Beaches for all
Sidari’s main beach is a long, sandy stretch close to the centre of town with a Blue Flag award. Its other beaches are not far away, close to the harbour, and offer equally good spaces for swimming and sunbathing, although the eastern beach has small stones.
Just along the coast in Peroulades is a shore dubbed ‘The Sunset Beach’ where you can enjoy spectacular sunsets from the cliffs during your Corfu holidays.
There’s a fantastic water park with enough activities to keep the children occupied for hours and it’s only around 10 minutes away from the beach. If you’re staying at the Sidari Water Park hotel, then entry to the park itself is free of charge. With two waterslides, table football and table hockey facilities as well as a safe children’s play area, this is an excellent place for all the family to have fun.
Sidari is a good choice for any ardent shopper. It has a market stocking all sorts of interesting goods, including handmade shoes, olive wood statues, bowls and other knick knacks. The town also has a main shopping centre as well as many neighbouring streets filled with souvenir items.
It’s easy to hire bicycles in Sidari but be prepared for some steep rides as Corfu is pretty hilly. If you’re looking for a slightly less strenuous activity why not take up go-karting at the local track. Another option is taking a horse and carriage ride to explore the surroundings or riding horseback.
Water sports are in abundance here – you can enjoy yourself paragliding, parasailing, on banana boat rides and taking pedalos for a spin. Or you can hire a speed boat and explore some of the more isolated bays and coves along the coast.
You’ll also be able to explore underwater if you indulge in some scuba diving, with the Blue Paradise Diving Centre providing equipment and coaching. Dolphin spotting is possible if you take the hour-long ferry trip towards the small island of Erikoussa.
The Canal d'Amour
The ‘Tunnel of Love’ is actually an intriguing rock formation based at neighbouring Peroulades. Part of the reason that this attraction is so popular is the romantic legend that decrees that any unmarried couples who swim through the tunnel together will get married. When visiting this area – whether you’re looking for romance or not – there are lots of fascinating caves that demand exploration.
Food in Sidari
Expect your taste buds to be stimulated when you visit Sidari. Lovers of traditional Italian food will be delighted by the menu at several of the village’s pizzerias. Or perhaps you’re in urgent need of some Chinese nourishment, in which case the China Town restaurant will fulfil your yearnings you may have for dim sum, and other oriental specialities.
Of course traditional Greek food will always be the main ‘plat de jour’ in Corfu, and Sidari is very well-served by a wide selection of local, family-friendly restaurants as well as those that cater for the late night crowd.
Whether you enjoy eating your food to the accompaniment of loud rock music, or prefer the more lyrical attractions of Bouzouki music, you’ll be able to find a restaurant that suits all of your tastes.
Long hot days on the beach and indulging in active sports means you’ll want to know where you can rehydrate. Look out for the village’s Kelly’s Ice House or one of the many snack bars that are scattered around Sidari and on the beach.
Wild nights and fun
Devotees of late nights and live music should head to The Strip – Sidari’s main nightlife centre. From karaoke to assorted tribute acts – Amy Housewife is just one example – you can find a wide range of entertainment. Cocktails are served in a rainbow of colours in most of these bars.
Those looking for Greek dancing and music should wander down the side streets away from the Strip. Small tavernas rule the roost here where you’ll see groups of happy holidaymakers dancing in the streets.