Day 1. Arrival Corfu. Meet & Greet, transfer to Pelekas. Downhill from the authentic village of Pelekas lies a beautiful sandy
In Pelekas you may want to walk to the Kaisers Throne, where in the footsteps of the last German Emperor, Wilhem II you can enjoy a beautiful sunset and breathtaking views of the island.
B&B in Pelekas.
Day 2. Pelekas to Liapades.(6 - 7 hours walking). First a downhill road takes you to Mirtiotissa. Lawrence Durrell once called it "the loveliest beach in the world". Now it is known as an un-official
The route continues past Mirtiotissa Monastery to the village of Vatos. Along Ropa river bank, bordered by pasture and willow trees, towards Giannades and the "Olive Way" will bring you to the ancient village of Liapades. B&B in Liapades.
Day 3. Liapades to Agios Georgios. (5 hours walking) The route starts with a difficult footpath leading to Paleokastritsa. Crossing the
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 its unique breathtaking views. A sign on the wall shows you that famous
guests like " the kings of Greece, Tito, Nasser, the Kaiser and Madame Sartzetakis have eaten here!
An (unavoidable) sometimes busy road followed by a nice walk partly through olive groves, brings you to Krini from where you walk along the Valley of the Lilies. 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, a resort with a beautiful horseshoe shaped bay and a fantastic beach. B&B in Agios Georgios.
Day 4. 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, Agros and passing by Agios Athanasios Convent to the road junction at Rekini.
From here you can take the local bus or a taxi,( not included) to Roda on north-east coast. B&B in Roda.
Day 5: Rekini (Ringini) to Barbati. (4-5 hours walking). By local bus or taxi ( not included) you return to Rekini. The Trail now follows an unmade road to Valanion and Queen's Leap; tracks funnel you up a deep valley. Along a cobbled path, you enter Sokraki (480 m), where the village square is the perfect place for a stop and a refreshment like "gingerbeer", a non-alcoholic soft drink, made in neighbouring village Kalafationes. From here the Trail continues along tracks and paths through forest and cultivated land to Spartillas. You head further down to Barbati with its long white pebble beach. B&B in Barbati.
Day 6. Spartillas to Ag. Spiridon (7 hrs walking) 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, Corfu's 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 Perithia, 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 refreshments. From here you go by local bus or taxi (not included) to Kalami. In Kalami your accommodation will be a studio with kitchenette. Kalami has a great pebble beach, several nice waterfront tavernas like Durrells' White House, some shops and mini markets.
Day 7. Loop walk along 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 the villages of Porta and on to part-ruined Mengoulas. Then your descent begins, with wonderful sea views, through Katavolos and down to the sea at Kaminaki and along a coastal footpath you return to Kalami.
Day 8. Transfer to the (air)port.
Included in the package:
- Five (5) nights in double or twin rooms, middle class hotels, taverna/pension rooms with private facilities, on bed & breakfast basis.
- Two (2) nights in Kalami room only (studio with kitchen facilities). All acommodation as near as possible to the start/finish of the daily routes.
- Directions and maps of each day's walking route. GPS Tracks upon request.
- All transfers as per program.
- Luggage transfers to the next accommodation as per program.
- Local assistance.