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29 Aug
Explore Old Perithia, Acharavi & Kalami on the cosmopolitan northern Corfu

OLD PERITHIA VILLAGE TOUR
ACHARAVI – OLD PERITHIA – KALAMI BEACH (6-7 HOURS)
With Corfu Private Tours  BOOK NOW

THE ROUTE

1 ACHARAVI BEACH
First stop will be Acharavi village. Acharavi is a village 37km away from Corfu town on the northwest part of Corfu, built on a flat area with an extensive sandy beach, which is one of the largest in Corfu. Along the coastal area there are many restaurants and caffes where you can taste the local food and drink some of the local wine. At Acharavi you will be able to visit the Folklore Museum of Acharavi. Historical mementos, photographs, drawings and historical texts are exhibited with much love and care in the museum linking the past to the present time of Corfu history. These objects reflect the famous Corfiot tradition and the local civilization that has been shaped over the last three centuries.From Acharavi it is very easy to visit many picturesque villages and other abandoned ones . In this tour we have chosen for you the village Old Perithia.

2 OLD PERITHIA VILLAGE
On the green slopes of Pantokrator, the tallest mountain of Corfu island, it is situated the abandoned village of Old Peritheia. Most scholars agree that the name of the village comes, because of its many churches, from the phrase “About the Divine ” ( Peri=About and Theia=Divine ). Into the village you will be able to admire the numerous venetian style buildings and churches and of course enjoy a wonderful meal in one of the recent created taverns into the old buildings of the village. Old Peritheia has been known the last years apart from its historical value, and for its great food.

3 KALAMI & THE WHITE HOUSE
On the green slopes of Pantokrator, the tallest mountain of Corfu island, it is situated the abandoned village of Old Peritheia. Most scholars agree that the name of the village comes, because of its many churches, from the phrase “About the Divine ” ( Peri=About and Theia=Divine ). Into the village you will be able to admire the numerous venetian style buildings and churches and of course enjoy a wonderful meal in one of the recent created taverns into the old buildings of the village. Old Peritheia has been known the last years apart from its historical value, and for its great food.

 

The Venetian village of Old Perithia

The island of Corfu, often described as the ‘Emerald island’, is well known for its Venetian architecture, beautiful beaches, turquoise seas, abundance of flora and fauna, Greek tavernas and a wonderful sense of hospitality wherever you go. But to many, the ancient village of Old Peritheia remains something of an enigma.

This historic 'Heritage Protected' village is in 'A Designated Area of Natural Beauty', situated on the attractive north east corner of the island, and just below Mount Pantokrator (The Almighty). It is the oldest example of the original mountain villages of Corfu. Records date back to the mid 14th century, although it is considered to have been inhabited many centuries before. Around 130 houses were built, entirely by hand, some of which have now fallen into ruins, many of which are now under restoration.

The village, once inhabited by approximately 1200 people, was one of the wealthiest on the island, surrounded by vines, oak trees and thousands of sheep that roamed across the mountainside. To this day, with its cobbled streets and ancient houses, the atmosphere retains its warmth and friendliness. Encircled by eight churches and nestling beneath the island's highest mountains, Old Peritheia is set amidst beautiful countryside with views to the sea, it was once a hideaway from Pirate attacks.

‘Suspended in time’ the village remains an enchanting discovery for visitors from all over the world. So whether you want to enjoy a great day out, step back in time, walk in the mountains, or just relax in one of the four tavernas and sample some locally sourced and home cooked food, then visit Old Peritheia and discover why it continues to hold a special place in the hearts of visitors and Corfiots alike, summer and winter, year after year.

The village is best visited by car as there is limited parking, or on foot - but it's quite a walk. You can do a self-guided tour of the village, and there are maps to guide you at the top of the village and by the B&B. You can explore by yourself, or buy the Official Guide Book and Walking Tour of Old Peritheia from the B&B at the top of the village (the author also lives there too) or at the 4 village tavernas.

 

Acharavi

Acharavi is situated in the middle of the northern coast of Corfu. Took its name from ancient word “achari” meaning graceless and “ivi” meaning puberty, due to the malaria plague all young people had a pale yellow aspect. It’s 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 covering wide-ranging cultural and sports activities. If you love sightseeing, you can visit a lot of picturesque villages and other deserted as Palia (Old) Peritheia and Sinies, the Episkepsi village and the ruins of Roman baths. You can admire also natural landmark as Antinioti lagoon and the Nymphes (Nymphs) valley where the famous koum-kouat is cultivated. In Acharavi you can visit also the Folkloric Museum of Northern Corfu.

Acharavi is the place you must see in Corfu. With a large number of sights to discover and enjoy the town won’t stop to thrill you. As an undeniably popular tourist destination, Acharavi will offer you an unforgettable escape by its famous sights and its excellent food.

You can reach the beach by a lot of alleys started from the main road. The around area is plane with short vegetation on its background raises the Pantokratoras Mountain. Acharavi is perfect for those who desire comforts at the same time with quiet and relaxed time on the beach.

The Acharavi town was not built for tourist purposes but forms the larger centre of Northern area where available services as post office, bank, hair saloon, florist shop etc.

Acharavi is connected with Corfu town, Roda and Sidari by buses with daily timetable.

 

Kalami

Kalami is a small, picturesque, seaside village built around a bay and above the homonymous, enchanting beach. This region has few houses but, it has many touristy lodgings, mainly rentable rooms, villas and apartments. Kalami is mostly known for the house of the English writer Lawrence Durrell, who lived there during the decade of the 30s. The house is located near the sea and today it has been converted to a guest house. It is the so-called white house. The location on which Kalami is, is truly idyllic.

The vegetation is vast and it reaches until the sea. Kalami is suitable for those who desire calm, relaxing vacations in nature, away from crowds and intense, nocturnal entertainment. In the village you will find mini markets with souvenirs and other touristy items. On the beach there are taverns and bars where, you can enjoy your coffee or your drink with a view of the sea.

From Kalami you can also rent a boat in order to explore the nearby, beautiful beaches Agni and Kouloura.

 

The Corfu Private Tours

Our company has been operating in the tourism sector for more than 20 years with our main objective being tailored made private tours as well as the transport of our visitors to wherever they want to go.

Our first concern all these years is to remain a local company that is distinguished for our hosting, our interest to communicate with visitors, to laugh together, to show you “non-commercial” parts of the island and to make you feel as many emotions as possible when in Corfu.

Corfu Private Tours offers private package tours that offer the Corfu visitor a different view than the “standard” all-in-one tours, with a different tour for every kind of visitor available at very reasonable prices.

OUR MISSION
Through our tours we want to give our guests the experience of being Corfiot by introducing them to our spectacular green mountains and forests, the crystal blue waters of the Ionian Sea, the local traditions and villages, as well as the homemade Corfiot cuisine.

WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE US?
You will be picked up at the entrance of your hotel or the main port of Corfu if you are a cruise ship traveler. Throughout your tour you will be offered VIP service in an air-conditioned, non-smoking environment, with a fridge, TV and free drinking bottled water to keep you hydrated throughout your private mini bus tour.

Our mini bus accommodates private and small group tours, but we can easily organize a bus tour if your group exceeds 16 passengers. All Corfu tours can be changed according to your preferences and we can even arrange for a professional guide to accompany your tour so that you get the most accurate historical information for each place you visit.

Our mini bus Corfu tours are flexible to suit your preferences, unique in the places they visit, affordable with their prices and always on time following your time schedule.

Our mini bus private tours company has been created to satisfy even the strangest demands for a Corfu tour. We make sure that you will experience the Corfiot lifestyle, making you feel like a local and not just as a visitor or a tourist.

Our mini bus private tours are 100% custom made. We offer you the best of Corfu but ultimately it comes down to you and what you really want to see and do. Our prices are highly competitive too so why not ask us for a quote today?

CORFU HOLIDAYS DIRECT - Corfu Private Tours
General Tourist Office
www.corfuprivatetours.gr
Emporiko Kentro Alepou 49100, Corfu

Tsirigotis Spiros
Mobile No +30 6973 3302 23

 

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