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One of western Greece’s little-known diamonds, this coastal town at the mouth of the Ambracian Gulf is both pleasant and peaceful.


Its atmospheric old bazaar area has a tight-knit set of alleys with a number of fine buildings that have survived from the Ottoman period, including a selection of excellent ouzeris (taverns). Although there are several small museums in town, the main attraction for history buffs is outside: just 8km north is Nikopolis (or ‘Victory City’, as the name translates), which was created under the order of Roman Emperor Octavian (later Emperor Augustus) to commemorate his win over Anthony and Cleopatra’s fleet at nearby Actium in 31BC.

Best of all, less than 20km south lies the region’s undisputed gem, the beautiful Ionian island of Lefkada, which is actually connected to the mainland by a causeway and pontoon bridge. Not overtly touristic except for the resorts of Nydri and Vassiliki, Lefkada is a laid back capital with several important churches, a rugged mountainous interior and a spectacular west coast. Its beaches, sandwiched between dramatic cliffs and the sea, a dazzling palette of milky turquoise blending into deep azure, rival any in Greece.

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Go horse-riding through Mt Pandokrátor's lush foothills with well-established Trailriders outside Áno Korakiána village (tel 6946 653317; trailriderscorfu.com).Rides Apr to Oct daily Mon to Sat along shaded tracks from 10am to noon and 5 to 7pm.


Corfu's excellent microbrewery at Aríllas stages an annual tasting festival pitting their eight varieties against foreign guest beers. This year (12 to 16 Oct) the theme is Corfu versus Italy.

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Watch Corfu's Easter celebrations (14 to 16 Apr), perhaps the most vivid in Greece. On Good Friday afternoon and evening, each parish parades its epitáfios (Funeral Bier of Christ) as brass bands play solemn dirges played. On Saturday, specially made pots are hurled from upper storeys, to banish the bad luck of Judas' betrayal. After the midnight Resurrection service, fireworks are set off above town.


Attend the Agiotfest soul, rock and dance festival in Ágios Ioánnis village on 27 August, from 7.30pm onwards (€15). Headliners this year are the Black Strat Band with George Gakis, Zoe Unsworth and Lia Kolita.

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