Nissaki is a gem of a Corfu village just waiting to be discovered. Boasting an infectious laid-back vibe but with its roots still very firmly in Corfu’s past, this hamlet offers visitors a glimpse into the real Corfu. But don’t be fooled by its sleepy image, Nissaki is livelier than its quiet exterior lets on and has much to offer visitors to its sparkling shores.
Various cultures have left their mark on Nissaki and surrounding area. Corfu’s capital owes much to Venetian explorers, while Nissaki itself has been altered by former inhabitants. Once an island, local stone cutters used waste from their work to create a jetty to join Nissaki to mainland Corfu. Now linked to the rest of the island, various resorts and destinations are now accessible on foot, by car, and by boat.
Planning to travel to Nissaki in June? You may well find yourself swept up in the village’s Day of the Saints celebrations. Festivities start at the local church and spill out onto the streets on June 14th. Expect singing, dancing, live music, plenty of souvlakia and of course, some Greek retsina wine!
With mild temperatures all year round and sun-soaked summer months, a Nissaki holiday is ideal for topping up your tan or escaping the chilly winter weather. If sunbathing and sampling the Corfiot cuisine sound too timid, Nissaki has some adrenaline boosting activities on offer. Whether you take a speedboat around Corfu’s many coves, hike the island’s tallest peak, get a bird’s-eye-view from a parasail or snorkel from the shore, Nissaki has plenty to fall in love with.
The small resort of Kaminaki boasts Caribbean-esque waters, a small pebble beach and a couple of tavernas. If you’re looking for quiet, laid-back lounging - this is the place for you. Swim, relax and enjoy some Corfiot cuisine in the sun. Fancy a change of scene? Take a short walk to the neighbouring resort of Krouzeri located just along the coastal path for more picturesque bays and beautiful views.
If you’re done with sunbathing and all the lazing around has you yearning for adventure, we recommend dropping in on Krouzeri. Watersports, excellent diving facilities and bustling tavernas are all firmly on the menu on this popular beach. Away from the seafront, Krouzeri is surrounded by lush green olive groves and colourful flowers if the sight of endless turquoise ocean leaves you lusting for a change of view.
One thing you won’t find in Nissaki is buzzing bars, thumping bass and shot-filled happy hours. But if legendary nightlife is your ideal way to kick start a holiday, head to Barbati. The resort has a strip lined with late night bars serving everything from cocktails to cold beers. Lively nightlife blends with a blue flag beach to make Barbati a popular pick for a holiday you can enjoy at any pace.
Hiking the Corfu trail
Pack sturdy boots and a picnic and set off for an adventure on the Corfu trail. Well sign-posted, the trail takes you north through Nissaki and beyond where you’ll find jaw-dropping scenery and plenty of steep climbs to burn off those holiday calories.
Nissaki’s beach may be small but it ticks all the right boxes. Rocks shelter the beach from winds, ensuring calm waters year round. Rich in marine life, we’ve heard everything from turtles to octopuses can be spotted swimming alongside sun-kissed holidaymakers.
Camera phones at the ready, this bridge is an Instagram classic. Built in 1913, the bridge is the only one of its kind in Corfu. Straddling a leafy glade between Barbati and Nissaki, you drive over Glyfa bridge heading north on the coast road. Stop and take a look, it’s a beauty.
Experience Nissaki at your own pace and rent a boat at the harbour. Cruise along the east shore, find a quiet beach or swim in the crystal clear ocean. Relax, discover Nisskai’s hidden treasures and set sail for a memorable day on the Mediterranean.
Rich in flavours from the Mediterranean, Corfu’s cuisine differs from anything you may have the tried elsewhere in Greece. Classic Corfiot staples include the ever-popular Moussaka and Baklava, both delicious, but if you’re keen to try something a bit different we recommend trying Pastitsada. One of Corfu’s most famous dishes, Pastitsada is a Corfu take on an Italian pasta dish. Poultry, pasta, spices and tomatoes all combine to make a delicious national dish. Usually served on a Sunday, we think you’ll love Pastitsada as much as we do.
It’s worth remembering that many Corfu restaurants serve starters and mains at the same time. The tradition on the island being that courses are passed around the table to share. We recommend ordering a few different dishes and tucking in to try a variety of Corfu’s tempting dishes.
A visit to Nissaki isn’t complete without dining at one of the tavernas. So if ex-pat bars are not your bag, head to a taverna serving up traditional dishes. Cooked by Corfiot families and often a hotspot for locals, you’ll experience true Greek hospitality in an authentic Nissaki atmosphere.
Nissaki holidays have something for everyone. From high-energy activity holidays to ultimate relaxation, Nissaki has it covered. With day trips to the Corfu capital and elsewhere on the island, plus the endless sailing and boating opportunities, Nissaki is a beautiful laid-back idyll to visit at any time of the year.
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