Today, once more, I go back in time! June of 2014, for 1 week we went to Greece-Corfu to be precise-one of the islands. It’s the greener of the Greek islands because it rains almost as much as in London! With temperatures around 31ºC in mid-summer and crystal clear waters it’s the perfect destination!
Corfu made me feel at home, welcoming people and delicious food. We stayed at Sensimar Grand Mediterraneo Resort & Spa, it’s a hotel for adults only and is located on the hill with a breathtaking view. There is no need to say that most of the pictures that we have taken are of the sunset! Hehe
As always, we rented a car because on bucket list had a lot of beaches, the city and a lake on it. The list is always bigger than what we manage to do but that leaves a feeling that you need to come back to see the rest!
The lake was a failed attempt. On the GPS/satnav we had put in the location “Limni Korission” and everything was going well. We started to enter some kind of gravel road but that didn’t put us off, we kept on going, in part because there was a car behind us and that gave us confidence that we were on the right track! Someone even waved at us and we waved back, the locals are so nice! The brambles started to scratch the car and the road started to be very narrow! That is when Ricardo (my husband) decided to get out of the car and walk a bit to see if the path got better. The gentleman in the car behind got out and mentioned to Ricardo that he was following us because he thought that we knew the way! That is when we decided to abort the lagoon mission! Maybe the lady that waved at us didn’t want to say “hello”, but, “don’t go that way”! Next time Limni Korission!
East of the island they have cobble beaches and west they have sand beaches, interesting isn’t it? As we went in June, everything on the island seemed very quiet, but I can imagine that in July and August it would be busier as it’s the high season! All of the beaches mentioned below are easy to find with the GPS/satnav!
The beaches on the East that we visited were:
Arriving at this beach we discovered the car park is on the beach… on the pebble! I think the photos speak for themselves but I can’t stress enough how crystal clear the waters are at all these beaches, it’s just unbelievable!
This is a beach that we found driving between Barbati and kerasia beach. It’s very small and very private, we found it driving through and decided to explore it. If you know the name please let me now on the comments below!
The beaches West that we visited were:
Port Double bay. There is a bit of a walk involved when visitinghere. It’s in the middle of nowhere; the vegetation is low and the only directions is on a wooden sign, maybe it’s better if I show some pictures of the way! For us, walking down to the bay was easy and we came across some people that told us how much more we had to walk. Haha and that is what we did on our way back to the other people trying to find it too, until we got lost and instead of going back to the beginning we ended up in someone’s back yard!!! Haha
On the north of the island in a city called Sidari, there is a rock formation known as the tunnel of love. There was erosion by the sea which formed this channel that meets with the sea. Myths say that any couple swimming in this channel will stay together forever! And of course as soon as we got there, we didn’t do it, because the channel was a bit narrow and we didn’t know the strength of the sea if we swam to deeper water. We were a bit fearful, but we travel along we start being more adventurous! I hope you can see that on my next posts!
There is a lot to explore in the city of Corfu, from the new (Neo Frourio) to the Old (Paleo Frourio) fortresses, were solid defences against the onslaught of the sea. These are the places to visit for a panoramic view of the city.
The Esplanade is an elegant terrace of coffee shops that resembles the Rivoli Street of Paris.
The St Spiridhon church is the holiest place on the island!
The Old Town has a maze of narrow streets – very easy to get lost in! It’s the perfect place for shopping, for those souvenirs, and it was in one of these shops that I saw glass Christmas decorations with some Greek drawings and Corfu sayings. I touched one of them and it just fell on the floor, luckily the gentleman in the shop did a discount because we were not taking it! Now I respect the signs “do not touch”.
A little way outside of the town center you can find is where Vlacherna and Pontikonissi, two small islands that almost could’ve been taken from a fairytale book. Vlacherna Island is where you can see a small white convent with a single tree on its side that’s even taller than the bell tower. Pontikonissi Island is a wildlife sanctuary.
Thank you for reading, I have so much more to share, please feel free to leave comments! Safe travels everyone!