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Corfu beaches: Sidari - Sidari is situated on a very pretty and picturesque beach with beautiful rockformations, and this has changed the village into a popular holiday destination. It is less crowded that in the villages around Corfu town, but still there is a vibrant nightlife, because there are plenty of bars and places where you can go to in the evenings. The (rather quiet) main road runs along the beach. Between the beach and the road there are tavernas and shops and these stop most of the noise from the cars and the other traffic. There is a variety in hotels to pick from, most of them being small family hotels. Really large hotels are not to be found in Sidari (yet). Besides these hotels there are some villas and orchards. Sidari has got many coves where you can find beaches. Along the coastline there are a lot of bays. In the direct surroundings of Sidari you can see the remains of one of the most ancient settlements on Corfu that is uncovered (dating from 7000 BC). The best known place in Sidari is the "Canal d'Amour", where the waves of the sea have in time turned a tunnel in the soft sandstone into a canal. Around this canal there are several fairytales made up, like "when you swim though it when it is in the shade you will allways be happy in love, every couple that swims through it together when it is in the shade will allways stay together, and every women that swims through it will find the partner of her dreams". Men obviously can swimm till they drown, but it is not going to help them find the love of their live. Discrmination? I don't know. Off course it sounds like a lot of non sense for me, the sober Dutch one, but it never hurts to do a bit of swimming and it is good for your health, so why not?

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Corfu beaches: Agios Stefanos - Not to be confused with the beach / village with the same name in the northeast of Corfu. The village is also known as San Stefano and it is a perfect place for those people that like their holiday to be quiet. Agios Stefanos is a fishermens village where the Greek wooden boats are laying in the bay. At the beach there are a few tavernas to be found. The village is situated at the northeast point of the island Corfu and there can be some wind from time to time. This is why it has become a popular destination for windsurfers. There are not so many hotels and other kinds of accommodation yet. from Agios Stefanos thers is a busservice to Sidari and from there towards Corfu town. The ride takes about two hours in total and during the summer this bus goes five times a day. Agios Stefanos is quite a large beach and one of the nicest beaches of Corfu. On the north side of the beach, where there are no sunbeds and parasols there is also some room for the naturists. Note: the beach is less clean here, and there is some seaweeds and a bit of rubble.

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Corfu beaches: Arillas - Arillas is another prettyy quiet village in the northwest of Corfu. The bus connection with the capitol of Corfu town is less regular (in the high season twice a day) and the ride takes about two hours in total. Arillas is less easy to reach and this makes the village more quiet. Just like Agios Stefanos, that is also situated in the northwest corner of the island, there can be quite some wind sometimes. Obviously that wind also makes this village popular with windsurfers. The beach is almost a kilometer long and is laying around a bay. The larger part of the beach consists of sand. In Arillas there are only a couple of small hotels, a few bars and tavernas, a couple of supermarkets and a disco. The beach is shallow and so it is easy to get into the water here. Arillas is a family orientated kind of beach. Laying opposite the beach there is the island of Gravia where you can find some more pretty beaches (there are also people that swim to the island, but than it takes about an hour to get there). At the end of the beach there is a boat rental.

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Corfu beaches: Agios Georgios - Agios Georgios is a small family holiday resort with a long and very wide sandbeach. The village is situated in a bay that is protected at both sides. Behind the village are the green hills of the mountains. This beach is considered to be the prettiest or at least one of the prettiest of the island of Corfu. You can play several kinds of watersports here if you like to, like waterskiing or windsurfing. Because the beach is rather large and because the road doen't pass by the beach it is not (yet) so terrible crowded on it. In Agios Georgios there are a couple of small hotels, supermarkets, and quite some bars and restaurants. Lots of hotels are being build, so the peace and quiet in Agios Georgios is not going to last forever. The village is pretty much English orientated.

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Corfu beaches: Paleokastritsa - Paleokastritsa is the most popular holidays resort in the west of the island. By many people it is considered as the most beautiful place on Corfu island. At Paleokastritsa there are steep tree covered mountains, beautiful bays with sandbeaches, and nature is at its prettiest here. In the village there are many hotels, apartment buildings and other accommodations and you couldn't really call it a small village anymore. In spite of this the surroundings are still extremely pretty. Paleokastritsa is a bathing resort that is mainly visited by families. There are three coves with beaches and there are several other small beaches in the neighbourhood. The seawater is pretty cold here. There is plenty of accommodation, tavernas and shops to chose from. In Paleokatritsa you can do all kinds of watersports. There is a possibility for a boat trip along the coast and the caves in the area. The streets in the village are steep. All together it is a busy area, but in a spectacular setting where you can make interesting and beautiful walks.

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Corfu beaches: Liapades - Liapades is a small tourist resort on a short distance south of Paleokastritsa and it is situated on the westcoast of Corfu at about 18 kilometers south of Corfu town. It is placed in an area with forests, fields with grapes for wine production and small farms. The bay is surrounded by high hills with trees like the cyprus tree. Within walking distance over two donkey trails there are a couple of other small beaches. On the beach op Liapades itself there are sunbeds and umbrellas for rent and there is the possibility to play several kinds of watersports. On the beach it is less crowded than it is for instance on the beach of Paleokastritsa. The choice in accommodation is limited in Liapades Bay, because there are not so many hotels and apartments to chose from. From Liapades it is also possible to make boat trips along the coast and see the caves. In the village there are a few tavernas and there are a couple of small mini-markets. The original old village is situated at a short distanc from the beach on a hillside. Here you find the narrow streets with old houses with on the top the large village church.

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Corfu beaches: Rovinia - Rovinia is a beautiful and quiet pebble beach at a ten minute walking distance away from the main road that leads to the beach of Liapades. The beach is clearly marked on a sign. You need to do a little climbing over a path / stairs and than turn right towards the sea. There is another way to access the beach, via the trail that starts when you turn left into the alley just before the Michalis Taverna. If you follow this path you can also get to the beach. On the path you come across another sign indicating that you should go down. If you walk further you can also discover other beaches. Rovinia Beach has clear white pebbles and turqoise waters. The sea is not as cold here (it seems) as at some other beaches in the area. On the left hand side there is a lovely cave that gives the beach a little extra. Here it is also the easiest to go into the water because this part is more sandy at the sea bottom and the waves are less high.

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Corfu stranden: Glyko Beach, Limni Beach, Klimatia Beach, Liniodoros Beach - Besides Rovinia Beach there are some other beaches in the neighborhood of Liapades. Some are a bit hard to find, but they can be reached on foot, others you can only reach by boat. The walking guide that we printed out wasn't of much use because things appeared to have changed and we got the impression it was already outdated. Just walking around and sometimes taking a path down is also an option. If you walk too far you end up on a dead end path and you will have to turn around and go back.


Hans Huisman, http://www.angelfire.com/super2/greece/ 2014
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