Corfu Island Tourist Traps

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Most Recent Tourist Traps in Corfu Island

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    Ipsos and Pirgi - Two notable churches.

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 28, 2007

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    The beautiful church Pantokrator and its murals.

    The large mountain range of Pantokrator covers the beach with its shadow, reminding that the real Corfu still awaits us to be discovered. We took a look around Ipsos village behind the main road and ventured out further with our car visiting the quaint traditional villages set in the hill side behind Ipsos, such as Agios Markos or Ano Korakiana. We drove around with our car and must warn you that the road signs were difficult to read in Greek and asking around doesn't work! We first visited the nearby village of Agios Markos. In this village you're able to have a look at the traditional "kafenia" (coffee-shops) and visit two notable churches.

    The first is Agios Merkourios with its frescos dating back to 1075, considered to be one of the most significant Byzantine monuments on Corfu. The second church is Pantokrator, where we admired the well-preserved murals which dated back till 1576.

    Fun Alternatives: Address:
    Villages of Ipsos and Pirgi

    Directions:
    Situated at the north side of the island. It is a 18 km drive from the capital of Corfu, Corfu Town.

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    • Road Trip

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    Ipsos and Pirgi - All facets of touristic spots!

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 28, 2007

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    The beach between Ipsos and Pirgi.
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    If you like all facets of touristic spots, Ipsos and Pirgi are the places to be! It's one of the most developed touristic settlements on the island. The beach between Ipsos and Pirgi is 1,5 kilometers long and is also known as Christo Mili (Golden Mile), which is very representative. The beach stretches along the roadside and gently curves at the harbour end. It's set against the dramatic backdrop of the hills of the north east of Corfu on the left and to you right accross the sea to Corfu Town. Sea sport instructors, diving, bars and restaurants, hotels and camping-sites are spread out throughout the beach, satisfying every taste.

    When we talked to a local man he told us that it's changing a bit. Especially Ipsos was known as a party resort. You'll find romantic couples and parents with teenagers - who prefer the busier bars and clubs. It's still a very lively resort and the discos and bars will remain, but on the far side of the beach at Pirgi near the harbour it is quieter. Besides that the village behind the main road has some culture to offer and is less hectic.

    Fun Alternatives: Address:
    Villages of Ipsos and Pirgi

    Directions:
    Situated at the north side of the island. It is a 18 km drive from the capital of Corfu, Corfu Town.

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    • Arts and Culture

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    Avoid the All-Inclusives! And their clientele!

    by Corfusian Written Dec 26, 2005

    If you want any taste at all of real Corfiot, and real Greek, life, at all costs, avoid the monstrous "All Inclusives," much favored by the Brits who, apparently, can't or won't do anything on their own. These are vacations planned to the nth degree by large tourism companies, who charge just one price for everything: transportation, lodging, and food. They have bought up many of the once-beautiful properties on Corfu and have built large, monstrous "resorts" which more or less keep the inhabitants there, on the premises, instead of encouraging the inhabitants to explore this beautiful island, eat at local tavernas, and to get to know the locals. The "All-Inclusives" are almost single-handedly responsible for the near ruination of a beautiful land. Luckily, there are some Brits who have finally gotten the picture, but, for the most part, all they want is (a) sun, (b) sea, (c) and cheap food and lodging. They don't care about the dignity or uniqueness of the people, their history, the culture, or anything but the ability to get sozzled in the sun for a cheap price. Bottom-feeders, all. Please do yourself a favor and get yourself to Corfu on your own (there are plenty of cheap flights from most European cities), and then find your own lodging at a charming inn or taverna. You will find your eyes opening to a wonderful way of life, a fabulously beautiful island, some of the best homemade food you could find anywhere, and you will make friends of the Corfiots, who are amongst the friendliest people on the planet. My feeling is, if you want just cheap food, cheap booze, sunshine, and a Howard Johnson's atmosphere, STAY HOME. The Corfiots don't need tourists like that.

    Unique Suggestions: I wouldn't know. I have no experience at "All Inclusives," and have always avoided them at all costs. I am an adventurer and don't need to be led around by a ring in my nose, as the patrons of these places seem to need.

    As I said above, use a little ingenuity and do everything yourself: Book your own flight, find your own lodging (very easy to do, once you get there), find your own rental car, and find your own tavernas and restaurants. You will reap many rewards from this apparently original view of traveling.

    Fun Alternatives: As I said, the alternative is to do everything yourself: Book your own flights, don't bother getting a reservation until you land on the island, nose around a bit, ask around a bit, and you can find any kind of accommodation you please on the island at most times of the year (except maybe July and August, when the island is over-run by tourists, in which case, you wouldn't want to be there anyway!). The Corfiots are exceedingly helpful in all matters and will help anyone find anything s/he needs. The cheaper local tavernas are wonderful, too.

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel

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    Corfu Port

    by texas_bravo Written Sep 19, 2003
    New port of Corfu

    Many people, well almost everyone, arrive on Corfu through the port. One thing to know is that there is much more of Corfu Town to see than just what is around the port.

    Also, be aware of all the hotel runners who work at the port. Many of them will lie about the competition, and not give you a fair representation of what is actually available.

    Fun Alternatives: Be sure to venture to "Old Town".

    See my other tips.

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    Just charge it to my room...

    by pocopato Written Apr 5, 2003

    Not a real trap here... just something to be aware of. At the Pink Palace, they make it really convenient to just charge everything to your room. You just carry your pink card with you at all times and you are set to go. When you check out, all of this adds up and it can be a shock if you just keep charging everything to your room. Though the room prices are really amazing, other things seem rather expensive (I remember laundry seeming adsurd!) so just make sure you keep track of what you put on your card!!!

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    Pink Palace Corfu, a place to run away from

    by spree4three Written Sep 22, 2002

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    Sidari, Canal d'amour...one more beauty on Corfu..

    I met many, soooooooo many people talking to me and saying : Wow I went to Corfu and it is a very nice island...without never having been out of the palace...
    If you wanna party go to many other places on Corfu but it is a shame missing all the magnificence and diversity of this Island which is maybe the most beautiful and for sure the most diverse one...So many flowers, beaches, the old town and it's spianada...
    I think you can chose an other place to party than Corfu, I am Stunt when seeing how many peeps get sucked into the Pink palace and for one week drink Ouzo and eat at set times, get drunk at nite and then miss the check out time the next day cause it is 10 am...and stay there,,, Too bad, please don't do this mistake...
    At least I have warned you...

    Unique Suggestions: Then at least, if you stay there cause your guide book told you so, then try to take some days off and avoid their organised days and rent a scooter and visit some amazing sights close from where you are, as Paléiokastritsa, Pélékas and it's sunsets, Sidari, Kerkyra...
    Don't get stucked at pink pal and get drunk all day, Greece is not about that all the time, it is way too rich and interesting......

    Fun Alternatives: If you want some fun in Corfu but at the same time not to be in s closed area with it's own stores, discos, etc...like the pink palace, then go to Ipsos, Dassia, or Gouvia. Then you will find all the drink *** and Ouzo you want, but no one will tell you when to eat, when to sleep and when to s*#t...

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