After exploring the capital Athens, I was ready to get back to my beloved Greek islands, namely Corfu which for me was uncharted territory. One to check of the Greek travel checklist. I headed for Agios Gordios for a few days of solitude rest and relaxation before joining my family in Paleokastritsa at a private villa over looking the Aegean sea.
I’d definitely recommend Agios Gordios for a digital detox and re-charging your mental batteries. It is a very small peaceful village with a few restaurants and bars to keep you entertained in the evening. The large stretch of sandy beach is the main attraction here, West facing, which meant a perfect view of the sunset at the end of each relaxing day.
The Greeks here are so lovely, they literally cannot do enough to help and make you feel welcome. From a corner shop owner sharing a bottle of home brewed Greek wine with me when I was picking up some essentials, to complimentary desserts at dinner. As a solo female I felt completely safe and at ease here.
After three days of just myself and the little Greek shop owner for company, I was looking forward to meeting up with family and making some memories. A short taxi from Agios Gordios was Paleokastritsa and I was united with my family at the private villa we had hired for the week. Unusual for me to stay in one location for more than 3 days, I was looking forward to settling in!
We hit the jackpot with our accommodation, Villa Thalia, a beautiful villa overlooking the Aegean sea and beautiful scenery, with plenty of space and a lovely welcoming host Katerina, who made sure we were well looked after. We were in walking distance of some of the best places to eat, drink and relax. Delicious cocktails sipped with stunning views at Tango bar, secret swimming spots at La Grotta, lazy days spent relaxing at Akron Beach Bar and delicious Greek food eaten at Nereid’s Restaurant with the friendliest team we’ve ever met. We were spoilt for choice!
A few must do’s for your trip are the blue caves boat excursion from Palaiokastritsa beach for only €15 euros per person, walk up to Paleokastritsa Monastery for stunning views and some interesting history, spend a day at the Acapulco Bar for the perfect cliff edge swimming spot or hike (and I really mean hike!) up to the villages of Lakones and Makrades, ending up at Angelokastro ‘Castle of the Angels’ for breathtaking views over the cliff edge.
We spent an overcast day in Corfu town as there is so much to do, it was here that I found (after a LOT of searching) the famous spiral stair case, which was used by the Greek Royal Family to descend to the sea baths, was recently featured in the ITV series ‘The Durrells’ and is now on Pinterest boards everywhere!
I was sad to leave Corfu as it really had everything on offer and I had such a great time, but I will definitely be back again!