Day trips around the island
Gouvia, a scenic resort which sprang out of the ruins of an old Venetian navy base, is just 10-minutes’ drive away from Kommeno. This is a great place to dine out at tasty restaurants or join the Corfu Trail, which is a huge network of paths that spans almost the entirety of the island – giving you plenty of distance to cover during your holidays to Corfu. There are few better places to bring your special someone.
A further 10 minutes will get you to Aqualand, a magnificent water kingdom, and the perfect place to take the children. Kick back and relax by the wave pool while the kids throw themselves screaming down the Kamikazes and Double Twisters. If your little ones are particularly little then they’ll have their very own miniature play park, complete with splash pool and funky slides.
The island capital just south of the bay
Corfu Town is the historic capital of the island, and has become one of the most vibrant and exciting places on the island. The old town is a cacophony of noise and colour, with market traders challenging tourists to a bartering battle on a regular basis. This is where you’ll find souvenirs and gifts for those back home.
Above the market sits the Old Fortress of Corfu Town. This ancient Venetian monument once withstood three sieges from the Ottoman Empire and remains as a firm reminder of the island’s rich heritage. The fort is open to the public, with the occasional speech, dinner or music event taking place within its old stone walls.
For those with expensive tastes, the commercial district of Corfu Town is full of boutique and high-class fashion stores for you to explore. It’s all too easy to spend hours browsing jewellery and clothing in this area, but if you find something you love then you can show it off later at one of the city’s trendy bars and clubs. The nightlife in Corfu Town is fantastic, with so many types of evenings to choose from.
Drink it in
Wine is a big affair in Corfu, with hundreds coming from the mainland and neighbouring islands to sample the spoils of the festival in Arillas, 40 minutes from Kommeno Bay. Every year in September the town celebrates its rich history of wine-making with a full on celebration in the streets. These festivities provide you with another great way to supplement your Greek island holiday packages.
The festivities begin with each guest purchasing a goblet for €3, with free refills all night. The streets are then filled with chatty crowds, barbecues and live music. The villagers and city folk mix together for the evening, discussing the ins and outs of the wines, and many don’t leave until well into the early hours of the morning.