Avlaki

Avlaki: Translated means round lake.

It is a huge horseshoe shaped bay with an idyllic long beach enclosed by two rocky and densely wooded headlands sweeping out to sea.Awarded the highly recommended Blue Flag status, therefore it is a clean beach without sea urchins; the sea water quality is tested regularly?? Yes it is! I have seen them do it! Across the almost unbelievably Caribbean quality sea, there is a dramatic view of the Albanian Mountains. On a clear day almost every detail can be seen. At weekends, especially in the Summer-time it is very popular with our Corfu Townies. It is pebbly / shingle with areas of rough sand, however with this in mind sun beds are provided at a modest cost per day. Board walks are installed around the edge.The sea is shallow about 2 metres out then quickly deepens.

Avlaki is the home of Corfu Sailing Centre offering new standards of holiday windsurfing and dinghy sailing. Avlaki

Corfu Sailing Centre are based to the right hand of the beach looking seaward. Avlaki has been selected because of its exclusive position in the Island, a beautiful secluded bay, absence of mass tourism within the locality and perfect sailing conditions, within the protective headlands. The winds are usually light in the mornings suitable for novices and instruction, in the afternoon the wind becomes stronger, making the sea a little choppy but with a cooling effect on the heat of the afternoon. The stronger afternoon North wind is suitable for us to practice our newly acquired skills, those who wish to be challenged and experienced sailors.

Who is Avlaki for?

Apart from visitors who wish to participate in the activities Corfu Sailing Centre has to offer, Avlaki is suitable for families and people who prefer a quiet location with a good beach and swimming. It is popular with snorklers exploring the rocks beneath the headlands.

Walkers would enjoy the coastal and olive grove walks to Kassiopi and also Agios Stephanos. If teenage children find it a little boring why not treat them to a sailing or windsurfing lesson. Care should be observed by families with small children as the beach road is close-by with some traffic being a little inconsiderate.

Accommodation:

The Bella Mare Apart-hotel which is listed in the accommodation associates page is situated to the left of the beach on the sea front, enhanced with a large fresh water swimming pool. The pool and its’ sun beds is open to the public in return for the courtesy of supporting the small bar, which is usually independently run. One large villa run by Meon Villas and two smaller run by CV Travel are immediately on the beach along with two villas by Meon just up a little on the headland overlooking the bay.

Where exactly is the Beach:

This beach is located in the North East of Corfu.

Avlaki

Nearby villages and resorts are Kassiopi 2Km. and St Stephanos 2Km. another very pretty sheltered harbour, with a range of Tavernas visited by the yachting fraternity. Avlaki is accessed, either from a small road on the left from the road approaching St. Stephanos or a turn to the right approaching Kassiopi just before the turn off to Kassiopi. Go along this small road through the holiday complex Michaelangelo about 1 Km.

Facilities:

There are two Tavernas, The Cavo Barbaro Tel: 26630 81905 and Avlaki Taverna Tel: 26630 81051 to be found on Avlaki both of which serve excellent traditional Greek food and hospitality second to none.

Tennis courts: Should you wish to be really energetic, Tennis courts are within easy reach of Avlaki at the holiday complex Michaelangelo a short walk away. The courts and equipment are hired out to the general public on an hourly basis. Information for this is from the complex shop.

Parking: Parking is permitted along the road and at the end of the beach, a word of warning here though; there is a compacted area of pebbles to drive on. Keep to the right, straying outside this lane severely being bogged down in the loose stones is almost inevitable.

Showers: Showers and changing cabins are situated on the beach.

Toilet facilities: Toilets are available in either of the Tavernas and are offered with no obligation.

Supermarkets and Shops: A supermarket exists at Michaelangelo holiday complex, the next is at the junction at the top of the road leading to Kassiopi (1.0 Km). In Kassiopi village they are all there including, bakeries and supermarkets, and the usual tourist shops, selling a variety of goods, gifts and souvenirs. For those wishing to ‘splash’ out a little on creature comforts some good jewellery shops can be found along with those selling lace, linen and ceramics. The supermarkets sell English newspapers which are now delivered on the day of print! Internet points exist at various locations. Shops and supermarkets stay open late into the night. Continuing along the road through Avlaki takes you to a small village called Sinies here you will also find a bakery, a pastry shop, a small supermarket and a traditional ‘kafenion’ / taverna.

Medical Requirements: The nearest Pharmacy (2km) is in Kassiopi. A small public Doctors surgery operates in Gimari and there are two private surgeries in Kassiopi. However be aware that private doctors will charge for their services, the cost of which you should be able to claim from your holiday insurance. The hospital is in Corfu Town but do not expect the standards you are familiar with in the UK.

Activities like water-skiing, boat trips, boat hire, car hire can be found in the nearby coastal resorts of Kalami, St. Stephanos and Kassiopi. The nearest money and travellers cheque exchange offices together with ATM machines are in Kassiopi.

What about public transportation?

There is no public transportation passing through Avlaki. The nearest bus stop is on the main coastal road, it is one kilometre from the beach at the top of the road leading to the beach.

Distances:

  • Corfu Town 34 km
  • Kalami, 6 km
  • Agni, 7 km
  • Sinies 1,5 km
  • St. Stephanos, 2 km
  • Kerasia, 4 km
  • Kassiopi, 2 km