To make the most of a holiday in Corfu a hire car is
essential for a few days at least.
There are so many lovely places to visit it is difficult
to fit them all in. Most people will check out the nearby Arillas, Agios (or
San) Stefanos, plus the regular popular resorts of Paleokastritsa, Sidari,
Kassiopi and the north-east coast .
But do not miss a gentle meander into the quieter
rolling hills of the interior of the island. There are extensive views and
many beautiful valleys among which you will find villages still unspoiled by
tourism, although if many people follow my advice this will surely change !
The narrow winding roads will take you up and down wooded
hills and through fertile farming valleys. The woods are not closed and
darkened by rows of dense conifers but are open with many clear areas sheltered
from the breeze. Take your time ! Stop and enjoy this Greek countryside so full
of the scents of wild herbs where the only sounds are the constant chirring of
cicadas and the hum of the bees amongst the wild flowers.
An obvious target is the mountain Pantokrator which
dominates the north east of Corfu. Due to the presence of a radar station there
is a good road to the top for cars and usually room to park at the side of the
road when you reach there.
Apart from the spectacular views there is a lovely little
monastery chapel which visitors may enter after complying with the dress
notice. There are also a couple of gift shops and a cafe for food and cool
drinks whilst contemplating the views across to Albania.
For those coming from the north west the recommended route
is via Kiprianades, Zygos, Sgourades, and Strinilas. This road is of a good
standard through these attractive villages. As you approach Strinilas the views
from the road are outstanding.
If you wish to break your journey for a drink or lunch I
can recommend the OASIS Taverna in the village of Strinilas, the last
village before you reach the mountain.
In the centre of Strinilas you will pass the Elm Tree
Taverna beneath the cover of an enormous old elm tree. There are 2 tavernas
here side by side.
You can park on the small area of land immediately
adjoining the 2nd Taverna or further along the road. This Taverna is the OASIS
TAVERNA and is run by a very pleasant young couple.
The following photographs were taken from the roadside and
the scenes are mostly unidentified.