The closest beach is in Gouvia. (screen shot Google Maps – the time it takes is approximate, I am living proof that you can make it (walking) in less than 21 minutes.) Gouvia is an old fishing village built on the bay of Gouvia, today a modern holiday resort. You can also find a small beach there, lots of restaurants and shops, a marina, and most important what is left of an old Venetian navy yard. Built (of course) by the Venetians during their rule period on Corfu. The ruins are close to the marina of Gouvia port. Columns, walls and arches survived but the roof is long gone. The Venetians used the bay as a port and the arsenal was built close to the water.
The keystone of the gate at the entrance to the shipyard bears the inscription:
ZBM ANNO MDCCLXXVIII
ZBM are probably the initials of one of the captains constructing the arsenal. The year was 1778.
Really magnificent architecture. You can just wander around, touch the walls and touch history. You know the expression: “If these walls could talk”.
(Also mentioned in another blog post of mine : Threes – WPC)
Close by is a memorial plate dedicated to the Serbian army (allies).
At this port of the island of Corfu, the Serbian allied army coming from Albania disembarked from 6 Jan. 1916 to 5 Apr. 1916.
There is also a duck pond at the beach.
These photos were taken last year.
If you like italian food, there is a great restaurant called “Bella Ellada”. I think the pizza I ate there was one of the best I’ve ever had, and I just had to come back for more. Great and hospitable staff. But if you need some sugar, I would recommend a place called “Fresh“. Waffles, crepes, ice cream… u name it. They have it.
So, there you go. Next post is about some of the nearby places (beaches).
Wishing you all a lovely day.