Although holiday season came to an end, and there is already Autumn outside our windows, in such a time it is nice to remind about past sunny holidays. Thus, before we start our winter season and recommend you places to go for skiing, let’s move for a while to the emerald island of Corfu, which has captivated us this year, and whose beauty we would like to show you. Maybe next year you will choose Corfu for your holidays. We highly recommend it!
The island of Corfu (ancient Kerkyra) is one of the mountainous islands situated in the northern part of Ionian Sea, along the coast of Albania. It owes its dignified name of “emerald island” thanks to its unique green landscapes, crystal clear bays and sandy lagoons. Time has stopped here, there is noone who would not enjoy such a natural beauty – cliffs and rocks, which are bathed in the turquoise waters of charming bays with wild beaches. Besides, the landscape presents different shades of green – from the lush slopes of the mountains and dense olive groves, up to the emerald waters of Ionian Sea. The climate during the holiday season is rather temperately hot (acceptable for families with children), Greeks are very hospitable, and their food is delicious! It is worth to visit this island for all those advantages.
Being busy with lots of things this year, we did not have much time to organize such a holiday on our own. Therefore, we bought a travel agency offer and after 2 hours of flight we came to a very nice family hotel, very intimate by the way, because of the arrangement of its buildings. It was situated on the northern coast of Acharavi.
Acharavi town is located in the central part of the northern coast of the island. This destination is ideal for families with children (but not only!). Coast is 7 km long in the form of a nice, wide and gentle sandy-pebble beach. Another advantage is the beautiful view of Albania.
Here and there you can find little colorful stones.
The best was to run on the beach with daddy the marathoner!
then men digging and building sand castles
Apart from the beach where we used to go almost every day, in Acharavi there is also Hydropolis Waterpark. I think that we do not have to convince any parents that this is one of the biggest attractions for children, especially the older ones. And although the glory years of this aquapark are already past, it is a place that attracts tourists from whole island.When we finally had a good rest, we started to go on close short trips.
You can go everywhere by city bus along the northern coast. In such a way you can visit Roda, where you can have a nice walk and enjoy a coffee in such a friendly place.
Another day you can take a bus to Sidari, a town in the western part of the northern coast, where is the Canal d’Amour – the famous Love Canal which is a rocky canyon with turquoise water. According to the legend – when the lovers will swim through it, they will be together forever. Daredevils jumped, we watched 🙂
Another time we went in the opposite direction – to the eastern coast where Kassiopi is. A lovely traditional fishers village.
Apart from the charms of the northern coast, Corfu hides also other beauty. It is worth to rent a car and explore the interior of the island. You cannot miss the capital of the island – the real treasure of the ancient Kerkyra!
In the town of Corfu there is an old and a new port, from which you can see the old city
In the old part of the city you will find beautiful old historic buildings in Venetian style, and among them narrow charming streets. It is wonderful to feel the specific atmosphere here and walk around with admiration.
Apart from old houses, you can also find a beautiful old classic car models
See how beautiful there is!
Below, it is the sixteenth century Orthodox cathedral of Spiliotissis – one of the main sightseeing point of the city.
We recommend to go by Kalypso Star with glass bottom to watch the sealife near the island.In the program there is also a nice show with friendly sealions.
On the way back you can admire the old city with Old Fortress
To prove it, in Kalami there is a residence of English writer Lawrence Durrell, who was so enchanted by this island, that he lived in Kalami bay for 30 years in the 30s of the XX century (and wrote the novel “Prospero’s Cave“).
And which Greek places do you recommend us?