Corfu Island Off The Beaten Path

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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