The nearest located village is the small but beautiful Magoulades, extending from Sidari to Arillas. Along the steep hills of Magoulades you will find a bakery and a small cafe and tavern offering authentic dishes. Also Corfu Buddha Hall, a beautiful venue and a place for meditative arts, is located here.
Magoulades has a long history and is mentioned even by Homer with the name Magoula, which means a hill. Plato in 405 A.C. visited Magoulades when he participated in the feasts of Linaion to honor the God Dionysus. The long history of Magoulades is depicted in the many mansions of the village, but also in the numerous churches and monasteries it has.
One of these is Panagia of Magoulades , or Panagia Ypsili, which is one of the oldest and biggest Monasteries of Corfu, as it dates back to the first quarter of the 10th century. This Monastery, due to the significance and the greatness of its architecture and of the relics it keeps, has been characterized as a Historical Preserved Monument. Also, the main church of Magoulades, Agioi Theodoroi, which began to be built in 1920, is one of the most imposing churches of the Corfiot countryside.
Arillas is situated on the northwestern coast of Corfu Island, south of Magoulades. From Arillas Beach, with golden sand, crystal shallow waters and backed by rocky cliffs, you can look into the sunset with a horizon decorated with a small island.
Arillas is a quiet and safe resort, perfect for families and for the traveller that likes a more relaxed pulse. Being relaxed, Arillas still has all amenities you will need whilst on vacation. Sunbeds and sun umbrellas are available for rent on the beach, and water sports can be practiced. Private boat hire is also possible taking you to small, nearby islands.
Arillas has a warm and hospitable atmosphere. Everybody do their best to make you feel at home. Arillas has managed to keep its genuine character, is much less commercialized than other touristic places in Greece. Arillas has many small shops and family-run taverns that can satisfy even the most demanding clients.
For hikers there are wide-ranging footpaths leading to the small villages around, which give you a first-hand feel of Arillas’ natural splendour. If you prefer bicycling, this is also possible.
From the balconies at Robin´s Nest you can see the lights from the ancient Greek village Peroulades. It is a small village with tiny Greek houses. For those who like to see Corfu as it used to be, take a stroll through the village. You reach it by car heading south from Sidari. Peroulades have a few mini markets and a tavern.
The famous Sunset beach (Logas Beach) is located here. It is too narrow to be a place for swimming and sun bathing, but please do not miss seeing the sunset from here. At the top of Sunset Beach there are a tavern and a bar. The stunning panoramic views and the specially chosen music from the bar make it an experience not to be missed. However, there are no barriers to the cliffs, and it is a long way down, so keep kids firmly under control!
North of Magoulades is Sidari, a developed resort in Corfu that has combined a couple of small former fishing villages. Sidari has plenty of shops and entertainment along with a choice of 3 beaches. Sidari is certainly the place for those looking for a popular lively place with plenty of clubs, music bars and pubs that are offering a great nightlife! You will find a variety of entertainments from magicians, to quizzes and movies on big screens. If you just want a nice meal and quiet drink you will be able to find that too. The cafes, restaurants and local taverns can offer Greek, British, Mexican, Indian and Italian cuisine.
There are several little bays with small beaches around the area of Sidari and Peroulades. Sidari beach is wonderful. The white carven rocks that look like natural sculptures and the light blue waters compose an exotic view. From the Canal d’Amour, you can also swim in the small coves that take shape between the rocks and give the sense of private beach.
It is also a variety of water sports and activities available. Water skiing, banana boat rides, paragliding, parasailing, boat and speed-boat hire, pedal-boat hire, and scuba diving are available on all three beaches for reasonable prices.
Afionas is a small village situated on a narrow but long and very high peninsula. This situation makes it possible to enjoy views of the beautiful Agios Georgios Bay, the beach of Arillas and the surrounding mountains of the island as far as Pantokrator, the highest mountain of Corfu, which is about 20 km away in a straight line. On the north side of the peninsula you can see the rest of the west coast of Corfu and the Diapontia Islands (Mathraki, Othoni, Erikoussa).
After a few kilometres along the western tip of the peninsula you’ll discover a unique part of Corfu, namely Porto Timoni, also called the Twin Bay. Between the two main bays in the area is a narrow strip of green, backed by two beaches. It is well worth the effort, the scrambling and the climbing, the scratches and the wounds. However, if you decide to take this adventurous challenge, don’t forget that you have to go back again via the same route. Luckily, at the top you will find Dionysos restaurant, where you can recover.
This small Corfiot village itself is small, but fun to stroll through. Especially in the higher part of the village you will feel as though you have stepped decades back in time. Narrow streets and alleys with bougainvillea-covered old houses, and here and there a small store or a workshop. A village built in the time when there were no cars. Afionas is so uniquely situated that it would be a shame if you didn’t visit this very quiet but picturesque village at least once during your vacation on Corfu.
Agios Georgios is a pleasant, quiet resort in a beautiful bay north of Arillas. Agios Georgios´ boundless beach, which has been awarded with the blue flag by EU, is considered as one of the best and safest Corfu beaches. Its golden sand extend over five kilometres, the water is shallow and emerald, and verdant hills and pine trees surround the whole beach. Agios Georgios is definitely worth visiting.
During daytime Agios Georgios Resort offers you umbrellas and sun beds as well as water sports facilities at the beach. You can play in the afternoon waves, perform windsurfing, or dive into the clear water. As the night falls, you can choose to admire the setting sun from one of an ample choice of nice bars, taverns and restaurants. You´ll also find a few souvenir shops and several small supermarkets run by friendly local people, as in all places in Corfu. Agios Georgios suits travellers of all ages who enjoy restful holidays.
Wonderful Corfu, in Greek Kerkyra, was Homer’s ‘beautiful and rich land’. Corfu is the second largest of the Ionia Islands, and is influenced by a long and exciting history. With the passage of time the island may have changed, but we can still feel the spirit of a distant glorious past. Its rich multi-cultural heritage, its historic monuments, its stunning natural landscape, its crystal clear seas, and its excellent weather all year round explain why Corfu is one of the most cosmopolitan Mediterranean destinations weaving a powerful spell on its visitors.
Mountains dominate the northern half where the coastlines can be steep and dramatic and where the island’s interior is a rolling expanse of peaceful countryside. Stately cypresses, used for masts by the Venetians, rise from shimmering olive groves (also a Venetian inspiration). South of Corfu Town the island narrows and flattens and beaches punctuates the entire coastline. Development is now most intensive north of Corfu Town and along the northernmost coast.
Its Greek name, Kerkyra or Korkyra, is related to two powerful water symbols: Poseidon, god of the sea, and Asopos, an important Greek mainland river. According to myth, Poseidon fell in love with the beautiful nymph Korkyra, daughter of Asopus and river nymph Metope. Poseidon kidnapped Korkyra and brought her to an island; which he gave her name.
The island’s history is laden with battles and conquests. Unlike the rest of Greece, Corfu never fell under the Ottoman oppression, but has had successive dominations of the Venetians, the French and the British over the centuries. In short, the Republic of Venice controlled Corfu from 1386 until the French Occupation of 1797. France ruled Corfu until the Ionian Islands became a protectorate of the United Kingdom following the Napoleonic Wars. In May 1864 the Ionian Islands were again united with Greece.
The Venetian, French and British culture wielded strong influence in the city: it was here that the first Greek University (the Ionian Academy), the first Philharmonic Orchestra and the First School of Fine Arts were founded. To this day, Corfiots remain proud of their intellectual and artistic roots. This legacy is visible from its fine museums and cultural life to its high-calibre, Italian-influenced cuisine.
Corfu city’s architecture is because of Corfu’s unique history different from the other major Greek cities. Much of the city reflects this era when the island belonged to the Republic of Venice. Corfu is studded with whitewashed houses, Byzantine churches, and the remains of Venetian fortresses and Greek temples. Wander the ancient streets of the Roman village of Kassiopi or explore the central Esplanade of the eponymous Corfu Town. In 2007, the city’s old city was designated for the UNESCO World Heritage List.