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Here are some of the closest beaches to Gouvia. As mentioned before you can either take the bus, drive or ride a bike.


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From Gouvia to Dassia, Ipsos, Barbati (Mparpati) and Nisaki.

The only problem is that my photos have not been organised in a proper way, so unfortunately I can’t connect the name of the beach to the pictures below. But, I recommend visiting each one of them.



Let us start with Dassia. 

Pretty popular, about 13 km from Corfu town. The beach is narrow and long, it is a few kilometres long. Sandy with pebbles. Possibility of renting sunbeams and umbrella for a small price. Lot of possibilities for summer activities. You can also find shade under the trees.

If I am not wrong, Dassia means forest. You also have a view of the Albanian coastline. A lot of restaurants, shops and bars. Quite shallow, so it’s perfect for families with children.

It has also been awarded the Blue Flag for cleanliness.



Let us move along, next stop Ipsos (Ypsos). Located around 15 km from Corfu Town. Shallow water, various water sports facilities, shops, mini-markets, cafes, restaurants and bars. Excellent view to Mount Pantokrator.

Ypsos means height.



From Ypsos we’re going to Barbati (Mparpati).

About 17 km from Corfu Town. As you have  notices these beaches are not far from each other.  To me Barbati and Nisaki have the most wonderful water. It is so clear and so clean, just imagine jumping in there after a short nap on the subbed. It’s nirvana. Barbati is neither long nor wide but you’ll see for yourself. It is in general like that in Corfu, what one beach doesn’t have, the other does. 100%.

White shiny pebbles, a variety of restaurants, tavernas and bars. Barbati is a bit hidden, but it is like searching for a treasure. If you have the imagination :) Tour boats are available fr trips to nearby bays.



Next and last stop in this post is Nissaki (Nisaki means little island).  White pebble beach, crystal waters. Peaceful and calm. Krouzeri beach is the biggest one, then Kaminaki and Nissaki beach. There are also a lot of private beaches that can only be reached by boat.

Nissaki is about 25 km from Corfu Town. You can enjoy its natural beauty because it’s not commercialised like other places.

Do not forget to visit Mitsos Taverna. Family run taverna, by the water. The swordfish is to die for. I remember when I was there in 2013 somebody threw some bread in to the water and you could see around 20-30 fishes going crazy over that bread.

And..last but not least, here are some photos from these 4 places.

Wishing you all a lovely and sunny day wherever you are.

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P.S.

While we’re still in this area I have to mention a beautiful place with the most magnificent sunset I have ever, and I mean EVER seen.

It is in the Gouvia bay (in Kommeno), a small church named Ypapanti. It is easily located, follow the main road to Dassia (from Gouvia) and you will see a sign where to turn to reach Agia Ypapanti.

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Gouvia – Corfu

The closest beach is in Gouvia. From GCV to 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.) Events -1636 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.

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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)

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Close by is a memorial plate dedicated to the Serbian army (allies).

It says:

At this port of the island of Corfu, the Serbian allied army coming from Albania  disembarked from 6 Jan. 1916 to 5 Apr. 1916.

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There is also a duck pond at the beach.

These photos were taken last year.

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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.

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Green Corner Villas – Danilia – Corfu

A bit about the accommodations. Green Corner Villas (and yes, it IS green :)
I stayed there all three summers. Now, it feels like a little piece of heaven, it feels like home.

Green Corner Villas is a holiday residence with fully equipped studios and apartments. A complex of 2 buildings surrounded by a large private garden. Each building has 2 floors and all the apartments are fully furnished.
GCV is family managed and the location is very central. It is like you are surrounded by the island, you can easily reach any location from GCV.

It is situated in Danilia, not far from Gouvia (closest beach) and Kerkyra.

It is such a wonderful place, surrounded by trees. It is a bit up a hill, but worth the walk. Easily reachable with any vehicle.

Imagine waking up early in the morning on the balcony, the first sunbeams trying to reach your coffee cop, the sound of crickets… and you can also see swallows flying around. I think they a have a nest somewhere close.
It is really nice and quiet and you feel so relaxed.
And because it is surrounded by these amazing tall trees, you can sleep through the night without using the AC or the ventilator. In case you need to use the ventilator or the AC you don’t have to pay extra for that.
It is a clean and neat place, praiseworthy.

You have a parking area, a barbecue you can use, each apartment has a TV, refrigerator, a small stove and so on.
Even though this is an apartment, you get the feeling you are in a hotel. The bedclothes and towels get changed every 2nd/3rd day, as well as cleaning the rooms. You are always provided with bottled water (no charge).

The airport is only 8 km from the apartment.

The owner, Sokratis Englezos and his family are wonderful people, hosts with capital H. He picked us up at the airport when we arrived and drove us back when we were leaving.
No matter what or when you need it, just ask. He and his family will help you in any way. They are really friendly and forthcoming.

Whether you travel alone, with friend(s), huge family, this is the place for you.

I highly recommend this accommodation and I guarantee you a pleasant stay.
The next time I visit Corfu, there is no other place but Green Corner Villas.

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Corfu – introduction

“There rose up large and lofty trees.
Pear trees and pomegranates
the brilliant golden apples
luscious figs
and green olives.
And winter or summer
fruit never failed these trees.”

Homer, The Odyssey, Book Seven

Corfu, the island of rich mythology and history, art and culture.
English, French and Venetians all passed  through and left their mark on this island.

Mythical landscapes, historical monuments…

An island in an old country with ancient civilisation. An island with many names. From “Makrya” (Long), “Drepani” (scythe), ”Cassiopi” (named after the city), “Arpi”, “Keraina” and so on.

There is a myth relating to the Drepani in the “Argonautica” of Apollonius of Rhodes and in Hesiod’s  “Theogony” telling how Cronos, urged by his mother Gaia (Earth) cut off his father Uranus’s genitals with a scythe in order to take revenge for the atrocities committed by him on Crono’s brothers. Various divinities were born from the drops of blood that fell into the sea, such as Aphrodite, the Nymphs and the Erinyes (Furies). The scythe that Cronus threw into the sea formed the island named after it.

The most famous name was Scheria, mentioned by Homer in the Odyssey.
Korkyra is probably of Illyrian origin. The earliest name Kerkyra, is thought to have come from the nymph Kerkyra who Poseidon fell in love with, and brought to a place where they were to unite and give birth to Phaecias; thus, the island got the name Phaeacia.

During medieval times the island was known as Koryfo (also the name of the Byzantine acropolis – the old fortress in Corfu), then it went from venetian Koryfou to Corfu, the name by which it is known today.

The northernmost island in Greece.

The north part of the island is wider and has more mountains. The southern part is less wide.
Summers are warm and dry, with blue skies and occasional breezes. Mountainous areas are cooler. The winters are mild, rainfalls occur from November till March.

Easter celebration is highly recommended (haven’t been there during spring time yet, but there is still time, right? )
I have been there three times; the first time I spent 3 weeks in July and August. One word: HOT! and wonderful…
Second time was in September; remember to take some warm clothes with you. The evenings and nights can get quite chilly. And 3rd time in June. It felt like warming up before the heated joy of July.

June and September were quiet months, not so many tourists. Giving you the opportunity to wander around the island with few interruptions. Not much traffic either. Not having problems finding available sun beds. Almost always available seats on the bus.
July and August are a bit more crowded. Whatever you prefer, nice and quiet or loud and colourful, Corfu has it all.

Beautiful architecture. Friendly people. Great food. Museums… you name it…

The patron saint of the island is St. Spyridon

How to get there? By plane, by boat, by your own yacht :)
How you get around the island? Your choice: bus, bike, taxi, rent-a-car, scooter, bicycle, boats…

If you choose to take the bus, you have two lines. BLUE buses, they serve Corfu town and the environs. GREEN
buses serve the rest of the island.

As I mentioned before this year was my 3rd and definitely not the last one. I’ve simply fallen in love. The minute I win the lottery I am buying a house down there.
You know when you get that feeling of belonging somewhere . That is how I feel about Corfu.

This is the first of many more posts to come about Corfu. Hopefully somebody who hasn’t visited the island will get inspired to take  a trip.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

With this photo I am ending today’s posting marathon.
I wanted to catch up on the Weekly photo challenges (The Daily Post) AND our dear WordPress also tells me that this will be my 100th post. Yay! :)

“So much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten,
even by ourselves,
so it’s gratifying to have something you have done
linger in people’s memories.”

John Williams

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

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Ephemeral @ TDP