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Northern Corfu

Acharavi is situated in the middle of the northern coast of Corfu. Is a small town where gathered all public services and a lot of tourist shops. It’s the center and the capital of the former municipality of Thinali representing a notable tourist center of Northern Corfu. The tourist resort is situated 37 km from Corfu town and represents a special attraction for visitors. The settlement of Acharavi is built on highlands with rich vegetation. Its most impressive sandy beach, among the largest on the island, reaches more than 8 km, while its shallow waters are perfect for children. Here you can find set up for sea sports and sea games. Along the beach there are a lot of taverns and coffee shops. Also you can find hotels and rental rooms where you can stay. In Acharavi area there are a lot of clubs, associations with a wide-ranging cultural and sports activities. Read more about Acharavi + videos & photos.

Sidari is situated 32 km from the island’s capital. It’s distinguished by its geological configuration, as the sea joins the land creating coves and odd shapes. Here is the centre of fun and nightlife in northern Corfu, as you can find, along of a colorful road, gathered all major clubs and bars of northern side of island. During evening you can choose among Greek taverns and international cuisine restaurants or listening music choosing among a lot of pubs and bars. You can make your late shopping as a lot of tourist shops remain open till late hours. During the day, besides the beach activities, you can enjoy the daily trips to Diapontia islands and Paxoi islands, to Paleokastritsa area or to Albania. You also can enjoy horse riding or scuba diving. On northwest area of Sidari you can find Canal d’ Amour, one of the most famous resorts of Ionian Sea. A natural water way formed by sandy huge stones. Read more about Sidari + videos & photos.

Kassiopi is one of the most developed villages in the northern area of Corfu, and by far the most cosmopolitan. It was built in ancient Ages as a small fishermen’s village and today offers all tourist infrastructures and plenty beaches. During Roman Ages was a wealthy village as its location was part of maritime route, and today has its charm with its colorful small port, 2 coves and beaches separated by a cape, and the ruins of a Byzantine castle. While there are a lot of restaurants, rental rooms and bars, this is not a tourist target village, as Roda in northern or Kavos in southern side of the island. Kassiopi is surrounded by rich vegetation, with mountain Pantokratoras on its back side and is the last village having across Albanian and Greek coasts. Its port even today is used by fishermen and preserves its simplicity so typical to Greek culture. Kassiopi is connected to Corfu city by buses with daily schedule. Read more about Kassiopi + videos & photos.

Peroulades is a small traditional settlement on the NW side of the island, 40km far from Corfu town. It’s a Venetian village with mansions having Venetian blazons and high fences, with gates called “portonia”. Here you can find the remains of poet’s Andreas Kalvos home. The name of the village comes from the family name Peroulis. There are remains proving occupancy during late Paleolithic Ages (12.000 years ago). During Middle Ages Peroulades has known great prosperity and did not encountered great losses as the guard had long rage artillery against pirates. The greater destruction occurred during ages when so called Peroukianoi (Bewigged), Venetian lords lived in the area. The village has no tourist infrastructure besides the typical BBQ of Bikoli, with its own bread, BBQ and Corfiot courses. Read more about Peroulades + videos & photos.

Below the highlands of Pantokratoras on the northern edge of the island, we find the magic tourist resort of Roda. Roda is a cosmopolitan place where tradition and comfort of modern life coexist harmoniously. The visitor can enjoy the sea, the sun and sea sports while can choose among plenty restaurants to taste great Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. The nightlife of Roda offers endless hours of entertainment. Around Roda, the visitors can sightsee a lot of traditional villages and meet the generous hospitality of residents in perfect harmony with their local customs and traditions. Read more about Roda + videos & photos.

The Ano (Upper) Peritheia or Old Peritheia is a picturesque village in northern Corfu, administratively belonging to the former Municipality of Thinali and is built at 450 m altitude on the highlands of Pantokratoras. It’s the most ancient village of Corfu and its position was dictated by the fear of pirates and malaria, both hardships of coastal area at the time. Plenty have been said about origin of its name, but the most appropriate is that the village can be seen from the mountains around (“peri” meaning “about” in Greek and “thea”/θεα meaning “view”). The Old Perithia is an exceptional sample of architecture and measure. Includes about 130 houses mainly built in Venetian architectural style, from stones, with cobbled streets. Around the village there are about 8 churches. On its entrance stands the bell tower of St. Jacob the Persian, a significant religious monument. During winter there are only 2-3 residents with their main occupation the stock-farming. On the last Sunday of July there is a litany of Holy Mary, in memory of her saving intervention during an epidemic disease in 1863. Old Perithia has been characterized in 1980 as “landscape of natural beauty and architectural whole which needs governmental protection, as its represents a notable settlement with 130 houses built in Venetian architectural style and plenty churches with mural painting, surrounded by remarkable natural beauty” by ministerial decision (YΠΠΕ/ΑΡΧ/Β1/Φ33/673/2590/ - 12 – 1979, published in ΦΕΚ 210/1-3-1980 Β’).For many centuries the highlanders used to live mainly by stock-farming. At first, the limited agricultural activity, regarding mainly grain, legumes and vineyards, has been extended by acquisition and cultivation of more land at lower levels and near by the sea areas. During the day the inhabitants were working on the lower levels land, and, at the end of the day, Perithians were rising up back to the “Village” as they used to call the Old Perithia. When the pirates were no longer around the island, each family built a second house on the new acquired land. So, 12 settlements of Kato (Lower) Perithia were formed, the first being St. Elias, 6 km far from Kassiopi. Read more about Perithia + videos & photos.

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. Read more about Pantokratoras + videos & photos.

A large village located on the northern side of Corfu, about 40km far from Corfu town, distinguished by the traditional architecture of its settlements. Karousades has a philharmonic orchestra established in 1980. The village took its name from the refugees arrived in Corfu from Karousa town of Black Sea. The Theotokis family settled in Karousades in 1453, and their mansion is still preserved today. Descendent of Theotokis family was Dinos Theotokis (13.03.1872-01.07.1923), writer, poet and translator, an important figure of Ionian School and co-founder of socialist party. Descendent of Theotokis family also was Dimitrios Theotokis, divisional commander, which succeeded not only to bring back home safely his division after Asia Minor Catastrophe, but also to save a lot of refugees on his way. Read more about Karousades + videos & photos.

Episkepsi (visit) is built amphitheatrically at 360m altitude on Pantokratoras hillsides, about 30km from Corfu town and 5.5km far from Acharavi. Formed by 2 settlements Episkepsi and Agios (Saint) Stefanos has today about 500 residents. The unusual and welcoming name is owed to Byzantine administration. Following the Byzantine administrative plan, Corfu was a “prefecture” of “theme” Cephallenia, under the control of one “Prefect”. The prefecture was divided in “klimata” and the “klimata” in “episkepseis” (visits). Surrounded by the green forest of “Skepastos” and the olive trees, during the winter sees the stormy sea of Roda and the snowy mountains of Albania, and during the summer enjoys the sun sinking into the Ionian Sea between Erikousa and Othonoi islands. The residents are simple and kind people. They have the music in their blood, and sing with their beautiful voices in any occasion. Read more about Episkepsi + videos & photos.

Arillas is a seaside village in the north-western part of the island, famous for its golden beach with its shallow waters. It is located in a verdant valley, surrounded by hills with olive groves which end up to steep slopes of clay. The view towards the sea is unique. To the left there is the islet of Gravia, next to the islets Varkoules and to the right the islet Diapolo and far away Mathraki. The sunset behind those isles is one of the most beautiful you will ever see. Read more about Arrilas + videos & photos

Villages of Kassiopi
The municipal section of Kasopeon is situated in the northeastern part of Corfu, just opposite from the Albanian shores from which it is only 2 nautical miles away. Kassiopi is its touristy, commercial and economic center. It was once a picturesque fishing village and has been transformed into a beautiful resort with lovely, rocky beaches and lush vegetation. The mountain of Pantokratoras dominates the region where, on its eastern slopes are perched small, picturesque villages with an amazing view: Rou, Viggla, Plagia and dozens more. Agios Stefanos in Sinies, Kouloura and Kalami are beautiful, seaside settlements which,gather mostly wealthy tourists offering a great variety of luxurious, rentable bungalows. The beaches of Avlaki, Kerassia and the beach in Kalami are full of snow-white pebbles, with turquoise waters and vegetation which almost touches the sea. Read more about Kassiopi

Villages of Acharavi
The municipal section of Thinaliu is situated in the northern part of the island and occupies a very vast area near the coast as well as on the inland. In Acharavi, its center, you will find complete touristy infrastructures and a beautiful beach . You can explore this part of the island which is gifted with multiple natural sceneries, picturesque villages and lovely beaches. It is in the region of Thinaliu that the mountain of Pantokratoras dominates which is the highest mountain of Corfu where dozens of picturesque villages are perched: Episkepsi, Lafki, Nymfes, Petaleia, Strinylas and of course Palia Peritheia, an architectural ornament, a village of the 13th century. The Monastery of Pantokratoras dominates at the top, overlooking the entire island. On the mountain you will find the cave of Loutses and Anthropograva, the waterfalls in Nymfes and in Kyprianades but, also endless olive groves and vast areas where, the koum-kouat is cultivated. Read more about Villages of Acharavi

Villages of Sidari
The municipal section of Esperion (most famous Sidari) is situated in the northwestern part of Corfu and includes some of the most beautiful places of the island. The picturesque villages Agioi Douloi, Agrafoi, Velonades, Karoussades and many more, enchant the visitor with their old mansions, their very old churches and their picturesque alleyways. Hidden amongst the colors of nature or perched on abrupt slopes, the villages in the region of Esperion still preserve the authentic features of the Corfiot countryside as well as its long history. The beaches in the region of Esperion are unique. This is where, you will find the famous Channel of Love in Sidari but, also Loggas below the village of Peroulades. Read more about Villages of Sidari

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