My husband and I spent a week in these apartments, supposedly 2*.(The 1* in St George's South, Corfu was nicer). We came as a couple and were not really interested in making friends, so we kept a lot to ourselves. If you are a couple or family looking for friendship and companienship on a holiday, this is your place. It is 2.4km (40min walk)out of town and you can spend all your time beside the pool with the bees and wasps. You can eat on site, which is much more expensive than in town.
The rooms were ok, the beds as hard as rock, but ok. The kitchen had a rusted stove, so we did not enjoy cooking on there. As for the bathroom.......the warm water took 10-15min to heat up and the toilet roll kept on falling on the floor. The accessories were very basic and cheap. We did not watch TV, since it was a mission. The TV was tied down in the kitchen, so we could not move it to the bedroom. We would have had to sit on the stairs with our heads tilted to see the screen, it was so high. We rented a fan for 6 nights for EU 10 - not too bad. Make sure you cover up in mosquito spray as the sun sets.
The bar stayed open from 9am till late - so if you don't take part in Kareoke, be prepared to hear howling/screeching noises till 1am. Taxis cost EU 5 to Sidari. Also, on the Haroula menu, if it says 'special for 2 burgers', it does not mean 2 burgers - it means one double burger. Ask exactly how you will be getting your food. A full English breakfast in town costs EU 2.80 (no coffee/tea included!).
In town, the shop owners are very rude, never greet nor smile (the south is much nicer). The food is good and reasonable - we paid EU2 for a chicken gyros for lunch, absolutely devine. The beers are usually EU 2-3. If you want to do any excursions, go with the red coach or any other tour operator, BUT not with UK tour operators, their prices are 3-4 times more expensive (seriously). Book in town, they are well worth it. Especially the East Coast Boat Cruise and the Paleokastritsa Coach Tour. We ususally rent a scooter on Corfu, BUT not in Sidari. They drive like crazy people (80km/hour on side roads) and there are so many potholes or poles sticking up a few cm in the pavement. If you are walking from Haroula into town, be VERY careful of the cars and scooters, you might have to dive into the ditch on the side of the road.
We had a great time, since we did not spend much time in our flat. We either went to the beach each day or on tour every odd day. We did our own thing. But next year we will be back in the south of Corfu - where people actually smile and enjoy life!
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