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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.

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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.

27 Jan

With its roots in Ancient Greece and an atmosphere redolent of Venice, the Corfu Carnival is arrayed in an old and illustrious wardrobe of clothes from Corfiot history and culture, from Barbarossa and Tartufo to Don Bazilio and Katona, as well as from contemporary citizens who have lent prestige to the island. Personalities and events from current affairs as well as the past are satirised with unrestrained humour, and the masked participants show no mercy towards their victims.

If your first impression of the island at this time is unexpected and somewhat unusual, whether in tavernas, bars, alleyways or villages, you will soon realise that it is due to the lunacy of the season and the extravagance of the Ionian celebrations. Carnival developed from the ancient Greek festivals, from rites in honour of Dionysios, God of Wine, which took place at the start of Spring in order to procure a good harvest and successful breeding among the animal stock. With the passage of time, the Carnival celebrations were broadened , and here in Corfu were enhanced by Venetian influences, such as the traditional figures disguised as 'doctors' or 'notaries', the use of masks and soot to blacken the face.

The inspiration, the work and in general all the preparations for the floats which each team displays begin a year in advance at gatherings in tavernas and private houses. Here the craziest ideas are put forward, and the one that is chosen is kept completely secret until the moment of its first appearance on the streets of the town.

Celebrations begin on the first Sunday of Carnival, Asotos Sunday (Septuagesima), with a trial run of the Carnival procession through the town to check the floats, to start off the fun and to get everyone into the right mood.

 Tsiknopempti (the last Thursday of Carnival)

As in the rest of Greece, Tsiknopempti is the day, or rather the night, when everyone is obliged to eat meat because the forty days of Lent and fasting follow, leading up to Easter. Thus groups of people meet up in tavernas and homes to celebrate, with, of course, the inevitable accompaniment of wine and guitars.

The Corfiot Petegoletsia (the Gossip) is re-enacted every year in the Old Town center and is a very old tradition of street theatre in which, from windows overlooking the alleyways, the women exchange scurrilous gossip about what is going locally, in authentic local dialect. The performance finishes with traditional singing and musicians.
The Carnival Procession

The climax of the celebrations is the impressive procession of King Carnival on the third and final Sunday. King Carnival is 'he who takes onthe burden of sins' of the authorities, responsible for whatever bad things have happened during the previous year. He is brought to trial and sentenced to death by fire, so that all evil is burnt with him. Thus the procession concludes with a bonfire in which King Carnival is cremated, then his will is read and a great party with music and dancing follows.

The Dance of the Priests

In the village of Episkepsis, on Tyrofagos (Cheese-eating) Sunday, in Agios Vassilis Square, a unique tradition takes place. The village priest leads off the dance called 'Doxa na.." and all the men of the village follow, each according to his age and his rank in the village. It is danced without instrumental music, the priest who leads chants the first verse and the rest of the dancers repeat them. At the end of the dance old women with musical instruments begin playing and then break into the traditional circular dance of Corfu. This custom can be found in other villages of the Oros region, but nowhere else in Greece. Charles Klimis, in his book 'Customs of the People of Corfu', considers the dance of the old women to be a relic of bacchanal rites dating back to around 500 BC.
The Holy Wedding

In Klimatia, Chlomos, Marathias, Kritika, Giannades and certain other villages, the tradition of the 'Holy Wedding' still continues. The 'Carnival Wedding', as it was called until 1960, used to be performed in the majority of Corfu's villages, but it slowly died out in most places, remaining only as a memory. But fortunately, in other places, the custom has been preserved. It takes place on 'Cheese-eating Sunday' (Tyrofagos or Tyrini), the last before Lent, and starts in the morning when the men of the village gather in one of the houses and dress the bridegroom. Meanwhile, in another heighbourhood, the women are dressing the 'bride'. The fact that the bride is actually a man, and moreover, moustachioed, probably owes itself to the rules of the patriarchial society, which forbade women to play an active part in the community activities. A demon in the form of a satyr also takes part in the marriage rites, doing its best to spoil the wedding. Throughout the whole ceremony the villagers shout obscenities without a break, teasing each other constantly.

21 Jan

Corfu will be transformed into a 18th century Venice for the Carnival season once again and the island will be full of counts, dukes, duchesses, drummers, courtiers, ladies of honor and all the characters from the baroque period.

The famous Carnival of Corfu counts almost 450 years of existence and has its roots in the Middle Age, when the island’s Venetian conquerors brought the custom from their hometown.

The most famous happening of the Carnival is the big parade taking place on the central streets of the city. Another custom is the enactment of the “Petegoletsia,” a word standing for “gossip” in the Corfiot dialect. Resembling a street-theater performance, actors sit on window-sills overlooking the narrow alleys of the old town and exchange gossip in local dialect, usually revolving around ongoing developments in the island’s political and social life.As years went by, local characters, themes and Greek customs have been incorporated in the celebration. The theme of “Tsiknopepmpti”, the Thursday when everyone eats lots of grilled meat, treasure hunts, political satire and other themes and characters has featured in recent carnivals.

The carnival events in Corfu will last all next 2 week with gusto, colorful characters, parades, Venetian traditions, and will culminate in the burning of “Sior Carnival”, meaning Mr. Carnival. According to the custom, Sior Carnival will read his will in front of the notary and witnesses and then Corfiots will burn him.

photos: Vlasis Tsonos, Nikos Giohalas

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01 Jan

When breathtaking natural beauty melts into grand human creations that mark the birth and evolution of civilization, magic happens; and the most magical of such places is Greece. Nothing compares with historical Greek architecture and sculptures, and nothing compares with Greek coastline either. Even for the less ardent of travelers among us, Greece is one of the first places to think of when we are seeking out holiday destinations.

When in Greece, following are the 10 places you absolutely have to visit in order to complete your oh-so-Greek odyssey.


Acropolis is a sight to behold, and an experience that amazingly immerses you in history. Perched atop a hill, the 5th century citadel and the three temples around it are an icon of Greece, the way we see it in pictures representing the fascinating country. The famous Parthenon forms a distinctive part of the Acropolis.
A visit to Acropolis also takes you through many more ancient landmarks of Athens including the Roman Forum, Temple of Zeus, Kerameikos and Ancient Agora. With so much to see and do, Acropolis makes for an enthralling walk, and you can spend as long as you like here exploring one marvellous treasure after another.

Delphi, back in the day, used to be the epicentre of religion in the world. Considered to be one of the most auspicious places on earth, the patrons of the temples here ranged from kings to priests to common people. The Temple of Apollo is one of the most popular attractions of Delphi. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Delphi has ruins of temples and theatres, dating as early as 8th century BC. Delphi Archaeological Museum houses an incredible collection of objects from the historical site.
Besides the abundance of history and mystic stories the structures here boast of, Delphi has damn picturesque spots all over. You get breathtaking views of the hills and the Corinthian Gulf.

Corfu is a coastal wonder that joins the Adriatic coast to the Ionian Sea. There is so much beauty to be absorbed at every single beach of Corfu that nothing you would ever have seen will seem to get anywhere close. The coastline is no less than a roller coaster with twists and turns that make the place even more exquisite.
When you want to take a little break from enjoying the various beaches of Corfu, you can head to the Old Town area and treat yourself to sights such as those of ancient Venetian relics, castles and sunny boulevards.
Get further into the islands and you will find a treasure trove of cypress forests, dense fir trees, and mountains.
And these were just a few of the numerous delights Greece houses. Spend a few days there and you will have your own top 10 list in addition to the above places. The country, in all its corners and crevices, is meant to be admired and praised with the most glorious of adjectives. So head to Greece and have a terrific vacation!

Rhodes Town is the capital of Rhodes islands in the Aegean Sea. It’s a UNESCO-listed tourist destination and has countless delights to offer to all its visitors.
If walking on cobblestoned streets is one of your favorite European things to do, Rhodes Town will take this experience to a whole new level. With quaint little shops and eateries at every corner and majestic towers and gates marking the greatness of human endeavour, Rhodes Town mesmerizes you in many ways.
From Rhodes Town, you can also visit many other popular tourist attractions, including some in the bordering country of Turkey like the Marmaris.

Mykonos promises you a most fabulous island vacation. The incomparable natural beauty merges harmoniously with the iconic blue and white architecture and is perfectly complimented by the leisurely pace the town moves at.
With live music around every corner, the most impressive of boutique hotels and divine seafood on offer, Mykonos Town make leaving this town an impossibly difficult thing to do at the end of your vacation.

The deep blue waters of Santorini bridge the gap between dream and reality. The beauty, sensuality and rhythm of this place are surreal. Fira and Oia on the west coast of Santorini are the most visited towns here. The towns are not only dream-honeymoon destinations but also host many a destination wedding of couples from around the globe.
Santorini houses Akrotiri, a famous archaeological site. It used to be a Minoan settlement before a volcanic eruption, some 3600 years ago, buried it under lava and gave shape to the caldera.
Do not forget to spend some time at the volcanic sand beaches on the eastern and southern coasts of Santorini.

Meteora Monasteries
Meteora Monasteries have a rather mysterious feel to them. They are one of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Of the many monasteries here, six are open to visits. Each of them stands right up a cliff and will require a little bit of hard work on your part to get to them; but the Byzantine frescoes, candles and the out-of-the-world ambience in there will make the climbs worth it. In addition, the views from up there will be amazing.

Mycenae is even older than the Delphi or Acropolis – for history lovers, it’s a place to swoon over. If you love to listen to legends and believe in them, you will have a lot of fun finding out about its formation while you are roaming around the site. For a little background, this place is said to have been created by the Cyclops, and this is where King Agamemnon of the Trojan Wars lived and ruled. The town saw its golden years in the 14th century BC when it was the seat of the Atreid Dynasty. A walk through the Peloponnesian Argolid and its olive-clad ridges is unbelievably picturesque, mysterious and memorable.

Corinth was an important coastal town and navy centre of ancient Greece. The magnificent waters of the Corinthian Gulf and the majestic ruins invite many a tourist every year. For a little peek into the history of Corinth, this place served as a common point of contact between two ancient superpowers of Athens and Sparta during the years of the Peloponnesian War.
The Archaeological Museum of Corinth displays treasures of art and culture that have been around since the early days of the kingdom. It’s a must-visit for everyone interested in the intriguing stories of old Greece.

Samaria Gorge
A trek through exotic Greek outdoors will be an experience to recount for decades. The Samaria Gorge, on the Crete Island, is a 16 km stretch of utter natural wonder. Begin your hike from Omalos in the White Mountains and go all the way down to the Agia Roumeli, a point that lies on the Libyan Sea. This enthralling excursion will take you about five to seven hours to complete and will take you through magical variations in scenery. Lying in the Samaria National Park, the Samaria Gorge is on a tentative list of UNESCO.

Vikos, National Park
The Vikos–Aoös National Park  is a national park in the region of Epirus in northwestern Greece. The park, founded in 1973, is one of ten national parks in mainland Greece and is located 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of the city of Ioannina in the northern part of the Pindus mountain range. It is named after the two major gorges of the area and encompasses 12,600 hectares (31,135 acres) of mountainous terrain, with numerous rivers, lakes, caves, deep canyons, dense coniferous and deciduous forest. The park is part of the Natura 2000 ecological network and one of UNESCO Geoparks and spans an elevation range from 550 to 2,497 meters (1,804 to 8,192 ft). Over 100,000 people visit the park each year and take part in activities including rafting, canoe-kayaking, hiking and mountain biking.

26 Dec

Spring flights from German cities to Corfu from €39 by Ryanair! Find the cheapest flights from Germany to Greek Islands and book your tickets at the best price! Flights will cost only €39 both ways!

Travel period: April 2018. Routes and travel dates:

Frankfurt – Corfu – Frankfurt (€39)
11 – 18 Apr
15 – 25 Apr

Dusseldorf – Corfu – Dusseldorf (€39)
11 – 15 Apr
11 – 18 Apr
15 – 22 Apr

Cologne – Corfu – Cologne (€43)
5 – 12 Apr
12 – 19 Apr
22 – 26 Apr

Where to book: Visit MOMONDO

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10 Dec

Fancy going somewhere different for Christmas and experiencing the festival season amidst a unique culture, scenery and climate?  By

If so, you may want to consider spending Christmas on the Greek island of Corfu. Christmas is one of the biggest Christian celebrations on Corfu, which is strongly associated with the Greek Orthodox tradition.

It is a truly colourful and joyous occasion when the whole of the island comes alive with lights, decorations and festivities. Like in the UK, Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25th, marking the birth of Christ. Though unlike our Christmas tradition, gifts in Corfu are exchanged on January 1st.

Christmas Eve is steeped in tradition on Corfu. Children go from house to house, often carrying small clay drums and metal triangles, singing Christmas carols.

Christmas Day on Corfu involves families and friends gathering together to enjoy a large feast. The first course comprises of egg-lemon chicken soup with rice. Turkey or pork is typically the main dish, accompanied with traditional Christopsomo – Christ’s Bread. This sweet type of bread is baked in various shapes, with the crusts engraved in symbols that depict the family’s profession. As well as sweet bread, locals tuck into Melomakarona, which are cookies doused in honey, as well as Kourabiedes, a crunchy shortbread with nuts and raisins.

Similar to Spain, the 6th of January is heavily celebrated on Corfu, which officially marks the end of Christmas. If you’re staying close to Corfu’s shoreline on January 6th, you may witness crucifixes lit up in the sea, which have been put there by priests in order to bless the waters. The day is also celebrated by priests throwing crosses into the sea and locals diving in and racing to be first to retrieve them from the water.

Yes, if you’re looking to celebrate Christmas with a difference this year, heading to the beautiful island of Corfu, with its unique festive traditions and celebrations, would certainly be a Christmas to remember.


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