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Enjoy Kumquat, the characteristic local drink of Corfu

When visiting the Greek island of Corfu and wandering around the picturesque little roads of its old town, you are likely to see a variety of bottles containing an enigmatic orange liquid. This is simply called Kumquat and is the local spirit that has become a trademark on the island.

Several distilleries produce the liquor, but also many other culinary products use this fruit as the principal ingredient.

The tiny orange fruit is originally from China and South Japan. In Asiatic countries they also use the kumquat in bonsai, and as an emblem of good luck, it is sometimes given as a gift. The meaning of the term is golden fruit and it was introduced on the island by an English agronomist in 1860. Kumquat has, since then, turned into one of the main agricultural products of the island.

The tree, also known as Marumi kumquat, produces a small, round or oval-shaped golden-yellow colored fruit with a sweet peel. The pulp, nevertheless, is rather bitter, and is mainly used as an ingredient for spoon sweets, marmalade, and jelly — although it is possible to eat the kumquat raw.

The color of the beverage determines whether the liqueur has been made from the rind or from the fruit itself. If the color is bright orange spirit, then it has been made only with the skin. It is very sweet in taste and exceptionally fragrant as well. Being also quite strong in taste, it is the favorite choice for making cocktails, as well as for adding flavor to creams, puddings, and other desserts.

The white liquor, instead, is considerably less sweet and locals usually serve it after meals, the same way they serve ouzo, tsikoudia, and tsipouro in other parts of Greece. In Corfu, many local companies produce a variety of delicacies from the fruit such as kumquat syrup (perfect on Greek yogurt), marmalade, and even cookies.

Jun 09, 2018
Cycling in Northern Corfu - a lifetime experience

by Spyridoula Kokkali

-A tribute to Northern Corfu’s natural sights -
(With the compliments of S Bikes & Stamatis Banos)

Cycling is not just a sport or a free time activity; It is an experience and northern Corfu makes this experience unique for any kind of biker, since the diversity of its landscape invites everyone to discover the natural beauty of this magnificent part of the island. A biker then becomes a traveller.

Mountain routes, on road routes, trails of differential altitudes, a huge network of unpaved roads, places that can only be reached by bike, cliffs and mountains are abundant in Northern Corfu welcoming all kinds of bikers.

Spring and autumn are the seasons than can make you enjoy this experience to the full as nature is at its best decorated with a colourful wildflower patchwork and mesmerizing scents that soothe even the wildest of souls. Whether an on road route or off road route lover, all your five senses will be fine-tuned as your bike will become your means to a trip to paradise.

Cycling through traditional mountain villages, like Old Perithia, is a trip through time. Old stone houses, friendly hospitable people and a breathtaking view is an experience not to be missed. As you ride your bike on the narrow cobbled streets, your mind travels back in time as if in a time machine. Old people will put a spell on you with their wide smiles and warm your heart and like the Sirens from Odyssey will make you not want to go back. The luscious olive oil, the fruity local wines, the sweet kumquat liqueur and the overpowering scents of local herbs, are these people’s magic potions. As your trip continues, tamed creatures that roam the mountains will accompany you along the way.

Uncharted places are waiting to be discovered. The Grava cave, one of the most important caves on the island,is found in Loutses at an altitude of 300 metres on Pantokratoras mountain and offers travellers the chance to discover hidden natural sights and become witnesses of natural wonders. A feeling of isolation and peace is overwhelming as you enter the cave and leave the rest of the world behind you.

Antinioti Lake lies in every local’s soul. The serenity of its waters along with the unique flora and fauna create a mystery longing to be unraveled. The 7km flat route around it, offers the traveller this very chance. Antinioti lake is home to Lutra Lutra the European otter, which swims all the way from Lake Butrint in Albania, to nest and home to hundreds of rare plants and birds. It is protected by Natura 2000 as it is considered to be one of the most precious natural jewels of the island.

Sandy beaches with crystal clear waters that stretch as far as the eye can see give bikers a sense of freedom and eternity. Majestic sunsets and the sea breeze are healing to the mind and soul. Sand dunes in Almyros beach create a natural maze and add a bit of adventure to the traveller before moving on to the next destination.

Nymfes village hosts nature’s most impressive wonder; a waterfall with blessed waters that have been giving life for centuries. The tremendous sound of water falling is dominant to a place full of life turning it into a nature lover’s paradise . The remarkable route that begins in Askitario in Nymfes and ends in Platonas village is an unforgettable one as you travel through springs and small lakes, huge old trees and lush vegetation. The myth of “nymfes” the goddesses of water who have given the village its name, comes alive.

The routes through Northern Corfu’s numerous olive groves cannot be missed. Hundred-year-old trees that have been providing locals with their miraculous olive oil for centuries stand there motionless, untouched by time creating their very own ecosystem. Their silver leaves rustle with the slightest of wind and sparkle as the sun shines upon them.

A picturesque natural harbour is found in Kassiopi village. The boats seem to be dancing on its waters and the reflections of the lights at night create such a magical illusion that you cannot tell the difference between the waters of the sea and a starry night.

Drastis Cape is a must for every biker. A place waiting to be discovered to unveil its remarkable beauty through dense vegetation and steep cliffs. A place taken straight from a fairytale.

Canal d’ amour –the canal of love-is an impressive natural bay in Sidari created by clay cliffs, a very common sight in the area. The sea waves have the power to change the shape of  both the cliffs and the bay thus the scenery is different every year. Every visitor leaves with a different image in his mind.

People say that the trip is more important than the destination. In Northern Corfu, the trip within the ideal destination is simple perfection. No biker’s life will ever be the same again.

May 30, 2018
Safer Tourism Foundation │ How to stay safe and well on holiday

A new charity working to improve the health and safety of tourists

We all want to keep ourselves and our families safe and well on holiday. However, accidents do sometimes happen, so we want to help you avoid them wherever possible. For practical and simple advice on staying safe on holiday, visit the Safer Tourism Foundation website. Visit the Safer Tourism Foundation website here.

How to stay safe and well on holiday

Whether you are a solo traveller, part of a couple or in a family group, planning and booking your holiday is an exciting time. With so much choice of where to go, the type of accommodation you stay in and the activities you do, you can put together exactly the kind of holiday to suit you.

When we go on holiday we all assume that we will come home in at least as good a shape, mentally and physically, as we left. And for the vast majority of travellers that is the case. Holidays relax and refresh us, help us to re-charge and re-connect with what is important to us.

But for thousands of tourists each year, that is sadly not the case. Every year travellers suffer injuries from accidents that could have been prevented. Some of these end tragically in a fatality, turning a holiday into a nightmare.

No one wants to experience this. Reputable travel companies work hard to make a safe environment for your holiday, whether that is on the flight out, in your accommodation or during activities and excursions. But nothing is risk free, and things do still go wrong. If that happens, you should expect your travel company, accommodation or service provider to be responsive and to address the things within their control and within reason.

But sometimes things happen that are just bad luck, something no one could have foreseen or done anything to prevent. And sometimes we as travellers have a part to play. An unfamiliar environment, whether it is on the beach, on the roads or in and around our hotel, presents the potential for accidents to happen.

Added to that, when we go on holiday we sometimes behave a little differently than when we are at home. We might take a more carefree approach to life (that’s part of what a holiday is about, after all) but this can put ourselves at risk. If we hop on a moped wearing only shorts and flip flops we might ask ourselves, would we do this at home?

The Safer Tourism Foundation has been set up to help us all stay safe and well when we travel. We are a one stop shop for practical, down-to-earth advice for you to use at all stages of your holiday, from planning where to go to what to do if you need medical help abroad.

There is a huge amount of useful information available from travel companies, government websites and specialist advice sites, all aiming to help you and your fellow travellers stay safe and well when you are on holiday. But it is sometimes quite hard to find, and can look a bit overwhelming. We have pulled all of this together in one place to distil the most important things you need to know and what you need to think about to make sure you have the best possible holiday.

We are an independent charity so we do not represent any travel company or holiday provider. Our main aim is to reduce the number of people who are hurt or killed when on holiday, whether they are travelling independently or with the support of a travel operator or agent. From our website you can get a clear explanation of how to use the government’s advice on travelling to different countries (for example, what is the terrorist threat?), you can see what to pack in a first aid kit, and we highlight the particular things to be aware of if you are camping or if you are on a party weekend (like a stag or hen party).

We hope you find the advice useful and practical. Let us know.

Stay safe and well and, above all, enjoy your holiday.

May 28, 2018
The Durrells’ Alexis Georgoulis on his favourite corners of Corfu: “All Corfiots are crazy”

By Claire Webb

Where’s your favourite place on Corfu?
Sidari Beach, on the northwest coast of the island, for the astonishing sunsets and scenery. And I love to drive up to Kaiser’s Throne – a panoramic viewpoint on a cliff in central Corfu.

Is filming The Durrells as idyllic as it looks – or does it get hot and sticky?
We shoot a little before or after the tourist season when the weather is perfect. I prefer spring, when the wildflowers blossom. Also, the actors and crew are like one big family now, so it doesn’t feel like work.

How do you spend your days off?
I wake up early and go to one of the small, private coves by Glyfada Beach on the west coast. I stay there the whole day until late at night – swimming, playing my guitar and hanging out with friends.

Have the locals welcomed you?
Look, all Corfiots are crazy. I haven’t met a Corfiot who is normal. They’re very fun people, always making jokes, and their culture is very different from the rest of Greece. I’ve made a lot of good friends there.

Different how?
They are very into music. All Corfiots can play an instrument, and all of them sing as well, especially when they’re drunk! They even speak differently, with a singsong intonation.

Do they have any culinary specialities?
Like everywhere in Greece, they have great taste in food. The most famous dish is bourdetto – a spicy tomato stew made with scorpion fish, or sometimes you can find it with octopus.

And to wash it down?
They have very nice wines and a digestif that can only be found on Corfu – a sweet, orange-coloured kumquat liqueur. Bourdetto is very nice with a glass of raki or tsipouro, a Greek brandy.

Where’s your favourite place for lunch?
Marina’s Tavern in Spilia, the old Jewish neighbourhood in Corfu Town. Marina serves Corfiot recipes and even a simple salad is delicious because she sources her ingredients from local gardens, so the tomatoes are very ugly but taste beautiful.

RadioTimes

May 27, 2018
Porto Timoni, the Blue Paradise of Corfu + Video

By Gabi Ancarola 

There is a corner in the Ionian island of Corfu known as the Blue Lake, its name is Porto Timoni, a double bay with turquoise waters that is attached to the island by a narrow piece of land. Corfu, better-known for its unique historic town of Venetian flair, elegant buildings, and stunning colors, has also some of the most beautiful beaches of Greece, where the green exuberance of the vegetation combines with the unique color of the waters of the Ionian, giving birth to many beautiful beaches.

Some of them are really famous, attracting thousands of visitors every year, making Corfu one of the most visited Greek islands. Others, however, remain relatively unknown as it is rather difficult to access these areas. Among these hidden paradises, Corfu boasts the beauty of Porto Timoni, one of the most gorgeous beaches on the island.

A pristine double bay that has long remained a secret to tourists thanks to the fact that access by land is not easy.

Porto Timoni can be found near the village of Afiona, located in the Northwest area of Corfu.

The waters are blue and the two beaches created on the same small isthmus are covered with white pebble and lush trees and bushes. To reach Porto Timoni, visitors need to leave their vehicle and walk for about twenty-five minutes through a path that offers stunning views of the area.

Following this path, it is possible to reach the two beaches of Porto Timoni. Along the way, tourists will discover the unexplored magic of the amazing island of Corfu. Look at this video to learn more.

More infos for Porto Timoni, here

May 27, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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