Agios Ioannis is a laid-back, traditional Greek village, ideal for those looking to escape the crowds. Its central location means that is a great base to explore what the rest of Corfu island has to offer including a choice of sandy beaches on the East and West Coast. The relaxed atmosphere means you can while away the day with the locals among the stone cottages, churches and lush olive groves. Agios Ioannis is also home to Aqualand Waterpark – a great choice for families.
Local markets and Shopping
There are 2 supermarkets in Agios Ioannis and a mini market selling knick-knacks and trinkets, perfect for bringing back home. Stop off and spoil yourself with one of the sweet treats made fresh in the local bakery – perfect for breakfast. For a wider variety of shops and fashion outlets, the islands capital, Corfu Town, is great for indulging in some retail therapy.
Bars and restaurants
Agios Ioannis offers a real taste of Greece with plenty of traditional tavernas. For the freshest fish, head into Pelekas, a 15 minute drive away, where you’ll find some of the best seafood restaurants on the island. In Corfu Town discover a wide range of eateries ranging from typical Greek tavernas to more upmarket restaurants. The famous arched esplanade in Corfu Town is known as the Liston which has many cafes, restaurants and bars where one can sit and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and watch the world go by.
Tucked away on Corfu’s West Coast, Glyfada Beach is the closest beach and a great place to unwind on its soft sandy shores. This Blue Flag beach is backed by pine covered mountains with dramatic cliffs. Try one of the water sports on offer to get your heart racing or kick-back on a sun-lounger with a cold drink. Whatever your preference, Glyfada Beach caters for it. One stop along the coast is Kontogialos Beach, a more secluded bay with gently shelving, clear waters and a favourite with the locals. Of course, Paleokastritsa is well-known in Corfu for its scenic coves cut into the coastline. Hire a boat from here and discover more pristine bays.
Agios Ioannis is home to Aqualand, Europe’s 3rd largest waterpark. This huge and impressive water playground has adrenaline pumping slides, a wave pool, sun loungers and mini-waterslides, catering for everyone. Head into the Ropa Valley to try your hand at go-karting to find out who really is the best driver in the family! Go on a family walk through the beautiful countryside surrounding Agios Ioannis with fantastic mountain views.
Places of Interest
Walk up to The Kaisers Throne in the village of Pelekas. This viewing platform has unforgettable 360o views over Corfu and is the best place to watch the sunset. Take a tour around Vasilakis and Sons Distillery, a winery where visitors have the chance to taste and buy local wines. The Achilleion Palace makes for a great day out with beautiful gardens and unique architecture, once home to the Empress of Austria. A bus service from Agios Ioannis will get you to Corfu Town in 20 minutes’. With the Old Fortress, the Esplanade and Mon Repos Palace, there’s plenty to see and do here.