Water Sports and Sailing Holidays in Corfu

Last updated on February 14th, 2022 at 06:08 pm

Corfu is the greenest island in the Ionian Sea and one of the most beautiful places in Greece.

One of the most densely populated islands in the Mediterranean with the densest road network, Corfu was the first to open its gates to tourism long before other destinations were developed.

During your vacation in Corfu there is plenty to do, enjoy, see, and visit.

Lively non-stop nightlife resorts, perfect for anyone who needs days to explore and admire.

Countless lively beaches with emerald and crystal clear waters surrounded by cypress and lush vegetation.

Hidden seaside paradises with little or no tourist development for lovers of seclusion, idyllic places for romantics.

Corfu’s old town, full of vibrant colors and small alleys between tall medieval buildings, will make you feel like you’re in another age.

Its unique cultural heritage has left monuments and sights of unique beauty that are not found elsewhere, it gives the visitor a different feel with its different architecture and color from the other islands.

There are also many resorts on this lovely island.

There are picturesque mountain villages that look like time has stopped, to cosmopolitan tourist resorts with huge hotel units providing all the amenities, with a lot of tourist traffic and a vibrant nightlife, all these had made Corfu a global tourist attraction.

And people are always friendly and willing to make you feel at home.

The very intense nightlife exists in many places and is mainly for foreign tourists but also for all those who still feel very young.

There is, of course, a nightlife for pure Greek tastes mainly in the north of the city, bars for those who love good music, and all kinds of restaurants for gastronomic delights.

On the Kaiser Bridge, for example, there is a restaurant with a seafront.

The tourist infrastructure is one of the best and largest in Greece with 2 to 5-star hotels for every wallet and budget.

There are also plenty of rooms to rent and other accommodation scattered throughout the island.

Wherever you enjoy your holidays in Corfu, there will be something exciting and interesting to see and do, we are sure you will enjoy finding your own favorites!

Although it is not necessary to use a car it is very useful, with so many places to visit you will probably need one.

Diving, Skiing, and Sailing in Corfu

  • Water sports and Paragliding

    Paragliding and Skiing can be found in almost every medium to large holiday resort.

  • Diving

    Corfu offers spectacular underwater spots ideal for diving, is one of the very few islands with so much to explore under the water.
    There are many diving centers on the island offering equipment and organizing safe guided diving in some of the world`s nicest underwater sites.

    Briefly mentioned are:

    Achilleon Diving

    activated in Paleokastritsa and Ermones. See more here

    Dive Easy

    In Acharavi on the North coast. more details

    Calypso Diving Center

    Another diving school in Paleokastritsa, here

    Gouvia Diving

    In Gouvia, more in their website

    Seven Islands Dive

    In Kontokali

    All the above schools and Diving centers can offer or hire you all the necessary equipment.

  • Corfu Mountainbike Shop

    Fabulous Cycling Holidays & Tours for groups and individuals by GIANT, Located in Dassia. For more click here

  • Asprokavos Water sports

    In Kavos, Their yacht can carry comfortably 25 people to Paxos or Sivota. more here

  • Corfu Sea Discovery

    In Paleokastritsa, offers boat trips on a bottomless boat, you can see and enjoy the undersea world.

  • Arena Horse Riding in Roda

    A Horse riding school in Roda Greece, near Karniaris area east of Roda resort. for more click here

  • Nautilus Underwater Experience

    In Paleokastritsa, discover all the underwater wonders of the Ionian Sea on a super modern sea craft, built with a special and bulletproof glass-bottom measuring 2 X 3 meters wide.

  • Captain Homer

    A private boat trip perfect for family’s, friends, or an exclusive adventure tailored to your own personal wishes, we are in Messonghi. more on their website

  • Captain Spyros’ Pirate Ship

    Captain Spyros’ Pirate Ship is a boat trip organizer, located in Gouvia.

  • No Stress Yachting – Sailing Trips in Corfu

  • Asterios Boats and Water sports

    Or else Kaminaki boats and water sports, located In Nissaki at northeast Corfu. more here

  • Agni Boats Hire

    A large selection of speedboats for hire with varying engine sizes to suit your needs, based on Agni in Northeast Corfu. Website

  • Submarine explorations

  • Skydiving and Paragliding

  • Golf Course

    The course at Corfu Golf Club lays a couple of miles from Ermones, on the Ropa Valley, founded and designed back at 1971 by the English architect John Harradine, More on website

  • Surfing, windsurfing, and kite

  • Guided Hiking and Camping

  • Kayak and Canoeing

  • Eco-Tours

    Eco destinations in northern Corfu for hip travelers.

  • Water Ski and Jet Ski

    Almost everywhere on the island

Tips, Questions and Answers About Corfu

Last updated on April 8th, 2022 at 10:41 am

Tips for People who asked Questions about Corfu Island

We give some direct and short answers about Corfu below.

Does Corfu have sandy beaches?

Chalikounas beach at west Corfu
Chalikounas beach at west Corfu

Almost everywhere the sea meets the land there is a beach in Corfu.

And 90% of the beaches on the West and North side of the island are sandy, most are also huge with fine golden sand.

What are the Beaches like in Corfu?

Beaches in the West and North side of Corfu are sandy and long, with exceptions for some south of the Paleokastritsa area which are mixed with sand and pebbles, as the famous Rovinia, Paradise, and Stelari that are mostly pebble.

On the Eastside, beaches are smaller with shingles, with exceptions here to be in Messonghi which is a large sandy beach, and the southern cape at Alikes of Lefkimi which is sandy but not so favorable among tourists.

Are there Beaches in Corfu Town?

Corfu - Faliraki from old fortress
Corfu – Faliraki from the old fortress

Yes, surely.

There are some beaches in Corfu town, but not so picturesque or organized as in the rest of the island, we can say that there are parts of the coast where you can take a dive.

Under the old city walls and across the Old Fortress there is Faliraki, a picturesque small rocky promontory, a beach reachable by steps from the main road above at Mouragia area, the beach is also called Mpania tou Alekou (Baths of Alex).

Also South of Garitsa bay and after Anemomylos dock, just under Mon Repos palace, there is the beach of Mon Repos, it was the former royal baths. It is preferred by locals and pupils for a quick dive.
Both are popular among locals.

Is the Sea warm in Corfu?

The sea in Corfu is very warm indeed, especially at the East coast where the proximity with the Hellenic mainland creates something like a lake with two relatively small openings at the North and South end, so it is very warm in summers and not really cold in winters.

On the West side though the sea is a bit cooler especially around Paleokastritsa due to cold steam arriving there from the North Adriatic sea.

Where is Sandy Beaches in Corfu?

There are sandy Beaches almost everywhere on the West and North side of the island, these sandy beaches are separated from each other by small rocky areas.

Glyfada beach in Corfu
Glyfada beach in Corfu

 

The weather in Corfu per month?

For the average weather conditions per month basis in Corfu, better read more on the page about the weather.

Which sea is Corfu in?

Corfu lays on the North Ionian sea, on the borders with the South Adriatic sea, very close and exactly across the Hellenic(Greek) and Albanian borders.

What is Corfu famous for?

Esplanade square and Corfu old fortress
Esplanade square and Corfu old fortress
  1. Corfu is an island famous for many.
  2. It is the densest populated Hellenic(Greek) Island.
  3. Corfu town is the only Kastropolis in Hellas(Greece), a city surrounded by the walls of two castles.
  4. The whole city of Corfu is a UNESCO Heritage monument and keeps its multicultural character with Venetian, English, and French influences.
  5. It was the first Hellenic(Greek) island that opened its doors to the first tourists.
  6. In Corfu, there was the first Hellenic University that still operates today.
  7. The first bank in modern Greece.
  8. The first electricity factory.
  9. The first theater in the modern Hellenic territory.
  10. Esplanade square, the largest square in the Balkans, some say in Europe.
  11. The only cricket team in Hellas.
  12. The place with the largest musical and intellectual tradition by far in Greece.
  13. Corfu has the only Georgian style Palace outside the UK, the Palace of Saints Michael and George.
  14. It is the only place in Hellenic territory never felt Ottoman oppression.

What Language is Spoken in Corfu?

Hellenic, Greek for those who don’t know what Hellenic is, also almost all locals speak basic English and many speak fluent English.

Do they speak English in Corfu?

Yes, most people do, especially in tourist areas, almost everybody is capable to understand your English.

We can say with certainty that English is spoken in Corfu more than in any other part of Greece.

So Better don’t ask somebody if he or she speaks English, asking can be taken as an offense! Just talk straight away and they will answer you unless they don’t want to!

Older people still remember a local linguistic idiom called Corfiot dialect that is not used anymore though, only some words have remained to remind of the language spoken here centuries ago.

What food do they eat in Corfu?

In Corfu, they eat all food of the Greek cuisine. But Corfu has also its local cuisine that is influenced by Venetian cuisine and includes traditional recipes as Pastitsada, Sofrito, Bourdeto, Bianco, and many more.

Where were the Durrells filmed?

the durrells in corfu tv series
The Durrells in Corfu – TV series

Durrells in Corfu was filmed mainly in Danilia village, a replica of an old traditional Corfiot village in Danilia area. Also in parts of Corfu town, in Kalami bay where the family lived in the white house for most of its time in Corfu and in other parts of the island.

Is there a Volcano in Corfu?

Benitses - view of Agioi Deka top
Benitses – view of Agioi Deka top

Strangely there is!

There is a long-ago extinct volcano in the middle of Corfu island, it is the volcano of the mount of Agioi Deka. The crater was at the top of this mountain called Pantokrator, not to be confused though with Pantokrator, top of the other mountain at the north Corfu.

What does Corfu mean?

Corfu’s name means a place with Tops, the name’s origin is simple, the Latins took the Greek word Korfes(tops, peaks) and named the island Koryfo.

We are talking about the peaks(Korfes in modern Greek and Koryphai in ancient) of mount Pantokrator which has two equally high tops that can be seen clearly as a ship approaches Corfu island.

Is Corfu a real place?

Yes, Corfu is a real place, despite some rumors to the contrary!

Where is Corfu in relation to Greece?

Corfu is the Westernmost tip of Greece, in the borders of the North Ionian and South Adriatic sea, across the Greek borders with Albania, it belongs to the Ionian islands cluster.

What size is Corfu?

Corfu is a middle-sized island of 229 mi², it is the Seventh larger Hellenic island and has some satellite island clusters around it, i.e the Diapontia islands at the north and Paxos islands in the South.

What is the Population of Corfu?

According to the 2011 census, the population of the main Corfu island is 97.000 inhabitants, while along with its satellite islands of Diapontia and Paxos the prefecture has almost 104.000 residents.

Why is Kerkyra called Corfu?

Kerkyra is the ancient and the modern Greek name of the island and the city.

Corfu is the name given to the island by the Romans, they took the Hellenic word Koryfes (ancient Koryphai) which means Tops, and named the island Koryfo, which was altered to Corfu.

Romans, later Latins, always used to borrow and change ancient Hellenic words, as they did with ancient religion and Gods, Culture, Arts, Sciences, alphabet, everything!
And they gave other names to everything they borrowed, also they used to replace the Greek letter K with the Latin C.

Is Corfu part of the EU?

Corfu is part of Hellas, therefore is a part of the EU!

Which Hellenic island is closest to the UK?

Closest to the UK is the island of Corfu, as it is the westernmost part of Hellas(Greece).

Where can Families go to Corfu?

Families in Corfu can go almost anywhere, but there are some places more suitable for families with children.

Check here for the Best Resorts for Families

Which is the prettiest Hellenic island?

There are many Beautiful Hellenic islands, the prettiest island is different for everyone according to the taste.

Objectively speaking, Corfu is among the most beautiful islands in the country.

Which Hellenic Island has the best beaches?

Choosing the Greek island with the best beaches is absolutely subjective, we don’t know where the best beaches in Greece are, but we definitely know that Corfu has the most and the larger variety of Beaches in Hellas.

My humble personal opinion is that any one of the beaches in the Ionian sea is prettier than all the beaches on the Aegean sea together.

Where is the airport in Corfu?

Approaching with airplane the airport of Corfu
Approaching with airplane the airport of Corfu

Corfu airport is inside the Lake of Halikiopoulos, a lagoon West of Kanoni and South of Corfu town, inside the area that once was the Ancient Port of Corfu.

What is the airport called in Corfu?

The Corfu airport is called Ioannis Kapodistrias in honor of the first governor of the modern Hellenic state Count Ioannis Kapodistrias who was a Corfiot noble.

Corfu Breathtaking Views by Drone – Coast and Villages in 35 minutes

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Last updated on May 12th, 2022 at 12:07 pm

It is well known that Corfu is not only its beaches and coasts, where we usually hang and stay.

But it hides a lot in its interior, from picturesque spots, traditional large villages, Exceptional nature with high mountains and valleys where the vegetation revels, plains, sandy deserts such as Halikounas, even medieval villages that have been abandoned centuries ago such as the mountainous Old Perithia on the slopes of Pantokrator mountain.

Corfu, in spite of all the problems it faces, will always survive as a strong tourist destination because it has many more than other islands.

It has a turbulent and rich history, as a result of which its unique culture, as well as unprecedented unique natural beauties, despite its small size it is a continent in miniature, with so many variations in landscapes that make it look larger.

Watch this 35 minutes video of beautiful beaches, known and familiar destinations, but also many unknown small villages in the island’s interior that look like hidden treasures.

Corfu, without any special effort, will always be the flagship of Greek tourism!

The video was created by Petros Kapsokavadis on behalf of Oasis hotel in Perama, Corfu.

See Oasis Hotel website: https://www.corfuoasis.com/en

 

Octopus Bourdeto: A Corfiot Traditional Dish

Last updated on February 16th, 2022 at 11:44 pm

Bourdeto with octopus

A fantastic dish.

Here’s the recipe for the octopus bourdeto as the old housewives make it in Corfu.

Bourdeto with Octopus
Bourdeto with Octopus

Ingredients needed

  1. A medium or large fresh octopus
  2. 1 glass of white vinegar
  3. 1 glass of olive oil (250-300 grams)
  4. 1/2 teaspoon of hot red pepper
  5. 1/2 teaspoon of sweet red pepper
  6. 1 big onion in 4 pieces
  7. 4 large potatoes
  8. 50-70gr fresh lemon juice, this is the most important!

Execution of the recipe

Put in a pot 3-4 glasses of water and the glass of white vinegar and heat it.

Put in the pot the octopus for a while and take it off to cut it.

Cut the octopus into pieces as you like them and put them in another pot just to sauté on a low heat until they get their liquids out.

After the liquids leave, pour a glass of olive oil, half a teaspoon of hot red pepper, half a teaspoon of sweet red pepper, the four pieces of onion, and water until it is completely covered.

Let it boil until it is dry and then pour in 4 potatoes, sliced in pieces, as large as you like, add a little more water.

Keep cooking, The food is ready for serving when it is spotted and has been left almost only with the oil.

At this moment put the lemon juice in and mix, leave it for another minute and the food is ready.

Some prefer it not completely dry, while others, especially when it comes to eating it like meze, let it dry and stay only with the oil, so it’s more spicy.

Attention, do not use any salt at any stage of cooking! The octopus has already too much.

It is an awesome recipe, both as food or as meze.

Note: The octopus Bourdeto has succeeded if it has a nice dark red color, not black, and is a little bit juicy but mostly oily, the olive oil has become slightly reddish and remains clear, the octopus has not dissolved and the tentacles are intact.

The secret lies before cooking, the octopus has to be very well hit, we hit it on a cliff by the sea where we fished it, and then it is grazed for about half an hour, so it becomes tender, otherwise, it does not get boiled.

Of course, the octopus is dead long before the process of hitting it on the rocks.

Bourdeto can be done with a frozen octopus too, is the same thing if the octopus is from here and we have frozen it ourselves. But we avoid using large frozen octopus from the oceans.

Malaka Meaning: How to Use this Super Greek Slang?

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Last updated on May 17th, 2022 at 08:31 pm

Malaka(s) is the most used slang Greek word and the first that every tourist or visitor to Greece learns.

It’s so common among Greeks that tourists hear it all the time, so they use to repeat it too.

But what does Malaka mean in Greek and is it always good to say this to someone?

This article is aiming to help tourists and visitors to Greece. To let them know when they can say Malaka to someone and when not.

Origin of the word Malakas

Once malakas always malakas
Once malakas always malakas

Well, first let us give you the ancient meaning, cause this word is so old as the Greek language itself.

The word derives from two ancient substantives, malakia(fem) (Greek: μαλακία) and malakos (Greek: μαλακός). This meant, and still means mental illness or disorder, and “soft” and thus “weak, depraved, effeminate”.

Malakas (μαλάκας) today is a vulgar word that is used for the “masturbator, the wanker.” Also, today is used either to offend, as in “asshole”, “wanker“, “impotent“, “stupid‘, “idiot‘, “sucker“, or to express friendliness as in “mate”, “my friend“. (There are some words in the text that interested you, we know, don’t click on them repeatedly as it won’t take you anywhere, they are just bold emphasized words and not links.)

This great ambivalence makes it a tricky and also much-used word. But we suggest you not use it with anyone apart from your closest friends. Or not even with them if your style of communication is somewhat more polite.

There was an old expression in Greece saying: (Greek: Γι αυτό γίναμε Ιατροί, δια να θεραπεύομεν πάσαν νόσον και Μαλακίαν). This means: That is why we became doctors, to heal every illness and mental disorder.

During medieval times the meaning changed a bit and was used to describe the wanker. Because at that period people used to believe that wanking was bad for the brain. So every wanking person is considered stupid or less clever than average.

The female word today for Malakas is Malakismeni with another variation (Malako). This variation is more in use by the youngsters of the Greek Diaspora, although it is rarely used in Greece.

In English, the translation today should be wanker, or more precisely jerk. But malakas can also be used to express friendliness such as (come on man) or (hey buddy) plus many others. Everything depends on the way, the tone of the voice, the body standing, the relationship between the talkers, and many other factors.

You may hear Greek people use it a lot, many times in every sentence, but you can`t know if it is a quarrel or a loud friendly talk!

So, there are so many contradictory uses, but what’s the real meaning today?

Today’s real Malaka meaning

Despite the use of this word in hundreds of different cases, the real meaning is only one! Imagine a person who can’t understand a hint, someone who is not sure when others mock him or not.

Someone who can misunderstand what he is hearing, someone who is easily fooled.

And in fewer words, finally, the one with an IQ lower than average, in short, the stupid in a company, or at work, it’s so simple!

So, Malakas = A low IQ person.

Greek workshop - Only the asshole works
Greek workshop – Only the asshole works

When not to use the word Malakas

The general rule is to avoid it most of the time.

It is an insulting word. Despite the fact that most of the time you will be forgiven because you are a foreigner, there are slim chances το end up with a broken nose.

We will help you here to avoid such a situation.

Rule 1
If you are a man never ever say this word to a woman, no matter how close friends you are. Even if she is your lover or wife it is always insulting and in some cases is equal to bitch!

The same occurs if you are a woman, never say this to a man, no matter how close friends or even lovers you are.
In this case, it can mean an idiot or worse sexually incompetent.

So it is almost always bad to call this a person of the other sex. Unless of course, you are dead close friends and (pay attention here) not lovers.

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule! an example, when making love with your lover it can be a turning up word!

Rule 2
Never say this word to someone you just met, is a big no-no, unless you don`t want to see him or her again!

Rule 3
Never say it to complete strangers. In that case, there are strong possibilities for big trouble and broken noses.

Rule 4
Never say it to people much older than you, to someone who belongs to an older generation. Even if they are close friends or relatives, especially for relatives such as Uncles is much worse. In this case, it is very bad for you too and others will blame your bad personality.

Rule 5
We never ever call like this our Parents, it is a no-no.
But it is a must to call Malaka our brothers or sisters, except at the moment we have a dispute!

Rule 6
There are many other situations, but you must be a Greek to be able to understand every corner of the Greek sense of humor. So better follow the general rule that says: always is better to avoid this word.

When you can call someone Malaka

You must be a very close friend to someone to be able to say this word and to be taken as a friendly word. In these very close friendship cases, the meaning literally changes to: hey buddy, buddy, or come on man.

Also, it can be used between brothers and sisters but not when they have a quarrel.

Conclusion

Arkas behaving as Malakas
Arkas behaving as Malakas

The word Malaka is definitely the most widely used Greek word and is a vulgar slang word. It has unbelievably many, maybe a thousand different uses, but only one meaning! and it is used in every aspect of Greek everyday life.

You may call someone Malaka, but this doesn’t mean that you mean stupid, you may mean many other things, especially if you don’t know the person. Example: Parta malaka (take them malaka), a very frequent gesture with open hands in the Greek streets between drivers!

So, it is a friendly as well as an insulting word, it can be used either to break or to strengthen a relationship. The secret is to know how and when to use it.

We understand that many tourists, especially English-speaking people, may say this word. Trying a friendly approach with Greeks, after all, it is the word that they hear the most.

They will be forgiven in almost all cases because they are tourists. But there is always a slim possibility that it won`t be taken friendly.

So better stay on the safe side, and unless you know your friend, avoid this word!

Final words

Malakas, unfortunately, due to extensive use, has become somehow a trademark word for the Greeks today. Something that characterizes Greeks worldwide, something like Mousaka, or sirtaki for instance!

Welcome to Greece and enjoy your holidays Malaka!!!

But being a Malakas(Asshole) is not necessarily a bad thing.

See on the next page why!

Malakas...to be continue

Erimitis Beaches: Hidden Jewels at North Corfu

Last updated on May 12th, 2022 at 12:53 pm

The Beaches at Erimitis

Erimitis area is the Northeastern tip of Corfu island, very close to Albanian shores.

It starts from Agios Stefanos area in the East and stretches up to Kassiopi borders on the North Coast.

Erimitis view with some of the beaches spoted
Erimitis view with some of the beaches spotted

An unspoiled paradise is full of small cute coves separated by small promontories that give beautiful scenery to the landscape.

Every cove here is a small pebble beach of unique beauty, all of which are isolated and can be visited only by the sea.

Starting from Kassiopi and go to the east we find the following cute tiny beaches: Avlaki, Vouvalomantria beach, Vrachli beach, Tzoufakia, the Arias beach, Akoli, Vromolimni, Kaminakia beach, Korfovounia, Aspalathras, and Xylokeratia beach.

Let`s note that all these beaches are pebble and no sand, the waters are extremely clear and clean.

Avlaki beach

Avlaki beach at Erimitis - view from behind
Avlaki beach at Erimitis – view from behind

Avlaki is the biggest beach in the area, close to Kassiopi, and in visual contact with it.

It is separated into two parts, the west and the east Avlaki which is much smaller.

On the east side of the west Avlaki, there is another small lake behind it which sometimes dries out.

There are some houses and apartments on the west part of the beach, the busier of all, as it is easily accessible by road.

Vouvalomantria beach

At the north tip of Erimitis, a very small and secluded beach, available only by sea.

Vrachli beach

A Lovely beach facing east, the only one without a small lake behind it.

Tzoufakia beach

A Tiny beach next and south of Vrachli, completely isolated.

Arias beach

Arias beach at Erimitis Corfu
Arias beach at Erimitis Corfu

Another beauty, isolated pebble beach a little south of Tzoufakia.

Akoli beach

Akoli beach at Erimitis Corfu
Akoli beach at Erimitis Corfu

One of the few beaches of the area reachable by foot through a small path.

The name is due to the lake behind the beach which believed to be very deep.

Although the lake, in reality, is not deep, the name means literally “bottomless”, α-κωλη, in Greek this is from the deprivation α = χωρίς(without), and the word κώλος, in ancient Greek κώλος means bottom,
(while in modern Greek means ass). In this case, the word has the ancient meaning and means bottomless, used for deep seas or lakes.

Vromolimni beach

Vromolimni beach Erimitis Corfu
Vromolimni beach Erimitis Corfu

Another beach with a lake behind it, the name “Vromolimni” means Dirty lake, it is dirty indeed compared to the clean waters of the sea.

Kaminakia, Korfovounia, Aspalathras, and Xylokeratia beaches

Between Vromolimni and the small harbor of Agios Stefanos, we find these small diamonds respectively.

All are very tiny and isolated from each other but can be reached too by small pathways.

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