Tips & Tales Corfu

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Garitsa Bay and the Old Fort Corfu Town

Tips

  • Catch the Number 2 bus to the Old Fort and Old Town from Mon Repos Palace Hotel. Buy bus tickets (1.20€) from Kiosks near most bus stops. Taxis are about 10€ to the Old Town.
  • Don’t go searching for Gay Bars or Gay Clubs in Corfu, there are none. If you are looking for a gay Greek holiday, try Mykonos. But if you want a totally relaxing time on a beautiful island, Corfu is a great choice.
  • The best time to visit Corfu is in the first two weeks of July and early September. Corfu is very crowded between mid July and late August.
  • There are a myriad of bays and gorgeous swimming spots on Corfu. Water is very safe, clean and clear.
  • Don’t miss walking the promenade around Garitsa Bay at sunset, the colours are magical.
  • Issos Beach is one of the best sandy beaches on the island. From Corfu Town it is a forty five minute drive following the signs to Lefkimmi. At Eleni take the right hand turn to Linia and then watch out for the signs to Issos Beach. Just before Issos Beach there is a wonderful Greek taverna grill called Ammolofos. Beach parking is behind the sand dune. The beach is long, the water shallow and we hired sun beds and umbrellas from Arkie and Niko (cute) just before the wind surfing shop. You may meet some gay guys and local nudists on the beach if you walk far north, to the right of the beach chairs.
  • Myrtiotissa Beach, west of Corfu Town, is close to the picturesque hilltop town of Pelekas. Take the steep walk down a paved road to this beautiful sandy beach guarded by sheer imposing cliffs. In August we found the beach quite crowded with nudists and a good number of gay guys. ‘Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for hire. There is a small shop on the beach selling drinks and sandwiches. We highly recommend this beach for water quality, setting and probably the most gay experience on Corfu.
  • In Corfu Town the Old Fort is definitely worth a visit. When inside the fort take the trail to the left it will lead you right around the back of the fort with excellent harbour and mountain views. The lighthouse at the top is great for pics all over Corfu Town.
  • The old town is a World Heritage Site with its winding narrow streets, small squares, churches and former mansions.
  • The open air restaurants along Liston Street are very touristy and expensive. You will do well to ignore most of these tourist traps and work your way deeper into the old town.
  • In the City Hall Square you will find the Olive Tree restaurant which serves excellent traditional Greek food along with the Bougainvillea Taverna just above it. Veranda Restaurant on the waterfront in the New Fort area is a local favourite.
  • Avli Restaurant not far from Mon Repos Palace Hotel has extremely friendly staff, the food is outstanding and you will be pleasantly surprised by the bill. Don’t miss this excellent traditional Greek dining experience.
  • Azur (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Naok-Azur/100626340280490) is a new beautiful cafe/bar and night spot on the waterfront with fabulous views of the Old Fort and the bay. Azur is clearly aimed at the smart well-heeled young set with its austere whitewashed decor and, to quote the bar manager, “beautiful barmen”. She is absolutely right!
  • To see the whole of Corfu it is best to hire a SMALL car. Roads are narrow and very winding but we found driving reasonably easy. We used TP Car Hire and found them excellent. A car is a huge advantage as the best beaches and many tourist attractions are outside of Corfu Town.
  • Don’t miss seeing Archilleon Palace. This superb royal mansion is a must see on your tour around the south east coast. (See Arcadian Splendor In Corfu for our story and photos of Archilleon Palace)
  • We did not travel to the north of Corfu as the roads are narrow and mountainous. Paleokastritsa by all accounts is a beautiful beach area but in mid summer the crowds make the beach overly crowded, so we took local advice and avoided this area.
  • Another option for seeing the highlights of the island in a relatively short time is take a tour with Corfu Taxi Tours. (4 hours 160€)
  • Our final tip is to leave plenty of time for your departure formalities at Corfu airport as it is small, very crowded and quite chaotic.

Tales

  • Sitting high above the sea and slightly out of Corfu Town is Mon Repos Palace in Corfu. The main reason for our visit was to see the place where Prince Phillip the Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Queen Elisabeth II, was born on June 10th, 1921. Not sure whether we would call Mon Repos a palace or more a colonial mansion built in 1826 by the British Commissioner Frederic Adams. The palace has seen better days, especially on the outside, as it was once the summer residence of all British governors of Corfu. Inside there are fourteen rooms, all well decorated and restored, housing many Ionian treasures. There is also a very good photographic exhibition depicting Corfu from about the 1840’s. There has been considerable argument over the ownership of the palace over the decades. In 2002, the European Court of Human Rights awarded compensation of 7 million euros to the former King Constantine for Mon Repos and two other properties lost when the monarchy was abolished in Greece, in 1975. The palace is set in a large park that could do with some attention. On our walk around the park we saw remains of the ancient town of Corfu. It is believed that Mon Repos was built right on the site where the ancient city of Corfu used to be. The views over the sea are amazing and entry to the Mon Repos Palace is 3€. When we left the Palace we asked the guide whether Prince Phillip had ever returned to see it. His answer was no! In a follow up question we asked was there a reason why? He said, ‘I can’t say but the answer lies with Prince Phillip’s father Prince Andrew (Andreas). Therein lies another tale.’    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Andrew_of_Greece_and_Denmark
  • We were having lunch in Corfu town on a very hot summer’s afternoon when we spotted five very hot shirtless men in blue shorts. Immediately we thought an Atlantis Cruise must be in town. We looked around but there were no other gorgeous creatures following them. The guys suddenly cleared a space in front of the restaurants and started their fabulous acrobatic show. They are unbelievably fit, performing flips, hand stands and various other acrobatic poses. They certainly got our attention with their chiselled bodies and their acrobatic acumen. After the show we just had to go over for a chat and introduce ourselves. We found out these friendly, fit young guys are from the Team Takam Acrobatic and Capoeira Show (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-TAKAM-Capoeira-Acrobatic-Shows/1595355497416175). They do shows at night but to earn a few extra euros they busk in the street during the day. The guys are from Brasil, Italy, Spain and Greece and travel with the show to various European countries. See more pics on (http://t.co/Uvpfiopdfj). They were very popular with the crowd and of course, we fell in love. So will you when you see the pics. Enjoy!

  • kostakis

    hi

  • John

    Hi there kostakis. Great to hear from you. Let us know if you would like some information or a chat. We’re happy to meet new guys from around the world.

  • kostakis

    hi john, i am in corfu at the moment, and i would like to have a nice time here!!!!

  • John

    Hi Kostakis,
    We loved Corfu when we visited in 2015. You have already read our tips and tales and I’m sure you have also seen our other article about places to see:(http://gaymenonholiday.com/2015/08/arcadian-splendour-in-corfu/)
    Unfortunately that is all the information we have, except to tell you that this is a beautiful island and you will have a marvellous time. The only problem at the moment may be the weather. The best place to meet other gay men is the beach and perhaps it’s not quite warm enough yet for that. We hope you find what you are looking for. Good luck!