Yaliskari is a pretty bay situated between Agni and Kalami. The beach is a real gem – a sheltered bay watched over by pine-tree clad mountains which seem to extend into the sea itself – a stunning collision of green and blue. Wander down through olive groves to the beach, and enjoy a meal accompanied by a glass of local wine.
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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.
Kalami is just one of the beaches at the foothills of Mount Pantokratoras and qualifies as a resort rather than just a beach, mainly due to its size. There is a selection of tavernas, particularly fish restaurants, bars and cafes. There is even an organised water taxi service that works until late at night, which can take you to the other beaches at the foothills, to help you choose where you would like to eat each night.
The Theotoky Estate is found in the beautiful Ropa Valley, located near the village of Giannades on the western side of Corfu. With more than 130 years of experience, the estate is set in 300 acres of grounds; the estate also produces olive oil and olives. The cellar door is open from 1000 – 1500, with wine tastings made by appointment.
Various boat excursions can be taken from all many of the ports and harbour resorts in Corfu (Corfu Town, Gouvia, Kassiopi, St.Stefanos, Paleokastritsa, Roda, Sidari), the variety of boat trips explore: Corfu’s coastline, trips to Albania, the islands of Paxos and Anti-Paxos, Parga and mainland Greece.
Ropa Valley sits centrally on the western side of the island, which is a large plateau of fertile land, offering vineyards, and olive groves.
Mount Pantokrator – the islands largest mountain sits at 900 meters tall, supporting a range of flora and fauna.
Aqualand – is the islands largest water-park, located in the centre of the island in the village of Agios Ioannis (13km west from Corfu Town). The park is set in over 75,000m2 of grounds, offering: over 36 water slides, 15 adventure pools, Jacuzzi and much more. A great day out for all ages of the family.
Sidari Water Park – based in the north of the island in the resort of Sidari, this small, waterpark offers a small selection of slides and a pool.
The White House (Gerald Durrel's house) is within walking distance of Yaliskari.
Corfu Town – explore the town with its: Old and New Fortresses, Achillion Palace, City Palace, Mon Repo Palace, winding streets, Churches, Paleopolis Ruins to name just a few things.
Kanoni and Mouse Island – just on the outskirts of Corfu Town, one of the most pictured viewpoints in Corfu – a little church sits all on its own little island.
Paleokastritsa – visit the Monastery and the bay below, where you can take a boat trip round into the caves.
Corfu’s old town is a delight to experience and walk around, from its colourful Venetian architecture to fabulous Byzantine Churches, the town fuses both a wonderful historic ambience fused with modern day living.
Achilleon Palace (Corfu Town) – Corfu’s most famous building offering a collection of possessions from its previous owners – Empress Sissi and Kaiser Wilhelm II. Open Daily from 0800 – 1500.
Asian Arts Museum (Corfu Town) is situated in the Palace of St. Michael and St. George – collections include: Chinses porcelain, Japenese printed pictures, Indian sculptures in bronze and wooded carvings, there are also rooms with ornate furniture and decorations.
Archaeological Museum (Corfu Town), some of artefacts of the Museum consist of: Temple of Artemis, ancient finds from the citadel of Corfu, a collection from findings of ancient city of Kerkyra, the Kerkyrian Kassiopi, and excavations of Thesprotia.
Old Fortress Byzantine Museum (Corfu Town) – holds a Byzantine collection of Corfu, from mosaics to sculptures.
Municipal Art Gallery – (Corfu Town) is situated in the Palace of St. Michael and St. George – a collection of works from local artists of the 19th century.
Acharavi Folklore Museum (Acharavi, North Corfu) – exhibit from the period of 1860-1960 of local folklore.
Solomos Museum (Corfu Town) – Dionysus Solomos was a National Greek poet who wrote lyrics to the National Greek Hymn. The museum is where he lived and features many of his personal items, manuscripts, portraits and photographs.
Corfu has many churches all over the island, with some of the more popular being:
Saint Spiridon (Corfu Town) – Patron of the island, this Venetian designed church sits in the centre of the town and has a bell tower which is the highest point of Corfu Town.
St. James Catholic Church (Corfu Town) - located next to the Town Hall in Dimarchio Square.
Spiliotissa Church (Corfu Town) – situated at the front of the old port.
Vlaherna Monastery (Corfu Town) – just south of Corfu Town on the Kanoni peninsula, this small 17th century monastery is set on an island connected via a small walkway, and looks across to Pantocrator Church, set on the island of Pontikonissi.
Paleokastritsa Monastery (Paleokastritsa) – set on the hillside above the village, this monastery was built circa 1225.
Pantokratoras Monastery – stands at the summit of Mt. Pantokrator, whereby it boosts tremendous awe-inspiring views.
The Old Fortress (Corfu Town) built by the venetians in the 15th century, this fortress is said to be one of the most impressive in Europe. Explore the fortress and it’s battlements.
The New Fortress (Corfu Town) built in the 16th century on the hill of Saint Mark overlooking the Corfu Towns port, this impressive twin bastioned fortress is a marvel not to be missed.
Anghelokastro (Paleokastritsa area), near to the village of Agios Georgios in the north west of Corfu, this impressive castle is set on steep hillside overlooking the village of Krini. Accessed via a steep footpath from the village of Krini, this castle is open from 0830 – 1500.
Kassiopi Castle (Kassiopi), set in the north east of the island lies this little castle. Local inhabitants of Kassiopi resisted Venetian attack and fought from the castle.
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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