On Kontokali beach you’ll find everything you need for a week of nothing but pure fun in the sun. Located only 6 km from Corfu Town itself, Kontokali lies on the north-east coast of the island. It is the first resort you come across on the journey between Corfu Town and Kassiopi, so it's a popular one, and for good reason. Upon arrival, you’ll encounter a stunning sandy beach that melts into the clear blue Ionian Sea. Perfect for taking a refreshing dip after an afternoon spent soaking up the warm Greek sun.
You’ll be pleased to hear that the water is nice and shallow, so the kids are safe to enjoy splashing around during a busy day of building sandcastles. Not only that, but the Kontokali beach itself is so well maintained that it has even been awarded a Blue Flag for its cleanliness. Flanked by restaurants and bars you’ll never go hungry, or thirsty for that matter, so all you have to worry about is topping up that tan. It seems that this place really does have it all for a blissful week away. And what’s more, the unbelievable Greek weather rarely disappoints.
Corfu Old Town
Corfu Town is only a short trip away, if you can bear to drag yourself away from the beach, that is. Take in all the charming surroundings and don’t worry if you get lost on the narrow cobbled streets. You’re sure to stumble upon some fantastic restaurants where the Greek delicacies on offer will tantalise your taste buds. Find the perfect souvenir in the quaint local gift shops or treat yourself to some upmarket retail therapy. You are on holiday after all!
If you find yourself wanting a break from the hot Greek sun, then head to Old Perithia for the perfect day trip. It’s a Heritage Listed village up in the hills that is considered to be Corfu’s oldest village. Up here you’ll see a different side of the island that tourists often overlook. Be amazed by the ancient architecture and have a look around all eight churches in the village, before stopping for lunch at one of the traditional family-run tavernas.
If you liked Kontokali, then you’ll probably love Gouvia. It’s a gorgeous beach resort very close by that offers yet another stretch of sand where you can remain horizontal for hours on end with no-one judging you. There’s also plenty of opportunities to try out various water sports if you’re feeling active.
Visit the Old Fortress
It was built in the 15th century by the Venetians in order to protect the town. Today it is a popular tourist attraction, so make time to visit. By exploring the structure you’ll learn all about the island’s fascinating past; there’s even a Byzantine museum inside the gate house for the real culture vultures. If you’ve got the energy, then it’s worth climbing to the top from where you’ll get an amazing 360-degree view out to sea and over the town below.
For one of the best views in Corfu head up Mount Pantokrator. Most visitors choose to take a car up the windy road to the summit, but it is possible to walk it if you’re feeling energetic. Just make sure to pack plenty of water - the Greek sun can be brutal! You’ll pass by some quaint old villages on the way up to the top where an incredible vista awaits you. On a clear day, it’s even possible to see as far as Albania. Once you’ve taken it all in why not have a look around the monastery, then stop for a refreshing drink to watch the sunset.
This beach resort offers a livelier beach experience than some of the quieter coves on the island. Particularly good for those travelling with children, Messonghi beach boasts a wealth of activities. Kids can get stuck in at the mini aqua park, while adults are welcome to try water skiing by day, before showing off their talent in the karaoke bar by night.
Another popular beach is Sidari, located on the northern tip of Corfu. It has a beautiful long stretch of sand with sun loungers galore. You’ll get a spot on one for free if you order something at one of the many bars and restaurants along the beachfront. Spend the day gazing out at the glistening blue water while sizzling under that stunning Greek sun. Sounds like another perfect day in paradise.
Around Kontokali Bay there are plenty of restaurants that will leave you spoilt for choice. Whether you’re a Greek food fanatic or not, you’re bound to find a souvlaki that will satisfy your taste buds. Various fish restaurants offer the catch of the day paired with a cold glass of crisp white wine, possibly the perfect combination after a busy day chilling out on the beach.
Old Town Restaurants
Kontokali is so close to Corfu’s Old Town, that it would be criminal not to visit at least one night during your stay. Book yourself into a traditional taverna and enjoy recipes that date back generations. Or treat yourself to an evening in one of the town’s more upscale restaurants and make it a night to remember. Either way, just be sure to try some delicious Greek olive oil with your bread, and towards the end of the meal, how about sipping on some Ouzo?
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