Last updated on 19th August, 2017 at 11:19 pm
Moraitika tourist resort with the only sandy beach at the east
In the south east coast of Corfu and 18 km from the airport is the busy resort of Moraitika
The old village of Moraitika sits on a hill at the base of which lies the modern resort stretching down to the shore.
Moraitika and the wider area
Moraitika has developed into a large area that starts from the hill of the old village and reaches the sea and the neighboring area of Messonghi with which it tends to unify.
The so-called tourist center is located on both sides of the main road that leads to the south of Corfu, here are the most shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs and the biggest traffic especially in the evenings.
Between the main road and the beach there is a huge area which in recent years has been filled mainly with hotels and apartments, followed by dozens of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, slowly claiming the title of the most lively piece of the village.
But also in the old village which is dominated by narrow streets and traditional houses with small courtyards, there is some tourist development.
Here you will find some nice traditional tavernas and many rooms to rent.
A little of Moraitika tourist history
Don`t forget that Moraitika was an old tourist destination since the 1970s, when although in the shade of Benitses, there were many tourists and some well-known nightclubs that were visited by many tourists from Benitses and the rest of southern Corfu, Unforgettable is the club-disco of the era “Scorpios”.
Scorpios sitted in the old part, south of the traditional village and away from the main street, up on the hill.
It was a lively nightclub until the 80s, it was the alternative escape from the famous Spiros on the Beach of Benitses, here we escape with the girls we met at Spiros on the beach to run away from the…competition and the many potential lovers !!! Beautiful years…
Moraitika as a tourist resort
The sea here is perfect for children, a mixture of sand and shingle, getting deeper very gradually indeed, so it is very safe. This side of the island is also protected as it looks across to the mainland, and often when the sea is rough on the west coast it is calm here.
Families return again and again, renewing friendships with Corfiots they have known over the years, and relaxing in the bars and tavernas which they have visited in previous years. This is the charm of Moraitika- any change is gradual, a visitor coming back after some years’ absence will still be able to recognize his favourite haunts- and will also be remembered by the proprietors .
In the cool of the evening many people stroll up the hill into the old village, where there are also some bars and tavernas where locals and visitors alike relax whilst enjoying the view over the bay.
Moraitika is also a good base for exploring the south of Corfu, its delightful old villages hidden up in the hills, the attractive coves and fishing villages of the east coast, and the long sandy stretch, almost 30 kilometres long, on the west.
Buses pass through going south, and also north to Benitses and on to Corfu Town- which well repays exploration, especially in the evening when it is less crowded- and cooler.