Corfu Island Off The Beaten Path

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    Kassiopi - Famous for its handmade lace.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 13, 2007

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    At the pretty little square near the harbour.
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    After all this historical sight seeing we decided that it was time for a refreshment and lunch. Kassiopi has plenty of quieter calmer bars and restaurants, the latter mix of tourist and traditional, with particular good fresh fish thanks to local fishermen. After lunch and a nice cold frapé in the village centre we returned to the harbour area. Despite of being an established resort, Kassiopi still retains something of its fishing village past. Fishermen still work from the harbour alongside flashier modern boats. This local harbour with its pretty little square is today the focal point of the town's social life. We also enjoyed the views out to sea to the Albanian coast.

    We ended up at Agathi's Lace Shop. Greece is famous for its handmade lace and embroidered cotton and there is lots of choice at this shop! We also saw women at work as they made lace tablemats and embroidered tablecloths. When we left the village we said to each other that Kassiopi is still a working historical port and it's an interesting one too!

    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 - Paleo Frouri - Byzantine fortress.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 13, 2007

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    Jeroen and Iris at the entrance of the fort.
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    We can honestly say that Kassiopi is a pretty harbour-side town, still dominated by the impressive ruins of its huge Byzantine fortress. Of course we wanted to see it with our own eyes, but we had some trouble to find our way towards it. Finally we found the path opposite of the church of Panaghia Kassiopitissa (Church of the Slessed Virgin Kassopitras) which took us to the ruined Byzantine fortress. It's abandoned to the whims of nature and the entrance is almost hidden by wild flowers.

    The castle was built in the 14th century by the Angevin conquerors of Corfu. It was built to protect the town and its port and was guarding the sea route from Corfu to the opposite coast. The Venetians finally overran the castle and in revenge razed it almost to the ground, for fear of it falling into enemy hands. Finally the Venetians used the building material to reinforce the castle of the town of Corfu. But it's still worth visiting the remains of the vast walls and gatehouse, because it lead us to a vantage point offering spectacular views over Kassiopi's bay and up to Mount Pantokrator.

    For us a funny fact was that once we were exploring the crumbling walls of this ruin Iris still had the half-demolished Byzantine fort of Gardiki in mind. She therefore looked all around for a goat! Unlucky for her we didn't find one and just enjoyed the views we had at this historical hillside overlooking the town.

    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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    Well as off the track as you can get in Corfu!!

    by chrispy6345 Written Feb 7, 2007

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    Kerasia beach

    Head to the NW of the island. At Sinies turn Right and then first left. Keep going to the fork in the road.
    Turn left and you get to Ag Stefanos - pretty but crowded - carry on through here and you get to Kerasia. Great taverna, great beach, usually quiet.

    Turn right and you reach the lagoon and Avlaki. OK but I got the trots from the taverna on the beach and I can usually eat anything!!!

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    BENITSES.

    by funkymama Written Sep 22, 2006

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    The yachting.
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    A cosmopolitan tourist resort with international fame, Benitses is for many the reason of their visit in Corfu. The once fish village has now turned into a summer resort with many hotel units.
    It is only 12km from the city, located in the south part of Corfu. The tourist foundation of Benitses satisfies all tastes. The region is famous for its nightlife. It has many clubs and bars with greek and foreign music, as and clubs with live music for those wanting to stay up all night dancing.
    The best spot of the village are its beaches with small pebbles that are highly organized and give you the chance to do water sports.
    The region is of big archaeological interest, as in the yards of the families Kapsokavadi and Mprentatou were found the remains of a roman mansion and spa’s with murals.
    It is worth visiting the museum of Sea, built in 1989 by the diver- collector Napoleinta Sagia. There were found shells, corals, sponges, fossils, jaws, etc.

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    The Beach the Locals go to

    by argentia Written May 12, 2005

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    Avoid the mass of tourists and head to Pelekas Beach, where the locals go to relax. I believe it's on the western side of the island. There is a small hotel on the beach and a bar far to one side. It's secluded, quiet (except for faint music from the bar), and absolutely gorgeous.

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    Great Waves and a Quiet Beach!!!

    by Zandra Updated Apr 12, 2004

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    Peroulades, Corfu

    Instead of visiting the crowded beach in Sidhari, drive a little bit further to Peroulades. The beach might not be as nice as in Sidhari, but it has the same cliffs, it is a lot quieter and on a windy day the waves are great here!!! Not recommended for people with disabilities, since one has to walk some steep steps to get down to the beach. Beware of nudists (just look the other way) :-)

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    Taverna Nikolas is most amazing!

    by pocopato Written Apr 5, 2003

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    The finger again!

    During our car adventure exploring Ios, we came across the small beach opening of Agni Bay on the north-east coast of the island. We ended up having a meal at Taverna Nikolas (at the far right hand side of the beach) which was one of my favorite meals in all of Greece and even Europe! Our waiter was the son of Nikolas and they both welcomed us so nicely! The greek salad and tzatziki were amazing and everything on the menu was reasonable priced!! They also insisted we take a gift with us when we left of a bottle of ouzo! The experience here really made my trip to Corfu and I only hope to one day return!

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    The Best Olive Oil on the Planet

    by Chiliweenie Updated Dec 19, 2002

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    Paxos Harbor

    Paxos and Antipaxos, located to the south of Corfu are little jewels to visit. The very best olive oil can be found here. Visit a local olive oil merchant and taste his freshly squeezed oil, taken directly from large vats. You'll never buy store bought again.

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