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Barcarole: August 7th on Agios Spyridon Perithia beach, for the 16th consecutive year

The overactive Union of Perithians "Philippos Vlahos", for the 16th consecutive year, organizes the boat festival “Barcarole” on Agios Spyridon Perithia beach, on Wednesday August 7th at 21:00.

A parade of boats will sail along the bay. The party will continue on the beach until dawn.

Participants:
- The troubadours of Corfu with serenades.
- The Gym "KINISIS" & the school dance with Samantha Brindley dance theater performance (choreographed by Athena Kotsi)
- Dance team "Union of Perithians "Philippos Vlahos"
- choir "Union of Perithians "Philippos Vlahos"
- The band Feakes with folk feast.
- Night lake trail (Antinioti lake)

Watch videos of past events. Photo by Stathis Koutsiaftis

Jul 23, 2019
Corfu: A idyllic grecian island getaway

By Tiffany Ryes

For a memorable Grecian getaway, why not go off the beaten track? Skip the crowded vacation spots, the overrated resorts, and visit the small, sleepy, coastal towns on the island of Corfu.

While one of the first islands to open to global tourism in the 1960s, Corfu isn’t as crowded as you might think. The island remains rich in unspoiled stretches of infamous coast and quaint inland towns that you can visit for a more immersive yet intimate and quiet Greek holiday. Carpeted by lush, wild olive trees and dotted with historical, whitewashed buildings, Corfu is one island that should be on top of your island-travel bucket list.

Corfu is an eclectic combination of the cosmopolitan and historical, with posh resorts and vibrant streets juxtaposed with Byzantine-era churches and Venetian-style fortresses. From beach-combing to sight-seeing to sailing and on to wining and dining, if you’re looking for an unforgettable Greek vacation, you can definitely find something to love about Corfu.

Viewing Corfu from the coast

A Corfu holiday is never complete without viewing the island from the turquoise Mediterranean waters and experiencing all of its coastal sights and sounds by boat. An abundant range of boat-rental companies throughout the island’s coast can cater to your island wanderlust. Boats and yachts are available for every budget, starting from 50 euros per day, with petrol charged separately.

Nissaki is an idyllic starting point for exploring the island’s northeast coast, viewing the quaint white-washed buildings and maybe even dropping anchor at a few bays and coves to swim, sunbathe—or have a private picnic.

Companies such as Kaminaki Boats in Nissaki offer a fantastic way to experience Corfu, with a collection of self-drive boats for you to explore in at your own pace, starting from Kaminaki and northward to Kassiopi or southward to Ipsos. Stops in between include boathouses, tavernas and small, historic coastal towns.

Kaminaki Boats offers smaller 15-horsepower boats for two to six passengers for a more leisurely pace along the coast. If you want to cover more ground (or sea), you can also rent 30-horsepower speedboats. These are faster and more efficient, accommodating up to eight people at a time. Driving the boats is easy, and newbies who haven’t driven a boat before can have driving lessons and tests before renting.

More luxurious options for exploring Corfu

Aside from boat rentals, Corfu also offers a diverse range of charter sea cruises such as sailboat, yacht and catamaran rentals for group and private cruises. This allows you to explore farther off Corfu’s coasts and around the northern and southern Ionian Islands, such as Ithaca, Kefalonia, Lefkas, Meganisi, Paxos and Zakynthos.

Seasoned sailors can rent private sailboats for a more unique and exclusive navigation experience with boats for up to 10 persons starting at just a little over $1,500 per week. Marina charters offer not just yacht rentals, but also transportation to and from port and airport. You can choose the type of yacht that best suits your charter, budget, water activity, itinerary and lifestyle. From solitary sailing through the Ionian Islands to private, luxury cruise parties, Corfu’s charter companies have everything for everyone.

From Athens, you can reach Corfu by plane, which takes an hour or less. There are several flights available daily in Athens. There are also flights to the island from Thessaloniki. For those who are coming to Corfu by car, the best route is from Athens to Igoumenitsa. From here, ferry rides to Corfu are available every half hour, with the crossing taking one to two hours. Car rentals and driving services from the airports are also available, and there are many scenic routes to take on land on the way to the island.

 

Jul 20, 2019
Discover the Pantokrator mountain range

Pantokratoras, the most astonishing view in Corfu. Pantokratoras is the highest mountain in Corfu with its height at 906m. It covers the NE edge of the island and ends E of Corfu strait. From its peak you have an outstanding view as you can see the entire island and a large part of nearby Albanian coast. During ancient Ages it was called Istoni. Its modern name is owed to the holy monastery of Pantokratoras, built almost on the top of the mountain in 14th century. Next to the monastery there is a coffee shop, and not far from it are placed few telecommunications towers.

In order to visit the traditional villages around Pantokratoras, where the time seems to have stopped, and where the mass tourism didn’t arrived yet, we advise you to follow the panoramic road. Following the coastal road from Corfu town toward northern Corfu, when you’ll arrive in Ypsos you must turn left toward Spartylas, so you’ll start ascending the mountain and after the first village you must turn right, towards Strinylas, a small village with 3 taverns, where you can stop for lunch. From Stinylas you’ll simply follow the road till its end, and you’ll reach the top of the mountain where you certainly shall by impressed by the superb panoramic view.

If you already arrived on the Northern side of the island, the road from the centre of Acharavi will drive you to the Pantokratoras through all its beautiful villages. Pantokratoras has an outstanding beauty and is well known for its beautiful pathways. From Strinylas there is an excellent path leading to the top, with an admirable view. The same path is used also by Mountain bikers, but is suitable for jeep if you prefer off road adventures.

Jul 19, 2019
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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

Jul 16, 2019
Gardens of Corfu and the landscape that inspires them

Greenest of the Greek islands, Corfu has been dubbed “the garden isle” since Homer’s time. Today it has a little-known but rich garden heritage ranging from ­romantic old estates and colourful ­village gardens to stunning contemporary works by Greek and international designers. The past 20 years on this ­cosmopolitan island have seen a remarkable crop of new gardens created by homeowners from across Europe and beyond.

British garden makers and designers have contributed to this renaissance. Corfu has long held a special appeal for the British, not least because of its welcoming local population. Today nearly one in 10 of Corfu’s 113,000 year-round residents is British, and several hundred more Britons own summer homes here. Many say they have been drawn here by the favourable conditions for gardening given by generous winter rainfall, mild temperatures, varied growing environments, and inspiring natural landscapes and sea views.

A few garden vestiges remain from when Britain administered Corfu in the 19th century, when artist and writer Edward Lear fell under the spell of “gardens dark with orange and lemon groves, their fruit sparkling golden and yellow against the purple sea and the amethyst hills.”

Pleasure gardens at some of the estates boast old specimens of exotic trees that had been recently introduced to Europe and were status symbols when they first arrived. Examples include the magnificent Moreton Bay figs at Mon Repos (built by British High Commissioner Frederick Adam in 1828-1831); cabbage-tree palms and southern magnolias at Afra, strange-looking multi-trunked Phytolacca dioica at Krevatsoúla.

Another vestige of the period is the British Cemetery. Established in 1814, this secret garden of rest is not just a haven in the midst of busy Corfu Town, but also a conservation site for wild orchids and for many exquisite old varieties of garden plants. George Psaíla, a caretaker who is now in his 80s, recalls that in the days before Corfu had flower shops, families planning weddings and funerals would come to him for gifts of cannas, zinnias, and dahlias.

Today the British presence has provided fertile conditions for British garden designers. Mary Keen did path-breaking work alongside members of the Rothschild family, designing the varied gardens at the Rothschilds’ Corfu estate. These include the garden around the pool created by Javier Barba, the Spanish architect. Supremely sensitive to the natural landscape, Keen has written that “here the point of the ‘garden’ is the place” and indeed that “my view on garden making in Corfu is that the place is so beautiful, it is better left un-gardened.”

Given Corfu’s natural beauty, gardens succeed best if they take their cues from the surrounding landscape

Two younger British designers, Jennifer Gay and Alithea Johns, both based in Greece, have been making names for themselves. Each has a distinctive style, but like Keen they have found that, given Corfu’s natural beauty, gardens succeed best if they take their cues from the surrounding landscape. Such an approach first put down Corfiot roots in the garden of Athens-born Cali Doxiádis, a former Mediterranean Garden Society president, and has been spreading in the world’s Mediterranean climate zones. With philosophical links to the “plant native” movement, it tends to rely heavily on native plants, materials, and craftsmanship. Its inspiration stems from a desire to make gardens that feel locally authentic, and also to conserve resources – especially water, which is very scarce in Corfu in summer.

Corfiot plants that translate well

Many of Corfu’s wild plants are the precursors of treasured garden plants. For UK gardeners who yearn for a spot of the Mediterranean at home, or for those who have just watched more northerly natives fail in this summer’s dry heat, here are some suggestions.

For foundation plantings, consider strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo); Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum); white-flowering tree heather (Erica arborea) and laurustinus; yellow-flowering Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa) and Spanish broom (Spartium junceum); and pink and white varieties of cistus.

For dry shade, try hellebores with wood spurge (Euphorbia amygdaloides); flowering colonies of both lighten up Corfu’s woodland clearings in late winter. Bugle (Ajuga reptans) and periwinkle offer good drought-tolerant ground cover in light shade.

Bulbs, corms, and tubers include winter iris (Iris unguicularis); blue Anemone blanda; large-flowered crimson Anemone pavonina, native to open grassland and olive groves; and muscari, of which Corfu has several species. To follow them as the season progresses, try bearded iris, naturalised throughout Corfu; Madonna lily (Lilium candidum), a plant of scrubland and woodland margins; and brilliant carmine Gladiolus italicus – which, unlike its cultivated cousin, is a graceful plant to grow in gravel or unmown grass. For autumn, try yellow sternbergia or dainty pink Cyclamen hederifolium, which colonises Corfu’s olive groves.

Flowering plants grown easily from seed include orlaya; hollyhock; honesty – the local wild kind that lines Corfu’s country lanes in March is Lunaria annua subsp. pachyrriza, with intense periwinkle-blue flowers; honeywort (cerinthe); snapdragon; corn poppy; giant fennel and culinary fennel; many types of verbascum; eryngium, globe thistle (echinops); Mediterranean spurge (Euphorbia characias) and wood spurge.

by Rachel Weaving - Telegraph

Jul 16, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

  
 
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