A Blue Flag beach
The petite strip of shingle that is Kalami beach has won a Blue Flag award for its cleanliness and charm. Even in high season Kalami is virtually deserted, making it exclusive to those who know about this hidden bay, and ideal for holidays to Corfu. Make sure you bring your camera, as the orange and lemon trees that skirt the shoreline are as picturesque as they come. Plus, if you’re up early enough you’ll see one of the most beautiful sunrises on the island.
If you’re looking for a little more action then you can take the short trip to Nissaki where another tranquil cove beach offers visitors the opportunity to hire a boat. With your own personal vessel you can scope all the best nearby tanning spots, and find somewhere to hire water-skis or scuba equipment if you’re feeling really energetic.
A literary culture
The famous literary family, the Durrells, made Kalami home when they moved to Corfu on a whim in 1935. Kalami was particularly adored by the young Gerald, who would trek down to the beach to catch sea creatures and learn about the marine life of the area.
In his book, My Family and Other Animals, which he wrote later in life, he talks fondly about the White House. It was an old fisherman’s cottage that today has been turned into a delicious restaurant for you to try.
A day trip to the cosmopolitan capital
Corfu Town, the vibrant and bustling capital city of the island, is around 40 minutes from Kalami by car or public transport.
There’s a busy market of Corfiot traders who sell handmade souvenirs, gifts and local produce, and they love a good haggle. Above here towers the Old Fortress which is a lasting relic of the island’s Venetian history. If you’re feeling energetic, climb the steps to the top for the best views over the old town.
The old town is UNESCO listed, which explains the beauty and charm of the place. The winding streets hide secrets that you can find only through exploration. The Limani, a large grassy plain, makes for the perfect place for a kick around or a picnic on your Corfu Holiday.
Also, if you fancy a dip, there are a couple of small sections of seafront where you can lay your towel down and cool off in the Ionian Sea, one with its own cocktail bar. By night the internationally acclaimed restaurants, trendy bars and banging clubs open up to give you a night to remember.