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Where to go - not too touristy/beach

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Where to go - not too touristy/beach

We are thinking of spending time in Corfu next July. How easy is it to get off the beaten track?

We would like to be based within 10 mins drive from a beach, somewhere good for snorkelling; and also be able to visit traditional villages that are not too developed. We will hire a car.

We do like to be near some tavernas etc, but nothing too built up. Any tips met appreciated.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Where to go - not too touristy/beach

There are some excellent suggestions in this recent thread. tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g189458-i363-k77…

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2. Re: Where to go - not too touristy/beach

Hi, in terms of the snorkelling angle, you might want to check out these recent threads too

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g189458-i363-k75…

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g189458-i363-k76…

It's very easy indeed to get off the beaten track in Corfu, especially staying in some of the places mentioned in the links.

Edited: 30 August 2014, 23:15
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3. Re: Where to go - not too touristy/beach

Check out Paleokastritsa.

The village is spread out along a 3km road, there are 5 or 6 beaches, all are pretty good for snorkelling as they're quite pebbly, We went in July this year and it was just right for us. It does get busy during the day at the bottom end with tourists visiting from other resorts but it's easy to avoid.

Take a look on the Paleo Bliss website, you can do a virtual tour.

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4. Re: Where to go - not too touristy/beach

Paleokastritsa could be very good for what you want particularly as you are hiring a car ! Paleo offers good eating, stunning views and many different beaches with varying degrees of activity or quietness. What you do get is villages such as Lakones, Doukades and Liapades in the vicinity. These are well worth exploring.

Also Corfu Town, despite being on the opposite coast, is only about a 25 minute drive away. It is one of the nicer Greek Island capitals with a lot to see.

Be, also, aware that there are many other resorts and areas that would suit your purposes.

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5. Re: Where to go - not too touristy/beach

Agios Georgios North is very quiet, 2 small hotels Costas Golden Beach and Belle Helene, set in a beautiful horseshoe bay surrounded by wooded hills.

A couple of tavernas but not built up at all. No noisy bars, lovely walks all around though snorkeling not so good. But excellent beach that is never crowded.

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6. Re: Where to go - not too touristy/beach

I would add to Colin's post that there is a 3rd hotel at Agios Georgios north, namely the popular Theo's Hotel in Thomsons Small and Friendly brochure. There is actually quite good snorkelling along the sides of the bay and also in the deep water as around the nearby rocky island of Kravia (according to a Greek friend whose hobby used to be snorkelling there). About 3 years ago my wife and I were invited to a lovely lunch of barbecued fish just freshly speared nearby. There are more than a couple of tavernas ! Just go to http://www.agiosgeorgios.co.uk/map.htm for a Google map showing the eating and drinking places etc spread all along the beach.

Agios Georgios north is a beautiful area with rolling olive clad hills and some great walks. The resort is un-commercialised and the local villages of Pagi and Afionas are very Greek. A car does help you make the most of your visit to lovely Corfu and is an aid to visit your favourite places more than once.

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7. Re: Where to go - not too touristy/beach

Thanks everyone. Have made a note of the places mentioned which will help with our hunt for where to stay. Tricky as family members all want slightly different things. We are having a few days on the mainland first (to see some ancient sites for one son), then coming to either Corfu or Kefalonia.

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