My review of Andromeda, where I, my husband Pete and teenage children Mia and Nathan have been twice in past summers and are thinking of returning to again this summer, is way overdue. All the main positives that make this place so special have been well covered in recent reviews including the pretty setting on the edge of Sidari; lovely pool, the spacious, clean accommodation and, above all, the personal care and attention bestowed on all guests by Billy and his family.
But I wanted to add a couple of things. First, don't just rely on turning right out of the complex and walking the 30 minutes to Sidari. Do turn left sometmes and go to the local village of Peroulades with it's lovely strip of beach at the foot of the cliffs which are topped by the fabulous and laid-back sunset bar. The best taverna we found was Bikolis, just a few minutes left out of the Andromeda entrance. We also went beyond Peroulades a couple of time to the next village Avliotes which is perched on the mountain side and has a really lovely taverna halfway down the high street on the hillside. Walking to Peroulades, Avliotes or Sidari is a pretty hot trek in the summer daytime - we solved this by hiring bikes from an outlet towards the end of the Sidari high street. They weren't in great condition but were handy for getting around locally. We also hired a car for a couple of days to take more of a look around the island - lunch at the White House in Kalami on the north-east coast where Lawrence Durrell used to live plus a swim off the rocks after is a must. We also enjoyed hiring a boat for the afternoon in Sidari and a trip to the aquapark in the middle of Corfu which we arranged direct with one of the agents in Sidari. Billy will always advise on who to book with, especially now that he is no longer tied to any UK tour operator.
And there's the difference this year, I've discovered. Billy/Andromeda is no longer linked with an operator for package holiday bookings. This means contacting him (try Vasilis Avlonitis on Facebook) and booking direct plus arranging your own flights to Corfu.
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- Also Known As:
- Corfu Andromeda Sidari
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