Last updated on February 19th, 2021 at 12:27 am
Sidari Beach Resort in Corfu
Sidari beach lies on the northwest end of Corfu. A large tourist resort and a long stretch of golden sand ending at the famous Canal d`Amour. It is one of Corfu’s great tourist destinations.
The distance from Corfu town is about 30 miles and it is easily accessible by car.
Until the late 80s, it was a beautiful but almost deserted beach. Belonged to the residents of Avliotes village that is nearby in the island’s interior.
Sidari visited by tourists from other tourist areas to swim in its beautiful golden beaches. Back then the road was almost destroyed. So pitiful, full of puddles, that it would be lucky for someone to come here and leave without getting flat tired.
But in the 1990s, things changed. Landowners from the traditional village of Avliotes started the boisterous tourism development. This has made Sidari almost a city that offers many and varied pleasures for the tourist.
Large hotels built and the huge empty areas filled with large restaurants and bars. Much larger and more comfortable than other tourist areas already with the space problems.
We still remember the monstrous shops of the ’90s and 2000s with 3-4 satellite dishes and 10 speakers each. Separate spaces, others for dance music, others for video projections. With pools in almost every shop, etc, the internet was then still in infant form.
Sidari’s main street today is in line with bars and tavernas offering everything. From ‘karaoke’ to Greek music and food is on offer from most parts of the world.
Looking out to sea, the islands of Erikoussa, Othoni, and Mathraki can be seen. Regular boat trips can be enjoyed, giving the visitor a chance to explore them. The Diapontia islands, belonging to Greece but set on the way to Italy.
The Beaches in Sidari
Of course, daytime activities revolve around the beach, one of Corfu’s longest and loveliest. Which slopes gently into the sea. This makes it an ideal place for children to learn to swim. And, when they tire of the water, to make sandcastles and play on the firm sand.
The Amazing Rock Formations of Canal d`Amour
A gentle stroll along the coast brings the visitor to the famous Canal d’Amour. Where people can swim through an archway of sand into the open sea beyond.
Canal d’Amour is the French name for the Channel of Love. A very famous and nice natural formation of sandstone rocks, corrosive by waves and winds. This makes it one of the best and unique beaches on Corfu.
A natural beautiful beach, difficult to find elsewhere in the world.
The main part of Canal d’Amour is a small beach between two long capes made of sandstone. From these rocks, you can dive into the turquoise waters and swim to the near small rocks that look like submarines. They are scattered almost everywhere, you can climb up to them and get a short time rest, it is a unique experience.
There are also some caves and bights as well as small holes in the surrounding rocks.
The beach and the rocks at Canal D’amour are very crowded. Keep in mind that the Channel of Love is visited daily by thousands of people. So to find some space, it is better to visit it early in the morning or later in the evening. You must be patient and consider that every tourist on the island wants and will visit it at least once.
Tradition says that if you meet your mate while swimming between these rocks your love will remain forever.
It belongs either to Sidari or Peroulades. This matter is not yet completely clear as it sits exactly between the two and is still a reason for a dispute.
The Hinterland and Neighboring Places
Sidari has close links to its neighbors- Arillas, and Agios Stefanos – and buses go between the three resorts, giving the visitor more variety. Most people who come here, however, go for the sun and sand by day and the lively nightlife after dark and do not stir far away!
Going inland the coastal development soon gives way to small farms as the land here is very fertile. The animals graze, grapes are tended, often by the older generation who have been doing this all their lives. It is strange to imagine their lives, close to the soil, and reliant on the weather for their crops. And contrasting them with those of their grandchildren now working in bars and tavernas. Or, as educational opportunities have expanded so much in the last 30 years, studying abroad for a profession.
At least once during their stay in Sidari people go to the nearby village of Peroulades. To enjoy the spectacular sunset view from the top of the cliff there. This attracts people from far away, who sit sipping a drink watching the great golden sun sink into the blue sea.
The village itself repays exploring, there are some superb old buildings there. It was here and in Avliotes, where the people of Sidari lived in the in days gone by when seaside houses were only occupied in summer.
What is Sidari Resort for
Sidari resort is an ideal choice for those wanting to relax, enjoy the sun and sea, and have a chance to eat out in a different place every evening.
Also for young people looking for fun as the nightlife here offers many options.
Whilst it is well placed for exploring the north and northwest of the island, Sidari is not an ideal base for those wishing to venture further afield. It is about as far from Corfu Town as it is possible to be. And to explore the rest of Corfu on public transport you have to go there first.
Photos from Sidari
Here is the map of Sidari