The Christina Appartments are on the main road heading out of of Sidari just past the petrol station and exactly 15 minutes walk (€5 in a taxi) to the 'strip'/beach where all the bars and night action is, which wasnt a problem but be prepared for the afternoon return in 35 degree heat, if you do, on the way back call in at the Othonas Pool Bar for the best ice cold beer in Sidari €1.50 pint! . Although a bit out of it two big supermarkets are a handy 3 minutes walk away. The Canal d'Amour is 25 minutes walk.
The Christina Appartments are spotless, cleaned every day bar saturday, set in pleasant well kept gardens, air-con is €6/day but helps deter mossies which made a meal of us 1st night (the multi-front defence approach seemed to work: air-con on coldest with blanket at night, plugin, Jungle Formulae, citrus fruit internal & external, tea tree (not convinced) and the washing of smelly feet. Tv with one english that worked intermitantly, weird kettle, fridge, mini oven/hob, toastie maker !, hairdryer and basic utensils. Free wifi is advertised but Pavlos was very reluctant to give me the key? The tiny shower becomes a wet room-standard for Greece, hot water always available. The pool appears to be very nice but would have been better placed in the many acres of land at the back, instead its squeezed between the Bar and the main road offering little privacy. One minus, the beds are rock hard.
Returning to Sidari after 6 years numerous bars and businesses had shut down, but night on the strip was still busy. The entertainment is mainly tribute acts, which is ok if you like that.. The only one I would reccomend is Tubby (aka chubby) Broon, we caught him at the Babylon, dirtier than a turd but very funny, sit at the front at your peril! Beer on average €2 a pint is cheap, ask for local draught beer, usually Alfa or the delicious Vergina, far better than our British rubbish. Spirits tend to be dearer and poor quality, eg Vodka Red Bull = unbranded crap (despite coming out of a Smirnoff bottle) poured over thin glass full of ice topped up with 'Raging Bull' or the dregs of many cans (beware One For The Road) = raging gut ache for 3 or €4! A trick we learned in Malia sometimes worth a try is to barter. Sugar Bar gave us 4 VRB for €10 with no gut ache.
The food is still excellent, the Greeks have learned got their Full English down to a tee. The average price was €3 , Sea Breeze do a good one for €2.50, BED and Memories where he told us with pride the Big Breakfast €3, had black pudding - all good. Dont go to the Akti Aphrodite the hotel that fronts onto the strip. While the food was ok he somehow managed to charge us €17 for two breakfasts saying it was extra for toast? You can expect bread to be added and charged (without asking for it) at resteraunts in the evening. If you dont want it you have to tell them. Dont order coffe, its diabolical, its always 'Nescafe', which unbelievably is even worse than it is at home. Jacobs brand from the supermarket is drinkable. . Our favourite evening venue was Bavias near the petrol station behind the Christina. Very good food, amazing Lamb Kleftico, reasonable prices.
The best way to see Corfu is hire a car, there appears to be a shortage this year so advance booking may be wise. We ended up at Vlasseros Travel €30 a day (€25 only insures the top of the car!?) Louis Spence, sorry Philip the owner is very funny. There is very litttle traffic making driving easy apart from the road signs, no parking restrictions, saw one Police patrol car in two weeks, a breath of fresh air. Head to the bottom of Sidari on to Pereloudes for Sunset Beach (5 minutes away but €8 on the tour bus) at dusk. Dont bother with Princess Travel near the Supermarket on the crossroads, we booked a trip to the Arillas Wine Festival €8 , "Free wine all night" NOT, the women conned us, we had to queue for 20 minutes and pay! Having said that it was a good atmosphere sat under the olive trees watching the Greek dancing, just make your own way there. Further round the coast Arillas, San Stephanos and Agios Georgios are resorts with fantastic beaches (better than Sidari). Further down the West coast Paleokastritsa is beutiful and the views from the top of the castle nearby at Angelokastritsa are stunning. The other way round the East coast a short drive brings you to Kassiopi, picturesque kalami & Kolouri. There is a nice little beach at St.Spiridon, uncrowded, shallow warm water ideal for kids.
Corfu is brilliant, friendly locals, fantastic food, perfect weather and not a surly Spaniard in sight, generally cheaper than Spain too. I'll be back...despite those bloody wasps
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