Corfu Island Off The Beaten Path

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    Secluded spot,Paramona beach

    by mickeyboy07 Written Jul 19, 2009

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    While driving around the countryside up and down mountains on the west side of Corfu you will pass through several villages and on to very small roads,this one particular rd was nothing more than a dirt track in most spots but we carried on driving to see where it would take us,the result is Paramona beach a very well hidden place and not something you would notice on any map.
    There is a small car park and a cafe nearby and then its just you the sea and the golden sand,very peaceful and perfect if you want to get away from the crowds and spend the day relaxing.
    The road down to the beach is very narrow with sharp turns but managable,as for directions i would say about ten to fifteen minutes drive west of Agios Matteos.

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    School warning

    by JLBG Written Sep 29, 2008

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    School warning
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    In my never ending search for school warning road signs, I was glad to find in remote villages of Corfou two interesting ones. Sorry, I do not remember the name of the villages.

    I like especially the first one which must have been locally made. The artist has given an unusual and ambiguous attitude to the two profiles!

    The second photo has a more “usual” look for road signs hand painted in the 50s.

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    Amazing fruits

    by JLBG Written Sep 29, 2008

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    Amazing fruits

    I have tried to identify this amazing bush growing around the Mediterranean, always next to the sea. The fruits look almost like flowers. It has an amazing greenish wing all around that looks like a wide skirt. I have not found its name yet but will add it as soon as possible.

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    Delicate scent!

    by JLBG Written Sep 29, 2008

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    Caper

    If you are not familiar with the Mediterranean, you will not be able to name that plant, though you are most likely to use it as a condiment. It grows on cracks of rocks and the flowers have a delicate and strong scent. Something close to vanilla and chocolate but that will not help! The buds are the capers that are used as pickles. The bush is Capparis spinosa (yes, mind, it is spiny!)

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    Dassia Beach

    by DeYo Written Dec 29, 2007

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    One of the biggest beaches at the island. It has a couple of all-inclusive hotels that has access to the sea, and that part of the beach is the best with grass and palms. (Also you can for free walk in to hotel and use their pool and jacuzzi.)

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    Marathias Beach

    by DeYo Written Dec 29, 2007

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    This beach is in no tourist guides we saw at the Corfu, but it's very nice sandy beach in the south of the island. Plus on the day we've been there, there was a reggae festival with couple of local bands playing. Also the DJ was playing the entire day so the atmosphere at the beach was great.

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    Sinarades - To us the most beautiful village!

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    Jeroen and Iris in one of the many small streets.
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    The derivation of the word Sinarades comes from the Byzantine surname Sinaras. Although the village was built much earlier, nothing was documented about its existence prior to the 15th century. From Theodora we learned that most stories, with history lessons, have been handed down from generation to generation.

    We parked the car at the central square of the village. Right there you'll find the village's one bar (Café Olympia), bus stop and mini market. After our walk through the village we had a nice cuppaccino at Stellios' Taverna and enjoyed the peace and quiet atmosphere.

    Sinarades is one of the biggest villages on the island and probably the most traditional one. It is still a very "lived in" village with traditional ways of life and architecture. Sinarades once again is a lovely village for a gentle walk with some breathtaking coastal views from "Aerostatos" a viewpoint on the outskirts of the village. So for us Sinarades was the most beautiful one!

    Address:
    Village of Sinarades

    Directions:
    Situated at the middle west side of the island. It is a 25 km drive from the capital of Corfu, Corfu Town.

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    Sinarades - Lot of great old houses and mansions.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    A tower-like belfry church.
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    Sinarades is built on a hillside covered with olive and almond trees. The water from the mountain springs collects in a small river at the base of the hillside, a river that once divided the village in two. We definately liked to stroll over its narrow paths and through the embossed entrances. Besides that we noticed a lot of great old houses and mansions with small terraces and marble stairs. And what to think about the beautiful churches with high and elegant belfries?

    Something else that is irreplaceable is the Sinarades Folkloric Museum. It was established in 1982, is one of the best in Greece and the only one on the island of Corfu. Housed in a former two-storey house and run almost entirely on local donations. A minimal entrance fee gains you entry to a guided tour by 78-year-old Theodora and she speaks impeccable English. The museum houses rare exhibits and items belonging to the rural households of the area.

    Address:
    Village of Sinarades

    Directions:
    Situated at the middle west side of the island. It is a 25 km drive from the capital of Corfu, Corfu Town.

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    Sinarades - An ancient Greek village.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    An old lady is working in the streets of Siranades
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    Sinarades is an ancient Greek village that has been forgotten by tourism. It is situated in the middle west of Corfu Island and clings to the mountainside, with an almost Alpine appearance. A cluster of graves and other graves scattered around the area dating back to the Roman age leads to the conclusion that this area might have been and ancient village during the Roman conquest. The village at its current location was built between the 10th and 11th century by the inhabitants of a seashore village which was abandoned because of the terrible and repated attacks of the Sarakin pirates. When we arrived at Siranades it was immediately clear to us that it has had its moments of flourish and decline. We were told in advance that this is an village that is not to be missed, which is true!

    So, the beautiful view aside, what makes Sinarades so worthy of a visit in our opinion? It's a truly traditional, rural and peaceful village where the ladies still wear traditional dresses and use their donkeys on a daily basis.

    Address:
    Village of Sinarades

    Directions:
    Situated at the middle west side of the island. It is a 25 km drive from the capital of Corfu, Corfu Town.

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    Gardiki - An octagonal fortress (13th century).

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 16, 2007

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    Overview of the remains of the fort.
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    We parked the car under a huge olive tree and walked our way to the huge entrance of this powerful fortification. The castle is renowned for its impregnable fortifications that defended the residents of Corfu on numerous occasions from the marauding on all conquering enemies. It's an octagonal fortress from the 13th century and is built on a low hill and right in the middle there is this huge olive tree. The fact that the castle is nestled in the midst of verdant olive groves, imparts a touch of ethereal beauty to the castle's surroundings.

    The Corfiotes consider this a twin to the fortress at Angelokastro. Gardiki was built during the same period - and by Michael the II - the same Epirus Archbishop as that in Paliokastritsa. It consists of an ellipsoidal enclosure supported by 8 towers. It great to see that 6 of the 8 towers are nearly completely preserved. The surrounding walls were decorated with plinth lascias characteristic of Byzantine art. The remains that you can see to the right of the current entrance to the castle may possibly belong to a chapel of the fortification.

    Address:
    Fortress of Gardiki.

    Directions:
    Situated at the middle west east side of the island. It is a 21 km drive from the capital of Corfu, Corfu Town.

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    Gardiki - A voluntary donation required.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 16, 2007

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    Iris is feeding a sheep.
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    We noticed that there was no guide or guidebook present. This ruin is there to explore all by yourself. Care is required, because the ground is uneven and steep in places and the walls may crumble a bit. For Iris this visit had another demension. She was very happy scrambling around and at the back of the fort she saw a tied up goat. Of course she wanted to caress it, but once we reached it, she became a littlle scared. Daddy to the rescue!

    The fortress of Gardiki is a castle for which there are plenty of stories, folk songs and legends, however it is lacking in actual historical evidence about its history. Currently there are no entrance charges, although just after we entered the fort we noticed a box in which you can put your own voluntary contribution. A sign near the box explains that this contribution will be used for restoration purposes, but we figure that the current state of the fortress asks more that the €2.- we donated! Apart from the principal castle, there are numerous other ancient edifices strewn around the castle's surrounding areas, and each one unique in their architectural features.

    Address:
    Fortress of Gardiki.

    Directions:
    Situated at the middle west east side of the island. It is a 21 km drive from the capital of Corfu, Corfu Town.

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    Gardiki - Follow the sign VERY carefully!

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 16, 2007

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    Relinde walking towards the entrance of the fort.
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    Being at the island of Corfu doesn't always mean that you'll have to visit the beach area with its resorts. We were trickered by our guide book about the fortress of Gardiki, it said:"In the present times, one must admit that its ramparts are impeccably preserved and it is a sheer delight just to visit the castle, though the castle is partially destroyed." The castle's idyllic location is between the villages of Gardike and Agios Mattheos and attracts hordes of tourists every year.

    From Mesonghi we took the western mountain road towards Agios Mattheos and a junction lead us to the castle of Gardiki. Be aware that you follow the signs very carefully, because the fort is surprisingly tucked away near the edge of the road. You come across the fort without much warning and there is only a very small parking lot for 2 or 3 cars.

    The castle at Gardiki is a half-demolished Byzantine fort and if you don't like history or old ruins it's not very interesting. But we like to explore historical sites and visited it.

    Address:
    Fortress of Gardiki.

    Directions:
    Situated at the middle west east side of the island. It is a 21 km drive from the capital of Corfu, Corfu Town.

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    Paleokastritsa

    by jamiema Written Feb 14, 2007

    Don't think the weather always has to be great in Greece to enjoy a day out- the day that we went to Paleokastritsa it was pouring with rain, but we still loved the place and even went for a long swim in the crystal clear waters. One of the highlights of the visit wasn't the beach though, but the beautiful monastery perched above the interlocking coves. The ascent is well worth the effort- on the way up take your time to admire the greenery. We travelled in May and the trees and plant life with their little pink and purple flowers were stunning. On arrival, expect a few others to be there, because unfortunately the monastery is already a little 'discovered' by tourists, but to a damaging effect. Once you've explored the pretty buildings, painted in delicate pastel shades, and maybe even met some of the resident monks, stroll through the gardens full of flora, and take in the fabulous views down to the rocky arches and stacks in the wild coves below, slightly reminiscent of the southern Italian coast with the stunning calm turquoise waters and tumbling bright flowers. Back down at sea level explore some of the beautiful little coves if you have the time; there are so many you may even have one to yourself, especially if it's raining!

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    Kassiopi - The Temple of Zeus?

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 13, 2007

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    Church of Panaghia Kassiopitissa.
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    Before we parked the car we already drove past the Church of Panaghia Kassiopitissa (Church of the Slessed Virgin Kassopitras), which we definately wanted to see. After we parked the car at the beautiful circular harbour it was a good time to take our bearings and try to find out how to get back to the historical Panaghi Kassiopitissa. The church possibly has been built on the place of an ancient temple dedicated to Zeus Kassius. The church was initially destroyed in 1537 by the Turks, but was rebuilt by the Venetians around 1590. We especially liked the icon of the Slessed Virgin and the belfry tower.

    We were very disappointed to hear that we were not allowed to enter the church. We would have loved to do so and feel and witness the vibe of such an historical place. When we were trying to get a glimpse of the inside of the church by walking around it, looking for a window we were addressed by a Greek priest. Although he didn't speak one single word of English it was clear to us that he wanted to show us something. We were luckily surprised that we were allowed to enter his small adjoining parsonage. It was an amazing experience! Probably more than we ever hoped for.

    Address:
    Village of Kassiopi.

    Directions:
    Situated at the north east side of the island. It is a 17 km drive from the capital of Corfu, Corfu Town.

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    Kassiopi - Situated behind olive and fruit-trees.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 13, 2007

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    The central square of Kassiopi.
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    We read in our travel guide that "Kassiopi has the magnificent backdrop of Mount Pantokrator and hills covered with olive groves, vines and citrus plantations. It is a colourful place reached by picturesque coast roads." Quite a discription and for us a good reason to visit it.

    When we drove to Kassiopi by car we observed the little houses of the small villages in the region, situated behind olive and fruit-bearing trees. Kassiopi seemed far away from the tourism and by the time we neared the North East of the island we noticed that the roads started to narrow and bends became worse. It required quite some of mine driving skills, but we made it safe :)

    But once we arrived we concluded that Kassiopi is a picturesque seaside town with a fascinating history which goes way back. In roman times a thriving town stood there which had a port, a theatre and a temple dedicated to Kassioso Zeus. Besides being the largest town in the north of the island of Corfu it has three attractive beaches. So do walk along the many lanes leading into the beautiful surroundings.

    Address:
    Village of Kassiopi.

    Directions:
    Situated at the north east side of the island. It is a 17 km drive from the capital of Corfu, Corfu Town.

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