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Explore Durrell’s Corfu

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corfu self guided walking holiday, Explore Durrell's Corfu, Corfu walking holiday
Country
Greece
Activity type
Walking
Duration
10 days & 9 nights
Difficulty
Easy to Moderate More info about difficulty grades
Accomodation
Comfortable More info about comfort grades
Availability
April - June, September - October

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival. Transfer to Liapades
Day 2: The Olive Way and West Coast Circular Walk
Day 3: The Bays and Monastery of Paleokastritsa
Day 4: The Roman Way
Day 5: The Double Bay of Porto Timoni
Day 6: Around Agios Georgios
Day 7: In the Footsteps of Lawrence Durrell
Day 8: Rest Day / Walk around Kalami
Day 9: Eremitis Peninsula to Kassiopi
Day 10: Departure

Overview for Explore Durrell’s Corfu

On this ten-day easy to moderate Corfu walking holiday you will discover both the wild and gorgeous Northwest coast of Corfu island as well as the Northeast coast with its beautiful bays and hidden coves, so beautifully described by Gerald Durrell in his book My Family and Other Animals.

You will spend the first three nights in Liapades, an old village with impressive mansions close to a small beach and the famous resort of Paleokastritsa with its rock-top monastery and azure blue bays. From Liapades, an old path leads up to the ancient village of Lakones and offers impressive sea views. Reach the beach at Agios Georgios, where you will spend the following three nights.

Walk to the picturesque hilltop village of Afionas with its narrow alleys and the double bay of Porto Timoni. You will spend the last three days in Kalami, known for the White House, the residence of the famous British writer and brother of Gerald Durrell, Lawrence Durrell.

Daily walking varies between 7 and 16 km, and you may choose to extend some of the walks to your liking. On most trails, it is strongly advised to bring a bathing suit!

Highlights

  • Liapades Village
  • Paleokastritsa Monastery
  • Lakones Village
  • “Roman Way” from Krini
  • Angelokastro Byzantine castle (optional)
  • Agios Georgios Bay
  • Afionas village
  • Porto Timoni
  • Kalami
  • Kassiopi


Itinerary for Explore Durrell’s Corfu

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Day 1: Arrival. Transfer to Liapades

Arrive at Corfu Airport and enjoy our complimentary transfer to your hotel at Liapades (22 km / 30 minutes). Meet our representative who will brief you on the walks and give you the maps and the documentation needed for your trip.

Accommodation: Cricketer Taverna & Studios (studios 300 m from the beach)

Walking for the day: none / walk around Liapades

Day 2: The Olive Way and the West Coast Circular Walk

From Liapades villages old paths will take you into the centuries-old olive groves around the towns of Kanakades and Liapades. In the town of Kanakades have a look at the beautifully frescoed church and if you’re lucky it might be open for a visit. From Kanakades you continue along the Olive Way. Reaching the surroundings of Liapades, you have the choice to go back to the village or have a swim at the secluded beach of Iliodorou, only accessible on foot or by boat. This will make the walk about 4 km longer

Accommodation: Cricketer Taverna & Studios (studios 300 m from the beach)

Walking for the day: 11 km, 3-4 hours, 450 m ascent (easy version) / 15 km, 5-6 hours, 700 m ascent (moderate version)

Day 3: The Bays and Monastery of Paleokastritsa

Today’s walk to Paleokastritsa offers beautiful views of the bays and rocky coast in the surroundings. The total mileage and ascent are based on the same way forth and back. However, it is also recommended to come back to Liapades by a taxi boat/ boat tour, leaving from the small port at the bottom of the Monastery hill. This way you will have the possibility to appreciate the rocky coastline with many caves from the sea as well as from the land.
The terrain is mostly paved, apart from the first stretch leaving Liapades beach where you climb up on a steep footpath through the forest. The Monastery of Virgin Mary is located on a hill at the end of Paleokastritsa. Originally built in Byzantine times in 1225, the present buildings date from the 19th century. Monks still inhabit the Monastery.

Accommodation: Cricketer Taverna & Studios (studios 300 m from the beach)

Walking for the day: 4 km, 1-2 hours, 150 m ascent (easy version) / 8 km, 3-4 hours, 300 m ascent (moderate version)

Day 4: The Roman Way

You start the day with a steep climb up to the village of Lakones, situated on the hills above Paleokastritsa. The location of this village was chosen this way so pirates could not see it from the sea. Enjoying views over Paleokastritsa’s bays, you enter the olive groves before the village of Krini. If you do not mind the extra 1.5 km and steep climb up, it is worth to visit the Byzantine castle of Angelokastro, perched on a hilltop overlooking the sea and the island towards Corfu Town. Shortly after Krini, you will be surprised with views of the northern parts of Corfu, as an ancient cobbled footpath, also called the Roman way, leads down to the west coast and the resort of Agios Georgios.

Accommodation: Belle Helene Hotel & Studios 

Walking for the day: 12 km, 4-5 hours, 350 m ascent (easy version) / 15 km, 5-6 hours, 500 m ascent (moderate version)

Day 5: The Double Bay of Porto Timoni

From Agios Georgios, it’s a steep climb up to the beautiful village of Afionas, with its olive oil shops, narrow alleys and wonderful views. On a footpath, you descend steeply towards the sea below, where the peninsula is so thin that you can choose on which side to swim! The path continues a bit further up the peninsula to the chapel-like cave of Agios Stylianos.

Accommodation: Belle Helene Hotel & Studios 

Walking for the day: 9 km, 3-4hours, 350 m ascent

Day 6: Around Agios Georgios

From Agios Georgios, you will follow a stretch of the main Corfu Trail up to the villages of Prinilas & Paghi. Descending a fertile valley, the walk continues towards the road in Aspiotades. From here the route turns back to the coast at Agios Georgios.

Accommodation: Belle Helene Hotel & Studios 

Walking for the day: 9 km, 3-4hours, 400 m ascent

Day 7: In the Footsteps of Lawrence Durrell

Morning transfer to Kalami (40 km, 1 hour). Breakfast at Thomas’ Place. From Kalami starts a splendid walk passing by the White House (Lawrence Durrell’s residence) along the East Coast. The route will take you south through some secluded coves to Kaminaki. Another option is to walk the Mountain Flanks, going up from Agni to the flanks of Pantokrator Mountain and the ancient village of Mengoulas. Going down you will return to Kalami on the coastal path from Kaminaki.

Accommodation: Hotel or Studios in Kalami

Walking for the day: 7 km, 2-3hours, 200 m ascent (easy version) / 15 km, 6-7 hours, 650 m ascent (moderate version)

Day 8: Rest Day / Walk around Kalami

Breakfast at Thomas’ Place.Walk around Kalami, take a boat tour, or relax on the beach.

Accommodation: Hotel or Studios in Kalami

Day 9: Eremitis Peninsula to Kassiopi

Walk the Eremitis Peninsula to Kassiopi. A beautiful coastal walk follows with a visit to the village of Kassiopi where you can also go to the Byzantine castle above the town. From the village of Kassiopi take a bus back to the main road above Kalami. Bus to Kalami not included, about GBP 2.50 pp.

Accommodation: Hotel or Studios in Kalami

Walking for the day: 12 km, 3-4 hours, 300 m ascent

Day 10: Departure or Onward Travel

Return home or individual stay extension.

Hotels for Explore Durrell’s Corfu

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Accommodation is in hand-picked studio apartments or small family-operated hotels. This holiday is mostly centre based, you spend 3 nights in each of the three hotels.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will give to you exact accommodation details upon booking confirmation.

Sample hotels: Cricketer Taverna & Studios, Bellle Helene Hotel & Studios

Meals

Breakfast is always included. Half board option is possible to order. In towns there are multiple restaurants and taverns where you can sample the incredible local cuisine.

Travel for Explore Durrell’s Corfu

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Recommended arrival and departure airport: Corfu.

 

Please note that only one airport transfer is included, though we can arrange additional transfers. It is advisable therefore that all party members arrive on the same flight or at least at a similar time.

Flight information can change rapidly and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking. 

Transfers to/from Airports

Airport transfers are included. Please note that only one airport transfer per party is included, though additional transfers can be arranged. It is advisable therefore that all party members arrive on the same flight or at least at a similar time. Night transfer extra charges may be applicable on private transfers in case of late night arrivals.

Private Transfers

You have all private transfers arranged for you according to itinerary, apart from the bus transfer on Day 9 and optional return by boat on Day 3. 

Baggage Transfers

Luggage transfer is included as per itinerary and we will arange it from  your current hotel to your next hotel. After check out, you will leave baggage at the hotel reception and you can start hiking. When you arrive at your next hotel, your baggage will be at the hotel reception.

Country Info

For up to date travel advice and country info, please check here.

Timezone: GMT +2

Language: Greek. In big cities many people speak English, but in remote areas this might not be the case. However most of the hotel staff where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. Road signs/markers are normally in both Greek and Latin alphabet – and you can always call our 24/7 help line if there are any problems.

Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50Hz, two pin round plugs.

Currency: Euro (€). We strongly recommend taking adequate cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are not available outside of cities but credit/debit card payments are accepted in most places.

Cost of living: in Greece it is cheaper than in the UK. Some sample prices follow:

  • 3-course meal in a standard restaurant: 12€
  • A litre of mineral water from a street shop: 1€
  • A cup of coffee: 2.5€

Trip Info for Explore Durrell’s Corfu

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Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate

This holiday is suitable for walkers of average fitness. Some days include optional longer walks of a moderate grade. Total walking distance is 64 km (83 km including optional walks) and average daily walking distance is 9 km per day (12 km including optional hikes), while total elevation gain is up to 2,500 m (optional: up to 3,250 m) (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

Terrain is varying from steep rocky footpaths to cobbled paths and asphalted roads. Routes are well signposted.

We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available between 1 April and 24 June and between 1 September and 24 October. July and August are too hot for walking and hotels may become overcrowded.

The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season – so please indicate desired starting date when booking.

Weather

Corfu has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate. For more details, visit https://www.climatestotravel.com/climate/greece/corfu.

What to Bring

Main luggage is limited to 25 kg. On walking days your main luggage is transported to the next accommodation. For your daily essentials, you should bring a comfortable rucksack. It is essential to bring good hiking shoes and waterproof jacket.

Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. We will include more detailed info in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact us or a reputable outdoor retailer.

  • Good hiking boots;
  • Hiking socks;
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying);
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood;
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece;
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation;
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve;
  • Hat/Baseball cap;
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies).

Included for Explore Durrell’s Corfu

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  • Detailed pre-departure holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions and road notes; maps with daily routes and optional hikes marked
  • Accommodation for 9 nights  as listed in itinerary
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transport to next hotel
  • Airport transfers to/from Corfu Airport and private transfer Agios Georgios to Kalami
  • All private transfers according to itinerary, apart from the bus transfer on Day 9 and optional return by boat on Day 3. 
  • 24/7 assistance by phone

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Single room supplement: add 20% to the standard trip price. Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost

Excluded

  • Flights and connecting land transfers to first / from last accommodation from/to airports other than Corfu Airport
  • Lunches, dinners and snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program

Extensions

(please choose when booking)

  • One extra night in Kalami, Corfu town, or Agios Georgios

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