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the corfu trail in 15 days

Day 1. Arrival on Corfu. Meet & Greet by the local representative. Transfer to your hotel in the the South of the island. Here you might want take a rest, visit Lefkimmi and its famous riverside tavernas or spend the day on the beach. B&B in Spartera.

Day 2. Spartera - Perivoli. (6 hours walk) Today's part of the Corfu Trail leads from Spartera along shady olive grove tracks and through open country to Lefkimmi, the second largest settlement on the island, where you can stop at the picturesque riverside for refreshments in one of the tavernas. The Trail than descends and continues to Gardeno Valley, through dense olive groves. After a short climb up to the ridge you'll be rewarded by panoramic views of the coastline as well as Lake Korission. The days walk ends by following the coastal path down to the beach at Santa Barbara. B&B in Santa Barbara.

Day 3: Perivoli - Paramonas (6 hours walk) A day of almost level walking during which you follow the beach, passing  Agios Gordis and the Bond film "For Your Eyes Only" beach. The route leads on through sand dunes covered with a forest of juniper and cedar trees. After crossing the footbridge, you reach Lake Korission, famous because of  it's  large variety of wild birds. From here the Trail continues to Paramonas, with its two seaside tavernas, a perfect spot to relax! B & B in Paramonas.

Day 4: Paramonas-Stavros/Benitses (5,5 - 6 hours walk). Today the Corfu Trail crosses the island from west to east! A sharp climb early in the walk will bring you to the other side of the ridge and the inland villages Ano and Kato Pavliana. Along footpaths and tracks the route continues down through Vouniatades, crossing the Messongi River Valley and meandering through olive groves. After passing through Strongili, continue uphill along an old cobbled way to reach Komatiana and further to the east coast of the island, the small village of Benitses. B&B in Benitses.

Day 5. Benitses - Pelekas (6 hours walking). Transfer to Stavros, where you left the Trail yesterday. A delightful footpath skirts Agii Deka Mountain, leading to Ano Garouna, from where the route makes a very sharp ascent to the summit of Agii Deka, Corfu's second highest peak (576m.) After some 20 minutes of climbing, an abandoned monastery in a walled garden makes an ideal rest stop. The Trail than continues down a cobbled mule path to the village of Agii Deka (Ten Saints), and further along tracks and minor roads to Sinarades. In this almost "open-air-museum-village" you can visit the Folk Museum (limited opening hours!) From Sinarades village it goes to Aerostato, one of the island's most famous viewpoints. Along several undulating tracks with great views over the west coast and inland today's' route ends in Pelekas.
B&B in Pelekas.

Day 6. Pelekas - Liapades. (6 - 6,5 hours walking). A downhill walk takes you to Mirtiotissa, once called "the loveliest beach in the world", mainly used by nudists. Storms have reduced its size . Pass the Monastery (if the Monk is at home you can visit).  The route continues passing the village of Vatos and the Ropa River bank, bordered by pasture and willow trees, ascending into olive blanketed hills to the ancient village of Liapades. B&B in Liapades.

Day 7. Rest day in Liapades. You may want to visit nearby Paleokastritsa and walk up to the Monastery from where you have fine view, make a boat trip to the caves and along the coast, or just relax on Liapades beach or one of the hidden beaches like Rovinia, Klimatia, Limni, Liniodoros, or Glyko.

Day 8. Liapades to Agios Georgios. (5 hours walking) The route starts with a difficult footpath leading to Paleokastritsa. Crossing the (unavoidable) main resort road going back into the hills again along a network of lovely cobbled footpaths. A climb (about 1 hour) takes you to Lakones and Bella Vista with an amazing view. From here a 1 kilometer long, sometimes busy road, followed by paths through the olive groves  bring you to Krini and the village of Makrades. The Trail than follows one of Greece's most remarkable footpaths which cuts along a cliff, and another olive grove track descents to Agios Georgios-Pagi, with a beautiful sandy beach. B& B in Agios Georgios.

Day 9. Agios Georgios-Rekini. (4.5 hours walking  600m ascent ) A sharp climb from Agios Georgios to the village of Prinilas starts today's walk. A descend brings you in the picturesque village of Pagi. Tracks and a quiet road lead through agricultural land alongside the Megapotamos River, over the ridge through Aspiotades and  Agros (Agios Athanasios Convent)  to the road junction at Rekini. From here you can take the local bus (or a taxi, not included) to the north-east coast. B&B in Roda.

Day 10. Rekini-Spartillas & Barbati. (4.5 hours walking 550m ascent. Return by bus or taxi  to Rekini (not included). From Rekini, take the unmade road to Valanio, a village "in the middle of nowhere". Along  narrow tracks and a cobbled path, the Trail continues to Sokraki. The village square is the perfect place for a stop and refreshment. You might want to try a "ginger beer", a soft drink made in the neighbouring village of Kalafationes. From here the Trail continues along tracks and paths through forest and cultivated land to Spartillas. B&B in Spartillas.

Day 11.

Spartillas to Ag. Spiridon. (7 hrs walking )  You start with a transfer to Spartillas, where the Trail continues on a steep mountain footpath. A 45 minute climb brings you to Taxiarchis Chapel; a ruin with fresco-covered walls and splendid viewpoint. Continuing along the footpath, the Trail passes through a "tunnel" of oak trees, ascends to cross the "Karst Plateau", Corfu's wildest scenery, under the summit of Mount Pantokrator, the islands highest peak (917m). Descending now on a mountain track with fine views, you reach the high col of the mountain ridge, where both the northern and southern sections of  Corfu are visible. You then descend to the semi-ruined Byzantine village Paleo Peritha, located in a high valley. Onwards, the Trail descends a narrow valley on a rough mule track and continues further down on paths and tracks to the coastal plain. You reach the sea at Almiros and follow the beach to the wild bare headland which is Corfu's northernmost point.  From here a rough path along a low cliff takes you to the beach of Agios Spiridon. Here you can enjoy a swim and/or a meal or refreshments. From here you can take a taxi (not included) to Kalami. In Kalami your accommodation will be a studio with kitchenette. Kalami has some nice waterfront tavernas (like Durrells' White House Taverna) where all kinds of meals, including "Full English Breakfast" are on the menu. Local mini markets provide a large range of products for those who prefer to prepare their own meals.

Day 12. Rest day in Kalami. Studio in Kalami. Kalami Bay has a nice pebble beach and again one of the locations of the James Bond For Your Eyes Only movie.

Day 13. The north east coast and mountain flanks. This is an almost circular walk which starts and finishes at Kalami, exploring the North west of the island. You quickly climb into the hills and then onto the high mountain flanks, through Porta and on to part-ruined Mengoulas. Then your descent begins, with wonderful sea views, through Katavolos and down to the sea at Kaminaki. You return to Kalami along the coastal footpath.

Day 14. Rest day in Kalami or Corfu town (supplement for town hotel)

Day 15. Transfer to Corfu Town, airport or port.