Last updated on August 19th, 2019 at 10:10 pm
Sidari beach resort
Sidari resort, one of today’s largest tourist destinations on the island lies on the north and west coast of Corfu.
Looking out to sea the islands of Erikoussa, Othoni and Mathraki can be seen, and 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.
Sidari until the late 80s was just a beautiful but almost deserted beach, a location on the Northwest coast of Corfu.
It was not even a village, just the land here belonged to the inhabitants of Avliotes village which is nearby but in the island’s interior.
Sidari was visited by tourists from other tourist areas just to swim in the beautiful golden beaches of the area, then the road was 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 woke up and began the boisterous tourism development that has made Sidari almost a city that offers many and varied pleasures for the tourist.
Large hotels were built and the huge empty areas filled with large restaurants and bars, much larger and more comfortable than other tourist areas already having the space problem.
We still remember the monstrous shops of the ’90s and 2000’s 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 lined with bars and tavernas offering everything from ‘karaoke’ to Greek music, and food is on offer from most parts of the world.
The beaches and the amazing rock formations of Canal d`amour
Of course, daytime activities revolve around the beach, one of Corfu’s longest and loveliest, which slopes gently into the sea, making this 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.
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 simply the French name for the Channel of Love, a very famous and nice natural formation of sandstone rocks, corrosive by waves and winds, that makes it one of the best and unique beaches on Corfu.
A natural beauty that cannot be found elsewhere in the world.
The main part is a small beach between two long capes made of sandstone, from these rocks you can dive down to the turquoise waters and to swim to the near small rocks that look like submarines and there 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 in order to find some space it is better to visit it early in the morning or later in the evening and 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 of dispute, the distance from Corfu town is about 30 miles and it is easily accessible by car.
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 expended so spectacularly 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 the resort for
Sidari 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 it is not an ideal base for those wishing to venture further afield, as 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.