Costa del Sol
Acharavi lies along the north coast of Corfu where the more rugged bays and coves flatten out into a gently curved bay. It has developed along the coastal road with smaller streets leading down to the seafront. The beach is a long stretch of pebbles with lovely sea views and plenty of facilities. For variety, there are many other attractive beaches within a short drive. You’ll have plenty of shops to supply your holiday villa kitchen and BBQ, plus a choice of restaurants for eating out. For nightlife, the resorts of Kassiopi and Sidari are both within 15 minutes’ drive. Just past Sidari on the west coast are some memorable spots to watch the sunset over the sea with dinner and a cocktail.
As well as the usual souvenir and gift shops there are a couple of large supermarkets for daily shopping. Acharavi is a good place to shop for local handicrafts including ceramics, silver jewellery, carved olive wood and very good soap made from olive oil. Serious shoppers should visit Corfu Town where you will find a much greater choice.
Eating out is one of the great pleasures of a holiday in Acharavi - your toughest challenge each night will be choosing! Make sure you have at least one dinner at a beachside taverna as the sun is setting. The menus always have plenty of tempting traditional Greek food such as moussaka, stifado, and calamari as well as a growing number of Greek wines. Acharavi has a wide choice of Italian and British restaurants to suit all budgets.
Acharavi Beach is a long pebbly stretch of shoreline backed by charming beach bars. To the east of Acharavi you'll find Almyros Beach, a rugged, sweeping shingle bay. There are limited facilities here, so pack a picnic or take a leisurely sunset stroll. If you prefer a sandy option, try Kalamaki Beach or San Spiridon Beach, with its soft sand and turquoise waters, both just a 15 minute car journey away.
Kids will love Aqualand Waterpark with its thrilling rides and slides, 50 minutes' drive from Acharavi towards Corfu Town. Boat trips are a very popular way to see more of the island with so many hidden coves and bays to explore and swim in. Either charter your own private boat or book onto one of the many boats leaving from Kassiopi, only a 15 minute drive down the coast. Closer to Acharavi, there are many horse riding schools.
For anyone wanting something more adventurous there are hiking trails up Corfu’s highest peak, Mount Pantokrator. Another popular walking area is around the village of Old Perithia which, although largely abandoned, has several tavernas. Or take a picnic and find a spot with a view over the countryside and sea. The Corfu Trail is a must for hikers and passes just behind Acharavi.
The traditional village of Peroulades, just to the west of the lively resort of Sidari is also worth a visit. The cafe bar on the headland offers spectacular sunset views.
Corfu Town is a fascinating mix of Venetian, French, British and of course, Greek history. Even just wandering through the streets and fort areas, you can get a sense of the history. If you want to know more, the archaeological museum has a good collection of well presented artefacts found across Corfu. You can climb around the buildings of the New Fort for great views up the coast and across the town. It’s also fun just to sit in one of the elegant cafes along the famous Liston and watch the locals at work and play.
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