Secrets of Corfu: Hidden Depths of Greece’s Holiday Island

Corfu is a wonder of an island. If you’ve never explored it, it’s high time you did. Its golden beaches along with its salty seas make Corfu one of the most explored islands in Greece.

Once you travel here, chances are you won’t want to return home anymore. That’s definitely a feeling many travelers experience.

Corfu’s History in Brief

Corfu history - Espianada in old gravure
Corfu history – Espianada in old gravure

Corfu has a reach history of gun battles and battleships. The old fortress that was once under Venetian power and pirate attacks entices you with its monuments and artifacts. One of the places that are most explored by tourists is the Old Fortress, which dates earlier than ever.

The first inhabitants of the island date back to the Homeric era, the Phaeacians to be the first known residents, At 750 BCE Greek settlers from Evoea came to the island.
Once they settled here, they created more colonies, one of them was Epidamnus, today’s Dyrahium on the south coast of today’s Albania.

However, Romans were quick to invade and take over the territory. Corfu was a part of the Eastern Roman Empire, Next came the Venetians, the French, the English. Finally, Corfu unified with Greece in 1863.

Unification with Greece

The island of Corfu got back its freedom in the year 1863 when England renounced the island’s occupation. Finally, Corfu became part of Greece.

From an economic and political perspective, Corfu started developing quite quickly after the second half of the 20th century, when it became a very popular holiday destination in Greece.

Then, the second world war came.

During the second WW, Corfu became occupied first by Italians and later by the Germans, only to be released at the end of the war, after the defeat of the Axis forces.

Because of its warm climate, beautiful infrastructure, and amazing nature, Corfu attracted many tourists after the end of the war.

Again, after getting back its freedom, it re-gained its power through tourism.

Now that you got a bit of Corfu’s history, let’s see why the island is worth seeing today.

Secrets and Hidden Depths of Corfu

Corfu’s Tasteful Cuisine

Sofrito
Sofrito

Greece has long been known for its tasty foods and fresh ingredients.

Corfu’s extensive cuisine includes Greek foods but adds authentic flavors to it. Some of the most *and best* of Corfu’s options include the sofrito, the Bourdeto, and of course, the olives. Sofrito is just cooked veil with parsley, garlic, and wine, while Bourdeto is a stew made out of fish and red pepper. Both of these options are a must-try.

The olives are also a must-taste in Corfu. They come from old-grown trees, some of them as old as 100 years old. The best-tasting olive oil comes from the Dafnis family, who’s grown it for decades. The secret is pairing the olives with a tasty salad and Feta cheese and drizzling a little bit of Himalayan salt on top of it. Best combination ever! Light, smooth, tasty, fresh.

If you need something more consistent, you can always try Corfu’s kumquat. This fruit originally flourished in China and has been introduced to the Greek culture in the 19th century by the Middle Eastern inhabitants. Pairing this fruit with an alcoholic drink such as Prosecco will make up the perfect aperitif.

The best island escape tours

If you’re planning to stay longer in Corfu, this is your chance to explore more of its surroundings. Some of the most popular destinations in Corfu include the Vatos village, the beaches of Ermones or Corfu Town, or Old Perithia. Another cool site to visit is Paleokastritsa Beach, the island’s sacred and spiritual hub.

If you prefer a cool hike or bike around the island, check out trips to Kavos or the Arkoudilas Beach, the Halikounas’ dunes, or Alonaki Bay. Kanouli Beach is another popular destination for those passionate about nature. You could also check out the Corfu Trail, for a longer hike. It’ll take you about 10 days to get from one side to the other. Along the way, you’ll be able to explore many tiny villages, olive groves, and nature trails.

Secret (and famous) Attractions to Explore in Corfu

There are some top must-sees here, of course, as in any other region in the world. You must not miss them! They’re really exquisite and amazingly well crafted. You won’t regret visiting and discovering these sites.

The small isolated beaches south of Paleokastritsa

Rovinia beach
Rovinia beach

The wider Paleokastritsa is an area of exceptional natural beauty. In this area there are some of the most beautiful beaches on the island, most of them are isolated due to the high cliffs that cut the coast of the mainland.

Liapades, Povinia, Limni, Iliodoros, Paradise, Stelari, Chomi, Giali, to name a few.

They are mixed with sand and pebbles, Remote and beautiful paradises that can be visited by small boats from Paleokastritsa.
If you are in Corfu you must grab the opportunity to visit them.

Old fortress and the Old British hospital in Corfu Town

Corfu Guide: Esplanade square and the Old fortress
Corfu Guide: Esplanade square and the Old fortress

The fortress with the long history and the abandoned British hospital surrounded by a great deal of mystery and horror rumors

The Achilleion Palace in Gastouri village

Benitses - Achilleion from Agioi Deka
Benitses – Achilleion from Agioi Deka

The Palace was built by Empress Elizabeth of Austria who became known as the sad queen Sissy.
It is a must place to visit and it sits at the edge of the village Gastouri, 6 miles from Corfu town.

Myrtiotissa Nudist Beach in Western Corfu

A small, remote sandy beach on the west coast of Corfu, since the decade of the 60s it became the only beach in the island of Corfu where nudism was officially tolerated.

One of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, reached by a steep path or by the sea, a rather small sandy beach difficult to spot from the sea, separated from Glyfada beach by a thin but high rock.

Liston in Corfu Town

At the north left of Esplanade square is the popular pedestrian area of The Liston with its French architectural buildings (modeled on the Rue de Rivoli in Paris).

Built in 1807 by the French, to house the French army.

They have arched ground-floor galleries which the locals call “Volta”

The name was given by the word “list” which arrives from the Greek word “lista” that was used for the list of the Nobles (Libro d `Oro) as in the old days only the nobility were able to walk in this part in the city.

Today, the arcades of Liston are the busiest part of Corfu, full of cafes, restaurants, and craft shops in general, so, it is not something that you must try to find rather than a sight that you won’t definitely miss.

Mon Repos Estate Palace in Corfu Town

Mon Repos Palace is a neoclassical building at the east of Paleopolis, Inside the Corfu ancient city.

Built at 1830 by the British Commissioner Sir Frederick Adam at the beginning of the peninsula of Kanoni next to the ruins of Paleopolis

The diamond beaches of Erimitis area

Arias beach at Erimitis Corfu
Arias beach at Erimitis Corfu

Erimitis on the Northeastern tip of Corfu, very close to Albanian shores.

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

An unspoiled paradise, full of small cute coves-beaches separated by small promontories that give beautiful scenery to the landscape, most of them accessible by the sea.

Some cute tiny beaches here are Avlaki, Vouvalomantria beach, Vrachli beach, Tzoufakia, the Arias beach, Akoli, Vromolimni, Kaminakia beach, Korfovounia, Aspalathras, and Xylokeratia beach.

Beaches with pebble and very little sand, the waters are extremely clear and clean.

The medieval abandoned and reborn village of Perithea

Perithea is an abandoned medieval village located below the majestic peak of Pantokrator. On a plateau in the mountain at an altitude of 400 meters.

Are you curious to see how a dead village can be reborn?

Sure you are.

Then you must visit Perithea

The abandoned school of Perithea
The abandoned school of Perithea

To see the old abandoned stone house alive again and restored to their previous glory.

But if you are a culinary freak, you have one more reason to come here.

The ground floor of several houses is transformed into restaurants offering local specialties and they are full of people especially at the weekends.

The Traditional village of Nymfes, named after the mythical Nymphs

This village of Northwest Corfu is ancient, untouched by time and tourism, and took its name from the mythical Nymphs.

Do you like the opportunity to see the life, and customs of the real non-touristry Corfu?

Sure you want.

Waterfalls in Nymfes
Waterfalls in Nymfes

Then this is the village to visit, to see the traditional old customs and learn the fairytales that are connected with the landscape.

In the majestic waterfalls the secret story of the area still alive, here the mythological Nymphes were living, so the village took their name, Nymfes is the place of the mermaids or Nymphes.

For a more personalized experience, you could also try a private tour with a guided option. You’ll get to explore more of Corfu’s detailed history and culture. You could also get an olive oil-tasting tour for a more authentic experience. Shore excursions are also available, but make sure you read the reviews before picking one.

Conclusion

Visit Corfu for its amazing experiences, cool trips, outstanding cuisine, and having the best time of your life! Don’t forget to pack sunglasses, towels, and bathing suits. Bonne voyage!

Greek Food: 11 Epic Traditional Greek Recipes

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Last updated on January 14th, 2021 at 07:40 am

Known for fresh crisp greens, strong natural cheese, and lamb dishes cooked to perfection, Greece has a wonderfully colorful palette that is steeped in history.

 

Greek Lamb with Potatoes and Olives

Lamb with potatoes
Lamb with potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 800g medium-size potatoes, skin on, thinly sliced
  • 4 lamb steaks
  • 4 large tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 aubergine, thinly sliced
  • 85g pitted Kalamata olives, halved
  • 5 tbsp olive oil, plus a drizzle
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 tsp oregano, for seasoning

Method:
Pre-heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Thinly slice the potatoes, tomatoes, and aubergines and place them in layers in a baking dish. Sprinkle with garlic, oregano and olives, and feta throughout, and drizzle with oil and seasoning as each layer is added.
Bake the layered mixture for 50 mins or until tender.
Rub the steaks with a little more oil and bake for 15-20 mins until cooked. Allow to cool and scattering with more oregano and serve.

Tapenade Skordalia

Skordalia
Skordalia

A smooth and delicious Greek mash that is the perfect side to any dish.

Ingredients:

  • 800g potatoes, cut into evenly-sized pieces
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp of red wine vinegar
  • 150ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp of black or green olive tapenade

Method:
Salt a large pan of water and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, add the potatoes and cook for 20 minutes, or until soft.
Crush the garlic cloves and use the back of a spoon or pestle and mortar to form a paste.
Drain the potatoes and let them sit for 2-3 mins to dry. Add the garlic paste, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and tapenade and mash until smooth.

Gigantes Plaki

Gigantes Plaki
Gigantes Plaki

Healthy and satisfying, this dish can be served hot or cold.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tsp tomato puree
  • 400g dried butter beans
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 800g ripe tomatoes, skins removed and chopped
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Pinch ground cinnamon, to taste

Method:
Soak the butterbeans in water overnight. Drain and place in a pan with water. Boil and bring to a simmer for 50 minutes until tender.
Pre-heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and Sautee the onion and garlic for 10 mins. Add the tomato puree and the remaining ingredients and cook for a further 2-3 min.
Add the beans and pour them into a baking tray and cook for 1 hr uncovered. Scatter the parsley over the top to serve.

Greek Roast Lamb

Roast Lamb
Roast Lamb

A perfect recipe for those refreshing Spring nights.
Ingredients:

  • 1 large leg of lamb
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 6 tsp olive oil
  • 1 bunch fresh oregano
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon

Method:
Preheat over to 240C/fan 220C/gas 9. Ground the garlic, oregano, and lemon zest in a pestle and mortar, add a pinch of salt.
Stab the lamb with a knife and coat on the garlic and lemon mixture, drizzle over the olive oil, and lemon juice. Get as much of the mixture into the holes as you can.
Roast the lamb for 1 hr 15 min until medium-rare, or an additional 15 mins for medium.

Moussaka

Mousaka
Mousaka

A traditional dish with less of the work!Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 45 mins

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 500g lamb mince
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 500g passata
  • 2aubergines, cut into slices
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 140g grated cheddar

Method:
Boil the potatoes until tender. Cut into thick slices.
Fry the olive oil and the onion until soft and add the lamb. Fry until lamb is cooked, and add the garlic, spice, and passata and simmer for 5 minutes. Oil a griddle and grill aubergines until browned.
Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Cover the bottom of a baking dish with potatoes and layer the lamb mixture. Repeat until the dish is full, ending with a layer of aubergines.
Shatter with cheese and oven-bake for 10 min or until golden.

Greek Island Salad

Total time: 40-50 min

  • 1.8kg roast chicken
  • 2 romaine lettuces
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 2 ripe avocadoes
  • 3 spring onions
  • 200g feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp black olives
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tbsp dried mint
  • Half bunch of fresh parsley (optional)
  • 5 tsp olive oil

Method:
Roast the chicken and roughly shred. Shred the lettuce and cut the tomatoes into wedges.
Whisk 3 tbsp lemon juice, olive oil, and salt into a bowl. Thinly slice the avocadoes and add to the mixture.
“Add to the roast chicken, tomato, and lettuce, scatter over the black olive and chopped feta. Squeeze lemon juice on top and add the parsley,” says Veronica Nickson, a cooking blogger at the State Of Writing.

Greek Omelette

Ingredients:

  • 10 eggs
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large red onion
  • 3 tomatoes
  • A handful of black olives
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled

Method:
Heat the pan on high, whish the eggs with chopped parsley and onion for 4 mins. Add tomatoes and olives and cook for 1 min.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the egg mixture until half cooked and add the olives and feta.
Place the pan under a grill for 5 mins until golden.

Halloumi Kebabs

Ingredients:

  • 2 courgettes
  • 1 red onion
  • 250g halloumi cheese, cut into chunks
  • 16 cherry tomatoes

For Lemon Drizzle:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

Method:
Cut the courgettes lengthways and slice into chunks. Cut onions into wedges and thread with the halloumi pieces, cherry tomatoes onto skewers.
For the drizzle, mix the olive oil, lemon juice, thyme, mustard, and season. Brush the mixture over the kebabs and barbecue for 4-5 minutes, turning often so all sides are browned.

Smoked Salmon Taramosalata

Ingredients:

  • 100g smoked salmon
  • 200g soft cheese
  • 100g crème Fraiche
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Black kalamata oil
  • Black Pepper

Method:
Add the salmon, soft cheese, lemon juice, and crème Fraiche together in a food processor and blitz until a smooth paste.
Add a pinch of black pepper and spoon into a large bowl. Serve with olive oil and pitta bread.

Greek Lamb Tray Bake

Ingredients:

  • 50g white bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 onions, halved
  • 250g lamb mince
  • 2 courgettes, cut into wedges
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 50g feta cheese, crumbled,
  • Handful chopped mint leaves
  • 2 large potatoes, cut into wedges

Method:
Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mix lamb mine, bread crumbs, egg, and seasoning into a bowl and mix. Grate the onion and mint and add to the mixture. Shape into 8 patties and place on a baking tray.
Place the potatoes wedges around the patties in the tray, with the courgettes and cherry tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 40 minutes or until the lamb is cooked through.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with feta and remaining mint.

Lamb and Feta Burgers with Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • 500g lamb mince
  • 2 tbsp coriander
  • 1 red chili
  • Handful fresh parsley
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 100 feta cheese
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 rosemary springs, stripped
  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 100g feta cheese
  • 200ml natural yogurt
  • 1 tbsp dried mint

Method:
Add the spices, chopped chili, herbs, and egg into a bowl and whisk. Add the lamb mince and mix.
Divide the mixture into 16 pieces and shape into burgers, push a piece of feta cheese into the center of each, and seal. Chill for 30 minutes.
Mix together the yogurt and mint to form a dip.
Preheat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 and heat oil in a frying pan. Fry burgers for 1-2 min on each side and transfer to the baking tray. Bake for 5- 10 min and serve with mint yogurt dip.

Bring the wonder of the Med straight to your dinner table. You’ll impress your family and wow guests with these super quick and easy Greek-style recipes up your sleeve!

AUTHOR
Katherine Rundell is a writer at Write My Essay. She is a poet, essayist, and reviewer with a passion for the fall and winter months, as well as the owner of a mean recipe for eggnog.

The Ideal Time To Visit Greece And The Greek Islands

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Last updated on November 13th, 2020 at 12:34 pm

When to visit Greece?

A Boat at Santorini
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With stunning landscapes and beautiful beaches, it’s no wonder that Greece and the Greek Islands are a popular holiday destination, especially during the peak summer season.

It’s one of those traditional places where you can just imagine you’re always going to have a great time. Soak up some sun. Spend some time on the beach. Do a bit of exploring. Greece is one of those places that really seems to have it all.

While this kind of typical summer vacation can seem a bit generic, Greece is far more than this in every single sense. Depending on the type of holiday you’re looking for and what you plan to do, there may even be better times to visit.

Here’s a guide to the best times to visit Greece to help you plan your perfect vacation!

If You’re Looking for The Best Weather

Late afternoon in Greece
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You can confidently visit Greece any time from May to mid-October. July and August are usually the hottest months, with temperatures getting very high, sometimes well above 40 degrees Celsius!

Be mindful of the strong winds coming from the north Aegean Sea, most often between mid-July to mid-September.

If You’re Looking for Beaches and Swimming

A beach in Greece
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During the winter months, the water temperature can get quite cold. If you’re hoping to do some sunbathing, then any time from June to September will be great.

The water temperature increases during the summer months, being at its warmest during August and early September. If you want to avoid tourists, but still enjoy the beaches, aim for mid to late June or late September.

The Best Time to Visit for Sightseeing

Erehtheion
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During the peak season, Greece and the islands get very busy due to the influx of tourists. This, combined with high temperatures, can make sightseeing difficult.

“Instead, if sightseeing is your aim, schedule your visit either for April to mid-May or from October to mid-November. The milder weather will be ideal for walking and the price of accommodation is likely to be cheaper” says John York, a travel blogger at Academic Brits.

The Best Times for Island Adventures

A shipwreck on the beach
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During the off-peak season, some of the islands can come to a complete standstill. As such, if your aim is to island-hop during your trip to Greece, book your trip for between May to October, avoiding August if possible.

The islands of Mykonos and Santorini in particular can get very busy, so make sure that you book your accommodation at least 3 to 6 months in advance.

If You Want to Save Money

A port on a Greek island
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If you’re on a tight budget, try to visit Greece during the low season, between December to March. The downside of this can be that some of the tourist infrastructure, such as restaurants, may be closed.

Things such as food, drink, and transport prices tend to be the same throughout the year. However, hotel prices can significantly increase during the peak season.

A good alternative is to visit during the shoulder months (April, May, October, and November) when hotel prices are cheaper.

Looking for a Party?

Bridge in Greek island
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The nightlife in Greece is a goldmine in itself; a haven if you will. You can listen to internationally acclaimed live DJs and dance the night’s away to your heart’s content.

The best nightlife and parties tend to be during July and August, with Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, and Ios being the preferred destination for many tourists.

However, you can also find great nightlife in Santorini from late May through to the start of October and the nightlife in Mykonos during late June or early September also tends to be good.

For Skiing

Skiing at Parnassos
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You may not immediately think of Greece for a skiing holiday, but Greece actually has a range of fantastic ski resorts.

The Greek ski season tends to begin in December and, depending on how much snow has fallen, can sometimes last through to May. January tends to be the best month for a Greek ski holiday.

Resorts, such as Mount Parnassus near Arachova, tend to be particularly popular as they are within a few hours of Athens and Delphi, making them ideal destinations for a day trip.

For Visiting Athens

Night in Athens
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Athens is great all year round, but the spring and autumn months provide the best of the warm weather with the tourist infrastructure.

Visiting Athens in August can also be a good idea as most people tend to head to the coast, leaving Athens less busy.

Vacations to Greece Broken Down by Seasons

Greece’s climate and vacation seasons can be broken down into three main groups. There’s high season, ‘shoulder season’ in the middle, and then what is known as the low season.

The High season is the peak season for tourism. This season spans the months of around mid-June to mid-September and is when you’ll find the hottest temperatures, the most tourists, and the highest prices.

However, these are all good things, believe it or not. The high season is when everything is in full swing, all the attractions are open, and all the resorts are yours to enjoy to their full potential.

The shoulder season falls either side of the high season, between the months of April to Mid-June, and then Mid-September through to October.

Many will claim this is by far the best time to visit Greece because the temperatures are cooler, the prices are cheaper, and there are fewer people around, but everywhere is still beautiful, open, and accessible!

Finally, the low season. The low season spans the months of November through to March and is classed as the winter months, although winter in most parts of Greece is still pretty mild compared to the country’s European counterparts.

It may rain and be a bit dark most days, maybe even snow during the colder months, but everything is cheap and affordable, and quiet, so it may be worth checking out if this is what you’re into.

Conclusion

Greece is a fantastic destination to visit all year round. However, if you can, avoid visiting during August, when Greece and the islands tend to be at their busiest with tourists, high temperatures, and more expensive accommodation.

If possible, aim for the shoulder months, where you can still enjoy the best of the weather and all that Greece has to offer, alongside cheaper hotels.

AUTHOR
Michael Dehoyos works as a professional travel blogger and editor for Ph.D. Kingdom and Next Coursework, working closely with companies of all sizes to improve their marketing strategy concepts.
He has also contributed to numerous websites and publications. In his spare time, Michael enjoys traveling and immersing himself in the culture and traditions of the places he visits.

10 Great Movies That Were Filmed In Corfu Island

Last updated on January 15th, 2021 at 09:45 am

What better way to film a movie is on Corfu Island in Greece. With the picturesque natural vistas of Corfu, many film producers have seen the potential in this beautiful island, making it somehow an important (and talked about) figure in high-profile and blockbuster movies.

Here are the 10 lucky movies that got to film on Corfu Island:

1. Fedora (1978)

Fedora-1978
Fedora-1978

Down on his luck, a Hollywood producer sees a chance to rise back to stardom. But first, he must lure a famous yet reclusive actress out of retirement, in order to revitalize his career.

Extensive location shooting took place around Corfu and Madouri, in conjunction with Bavaria Studios in Munich and the Billancourt Studios in Paris, director Billy Wilder does a fantastic job with this movie, and the relationship between Willian Holden and Marthe Keller is a joy to experience.

2. For Your Eyes Only (1981)

For Your Eyes Only-1981
For Your Eyes Only-1981

When agent James Bond, played by the legendary Roger Moore, is assigned to find a missing British vessel, he must do so quickly, since the vessel is equipped with a weapons encryption device. Should he fail, his enemy would possess this dangerous weapon.

Principal photography started on Corfu at the Villa Sylva at Kanoni (above Corfu Town), which acted as the movie’s Spanish villa. In addition, director John Glen opted to use the local slopes and olive trees for the chase scene between Melina’s Citroën 2CV and Gonzales’ men in Peugeot 504s, of which lasted for over twelve days.

3. The Burglars (Le Casse) (1971)

The Burglars(Le Casse)-1971
The Burglars(Le Casse)-1971

This film follows a group of professional burglars planning an emerald heist from a gem collector’s home. However, they’re being tracked by corrupt Greek police inspector Abel Zacharia, played by Omar Sharif, who was best known for his role as Sheriff Ali in Lawrence of Arabia.

A remake of the 1957 film with Jayne Mansfield, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Dyan Cannon, and Robert Hossein as the Bulgars.

With a funny and unrealistic storyline and characters, this film is worthy of being shot in Corfu, along with special locations in Athens and Paris.

4. Hired To Kill (1990)

Hired To Kill-1990
Hired To Kill-1990

A group of mercenaries pose as a modeling group and fashion photographer, and travel to a South American island fortress to do a “fashion shoot.” Their main agenda is to free an imprisoned rebel leader.

This is a really fun watch and a unique storyline that I love, but filming the movie itself didn’t come without its struggles.

The filming took place mainly in Corfu, where it was reported that stuntman Clint C. Carpenter had died from a helicopter stunt gone wrong. Despite the tragedy, the film went on to display Corfu at its finest” says David Brooke, a lifestyle writer at UK Writings.

5. Pronto (1997)

Pronto-1997
Pronto-1997

Peter Falk is a Miami Beach bookie who finds himself in trouble with his mob bosses for unknown reasons. As a result, he decides to retire and relocate to Greece. But when he invites his girlfriend to join him, he suspects that his enemies would follow her to him.

This film was filmed in Corfu, which helped bring out the story’s beach scenes, along with the action scenes.

A super funny movie for its time, some may say this is one of the best Elmore Leonard adaptations there is!

6. The Executioner (1970)

The Executioner-1970
The Executioner-1970

A British Intelligence Agent, played by George Peppard, suspects that one of his colleagues is a double agent. But when his agency doesn’t believe him, he has no choice but to kill the double agent.

Besides London, Athens, and Istanbul, Corfu is the most notable place to film this movie’s action scenes.

7. The Girl From Corfu (1956)

The Girl From Corfu-1956
The Girl From Corfu-1956

I mean, the title says it all. Two young girls from Corfu go to live with their rich uncle in Athens. Their uncle, in return, transforms them into city girls to make them marriage-worthy.

This Greek production was filmed by a Greek studio with pretty much an all-Greek cast, with the unforgettable Rena Vlachopoulou as the main character, and has taken advantage of the sceneries in Corfu, where Rena was really born.

Highly rated, although it does feel super dated now.

8. Apollo Goes On Holiday (1968) – Or Operation Apollo in Greek

Apollo Goes On Holiday-1968
Apollo Goes On Holiday-1968

Prince Jan falls for a beautiful tour guide named Elena, and he poses as a humble visitor to join the tour group. But once the two fall in love, the prince must choose between his royal duties and her.

Elena Nathanael was a beauty and a remarkable actress who died on March 4, 2008, aged 61.

With a fantastic place like Corfu, it fits this story well, as the prince falls for the tour guide, and tries to keep his identity a secret. In other words, romance and wonder are best suited in Corfu.

9. The Greek Tycoon (1978)

The Greek Tycoon-1978
The Greek Tycoon-1978

The film follows the aging Greek Theo Tomasis(Aristotelis Onassis), a rags-to-riches man who according to the scenario longs to be elected President of Greece, although this does not correspond to reality. He also falls for Liz Cassidy, a beautiful woman mourning the loss of her husband, the assassinated President of the United States.

Anthony Quinn and Jacklin Bisset fit perfectly into the roles of Aristotle Onassis and Jackie Kennedy.

The film was shot in multiple locations, including Corfu.

10. My Family And Other Animals (2005)

My Family And Other Animals-2005
My Family And Other Animals-2005

This film follows the Durrell family – Lawrence Durrell, Leslie Durrell, Margaret Durrell, and Gerald Durrell, and their mother Louisa Durrell – as they spend three years on the Greek island of Corfu, in a series of villas. As the family indulges in their varying interests, each of their lives evolves into something that they might not have expected.

Filmed in Corfu – the main location of this film – My Family and Other Animals is told through the eyes of Gerald Durrell, who was aged 10-14 when these events had happened during his family’s stay in Corfu.

Conclusion

As you can see, it’s no wonder that Corfu is one of the best places to film a movie – blockbuster or no. In fact, Corfu, with its wondrous landscapes and settings, there are currently no plans for filming there to stop.
So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show with one or all 10 of these films!

AUTHOR

Kristin Herman is a writer and editor at Academized. As a freelance travel writer, she blogs about her latest adventures across the globe, giving viewers advice on how to travel safely.

8 Greek Desserts & Dishes You Have To Taste

Last updated on November 11th, 2020 at 11:53 pm

One of the things that draw me back to Greece time and again, aside from the sunshine, culture, and friendly people, is the food.

The Greeks know how to eat, and the freshest ingredients are combined with an indulgent flare to create hearty, rustic dishes that you’ll be raving about.

Mezze, the Greek small-plate tradition, allows for plenty of experimentation, and of course, with 8500 miles of coastline, you’ll discover some fantastic seafood.

Here are eight of my favorite Greek dishes that you have to try.

1) Taramosalata

Taramosalata
Taramosalata

This mouth-watering dip is always a huge hit when it comes out to the table.

Greek dining experiences are built around sharing food, so it’s not unusual to see a table jam-packed with small plates – this is known as mezze – and everyone reaching over each other to get to their favorites!

The unique food culture of Greece is so wrapped up in community and family, and taramasalata evokes all these things for me.

Tarama is the Greek word for cured cod roe and this forms the base of the dip. Combined with quality Greek olive oil and flavored with lemon juice and garlic, the result is a creamy and moreish dip that’s perfect for spreading on bread or dipping sweet crispy carrots and other vegetables.

2) Dolmades

Dolmades
Dolmades

Dolmades are sometimes known to Western audiences as grape leaves or vine leaves, and these bite-size morsels come perfectly sized.

The Greeks don’t let any part of the grape plant go to waste, and as the grapes themselves are being turned into fine red wine, the vine leaves are parceling up a mixture of herby rice and other ingredients.

Always oily and always delicious, sometimes dolmades consist of nothing more than a bite of perfectly cooked rice filled with dill and lemon juice.

At other times you’ll find minced lamb, beef, and pork packaged up. Dolmades can be dipped in the yoghurty dip tzatziki, and as with many Greek favorites these are perfect for sharing.

3) Baklava

Baklava - Only a piece!
Baklava – Only a piece!

The reigning king of Greek desserts, baklava is a firm favorite across the region and its popularity extends into Romania to the north and Turkey to the east.

“This extravagant dessert is still a quintessentially Greek experience for me,” says Francis Montura, travel blogger at Gum Essays, “and I’ve finished many indulgent evenings with sticky fingers thanks to baklava.”

Folded layers of crispy phyllo pastry, filled with sticky syrup or honey, packed with nuts and flavored with cinnamon, baklava is always an irresistible treat after a big Greek feed.

The whole table will be eager to get stuck in as its sweet cinnamon aroma fills the room.

4) Moussaka

A portion of Mousaka
A portion of Mousaka

Moussaka is the Greek dish that has made its way into kitchens around the world and it’s now a firm favorite outside of Greece.

Yet an authentic moussaka, served up steaming hot in a Greek taverna, is hard to beat for me.

This is rustic and hearty fare – food for hard-workers, and if you’ve got achy feet from exploring the Parthenon in the noon-day sun, sit back and enjoy a big dish of moussaka. You’ll have earned it.

Moussaka consists of layers of eggplant and minced lamb, combined with onions, garlic, tomato, and spices including cinnamon.

This layered dish is topped with a creamy bechamel sauce to create an Athenian take on the lasagne.

Don’t forget to ask for the recipe because this can be recreated at home to relive the flavors of Greece.

5) Saganaki

Saganaki
Saganaki

This classic Greek starter is a great excuse for a little indulgence.

Saganaki consists of fried cheese cooked into a crispy state, and the combination of a snappy outer layer and the gooey insides will always kickstart your appetite.

Saganaki is found all over Greece and it’s so popular it’s simply named after the small pan in which the cheese is fried. The pan and the dish have become inseparable.

Saganaki can be made with feta or halloumi, and sometimes you’ll find it cooked with shrimp, tomato, or topped with sliced cucumber.

This is a simple, versatile dish and there are many regional variations, but ultimately, it’s all about the cheese. A squeeze of fresh lemon on top gives it a tart kick. This will become your staple starter!

6) Loukoumades

Loukoumades
Loukoumades

Donuts may not be what springs to mind when you think of an athlete’s diet, but the history of loukoumades – crispy, rustic Greek donuts – tells a different story.

These sweet desserts are first documented as fuel for the Olympians almost 3000 years ago. But whether you’ve spent your day taming lions, javelin throwing, or simply sight-seeing, loukoumades are for you.

These are dough balls fried until they’re crisp and golden and usually flavored with cinnamon and sugar for a delectable treat.

You’ll spot these all over Athens from street food stalls, and you’re never likely to be too far from a loukoumades vendor.

7) Octopus

Grilled Octopus
Grilled Octopus

Octopus is popular all over the world, but the Greek’s emphasis on freshness makes it an unmissable experience for your time in Greece.

Fished from the Ionian and the Aegean, the Greeks pride themselves on sea-to-table service and most likely you’ll be eating octopus fished that morning by local fishermen.

Octopus is usually grilled, giving it a barbecue feel and the tough flesh becomes succulent and delicious as it’s licked by flames.

Seek out the classic fish taverns known as psarotavernes for a quintessential Greek octopus experience.

Another way to cook Octopus is the one used in Corfu, it is called Octopus Bourdeto.

Nothing to do with grilling, but is cooked with onions and lots of red pepper with potatoes. It’s a dish with a unique taste.

8) Fresh Fish

Mixed Seafood
Mixed Seafood

This one may not be a specific dish, but I would encourage you to take advantage of that and try the variations on the theme.

Fresh fish in Greece is a spectacular experience and you’ll find the freshest fish cooked to perfection time and again.

Freshly caught fish are inexpensive along the Greek coastline and topped with herbs, and lemon, you’ll remember the fish you eat in Greece for your whole life.

Bourdeto Scorpions
Bourdeto Scorpions

Fish of the deep Mediterranean sea as Scorpions can be cooked in the traditional Corfiot way, Bourdeto, the same as Octopus, a very spicy and tasteful dish.

The Mediterranean flavors of Greek cuisine are mouth-watering and the combination of freshness, thanks to ingredients such as dill and lemon combine so well with hearty fare.

The mezze culture of Greek cooking makes every meal a communal experience. Yamas!

Ashley Halsey
AUTHOR
Ashley Halsey is a writer at https://Luckyassignments.com. She loves food, travel, and more than anything the combination of these two things. She sees food as offering a unique insight into place and culture, as well as an opportunity to indulge her sweet tooth.

Bataria and Pipitos Beaches in Kassiopi Corfu

Last updated on January 15th, 2021 at 09:40 am

Kassiopi shares the same geology with Erimitis, after all, it is in the same part of Corfu, the Northeastern tip with the many small bays and perhaps the clearest waters on the island.

Therefore here there are some beautiful pebble beaches in small isolated coves scattered all around the area.

The center of Kassiopi is around the port, which itself is a small natural bay with two small quaysides to protect it from the north winds, from the port start paths and roads to take you to the following amazing small beaches.

Beaches around Kassiopi

  • 1) Bataria Beach

    Bataria beach Kassiopi
    Bataria beach Kassiopi | By Andrew Buchanan on Unsplash

    There is a small road that barely fits one large car, starting from the left side of the port, this road goes around the northern peninsula and leads to the first nice small beach of Bataria, near the north tip, north of the village.

    Bataria is an idyllic pebble beach, partially organized with sunbeds & umbrellas, some people describe it as a piece ripped from paradise because the site is peaceful, and the waters are incredibly clear and colored in an amazing blue-azure

  • 2) Kanoni Beach

    At the north tip.
    Very small, very beautiful, crystal clear waters in an amazing place. These are only some of the words you can use to describe this gem.

    People visiting this place stay speechless and fall in love with it.

  • 3) Pipitos Beach

    On the west coast of the base of the north peninsula, exactly across Bataria beach.

    Pipitos beach is not less beautiful, In fact, it’s in contrast with Bataria for being equal or even better.

    The same clear and azure waters can be found here too. The beach is reached by some steps from the main road.

  • 4) Kalamionas

    Kalamionas beach Kassiopi
    Kalamionas beach Kassiopi | By Andrew Buchanan on Unsplash

    Leaving Pipitos, follow the path to the south, and shortly before the main road, there is the beach of Kalamionas.

    A slightly larger beach and slightly less beautiful and more organized with lots of small shops, cafes, and bars.

    The name is from Kalamia, which means reed, obviously should be a reed around here years ago.

  • 5) Imerolia

    It is the larger beach of Kassiopi, between Kalamionas and the football field of Kassiopi.
    The beach runs in parallel to the main road that leads to the rest of the north part of Corfu.

    Imeroria beach is easily accessible and fully organized with water sports, sunbeds and umbrellas, and of course clear waters.

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