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Pelekas

Pelekas Holidays

Pelekas is a charming little mountain village which stretches from the summit of Kaiser's Throne all the way down to Pelekas beach at its feet. The village has a traditional feel and is populated by locals with a laid-back outlook on life. Expect good music, great food and friendly vibes.

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Relax with a view

Pelekas is widely held to have some of the best restaurants on the island, as well as a peaceful strip of sand dedicated to relaxing and rejuvenating its visitors. From way up on the mountain you can look out from the Levant Hotel's watchtower, and see the whole island spread out beneath you, including Corfu Town which is just a short drive away.

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A true beach getaway

There are two beaches at the foot of Pelekas – Gialiskari and Kontogialos. Both are golden strips of sand with enough loungers to cater for everyone without ever making the beaches feel overcrowded. Sitting at one of the many authentic tavernas and bars that line the seafront, you can enjoy a bite to eat or a cocktail.

If you're feeling adventurous, the Aquis Pelekas Hotel offers a number of watersport opportunities as well as a gym and fitness centre for couples and individuals to enjoy while on holiday. If this isn't enough excitement for you, take a trip down to Glyfada or Mirtiotissa for a chance to join the local nudists on the hot sands.

A famous sunset from an historical outpost

During the First World War, Kaiser Wilhelm II spent a lot of his time in Corfu, and particularly loved Pelekas. The top of the mountain has now become known as his "Throne" with a full 360° panoramic view over the whole of Corfu. This is a unique photo opportunity, so don't forget the camera before you make the climb.

The sunset seen from Kaiser's Throne lookout has made it onto countless postcards in Corfu. It's rare people know how to find this unique spot on the mountain, but if you're staying in Pelekas then you've got it right on your doorstep. And when you get to the top you can stop in the aptly names Sunset restaurant and see the sun go down in comfort.

A nightlife like no other

Pelekas has a charming late night culture, which despite its size, never fails to impress. The party is limited to just a handful of bars and restaurants, but a short walk around the village and you'll have found a traditional meal turned sing-a-long, a great night of cocktail mixing at Zanzibar, or a pool party on the outskirts of town.

If everywhere appears to be closing up in Pelekas, grab a taxi to Corfu Town and enjoy live music and DJs until well into the next day. Bars and clubs in the capital tend to only close when the last person calls it a day, so it's up to you when you decide to head to bed.

The cosmopolitan capital

The super star of the island is Corfu Town, a vibrant and happening city which truly has something for people from all walks of life to enjoy. Pelekas is conveniently located just 20 minutes away from the capital, with buses running from a crook in the winding road that leaves the village centre.

Once you've arrived at the bus station in Corfu Town, you have a vast number of ways to spend your time. Head on over to the Old Town district to try your hand at bartering with the local traders. You'll be able to get all your souvenirs and gifts, including local produce, spirits, oils, crafts and clothing.

If you're looking for something a little more high-end then the commercial streets are brimming with designer jewellers and boutique fashion stores with your name on them. Browse for hours before heading on to one of the incredible restaurants which specialise in all sorts, from Corfiot delicacies to international fusion cuisine.