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The different areas of Corfu
If you think that most parts of Corfu are fairly similar, think again! Corfu is a blend of every type of spectacular scenery with stunning beaches and more architectural styles than you could possibly imagine - all diverse and all attractive in their own way.
Travelling up the winding east coast road under the shadow of Corfu's highest mountain, Pantokrator (The Almighty), there are tantalizing glimpses of fishing villages such as Nissaki, Agni, Kalami and Agios Stephanos - old "trading posts" from the days when boats were a more common means of transport than cars, and now home to some of the finest luxury villas to be found on the island. Rounding the corner after Kassiopi the scenery changes dramatically - shingle beaches give way to the coastal plains and sandy beaches of the north and the modern seaside resorts of Acharavi, Roda and Sidari. Up in the mountains are old stone villages many with ruined property for sale. Travelling westwards the scenery changes yet again - mountains back the soft sandy beaches at Arillas and Aghios Georgios and then there is Paleokastritsa with its turquoise water, rocky inlets and sandy bays - like nowhere else on the island - and best seen from the village of Lakones clinging to the towering slopes of the mountainside which includes the ancient Angelokastro.
The central part of Corfu is not only the point of arrival and departure - the port and the airport. The old town of Corfu (Kerkyra) - recently awarded Unesco heritage status - is one of the hidden secrets of the Mediterranean and very much the centre of everyday life in Corfu. Numerous paved and flower-bedecked squares entice the visitor to enjoy a coffee in one of the many pavement cafes. There are sudden glimpses of the sea between tall Venetian buildings and day and night people stroll or bustle to work. Drive quickly through the inevitable urban sprawl and the west coast beckons with probably the best sandy beaches on the whole island. The mountain slopes that back these west coast beaches are covered in luxuriant pines as well as the more familiar cypress and olive trees. The beaches at Glyfada and Pelekas have rightly become popular with Corfiots because of their proximity to the town, and whilst Pelekas retains some of its old hippy atmosphere from the '60s, Glyfada is where to go to "see and be seen".
The south of the island offers a wealth of surprises from tiny fishing harbours on the east coast - notably Boukari which was immortalised by the chef Rick Stein in his television programme on the Mediteranean, when he chose to cook his lobsters there - to endless sandy beaches on the west coast, perfect for watching the sunsets! In this part of Corfu, nowhere is very far away and the drive from east coast to west takes no more than fifteen minutes, while Corfu Town and the airport are a maximum forty minutes away. Benitses has a new marina and Lefkimmi has its own ferry port. In south Corfu, it is still possible to find reasonably priced land close to the sea, with fantastic views. There is now a good selection of high quality villas in the glorious west coast conservation area, with its wide open skies and spectacular sandy beaches that seem to go on for ever.
Paxos, the smallest of the Ionian islands, really does embody the idea of 'small is beautiful'. Although only 19 squiare kilometres, its scenery includes hills clad in olive groves and a coastline of small rocky bays with clear turquoise waters. Paxos is not only a popular port of call for the yachting fraternity who take advantage of the picturesque harbours of Gaios, Lakka and Loggos, but has also become well known as a haven for those seeking luxury property in truly tranquil surroundings.
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