Costa del Sol
Barbati is set in a sweeping bay that stretches up the North East coast of Corfu. With views across the sea to Corfu Town and behind to towering Mount Pantokrator, it is a beautiful location. The Blue Flag beach is a long pebbly stretch with a choice of beach bars and watersports. The resort extends up the hillside from the beach to meet the coastal road and has plenty of amenities. When you’re not relaxing by your private villa pool or swimming at the beach, there are plenty of places on land and by sea to explore. Dining out in Corfu is a highlight with plenty of tavernas serving fresh fish, grilled meat and locally produced vegetables, honey, and cheese.
Barbati has mini markets and shops where you can stock up on essentials and the nearby village of Spartilas, close to some of our villas, has one mini market. Barbati also has a couple of shops where you can pick up gifts to take home. Corfu’s only market is in Corfu Town, around 30 minutes away by car. Here you can peruse stalls selling souvenirs such as gold and silver jewellery, olive wood kitchenware and olive oil soap. If you want to cook some Corfiot inspired dishes at your villas, you can buy locally sourced food including honey, wine and the unique kumquat liquor.
Barbati and nearby Ipsos have a host of dining options. From the bars and tavernas dotted along Barbati Beach, to the lively cafes, ice cream shops and restaurants of Ipsos resort, you'll be spoiled for choice. A little further north up the coast, there are plenty more charming locations with seaside dining options, such as Nissaki and Kalami Bay to the north. The nearby village of Spartillas, perched up in the hills, also offers fantastic views from its local tavernas there. Several of the tavernas in the tiny resort of Agni offer a boat taxi service during the summer months, which is a lovely way to arrive for dinner.
Barbati’s Blue Flag beach is very appealing with sun loungers and umbrellas for hire and several tavernas for delicious lunches and dinners or a cocktail at sunset. The water at this long, thin and pebbly beach, is shallow and clear but then shelves quite steeply so keep a keen eye on small children. The beach is rarely overcrowded but if you want a quieter spot, the south end has no sun loungers but great snorkeling potential. You can try the various water sports including parascending, ringos and water skiing. For a less adrenaline-fueled choice, there are pedaloes and dinghies for hire.
Family fun in Corfu is often centred around beach activities, with watersports readily available. For example, the pebble beach at Ipsos has children's inflatables in the water. Or head to Aqualand waterpark, 45 minutes' drive from Barbati. With slides of all heights, lazy rivers and a splash zone for little ones, there's plenty of fun to be had.
Corfu Town is about 21 kilometres away from Barbati and has plenty of charm with its narrow streets, museums, 10th-century fortress, pavement cafes and hidden leafy squares. Campiello, the oldest part of Corfu Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with historic churches and a maze of narrow streets filled with little shops and cafes. You can easily spend a day exploring and sitting in a café people watching with a cup of Greek coffee or glass of wine.
Mount Pantokrator, looming behind Barbati, is the highest mountain on Corfu at 906 metres. There is a good but winding road that takes you to the summit where there is a café. You can also explore the lower reaches on foot via the Corfu Trail. It passes through olive groves, woodland and traditional villages and is worth the effort for the views alone. You can see the whole of Northern Corfu spread out below you, as well as the mountains and coast of Albania across the Ionian Sea.
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