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The Halikounas area boasts the best of beautiful, tranquil countryside, olive clad hillsides and lovely, quiet beaches. Unchartered with mainstream tourism, Halikounas is perfect for those wishing to enjoy a quieter holiday, and experience typical Corfiot / Greek food in the several tavernas found scattered around the surrounding area. The larger typical village of Agios Matheos can be found within a 10 minute drive, where a larger selection of amenities can be found including supermarkets, butchers and bakers.
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Corfu offers a wide choice of local dishes such as moussaka, beef stifado, pastitsatha, bourthetto and bourou-bourou to name a few. As well as traditional well-known dishes including Greek salad with feta cheese and dolmades.
A few local tavernas can be found in the surrounding area, which include typical Corfiot / Greek cuisine and Fish tavernas.
Halikounas is a very low key region with nightlife and tourism. For those looking for a little more "life", St.Georges can be found within a 15-20 minute drive away.
Holy Weeknational event
There are various concerts in all of the churches on Corfu Island, with the main one held at the Muncipal Theatre by the Philarmonic Bands and Choirs of Corfu.
Good Fridaynational event
Funeral processions of representations of Jesus' body on an embroidered winding sheet, orned with flowers take place. The last and most important procession starts at night from the Cathedral of Corfu and finishes at midnight around the Esplanade, with a fantastic reunion of all the Philharmonic bands and choirs of Corfu playing underneath the beautiful purple lights of the Liston.
Good Saturdaynational event
There is throwing and breaking of 'the pots' (kanates) from all the roofs and balconies, followed by the Custom of Mastella and the Pinia location in Corfu Town. At 22:00, the Holy Light arrives on the Esplanade/Pentofanaro. Then at approximately 23:40 the Procession of Resurrection begins from the Church of Agia Paraskevi. This then proceeds to move to Central Square where the official Resurrection Ceremony takes place. There are lots of fireworks and everybody holds their own candles.
Easter Sundaynational event
Easter in Greece is often considered more important than Christmas and the centuries old traditions of celebrating it vary from island to island.
This year, Greek Orthodox Easter falls in May and Western (Catholic and Protestant) Easter falls in March. Once every four years the dates coincide, however, there is usually five weeks difference between the dates.
In Corfu Town, a unique part of the ceremonies involve the various choirs and philharmonic orchestras that perform during this time, a cultural leftover from British rule, Corfiots’ and visitors alike gather to celebrate the solemnity and beauty of the religious occasion.
Kassiopi’s oldest church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, begins the procession in the early evening. On Good Saturday, when the local Priest has given his blessing and declared “ Christos Anesti” ( Christ has risen”), a loud cacophony of fireworks starts the celebrations, lighting up the sky and hailing Sunday as a day of feasting, dancing and making merry – Happy Easter Corfu style!
Another unique and rather puzzling tradition is on Holy Saturday at 11am, when locals’ toss pots into the streets below, mainly in Corfu town. Connected to the First Resurrection, it actually dates back to Venetian times, when the Venetians used to throw all the old useless objects and pots away on January first, and represents a very literal spring clean, so finding a safe place to stand and watch is a good idea!
Corfu Labour Daylocal event
Celebrated with parades and other festivities, also marks the Feast of Flowers.
Makrades Festivalnational event
Makrades Panegyri / Festival
Kanoni Festivalnational event
Kanoni Festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
Paleokastritsa Pa...national event
Krini Festivalnational event
Krini Panegyri / Festival
The Union of Ioni...local event
The Union of Ionian Islands with Greece is officially celebrated here on 21st May when schools, armed forces, fire departments, and other organisations parade in Corfu Town, accompanied by the bands of the City, and in the presence of local dignitaries. About ten days later, usually at the first Sunday of June, the annual Achillian race takes place, a semi-marathon in which anyone can participate regardless of sex or age. The route passes through the villages of the municipality and is about 21km long finishing in the village of Benitses, where the awards and medals are presented. Following the event, there are performances by local dancers, singers and musicians.
Agia Marinalocal event
A big festival in Analipsi with lots of food and dancing for locals and tourists alike.
St. Marina's Nami...local event
This is a religious holiday celebrated with a live orchestra, lamb on a spit-roast and a few stalls selling candy floss, cuddly toys etc.
Eve of Agia Paras...national event
There is traditional celebration in Ana Garouna, along with traditional food such as spaghetti and pastries in Kato Garouna. There is a sardine feast near San George in the north west.
This is an amazing cultural event, celebrated in Paleokastritsa every year on the first Sunday in August. There are choirs in boats, filling the bay with traditional romantic songs from the twenties. Bands also play traditional music whilst fireworks illuminate the sky.
Takes place on the closest Sunday to the 11th and is a famous festival that is held in Corfu every summer. This event celebrates the miracle of Saint Spyridon, as the locals believe that it was the saint who saved the island from a Turkish siege on August 11th, 1716. The miracle is celebrated by a representation of the nautical fight, a series of boats parade along the bay, with bands playing traditional music and plenty of dancing. At the end of Varkarola, a boat is set on fire and fireworks explode to commemorate the burning of the Turkish naval force during the 17th century siege. Lots of people attend the festival and is finished off by an amazing firework display.
Assumption of the...national event
On the 15th August every year, the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Villages are decorated, festivals are held, traditional dances are staged and there is a generally a great festive atmosphere.
Festival of the A...local event
A religious festival with church processions and feasting.
Arillas Wine Fest...local event
A festival for wine and food with plenty of both!
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