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Corfu Trail Complete 13

Corfu Trail Complete

Overview

Since the Corfu Trail was established in 2001, thousands of walkers have discovered one of Greece’s best-kept secrets. Being 200 kilometres long, our Corfu Trail Complete walking route leads into a landscape untouched by the mass tourism, delving through the central countryside which visitors rarely discover and explore.

  • Arkoudilas Beach
  • Santa Barbara/ Marathia Beach
  • Issos Dunes and Lake
  • West coast at Paramonas
  • Strongili village
  • Stavros View Point
  • Benitses
  • Agios Georgios
  • Mount Pantokrator
  • Agios Spyridon

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Asprokavos

Arrive at Corfu Airport and enjoy our complimentary transfer to your hotel at Asprokavos (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.

Day 2: Asprokavos Circular Walk | 12 km

Loop walk Asprokavos-Spartera-Asprokavos. The shortest walk of the Corfu trail leads you to the southernmost tip of Corfu, where you will find the ruins of a monastery. You will continue through a forest to reach the sandy beach of Arkoudilas, where you will walk by the southern shore of the island to the northern end of the beach from where you walk up to the village of Spartera and back along the road to Asprokavos.

Day 3: Asprokavos to Santa Barbara | 22 km

Crossing the island to the East through olive groves and fields, you reach Lefkimmi. Here, your path takes you through the old neighbourhoods and historic city centre of the town with its many churches. Leaving Lefkimmi, you will descend into the green valley of the Gardeno River. The last section of today´s walk leads you up again, so you will have splendid views of both the east and west coast of the island before you descend to the west coast to reach the beach at Santa Barbara.

Day 4: Santa Barbara to Paramonas | 20 km

Today’s walk leads you along the west coast of Corfu, up through sand dunes and along the shore of Corfu´s biggest saltwater lagoon, Korission. Later you will leave the coastline and continue your walk through deserted ancient olive groves until descending to the small fishing village of Paramonas.

  • Accommodation: Varangouli Apartments
  • Walking for the day: 20 km, 6 hours, 150 m

Day 5: Paramonas to Benitses | 19 km

Breakfast at Sunset tavern on the beach of Paramonas. As soon as you leave Paramonas, you will walk up on paths through olive groves. Once you reach the top, the views over the coastline are amazing. On the descent, you pass through small villages (Ano Pavliana, Kato Pavliana, and Vouniatades) to continue your walk through a heathland valley. After the village of Strongili, your way climbs again to reach today´s highest point at Dafnata, from where you have beautiful views. Afterwards, you descend on the road to Coyevinas from where a forest trail takes you down to the coast at Benitses, where you will find many options to have a delicious goodbye dinner.

  • Accommodation: Bella Vista hotel or similar
  • Walking for the day: 19 km, 6-7 hours, 650 m

Day 6: Agii Deka (Stavros) to Pelekas | 18 km

Short transfer to Agii Deka Mountain. The second highest peak of Corfu is on the program today, Agi Deka Mountain. Narrow and old footpaths will lead you through forests and an impressive landscape of huge limestone rocks. After the village of Ano Garouna, you will climb up steeply to the summit of Agi Deka, where you have great views towards the south. You descend through a forest to the picturesque village of Agi Deka. After this descent, it is almost level walking to another picturesque village, Sinarades, from where you continue through the olive groves to Pelekas, located on a hilltop.

  • Accommodation: Jimmy’s Pension or similar BB
  • Walking for the day: 18 km, 6-7 hours, 650 m

Day 7: Pelekas to Liapades | 23 km

Today’s walk leads you through a variety of landscapes. Start out heading to one of the island’s loveliest beaches, where you can optionally visit a monastery. You then climb up to a viewpoint on the road to the small village of Vatos, before descending again towards the Ropa Valley, the agricultural fields in central Corfu. After some walking through this valley, your way goes up through the old village of Giannades and endless olive groves to the steep and beautiful coast at Liapades.

Day 8: Rest Day

Day 9: Liapades to Agios Georgios | 14 km

A steep and rocky footpath brings you straight up from the beach of Liapades towards the old village of Lakones. Views over the west coast and Paleokastritsa are stunning. You walk on the road through Lakones and soon gain a perspective of Angelokastro, a Byzantine castle that served to protect the North of the island from pirate attacks. Coming out of an olive grove, you can optionally walk the extra 1 km (one way) to Angelokastro for a worthwhile visit (calculate at least one additional hour). The next picturesque village you come through is Krini, and then you descend on tracks with breathtaking views to the beach at Agios Georgios.

Day 10: Agios Georgios to Rekini | 14 km

From the beach of Agios Georgios, you start out climbing steeply through olive groves to the traditional villages of Prinilas and Paghi. You then descend through a fertile valley towards the cluster of villages up on the other side: Aspiotades, Manatades, Agios Athanasios and Agros. Optionally, you can visit the Monastery of Jesus Christ Pantokrator, open every day except Monday, from 8 AM till 1 PM and from 4 PM till sunset. Then you walk through a valley and olive groves to reach the road junction at Rekini. Take the local bus (Euro 2 per person) or taxi (Euro 20 per car) (not included) to Roda.

Day 11: Rekini to Spartylas and Barbati | 12.5 km

From the road junction in Rekini, the finishing point of yesterday’s walk, you will be walking through dense forest up to Valanio. From here, you continue through olive groves towards the picturesque village of Sokraki. As you come closer to the village, your way climbs up steeply through dense vegetation. You can recover from this uphill at a cafe in the charming village square of Sokraki. You then continue through cultivated land and forest to the fertile plains below Pantokrator Mountain to reach the village of Spartylas.

  • Accommodation: Pantokrator Hotel & Studios
  • Walking for the day: 12.5 km to Spartylas (16.5 km to Barbati); 4.5 hours + 1 hour to Barbati; 500 m

Day 12: Spartylas to Pantrokrator Summit and Agios Spyridon | 21-24 km

On this most demanding walk of the Corfu Trail, you will immediately start ascending from Spartylas to the road leading to the top of Pantokrator Mountain. You have the option to climb to the highest summit of Corfu (908 m above sea level) where you can visit the Monastery of Pantokrator. Then your way takes you around the mountain with breath-taking views of the island. Descending on a narrow footpath, you reach the semi-abandoned village of Old Perithia, now a cultural heritage site. From this village, you will continue your way downhill, through forests and the calm villages of Krinias and Portes, to end up at the northernmost coast of the island at Almiros Beach. From here, you continue along the coast to reach the end of the Corfu trail at Agios Spiridon Beach. Then take a taxi back to Kalami (20-30 Euro per car, not included).

Day 13: Rest Day

Day 14: The Northeast Coast and Mountain Flanks | 15.5 km

Today’s walk is a circular one from Kalami. You start along and above the beautiful northwestern coastline. After Agni Beach, you ascend on a footpath to the village of Kentroma. From here, you continue uphill on ancient cobbled footpaths to reach the small village of Porta. Your way continues through an oak tree-filled valley and then uphill to the abandoned village of Mengoulas. This is the highest point of today’s walk, from Mengoulas you descend on deserted tracks with beautiful views over the Northwest coast and Albania. Eventually, old cobbled footpaths will bring you further down to Nissaki. After a short walk on the main road, you descend to Kaminaki Beach, and by the beaches of Krouzeri and Agni, you head on footpaths above the coast back to Kalami.

Day 15: Departure or Onward Travel

Return home or individual stay extension.

What to Expect

Accommodation

Accommodation is in hand-picked studio apartments or small family-operated hotels. Some places are simple, but clean and all have private en-suite rooms. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

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*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 you the exact accommodation details upon booking confirmation.

Meals

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

Difficulty & terrain

This holiday is suitable for walkers of excellent fitness (read more about difficulty grades). The terrain is varying from steep and exposed rocky footpaths to cobbled paths and asphalted roads. Routes are well signposted. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never shorten the way 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 to start between 25 April and 16 June and between 1 September and 15 October 2021. July and August are too hot for walking, while most hotels along the trail are closed in early spring and late autumn. If you want to visit Corfu in March, April or November, we have developed a special itinerary where you will walk certain sections of the Corfu Trail, being based in Corfu Town. The flexibility of self guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates, and you can start your trip on any date during the season.

Getting there

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By plane

Our recommended airport for this tour is Corfu (CFU). Complimentary airport transfers from/to Corfu airport are included.

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation for 14 nights as listed in the itinerary, including breakfast
  • 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
  • Luggage transport to next hotel and car transfers to trailheads, where needed as described in the itinerary
  • Complimentary airport transfers to/from Corfu Airport
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Excluded

  • Airfare and connecting land transfers from/to airports other than Corfu Airport
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses
  • Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
  • Any items not explicitly listed as included

Options, extras & supplements

  • A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
  • Extra nights in Corfu town or along the trail are bookable upon request

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Rating

     

Aleksandra

My mother and I enjoyed the walk very much. It's a great introduction to longish (2-3 weeks) hikes since it's not too physically demanding (the biggest ascent/descent on the trail is about 650 m), but it still offers a healthy challenge to an average walker. The biggest challenge is the heat, so early start is recommended on most days. Don't expect total wilderness on this hike - the walk takes you through multiple villages, so you're likely to pass through at least 3-4 of them per day. One of the great bonuses of this hike is the ability to pick and eat some fresh fruit directly from the trees along the way (think grapes, figs and even occasional pomegranates).

Highly recommended to stay a couple of extra days in Kalami to relax after the hike. Another place that we really liked was Agios Georgios, so it's also an option for an extra night if you have extra time.

Overall highly recommended - we're already considering going back.