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Shopping on Rhodes at some of the Best Stores in the Dedecanese

Breezy beachwear, stylish jewellery, handmade crafts inspired by age-old tradition and natural cosmetics are among the great things you can shop in Rhodes. Whether you’re in the Old Town, Lindos or any other part of this large and varied island, you can find some attention-grabbing shopping stops where you can stock up on locally-made, Greece-inspired items to wear during your holiday or take home with you as a bright, lovely memory. Here we selected the best stores to visit.

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Décor Items & Art

My Greek Me

This boutique is a celebration of Greek craftsmanship, showcasing an array of unique and contemporary souvenirs. Check out their impressive travel notebooks and memorabilia, trendy fashion pieces, home décor items with Greek colours, textures or themes, and a variety of local products like cosmetics made from Greek ingredients.
Address: Polidorou 42, Rodos
Phone: +30 2241 303810
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beautifulmemarilou/photos

OhDeer.Me

Greek heritage with a unique twist! This souvenir shop offers a carefully curated selection of limited-edition mementoes. From stylish printed T-shirts to intricate jewellery and accessories, each item embodies a piece of Greek culture and history. Browse our array of T-shirts for adults and kids, enamel mugs, fashionable bags and other trinkets.
Address: Pithagora 61, Rodos
Phone: +30 2241 601247
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ohdeer.rhodes/

Clothes & Accessories

Emerald Island

Upscale island boho chic dresses and sarongs with frills and intricate patterns designed to make you stand out or at least feel stand-out-worthy. You’ll also find a fine selection of handcrafted statement earrings and other jewellery to match the new wardrobe you’ll probably leave this shop in.
Address: Socratous 22, Socratous 96
Phone: 2241 305950
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emerald.island.rhodes/?hl=en

Eclectia

Tucked away in the heart of the Old Town, this Greek fashion brand sells minimalist, stylish designs that define the term “island style”, like linen tops and maxi skirts in comfortable, airy lines and crafted with 100% natural fabrics.
Address: Sokratous 91, Rodos
Phone: +30 2241 024432
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eclectia_rhodes/?hl=en

Savvas Sandals

Just what you need for your Greek island adventures and beyond: handmade sandals by Savvas inspired by the original ancient Greek style with many alternative colours, accessories, colours and cuts, for both men and women.
Address: Ferenikis 7, Ialisos
Phone: 2241 402480
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/savvassandals/?hl=en

Artistic Village Contemporary Art

A 600 square metre art gallery, museum and shop all in one that presents innovative artworks, ornaments, sculptures, special designs and compositions made from clay, glass, wood, bronze, iron, aluminium and other materials, chiefly made by Greek artists Nikos, Yiannis and Themis.
Address: Afandou, 23km from Rhodes-Lindos
Phone: +30 2241 052038
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artistic_village/

Ammos Concept Store

Their floaty maxi dresses, kaftans, floral kimonos and chic swimwear will give an oomph to your holiday wardrobe and beyond. They also sell eye-catching jewellery such as bracelets with gold-lined shells, blingy earrings and evil eye bracelets, and beautifully crafted sarongs.
Address: Mandilara 21
Phone: 2241 079864
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ammosrhodes/?hl=en

Kori – Cultural Goods

At this trendy and tasteful concept store, you’ll find everything from beautifully hand-painted plates, jewellery and notebooks to mugs, natural Greek cosmetics and aromatic candles. All items are Greek-themed and make for great presents to bring a Greek vibe into your wardrobe or home.
Address: Lindos Town
Phone: +30 2244 114034
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kori_lindos/

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The Twin Waterfalls of Tzoumerka: A Spellbinding Aquatic View

Easily accessible via a board-lined footpath and surrounded by picturesque old wooden bridges, the Twin Waterfalls make up a magical landscape and an awe- inspiring sight. This landmark stands out among the sights of Tzoumerka and all of Greece.

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The Twins – or as they are known “the double waterfalls” are on the northwestern slopes of Mount Olympus (or Athamanika Mountains, to be more official), near the settlement of Kryopigi, one of the four villages that make up the town of Katarraktis in Arta.

With the grandeur of Olympus in the background, the waterfalls are said to sometimes look like the “water guardians” of the mountain. Soaring to an altitude of 1,360 meters, they are remarkable to behold.

These waterfalls are considered to be the tallest in Greece, with the northern one measuring 87 metres in height and the southern one reaching to 100 metres. Despite the difference in height, the northern waterfall boasts a more powerful water flow, with a greater concentration of water, making it the more impressive of the two.

As in other parts of Greece, water levels tend to be higher during the winter and lower in the summer, although these measurements are always dependent on yearly rainfall.


After their rousing descent, their waters flow for approximately 10 kilometres before finally reaching the Arahthos River. Surely, such a volume of water could not leave its surroundings, full of lush vegetation, unaffected.

At first glance, anyone familiar with mountainous landscapes (especially in Greece), might consider that to be typical. However, exploring the valleys surrounding the waterfalls also reveals some exceptional examples of life in the green meadows.

Flora and Fauna

The dominant species are rushes, laurels and holly, but there are also many orchids, especially on the side of the aforementioned paved path – such as the purple Himantoglossum caprinum or the rare Epipactis subclausa.

If you’re looking for something even more special, you’ll notice that almost all the waterfalls are surrounded by holly, while the shadier spots are populated by irises. This flora, in turn, is attractive to salamanders, toads, Roumeli lizards, as well as vipers and tree shrews.

There are also many species of birds (over 100, ornithologists estimate), including some quite rare ones, such as stone partridges, Egyptian vultures and vultures. Finally, bears, wolves, wild boars and otters occasionally pass through the area, especially during winter.

How to get here

The easiest way to get to the twin waterfalls of Tzoumerka is to reach the village of Kataraktis, coming from Arta. The village is only 7 kilometres away and a nice place to stop for coffee and food, as well as an overnight stay if you decide to spend a few days here.

Next to the waterfalls, there is a canteen for visitors to the area. Most people come in spring – especially in May, when the water is more plentiful. Athens is 420 kilometres away. Starting from there, take the Athens-Patras National Road, pass Rio, then turn towards Arta and head towards the mountain for the next 64km.

The route is beautiful. If you’re coming from Thessaloniki, again, you’ll follow the Egnatia Odos to Ioannina and from there you’ll take the road to the villages of Lazena and Kalendzi. The picturesque Plaka bridge where you’ll arrive is 16 km from the waterfalls.

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Visiting the Island of Delos, the Sacred Heart of the Cyclades

This tiny 5 km long island was once considered the most sacred place in the known world and though uninhabited today, it is easy to imagine the ancient societies that thrived here. There are ruins of temples, houses, an amphitheatre, elaborate mosaics, and, of course, the venerated Avenue of the Lions. Climb the dusty, windswept path to the top of Mount Kynthos and admire the views of the surrounding islands that circle Delos, the true heart of the Cyclades.

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The Agora of the Competaliasts

Built around 150 BC, the Competaliasts were members of Roman guilds, mostly freemen and slaves from Sicily who worked for Italian merchants. Right next to the harbour, the bases of many monuments dedicated to Hermes can be found in the main market of the ancient city. There is a distinctive main square with shops and an open-air market.

Ancient Theatre

Once housing 5,500 people, the construction of the Ancient Theatre began in 314 BC and was completed some 60 years later. The 26 rows of seats are well preserved, and the chosen location of the theatre lay within the elegant residential quarter, home to Roman bankers and Egyptian and Phoenician traders. The sophistication of the houses here paint a lively picture of domestic life in Hellenistic Greece. Rooms were grouped around a central courtyard with marvellous mosaic floors of panthers, snakes, birds and Dionysos visible. Precious rainwater was channelled into cisterns below and the well paved main street hosts the impressive House of Cleopatra, the House of Masks, the House of the Dolphins, and the striking House of the Trident.

Avenue of the Lions

One of the most evocative and distinctive sights on Delos, the 50 metre long Avenue of the Lions is home to five lions, faithful guardians of the Sacred Lake. Once home to at least nine and maybe up to sixteen lions, the avenue was erected and dedicated to Apollo by the people of Naxos around 600 BC. The lions with open mouths are snarling and growling, guarding the sanctuaries and inspiring fear and reverence in the worshippers.

Gymnasium

A square courtyard houses the gymnasium where teenagers scratched their names and those of their beloved into the soft rock. Next door is the stadium built in 274 BC where the Delian games where enacted every four years. East of the stadium and by the sea is the remains of a synagogue built by Phoenician Jews in the 2nd century BC.

Mount Kynthos

A rough path leads up from the base of Mount Kynthos, the highest point on the island, climbing 113 m to the top. On the slopes are the remains of shrines including temples dedicated to Egyptian gods and the Sanctuary of the Syrian gods built in 100 BC. The summit is completely unshaded and usually buffeted by the wind but the reward for the climb is awe inspiring views of Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Syros and neighbouring islets. Take in the horizons and remember; this was the very centre of the ancient world.

The Sacred Lake

Visitors to ancient Delos landed not in the Sacred Harbour, yet to be constructed, but in the bay of Skardana instead. The route of entry first passed by the Sacred Lake with swans and palm trees and on under the watchful gaze of the lions to the Temple of Leto, and then further to the Sanctuaries of Artemis and Apollo. A stone wall marks the periphery of the now vanished lake, fed by the river Inopos until 1925 when the stagnant waters were drained after an outbreak of malaria. A lone palm stands in the middle of the lake, a poignant reminder of the legend of Leto.

The Sanctuary of Apollo

Three separate temples were built here, flanked by altars, statues and monuments. The Great Temple of Apollo was began in 476 BC with 6 columns on each short side and 13 on the longer. Inside was a statue of Apollo, while adjacent are the Oikos of the Naxians, the first superstructure in the world made of marble, and a massive pediment once housed the Colossus of the Naxians, a 9 m tall dedication to the god sadly broken into many pieces with the left hand in the Delos Archaeological Museum and a part of a foot in the British Museum.

The Sanctuary of Dionysos

Erected around 300 BC by Karystos, a winner of a theatrical competition, are several monuments decorated with phalluses, emblematic of the orgiastic festivities that took place on the island.

The Archaeological Museum of Delos

One of the most important museums in Greece, it presents findings of over a century of excavations by the French School of Archaeology. The most important sculptures cover a period from Archaic to Roman times and the Delos mosaics are the most significant discoveries of their kind in Greece from the 2nd-early 1st century BC. Nine rooms contain ancient pottery collections, figurines and astonishing frescoes and mosaics. The original lions are found here, while reproductions guard the avenue today. Important korous are displayed alongside an arresting statue of Boreas kidnapping Oreithya.

Temporarily closed there are plans to build a state of the art museum that the site deserves. Opening hours of the archaeological site: 08:30-15:00. It is forbidden to spend the night on Delos. (Tel. Archaeological museum: 22890 22259)

Boats run from the old port of Mykonos four times a day in summer and take half an hour. Expect to pay around 22€ for the boat and 12€ to enter the island site. Visitors to Delos are given a map outlining three self guided tours that take between ninety minutes and five hours. Guided tours are also available from 60€, and they can provide valuable insight into the fascinating history of Delos. There are no facilities on Delos so take refreshments, water and sunscreen. (Tel.: 22890 28603, www.delostours.gr)

Read also:

Delos: An island-landmark, one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece

What to do in Mykonos

Guided Tours: Discovering Mykonos’s Hidden Gems

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Beaches in the North and South of Rethymno Crete

In general, the beaches of the north coast are highly developed and stretch along the coastal plain between the major cities. Easily reached from the national highway, most are backed by hotels and are highly organised with loungers and sunshades. The southern beaches are a more difficult nut to crack, often tucked into small bays and coves at the end of dirt roads – strike it lucky and you may even find solitude in peak season.

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Preveli

One of the most famous and most visited beaches in Crete. A blaze of sand is dissected by a mountain stream that cuts through the cliffs supporting a wetland with palm trees and a jungle like atmosphere. Access is difficult via long and steep stairs from the monastery and there are no facilities as the area is protected. Many island tours stop here so try to arrive early or come in the late afternoon.

Adelianos

9 km out of town, this sandy and small pebble beach is very popular with locals and holidaymakers alike. Well organised, there are water sport operators and beach bars that provide beds and umbrellas alongside changing rooms, showers and lifeguard stations. Local buses run past and there is parking off the main highway behind with many options for eating and shopping.

Agia Galini

A popular resort has built up around the pretty coastal village in the sheltered Messara bay. A long pebbled beach stretches for a kilometre until the outlet of a mountain river where the seas are noticeably colder. Organised with tavernas and bars, those who seek solitude should head across the river bridge to another strand favoured by nudists. Opposite are the Paximadia islands which can be visited by tour boats, along with excursions to Frangokastello, Hora Sfakion, Matala, and Preveli.

Agios Pavlos

On the south coast next to the Cape Melissa is the sheltered haven of Agios Pavlos, west of Agia Galini. There is an organised beach with umbrellas and a taverna overlooking the seashore. Sandy with a rocky seabed, it is great for children with clean shallow waters. Over a headland is the second beach with extensive sand dunes behind and idyllic turquoise seas.

Ammoudi

A 10 minute walk from Damnoni in a deep blue lagoon with coarse sand, Ammoudi has a beach bar, a scattering of parasols and a tolerant nudist-friendly crowd. The sea bed is rocky and the waters are bright green but shelve deeply so keep an eye on younger swimmers.

Bali – Livadi – Varkotopos – Limani – Karavostasis

A small resort has built up around Bali, half an hour down the coast from Rethymno. Once a fishing village, it is now a busy town full of restaurants, bars, shops and rental agencies. Not quite as exotic as its Asian namesake, it is still pulls the crowds with four sheltered beaches, all sandy and all organised. Livadi is the first beach; long with shallow clear waters it is ideal for families and is surrounded by cafes and tavernas. Next is Varkotopos, reached by an easy staircase, and a paradise for younger swimmers with lifeguards and an inflatable water park metres from the shore. The third lies behind the main port and is known as Limani, there is parking behind but it can get crowded in summer. Finally, the last and the most scenic is Karavostasis; smaller than the other bays and hemmed in by rocks. The reward for climbing the cliffs on the eastern edge is a fine view over the rest of the town.

Damnoni

Close to Plakias in the south of the island, Damnoni is very popular and deservedly so. A long bay with white sand and clear seas, it has all the facilities of a well organised beach with restaurants and bars, showers, and loungers. There is a water sports and diving centre, while to the east there are small sandy coves that offer some privacy.

Kamari

On the road to Chania, about 7km from Rethymno is the rocky beach of Kamari. Blessed by rocky cliffs, there is plenty of natural shade. The sea is very clear and great for snorkelling, but there are few facilities. There is a taverna next to the beach and the tiny chapel of Panagia Kamariani.

Episkopi

15 km west of Rethymno is a very long strip of shore that is partly pebbled and part sand. The beach has organised areas centred around the tavernas with all the necessary amenities but much of the beach is open and free. The views across to the Akrotiri peninsula and the White Mountains are fine, but be aware that the beach is exposed to the northern winds and can feel blustery in the days of the Meltemi.

Ligres

Quiet and unassuming, Ligres is ideal to escape the crowds. Sandy with small pebbles that dot the shoreline, the waters are clear and deep and at the western extreme a freshwater waterfall tumbles into the sea. There is a small tavern but bring your own shade.

Missiria

In between Perivolia and Platanias stretches a long sandy beach which runs until the resort of Skaleta. Well organised there are a number of choices for food and drink. Missiria gets its name from a suburb of Cairo, Misr, with fertile soil, and similarly the village is known for its vegetables and local produce.

Triopetra

A small, sandy ,semi- organised beach with a great sea bed, ideal for snorkelling, the three giant rocks on the eastern side give the beach its name. Actually two beaches split by the rocks, Triopetra and Mikro Triopetra have a few tavernas that dot the shore offering sunbeds and umbrellas, while alternatively there are caves where you can get respite from the sun.

Panormos

A once sleepy village, Panormos has expanded rapidly but has managed to retain its traditional character. In Roman times it served as the port of Axos, with a natural harbour with calm water. Limanaki beach serves as the modern day dock, sandy with clear seas, it is shallow and well protected by the pier. Organised with showers, umbrellas, and water sports it has many options for dining nearby. Limni lies 200 metres west of the village and again is sandy and sheltered by a rocky pier that dissects the beach, and further on is a small pebbly cove ideal for solitude seekers and snorkellers.

Perivolia

A continuation of the the beach in Rethymno, it was once a separate resort but now it is hard to know where each begins and ends. Far quieter and more relaxed, the sand is bright and fine grained, however there are some areas of pebbles along the waterline. There is a small playground for younger visitors, while adults can enjoy the water sport options. Parking is easy and there are tavernas and cafes along the road that run behind. A nice alternative to the town beaches, Rethymno is easily reached by bus, taxi or car.

Plakias

A popular spot on the south coast, Plakias is a long sandy beach with umbrellas and beds in front of tavernas and beach bars but there is also ample shade from the tamarisk trees that back the shore. To the east are sheer cliffs popular with climbers, while to the west is Skinos, an area of natural rock pools ideal for kids. Take a look at the forecast though as the southern winds can be blasting here; when the breeze is blowing head to nearby sheltered Agia Galini. The village above, Myrthios, affords stunning views of the bay and coastline.

Souda

A beautiful sandy beach stretches out southwest of Plakias. Backed by palm trees, a coarse sand strip is surrounded by plunging cliffs. There is a taverna and the western end of the beach is nudist friendly.

Platanias

Just outside the city heading east to Heraklion is a spacious sandy beach with easy access to the sea, and a small river that divides it from the town beaches. Organised with beds and umbrellas, the sands are also the breeding grounds for the Caretta Caretta Loggerhead turtle and areas can be partitioned off to protect this endangered species.

Skinaria

A favourite with locals, this little known beach is a quiet little stunner. Sandy with an intense blue-green sea, there are freshwater pools to be explored and around the beach there is a lush, vivid landscape reminiscent of the Tropics. There is a tavern that rents out loungers and shade.

Stavromenos

A 15 minute drive from town, there are long, golden sands generally unorganised with umbrellas and sunbeds clustered around the tavernas. The sea can be wavy but it is an ideal escape from the busy town beaches.

Rodakino

At the exit of a steep gorge, the beach is a 40 minute drive from Rethymno. Peaceful and with dramatic rock formations, the beach has a number of small coves ideal for exploring. There are umbrellas and tavernas with parking at the side of the new road.

Town Beach

The city beach stretches from the marina to the suburbs and is well maintained and fully serviced. Sandy with some pebbly areas, the water is clear when the weather is calm but can be a little murky on windy days as the waves stir up the sand. The shore gradually deepens making it ideal for the families who stay in the many hotels that line the shore. There are water sport operations as well as beach volleyball courts, and beach bars rent out umbrellas and sunbeds, generally free if you order drinks or food.

Map of Rethymno’s Northern beaches

Map of Rethymno’s Southern beaches

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The Gastronomy of Rethymno: Flavours and Aromas of the Mediterranean

The wines of Greece – Rethymno: The climate, the wineries, the varieties, the labels

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Nights to Remember: The Vibrant Nightlife of Corfu Island

The city of Corfu has a lively nightlife centered near the port with fashionable bars and discos attracting young people. In summer, free concerts are common on the Esplanade and in September, the Corfu Festival offers concerts, ballets, operas, and theatrical performances by Greek and international artists. For a romantic evening, take a night cruise as a refreshing change and take in stunning views of the island.

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Other nightlife hotspots in Corfu include Ipsos, Kavos, Glyfada, Dassia, Sidari, and Paleokastritsa, known for their lively music, partying, and unique cocktails. Ipsos is the hub of Corfu’s nightlife with many restaurants, pubs, and discos open until dawn. Kavos is popular with British tourists and offers a variety of clubs and events, including various parties

Imabari Seaside Lounge Bar

Corfu may not offer the beach club scene of Mykonos, but this stylish terrace, reminds more of Hydra, near the city walls of Corfu Town is a worthy alternative. Occupying a small wharf on the rocky shoreline, the wooden deck features wood tables and swinging seats, perfect for spending lazy afternoons socializing and swimming. With breathtaking views of the Old Fortress across the way, sipping on ice-cold beers and tangy spritzers is an absolute must. And if hunger strikes, no worries, simply order a few spring rolls or club sandwiches to satisfy your cravings.

Address: Faliraki beach 49100, Phone: +30 2661 100340

Bristol Cafe

The Bristol Cafe, located in the heart of Corfu’s Old Town, is a stunning bar and one of the best on the island. During the day, it’s a perfect spot to unwind with a coffee or beer. At night, the chic venue comes alive with a stylish crowd, drawn by its fantastic atmosphere, superb cocktails, friendly staff, and music from the resident DJs. The interior boasts beautiful decor, including a stunning display of hanging lights above the bar.

To ensure a table, arrive early as the Bristol is sure to fill up as the night progresses. Opt for a seat outdoors to take in the sights of Corfu’s old streets with a delicious cocktail in hand. The bar’s cocktails are among the best on the island (try the kumquat and gin combo), crafted with a unique blend of fresh fruit juices and liqueurs.

Address: 49 Evgeniou Voulgareos street, 49100 Phone: +30 693 666 0101

NAOK Azur

NAOK Azur is a classic Mediterranean lounge in Old Corfu Town harbor with breathtaking views of bobbing yachts on the Ionian Sea. Open from 9am, it provides a perfect start to the day with great single-origin coffees (all 100% Arabica) and Ionian-view seating booths. As day turns to night, the Azur Lounge Bar takes over with specialty cocktails and a fantastic martini selection. DJ shows are held on weekends for the perfect soundtrack to a refined and relaxed atmosphere. Savor your drinks as you sip to the sound of lapping waves.

Address: 1 Democratias Avenue, 491 00 Phone: +30 2661 080700

54 Dreamy Nights

54 Dreamy Nights, a Corfu icon and widely known as one of Greece’s best clubs, lives up to its reputation. With a massive sound system, stylish bar area, and impressive lightshow, it reigns supreme as the island’s go-to dance venue. The club features a variety of local and international DJs and attracts a young crowd from Europe. With its retractable roof, dancing under the stars is a possibility (when weather allows). Open until 8am, you may end up dancing the night away before hitting the breakfast table.

Address: 54 Ethn. Antistaseos, 49100 Phone: +30 694 064 5436

Tartaya Tiki Bar

Tartaya Tiki Bar is situated on Disco Strip, a road famous for its many bars and clubs. The bar is surrounded by popular nightspots such as Why Bar and 54 Dreamy Nights. Tartaya stands out for its Tiki-Corfu atmosphere and stylish Hawaiian-inspired feel, complete with a large outdoor space and palm trees. The bar has a vast cocktail menu with both classic drinks and Tiki cocktails made with rum and tropical juices, costing around €10. A must-try is the Zombie, a potent mix of four rums, apricot brandy, and fruit juices. With late-night DJs, Tartaya can get busy, staying open until almost 4am.

Address: Dasia, 49100, Phone: +30 694 769 1335

7th Heaven

The terrace bar overlooks the stunning cliffs above Loggas Beach, a remote northwestern shore accessible only by a steep staircase. The bar’s glass edges extend towards the breathtaking view. The outdoor bar is decorated with mosaic pillars and rope swings and is a popular stop for couples exploring the island. Enjoy a fresh juice-based cocktail topped with watermelon and take in the magnificent sunset.

Address: Perouládes, 490 81, Phone: +30 2663 095035

Passoa Cocktail Bar

Ipsos, a well-known hotel area, has a few charming bars outside of its resorts, one of which is this tropical-style beach bar. Decorated with banana trees and bamboo plants and illuminated by tiki torches, the bar serves delicious cocktails with fruity twists. Inside, the nightclub-style interior features palm-fringed lamps and moody lighting. A youthful crowd gathers on the pebble beach, socializing and smoking shisha by the obsidian sea.

Address: Ipsos, 49083 Phone: +30 694 577 6408

WHY Cocktail Industry

Why Cocktail Industry Bar presents a summer night like no other, complete with breathtaking views of the sea and cocktails that push the boundaries of mixology. Situated just beyond the city center, the bar boasts a lively atmosphere with a soundtrack of Funky, Jazz, Soul & Deep House music. The interior is creatively adorned with miniature drinks and the bartending team uses cutting-edge techniques to create cocktails that not only taste great but also look stunning with their molecular elements. Prepare to be transported to an unforgettable evening filled with dancing, delightful drinks, and an energy

Address: Ethnikis Antistaseos 36, Emporiko, 49100 Phone: +30 26610 36497

Read also:

Soles on the Sand, Cocktails in Hand: A Guide to Corfu’s Beach Bars

Guided Tours on Corfu

Museums of Corfu Town

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“Barbara” Sweeping Through Greece: A Severe Weather Warning for Athens

Attica residents, brace yourselves for a blast of bad weather as the National Meteorological Service (EMY) has issued a severe weather warning for the region. The weather system named “Barbara” is expected to hit Attica starting Sunday (05/02/2023) morning and bring with it heavy snow, low temperatures, and gusting winds.

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The cause of this weather event is attributed to low air fronts from northern Europe moving southward and colliding with high pressure fronts in the Attica region. Snowfall is expected to start early on Sunday and intensify as the day progresses, affecting lower areas of Attica in the afternoon. In addition, icy conditions and low temperatures of 8 to 10 degrees cooler than the current temperature are expected to accompany the snowfall, with windy conditions expected to hit the seas at noon.

What to expect

Snowfall: On Sunday (02/05/2023), the North Aegean islands, Thrace, and Chalkidiki will be affected by snowfall from early morning hours. By noon, the snowfall will extend further south to the Sporades, eastern parts of Thessaly, Evia, and Eastern Mainland, particularly Boeotia and Attica, with snowfall also noted in the lowlands of these regions.

In the afternoon, mountainous to semi-mountainous areas of the central and northern Cyclades and Crete will experience snowfall. Snowstorms will mainly occur over coastal and offshore areas of the Aegean. On Monday (02/06/2023), intermittent heavy snowfall is expected to continue on the North Aegean islands, the Sporades, Evia, Eastern Mainland, the Cyclades, and Crete.

Low Temperatures: A gradual drop in temperature is expected from Sunday, with icy conditions mainly in the inland areas and thick frost locally in central and northern regions.

Windy Conditions: Northerly-northeastern winds of intensity 8 to 9 beauforts are expected in the Aegean from Sunday noon and will gradually weaken from Sunday afternoon in the Ionian and from Tuesday (02/07/2023) in the Aegean.

In conclusion

Attica residents should prepare for the incoming bad weather “Barbara” and take all necessary precautions to ensure their safety. Keep updated with the latest weather warnings and stay warm.

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Unlock Santorini’s Best Kept Secrets: Taking a Guided Tour

Taking a guided tour, whether you’re traveling solo, with friends, or family, is a fantastic way to fully explore the island and maximize your vacation time. With a knowledgeable local as your guide, you’ll gain access to sights and experiences that may have gone unnoticed on your own. Your guide will share their expertise and give you a deeper appreciation for the area’s culture, history, and traditions.

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Aside from visiting popular the must see spots, on everyone’s radar, you’ll have the opportunity to discover unique, less obvious treasures and get a true taste of local living. You’ll learn about local customs, sample delicious food and drink, and hike or bike around amazing landscapes.

Akrotiri and Oia

5-hour private tour of the highlights of Santorini. This tour will take you to the highlights of Santorini, including the ancient settlement of Akrotiri, known for its well-preserved architecture from the Bronze Age. You will also visit the picturesque village of Oia, known for its stunning views and traditional architecture. Along the way, you will learn about the island’s history, modern way of life, unique agriculture and viticulture, and get a general overview of life on the island. From 100€

Santorini Hiking Tour/Hiking Tour From Fira To Oia

This trail starts in Fira and leads to Oia, passing through historic sights such as Firostefani and Imerovigli. It takes around 4 hours at a relaxed pace with many photo stops. The path is well-maintained and offers views of whitewashed houses, the Aegean Sea, and volcanic ash from ancient eruptions. Along the way, you will visit three chapels and a church, and have the chance to see the famous sunset in Oia. It is recommended to bring water, sunscreen and wear appropriate shoes, as the island can get hot in the summer. Best to start early in the morning or in the evening. From 100€

Guided e-bike tour

Explore Santorini on an e-bike tour, pedaling past windmills and through traditional villages for a glimpse of island life. The tour starts from Perissa Black Sand Beach, stops at Emporio Village to see the Castelli and old city streets, and continues through the wine roads to Megalochori for wine tasting or Greek coffee. Enjoy views of the caldera and windmills before ending back at Perissa Black Sand Beach. From 80€

Santorini Private Food Tour

Indulge in the unique flavors and culture of Santorini on this culinary journey. Get a taste of the island’s local cuisine by visiting some of the best taverns and restaurants, where you can savor fresh seafood and traditional appetizers. Sample delicious dishes made with ingredients grown on the volcanic soil, which give them a distinct sweetness and brightness. Sip on a glass of Vinsanto or Assyrtiko wine and discover the rich culinary heritage of Santorini. Experience the island’s food scene and understand why it’s known for its exceptional cuisine. From 129€

South Santorini with a winery

6-hour private tour of the southern part of Santorini. You will visit the village of Pyrgos and its 39 churches, with the option to hike to the top of the hill for a panoramic view of the island or drive around and visit Megalochori village. You will also see the famous blue domed church in Firostefani, a volcanic beach, and the ancient settlement of Akrotiri with a guided tour of the excavation. The tour also includes a stop at a winery to learn about local viticulture and taste famous wines. From 100€

Santorini Wine Roads

Discover the unique flavors and rich culture of Santorini’s wine scene on the Santorini Wine Roads Tour. Led by experienced wine experts, this tour takes you on a journey to visit three top wineries, where you’ll learn about the island’s indigenous grape varieties and viticulture. Enjoy a stimulating tasting experience, and taste the true essence of Santorini through its wines. Perfect for all visitors, this tour is an entertaining and informative way to immerse yourself in the island’s wine culture. From 170€

Catamaran Tour around Santorini

A 5-hr semi-private catamaran tour around Santorini (14 max) with pick-up/drop-off, snorkeling gear, map, jackets, towels, and free Wi-Fi. Morning tour starts at Ammoudi port and includes stops at the volcano for a hot-spring mud bath, Aspronisi Island, Akrotiri village, White Beach for barbeque, and Red Beach for snorkeling. Sunset tour starts at Vlychada port, visits Red, White beaches and volcano hot springs, and ends with a sunset viewing below Oia village. Greek menu served on board with wine, beer, and soft drinks. From 180€

Map of Santorini

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Exploring Rethymno, Crete: A Journey Through Time and Terrain

The greater area of the Rethymno prefecture is a dramatic landscape of deep valleys, gorges, plateaus, monasteries, and hidden mountain villages where to this day some locals still wear traditional costume and speak in the old Cretan dialect. It is an area with powerful and rich history, bearing the scars of numerous occupations, but it also a peaceful terrain of wild tulips and orchids where sheep graze in flower-filled meadows. The beating heart of Crete with Mount Psiloritis dominating the skyline, thick shaded ravines tumble down to the south coast, emptying their snow meltwater into the warm Libyan Sea.

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Sfendoni Cave

One of Greece’s most spectacular caves is found 630m up on the slopes of Halepa, 1 km north of Zoniana.

14 rooms are connected by steel walkways for easier access and better to admire the astonishing array of stalagmites and stalactites. Some of the pillars are over 5 million years old, while the temperature is a constant 17 degrees centigrade, a fact exploited by local shepherds who used the first chamber of the cave for maturing cheese. Gruesomely, a 900 year old skeleton of a child embalmed in limestone was found; it is thought they got lost in the labyrinthine chambers and perished.

One cannot enter the cave alone but tours are given on each hour and last 40 minutes. Sfedoni Cave (Phone: 28340 61734, 4€)

Amari valley

The valley lies between the Kedros and Psiloritis mountain ranges and it was the natural passage from the north to the south and the Messara plain. One of the wettest areas in Crete, its name comes from the ancient Greek word for water channel, and farmers have long harvested the fertile lands in the valley. Fragrant orchards and olive groves thrive in the fecund setting, and small villages enjoy a pastoral way of life relatively unchanged for hundreds of years.

Anogia

One of the most famous villages on Crete, Anogia perches on the slopes of Mt. Psiloritis at an altitude of 700m, and its name means the place built on high. Due to its isolation, the village retained its authentic character and customs. A major weaving centre, embroidered items with patterns unique to the area are offered in the many handicraft shops. The square at Agios Georgios is always busy, bustling with cafes and tavernas offering local specialities, while with a great musical tradition, the village is famous for singers and lyra players and they can be heard playing in the kafeneions and bars.

There is a darker history to the village, however. Twice looted, sacked and burnt by the Turks in the Great Cretan Revolt, in 1944 the German forces destroyed every building except the church and killed 25 villages in revenge for the kidnapping of General Von Kreipe by resistance fighters and British secret agents.

Arkadi Monastery

One of the most important pilgrimage sites for many Cretans, Arkadi has had an explosive history. In November 1866 during a major rebellion to the Turkish occupation, the monastery came under siege but Abbot Gabriel refused to surrender alongside several hundred rebels and their wives and children. As the Turks broke through the monastery gates the gunpowder arsenal was set on fire, killing all 943 Greeks together with hundreds of the Turks. This desperate act entered folklore as symbol of Cretan rebellion and the monastery again became a centre of resistance during the Nazi invasion.

A glorious example of Renaissance architecture, the ornate façade with an elegant belfry tower was built in the late 16th century in the local honey coloured stone. With extensive agricultural territories, the monastery flourished and was known as a great centre for the copying of manuscripts. Today, a handful of monks tend to the gardens and run the museum. Arkadi Monastery (Phone: 28310 83135, www.arkadimonastery.gr, 3€)

Ideon andron cave

20 km outside of Anogia, towards the Nida Plateau, is one of the many reputed birthplaces of Zeus on Crete. According to legend the goddess of fertility, Rhea, hid her son Zeus in the Ideon Andron cave to protect him from his father Cronus who used to swallow his children so that none could overthrow him as ruler of the gods. Rhea gave her husband a rock wrapped in swaddling clothes to eat instead of her last born son, and concealed the infant deep in the Ideon Andron cave where he was nursed by the nymph Melissa and the goat Amalthea.

The cave has signs of use since 4000BC but it was during the Late Minoan period that its reputation spread and it became a religious centre and hosted purification and initiation ceremonies. The celebrations in honour of Zeus were associated with the renewal of nature in Spring, and at the entrance to the cave a sacrificial altar cut from the rock can be seen. Votive offerings made from the most valuable of materials such as silver, gold, and precious stones have been found alongside pots, coins, and jewellery and all are now displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. The famous bronze shields from the cave are counted as some of the finest works of art of the ancient world. Pythagoras talks of a huge ivory throne for Zeus but no remains have been found.

Kourtaliotiko gorge

The southern coast of Crete is dramatic, with spectacular deep-sided canyons and gorges. Kourtaliotiko starts south of the village of Koxare finally emptying out on to the palm beach at Preveli. Although only 3km long, it is a particularly wild and sizeable 1.5 hour gorge scramble with cliffs reaching 600m, passing through rapids and waterfalls, past deserted chapels and breathtaking scenery. Waterproof shoes are a must or alternatively drive the road that snakes down to the golden sands and palm groves.

Margarites

One of the most important centres of pottery and ceramic art on Crete, Margarites counts nearly twenty dedicated workshops. The whole village is festooned with pots of all shapes and colours, and many of the potteries are open so that you can see the skilled artisans at work. There has been manufacture here since Minoan times on account of the local clay.

Preveli Monastery

Taking their name from the noble Preveli family from Rethymno who contributed to their restoration, the upper and lower monasteries are believed to date back to the mid 16th century. The upper monastery has an imposing position overlooking the famous Preveli beach below. Active in the Cretan rebellion, it became a symbol of resistance, and during the Battle of Crete it sheltered Allied soldiers and helped them escape the Nazi occupied island by submarine. In retaliation, the lower monastery was destroyed by the German forces, and today there is a monument to commemorate the struggle.

Map of Rethymno prefecture in Crete

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Discover the Best Beaches of Corfu: South & East

Corfu offers a diverse selection of beaches to choose from. The island is home to 30 Blue Flag awarded beaches, stretching 217 km along its stunning coastline, surrounded by lush forests. You can find a beach to suit your needs, whether it’s a busy, well-maintained sandy shore or a serene, isolated spot for peace and tranquility. Some popular beaches include Halikounas, a large sand dune with plenty of room and a kite surfing school, Kalamaki, a shallow beach perfect for families and beginner swimmers, and Glyfada, which offers a lively atmosphere, stunning scenery, and water sports activities. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed day at the beach or an action-packed adventure, Corfu has something for everyone.

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South

Issos

Scenes from the James Bond film “For your eyes only” were filmed on this sandy beach. There are parasols, sunbeds, and tavernas. And, it doesn’t get very crowded.

Agios Georgios

Sandy beach, 8 kilometres (5 miles) long with clear shallow waters, sunbeds and beach-parasols. Next to it are Marathias and Agia Varvara. Both have organised water sports. From Agia Varvara boats will take you to the rocky islets of Lagoudia.

Kavos

One of the island’s most popular tourist destinations for young people, as it combines sun and sea with a lively nightlife. The vast majority of holidaymakers are British. Germans and Italians also come here. There is a plethora of hotels, beach bars and nightclubs. The beach is more than 3 km (1.9 miles) long and has shallow waters. It has countless sunbeds and parasols and offers water sports and small boats for hire. There are restaurants, taverns, and fast food. It has other facilities such as go-karting, tennis, beach volleyball, and bungee jumping.

Chalikounas

It is ideal for wave, windsurf and kite surf lovers (as long as you can get here with your own equipment). It is separated from the lagoon by a narrow strip of land. The beach is over 3 km long and has only sand and fine pebbles. If you pass the dunes and reeds, you’ll enter the forest where there are rare types of orchids and cedars through a small wooden bridge.

East

Agios Stefanos Sinias

With sandy pebbles, and a lot of people. On the waterfront there are tavernas and bars. Sunbeds can be rented and you can partake in water sports.

Gouvia

Sits in the bay alongside the chapel of Ipapanti. Gouvia is near to the large marina from where you can see the ruins of the Venetian naval station. You can find tavernas and beach bars, and you boats can be rented.

Agios Ioannis Peristeron

With sand and pebbles. Most of the facilities available are reserved for guests of the surrounding hotels. There are, however, parasols and chairs for everyone, as well as the possibility of water sports.

Dasia

A pebbled beach, with views of the Albanian mountains opposite. Calm waters, parasols, sunbeds, water sports, restaurants, and beach bars.

Kontokali

Located in the same bay as Kerasia, but a little further south. On the long sandy beach there are hundreds of parasols, sunbeds and infrastructure from the big hotels. You can do various water sports.

Benitses

Sandy-pebble beaches. There is a dock for private boats, parasols, sunbeds, showers and facilities for water sports. Also, tavernas and beach bars.

Kerasia

High quality infrastructure and cosmopolitan atmosphere, on a beach famous for its pebbles and blue waters. It is surrounded by lush vegetation.

Mesoggi

On the left (looking towards the sea) a small river flows out, and on the right a lush hill rises up. With several beach tavernas, umbrellas, sunbeds and beach bikes for rent.

Moraitika

With sand, pebbles and shallow waters near the tourist area of the same name. It is managed and busy, with many hotels, restaurants and beach bars. Many choices in water sports.

Molos

Long in length, short in width, sandy beach with umbrellas, sunbeds, tavernas. The waters are shallow.

Kalami

A beach of white pebbles and sand. Parasols, sunbeds and water sports are offered. It is 1 km (less than a mile) from Kavos. The path that descends from the cape with a view of the olive groves, the village of Kalami, and the sea is delightful.

Nisi

Rocks carved by the waves, white pebbles, clear waters. From here you can swim to several nearby coves.

Ypsometro

With shallow crystal clear waters and a fairly long sandy beach. Along it, the village has been developed with all tourist services, and infrastructure for water sports. There is a diving centre.

Soles on the Sand, Cocktails in Hand: A Guide to Corfu’s Beach Bars

Museums of Corfu Town

Activities Corfu guide

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Glamourous Mykonos: A Fusion of Global Brands and Local Treasures

Who said island holidays should only be spent on the beach? Here we present the best places to visit for excellent shopping or simply hours of discovering beautifully conceptualized and artfully crafted, unique design items to beautify your wardrobe or home.

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Clothes, Footwear & Accessories

Luisa at Nammos

The store’s discerning buyers ensure a diverse selection of swimwear to keep up with the daily fashion competition among guests over lunch and on Psarou beach. High-end brands such as Céline, Saint Laurent, Isabel Marant, and Vetements all share space on the shelves.
Address: Psarou, Mykonos
Website: luisaworld.com

Dew

Delicate jewelry by Yannis Sergakis, swimwear from Maa Boo, brightly tasseled box bags from Korean The Volon, and hyper-embellished dresses from Indian designer Pia Pauro along with Spanish block-colored espadrilles from Lika Mimika are some of the top-sellers.
Address: Malamatenias & Enopleon Dynameon, Chora
Website: dewmykonos.com

Amnesia

An abundance of beach baskets, jewelry, and every type of leather sandal that Greece is known for within a cave-like white interior. You’ll find the popular local brand, Isapera, as well as a great variety of Ancient Greek sandals and cool customisation options.
Address: 11 Mavrogeni, Chora
Telephone: +30 22890 22782

Jardin

The Jardin collection features an array of exclusively Greek products. At the center of the display is a table overflowing with woven bags by Ops, while decorative kaftans and shirts grace the surrounding area. The colour scheme of earthy tones is prominent throughout the merchandise, including crochet and leather sandals, plush scarves, and piles of straw sun hats.
Address: 23 Mitropoleos, Chora
Telephone: +30 22890 27451

Art & Home Décor

Rarity

Tap into the island’s vibrant art scene at this exhibition space, showcasing five solo installations and many interesting works by Greek and international contributing artists. A must-visit for art lovers.
Address: 20–22 Kalogera, Chora
Websiteraritygallery.com

Asteria Mosaic Art

With a unique collection of antique and contemporary pieces, you can admire the intricate details of this often-overlooked art form. Want to try it yourself? Sign up for a mosaic-making class and bring home your very own masterpiece.
Address: Ag. Vlassis, Mykonos
Phone: +30 22890 27822
Website: https://art-mosaic.gr/

FreeShop

A world of high-end fashion at this unisex store featuring a mix of stylish finds like must-have Balenciaga pieces, ceramic candles from interior designer Marilena Rizou’s brand Souzie Bougie and chunky Italian jewelry from Maria Calderara.
Address: 48 M Andronikou, Chora
Website: https://freeshop.gr/

Bazaar at Scorpios

Handcrafted beach-inspired items curated by Yucatán-based textile brand Caravana and its founder Jacopo Janniello. Rich textures, from suede hammocks to wicker chairs and clothing from Caravana’s own label, as well as jewelry such as Le Pic’s porcupine quill pendants and VK Lillie’s healing stones.
Address: Paraga, Mykonos
Website: www.scorpiosbazaar.com

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Accommodation on Mykonos

From Sunset to Sunrise: Mykonos Town’s Non-Stop Nightlife

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Athens Useful Numbers

Telephone Area Code +30 210/211

Important Numbers

Emergency 112
Police 100
Ambulance 166
Tourist Police 171
Fire Department 199
Pharmacies 107
Hospitals 106
Weather service 148
Traffic Police 10400
International Phone Assistance 139

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Urban Transportation
Attica Metro tel. +30-210-519-4012
Athens-Piraeus Electric Railways tel. +30-210-324-8311
KTEL Attica tel. 880-8080
Intercity Bus Company tel. 1440
Proastiakos (Suburban Railway) tel. +30-210-527-2000
Hellenic Railways tel. +30-210-529-7777
KTEL Peloponnese tel. +30-210-512-4910

Maritime Transportation
ANEK tel. +30-210-419-7420
ANEN Lines tel. +30-282-102-0345
Blue Star Ferries tel. +30-210-891-9800
GA Ferries tel. +30-210-458-2640
Hellenic Seaways tel. +30-210-419-9000
Minoan Lines: +30-210-414-5700
NEL tel. +30-210-411-5015
Superfast Ferries tel. +30-210-891-9800

Air Transportation
Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport: +30-210-353-0000

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Athens: Getting Here and Around

Athens’s Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is the country’s main airport and there are countless international and national flights to this large modern airport. Since Greece is relatively small, most of the in-country flights take less than an hour and cost less than €200 round-trip. Popular airlines such as Aegean Airlines and Olympic Airways offer regular flights between Athens, Thessaloniki, and other major cities and islands in Greece.

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Getting to and from airport Metro. The 40 minute trip to the centre of Athens (just over an hour and with one change for pireaus) costs €10. For groups, multi-passenger tickets are available, costing €18 for two passengers and €24 for three passengers. If you are just making a stopover in Athens, a round-trip ticket may be a more cost-effective option at €18, valid for trips to and from the airport within a week.

Public Transport  Ath.ena ticket – buses, trolleybuses, metro, tram

Athens has a pretty decent and reliable public transportation system. All tickets are electronic tickets, from daily to yearly passes. These tickets are easily rechargeable and cost less than in other major European cities like London, Berlin, or Paris.

Different Ticket Options

Public transport tickets in Athens are valid for buses, trolleybuses, metro, tram, and the commuter train with in the capital

90-minute ticket: €1.20 (US$1.30)

24-hour ticket: €4.10 (US$4.50)

5-day ticket: €8.20 (US$8.90)

3-day tourist ticket (including airport transportation): €22 (US$23.90)

Discounts are available for seniors over 65, teenagers under 18, and university students under 25. For instance, a 90-minute ticket costs €0.50 (US$0.50) for these groups. Children under 7 can ride all means of transportation for free.

Traveling to and from the airport is not included in the regular tickets, but the 3-day tourist ticket does cover airport transportation.

Where to Purchase Tickets

Public transport tickets can be purchased at any metro station, tram stop, train station or some newsstands.

Taxis

Taxis in Athens are readily available and very affordable (€5-€8 average trip), with many drivers speaking basic English. You can hail one on the street, or you can call a taxi and ask the driver to pick you up at your location. Be sure to ask the driver to turn on the meter and make sure the rate displayed is “1” (the normal rate before midnight). After midnight, the rate displayed is “2”.

If your hotel is less well-known, bring a written address in Greek and the hotel’s phone number and/or show the location on your Phone. If needed, the driver can call the hotel for directions. Tipping is not expected but a small gratuity is appreciated if the driver goes out of their way. There are fixed rates for transport to the airport and port, and luggage costs extra.

Hellas: Website / Tel. +30 18180

Radio Taxi Parthenon Tel: +30 210 5323300

Ikaros: Tel. +30 210 515 2800

Taxiplon: Tel. +30 18222 or +30 210 2773600

Car Hire

Avis

The advantage of renting a car is the opportunity to escape the city and discover its nearby areas, such as Faliro, Glyfada, Voula and Vouliagmeni, just a few kilometers from the historic center, where you can spend a day on the beach. You can also embark on exciting day trips to Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon, or the must-visit destinations of Delphi and Meteora on longer excursions.

Athens Airport

Address: Airport, 5th Klm Spaton-loutsas Av., Athens, 19019. Phone: +30 210 3530578
24-hour drop-off

Athens Downtown
Address: 23 Syggrou Avenue, Athens, 11742, Phone: +30 210 3224951-7

Athens Chalandri
Address: 47, Vas. Georgiou str.,15233, Halandri, Athens Phone: +30 210 6879800

Athens Metamorfosi
Address: 9, Sorrou Str, 14452 ,Metamorfosi, Athens Phone: +30 21110 71414

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Toes in the Sand, Cocktails in Hand: A Guide to Corfu’s Beach Bars

Discover the charm and allure of one of Greece’s most beloved islands, Corfu, renowned for its stunning beach clubs. Immerse yourself in a carefree day that effortlessly transitions into a lively night, surrounded by breathtaking views and an idyllic atmosphere. Savor the flavors of Greece, savor delicious insipred cuisine and fresh seafood, accompanied by the finest local wines and of course sip on icy colourful cocktails.

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Tierra Del Fuego

Tierra Del Fuego, located on the Northern coast of Corfu, is the perfect spot for a relaxing beach day after a hike around the popular resort town of Acharavi and its environs. With a menu ranging from brunch to dinner, guests can enjoy a delicious meal while lounging on the beach under a canopy bed. For those looking for a night out, the sister establishment, Fuego Beach Bar, is a lively option with live DJ events, open until 2am. With free sun loungers and a decently priced package including drinks, the calm and shallow waters of Acharavi beach make for a perfect day or night out.

Address: Acharavi, Phone: +30 2663 063242

Nagual Beach Club

Nagual Beach Bar Restaurant is a luxurious beach club in Corfu, offering white linen and chic neutral tones. Located on the picturesque Kontogialos beach, surrounded by turquoise waters and white sand, Nagual is just 30 minutes from the capital city of Kerkyra. With a menu of fresh seafood and 13 signature cocktails, visitors can enjoy live music and regular DJ sets and events. One of the highlights is the new sunset cinema screenings on the beach all for free. Additionally, watersports are available nearby. Two loungers and a sun parasol cost around 10 Euro, making it a perfect place to spend the day, night, or early morning – Nagual stays open until 3am.

Address: Kontogialos beach, Phone: +30 694 295 7752)

Sirens Beach Bistro

Sirens Beach Bistro is an attractive all-day beach hangout with a stylish and rustic vibe. Located at Marathias Beach, the bistro features a tropical oasis atmosphere with plush designer beds, hammocks, and an abundance of green plants. Enjoy the crystal clear waters and ocean breezes while relaxing to the calming beats of chill music. Sirens Beach Bistro offers creative cocktails, beverages, and snacks for a unique summer experience. Their innovative cocktail list continues to grow every year, attracting new patrons who appreciate their great atmosphere, excellent service, and love of music.

Address: Marathi, Phone: +30 698 441 9817

Akron Beach Bar and Restaurant

Akron Beach Bar and Restaurant is a top pick for beach clubs in Corfu. It boasts a pool and a menu of Mediterranean cuisine, including a 5-course tasting menu, homemade bar snacks, and a wine list of local and foreign options. Located on Agua Triada Beach in Paleokastritsa, it offers protected, wind-free beaches and plenty of lounge spots with views of the sea, olive trees, and neighboring islands. The atmosphere is relaxed with music and guests can also enjoy boat trips or rent their own from the nearby

Address: Agia Triada beach – Paleokastritsa, Phone: +30 2663 041226

Piedra Del Mar

Escape to the pebbled beach of Barbati and treat yourself to a relaxing experience at Piedra Del Mar beach club. With three levels of vibrant African-themed décor, you’ll enjoy dining on a delicious menu, sipping on signature cocktails and grooving to live DJs. Enjoy beach parties, concerts, and night swims under the stars until 2am.

Address: Barbati, Phone: +30 2663091566

Callao Beach Bar Restaurant

Callao Beach Bar Restaurant offers a tranquil experience with its refined menu and excellent location on Kalami Beach in northeastern Corfu. The pebbled beach, idyllic landscape, and vibrant colors make for an enjoyable atmosphere. The menu, inspired by Mediterranean cuisine and made with fresh Corfiot ingredients, is crafted by Executive Chef Panos Christopoulos. Callao also offers a carefully selected wine list, Corfiot beers, and cocktails. The relaxed ambiance, combined with its architectural and gastronomic design, is sought after by both locals and tourists. Callao Beach Bar Restaurant epitomizes Greek hospitality and offers a glimpse into the island’s culture and traditions.

Address: Kalami Bay, Phone: +30 26630 91800

Imabari Seaside Lounge Bar and Restaurant

Imbari Seaside Lounge Bar and Restaurant is a unique and beautiful beach club in the heart of Corfu’s Old Town. This popular destination is the only beach club in the city with access to Faliraki Beach, offering stunning views of historic sites like the Old Fortress. Open until 2am, Imbari is the perfect place to relax from morning to night with rotating pop-up restaurants, 12 signature cocktails, and live music events. With bookable tables, loungers, and swim spots, Imbari’s atmosphere, menu, and idyllic location make it a must-visit beach club in Corfu.

Address: Faliraki beach, Phone: +30 2661 100340

Read also:

Discover the Best Beaches of Corfu: Where Paradise Meets Adventure

Culture Corfu guide

Guided Tours on Corfu

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From Antiques to Designer Boutiques: Shopping in Athens

Discover the best places where you can find clothes, accessories, jewellery and home décor items to take home as memorable gifts or keep entirely for yourself.

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The Greek capital has become a shopper’s paradise where one can find everything from the latest designer goods to unique, conceptualized items of every variety by contemporary local designers. You’ll enjoy great shopping everywhere in the city but the key areas to explore are Syntagma, Plaka, Monastiraki and Kolonaki.

Clothes & Accessories

Zeus & Dione

Named after the parents of love Goddess Aphrodite, the designs here are inspired by classical aesthetics. Think long flowing gowns, pleats and plush materials with boho chic and folk daywear twists. Their clothes are sold in designer stores worldwide.
Address: Voukourestiou 6, Kolonaki.
Phone: (+30) 2103230132
Site: https://www.zeusndione.com/en

Mary Katranzou

The acclaimed designer wowed the world with her unique and memorable patterns, shapes and fresh outlook, and until today the world’s hottest celebs love to wear her designs. Her clothing and accessories designs can be found in stores across the world.
Address: Enny Di Monaco, Irodotou 23, Kolonaki.
Phone: (+30) 210 7290805
Site: https://www.marykatrantzou.com/

Attica Stores

Where better to find a wide selection (in terms of designers and price range) than at Greece’s swankiest department store? Here you’ll find clothes and accessories as well as cosmetics, home décor items and jewellery.
Address: Tsimiski, 48-50, Syntagma
Phone: (+30) 211 99 00000
Site: https://www.atticadps.gr/en/

Forget Me Not

An innovative Plaka store that has elevated the concept of tourist souvenirs, selling tasteful and original clothes, accessories, footwear (including the Ancient Greek Sandals brand) and clever home décor items themed on Greece by contemporary Greek designers.
Address: Adrianou 100, Plaka
Phone: (+30) 21 0325 3740
Site: https://www.forgetmenotathens.gr/

Jewellery

The best Jewellery by Greek designers is sold in stores of Voukourestiou-Panepistimiou. Look out for Kessaris, Ioannis Patilis, Sabanis and Petranova. Standing out at are the Ilias Lalaounis jewellery (Panepistimiou 5) and Zolotas (Panepistimiou 10) shops.

Further up in Kolonaki, visit Ileana Makri Fine Jewellery (Patriarchou Ioakim 13-15), Fanourakis (Patriarchou Ioakim 23), Liana Vourakis (Pindarou 42), I-D Fine Jewellery (Kanari 12) and Elena Votsi (Xanthou 7) for some of the most acclaimed designs.

Jewellery lovers should also not miss out on the Eleni Marneri Gallerie (Pittakou 8, Plaka), a modern Greek designer jewellery museum-shop.

Home & Beauty Stores

Flâneur Souvenirs: Original handmade souvenirs, from notebooks and travel accessories to mugs and silk prints, sold in a cool space.
Address: Flessa 1, Plaka
Phone: (+30) 210 3226900
Site: https://www.facebook.com/flaneursouvenirsandsupplies

Museum Shops

At Athens’s museum shops you’re bound to find interesting Greece-themed items – from jewellery and accessories top artworks, home décor items and more – to suit you and loved ones. The Benaki Museum (Koumpari 1, Kolonaki), the Cycladic Art Museum (Neofitou Douka 4) and the Theocharakis Foundation (Vas. Sofias 9 & Merlin 1) sell the best selections of items created by contemporary Greek designers as well as replicas of classical items.

Martinos

One of the finest antique shops in Athens. Here you’ll find old ceramics and valuable silverware, rare antiques and Eastern rugs, wooden carvings and artworks combined with decorative objects, furniture and lighting from the 20th century – representative examples of Art Deco and modernism.
Address: Pandrossou 50, Monastiraki
Phone: (+30) 21 0321 2414
Site: https://www.martinosart.gr/

Popeye Loves Olive Art Space

Multi-functional and trendy space with original creations by young Greek artists. “Cutting edge contemporary jewellery” created by resident artists, a tattoo studio and artistic events.
Address: 5 Limpona Street, Agia Irini Square
Phone: (+30) 210 8673461
Site: https://popeyelovesolive.com/

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Southern and Eastern Beaches

Plentiful and blessed with fine sand and clean waters, the beaches were part of the initial attraction that drew visitors to the island. Later in the 1960’s the hippies found refuge on a long strip of coast where they could camp and sunbathe in the nude. A haven of tolerance and difficult to get to, its reputation spread by word of mouth and the name they gave it – Paradise. The initial pioneers would not recognise the daybeds and pillows, the Champagne, the gourmet menus, and booming beach bars that proliferate the island shores, but Mykonos now attracts a clientele determined to see and be seen, insistent upon having the best time at whatever cost.

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Luckily, the coastline is big enough to cater for all tastes and there are beaches for partygoers, gay friendly beaches, family beaches, town beaches, beaches for water sports, and out-of-the-way coves for those seeking solitude. Most have golden sand, some have pebbles, some are backed by steep cliffs; but all are fronted by the refreshing Aegean and remind why Mykonos is known throughout the world.

The Southern beaches

Elia, the biggest beach on Mykonos and very beautiful, is very cosmopolitan, gay friendly and with a section for nudists. Luxury yachts moor offshore and the water is perfect for swimming.

Psarou has been the beach of choice for visiting celebrities since the 1980’s but its fame spiralled with the arrival of Nammos, a legendary beach club with eye-watering prices. Although the beach is narrow and crowded, the beach service resembles that of a five-star hotel with rates to match. For the sunbeds there is usually a waiting list despite the costs and the rich and privileged rent them by the month or by the season even. The beach is so popular that parking is very difficult; maybe best to take the bus or walk from the water taxi at Platis Gialos.

Platis Gialos is a spacious, wide sandy beach, and a lively village has grown here anchored by the sheltered bay lined with seafood restaurants, tavernas and beach bars. Many of its hotels are practically on the sand and it is the starting point for water taxis to other sandy beaches of the island.

Paradise, originally known as Kalamopodi, grew famous in 1969 when the Paradise camping site opened to serve the growing hippie community. Today the internationally know Paradise attracts a young, straight crowd who want to dance and drink all day and night. Cavo Paradiso, the most popular night club and home to international DJ’s, is on a hill overlooking the beach.

Super Paradise was traditionally a favorite of nudists and gays, but now it is popular with families and couples despite the decibels of the big beach clubs echoing through the water. The evening parties with famous guest DJs are attended by thousands of young people and the fun never seems to end.

Paranga, also known as Paraga, offers wonderful views of Naxos and Paros. Fine sand, sunbeds and umbrellas, restaurants, and being within walking distance of Paraside, mean that Paranga is of the most popular beaches on the island. SantAnna and Scorpios attract a hedonistic crowd and nudity is relatively common.

Agrari is a long sandy beach, popular with locals and tourists, as there is still space for yourself to stretch out. Umbrellas and sunbeds line one side with open sand on the other. Nudist and gay-friendly, the dining options are noticeably cheaper than other beaches.

Kalo Livadi is a long sandy beach ringed by Mykonos’ characteristic rocky hills. Families head here to spend the day playing with their kids in the shallow waters, while couples head to lively beach club Lohan. It is easily accessible by land and by boat from Platis Gialos.

Kalafati(s) is a kilometre long organised beach popular with families and those who enjoy water sports, especially windsurfers who love the 4-6 Beaufort winds. Away from the more touristy beaches, it is backed by a few hotels and tavernas.

Agia Anna is a low-key beach named after the whitewashed chapel nearby. One of the more relaxing beaches, there is a fresh fish taverna and umbrellas and beds to rent. The two hills that protect the bay are lovingly called Aphrodite’s breasts by the locals.

Ornos has developed in the space of thirty years to be one of the busiest tourist destinations on the island. It is surrounded by hotels and tavernas and in summer it is filled to the brim with those who like to experience a resort atmosphere. Boats anchor in the harbour and offshore, and there is barely any sand visible between the sunbeds and umbrellas, but the beach is very popular with families and trendy singles alike.

Lia was once a remote beach, the furthest (14 km) from Mykonos Town, seldom visited, but the arrival of trendy Italian-influenced beach club Liasti changed that. The sand is coarse with a few pebbles, but the water is particularly clean and it is a popular spot for scuba diving. There is no bus service or water taxi to the beach but it is a pleasant half-hour drive from Chora through the countryside and there is ample parking.

The East

Vathia Lagada is one of the most inaccessible beaches on the island. Small and quiet with coarse sand, it is located south of Cape Evros off a rough dirt road best navigated by 4×4.

Pano and Kato Tigani guarantee isolation even in August. Next to each other and very small, they overlook the tiny island of Tragonisi. The sand is coarse but golden, and the waters are some of the clearest on Mykonos but refreshingly cold. The same dirt road that leads to Vathia Lagada ends at Tigania.

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Useful Telephone Numbers Corfu

General
Telephone Area Code +30 26610

General Hospital +30 26610 88200

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Police Station +30 26610 39509

Tourist Police +30 26610 30265

Port Authority +30 26610 65200

Municipality of Corfu +30 26610 42601

Tourist Office (GNTO) +30 26610 37638

Post Office +30 26610 25544

Bus Service (KTEL) +30 26610 37186

Other Phones
Taxis +30 26610 33811

Bus Service (Urban) +30 26610 31595

Museums

Archaeological Museum +30 26610 30680

Byzantine Museum +30 26610 38313

Asian Art Museum +30 26610 38124

Municipal Art Gallery +30 26610 39553

Numismatic Museum +30 26610 41552

Sea Shell Museum (Benitses) +30 26610 72227


Acharavi Folklore Museum +30 26630 63052

Folk Museum Sinarades +30 26610 54962

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Explore Cultural Riches at the Museums of Corfu Town

Discover the rich history and culture of Corfu through its numerous museums. The town is a true treasure trove of knowledge, with the Archaeological Museum standing out for its vast collection of artifacts from the island’s ancient cities. The Byzantine Museum of Antivouniotissa showcases rare icons, frescoes, and church items, housed within a 15th-century monument. Immerse yourself in the Asian art collection at the Palace of Saint Michael and George, showcasing items from private collections of Indian countries.

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Other highlights include the Solomos Museum, honoring the famous Greek poet, and the Music Museum and Arachavi Folklore Museum preserve and present the history of the Philharmonic society and traditional items, respectively, while the Numismatic Museum and Municipal Gallery round out the cultural offerings in Corfu

The Palace of Saint Michael and George

Located in the heart of Corfu Town, the 19th-century palace houses the Museum of Asian Art, the only one of its kind in Greece. The museum was created from the private collection of the diplomat Gregory Manos and enhanced with other private collections. It is a study in the aesthetics of Buddhism, Confucianism, and other Far Eastern philosophies and religions, and includes thousands of exhibits, such as statues, cult objects, figurines, manuscript codes, and everyday utensils from China, Japan, Tibet, Siam (Thailand), Cambodia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

Inside the palace, visitors can also admire authentic furniture and objects, ornamental paintings, and relics, as well as the beautiful halls used for meetings of the Ionian Senate, the Ionian Chamber of Deputies, and the ballroom, formal dining room, and throne room.

The Archaeological Museum of Corfu

Modernised in 2018, it houses over 1600 exhibits, dating from prehistoric times to Late Antiquity, including artefacts from the ancient city of Corfu and other locations on the island. The museum is located at A. Vraila 1.

The Paleopolis Museum-Mon Repos

Located within the lush estate of Mon Repos in Paleopolis. The museum is housed in an impressive mansion built during the English occupation and includes various artefacts from this period on the ground floor. Finds from the excavations at the Paleopolis archaeological site can be found on the first floor.

The Municipal Art Gallery

Located in the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, the gallery hosts works by leading Ionian painters, mainly from the 19th century. More information can be found on their website at https://artcorfu.gr.

The Antivounitissa Museum

Byzantine and post-Byzantine museum, housed in the Church of the Holy Virgin (also known as Kyra Antivouniotissa). The church was built in the 15th century and has preserved its original one-room basilica design. The museum’s collection includes portable icons from the 15th to the 19th century, representing five centuries of artistic expression of the Ionian school, as well as a collection of Byzantine icons from the nearby Museum of Asian Art. The exhibition also includes a selection of artworks from the Museum of Asian Art.

The Dionisios Solomos Museum

Located in the former home of national poet of Greece, Dionysios Solomos. The interior has been converted into a museum displaying furniture, portraits, photographs, and personal objects belonging to Dionysios Solomos. The Society of Corfu Studies is also based in the museum.

The Banknotes/Ionic Bank Museum

Opened in 1981, the museum is located in a beautiful neoclassical building. Home to collections of banknotes issued from 1839 to 1920, including the first banknote in Greece and a Chinese banknote from 1300 considered to be one of the oldest in the world.

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Activities Corfu guide

The mountain of Pantokrator

A great place for mountain biking, with companies offering organised cycling tours and off-road action using 4x4s and ATVs. These tours can be taken all over the island, providing an exciting way to explore the beautiful landscape and scenery of Corfu. Whether you are an experienced mountain biker or just looking for a new adventure, these tours offer a unique and thrilling way to experience the island.

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Wineries

There are several small wineries on the island where visitors can go to taste different types of wine. These include the Grammenos Winery in Sinarades, the Gouli Winery in Liapades and Skripero, the Ktima Theotoki winery in Livadi Ropa, and the Nicoluzo Winery in Ano Korakiana.

Additionally, the island hosts the annual Corfu Food and Wine Festival, where visitors can try a variety of local wines and other culinary delights.

Grammenos Winery (Sinarades, https://grammenosfamily wines.com)
Winery Gouli (Liapades, Skripero, https://goulis-winery-corfu.business.site)
Winery Ktima Theotoki (Livadi Ropa, www.theotoky.com)
Nicoluzo Winery (Ano Korakiana, tel. 6943 777728)

Diving centres

Can be found in large hotels.
Diving centres are located on the main beaches, including Paleokastritsa, Hermones, Acharavi, Gouvia, Ermones, Acharavi, Gouvia, Vavoi, Vivi, Vavos, Vivi, and Kontokali.

Golf

There is an excellent 18-hole golf course in the Ermones area, located in the Ropa meadow, 14 kilometres (8.7 miles) from the town of Corfu (https://corfugolfclub.com).

Hiking on the island of Corfu

There are several options to choose from. The three old paved paths from the village of Lakones offer easy and short hikes that are well signposted. These paths lead to the village of Paleokastritsa, and are a great way to explore the natural beauty of the area. In addition to these trails, there are two more challenging routes to the top of the highest mountain on the island, Pantokratoras. The first route starts from the village of Old Perithia and takes approximately 1.5 hours to reach the summit. The second route starts from the village of Strinylas and takes about 2.5 hours to reach the top, passing through the Kranoula site along the way.

Both of these trails offer breathtaking views and a chance to experience the island’s rugged terrain. It’s important to be prepared for your hike, especially in the hot summer months. Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes, bring plenty of water and sun protection, and always let someone know your plans and whereabouts. With a little preparation, you can enjoy a safe and rewarding hiking experience on the beautiful island of Corfu.

Cricket

In Spianada, the largest square in the Balkans, cricket matches are held regularly. You can find more information about the Greek Cricket Federation based in Corfu at www.cricket.gr.

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Corfu Town guide

The historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its beautiful architecture, which reflects those who have conquered the island throughout its history.

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The Spianada and the Liston

The Spianada is the largest square in the Balkans and is a popular starting point for tours of the city. On its western side is the Liston, a well-known spot for strolling and enjoying coffee. The Liston was created in 1810 and was inspired by the Parisian Rivoli Street. It is home to many cafes and restaurants located under its arches and elegant lanterns. On the south side of the Spianada, visitors can sit and watch a game of cricket, a rare sight in Greece. The Hellenic Cricket Federation has its headquarters in Corfu.

The Palace of Saints Michael and George

This historic building was built between 1819-24 by the English conquerors of the island. It served as the residence of the English Commissioner Thomas Maitland and the headquarters of the English Commission, as well as the headquarters of the Battalion of Saints Michael and George. Between 1864 and 1969, it was the winter residence of the former royal family. The palace is known for its impressive architecture and is home to several cultural attractions, including the Municipal Gallery of Corfu, which features works by local artists, and the Asian Art Museum. The palace is surrounded by gardens and is also home to the monument to Thomas Maitland, a rotunda with Ionic columns that was built in 1816 to commemorate the arrival of the English Commissioner.

The Old Fortress of Korifo

Also known as the Old Fortress of Corfu, it is located on a peninsula with two peaks. It wa built between 1386 and 1797 by the Venetians, who fortified the two hills and the rocky coast with strong walls and a deep ditch called the Contra Fossa. The fortress contains two Venetian towers, Castel de Terre and Castel de Mare, as well as ruins of gun emplacements, barracks, gunpowder magazines, and underground tunnels. The highest point of the fortress was home to the first lighthouse of the Greek seas, and on its south side is the church of St. Agios George, built by the English in 1840. The Contra Fossa is now used as a fishing boat launch and the bridge that crosses it is a popular scenic walk.

The New Fortress of Corfu

Located on the hill of Agios Markos near the old port of the city, it was built by the Venetians between 1576 and 1645. The purpose of the New Fortress was to protect the Exopolion (the settlement outside the Old Fortress) and the port. It has two fortification zones, including the Sette Venti bastions on the highest level. When the New Fortress was completed and connected to the Old Fortress through coastal fortifications, it formed a powerful defensive system with two autonomous poles that made Corfu virtually impregnable. Visitors to the fortress can pass through galleries, vaulted corridors, and battlements, and see gun emplacements, portals, and Latin inscriptions. From the top of the fortress, there is a spectacular panoramic view of the city and the sea.

Saint Spyridon

The patron saint and protector of the island of Corfu in Greece. The church of Saint Spyridon was built in the 16th century to house the indestructible skeleton of the saint, which was brought to the island by a priest from Constantinople in 1456. The bell tower of the church dates back to 1590 and is similar in design to the bell tower of St. George of the Greeks in Venice. The golden urn of the saint is kept inside the sanctuary of the church, which is visited by many pilgrims each year. Saint Spyridon is traditionally believed to be a miracle worker who protected the city from the plague epidemic, and the Turkish siege of 1716. The large procession of the tabernacle takes place on Palm Sunday, and all the Philharmonic Orchestras of Corfu participate in the spectacular event.

The small islet of Pontikonisi

Also known as Mouse Island, it is located just off the coast of Kanoni and is connected to the mainland by a footbridge. The island is home to the Vlaherna Monastery, a 17th-century religious building, and the Pantokrator, a Byzantine monastery dating back to the 11th century. Although a popular destination, Mouse Island is protected as a Natural Monument and visitors are not allowed to disembark.

The village of Perama

From the pier at Kanoni, there is another footbridge that crosses the Chalkiopoulou Lagoon and leads to the opposite coast. Perama is a popular holiday settlement with a swimming beach.

The Achilleion

The palace, about 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) from the town of Corfu, was built between 1889 and 1891 as a holiday resort for Empress Elizabeth of Austria-Hungary, also known as “Sissy.” It was designed in the Pompeian style with strong neoclassical elements and is surrounded by gardens decorated with pergolas, fountains, and statues inspired by Greek mythology.

Sissy, who was deeply affected by the death of her son, Prince Rudolph, named the palace after her beloved hero, Achilles. She lost her life in 1898 when she was murdered by an Italian anarchist in Geneva. The Habsburgs later sold the palace to their ally, William II of Germany, who did not get to enjoy it due to the outbreak of World War I. However, he did manage to place a bronze statue of Achilles in the garden. The interior of the palace is impressive, with a luxurious museum building and an Ionic peristyle (columned porch) with statues of the Nine Muses and busts of Greek philosophers. The garden also features a famous statue of “Achilles the Immortal” by the sculptor Ernest Herter. The palace has since been restored to its former glory and is used for cultural events.

Paleokastritsa and Angelokastro

The region of Paleokastritsa is known for its six beautiful bays, which can become crowded in the summer. It is also believed to be the location of the palace of the mythical king of the Phaeacians, Alkinoos, as described in Homer’s Odyssey. According to legend, Odysseus was hosted at the palace during his journey to Ithaca.

The Monastery of Panagia

In Paleokastritsa, you can visit the monastery of Panagia, which offers panoramic views of the sea. The monastery was founded in 1228, but the current building dates from the 16th to 18th centuries. It houses a museum with Byzantine and post-Byzantine artefacts, including icons, holy vestments, books, and utensils.

Angelokastro

A Byzantine castle located on a high peak. It was one of three castles that protected the island and was considered one of the most important fortresses in the area. It is believed to have been fortified as early as the 5th to 7th centuries and features defensive enclosures, walls with ramparts, and an acropolis. At its highest point stands the Byzantine church of Taxiarchis. You can visit Angelokastro by following a path that leads to the castle, passing by the church of Agios Ioannis and other defensive structures along the way.

Mon Repos

This large estate is located in Paleopolis, a suburb of the town of Corfu. It was originally built as a summer residence for the English commissioner Frederick Adam and his Corfiot wife, Nina Palatianou, in 1830. The mansion combines elements of ancient Greek elegance with the romantic style of the time. However, Adam and his wife did not live in Mon Repos for long, as Adam was transferred to the Indies in 1832. After Adam’s departure, the estate became the home of the School of Fine Arts, directed by the sculptor Paul Prosalentis. The open land was also turned into a public botanical garden. Today, the mansion houses the Paleopolis Museum, which showcases findings from excavations in the area, objects related to the use of the building by its blue-blooded inhabitants, and information about the rare flora of the estate, which includes over 2,000 species of plants. Mon Repo is located about 3 kilometres (1.8 miles) from the town of Corfu.

The Kaiser Observatory

Is a building located on the top of a hill above the village of Peleka on the island of Corfu in Greece. It was built by William Kaiser in 1908 and offers panoramic views of the olive grove and the west coast of the island. The observatory is known for its beautiful sunset views and is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. To reach the observatory, visitors must climb a set of stairs and can then sit on the benches on the balcony to enjoy the views.

Kanoni

Kanoni is a small peninsula located on the southeastern coast of the island, known for its beautiful views and iconic cannon. It is also home to a busy port area with a number of hotels, restaurants, and cafes.

Palia Perithia

Is a village located at the foot of Mount Pantokratoras on the island of Corfu in Greece. The village was built in 1347 and has preserved many elements of the Venetian rule, including several churches. It gets its name from the nine churches that surround it, most of which are private. The most notable of these churches are Agios Nikolaos and Agios Jacob the Persian, both of which have large double bell towers. Palia Perithia is divided into two districts: the upper part, which includes the square, and the village beyond, which extends beyond the stream. Visitors can explore the village by walking through these two districts and then stopping for a meal at one of the traditional taverns. The village is known for its beautiful plateau, full of trees and water, and is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

The Diapontic Islands

Are a group of three small islands located in the northwest of the island of Corfu in Greece. The islands, which include Mathraki, Ereikoussa, and Othoni, are popular with boaters and are known for their picturesque beaches with fine sand and clear waters. Ereikoussa is the closest island to Corfu, with its only port being Porto. There are also beaches at Cape Stamoleka. Othoni is the largest and most developed of the Diapontic Islands, with a port in Ammos and the impressive Calypso beach, known for its white sand, caves, and rocky formations. Mathraki is the smallest of the islands and has a port and beach at Plakes and Portello. Boats to the Diapontic Islands depart from Sidari, Agios Stefanos, and Corfu town.

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