 1822 when the first English lighthouse was built on the island of Corfu, and up until 1864 when the Ionian islands were united with Greece, a large number of lighthouses were built, most of which operate even today. In 1825, the first floating lighthouse was built in Lefkimi. We didn't stay too long at the scene as it was already getting a bit late and we still needed to get back to Perama.

    Address:
    Village of Lefkimi.

    Directions:
    Situated at the south side of the island. It is a 40 km drive from the capital of Corfu, Corfu Town.

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    Lefkimi - Sandwiches for sale ???

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 22, 2007

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    Right after we parked the car we tried to grab a lunch. At a local bar called (we believe, can't remember proparly) Vegara, we tried to order some sandwiches. The owner tried to explain us in his best English that the sandwiches appear on the sign of the bar, but he didn't sell them! Bit of a weird situation, we guess. The owner stood next to our table and all of a sudden he went back into the kitchen and came back with 2 frozen pizzas and told us that this was the only thing he sold which could be eaten for lunch! So 20 minutes later we had 2 hot microwave pizzas on a plate! Well, with a nice cold beer it did taste okay :)

    Right after this historical lunch we had a walk through this largest town southern of the city of Corfu. We passed a picturesque canal which divides the town into two. Lefkimi has two striking churches to visit. One is the Agios Theodoros Church facing the main square and the other is the Agios Arsenos Church with its orange dome. We were sorry to see that both churches were closed.

    Address:
    Village of Lefkimi.

    Directions:
    Situated at the south side of the island. It is a 40 km drive from the capital of Corfu, Corfu Town.

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    Lefkimi - Divided by a river.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 22, 2007

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    Bridge over the river.
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    We can honestly say that the charm of Lefkimi probably lies in its resistance to tourism, which is perhaps understandable as it is so close to the excesses of Kavos. By its size it was clear to us that Lefkimi is the second largest city of the island of Corfu. Lefkimi is divided in two by a river. While it is hardly Amsterdam, the canal that carries the river through the lower suburb of Lefkimi has some pleasant spots for a nice cold drink or meal by the pretty bridge. The facades of the main street and surrounding alleys are very attractive and it's a welcome change to see real shops selling functional everyday items instead of tourist para-phernalia.

    Finally we left this beautiful village with a great feeling. Driving in the near surroundings we saw several traditional villages and many vineyards producing the famed local wine. But we didn't leave the area as we spotted a brown sign, meaning something cultural, of a lighthouse. Off we went!

    Address:
    Village of Lefkimi.

    Directions:
    Situated at the south side of the island. It is a 40 km drive from the capital of Corfu, Corfu Town.

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    Lefkimi - We spotted Greek in traditional costume.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 22, 2007

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    The Agios Theodoros Church.
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    It was a day full of contrasts when we visited Lefkimi. One morning we drove by car to the south of the island of Corfu and we ended up in Kavos, which is dire and unrivaled for ugliness. It's for the mentally challenged package tourist who likes nothing better than 24 hour clubbing with bungee jumping and go-karting thrown in for light relief. When we drove through the town we saw gangs of youths looking for a "larf" give the place a hostile air of an English soccer town on match day!

    At that point we decided to leave Kavos as fast as possible and to explore some more of the real Corfy life. Driving over some hills toward the north we were attrackted by a distinctive orange dome of which we learned later that it was the dome of the Agios Arsenos Church at Lefkimi. It's located in the middle of a fertile plain full of olive trees and vineyards. The lovely village of Lefkimi is well of the beaten track and a huge step back in time. Donkeys are still used as transport and driving into the town we even spotted the odd Greek in traditional costume.

    Address:
    Village of Lefkimi.

    Directions:
    Situated at the south side of the island. It is a 40 km drive from the capital of Corfu, Corfu Town.

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    Going Topless on a Beach

    by RawdgerDodger Updated Oct 4, 2006
    Waves on Corfu

    It might be of interest to know that many of the beaches of Corfu allow women to go topless as well as the men. For some this might be a bit of a culture shock and may take time to get used to. For others it will seem pretty normal and no big deal will be made. On the beaches of Corfu it is quite common to see women without their bikini tops on and it is not just the locals who do this. It is the tourists and foreigners too.

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    What`s In The Basket?

    by DUNK67 Updated Sep 13, 2004

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    Because the sewerage system is not as good as you would come to expect you have to put your soiled toilet paper into a basket next to the toilet. At first this was a bit strange but after a fornight it became second nature, I had some funny looks when I got back home and tried doing the same.

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    St. Spiridon Church, Corfu

    by apekovic Written Jan 12, 2008

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    St. Spiridon Church, Corfu
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    St. Spiridon Church from the 16 century is the main Island church which keeps the mummified body of St. Spiridon, the patron Saint of the Corfu Island.

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    Souvenirs

    by DUNK67 Updated Nov 10, 2004

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    Souvenirs

    These are just a couple of souvenirs I brought back from Corfu, a Greek Urn and a statue of Diogenes.

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