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Old 11-20-2012   #1 (permalink)
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Greece - Kerkyra or Corfu island

There is an old greek song saying "Kerkyra and Kefalonia , Zakinthos and Lefkada – these four islands are the jewels of Greece".
These lines are not very far from the truth, as the Greek Ionian islands are truly jewels.
I was born and raised in Corfu the most northernmost of the Ionian islands and i'm so lucky to have a beach house on the island to visit every summer.
We (the greeks) call the island Kerkyra , from the nymph Corkira, daughter of the river Assopos with whom Poseidon fell in love and kidnapped, taking her to the island. The foreign name Corfu came from the new town that was created in the old fortress on the twin peaks, meaning the town on the peaks. In another famous sea adventure Homer's Odyssey, Kerkyra is the island of the Phaeacians (Phaiakes) where Odysseus (Ulysses) meets Nausica the daughter of King Alkinoos. The bay of Palaiokastritsa is considered to be the place where Odysseus disembarked and met Nausicaa for the first time.
It is the island of songs as the Corfiots are great lovers of music. In the past, people used to join in the singing of the cantades, impromptu choral songs in two, three or four voices, usually accompanied by a guitar and an accordion. Like marriachis in mexico they used to stroll the narrow streets in the moonlight, singing serenades to the girls.
I could talk for days about my island's endless natural beauty , but i will just show you some pictures from my recent trip:
Crystal clear sea everywhere around the island..

Kerasia , one of the best beaches with white pebbles outside - sand inside..

Quiet sandy beaches in the south coast facing Italy. Sandy paths or stairs take you down to the amazing clear water..

While driving the north part of the island you meet small coves with fishing villages in every turn of the road..
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There is an old greek song saying "Kerkyra and Kefalonia , Zakinthos and Lefkada – these four islands are the jewels of Greece".
These lines are not very far from the truth, as the Greek Ionian islands are truly jewels.
I was born and raised in Corfu the most northernmost of the Ionian islands and i'm so lucky to have a beach house on the island to visit every summer.
We (the greeks) call the island Kerkyra , from the nymph Corkira, daughter of the river Assopos with whom Poseidon fell in love and kidnapped, taking her to the island. The foreign name Corfu came from the new town that was created in the old fortress on the twin peaks, meaning the town on the peaks. In another famous sea adventure Homer's Odyssey, Kerkyra is the island of the Phaeacians (Phaiakes) where Odysseus (Ulysses) meets Nausica the daughter of King Alkinoos. The bay of Palaiokastritsa is considered to be the place where Odysseus disembarked and met Nausicaa for the first time.
It is the island of songs as the Corfiots are great lovers of music. In the past, people used to join in the singing of the cantades, impromptu choral songs in two, three or four voices, usually accompanied by a guitar and an accordion. Like marriachis in mexico they used to stroll the narrow streets in the moonlight, singing serenades to the girls.
I could talk for days about my island's endless natural beauty , but i will just show you some pictures from my recent trip:
Crystal clear sea everywhere around the island..

Kerasia , one of the best beaches with white pebbles outside - sand inside..

Quiet sandy beaches in the south coast facing Italy. Sandy paths or stairs take you down to the amazing clear water..

While driving the north part of the island you meet small coves with fishing villages in every turn of the road..
Lovely! My husband and I really enjoyed our brief visit (one day during a cruise) to Corfu. If you go to our website (via the link in my signature below) you can view a slide show that we did of Corfu, as well as ones of many other places in Greece. We LOVE Greece and would like to return. We'd island hop, using the ferries. We feel very comfortable with the culture, as there are so many Greeks who live in the greater Tampa Bay Florida area. A nearby town, Tarpon Springs, which is famous for its sponge diving, looks a Greek island village.
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A nearby town, Tarpon Springs, which is famous for its sponge diving, looks a Greek island village.
I had no idea about that...i just searched some photos on the net and wow! It really looks like a Greek seaside village.
I watched your slide show and you did a great job. You have the perfect soundtrack in every video .
That daytrip just gave you an idea about the island of Corfu. It has seen a great tourist development but there are still secret spots and beaches to be discovered if you travel independently.
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Island house lost in flowers


Kouloura is a beautiful little bay located on the north-east coast of Corfu. It is just around the headland from Kalami and has a small harbour, a tiny beach and one taverna. It is a place of peace and tranquility and still unspoilt by tourist development.


Arkoudillas is a sandy beach at the southernmost tip of Corfu. A bad dirt and narrow road comes here , so it's generally unknown except to foreign hikers who are able to trek the difficult paths through the forest of Arkoudilas.


The following picture does not do any justice to the beauty of the Nissaki beach. This peddled beach is surrounded by terraced olive groves covering the hillsides and the vissibility in the water is great. In the background you can see the Albanian coast.


Boats full of tourists depart early in the morning for a day trip to the nearby islands of Paxi and Antipaxi.


Traditional stone-clad village hidden in the olive tree covered mountains.
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Canal D' Amour which means Channel Of Love is located in Sidari. There are several bays arround like this accesible by paths , but the one in the photo is famous because according to the legends, whoever swims from one side to the other, will find the love of his life on the other side.


Entrance of fish taverna Avra and access to the beach of Prassoudi


View of Prassoudi beach from the dining area


Glyfada , one of my favourites , right end of the beach. I prefer this side because i use to snorkel around the rocks:


Glyfada the left side


Issos beach , stretches for 2kms with golden sand and shallow, clean water and a quiet spot for everyone who likes a thoroughly relaxing day at the beach. There is this beach bar with cold drinks and hammocks. Issos has an amazing setting of sand dunes for background and this photo is taken from the top of one of them.
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Myrtiotissa is a small but wide and very beautiful beach with crystal clear blue sea, surrounded by high cliffs covered with trees and shrubs. Unofficially is considered to be a nudist beach.


Paliokastritsa bay seen from the view point of Bella Vista:
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A video from this summer. Various beaches and tourist spots in Corfu town , the Achillion , driving the narrow streets of villages and scenes of a local festival (or "panigiri" as we call it).
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Such a beautiful place!
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Yes , it is.. And these are only a few places and beaches i went to last summer. The island is big and there are many other 'secret' coves and places to be discovered. The pictures do not show the magic of the place.
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Ohhhhh...... 2014 can not come too soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Please feel free to talk for days about your beautiful paradise! I have a couple of friends who have visited this area and they say it is truly amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your pictures and taking the time to do this. A generous gift from you to us!
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One of the most popular and most visited sites in Corfu is Pontikonissi, a green, tree-lined rock, which is ideally located at the entrance to the lagoon, opposite to Corfu airport “Ioannis Kapodistrias”. Pontikonissi means mouse island and it has taken its name due to its shape.

It is accessible from Kanoni area which sits above the runway.Walk down the steps and take the litle boat to the island. If you are south of the town get to perama area and walk across the causeway.
The view from Kanoni to the island, watching the planes scream over your head is stunning! The video I've posted starts with this view from Kanoni.

The airplanes landing coming from the entrance of the bay are flying over mouse island. But when they land or take off from/to inland, then this happens:
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So, there is a traffic light to stop traffic while a plane lands? Great pictures, gonna watch the video again!
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