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Potamos
Potamos is one of the oldest villages of Corfu. It has taken its name of the river that crosses the houses. It has rich flora and fauna and consists of several churches and old mansions. If there was not the river the name would probably be ‘’the village of Virgin Mary’’ and the reason is the numerous dedications of the churches. The river flows from the West Coast of Pelekas village and ends up in the sea of East Coast and the wide area of Potamos. Potamos is a vivid suburb of Corfu Town. It has restaurants, hotels and some traditional houses. Old and new architecture buildings are totally harmonized and can be a permanent residence for a family as it is close to public schools and access to the sea is only 15 minute drive.
perama
Perama is a popular seaside destination conveniently located 7km south of Corfu Town. Its privileged location makes it a perfect lodging option for visitors who want to be near all the action but not stay right in the middle of the capital's hustle and bustle, especially during the summer months. From Perama, the views to the opposite side of Kanoni are simply amazing. Perama is connected to Kanoni via a footbridge that crosses the Chalikiopoulos Lagoon. Kanoni features two of Corfu's major sights: the Vlacherna Monastery and the Pontikonisi (Mouse Island). These important touristic landmarks have been photographed millions of times and appeared in countless films and TV productions. Locals like to say that if someone comes to the island and doesn't get to see Vlacherna and Pontikonisi, they haven't seen Corfu at all. A walk in this area is a must-take experience. After visiting Vlacherna Monastery, get on board one of the small boats docked at the pier and hop over to the charming Pontikonisi. The surroundings are full of gift shops, lovely restaurants, and coffee shops, where you can enjoy a meal or drink and take in the stunning nature. In Kanoni, don't hesitate to walk the staired path and watch the scenery from an elevated position. The views will reward you. When you cross the footbridge, don't get worried if you hear intense engine sounds approaching. Corfu Airport is situated next to the lagoon, and landing airplanes often fly right over your head! Nearby Beaches Mon Repos Beach Mon Repos is a charming small sandy beach inside Corfu Town, near Garitsa. It is the island's only beach with an admission fee, which is very low and used to maintain the space. Mon Repos is pebbled in the shallow, so a wooden pier is used as an extension for visitors who want to swim in the deep. The beach is usually frequented by locals, students, etc., as its nearby location makes it perfect for a quick swim. The beach is situated at the entrance of the Mon Repos estate, a verdant piece of land that used to be the summer residence of the English Governor of the Ionian Islands. If you feel hungry or thirsty after your swim, there is a shop selling food and drinks under the shade of trees. Things to do and see in the area of Perama, Corfu Achillion Palace The Achillion Palace is just a short 10-min drive from Perama. It is one of the most significant landmarks of Corfu and an impressive sight to see. It was built in Gastouri for the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, also known as Sissi. Sissi sought refuge in Achillion to escape her life's tragedies. A year before the palace was constructed, she had lost her son, Prince Rudolph of Austria. The palace was designed by Italian architect Rafaelle Caritto. Sissi was a known philhellene who admired to a great extent Greece and its culture. So, inspiration was drawn from Greek mythology. Ernst Herter, a famous German sculptor, was commissioned to create works of art that paid homage to Achilles, who the palace took its name after. His sculpture Dying Achilles is the centerpiece of the estate's gardens. After Sissi's death, German Kaiser Wilhelm II purchased Achillion to use it as a summer residence. After World War I, it became the property of the Greek state. After 20 years of leasing as a casino (1962-1983), the palace returned to the Hellenic Tourism Organization and now operates as a museum. Kaiser's Bridge Located just below the Achillion estate, Kaiser's Bridge is an architectural marvel. German Emperor Wilhelm II, known as "Kaiser", had it built after acquiring the Achillion Palace from Austrian Empress Sissi at the beginning of the 20th century. The Bridge connected the lower part of the Achillion gardens with the beach. The Kaiser used it to take his swims in privacy and welcome his honorable guests arriving at the pier. The Bridge formed an arch over the road that passes beneath it. The arch was blown up by the Nazis during the island's German occupation so that their vehicles could cross the point without height restrictions. Accommodation in Perama, Corfu Due to its location, Perama offers a wealth of accommodation options, such as luxury hotels, villas, apartments, and rooms to let.
Nissaki
Nissaki is a serene seaside village 25km from Corfu Town. It is the ideal base for those who want to spend a relaxing holiday in Corfu's beautiful northeastern coastal zone. Located at the point where the eastern slopes of Mount Pantokrator begin, it is the gateway to an area of lush vegetation and stunning bays with crystal clear waters reflecting the green color of the trees. According to tradition, Nissaki (meaning "small island" in Greek) was once a tiny rocky island. Eventually, it was united with the mainland. In the main settlement, there are all amenities visitors might need, such as supermarkets, ATMs, pharmacies, and car rental outlets. The beach of Nissaki is a postcard-perfect scenery. It has small pebbles and turquoise water. The olive trees of the surrounding hills descend to the water's edge. The beach is fully organized, with sunbeds and umbrellas for rent, as well as watersport facilities. The rich seabed of Nissaki attracts many snorkeling lovers. At the nearby piers, you will often see yachters who visit the area on their boats to take a refreshing swim in the crystalline waters and enjoy fresh fish and local delicacies at the bay's traditional tavernas and restaurants. If you happen to be in the area on June 14th, do not miss the traditional religious celebrations at the settlement's church, Agioi Pantes. This colorful combination of food, Corfiot music, and dance will create a memory of a lifetime for you. Nearby beaches Agni Beach The pristine environment of Agni is not to be missed by anyone who wishes to spend their day at the shore of a small piece of paradise. This small pebble beach and harbor is nestled in a lush green area, with vegetation reaching down to the sea. The waters deepen steeply, and in combination with the available diving facilities, the bay of Agni, with its rich marine life, is ideal for scuba and snorkeling. There are a few sunbeds and umbrellas for rent, but Agni is largely unspoiled. Until a few years ago, it was accessible mainly by sea, as land access was possible through pathways. The wooden piers stretching into the sea were built to facilitate visitors who visited the area by boat to enjoy its tranquility and seclusion. Agni is also famous to locals and tourists for its seaside tavernas, serving superb fresh fish, delicious seafood, and Corfiot specialties. Kaminaki Beach Kaminaki is located right to the north of Nissaki. It is a small pebble beach with turquoise waters and lush vegetation all around that creates an idyllic landscape. Kaminaki is not one of the famous beaches in this part of Corfu, so it is never too crowded. The daring bathers who will not hesitate to take the slightly steep road leading to the beach will be rewarded with a haven of tranquility and natural beauty. The beach has some sunbeds and umbrellas for rent, while boat rentals are also available for trips to the nearby shores. Krouzeri Beach A short drive after Nissaki, on the way to Kassiopi, you will find the popular beach of Krouzeri. Krouzeri has been awarded the Blue Flag for the cleanliness and quality of its waters. The large beach features a combination of golden sand and fine pebbles, and the verdant hill right behind it adds bonus points to its charm. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for rent. There are watersport options, and after your swim, you can taste local specialties at one of the shore's tavernas. Things to do and see in the area of Nissaki, Corfu The incredibly picturesque fishing harbor of Kouloura Right after Kalami, you will come upon the scenic bay of Kouloura, one of Corfu's most photographed spots. The green bay is surrounded by cypress trees that sweep down to the sea, almost touching the fishing and sailing boats tied to the settlement's horseshoe-shaped harbor. The setting is so picturesque that it makes visitors think the time has stood still. At the edge of the harbor, a few steps lead up to the beautiful chapel of Agios Nikolaos (Petra). In 1085 AD, an Italian ship carrying the holy relic of Agios Nikolaos stopped at Kouloura because of bad weather conditions on its way to Italy. Next to the harbor, the walk takes you to Villa Anieli, a luxurious and very famous mansion. The Venetians built it as a fortress against raids, and during its years of existence, it has hosted many blue bloods and aristocrats from all over Europe. There are no other amenities or buildings in Kouloura except for a fish taverna. On the hills towering the bay, many luxury villas welcome mainly wealthy people who come to spend their holidays in this serene environment. Accommodation in Nissaki, Corfu On the verdant hills towering the bay of Nissaki and the surrounding coves, there are many hotels, villas for rent, holiday apartments, and studios.
Lefkimmi
Lefkimmi is the second-largest settlement of Corfu, located 40km south of Corfu Town. Lying at the southern tip of the island, it is the center of activities for this area. Modern-day Lefkimmi has essentially resulted from the unification of five villages (Riglades, Anaplades, Agioi Theodoroi, Melikia, and Potami) and consists of three neighborhoods: Ano (Upper) Lefkimmi, Lefkimmi (or Potami), and Melikia. Lefkimmi is set in a fertile plain full of olive trees and vineyards. To a large extent, it has remained untouched by mass tourism, so it retains its traditional identity and allure. It gives a feeling of a past era, and it is not uncommon to see women balancing pots on their heads and men carrying goods on their donkeys in the streets. A stroll through the narrow paved streets of Lefkimmi will amaze you with the old merchants’ mansions and cottages, the Venetian-style buildings, the small squares, and the elaborate churches all over town. Lefkimmi is also called Potami (river), as a river that flows into the nearby Bouka beach runs through it. The paved piers are lined with bakeries, restaurants, tavernas, and coffee shops. The cuisine served here is purely traditional, so you can rest assured you will be treated with a genuine Corfiot welcome. The wooden boats of local fishermen moored along the banks create a very picturesque sight. Lefkimmi is a port town. Corfu’s second port of operation connects Lefkimmi to Igoumenitsa on the opposite mainland coast. The journey lasts just 1 hour, and it is the most affordable way to reach Corfu. The town is also a religious attraction. The monastery of Kyra ton Aggelon (“Lady of the Angels”), built in 1696, is a necessary stop for pilgrims. The Church of Agios Isavros in Melikia contains beautiful frescoes and icons from the 16th century. Agios Arsenios is famous for the remains of the homonymous saint, kept in a silver shrine. Lefkimmi is also the place where a brave rescue operation took place in World War II. When a Lancaster bomber crashed in the area, locals rescued the crew, sheltered them, and led them to Kontokali, under the nose of the German occupation forces, where a British submarine took them to safety. Nearby beaches Bouka Beach If you follow the road that goes along the river of Lefkimmi, 1.5km further, you will reach Bouka Beach. The beach is located next to the river’s estuary. Bouka is small and sandy, with shallow waters. It is not very developed. On the shore, there is only a refreshment spot and a few sunbeds and umbrellas for rent. Vegetation on the back provides natural shade to bathers. Local families with children mainly prefer the beach. Alikes Beach Alikes is situated next to the famous salt marshes of Lefkimmi, a place of great natural and cultural significance. The location was made available to the public after 1988 when the salt mines closed. Alikes beach is sandy, shallow, and pristine. It has no tourism infrastructure and caters to the needs of those looking for a pure natural environment without any human intervention. Molos Beach Molos Beach, a locals’ favorite, lies 2k north of Lefkimmi, in front of the namesake settlement. This long beach has fine sand and small pebbles. The few hotels on the shore provide sunbeds and umbrellas for rent. Along the coast and in the settlement, you can find tavernas serving delicious local specialties. Things to do and see in the area of Lefkimmi, Corfu The magical wetland of Alikes (salt marshes) Alikes is a former industrial site that turned into a precious ecosystem hosting many flora and avifauna species. The 500-acre area used to be the largest salt mines operating on the island. The production of salt started in the 14th century and continued until 1988. During the Venetian rule, two warehouses were built for the storage of salt. Nowadays, the warehouses have been fully restored and constitute an essential landmark on the site. If you take a walk around the salt marshes, you will notice the remnants of the exploitation, such as the ditches and corridors of the pans and some wagons used to transport the salt. Today, Alikes is a paradise for nature worshippers and hikers. The incredibly biodiverse wetland, protected by the Natura 200 network, includes many plants like orchids and tamarisks, while it is a significant supply area for flamingos, egrets, and other migratory birds. The birds use Alikes as a stopover on their journey. Accommodation in Lefkimmi, Corfu In Lefkimmi, you can stay in various hotels, villas, apartments, and other holiday rentals.
Kontokali
Kontokali is the nearest resort to the north of Corfu Town, located just 5km away. It is set on a lush peninsula. Being in the middle of one of Corfu's most developed areas, it has all kinds of infrastructure destined for visitors, such as hotels, holiday rentals, bars, and restaurants. Due to its proximity to the city center, Kontokali is gradually becoming a suburb of Corfu Town. Many people choose the area for their permanent residence, while supermarkets, gas stations, and various stores on the main road provide all necessary amenities. Kontokali has a Blue Flag awarded beach in front of the settlement. It is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas. The beach has soft sand and small pebbles, while the waters are clear and shallow, making it a good choice for the safety of children. There is a large hotel on the beach, and visitors can use its facilities, like the beach bar, the restaurant, and the showers. The location offers views to the uninhabited islet of Lazaretto, which is just across, and the Old Fortress of Corfu in the distance. Kontokali was named after Christoforos Kontokalis, a shipowner and captain during the Venetian rule. His contribution to the Battle of Lepanto got him awarded the estate by the Venetians. Nearby beaches Alikes Located 4km from Corfu Town, Alikes is a sandy and secluded beach with clear waters that are shallow enough for children to play safely. A patch of juniper trees divides it in half: the north section is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, while the south is pure nature. On the main road that passes through Alikes, there are all amenities needed for visitors, such as shops, restaurants, tavernas, and bars. Alikes is located right in the middle of one of Corfu's most touristic zones, along with the neighboring resorts of Gouvia and Dassia to the north. The area offers a vast array of water sports, yachting, scuba diving, and accessible sports facilities for everyone to use. There are also superb dining options, specializing in fresh fish and delicious Corfiot specialties, such as pastitsada (beef or rooster with pasta) and bourdeto (fish cooked in a spicy tomato sauce). On the south side of the beach, the Potamos River empties into the Ionian Sea, creating an important wetland. During the Venetian rule, the Venetians operated salt pans here. This is what the place took its name from, as "Alikes" means salt pans. They distributed the produce to their colonies on the Dalmatian Coast. Gouvia Beach Gouvia is a small, organized beach with sunbeds and umbrellas for rent. It has pebbles and sand, and the waters are shallow, so swimming is perfectly safe for small children. There are watersports facilities for a fun day under the sun for those who want to get their adrenaline pumping. Plus, boats depart from Gouvia, offering excursions to nearby locations and beaches. Things to do and see in the area of Kontokali, Corfu The Gouvia Marina This private marina, which has a 12,000-berth capacity, occupies an area of 3,500 sq.m. and is always packed with boats and yachts coming from every corner of the world. Gouvia Marina is one of the most cosmopolitan spots of Corfu and offers various high-quality facilities and services. Besides the restaurants, cafés and bars available, where you can spend a relaxing day or evening overlooking the sea and the countless vessels, there are also showers, toilets, changing rooms, and washing machines. For boat owners, repair and maintenance services are also provided, such as power washing and painting. The marina is open all year round, 24 hours a day. The Capodistrias Museum At a short car ride from Kyra Chrisikou, near the village of Evropouloi, lies the important Capodistrias Museum. It is situated within the Capodistrias family estate in Koukouritsa. The museum is dedicated to Corfiot Ioannis Capodistrias, the first governor of Greece. Ioannis Capodistrias, a predominant figure of European politics, got in charge of the newly-liberated Greek State after the War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire in the early 19th century and began an effort to create a modern state, to the standards of the era's European countries. He was assassinated in Nafplio in 1831. The museum's permanent exhibition features personal belongings of Capodistrias, family memorabilia, and various other artifacts. After your visit, you can unwind at the estate's botanical garden and have a refreshing drink at the museum's café. There is also a gift shop selling original souvenirs. Accommodation in Kontokali, Corfu Kontokali is located in one of the most developed tourist areas of Corfu. Accommodation options are endless, with all-inclusive hotels, villas, apartments, and rooms to let.
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Situated just 8 km away from Corfu Town Kyra Chrisikou is a tranquil area. This housing estate belongs to Municipality of Corfu and its name originates from Lady Chrysikou where her mansion is known in the wide area. The location favors of rural growth and through years has been the main income of the inhabitants. Nowadays, Kyra Chrysikou boasts of luxury properties and stunning views of Gouvia and Kommeno bay. It is accessible from Corfu Town within a few minute drive and very close to touristic Gouvia and Kontokali villages. Ideal location for those seeking tranquility and not fart from the vivid Town.
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Locals boast of having one of the most beautiful villages in Corfu and visitors favourite destination. Kinopiastes is located just 12 kms away from Corfu Town. One of the most visited tavernas in Corfu is located in Kinopiastes. A modern cafe for the youth respecting tradition as well as a ‘’kafeneion’’. Water source of Kinopiastes is rumoured to be the best in the island. Moreover, women and youth are very keen on promoting Corfiot culture and tradition.
Kerasia, Corfu
Kerasia lies 2.5km south of Agios Stefanos Sinies, 33km from Corfu Town. It is a typical scenery of the northeast side of Corfu, with Mount Pantokratoras as a backdrop: an amazing coast with blue and green crystal clear waters, white pebbles, stunning coves, and tree lines behind it, all the way up to the lush slopes. Kerasia is a haven of calmness and seclusion away from the massive crowds. Although it is very close to the busy settlement of Kassiopi, it manages to retain its tranquility and relaxed vibe. On the beach, there is a bar and a taverna if you feel hungry after your swim. It offers a sense of seclusion, and it is no wonder that many wealthy people, including the famous Rothschild family, have decided to have their luxury villa built here. The Rothchild estate has hosted members of the British Royal Family in the past, plus other celebrities. It was one of Princess Diana’s favorite summer retreats, and Prince Charles and Camilla have also stayed here. Nearby beaches Avlaki Beach To the north of Kerasia, near Kassiopi, you will come upon the quiet bay of Avlaki. It is a beach of large white pebbles that unforgettably reflect the sun, clear blue waters, and endless greenery around. If you are not a fan of sandy beaches and are looking for a place of unspoiled, pristine nature, Avlaki is the right choice for you. On the beach, there are the basic amenities, and also a school for sailing and windsurfing. Agni Beach The pristine environment of Agni is not to be missed by anyone who wishes to spend their day at the shore of a small piece of paradise. This small pebble beach and harbor is nestled in a lush green area, with vegetation reaching down to the sea. The waters deepen steeply, and in combination with the available diving facilities, the bay of Agni, with its rich marine life, is ideal for scuba and snorkeling. There are a few sunbeds and umbrellas for rent, but Agni is largely unspoiled. Until a few years ago, it was accessible mainly by sea, as land access was possible through pathways. The wooden piers stretching into the sea were built to facilitate visitors who visited the area by boat to enjoy its tranquility and seclusion. Agni is also famous to both locals and tourists for its seaside tavernas, serving superb fresh fish, delicious seafood, and Corfiot specialties. Kalami Beach The beach of Kalami is situated right underneath the namesake settlement, which became famous thanks to the English writer Lawrence Durrell who lived here in the 30s. It lies 28km north of Corfu Town. Kalami is one of the most popular seaside resorts in this part of Corfu. The Blue Flag awarded beach has small pebbles and crystal clear waters that reflect the green of the pine and cypress trees, which are abundant in the surrounding area. It is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas for rent. At the same time, there are watersports facilities allowing visitors to spend a fun day in the water, doing canoeing, water skiing, SUP, pedalo, wakeboarding, and more. In the village, guests can find all amenities, like supermarkets, gift shops, and pharmacies. Kalami is also rich in dining options, with many tavernas, restaurants, coffee shops, and bars, many of which are on the shore. Things to do and see in the area of Kerasia, Corfu The incredibly picturesque fishing harbor of Kouloura Shortly after Kalami, you will come upon the scenic bay of Kouloura, one of Corfu’s most photographed spots. The green bay is surrounded by cypress trees that sweep down the sea, almost touching the fishing and sailing boats tied to the settlement’s horseshoe-shaped harbor. The setting is so picturesque that it makes visitors think time has stood still. At the edge of the harbor, a few steps lead up to the beautiful chapel of Agios Nikolaos (Petra). In 1085 AD, an Italian ship carrying the holy relic of Agios Nikolaos stopped at Kouloura because of bad weather conditions on its way to Italy. Next to the harbor, the walk takes you to Villa Anieli, a luxurious and very famous mansion. The Venetians built it as a fortress against raids, and during its years of existence, it has hosted many blue bloods and aristocrats from all over Europe. In Kouloura, there is a fish tavern serving excellent seafood. On the hills towering the bay, many luxury villas welcome mainly wealthy people who come to spend their holidays in this serene environment. Accommodation in Kerasia, Corfu Being a secluded area, Kerasia mainly offers luxury villas and apartments for accommodation.
Kavos
Kavos is located at the southern tip of the island, 45km from Corfu Town. The settlement lies south of Lefkimmi, Corfu’s second largest town in population. Over the last decades, Kavos has witnessed intense development and has come to be a place with entertainment for all tastes and an interesting nightlife. There are bars, clubs, and discos, guaranteeing a fun night out for everyone. Along the village’s streets, snack bars and food outlets are open 24/7 if those late-night munchies kick in. Kavos beach is a sandy, 2km-long shore facing the settlement, with clean and shallow waters. It is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas for rent. As everything revolves around fun, there are plenty of sea sports facilities, from pedalos to inflatable rides and water skiing. Other activities, such as bungee jumping and go-kart, are also available. If you fancy going for swims early in the morning, you will enjoy a peaceful environment with incredible views to the opposite coast of Epirus. Also, if you like excursions, you can reserve your place for an organized sea tour to the amazing island of Paxos or the stunning beaches of Epirus across the Ionian Sea, like Sivota. Nearby beaches Gardenos Beach Gardenos, the beachside settlement of the beautiful traditional nearby village Vitalades, is one of the most impressive beaches on the island. It is located on the southwest coast of Corfu, 35km from Corfu Town. Gardenos is a marvel of nature and a delightful sight for visitors. The idyllic sandy beach is split into two parts by the namesake river that flows into the sea. It is surrounded by a steep mountainous backdrop and sheer cliffs, which give the spot a wild beauty. The beach stretches for about 2.5km. Its sand has a lighter shade of gold, and the crystal clear waters are relatively shallow, deepening gradually. This allows families with children to spend a carefree day on the shore. Not overrun by excessive tourism, Gardenos is a true hidden gem for the daring ones who will not hesitate to drive a few extra miles to discover an unspoiled paradise of calmness, relaxation, stunning nature, and easy living. Nevertheless, the lack of overtourism does not mean that the location lacks the amenities visitors need for a day to remember at the beach. Gardenos is easily accessible by car, and parking space is plentiful. There are sunbeds and umbrellas for rent, showers, and watersport facilities. By the beach, you will find charming tavernas serving local delicacies and coffee bars for a refreshing pit stop after your swim. And when daylight begins to fade away, you will experience a majestic sunset, witnessing the sun drop into the blue waters of the Ionian Sea. Megali Lakka Beach Megali Lakka is a large sandy beach and the natural continuation of Gardenos to the south. The only way to get there is by passing through Gardenos. Megali Lakka is not organized. Having that in mind, you would better have with you all necessities, like water and umbrellas, if you choose to visit it for a swim. Marathias Beach Marathias, taking its name from the village behind it, is a long, sandy Blue Flag beach with translucent waters. It is fully organized, offering sunbeds and various watersports activities. The beach attracts many people in the summer, but it is never overcrowded due to its length (4km). Its shallow waters make it ideal for children too. Along the coast, many tavernas offer delicious local and Greek cuisine. Agia Varvara Beach Agia Varvara, also known as Malta, is a natural continuation of Marathias to the south. It is a long beach with fine golden sand, which never feels overcrowded during the busiest summer months. There are always more isolated spots where you can enjoy your swim away from the large crowds. Agia Varvara is fully organized with sunbeds and umbrellas for rent and sea sports. On the beach, there are various bars where you can enjoy your coffee or drink, while the seaside restaurants and tavernas offer fresh fish and many local delicacies. Accommodation in Kavos, Corfu Due to the preferences of people choosing to spend their holidays in Kavos, the area mainly boasts large, all-inclusive hotels. Nevertheless, there are also rooms to let, studios, and apartments.
Gouvia
Located just 8km off Corfu Town and built around the large Govino Bay, Gouvia is a modern small village and one of the most vibrant and developed tourist resorts on the island. It is particularly popular with young people, as it offers great nightlife and endless entertainment options. Gouvia is fully equipped with all the amenities a visitor needs. The two main roads of the resort feature supermarkets, pharmacies, gift shops, jewelry shops, clothing outlets, as well as car and bike rental companies. One of the things that make Gouvia stand out compared to other areas is its vibrant culinary scene. Besides the establishments serving local traditional recipes, there are also Italian, Mexican, Thai, Chinese, and British restaurants. And when the sun sets, tourists can enjoy their drinks and have fun with their friends at one of the nightclubs, bars, cocktail joints, and pubs scattered around the settlement. Gouvia also has a small, organized beach with sunbeds and umbrellas for rent. It has pebbles and sand, and the waters are shallow, so swimming is perfectly safe for small children. There are watersports facilities for a fun day under the sun for those who would like to get their adrenaline pumping. Plus, boats depart from Gouvia, offering excursions to nearby locations and beaches. Last but not least, the south part of Gouvia bay is dominated by the impressive Gouvia Marina. This private marina, which has a 12,000-berth capacity, occupies an area of 3,500 sq.m. and is always packed with boats and yachts coming from every corner of the world. Gouvia Marina is one of the most cosmopolitan spots of Corfu and offers various high-quality facilities and services. Besides the restaurants, cafés and bars available, where you can spend a relaxing day or evening overlooking the sea and the countless vessels, there are also showers, toilets, changing rooms, and washing machines. For boat owners, repair and maintenance services are also provided, such as power washing and painting. The marina is open all year round, 24 hours a day. Nearby beaches Kontokali Beach Kontokali is a Blue Flag awarded beach in proximity to Corfu Town (5km), in front of the namesake settlement. It is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas. The beach has soft sand and small pebbles, while the waters are clear and shallow, making it a good choice for the safety of children. There is a large hotel on the beach and visitors can use its facilities, like the beach bar, the restaurant, and the showers. The location offers views to the uninhabited islet of Lazaretto, which is just across, and the Old Fortress of Corfu in the distance. Alikes Located 4km from Corfu Town, Alikes is a sandy and secluded beach with clear waters that are shallow enough for children to play safely. A patch of juniper trees divides it in half: the north section is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, while the south is pure nature. On the main road that passes through Alikes, there are all amenities needed for visitors, such as shops, restaurants, tavernas, and bars. Alikes is located right in the middle of one of Corfu's most touristic zones, along with the neighboring resorts of Gouvia and Dassia to the north. The area offers a vast array of water sports, yachting, scuba diving, and accessible sports facilities for everyone to use. There are also superb dining options, specializing in fresh fish and delicious Corfiot specialties, such as pastitsada (beef or rooster with pasta) and bourdeto (fish cooked in a spicy tomato sauce). On the south side of the beach, the Potamos River empties into the Ionian Sea, creating an important wetland. During the Venetian rule, the Venetians operated salt pans here. This is what the place took its name from, as "Alikes" means salt pans. They distributed the produce to their colonies on the Dalmatian Coast. Things to do and see in the area of Gouvia, Corfu The Venetian Shipyard In 1537, the Turkish fleet, lead by Hayreddin Barbarossa, tried to besiege the area of Gouvia. The attempt was not successful. In the 18th century, after a similar effort, the Venetians who ruled the island at the time decided to fortify Gouvia, building the shipyard and using the bay as their port and arsenal. Today, the ruins of the shipyard are located just behind Gouvia Marina. The surviving columns, walls, and arches create a unique spectacle. Photography lovers will adore the attraction, as the sun rays passing through the arches make fantastic photo ops. Accommodation in Gouvia, Corfu The majority of accommodation in Gouvia is provided by large hotels, located either in the settlement or by the beach. There are also many rooms to let, studios, and apartments.
Benitses
Located 12km south of Corfu Town, on the road to Lefkimmi, Benitses is a picturesque fishing village that turned into a spectacular seaside tourist resort without losing its traditional character and authentic beauty. It was in the '70s that tourism started booming in the area. Before that, Benitses was a sleepy village, which lived from fishing and olive oil production. Growing tourism turned the settlement into a cosmopolitan hub, the first of its kind on Corfu. In the present day, Benitses is a hotspot combining all modern amenities with stunning nature and a great outdoors. The village's beach is not very big, but it is beautiful and fully organized with sunbeds, umbrellas, and watersport facilities. Due to the abundant presence of the aquatic plant "Posidonia" in the area, which filters harmful substances, the waters of Benitses are among the cleanest ones in the Mediterranean. This beach is also of historical importance, as it was the favorite swimming spot of Emperor Wilhelm II (the "Kaiser") at the beginning of the 20th century. The crystal clear waters of Benitses provide fresh fish of top quality. The village is world-famous for its fish taverns. During the summer season, many visitors flock to Benitses marina with yachts and sailing boats to taste the incredible fish and dive in the refreshing waters. Besides sea life, Benitses is also renowned for its verdant natural surroundings. It is a hiker's paradise, with trails leading to spots of unparalleled beauty, featuring waterfalls, streams, bridges, and lush vegetation. Wanderers will also come upon the ruins of a Roman villa with baths. On the floor of the villa, there is a colorful mosaic with geometric shapes. Benitses Nearby Beaches Agios Gordios Agios Gordios is a top-rated beach on the west coast of Central Corfu. It is sandy with azure waters. It is fully organized with umbrellas and sunbeds. Along the coast, there is a selection of tavernas that serve delicious cuisine. The beach took its name from the homonymous saint, the area's patron. What makes Agios Gordios genuinely unique is the stunning lush green backdrop of the mountain just behind the beach, which creates a beautiful contrast with the turquoise waters and the golden sand. At the southern tip of the beach, there is a rock in the sea called Ortholithi. Gazing it from afar, it is impressive as it looks like a sunk ship. Agios Ioannis Peristeron Agios Ioannis Peristeron is a 2.5km-long beach, 4km south of Benitses. Located in a tranquil setting, away from crowds, the beach is half sand, half small pebbles. Besides the long stretches, there are also small coves for those looking for more privacy. Agios Ioannis Peristeron is partially organized, with sunbeds and umbrellas on one side only. It also covers people seeking thrills during their beach day, with inflatable rides in the water, scuba diving, jet-skiing, and much more. There are numerous taverns and restaurants right on the beach, allowing you to try fresh seafood and local specialties on the waves. Things to do and see in the area of Benitses, Corfu Achillion Palace The Achillion Palace is just a short 5-min drive from Benitses. It is one of the most significant landmarks of Corfu and an impressive sight to see. It was built in Gastouri for the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, also known as Sissi. Sissi sought refuge in Achillion in an effort to escape her life's tragedies. A year before the palace was constructed, she had lost her son, Prince Rudolph of Austria. The palace was designed by Italian architect Rafaelle Caritto. Sissi was a known philhellene who admired to a great extent Greece and its culture. So, inspiration was drawn from Greek mythology. Ernst Herter, a famous German sculptor, was commissioned to create works of art that paid homage to Achilles, who the palace took its name after. His sculpture Dying Achilles is the centerpiece of the estate's gardens. After Sissi's death, Achillion was purchased by German Kaiser Wilhelm II to be used as a summer residence. After World War I, it became the property of the Greek state. After 20 years of leasing as a casino (1962-1983), the palace returned to the Hellenic Tourism Organization and now operates as a museum. Kaiser's Bridge Located just below the Achillion estate, Kaiser's Bridge is an architectural marvel. German Emperor Wilhelm II, known as "Kaiser", had it built after acquiring the Achillion Palace from Austrian Empress Sissi, at the beginning of the 20th century. The Bridge connected the lower part of the Achillion gardens with the beach. The Kaiser used it to take his swims in privacy and welcome his honorable guests arriving at the pier. The Bridge formed an arch over the road that passes beneath it. The arch was blown up by the Nazis during the island's German occupation so that their vehicles could cross the point without height restrictions. Accommodation in Benitses, Corfu Being a cosmopolitan resort, Benitses offers a wealth of accommodation options for those wishing to stay in the area, such as luxury hotels, studios, villas, and apartments.
Alikes
Alikes is a seaside location just off Corfu Town (4k), a 10-minute drive away. In fact, it is so close that many people consider it to be the northern edge of town rather than a separate settlement. Alikes is an ideal base for those who want to be close to everything without sacrificing their calmness by staying in the bustling capital. As it is situated on the national road going to Paleokastritsa, all parts of the island, both northbound and southbound, are easily accessible. The beach of Alikes is sandy and secluded, with clear waters that are shallow enough for children to play safely. A patch of juniper trees divides it in half: the north section is the organized part with sunbeds and umbrellas, while the south one is pure nature. On the main road that passes through Alikes, there are all amenities needed for visitors, such as shops, restaurants, tavernas, and bars. Alikes is located right in the middle of one of Corfu's most touristic zones, along with the neighboring resorts of Gouvia and Dassia to the north. The area offers a vast array of water sports, yachting, scuba diving, and accessible sports facilities for everyone to use. There are also superb dining options, specializing in fresh fish and delicious Corfiot specialties, such as pastitsada (beef or rooster with pasta) and bourdeto (fish cooked in a spicy tomato sauce). On the south side of the beach, the Potamos River empties into the Ionian Sea, creating an important wetland. During the Venetian rule, the Venetians operated salt pans here. This is what the place took its name from, as "Alikes" means salt pans. They distributed the produce to their colonies on the Dalmatian Coast. Nearby Βeaches in Alikes Mon Repos Beach Mon Repos is a charming small sandy beach inside Corfu Town, near Garitsa. It is the island's only beach with an admission fee, which is very low and used for the maintenance of the space. Mon Repos is pebbled in the shallow, so a wooden pier is used as an extension for visitors who want to swim in the deep. The beach is usually frequented by locals, students, etc., as its nearby location makes it perfect for a quick swim. The beach is situated at the entrance of the Mon Repos estate, a verdant piece of land that used to be the summer residence of the English Governor of the Ionian Islands. If you feel hungry or thirsty after your swim, there is a shop selling food and drinks under the shade of trees. Kontokali Beach Kontokali is a Blue Flag awarded beach in proximity to Corfu Town (5km), in front of the namesake settlement. It is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas. The beach has soft sand and small pebbles, while the waters are clear and shallow, making it a good choice for the safety of children. There is a large hotel on the beach and visitors can use its facilities, like the beach bar, the restaurant, and the showers. The location offers views to the uninhabited islet of Lazaretto, which is just across, and the Old Fortress of Corfu in the distance. Gouvia Beach Just north of Kontokali, you will find the beach of Gouvia. This small beach is sandy, and the waters are shallow. It is located along a horseshoe-shaped bay, which keeps it calm and protected from the winds. There are umbrellas and sunbeds for rent. All kinds of watersports are available here, while you can also hire a boat and go on a small tour around the other beaches of Corfu's northeast side. Things to do and see in the area of Alikes, Corfu Aqualand Water Park If you feel like spending a day with great fun, adrenaline, and relaxation, look no further than Aqualand Water Park. Aqualand is 14km west of Corfu Town, on the national road to Pelekas, right after Agios Ioannis's village. It is one of the biggest water parks in Europe, with 51 slides, 11 pools, and various outlets for food and shopping. With daily passes on offer, the entire family can spend an incredible day of amusement and unwinding at Aqualand. If you are after thrills, try some of the wilder rides, or simply cool down and let the sun kiss you at the Lazy River. Accommodation in Alikes, Corfu Various nice hotel units are available for your stay in Alikes. There are also studios and apartments.
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