the corfu trail north
Day 1. Arrival Corfu. Meet & Greet, transfer to Pelekas. Below the village of Pelekas lies a beautiful sandy beach -Yaliscari - and one should definately not miss a visit to the Kaisers Throne, where in the footsteps of the last German Emperor, Wilhem II you can watch a beautiful sunset. B&B in Pelekas.
Day 2. Pelekas to Liapades.(6 - 6,5 hours walking). First a downhill road takes you to Mirtiotissa, Lawrence Durrell once called it ' the loveliest beach in the world, Corfu's un-official nudist beach. Storms have washed away much of the sand and it's size now is reduced. The route continues past Mirtiotissa Monastery to the village of Vatos. Along Ropa river bank, bordered by pasture and willow trees, towards Giannades and the "Olive Way" will bring you to the ancient village of Liapades. B&B in Liapades.
Day 3. Liapades to Agios Georgios. (5 hours walking) The route starts with a difficult footpath leading to Paleokastritsa. Crossing the (unavoidable) main resort road going back into the hills again along a network of lovely cobbled footpaths. A climb (about 1 hour) takes you to Lakones and Bella Vista with its unique breathtaking views. A sign on the wall shows you that famous guests like " the kings of Greece, Tito, Nasser , the Kaiser and Madame Sartzetakis have eaten here ! A 1 kilometer long, sometimes busy road and partly through olive groves, brings you to Krini from where you walk along the Valley of the Lilies to the village of Makrades. (Lots of local products like honey and herbs are sold here as well as an awful lot of "real tourist souvenirs".) From here the Trail than follows one of Greece's most remarkable footpaths which cuts along a cliff, and another olive grove track descents to Agios Georgios-Pagi, a resort with a beautiful sandy beach. B& B in Agios Georgios.
Day 4. Agios Georgios - Rekini. (4.5 hours walking 600m ascent ) A sharp climb from Agios Georgios to the village of Prinilas starts today's walk. A descend brings you in the picturesque village of Pagi. Tracks and a quiet road lead through agricultural land alongside the Megapotamos River, over the ridge through Aspiotades, Agros and passing by Agios Athanasios Convent to the road junction at Rekini. From here you can take the local bus or a taxi,( not included) to Roda on north-east coast. B&B in Roda.
Day 5: Rekini (Ringini) to Barbati. (5-5,5 hours walking). Take the local bus or a taxi ( not included) back to Rekini. From here the Trail follows the unmade road to Valanion, a village " in the middle of nowhere". Then tracks funnel you up a deep valley. Along a cobbled path, you enter Sokraki (480 m), where the village square is the perfect place for a stop and refreshment. You might want to try a "gingerbeer", a non-alcoholic soft drink, made in neighbouring village Kalafationes. From here the Trail continues along tracks and paths through forest and cultivated land to Spartillas. You head further down to Barbati with its long white pebble beach. B&B in Barbati.
Day 6. Spartillas to Ag. Spiridon. (7 hrs walking ) You start with a transfer to Spartillas, where the Trail continues on a steep mountain footpath. A 45 minute climb brings you to Taxiarchis Chapel; a ruin with fresco-covered walls and splendid viewpoint. Continuing along the footpath, the Trail passes through a "tunnel" of oak trees, ascends to cross the "Karst Plateau", Corfu's wildest scenery, under the summit of Mount Pantokrator, Corfus highest peak (917m). Descending now on a mountain track with fine views, you reach the high col of the mountainridge, where both the northern and southern sections of Corfu are visible. You then descend to the semi-ruined Byzantine village Paleo Perithia, located in a high valley. Onwards, the Trail descends a narrow valley on a rough mule track and continues further down on paths and tracks to the coastal plain. You reach the sea at Almiros and follow the beach to the wild bare headland which is Corfu's northernmost point. From here a rough path along a low cliff takes you to the beach of Agios Spiridon. Here you can enjoy a swim and/or a meal or refreshments. From here you can take a taxi (not included) to Kalami. In Kalami your accommodation will be a studio with kitchenette. Kalami has some nice waterfront taverna's (like Durrell's White House Taverna) where all kinds of meals, including "Full English Breakfast" are on the menu. Local mini markets provide a large range of products for those who prefer to prepare their own meals.
Day 7. Loop walk along the north east coast and mountain flanks. This is an almost circular walk which starts and finishes at Kalami, exploring the North west of the island. You quickly climb into the hills and then onto the high mountain flanks, through the villages of Porta and on to part-ruined Mengoulas. Then your descent begins, with wonderful sea views, through Katavolos and down to the sea at Kaminaki. You return to Kalami along the coastal footpath.
Day 8. Transfer to Corfu town,airport or port.