Couples, families, friends – all are guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome in Roda. Local hospitality brings visitors back year on year. Of course, the sun, sea and sand play its part too. Once a sleepy fishing village, Roda has upped its game and become a magnet for visitors seeking out a relaxing getaway. A village is very much a place where you can shape your holiday to suit you and your family’s needs. Chilled, lazy days on sunbeds - sorted.
Exploring, hiking and water sports - all catered for. Roda’s nightlife and cuisine are as equally varied. If you find yourself longing for a traditional Sunday roast or are keen to tuck into the island’s Corfiot dishes, it’s all here. Your only dilemma may be choosing from all the options on offer.
Beach-lovers will be right at home on the 7km strip of golden sand, where temperatures soar to the high twenties. The warming sun gives swimmers the perfect excuse to dip into the crystal blue waters to cool off.
With mild winters and long hot summers, a Roda holiday is ideal for topping up a tan or exploring the rest of the island. If sun worshipping on the sandy shore seems a little tame, Roda has plenty of horse-trekking and walking routes leading away from the village.
We think you’ll love Roda for its old-world charm and hospitality. The mix of a laid-back vibe combined with tonnes of fun and activity is guaranteed to charm your holiday socks and sandals off.
Get two holidays for the price of one by visiting Acharai. Roda shares its beach with this neighbouring village which is just a stone’s throw away. Sunbathers can whip off a layer or two if they’re feeling brave. Part of this beach has a nudist section but, baring all or not, Acharavi is a charming beach with clear waters and miles of sand to relax on.
Sidari is a lively little resort to the west of Roda. Buzzing bars serve up everything from hypnotists to colourful drag acts and, of course, plenty of cocktails and local beers. By day you’ll want to head to one of Sidari’s three beaches. Water skiing, banana boat rides and high octane water sports are waiting for active families to try out. Don’t miss Sidari’s ‘Channel of love’ - the Canal d' amour - where sandstone cliffs have been eroded by the sea forming plenty of channels and inlets for adventurous explorers to discover.
This smaller seaside settlement to the east of Sidari offers a quieter pace of life. Close enough to Sidari to benefit from its amenities but far enough away to enjoy a tranquil setting. Amble through the village and shops. Unwind and watch the Tyflos River flowing down to the sea in the bay below.
Roda’s surrounding landscape is all just waiting to be explored. Unspoilt countryside, far-reaching sea views and acres of lush green olive groves always looks better on horse-back in our opinion. Let your trusted steed take you across miles of Roda’s surrounding farms and tracks while you soak up the Ionian sun.
Proudly waving the Blue Flag, Roda’s beach is a 7km long jewel of sparkling sand and sea. Faultlessly clean and a safe shallow spot for paddling children. Adrenaline junkies haven’t been left out - parasailing and jet skis are also on offer for more adventurous teens and adults. A strip of tavernas and shops connects the village to the beach, meaning there’s plenty going on. We recommend a visit.
Spend a night at the Drunken Sailor
We’re told the Drunken Sailor hosts some of the best nights in Roda. A top class nightly live cabaret show is the main draw. Seats get snapped up quickly as word spreads that tribute artists covering everything from Adele to Elvis are on stage. Quality cocktails, quirky bar staff and a warm welcome make this bar a must-do event.
If cabaret and cocktails are a little too fast-paced for you, try the weekly snail racing night at Pirates Bar. A talking parrot compères the night and the snails gradually make their way towards the finish line as you finish off Corfiot cocktails and local wine.
You could be forgiven for thinking Corfiot cuisine consisted of all day breakfasts or the ‘full English’. And while there’s no shortage of ex-pat bars and cafés, the authentic Corfiot tavernas are where the real gastro action is. Fresh fish, local wine and meze plates abound. If you’re new to Greek cuisine try something familiar such as a Moussaka and go from there. Most chefs and taverna owners will be happy to recommend dishes from their menus.
The restaurants in Roda serve up an equal mix of ex-pat fare and traditional Greek food. Traditional Sunday roasts are served alongside Greek salads and fresh fish caught that day.
A Roda visit isn’t complete without sampling some local meze at one of the many Greek nights hosted in the area. Nibbling on Corfiot treats while watching dancers in traditional dress is the perfect excuse to sample some local wine. Simple, authentic and affordable. Perfect.
Roda holidays are ideal for all types of holidaymaker. Couples, families and friends are all catered for. Beyond Roda, day trips inland to Corfu Town offer the chance to explore, while golf courses, water parks, historic treasures and of course plenty of beaches, ensure this is a vibrant and varied place to visit all year-round.
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