READ THE FULL ITINERARY: 1 MONTH – THE BALKAN COAST
3 DAYS ITINERARY.
GOOD TO KNOW:
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WHERE TO STAY: Angelo Del’Arte Estate
MONEY CHANGING: Open an account or change currencies with TransferWise while travelling.
WHAT TO SEE:
- Corfu Old Town
- Beach in town either in Faliraki or Mon Repos
- Dramatic Cape Drastis
PLACE TO EAT:
- Pane e Souvlaki
- Venetian Pigadi
- Old Times
I arrived quite early in the morning (4am) at the airport of Corfu, Greece.
I called a taxi from the airport (you can also get the bus which is much cheaper, see timetable here: CORFU BUS TIMETABLE but at 4am in the morning, I preferred called a taxi) I paid 15 EURO to got the the town centre, checked-in at this cosy place called Angelo Del’Arte Estate and went to sleep.
First of all, go exploring the Old Town of Corfu which is a really interesting place to walk around. But also…
– Stroll around Garden of the People;
– Spianada Liston
And if you are interested in museums:
– Casa parlante
– Museum of Dionysius Solomos
I personally didn’t go to these places for lack of time, but if you have more time definitely go to immerse yourself in the Greek culture. What I did instead was a boat tour the day after which explained and showed us all the main historic places from the water…
Go for lunch at this place: Pane e Souvlaki . It’s very central but prices are affordable and food is delicious. I had some Chicken Tikka Souvlaki and Hummus. The place is very cosy with air conditioner and WiFi connection.
Also check HERE for a list of the 12 best Greek foods to try in Greece, I personally tried to tick them all off!
After lunch I stopped for a coffee at Cafe Tierra and went to visit the church of Spyridon with a group of guys I met on CouchSurfing. I didn’t know much about Spyridon but he’s a very popular orthodox saint in Greece, many people and religious cults come to visit Corfu for him. I would recommend this church as it is a peaceful place to cool down a bit from the hot day before continuing to stroll around.
Even if the best beaches are outside Corfu, a few spots to lay your towel can be found either in:
- Mon Repos
Those places are recommended based on my experience, take them as examples and inspiration for your own trip, but note that I did not stay many days and therefore didn’t get to see the best beaches Corfu has to offer, but those are the best ones I got to see!
My second day started with a tasty breakfast in town at Old Times . They offer big plates, the staff was smiley and they gave me some tips for the beach I wanted to go to.
One of the best beach spots in Corfu is: Palaiokastritsas
TO GET THERE:
You have to go to the GREENBUS STATION you can either go walking (which takes about 20 min – N.B. Even if the road doesn’t look like it ends in a bus station, just keep walking you will find the way; it passes through some village houses before you arrive at the station). You can easily follow the road with the map on your phone. Return ticket price is 5 EURO – Bus Platform number 8, it takes about 40/45 min and it leaves you straight at the beach (the last stop). Last bus back to Corfu should leave around 9.10pm (check timetable to make sure there aren’t any changes)
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY ABOUT PALAIOKASTRITSAS:
Just a warning: the water for some strange reason is colder than other beaches in Corfu, but its very beautiful. Personally I love chilly water where you can have long swims but most of the people prefer stay sunbathing outside.
The Paleokastritsa village is home to the beach where Odysseus is thought to have become shipwrecked. Today, this is arguably the most beautiful beach on the whole of the island. The island’s Greek name is Kerkyra, which originated after Poseidon fell in love with the beautiful nymph, Korkyra.
On my third day, I had an early start, beginning at the port of Corfu where I started my day trip with this Tour:
I don’t want to say much about otherwise I would ruin the experience, but if you are in Corfu for 2-3 days or more I highly recommend to go for a day-long boat trip with a tour like this. I got to learn so many things about Corfu’s history, and it is also fun meeting other people and making friends.
I had the chance to see dolphins and sea stars we stopped in small cute islands on the way and had swims in crystal turquoise water. I cannot recommend this enough if you’re looking for a unique and original experience!