Gouvia has a man made beach and marina, then it's just busy road all the way into town.
Often known as “Paleo”, like many beauty spots the world over, Paleokastritsa has become somewhat commercial and expensive, but nothing can detract from the magnificent scenery here. There is a byzantine monastery daringly perched on a cliff overlooking the village. It is all that Greece means to the imagination; dazzling white buildings set against sparkling blue sea. There are 6 bays; one is a harbour, from the busy main beach one can take a small boat out to see the grottos. This is a good way to see the drama of the scenery.
On leaving the village why not turn left and return north via Bella Vista and Lakones, the road is narrow and steep and has some good hair pin bends but it also looks down over all 6 bays, the view is breathtaking. It is now possible to drive to the ruins of AngeloKastro, after climbing the steps into the ruins sit and soak up the scenery in one of the tavernas!
North of Paleo on the west coast are some lovely beaches; Aghios Georgios and Aghios Stefanos are reminiscent of Cornwall with a wide expanses of sand and little white houses on the hill overlooking the wide bay. Arillas is similar and has a good fish taverna. Following the road northwards you can take a small diversion to Peroulades known as sunset beach. The 7th heaven Café is set on the cliff above the sandy beach with unrivalled views across all 3 of the Diapontian islands, behind which sets a huge red sun. They serve a mean cocktail and have lovely music until late making the most of the atmosphere of this special spot. Carrying on will bring you to Sidari, a popular and usually busy resort. It has a good sandy beach and lots of water sports, hundreds of bars, restaurants and shops, not to mention the nightclubs. It is probably best known for its “Canal d'Amour”, once a sandstone arch, now just a canal on a pretty sandy beach, there is a myth that you will dream of the person you will marry having swum through the canal!
Between Acharavi and Sidari there is first Astrakeri, another sandy beach with an excellent fish taverna. Its owners have their own fishing boat so the only time there is no fish is when the weather has been too bad to fish or when knowing Greeks or Italians have beaten you to it, mostly on Sundays! Then there is Roda, this at the far western end of the same bay as Acharavi and is an easy half an hours walk along the beach from there; well endowed with tavernas, shops and bars, it has good water sports too.
For those more determined sightseers there is, with a little effort, a lot more to see. Going south of Corfu Town is quite a long drive.
Beside the airport is Perama where there is a causeway across to Mouse Island, this the most photographed spot on the island; a tiny church on a tiny island. The beaches on the east coast are narrow strips of shingle but the scenery is very pretty and once past the busier resorts of Benitses and Messonghi there are some pretty beaches with good traditional tavernas like Petriti and Boukari. Lefkimmi is the biggest town after Corfu town and situated on an estuary fringed by a salt lake.
Kavos has developed a reputation for being a “party “ place for younger holiday makers with all that involves, it is a reputation well deserved; but at least it keeps the noisy fun lovers well away from the rest of the island. Kavos is on the very southern tip of the island and one looks across to the small island of Paxos from its sandy beach, which is always quiet until lunchtime when the revellers start to rise! Some beautiful, quiet, sandy beaches can be found on the west coast, Marathias for instance.
The drive through the back bone mountains of the middle of the island reveal some un-spoilt villages and will bring you to the Achilleon Palace, our nearest equivalent to a stately home with a rich history. Built by Princess Elizabeth of Austria and home to Kaiser Wilhelm (one drives through what remains of Kaisers Bridge, on the east coast,). It was once the island's casino, it is still a museum and has been a location for films and was used in the European Union's summit for a banquet, for which is was substantially renovated.
Back a little nearer to town are the well-known beaches of Aghios Gordios, Glyfada and Ermones, whilst good swimming they are inevitably busy and are backed with hotels, though just north of Ermones is Mirtiotissa a beach of renowned beauty but be warned it is designated naturist! Pelekas, nearby, is a pretty village set on a hillside, with beautiful views and is the site of the Kaiser's throne. Here he used to go to watch the sunsets, usually at their most impressive in July with staggering shades of red and gold filling the sky. There is a hard to reach, but good sandy beach below the village; a haunt of back packers.
This is only picking some of the better-known sights and beaches, there are more and there are some excellent guidebooks to help.
Roads mostly radiate from the town (as do the public bus services which makes sightseeing by public bus tricky), but there is as good network and signs are in Greek and English.
The islands permanent population numbers around 150,000.
The island is only about 50 miles long as the crow flies and varies from 2 ½ to 28 miles wide, but travelling time is slow, as is the pace of life. Drive slowly, allow for wandering goats, chickens and donkeys laden with hay or olive nets, and allow for Greeks drivers who treat the Highway Code as a challenge. They say the shortest measurable moment of time is the time it takes the Greek behind you at the lights, to get his hand on his horn when the lights go green!
Mass tourism is mainly limited to small areas of coastline, most of the inland areas are untouched and the scenery and genuine charm and hospitality of the locals will captivate you. Do not be