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1st timers - recommendations please

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1st timers - recommendations please

Hi all, we are thinking of a weeks holiday in September. We would love to try Corfu but being 1st timers would like some recommendations of where to actually go.

We do not have kids so will go once school holidays are over. We are not in to heavy tourist areas, we like it fairly peaceful but with a fair selection of places to eat & drink and a bit of entertainment would be nice. Nice beaches, friendly and with the ability to travel about a bit say by bus if we want to explore as we do not drive. Also not too long a transfer from airport, 1.5 hrs max pref a lot shorter.

Thanks in advance

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1. Re: 1st timers - recommendations please

Hi DrPepper

I'm going to Corfu in a couple of weeks after a gap of many years so I'm not as clued up as many others on here. If you don't want heavily touristed areas your choice is going to be limited on Corfu particularly if you intend to get about by bus. The KTEL buses work on a hub and spoke idea with Corfu town being the hub. The services therefore leave Corfu, go to where they are going and then return to Corfu. So no round the island sort of trips if you know what I mean making life a little difficult at times.

As for where to stay. Have a look at Agios Georgios Argyrades (South) which is "fairly peaceful but with a fair selection of places to eat & drink and a bit of entertainment". There is a long, long beach on the doorstep. The only thing against it (as far as your criteria is concerned) is a lack of buses to and from Corfu (only 2 a day) but this can be overcome by walking or taking a taxi up to the main road (about 2km I should think) and catching the Kavos - Corfu bus as it passes. There are plenty of them during the day.

The other option would be to stay in or near Corfu town so as to be near the main bus station for your trotting around. Just a few thoughts for you. Those places would however be busier and not quite fit the criteria.

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Going to suggest a few resorts with links so you can research and make your own mind up. Going independent gives you a much wider choice of places to stay.

Agios Gordios on the West coast.

http://www.agios-gordios.net/

Kassiopi North West coast

http://www.kassiopi-bliss.com/

San Stefanos West coast

http://www.agiosstefanos-bliss.com/

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3. Re: 1st timers - recommendations please

Thank you both, I will take a look at your suggestions. Hope you have a great holiday Peter

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I would suggest you consider Agios Georgios north on the north-west coast. (http://www.agiosgeorgios.info). Agios Georgios is an un-commercialised resort is set in beautiful countryside with a wide 2km long sandy beach between high headlands. There are ample friendly tavernas and restaurants situated mostly along the beach road where you can relax over drinks or meals while taking in the scenery. As for most other resorts the only public transport is 'into and out of' Corfu town so if you wish to visit other places you are restricted in your travel choices to using trips from a local travel agent or your Tour Operator. Many visitors find the lovely walks around the area and to nearby villages, such as old Pagi or stunning Afionas, fill their time if they don't like too much lounging on the beach or swimming. If you wish to go independently I can recommend Yiannis Apartments (http://www.yiannisplace.com) where we have stayed several times. There are only 5 units and they are situated in lovely secluded gardens about 10 minutes stroll from the beach. The transfer time from the airport by taxi is about 45minutes.

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Hi

We stayed in Dassia for the last two years. The main reason was to be able to connect to Corfu Town by bus. The Blue Bus goes about every twenty minutes for €1.50 each way and runs all day to about 10pm. Dassia is not the greatest resort on Corfu but does have an OK beach scene with stunning views over to Albania. There are a few nice tavernas and bars both along the main road and along the beach. We stayed at the Corfu Chandris which has lovely grounds and proved to be good value for half board in a four star hotel.

The Blue Bus also goes to Ipsos and Gouvia on the same road. Also, from Dassia there is a Green Bus that goes to Kassiopi along the spectacular coastal road.

We have decided that two years in Dassia is enough for us but it certainly served it's purpose.

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6. Re: 1st timers - recommendations please

Thanks DrPepper. As I suspected you will get a fair number of suggestions re your question and your will need to decide which fits your criteria the best and take it from there. Good luck.

I didn't provide any links in my earlier post which I should have done so here are some relating to my initial reply.

Agios Georgios South http://stgeorgesouthcorfu.webs.com/

KTEL (Green buses) timetable www.ktelkerkyras.gr/…

Corfu City bus (Blue Buses) http://www.astikoktelkerkyras.gr/indexeg.php

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7. Re: 1st timers - recommendations please

Hi there

Roda would probably suit you. It has a nice long beach, you can walk to the next resort - Acharavi, and bus it to Kassiopi & Sidari quite easily.

There's a traditional feel to the village as well with a mixture of up to date bars and traditional taverna's. I only visited for an afternoon but really liked it.

I had been staying in Paleokastritsa for the week which is a stunning coastal village with 5 or 6 different beaches and plenty of taverna's & bars but it's very quiet in September and you won't find much there in the way of entertainment in the evenings but it's worth a look just for the beauty of the place.

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Hi

Staying in Sidari, Roda or Acharavi will give you a large area to explore and visit. Some of it is flat enough to aid walking or cycling and the scenery and views are right up there.

The sacrifice you would have to make is not easily being able to catch a quick bus into Corfu Town. You might do it once and you might take a tour but it is a long bus ride. Also Corfu Town is one of the nicer of the Greek Island capitals along with such as Kos Town and Rhodes Town.

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Kalami on the North East coast is a horse-shoe shaped bay surrounded by mountains. There is a bus from the top road to either Kassiopi or Corfu Town as well as boat trips to Corfu Town. It's a small village made famous by the Durrell family and the book My Family and other Animals. Kalami has a blue-flag beach, pebbled with crystal clear water and is still fairly busy in September but always feels peaceful. There are a handful of tavernas, 3 bars, 3 supermarkets and a couple of gift shops and watersports and there are very few children outside school holiday times. Takes about 45 mins in a taxi from the airport. I would recommend Frosso Apartments kalamicorfu.com/en/frosso-apartments-kalami-…

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