If you’re after beautiful weather with equally beautiful beaches then look no further than Corfu’s Glyfada. In addition to the great weather and golden sands, there’s a tonne of water sports activities perfect for high-octane exploration of the clear waters. Relaxation during the daytime and entertainment after sunset are what Glyfada’s all about.
After a day of soaking up the Corfu sunshine and cooling off in the Ionian Sea, there are several delicious and highly recommended restaurants to satisfy that appetite you’ve worked up. Tavernas are hugely popular in Greece, with friendly waiters serving up traditional and delectable Greek delicacies. In many restaurants, there’s often a spot of dancing, and if there’s a wedding on, the age-old Greek activity of plate smashing! So you’re sure to be entertained whilst you dine. If the plate smashing and sunbathing gets too much, there’s plenty more to explore in Glyfada, from water parks to malls.
With a luscious sandy beach complete with azure waters, tantalising water sports, tavernas with delectable dishes or some lively nightlife, Pelekas is hugely popular. With both budget and top-class accommodation, you’re sure to be in for a warm welcome in this village. Rich in both history and allure, there’s plenty to do and see, but if you do fancy just relaxing, the beach is perfect for sunbathing whilst admiring the beauty around you. And if the relaxation gets too much, there is a long-distance footpath accessible via Pelekas, it spans the whole of the island and offers some breath-taking views.
One of the most popular resorts on Corfu Island, whilst Barbati is lively, it still manages to retain that natural Greek charm. Overlooking the dazzling Ionian Sea and offering some scenic views of Corfu’s northeast coast, the sights here allow you to fall into total daydream mode. The beach of Barbati is a one-mile stretch of smooth pebbles boasting an EU Blue Flag, and thanks to its sheltered bathing and clear waters, is great for snorkelling. With a host of water sports available on Barbati beach to try, it’s impossible to get bored. Visiting one of the resort’s many tavernas to sample some classic Greek dishes is an essential.
Slightly away from the somewhat bustling seen of central Glyfada is Ermones, a serene cove on the island’s western coast. Nestled at the foot of the cypress-clad verdant valleys, the main attraction of Ermones is its beautiful beach, the perfect mix of sand and shingle. Also a Blue Flag winner, the beach is framed by gorgeous fruit and olive trees whilst the shingle helps to form a dramatic yet pretty landscape. Venture just a few metres away from the sands and you’ll stumble across some tavernas where the staff will make you feel right at home and once you’ve charged your batteries for the day, you can head to a nearby store and rent a motorbike for the day or embark on some brilliant water sports.
Just 15-minutes down the road is Agios Iohannis, and the legendary Aqualand waterpark. The place is packed with fun activities for families, and the array of slides on offer will ensure that all can release their inner daredevil on the likes of the Twister, Black Hole and Kamikaze proving just too popular. For families with little ones, there are tot-sized slides and a bouncy castle available, and if the slides don’t take your fancy, bask in the sunshine or doze under one of the park’s many umbrellas.
Visit the Monastery of Mirtiottissa
According to legend, this 14th-century Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built following a vision from a monk. The vision is said to have led him to the site, where he came across a cave with a cross and picture of the Virgin Mary. Visions or no, you can explore the monastery’s ancient icons and wall paintings, and you’re even able to buy fresh herbs grown in the nearby forest, meaning self-caterers can cook up a hearty monkish dish when you get back to your apartment.
The beach of Glyfada
The beach of Glyfada is perfect for building sandcastles with soft golden sands - the little ones and big kids will love it. It also comes with a water sports centre with a whole host of things available to hire, from gentle pedalos to jet-skis to paragliders. If paragliding tempts you then the nearby rocks are perfect for cliff jumping, with the highest peak over 40-foot high. There are plenty bars along the beach offering cold beers, cocktails and chilled tunes before sunset when things rev up a little.
Cuisine in Corfu
Tavernas in Corfu are hugely popular, especially along the beach front. The majority of tavernas will serve up delicious traditional Corfiot dishes, rich in either meat or fish, olive oil, feta, olives and various unusual spices such as moussaka, souvlaki, and if you’re vegetarian, the briami is a must try, a really tasty veggie dish made with aubergine, courgettes and potatoes.
Restaurants in Gylfada
Many of the restaurants of Gylfada offer European-style buffets meaning that if any of the delicious Greek dishes don’t take your fancy, there’s sure to be something you’ll like. Whether you’re in a cheap and cheerful tavern or an upmarket restaurant, you’re guaranteed a unique yet friendly supper. Wherever you choose to eat, you’re sure to be met with a creative range of flavours, all of which will most likely be enjoyed with a glass of ouzo. Outdoor dining in Gylfada is also very popular, so you’re able to enjoy your evening meal whilst watching the sun go down.
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