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This walking holiday explores southern Corfu, one of the most beautiful Greek islands. Visit sleepy villages framed by vineyards, walk along beaches and through shady olive groves, enjoying home cooked food at local tavernas.
Explore Tour Leader
2 nights comfortable hotel
3 nights simple hotel
2 nights simple pension
Moderate and Challenging
Trip maximum 16 Explore Average 11
Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.
Arrive in Corfu Town (Kerkyra), one of Greece's most elegant island capitals. For those arriving on time our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 6pm for the welcome meeting and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Corfu Town at any time. If you would like to receive an airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive at Corfu International Airport (CFU) which is around 10 minutes' drive from the hotel. Should you miss the meeting, your leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.
If your flight arrives earlier in the day, perhaps you might choose to stroll the narrow streets of the 'Old Quarter' which lies above the port. On either side of this are two forts: Paleo Frourio (Venetian) and Neo Frourio (Venetian).
Konstantinoupolis Hotel (or similar)
This morning we drive south out of Corfu Town, starting our hike from just south of Kavos, we head out on a track to the southern tip of Corfu, where the ruined monastery of Arkoudillas stands. A footpath leads down to the island's southernmost beach, a seemingly endless stretch of golden sand. Leaving the beach at its northern end, we follow uphill tracks through agricultural land to Spartera and to our accommodation in Asprokavos. We stay in a simple resort style hotel with three accommodation blocks, a main building containing a bar, restaurant and swimming pool. All rooms are twin share with en suite facilities. This property has been graded simple due to its basic furnishings and décor.
Today's 12 kilometre/7.4 miles walk is expected to take around 3.5 hours with 436 metres/1430 feet of ascent and descent.
Mediterranean Blue Resort (or similar)
On this walk, you cross the southern part of the island to the east and back to the western coast. From Asprokavos you follow a track around a pretty and peaceful small lake where you might see birds and turtles. Afterwards you will descend through olive groves and fields to Lefkimmi. Here, your path takes you through the various neighbourhoods and historic city centre of Lefkimmi. Leaving the second biggest town of the island, you will descend into the green valley of the Gardeno River. The last part of today's walk leads you up again, so you have wonderful views of both the east and west coast of the island, before you descend to Santa Barbara. Tonight we stay in studios attached to a traditional family ran taverna, where we can taste authentic homemade dishes. The simple but spacious rooms are air-conditioned with a balcony and located very close to the beach.
Today's 23 kilometre/14.2 miles walk is expected to take around seven hours with 530 metres/1739 feet of ascent and descent.
Perfect Ten Taverna (or similar)
A day of almost level walking during which we follow the beach. Our way leads on through sand dunes covered with a forest of cedar trees. Then, crossing a footbridge, we reach Lake Korission. The Trail then follows tracks and a section of road to reach Paramonas, a small fisherman's hamlet on the west coast, our next overnight stop. We stay in simple apartments, surrounded by fruit trees. The accommodation is run by a Corfiot couple and comprises of plainly decorated en-suite rooms with minimal furnishings. Sea views can be enjoyed from the ground floor terrace. It's a short downhill walk to the beach where breakfast is served in the beach front restaurant.
Today's 20 kilometre/12.4 miles walk is expected to take around 6 hours with 300 metres/984 feet of ascent and 250 metres/820 feet of descent.
Varagoulis Apartments (or similar)
A sharp climb early in the walk takes us over the coastal ridge, with great views, and inland to the villages of Ano and Kato Pavliana. Footpaths and tracks take us down through Vouniatades, then we cross the Messongi River Valley by way of tracks through olive groves and across heathland. Through Strongili, the Trail heads uphill again, on an old cobbled way which leads to Komianata, from here we continue on foot down to the picturesque fishing village of Benitses.
Today's 20 kilometre/12.4 miles walk is expected to take around 6 hours with 780 metres/2559 feet of ascent and 800 metres/2624 feet of descent.
Bella Vista Hotel (or similar)
From Benitses we take a bus back to Stavros, and our walk continues with a delightful footpath skirting Agii Deka Mountain, before we make a very sharp ascent to the summit of Agii Deka, Corfu's second highest peak. Here, an abandoned monastery in a walled garden makes an ideal rest stop. Our way continues down a cobbled mule path to Agii Deka village then along minor roads and tracks to Sinarades, where you might like to visit the Folk Museum (depending on opening times) and admire the picturesque architecture of this large village. Then the Trail leads along undulating tracks with very fine views over the west coast and inland to Pelekas. From here we take the bus back to our accommodation in Benitses.
Today's 19 kilometre/11.8 miles walk is expected to take around 6.5 hours with 750 metres/2460 feet of ascent and 800 metres/2624 feet of descent.
This morning we take the bus to Pelekas where we start our walk. Half an hour's downhill walk takes us to Myrtiotissa, 'the so-called' loveliest beach in the world' (now used by nudists) and one of the Durrell family's favourites. Climbing now, we have to regain the height we have lost (and more), with a steep ascent on a gravel and concrete track. The west coast views are simply spectacular. Passing the village of Vatos, the terrain levels out and our way follows the bank of the Ropa River (with possible terrapin sightings), bordered by pastures and willow trees. Leaving the river, the Trail ascends into olive-blanketed hills, where tracks lead to Liapades, an ancient village full of lovely old mansion houses. We stay in nearby Liapades beach, surrounded by green hillsides with a beautiful pebble beach and some small cafes and restaurants.
Today's 24 kilometre/14.9 miles walk is expected to take around seven hours with 680 metres/2231 feet of ascent and 850 metres/2788 feet of descent.
Cricketers Taverna and Studios (or similar)
The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Liapades Beach.
There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Liapades at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive an airport transfer today, you need to depart from Corfu International Airport (CFU) which is around 30 minutes' drive from the hotel.
Total distance : 119 kilometres
Greece has such a vast geographical difference between the mainland and the islands, and travel is possible at all times of year but the climate can vary depending on when you go.
During late spring or early autumn, in the months of April-May or September-October, temperatures are warm and pleasant, usually hovering around 25 degrees. Rainfall is low, but can be erratic during these months. Cooler evenings take the heat off the day. If you have booked a walking holiday, wild flowers bloom during the spring, adding colour to the hiking trails.
Summers are hot and dry, with plenty of sunshine and little rain. Temperatures can go north of 35 degrees in July and August. On the islands, restaurants and bars may be busy with cruise ship passengers. While this period definitely gives you a ‘summer holiday’ feeling, those wishing to explore Greece’s ancient sites may find the heat challenging.
When travelling in winter, from late November to early March, the villages will be very quiet. Temperatures in Athens at this time are around 10-15 degrees, while the nights will be colder. Hotels in northern Greece in particular are well adapted to deal with cold winters, having proper heating and warm fires to retreat to after a day of exploring. This makes it a good destination for travel between November-March.
2 Pin Round
Corfu Town - Allow approx. €15 for misc. entrance fees; Kanoni Peninsula €3.50. Liapades Beach - Boat trip up west coast (depending on numbers booked) €15, (6 people min.); Agios georgios Wind surfer hire €10-12per hour.
Bring light and comfortable clothing that can be layered according to the temperature. The weather conditions in the mountains can be changeable, and it can become cool, especially at night, so bring warmer layers. Tops made from wicking materials which keep you drier and warmer are recommended as a base layer, and walking trousers are preferable to trousers of heavier material such as jeans. A waterproof jacket is essential at all times in case of rain and wind. -Breathable wind and waterproof jacket (you may also wish to bring waterproof trousers) -T-shirts -Long sleeved tops -Sunhat -Long trousers (thorny vegetation may scratch bare legs) -Shorts (if you prefer to walk in them) -Swimwear and towel -Midlayer Fleece/pullover -Socks (liner and thicker pair) -Insulated jacket
We recommend you bring lightweight walking boots with ankle support, make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. Also trainers or sandals for relaxing and general wear. We suggest that on international flights you either carry your walking boots in your hand luggage or wear them - should your luggage be lost or delayed, your own boots are the one thing that will be irreplaceable.
Bring one main piece of luggage and a 20-30 litre day sack is recommended. You will need to carry what you need for the day which may include a raincoat, jumper, camera, sun-cream, water and picnic lunch. On hot days you will carry fewer clothes but more drinking water. You will be carrying only your day bag during the walks and main luggage shall be transported from hotel to hotel by car.
-Sunglasses -Sun cream -Small Torch (with spare batteries and bulb) -Camera -Walking poles (if you usually use them) -Personal toiletries -Personal first aid kit - On each walk a first aid kit is carried but you should have your own blister kit, supply of plasters, aspirin and other essentials. -Insect repellent -Small waterproof dry bag (for items such as your mobile phone) -Reusable water bottle (minimum 1 litre) - Get 15% discount on a Water-to-Go bottle www.explore.co.uk/about-us/responsible-travel/water-to-go-discount-with-explore -Lunch bag/Tupperware (for packed lunches) -Binoculars
Bus, Boat, Taxi
Throughout this trip we use a mixture of simple and comfortable accommodation. As with the nature of apartments in this part of the Mediterranean the size and standard of the rooms can vary, the rooms will be decorated in a plain style with private bathrooms and some may have a balcony or terrace. Due to the small size of the properties in Liapades, the group may be spread over a variety of studios/apartments in the area if necessary; in this case we will use the AVRA Sunset Sea View Liapades as a communal base with use of all the facilities there including the hotel's swimming pool. This is where breakfast and dinner will take place.
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