Last updated on November 11th, 2023 at 05:48 pm
Gardenos Beach at Vitalades
The beautiful large sandy beach of Gardenos at Vitalades.
Gardenos Beach is situated at the southwest end part of Corfu and is the beachside of the traditional village of Vitalades.
The beach is known for its crystal-clear turquoise waters and its long stretch of soft golden sand, making it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
Surrounded by lush green hills, Gardenos Beach offers a picturesque setting for sunbathing, swimming, and relaxing. There are plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas available for rent, as well as a variety of water sports such as jet skiing, banana boating, and parasailing. Parasols and sunbeds are rendered for an amount of about 5 euros per day, there are showers and a variety of restaurants and taverns on the shore.
Distance from the town of Corfu is quite large, about 30 km from the airport but it is worth the drive.
Gardenos Beach took its name after the small river which flows into the sea and separates Gardenos into two regions.
The beach is exclusively covered by light golden sand, a bit lighter than the neighboring beaches. Usually, waters are calm and shallow, so it is safe for families with children.
In the region, there are a few rooms to let, mini markets, and a quite spacious parking lot just next to the beach.
Tip: If you’re looking for a quieter spot, head to the northern end of the beach where you’ll find fewer people and a more peaceful atmosphere. There are also a few tavernas and beach bars scattered along the shoreline where you can grab a bite to eat or a refreshing drink.
The name Gardenos
The origin of the name “Gardenos” is not entirely clear, but it is believed to come from the Greek word “gardenia,” which means a type of shrub or small tree with fragrant white or yellow flowers.
It is also possible that the Italian influence on the island contributed to the name of the beach, as the word Gardenos comes from the Italian phrase “Giardino,” which means “garden” in English.
Regardless of its origin, Gardenos Beach is a beautiful and huge sandy paradise, offering stunning natural beauty and a relaxing atmosphere that is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying the Mediterranean climate.
Must note also that Gardenos is the small river that separates the beach into two parts, so both the beach and river share the name.
Walking on the shore towards the south, the equally beautiful beach Megali Lakka (or else Kanoula beach) can be reached.
How to get to Gardenos Beach
The beach is approximately 32 kilometers from the airport and 35 kilometers from the port, so a car is the best way. You can rent a car from Corfu town or from any tourist place on the road to south Corfu. Alternatively, you can also take a bus from Corfu town to the village of Vitalades, which is a short walk from the beach.
If you’re driving, take the main road from Corfu town to Lefkimmi, and then follow the signs to Vitalades. Once you arrive in the village, you’ll find signs directing you to Gardenos Beach, which is located just a few kilometers south of Vitalades.
Overall, getting to Gardenos Beach is relatively easy, and the journey offers plenty of opportunities to see the beautiful countryside of Corfu.
Vitalades Village in South Corfu
Since you must drive through Vitalades in order to reach the beach let’s see some facts about this traditional village of Corfu.
Vitalades is a small village situated approximately 30 kilometers south of Corfu town and is home to around 500 residents.
The village is known for its charming narrow streets, traditional stone houses, and picturesque setting, surrounded by green hills and olive groves. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the village, enjoying the local architecture and the peaceful atmosphere.
One of the main attractions of Vitalades is Gardenos Beach. Vitalades is also known for its olive oil production, and visitors can sample locally produced olive oil and other traditional Corfiot products at the village’s shops and markets.
Overall, Vitalades is a charming and authentic Corfiot village that is well worth a visit for anyone interested in experiencing the island’s rich culture and natural beauty.
Photos from Gardenos
Overall, Gardenos Beach is a stunning huge sandy beach, a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Corfu who loves beautiful beaches and stunning natural scenery.
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