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09 Mar

Early holiday bookings to Greece for the 2018 season are up 25 to 30 percent from the German market, compared to 2017, Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura said on the first day of the ITB Berlin 2018 trade show on Wednesday.

Speaking to GTP Headlines on the sidelines of the exhibition, Minister Kountoura said that some tour operators are even seeing early bookings for Greece rising over 30 percent this year.

“Germany is following Greek tourism’s growth trend of the last three years, which showed records in both arrivals and revenue… This year started very well from all our traditional markets – we are first or second in their travel preferences – and this can also be confirmed here at ITB, which is a leading tourism exhibition… I think that Greece is now a world leader in global preferences,” she said.

More flights to Greece
Moreover, the minister said that more airline companies are including additional flights to Greece in their schedules this year. “This is extremely important as in 2017 we had more than 2,000 additional flights added for Greece and this year we are seeing a 10 percent rise,” she said.

While in Berlin, Minister Kountoura will attend scheduled meetings with Germany’s major tour operators, airline companies, journalists and Greek media correspondents.

By Nikos Krinis

13 Feb

De Mădălina Isar

Întinsă pe o suprafață de peste 580 km pătrați, Corfu cuprinde atracții naturale și numeroase construcții istorice – de la Palatul lui Sissi, cele două fortărețe din Kerkyra și pană la Blue Lagoon, Peșterile Albastre sau Paleokastritsa, simbolurile locului te vor ține ocupat un sejur întreg odată ce ai poposit aici.

Croaziere de lux pe vasul cu podea din sticlă
Corfu îți rezervă numeroase surprize pe parcursul sejurului tău. În funcție de preferințe te poți bucura de relaxare sau de nopți pline, ori le poți combina pe ambele într-o escapadă de neuitat. Alege o croazieră spre Diapontia Island – un grup de mici insulițe răsfirate în apele Mării Ionice, aflate la o distanță de numai 6 km de Corfu și la 40 km depărtare de coasta Italiei.

Poți opri pe plajele sălbatice din Othonoi și Mathraki și să practici scufundări în golful insuliței Ereikoussa. La fel de relaxantă poate fi și o croazieră în vaporul piraților spre Peșterile Albastre, așa numitul Palat de cleștar al nimfei Nausika. Cu un iaht VIP cu podea din sticlă ai șansa să admiri spectacolul subacvatic în timp ce te îndrepți spre cel mai popular loc din Corfu – Laguna Albastră, locul unde s-au filmat și câteva cadre din celebrul blockbuster Blue Lagoon cu Brooke Shields și Christopher Atkins, în roluri principale.

Dacă îți plac plimbările pe mare ceva mai lungi poposește pe insulițele Paxos și Antipaxos, unde plajele virgine cu nisip alb te așteaptă să te răsfeți la soare. Bucură-te de o plimbare boemă în Gaios, orașul principal din Paxi, cu un centru istoric fabulos în stil venețian, mici bisericuțe bizantine și terase pescărești unde poți încerca cea mai bună dorada în stil local.

12 Feb

Irene Pouliassi, Gardenia White, Wei-Chung Lu, Yi-Chung Huang
Curated by: Sotheby’s:
Angela Kim & Sam Roknivand

"An Elephant in the Room" exhibits the works of four artists exploring Fear, War, Death and Freedom approaching these matters from different perspective, dealing with the desensitized world around them.

The exhibition title refers to the metaphorical idiom for an obvious problem that no one wants to discuss or challenge. Irene Pouliassi’s abstract installation titled “Deathnaut’sTrail” takes a critical view to the philosophical discourse of abjection. She portrays human flesh, bones, and human hair as symbol of the existential vulnerability of being and the process of the aesthetics evolution of the human form in Post-mortem state. For her, ‘An Elephant in the Room’ means others thinking they are safe and immortal. Similarly, Gardenia White’s work deals with the issues of violence and the aftermath of wars. For example, in her installation she questions whether artwork can depict the impact of the war, the injustice and the human suffering that it causes. She examines the invasion of Iraq war and its impact on her work using materials such as rust, copper and iron powder.

In contrast, Wei-Chung Lu interprets the title in a more direct way. Her work represents an ‘Elephant’ itself in order to show that the society should neither try to hide things that are sensitive or controversial nor express it in an obscure way. Moreover, Yi-Chung Huang’s “Disappearing Border” shows a World Map with nail pushpins around the countries, such as Kosovo, Abkhazia, Somaliland and Taiwan. He invites viewers to mark the countries that they think should have a right to be independent with the extra nail push pins provided at the exhibition. His practice on the map is an attempt to express the political realism in the international society.

"An Elephant in the Room" addresses our attempt to tackle conflicts in our contemporary world. They all hope to create engagement and a place for reflection of what makes us human.

Exhibition duration: 15-17 Φεβρουαριου 2018
Thu. 15/2. 17:00-21:00
Fri. 16/2, 9:00-21:00
Sat.17/2, 10:00-17:00

16 John Islip St,
Westminster, London
ContactNo.: 004407505472586

11 Feb

1. Trekking on Mountain Pantokratoras (Almighty)
Pantokratoras is the highest mountain in Corfu with an altitude up to 917m. There you’ll discover the traditional small villages Palia (Old) Perithia and Nea (New) Perithia. Prepare yourself to walk on paths  among cypresses and buildings in a mix of Greek and Italian style. If you approach the start and ending point of the mountain on foot, you can notic e the Italian influence in the architecture of this quiet mountain village. This wonderful ride takes you on a circuit of the high ridge of the Cross. All the way you can enjoy the fantastic view from the altitude of Pantokrator. Following the road to the Cross, you’ll pass the house in Dafnata and than, walking on the main road, you’ll see the Stroggyli valley, the Korission lake and the mountain villages Agios (St.) Mathaios and Vounatiades. On our way up we’ll find a magnificent cave, used as shelter years ago. Once again, the geographical landscape looks amazing. A little further, after a short detour, there is a magical chapel, built upon rocks overhanging the hill. At this point, we leave the path behind us, and continue on the local road, always having as companion the fantastic view from Pantokratoras. Here you’ll find yourself in front of a dilemma; you can either to continue the road, or to walk through the picturesque village so you can admire the old traditional Greek buildings. Either way, at the end of the road, a refreshing soda and a good tavern with traditional food will be waiting for you.Required equipment: climbing boots or any other shoes suitable for walking.

2. Discover the Caves (Loutses & Klimatia)
The Cave of Loutses (Grava for the locals) is situated near the village Loutses on Pantokratoras, at an altitude of about 300 meters. The entrance of the Cave of Loutses is located in a deep hollow with imposing, vertical walls. A path that requires special attention during winter due to slipperiness, takes you inside the cave where, the soil is completely flat and above you, the roof is full of geological formations. If you are inside the cave and look upwards at the opening of the cave, from which comes the sunlight, you will be impressed by the sense of isolation and serenity that this dark cave offers. The Cave of Anthropograva is located near the village Klimatia, at an altitude of 270 meters, just a few meters from the road which leads to the monastery of Agia Triada, in the northern part of the island. The Cave of Anthropograva is the most interesting among the recently known and accessible caves of the island. The road which reaches very close to it, is covered with asphalt, while access to it is through a cobble-paved path. The entrance to the Cave of Anthropograva has an opening reaching 4 meters and a height reaching approximately 2,50 meters

3. Discover the Waterfalls (Nymfes & Kyprianades)
The Waterfalls of Nymfes are the most impressive of the whole island and they are located just outside Nymfes, this lovely village which, is built on the mountain Pantokratoras , in a verdant area with oak and holly trees. In order to reach the Waterfalls of Nymfes you must cross through the village, pass outside the local football pitch and follow a rural dirt road for about a half kilometer. The scenery in the Waterfall of Nymfes is enchanting. Rapid waters fall from a height greater than 10 meters into the verdant ravine. Two other, smaller waterfalls are also nearby. The waterfalls are best visited in the spring after the winter rains.The second largest waterfall on the island of Corfu, right after the waterfall in Nymfes, is the Waterfall in Kyprianades, of about 8 meters high. It is formed by a tributary of the Tyflos River, the creek of Klimatia which on its course towards the north Ionian Sea also passes outside the village of Kyprianades. Access to the Waterfall of Kyprianades is relatively easy. It is possible through a small path of about 500 meters which starts from the fountain in the southwest of the village. For those who love nature and hiking, an excursion to the Waterfall in Kyprianades, will be unforgettable.

4. Met the Antinioti Lagoon
Antinioti Lagoon or Limnothalassa Antinioti is situated on the North of the island off the main road towards the coast in the region of Thinali. At the far end of the main beach at Agios (Saint) Spyridon on the North of the island is an inlet for the Lake, there is a small bridge here that will take you to the area known as Nissos Island. This is a protected area in Corfu and is abundant with flora and wildlife including the threatened Otter species Lutra-lutra, and many rare orchids and offer great environmental interest. The lagoon area is about 1,000,000 square metres in size, comprising of around 400,000 for the lake with the remaining area accounting for the marshes and reed beds. The lagoon area is listed on the European Environment agencies website and is a protected area categorised on the European Nature Information System (EUNIS) under Natura 2000. In 1992 legislation was introduced to protect the most seriously threatened habitats across Europe and Natura 2000 was the result of this legislation bringing together special areas of protection and conservation. This wetland situated on the northern coast of the island of Kerkyra (Corfu) is important for the threatened species Lutra lutra as well as for the ecological balance in the area. In addition, the site is characterized by a variety of habitats, and human activities have not yet exerted much influence upon it. This is of great importance for an island like Kerkyra which shows great tourist development and great pressure due to building construction. The wetland and the nearby habitats are kept in rather good condition.

5. Discover thw Erimitis park (As much as you can)
A verdant paradise with deep blue waters, a labyrinthine coastline where, beaches, coves, capes and three lakes are formed that make it a significant wetland, called Erimitis which is located between Agios Stefanos in Sinies and the beach of Avlaki, in the north-eastern part of the island. The position of Erimitis, right across the Albanian shores, exactly in the northern strait of the island, prevented any development or activity in the region which was used by the Venetians for defensive reasons. In order to eliminate hazards to ships passing through the strait, during the English occupation, in the islet Kapareli a lighthouse of a height of 9 meters was built, the second oldest of Corfu. The oldest lighthouse is the one of the Old Fortress.Erimitis includes a continuation of six beaches, a complex of three lakes (Vromolimni, Akoli , Savoura) and is a shelter for a number of rare birds and animals, such as otter. Along with the Lagoon of Antiniotis in the west and the wetland of Vouthrotos (Butrint) in the opposite Albanian shores, they constitute a single wetland system of great ecological value.Erimitis has remained intact from tourism as it is only accessible on foot through paths or by boat from the sea. A resort will soon be built in the area. Soon to prevent...

6. Cycling in traditional mountain village Perithia
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.

7. Discover the natural of Nymphs’ Hermitage
Abandoned for a long time, the monastic Hermitage complex stands Northern to the village Nymphes (Nymphs). It’s considered one of the oldest Christian monuments on the island. Recently, there was a study on its buildings aiming their restoration presented as “Interpreting the breath of history edifices”. Beyond its historic value, the beautiful environment, the dense forest and the bordering valley constitute an interesting destination for all nature lovers and trekkers. According to the famous legend, in this corner of the world there was a hermit monk from Epirus in the 5th century. An older reference to the Hermitage is from a document in 1371, period when Corfu was ruled by Andecavi, sovereigns from Naples.

8. Diving in Kerasia beach
The Kerasia beach is a particularly lovely area to visit, so be sure to do a couple dives here. The sea is a wonderful place to discover, full of rare fish species and impressive sea plants. In one of the most beautiful locations of the island, Kerasia is hidden away, an impressive beach with white pebbles, luxuriant vegetation and clean, crystal clear waters. It is not random that in this region many luxurious villas have been built, including the mansion of the family of bankers Rothchild who host personalities from the international jet set. Bathers of this beach are mostly foreign tourists who stay in the rental villas in the region. Kerasia is a peaceful beach where there is only one tavern and a mini market on its outskirts. There are also parasols and deck-chairs for hire. You can also rent a pedalos and a canoe in order to enjoy a small ride on its lovely waters. Across, in the distance you can see the coasts of Albania. In order to get to Kerasia beach you must follow the road which passes through the picturesque fishing village of Agios Stefanos Sinion and continue by the coastline for about 1,5 kilometer.

9. Meet the organic oil in the monastery Kamarelas
The Monastery of Pantokratoras Kamarelas is located in the region of Agioi Douloi in northern Corfu. It was establish as a convent in 1800 and continuously operates since then. The Sanctuary of the Monastery of Pantokratoras Kamarelas was established in 1890 and is dedicated to the Metamorphosis of Sotiros and still operates. The dense vegetation of the verdant Corfu surrounds the Monastery of Pantokratoras Kamarelas which was named after the homonymous spring with the name Kamarela that is nearby. Three chapels, among them the old Sanctuary, decorate the monastery, while the Monastery of Pantokratoras Kamarelas is celebrated on the 6th of August. Inside an estate, far from the eyes of passers-by, the women of the monastery are engaged in the production of excellent quality organic oil, soap and wine, which are supplied by many locals and foreigners (oil awarded in 2006 as Europe's best oil during organic products exhibition in Switzerland - and 23rd in the world). In the area of Pantokratoras Monastery, there is also a small museum where you can see how it was a traditional olive press.ality organic oil, soap and wine, which are supplied by many locals and foreigners (oil awarded in 2006 as Europe's best oil during organic products exhibition in Switzerland - and 23rd in the world). In the area of Pantokratoras Monastery, there is also a small museum where you can see how it was a traditional olive press.

10. Discover the natural whith Horse riding
Horse riding in northern Corfu is an unique experience due to its natural beauty, pathways and beautiful beaches. There are a lot of places worth enjoying where you can reach only by foot or horse riding. There are a lot of horse riding centers, in Sidari, Acharavi, Peritheia, Kassiopi and Agios Stefanos, where you can enjoy mountain and sea rides. Further information about the centers is available on our business catalogue. You can enjoy single or group rides, always with a trainer by your side, mostly the centers’ owners. The routs last from 20min up to 3h for the most challenging and experienced. All organized centers offer all necessary equipment, while the horses are friendly and well trained for tours.

10 Feb

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.

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07 Feb

For Britons who seek vacations on the exotic beaches of Mexico, there is an alternative answer just 4 hours away and in... Greece.

According to Hoppa, Corfu seems to be the ideal solution because it combines equally impressive exotic beauty, more affordable prices and less hassle on the journey.

According to the following report from the renowned travel platform, Agios Georgios Corfu is the destination that can replace the exotic Puerto Vallarta on the coasts of Mexico:

Yelapa Beach, Puerto Vallarta vs. Agios Georgios, Corfu

Side by side, anyone would be shocked to think that these two coves are 7,000 miles apart. If it’s soft white sand and the bluest of oceans that are calling your name this year, then you might not need to travel as far as you thought.

Or spend as much either! With return flights from just £50pp, Corfu is a budget-friendly choice for a beach holiday with a truly exotic feel.

07 Feb

The Greek island of Corfu is among the most memorable locations in the James Bond's film history, according to leading German tour operator TUI which recently presented an account of Roger Moore starring as the famous secret agent in famous locations, motivating travelers to follow in his footsteps.

TUI reminds us that in his fifth appearance as 007, Sir Roger Moore was whisked away to Corfu for filming. This pretty Greek island played host to a whole bunch of scenes in For Your Eyes Only (1981), ranging from clifftop scuffles to tense casino confrontations. The historic Achillion Palace, in Gastouri, was home to Sir Roger’s meeting with secret villain, Kristatos. Later, Corfu Town’s Old Fortress masquerades as part of Albania, as we see Bond defeat one of his nemeses after a breath-taking chase that ends on the ramparts.

Gentlemanly charm and dashing good looks made Sir Roger Moore arguably the best-loved Bond of all time. His cheeky quips and air of sophistication were trademark 007 traits, and no-one’s filled Bond’s well-polished shoes more times than he did.

His seven-film stint in the famous tux delivered some of the best baddies and most memorable locations in the secret agent’s history. Jaws, Scaramanga and May Day all pitted their wits against Sir Roger’s Bond, and the character’s far-flung travels took him to outer space, in Moonraker.

Now his astronaut scenes might have been filmed in a studio, but there’s plenty more globetrotting that deserves a bit of attention. From the dense canopy of the Amazon rainforest, to the sunny shores of Sardinia, Sir Roger Moore took Bond to all four corners of the globe. And boy did he do it in style…

THE CARIBBEAN - When Sir Roger Moore made his first bow as Bond, in Live and Let Die (1973), he started by jetting across the Atlantic to the sun-drenched shores of Jamaica. Let’s face it, it wouldn’t be Bond without a trip to the Caribbean, and the land of wood and water was used as the fictional nation of San Monique in the film. Montego Bay and the Blue Mountains of Ocho Rios are among the locations you’ll see, and in Runaway Bay, he’s introduced to the villain’s underground lair.Filming returned to this tropical cluster of islands for The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), with underwater scenes of the submersible car shot off the coast of Nassau, in the Bahamas.

ITALY - These days, Sardinia is something of a celebrity playground, so it’s no surprise that large parts of The Spy Who Loved Me were filmed on this Italian island. The Costa Smeralda was home to 007’s car chases and swanky hotel scenes, including the iconic moment a Lotus Esprit plunges into the Mediterranean, in Porto Cervo. Cue gadgets, and a first glimpse of Sir Roger’s famous underwater car.Skip forward to the next installment, Moonraker (1979), and you’ll see Bond causing a stir in Venice. Before an outer-space battle with the main baddie, Drax, Sir Roger does a spot of investigating in the City of Bridges. Inevitably, and to the delight of thrill-seeking viewers, this leads to a hair-raising chase scene on a motorized gondola, where 007 discovers a secret laboratory in an ensuing fight scene. Classic Bond.

USA  - It’s not uncommon for Britain’s best-loved spy to run into his American counterpart, Felix Leiter, but Bond’s also spent a bit of time across the pond himself. In his first outing as the secret agent, Live and Let Die, Sir Roger Moore is captured in the southern city of New Orleans. And when he’s faced with a sticky situation in alligator-infested territory, 007 escapes as only he could – by hopping across the animals’ backs to safety.Moonraker see’s Sir Roger’s second visit to the USA. The Amazonian boat chase you see in the film was actually shot in St Lucie County, Florida, and the Kennedy Space Center makes an appearance, as well.

ICELAND - In his seventh and final performance as 007, Sir Roger’s Bond kicked things off on an Icelandic glacier. Vatnajokull Glacier, in the south-west of Iceland, was used as a substitute for Siberia in the opening stages of A View to a Kill (1985). We see the secret agent hover in by helicopter, as he tracks down a missing microchip in the wintery landscape. The subsequent ski chase was filmed in the Swiss Alps, dishing up all of the rip-roaring excitement we’ve come to love in Bond flicks.

by Tornos News

06 Feb

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.


03 Feb

Why wait until next summer to enjoy a well-deserved holiday? If the prospect of travelling abroad this winter sounds appealing, then why not head to the stunningly verdant lands of Corfu?

Take exhilarating walks along the coastal paths
With a network of paths and trails running alongside the coast and wandering inland, Corfu is geared up for walking. Without the glaring heat of the summer, winter can be a great time to lace up the hiking boots, put some layers on and follow the paths as they ascend, descend and wind along the coast.

Explore the mountain villages
Corfu is awash with quaint mountain villages. From the traditional Lakones to the North West of Corfu Town, to the mountainous village of Agios Matheos, which has remained untouched by tourism over the years; Corfu is blessed with an abundance of interesting towns and villages to visit. Being significantly quieter than during the summer, the winter months can be the perfect time to explore Corfu’s mountain villages.

Experience Corfu Town
By the same token, with less crowds to contend with, out of season can be a great time to experience the bustling Corfu Town. Some of the tourist shops may be closed during the winter but there will still be plenty of bars, restaurants and shops open in the town to enjoy its vibrant atmosphere without battling with the crowds!

Recharge the batteries
Corfu is a beautiful Greek island, home to unrivalled natural beauty that’s there to be enjoyed all year round. From undulating hillsides, vast fields and meadows, lush lakes and valleys, hectare upon hectare of olive groves, not to mention an exhilarating coastline, Corfu can certainly be described as a “naturalist’s paradise.”

With three distinct zones; its mountains, lowlands and shoreline, and boasting an enviable microclimate, Corfu’s wealth of rich biodiversity is there to be enjoyed all year round – the perfect spot to recharge your batteries and blow away the winter blues.

Video from corfual 

30 Jan

8th Kassios Dias Trail Running Race – 6th of May 2018

The Cultural Club of Kassiopi, consistent with his appointment, as every year on the first Sunday of MAY, organizes the 8th "KASSIOS DIAS" trail run (23 km), in Kassiopi, 32 km north of Corfu city.

At the same time, 8 km will be held, as well as 1.200 m for children aged 10-16.

Registration for the 8th KASSIOS DIAS has officially started and will close on the 6th of May 2018 - REGISTER NOW

Kassiopi is a coastal, picturesque village located on the North-East coast of Corfu. Kassiopi was named after Cassius Zeus, a god worshipped mainly in the East (Syria and Egypt). To this day it has not been confirmed who the first inhabitants were, that transferred the idolatry of Cassius Zeus to Kassiopi. Some believe that this happened in 281BC from Piros, the king of Epirus.

Others believe that this happened in 168BC when, Kassopi a town in Epirus was destroyed by the Romans and the inhabitants sought refuge in Corfu, where they built Kassiopi. Yet others believe that Kassiopi started flourishing from Homer’s time. As proof of this, it is mentioned that during the Pre-Roman era, the island of Corfu was called Cassiopeia.

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