I can’t remember how many times I’ve featured Greece or its islands here and on my other travel blogs. Looking to it, I could be more of a Grecophile than a Japanophile as I have always thought I was. 😀
Growing up, the displays at home – mostly miniature statues of Greek gods/goddesses and those, have fascinated me I always asked my father for stories of his visit to the islands. It was he after all who brought me books relating to Greek mythology, sent me photos of the Parthenon and parts of Athens during his visits and it was he who brought home those displays.
Although there’s anxiety about Greece’s economic conflict, reports of protests and those, don’t let it stop you. It’s not the whole of Greece after all, strikes and demonstrations are on certain areas and you can always avoid being hassled by going to the other islands that comprise the beauty of the peninsula.
Looking around, the best islands or the more famous ones would certainly be Santorini and Mykonos but digging deeper, I’ve learned that Corfu is a nice place for holidays too! Especially for the writer in me! Which would the best travel guide be for Corfu than Lawrence Durell’s Prospero’s Cell? The novelist spent years in the enchanted island and one can actually stay at the White house, a fisherman’s cottage in Kalami, that’s where he wrote the famous write up. Also, one can relive the stories that Lawrence’s younger brother, Gerald, wrote in his book My Family and Other Animals, and Birds, Beasts, and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods.
Aside from the literary importance of Corfu, here are some more things you can put on your checklist when travelling there.
1. Beach hopping. Canal D’Amour, Paleokastritsa, Kalamionas Beach, Arillas and Sidari are some of the more prominent beaches to enjoy in Corfu. Blue and white – the colors of the Grecian flag is reminiscent of all these pristine shores. If you’re looking for a more secluded and less-crowded coast, try Kassiopi – though there really isn’t much to do except to drink in the beauty and blueness of the scenery.
2. Horse trekking (Gouvia). Go adventurous and see the mountainous side on a horse back! It’s an experience of getting closer to nature atop those mighty, spirited creatures.
3. Museum hopping. To understand a city and its culture, visiting the local museum would be best – in any city. The Archaeological Museum of Corfu would be best recommended but, it is at the moment undergoing renovation so try the Museum of Asian Art instead for a crossover experience.
4. Enjoy fun parks. Choose from the Pyramid Adventure Park, Aqualand or the Sidari Water Park Fun Park for some fun with the kids. There’s golf, giant water slides and a lot more fun activity for adults and kids.
5. Picnics and Foodtrips. Tzatziki, Tiropitta, Mousaka, Stifado, Kelftiko, Prawn Saganaki, Oxtapothi and the local pittas are some of those you should try while in Corfu. I will not describe each but be assured that they are worth your adventurous palate! Never miss out on Baclava, Chalva and Galactoboureko afterwards…also, gulp everything down with Metaxa Brandy if you find wine a little monotonous.
Corfu is truly one enchanted island as are many in Greece. Again, don’t let the economic turmoil discourage you. There are so many reasons why it is the best time to visit Greece all in all. The scenery, the experience, the history – they’re all different for each of us but as for me, it’s another lifelong dream waiting to be fulfilled.