Corfu Island Sports & Outdoors

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    Aghios Gordios beach, Corfu, Greece

    by apekovic Written Jan 10, 2008

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    High on a cliff, steeped in the fragrance of pine and lemon groves, cypress and sage, Aghios Gordios provides a dramatic view of the bay. Aghios Gordios is on the west coast of the island, near Corfu Town. It nestles at the foot of a dramatic range of coastal hills covered in tall, elegant pine trees. Its bay sweeps gently between two large headlands and boasts a sand and pebble beach. Swimming in its clear, warm waters will wash away any stresses and strains. The resort itself is founded in a rural community where traditional industries - such as fishing and farming - still play a huge part in everyday life. Aghios Gordios is a true gem with a true Greek atmosphere.

    Equipment: However, around the beach it can get quite busy and there are plenty of opportunities for amusement throughout the resort. These include watersports, walking in the stunning hills and even sky diving. The finer things in life are all on offer here too - the local food and a cold glass of 'retzina' - white wine flavoured with pine resin - will delight your tastebuds. The chefs of Aghios Gordios are renowned for using fresh, local produce and for inventive dishes. Don't worry about children being bored - aside from the sea-based fun - there is a water park nearby and plenty of excursions aimed at younger visitors.

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    Dassia beach, Corfu, Greece

    by apekovic Written Jan 10, 2008

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    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.

    Equipment: 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.

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    Glyfada beach, Corfu, Greece

    by apekovic Written Jan 2, 2008

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    Nice golden sandy beach on middle west part of the Corfu Island, Greece. There is a lot of beach sport activities and of course water sports. Very popular place among younger generation. Music from the beach bars is usual.

    Equipment: Balls, beach tennis and scuba diving equipment.

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    Hiking - Where did we hike?

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 27, 2007
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    Like we said; during our hikes we avoided the heavily developed areas and meandered through diverse landscapes, up and over mountain slopes, down through olive groves, along lonely beaches and through picturesque villages.

    For example we hiked:
    North: Kassiopi - Agios Stefanos - Agnitsini;
    East: Perama - Benitzes - Achilleio;
    South: Mountains surrounding Lefkimmi;
    West: Palaiokastritsa - Lakones.

    How better to immerse ourselves in the countryside and the culture, than to walk? The ruins of the castle of Gardiki just peeped out of the weeds along a winding road and an old woman lead a slick-laden donkey down a dusty back road. We also witnessed joyful music spilled out from a bayside taverna and old men punctuate their conversation by waving their pipes outside the kafeneio. Hiking is a must do!

    Equipment: Have a look at Corfu Packing List.

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    Hiking - Discover the many trails.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 27, 2007
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    If you like hiking, Corfu is close to paradise! Walking and admiring the beautiful scenery is one of the most popular activities with visitors today. When walking the inland of the island we discovered the real Corfu. Villagers sitting chatting outside door steps or having a coffee at the local kafeneion. It was amazing and such afun! We had quite some hike spread out over the island and we discovered its many trails. Ancient tracks link villages, passing through a multitude of natural wonders and slipping by forgotten history left hidden in the woods.

    A very good initiative is The Corfu Trail Foundation. This is a non/profit organisation that has created and waymarked a trail and makes every effort towards good maintenance and new infrastructure. The trail is about 220 kilometers long and is very well signposted. It avoids heavily developed areas and we walked some parts of it and especially liked some of the ancient olive trees.

    Equipment: Have a look at Corfu Packing List.

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    Hiking - Unlimited possibilities for hiking.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 27, 2007
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    The island of Corfu offers a number of things to do and activities from walking and hiking to sailing and golfing. Walking holidays are becoming more and more popular, nowadays, and Corfu offers unlimited possibilities for hiking. With its rich flora and fauna, dense vegetation and unspoiled countryside, Corfu is a real paradis for hikers. Except exploring of secret countryside paths, we admired the old villages with its inhabitants, which brought us to a different world.

    If wanderlust grips your spirit, forget about the tourist-laden beaches, the fancy hotels and the nighclubs. We took ourselves to the hiking trails of Corfu and discovered the soul of the island. We noticed that the hiking paths were good of quality and therefore hiking the island is something which is possible to do for everybody! Just drive your car to a nice spot and stroll around. We did not stop hiking when the paths got difficult, because of little Iris (she was almost 2 years young at that time). She enjoyed herself, walked along and whenever she became tired she sat in a special bag at our backs and she also had the time of her life just looking around.

    Equipment: Have a look at Corfu Packing List.

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    Pelekas - Strenous walk towards Kaiser's Throne.

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 11, 2007

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    We first walk down the hill towards the town centre. We strolled past some characteristic houses, painted in vivid colour. After a cappuccino we went back up for a strenous walk towards the plateau on top of the hill, called the Kaiser’s Throne. As we continued up the road it splits in 2 and we went up right. This road winds up the hill with a couple of hairpin bends and eventually we arrived at the parking lot at the top. We walked to the end of the carpark into what seems like a path into the woods. This extended for about 100 meters and then suddenly opened out up onto the viewing point known as Kaiser's Throne.

    It’s name comes from the fact that German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II often climbed up there to admire the sunset. We weren’t there during sunset, but still liked the view we had! On the plateau on the hilltop there is a natural balcony. From here we had a view inland, all the way to the town of Corfu, towards the olive groves to the north and the endless blue of the Ionian Sea. We were able to see as far as the south of the island, all the way up the west coast to Paleokastritsa and east accross to Corfu Town and the Greek and Albanian mainland. We were extremely lucky that we had a clear day and the views were breathtaking.

    Equipment: Have a look at Corfu Packing List.

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    Pelekas - Large number of churches!

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 11, 2007
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    We drove towards Pelekas by car and the fun thing was that once we were near it we could see Pelekas village up on the hill in front of us. When we arrived at Pelekas we past the village square with a few small bars and round the corner. We drove on for a little while and the first thing we noticed was the large number of churches built in Pelekas. This is due to the freedom of religious granted by the Venetians, the piety of the inhabitants and also that most of the churches belonged to guilds or to rich families.

    We parked the car near the Church of St. Nicholas. It’s really a beautiful church, probably made in 1551. The characteristic feauture of the church is the monumental façade, influenced by Italian churches of the 16th century. We also liked the typical tower-like belfry and the ceiling that was decorated with great paintings and frescoes of Heptanesian art.

    As we walked some more through the village we tasted it authentic Greek character and the locals had a great hospitality. The beach lies below the village - about 10 minute walk - and is a wide crescent of sand with sunbeds, showers, toilets and beachfront tavernas.

    Equipment: Have a look at Corfu Packing List.

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    Pelekas - It derives from the word "pelekis".

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 11, 2007

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    Pelekas is a charming and traditional village situated at the top of Corfu's most beautiful hill (272 meters). The houses of the village are painted in different colours and the quaint little streets are perfect for a peaceful walk. You can say that it is spread idyllicaly over the hillside. Once a favourite haunt of backpackers it has now given way to more conventional tourism, though we saw that it was less crowded than other places on the island.

    We learned that it is still unknown where the name Pelekas comes from, although one suggestion is that it derives from the word "pelekis" which was a type of ancient axe, used by the villagers for cutting wood or carving stone. Nor is it known when the village was founded, although the name Pelekas can be found in the historical archives of Corfu as far back as the 16th century and in church records dating from the 17th century.

    Whenever you're reading this Virtual Tourist tip, you're probably wondering why we have classified it under the chapter "sport travel". Well, that's because of the strenous hikes we had at this hillside village.

    Equipment: Have a look at Corfu Packing List.

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    SCUBA DIVING

    by Andreas_Fran Written Jan 29, 2006

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    Corfu is at the forefront of all underwater activities. The island's coastline and bays, its headlands and endless reefs, constitute a paradise in miniature for diving fans of all ages. From June onwards the sea is warm enough for comfortable diving, and whether the aim is to harpoon a fishy nibble to share with friends later, or underwater photography, or just an undersea wander with mask and breathing gear, Corfu's fantastic underwater landscape will not disappoint you. If you hold a diver's certificate you must know that Corfu is one of the few places in Greece where scuba diving is permitted without restriction

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    RIDING

    by Andreas_Fran Written Jan 29, 2006

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    Few places in Greece offer as many opportunities for horse-riding as Corfu. The thick vegetation, the numberless abandoned footpaths, and the customs left behind from the days of the British Protectorate, today offer the rider a uniquely enjoyable experience. Whether you are experienced or a beginner, Corfu's riding clubs can provide you with the right mount and the expert companion who will guide you to the places that only a good horse can reach

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    BICYCLING

    by Andreas_Fran Written Jan 29, 2006

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    These days over 6000 people a year visit Corfu for the sole purpose of a bicycling holiday. Exactly twice that number rent bikes on the spot for several days of their holidays. They all consider Corfu to be a paradise for the enjoyment of their hobby. With a bike, you can go to places otherwise accessible only on foot, you can get the feel of the place and the people, you can experience its peace and tranquility. What is more, even at the height of the season, on the fifteenth of August say, you can find a deserted beach and swim alone. A slow bike ride along shady lanes, the feeling of pleasure as you ride through a stream - these are experiences you must know.

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    WALKING

    by Andreas_Fran Written Jan 29, 2006

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    The lush vegetation, the abandoned villages, the isolated little churches, and the gently undulating countryside, make walking in Corfu exceptionally satisfying. Rare wild flowers, Venetian and Byzantine buildings, 'secret' lakes and little streams, are all to be found on your route as you make you first 'off road' excursion..Several of the island's municipalities have organised networks of footpaths, clearly marked and with resting points, greatly facilitating your rambles through the natural beauty of Corfu.

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    Sports & Recreation

    by Andreas_Fran Written Jan 29, 2006

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    The combination of Corfu's natural wonders, its sea and its history ensure that as today's visitor, whenever you visit the island, wherever you stay, whatever type of person you are, you will find original and interesting ideas for sport and recreation. In a place with at least 130 years of experience in tourism, strongly influenced by the French and British and of course by Venice, in a place accustomed to being the meeting place of the international 'jet-set' for many decades, the opportunities for sports and similar activities are bound to be exciting..

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    Water Sports

    by DUNK67 Updated Nov 10, 2004

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    There is a huge selection of water sports available on the beach at Benitses. You can water ski, paraglide, go on the banana or even be pulled along on a tyre.

    While we were there we went on the tyres which was great fun, I actually managed to stay on all the time but the driver of the boat did his best to knock us off by dragging us over the waves created by the boat.

    Be careful not to get your legs caught in the rope though.

    Equipment: A life jacket is required but that and any other equipment is supplied.

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