Costa del Sol
At the heart of Nissaki is a small harbour and pretty beach overlooked by a taverna which makes it the idyllic spot for a relaxing holiday. The rest of the resort is scattered up the mountain behind which is the bottom of Corfu’s highest peak, Mount Pantokrator. The views from the village are wonderful, both over the sea to Corfu Town and inland across the olive and cypress groves. When you are ready for a change of scene, hire a boat or hike along the coast to find other nearby coves. In the evening, enjoy the simple pleasure of delicious fresh food served with a sea view at one of the tavernas. Or fire up your BBQ and take in the scenic panorama from your villa’s terrace.
If you are going to be cooking at your villa, there are mini markets and a bakery in the village to cover the basics. There are larger supermarkets on the outskirts of Corfu Town. Nissaki is a good place to shop for local handicrafts including jewellery, olive wood kitchenware and olive oil soap. The closest fresh food market is in Corfu Town by the new fort, a fun place to shop with the locals. You’ll also find a larger selection of gift and craft shops.
There's a popular Greek taverna right on the beach, next to the little harbour. A few more places to eat are scattered around the resort, all within easy reach on foot from the beach. For a special night out, you can book the boat transfer organised by the tavernas in nearby Agni and spend the evening sampling some classic Greek cooking. A short drive along the coast is the larger resort of Ipsos that has a wider choice of cuisines including Italian and British as well as some lively bars.
Nissaki's picturesque pebble beach is very sheltered with shallow water, ideal for swimming and snorkelling. You can either take your own picnic or enjoy a spot of lunch at the taverna by the seafront. The resort has a dive centre as well if you want to try scuba diving. About 5 minutes’ drive or a 15 minute walk along a coastal path from the main beach will take you to a longer beach which has tavernas and sunbed hire. Ipsos Beach is a short drive away and has watersports and inflatables to keep everyone busy.
Beside the taverna is Nissaki's small harbour, where you can arrange either a boat excursion or private launch hire to explore several of the other pleasant little beaches along this part of the coastline. Towards Corfu Town, about 30 minutes away by car, is Aqualand Waterpark, a fun day for all the family.
A villa in Nissaki is an excellent base for exploring the island, with or without a car. Corfu is a holiday paradise for walkers. In Nissaki, you are always aware of Mount Pantokrator, the highest mountain on Corfu at an altitude of 906 metres. With a reasonable level of fitness, you can walk around the lower levels on the Corfu Trail which passes through olive groves and almost deserted villages. The views as you climb are spectacular. There is also a good but winding road that takes you to the summit where you can see the whole of Corfu spread out below you. If you are very lucky and have a clear bright day you might even see the southern tip of Italy which is over 130 kilometres away.
For some culture, visit Corfu Town, about 30 minutes' drive from Nissaki. You can wander around the old forts built by the Venetians, discover little boutiques and cafes hidden away down side streets or visit the museums. The archaeological museum is particularly good with finds from across Corfu.
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