Walking in Corfu

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Landscapes of CORFU: walks and car tours

by Noel Rochford

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Description

CorfuThe book focuses on walking in Corfu, but it is not intended only for walkers. The touring section will show you the best of Corfu by car, and the picnic suggestions make an excellent introduction to the countryside. For centuries Corfu’s magnetic beauty has attracted travellers, who have sung the praises of the peacock-hued bays, the hillsides drenched in silvery-green olive trees, and the emerald greenness of the countryside. And when you leave Corfu, these will be your impressions too. While time brings change, the pristine Corfu so beloved of Lear and the Durrell brothers can still be found — this new edition tells you where. It turns the island inside-out and helps you find a Corfu unknown to most tourists.

Area covered: There are walks for all ages and abilities criss-crossing the whole island, from strolls to beaches to challenging day-long hikes in the mountains.

The best months for walking in Corfu are April, May, early June, late September and October — temperatures are moderate and the counryside at its colourful best.

For an extremely useful source of information about the island, go to http://www.greekisland.co.uk and choose Corfu.

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Where to stay

If your primary aim is to walk (and especially if you will be relying on the local buses) Corfu town is the logical place to stay. Otherwise, for ease of access to bus services, choose somewhere on the touristy east coast between Benitses and Ipsos. Away from the coast, Potamos would also be a good choice.

Edition/contents etc

4 car tours, 51 long and short walks, 25 picnic suggestions
136 pages + touring map; plan of Corfu Town, large-scale (1:50,000) topo maps
7th ed, Jan 2015; ISBN 978-1-85691-458-1; UK retail price £12.99 / USA retail price $17.99

Table of contents:

Preface 5
Acknowledgements; Recommended books 6Getting about 7
Plan of Corfu Town 8
with city exits and bus stations
Picnicking 10
Picnic suggestions 12
A country code for walkers and motorists 17

TOURING 18
CORFU’S RIVIERA AND PANTOKRATOR (TOUR 1) 20
Corfu · Nissaki · Kassiopi · Ano Perithia · Acharavi · Episkepsis · Mt Pantokrator · Spartilas · Corfu
QUIET CORNERS OF THE NORTHEAST (TOUR 2) 26
Corfu · Troumpeta · Valanion · Nimfes · (Roda) · Sidari · (Peroulades) · Ag Stefanos · Arilas · Afionas · Arkadades · Ag Georgios · Troumpeta · Corfu
CENTRAL CORFU’S VARIED LANDSCAPES (TOUR 3) 30
Corfu · Paleokastritsa · Lakones · Angelokastro · Makarades · Troumpeta · Ropa Plain · Mirtiotissa Beach · (Glyfada Beach) · Pelekas · Sinarades · Ag Gordis Beach · Kato Garouna · (Ano Garouna) · Achilleion Palace · Corfu
NOOKS AND CRANNIES IN THE SOUTH (TOUR 4) 35
Corfu · Benitses · (Messongi) · Hlomos · Issos Beach · Argirades · Kouspades · Perivolion · Lefkimmi · Kavos · Gardiki Castle · Korission Lagoon · Ag Mattheos · Corfu

WALKING 41
Guides, waymarking, maps 41
What to take 41 Where to stay 42
Weather 43
Things that bite or sting 43
Greek for walkers 44
Organisation of the walks 46

MT PANTOKRATOR AND THE NORTHEAST
1 Ag Spiridon · Cape Ekaterinis · Ag Spiridon 47
2 Imerolia · Bodholakos · Imerolia 50
3 Nissaki · Rou · Porta · Vigla · Kouloura 53
4 Nissaki · Kalami · Kouloura · Kerasia Beach · Ag Stefanos · Avlaki Beach · Kassiopi 57
5 Nissaki · Porta · Ano Perithia · Lafki 61
6 Nissaki · Paleo Xorio · (Mt Pantokrator) · Strinilas · Episkepsis · Sfakera · Roda 65
7 Spartilas · Mt Pantokrator · Ano Perithia · Loutses · Kalamaki Beach 71
8 Nimfes · Moni Ag Triada · Klimatia 76
9 Troumpeta · Sokraki · Spartilas · (Pyrgi) 79

THE NORTHWEST
10 Peroulades · Cape Drastis · Peroulades · Avliotes · Magoulades 82
11 Vistonas · Prinilas · Ag Georgios Beach · Cape Arilla · Afionas 86
12 Paleokastritsa · Lakones · Mt Arakli · Makarades · Ag Georgiou Bay · Angelokastro · Paleokastritsa 89

THE CENTRE
13 Paleokastritsa · Liapades · Gianades · Ropa Plain · Sgombou 93
14 Sgombou · Doukades · Ag Simeon · Sgombou 98
15 Gouvia · Ropa Plain · Vatos · Mirtiotissa Beach · Glyfada 105
16 Ano Garouna · Moni Ag Deka · Waterworks Garden · Benitses 111
17 Benitses · Dafnata · Strongili 114

THE SOUTH
18 Messongi · Ag Dimitrios · Hlomos · Kouspades · Korakades · Petreti · Perivolion 117
19 Mt Ag Mattheos 121
20 Gardiki Castle · Korission Lagoon · Ag Georgios · Golden Beach · Perivolion 123
21 Kavos · Moni Panagia · Arkoudillas Beach · Kanula Beach · Paleochori 125

Bus timetables 128
Index 135
Fold-out touring map inside back cover

Guidebook index

Acharávi 20, 24, 49, 128
Achílleion Palace 30, 34, 36, 128
Afiónas 10-11, 14, 26, 29, 86-7, 88, 128
Ag Arsénious (chapel) 57, 58-9, TM
Ag Déka (village and mountain) 35, 36, 110-1, 112, 113
Ag Dimítrios 117, 118-9
Ag Geórgios (near Afiónas) 14, 29, 86-7, 88, 91
Ag. Geórgios (near Argirades) 118-9, 123-4, 128
Ag Geórgios (mountain, near Vátos) 108-109
Ag Geórgiou (bay, near Afiónas) 26, 29, 32, 86-7, 88-9, 90, 91
Ag Górdis 30, 34, 128
Ag Iliódoros (cape) 93, 100-1
Ag Márkos 21
Ag Matthéos (village and mountain) 30, 34, 40, 121, 122, 128
Ag Noufúres (monastery) 99
Ag Pandelímonas 24, 28
Ag Siméon (chapel) 98, 100-1, 102, 103
Ag Spirídon 12, 24, 47
Ag Stéfanos (near Arílas) 10-11, 28, 83, 128
(near Kouloúra) 22, 57, 60, 128, TM
Ag Theódori 34
Ag Triáda (monastery) 76, 78, TM
Agni (cove) 58, TM
Almíros 24, 47
Anapaftíria 75, TM
Angelókastro (castle ruins) 14, 30-1, 87-8, 89, 92
Ano Garoúna 30, 34, 111-2, 113, 128
Ano Messongí 35-6, 118-9, 123
Ano Períthia (see Perithia, Ano)
Antiniótissa Lagoon 24, 47, 48
Arákli (mountain) 14, 86-7, 89-90
Argirádes 35, 37, 118-9, 123, 129
Arílas 26, 28
Arílla (cape) 10-11, 14, 28, 86-7, 88
Arkadádes 26, 29, 129
Arkoudíllas Beach 125, 126, 127
Avláki Beach 57, 60, TM
Avliótes 28, 82 83, 84, 129

Barbáti 21
Bastatíka 39
Benítses 15, 36, 111, 113, 114, 129
Bodholákos 23, 50-1, TM
Boukári 37
Bovina Beach 93, 94-5, 100-1

Canal d’Amour 27
Corfu Town 20, 26, 30,35
town plan 8-9

Dafnáta 16, 35, 113, 114-6
Doukádes 15, 32, 98, 100-1, 102-3, 129
Dragotína 39, 125
Drástis (cape) 82, 83, 84

Ekaterinis (cape) 47
Epískepsis 2, 12, 20, 24, 65, 69, 129, TM

Gardíki Castle 35, 39-40, 122, 123-4
Gastóuri 34, 129
Gavrolímni (pond) 15, 32, 97-8, 100-1
Gianádes 93, 96, 100-1, 129
Glyfáda 30, 33, 105, 108-9, 110, 129
Golden Beach 118-9, 123-4
Gouviá 20, 105, 108-9, 129

Hlomós 16, 35, 37, 117, 118-9, 129

Imerólia 12, 22, 50, 52, TM
Ipsíli (convent) 82, 83, 85
Ipsos (see Pyrgí/Ipsos)
Issós Beach 15, 16, 35, 37, 118-9, 124
Ithámi (monastery) 82, 83, 85

Kaiser’s Throne 34
Kalamáki Beach 65, 71, 75, TM
Kalámi 13, 21, 57-8, 129, TM
Kamináki Beach 57, TM
Kanula Beach 125, 127
Karoussádes 27, 129
Kassiópi 12, 20, 22, 23, 50, 52, 57, 60, 129, TM
Kastelláni 29, 129
Katávolos 13, 54, TM
Káto Garóuna 30, 34
Káto Spílion 118-9
Kavadádes 26, 129
Kávos 35, 39, 125, 126, 129
Kéntroma 21
Kerasiá Beach 57, 59, TM
Kiprianádes 26
Klimatiá 76, 78, TM
Kontókali 20, 129
Korakádes 16, 37, 117, 118-9, 129
Korissíon Lagoon 16, 35, 37, 39, 118-9, 120, 122, 123-4
Kouloúra 13, 21, 53, 56-8, TM
Kouspádes 35, 37, 117, 118-9
Kríni 31, 87-8, 92, 129
Kritiká 39

Láfki 61, 64, 129, TM
Lake Korission (see Korission Lagoon)
Lakónes 14, 18-9, 30-1, 86-7, 89-90
Lefkímmi 35, 38, 129
Liapádes 18-9, 32, 93, 95, 100-1, 102, 129
Línia 37
Loútses 22, 65, 71, 75, 129, TM

Magouládes 82, 83, 85, 129
Makarádes 30, 32, 86-7, 89, 91
Mármaro (hills) 93, 100-1
Méngoulas 61, TM
Mesavrísi 16, 39, 122
Messongí 35-6, 39, 117, 118-9, 129
Mirtiótissa (beach and monastery) 15, 30, 33, 105, 106-7, 108-9, 110
Moraítika 36

Neochóri 39
Nímfes 14, 26-7, 76, 130, TM
Nissáki 13, 20-1, 53, 57, 61, 65-6, 130, TM
Nótos (cove) 118-9, 120

Pági 29, 86-7
Páleo Xorió 65, 68, TM
Paleochóri 4, 39, 125, 130
Paleokastrítsa 18-9, 30, 31, 86-7, 89, 92-4, 100-1, 130
Panagía (monastery) 125, 126, 127
Pantokrátor (mountain and monastery) 20, 21, 25, 65, 68, 70, 71, 74, TM
Pantokrátor (monastery at Nímfes) 14, 76, 77, TM
Pantokrátor (monastery on Mt Ag Déka) 121, 122
Pantokrátor (chapel on Mt Stavrós) 113, 116
Paramóna 35
Pélekas 30, 33-4
Pérama 35
Períthia (Ano) 13, 20, 23, 61, 62-3, 64, 65, 71, 74, 75, 130, TM
Períthia (Nea) 22, 47, 130
Perivólion 35, 38, 40, 117, 118-9, 120, 123-4, 130
Perouládes 26, 28, 82, 83, 130
Petretí 16, 37, 117, 118-9, 120
Pondikonísi (Mouse Island) 1, 35
Port Timone 10-11, 86-7, 88
Pórta 53, 55, 61, 65, 67, 130, TM
Prinílas 86-7, 88, 130
Proussádi (cove) 40
Pyrgí/Ipsos 20, 79, 81, 129, 130, TM

Róda 26-7, 65, 70, 130, TM
Rópa Plain 15, 30, 32-3, 93, 96, 100-1, 105, 107, 108-9
Roú 53, 55, TM

Sánta Bárbara 118-9, 124
Scotiní (pond) 105, 108-9
Sfakerá 65, 70, 130, TM
Sgomboú 26, 93, 97-8, 100-1, 104, 130
Sgourádes 24
Sidári 26-7, 130
Sinarádes 30, 34, 130
Skidí Beach 40
Skrípero 26
Sokráki 79-80, 130, TM
Sparteró 39, 125
Spartílas 14, 20, 25, 71, 79, 80, 81, 130, TM
Stavrós (village and mountain) 35, 113, 114, 115, 116, 130
Strinílas 13, 25, 65, 69, 130, TM
Strongilí 35, 113, 114, 116, 130

Taxiárkhis (chapel) 71-2, TM
Theapondinisi Islands 26-7
Triálos 105, 108-9
Trivouliáttica 97-8, 100-1, 104
Troumpéta (pass and hamlet) 14, 26, 29-30, 32, 79, 139, TM
Tsavrós 20, 26, 29, 130

Valaníon 26
Vassilátika 118-9
Vátos 33, 105, 108-9, 130
Vígla 53, 56, TM
Vinglatsóuri 66, TM
Vístonas 32, 86-7, 91
Vouniatádes 40

Current update

Corfu, 7th edition, 2015, updated 1/3/17

Updates for walks and car tours (drives) on Corfu given below supplement those provided in the guidebook. It is vital that this Update is read in conjunction with the text of the book, but note that the Update applies only to the edition stated and not to any earlier editions. (If you have an older edition of this book you can “upgrade” to the latest edition at half price.)

Information has been forwarded to us by users of the book, and Sunflower Books offers the data in good faith but cannot be held responsible for any misleading or inaccurate content in the Update. Unless indicated otherwise, what appears here has not been verified by the author or publisher, so please allow due caution when new or amended routes are suggested. Each piece of information is dated; bear in mind that some of the older observations may have since been overtaken by events or further changes. If, during your holiday, you are using the current edition of the guide and are able to provide any additional updating to add to this page, we will be pleased to hear from you. Please send information, preferably by e-mail, to info@sunflowerbooks.co.uk.

Walk 2: Two out of the three farmhouses in Bodholakos are now occupied. The barking dog (tied up, luckily) is in the upper house. There is no longer an animal fence across the track by the lowest house, and no mad dogs there (just a ‘normal’ barking ones, plus hens, sheep etc). The track you need to take passes by the house, leaving it to the L (but doesn’t curl round the house). (User, 5/15) + There is now no public transport north of Kassiopi until 1st May due to austerity cuts, so after doing Walk 2 we had to walk into Kassiopi to get a taxi. The walk itself had several important changes. Firstly the length of the walk was given as 4.25km, roughly the same as walk 1, which we did regularly as our hotel was near it. In fact it was about twice as long as walk 1 and took 3.5 hours rather than 1hr40mins. Due to the wet winter and spring, the path was very overgrown making walking quite difficult as you couldn’t see the ground for about half the time. The route after the old stone pen was completely obscured, so we almost turned back at that point. The vegetation was head high in places and very stony/ rocky underfoot. However we suddenly saw a new stone building ahead with a red tiled roof, so we headed for that – it turned out to be a chicken shed or similar, with a new concrete access which joined up with the track leading to Bhodolakos farm. We suggest that this route be amended to take this into account. The downhill descent was brilliant at first with super views. The small farmstead has got a barking dog, but it was kept out of sight and the farmer came out to give us a friendly wave. Further down the descent gave real problems. The animal pen has been demolished, so the start of the path is very hard to find. The descent is very steep and loose in places, I fell over after dislodging a couple of loose stones. At the end of the descent some one has placed a barrier blocking the exit onto the concrete lane. This consisted of a mixture of fencing with barbed wire on top and loads of large boulders, tree stumps and other rubbish. We looked around for another way out, but there is a steep rocky drop of 10-20 feet down to the road. Eventually we managed to negotiate the fencing and rocks but this would be too difficult for some people. Having said this, it was a beautiful walk and we saw amazing wild life including a wild tortoise, eagles and huge swallowtail butterflies, with abundant wild flowers everywhere. We hope this is useful and that you can get this amended and particularly check out the exit from the walk as this could cause lots of problems for some walkers. (User, 5/16)

Walk 3: The Sunshine Vacation Clubs Corfu is identified by four flags, but no other sign visible from the road, at least at this time of year. Note that one can’t park there. The steps on the other side of the road are clearly identified, you walk uphill following the main cobbled path, then turn right to climb steadily up, keeping straight uphill between olive groves and stone wells (you don’t need to look for water tanks etc as the path is marked). There are a couple of new villas as you enter Katavolos, and turn right at the fork. Continuing beyond the village, the road reverts to unmade stone (not concrete, which is the Corfu trail). In a few minutes, where the road divides, take the right-hand fork, marked with a wooden arrow… In Rou, having walked through the small village, you follow steps down, which turn into a scramble between brambles [Sunflower note: the landowners promised to keep this path clear, but it appears that they are not doing so], before emerging on the ‘by-pass’ you originally left. In Porta, having walked through the village, turned right down a concrete drive, and left on another drive, the path continues next to a well-made stone wall, and finally between houses and wide concrete steps. There is no chained-up dog here… Outside Vigla, it was impossible to identify ‘the third concrete drive to the right’. (We ended up walking a long way round, towards Kouloura.) All drives led to houses. We need another identification! (As an aside: Entering Katavolos (Walk 3) an old lady sitting in front of the house pictured on p 54 hissed at us and came over: she took the book, pressed it to her bosom, and we were alarmed to see that she was weeping. She managed to make us understand that the old lady in the photo is her mother. It was very touching.) (User, 5/15)

Walk 4: Note that the little path down to the chapel of Ag Arsenious is signed Nissaki one way, Agni the other. (User, 5/15) • When walking from Kaminaki: Book says “Soon after spotting the chapel, fork right down a path to it”. Do not do this. The path  has been  blocked. Continue until a green chain link fence goes down towards the sea, and follow it.  A nearby sign says Agni in red and indicates where to go after visit to chapel.  Path is steep, but possible. Chapel is well cared for. (User, 11/15)

Walk 8, start and Short walk 8: This circuit now seems to be no longer possible. After reaching Moni Pantokrator ( the track is now paved), we descended past the spring and cave chapel to the valley floor. We had some difficulty since there has been a great deal of tree felling and the logs had been put in big piles stacked on the actual path down. But at the bottom of the valley crossing the small river was impossible: there was very dense undergrowth, plus barriers of brush wood. We sought out alternatives both upstream and downstream (considerable distances) but to no avail. There is a very basic bridge made of 3 trunks of trees nailed together if you turn left and go along the track for about 10 minutes….I went across this bridge into a steeply terraced olive grove, but having climbed up quite high still couldn’t find the contouring track on the other side: and there was dense undergrowth along by the river – too difficult to navigate through. We met a  young German couple using a different book – but obviously with the same walk – but they were defeated too. It’s a shame because there aren’t many short circular walks and it was very lovely down in the valley. We had to climb back up the steep valley side over all the logs and return the way we had come. Maybe if the area is re-investigated there would be some other interesting walk possibilities. (User, 5/15)

Walk 9: The first section from Troumpeta to Sokraki is now paved all the way: the inital ascent is very, very steep!! – we did this by car, in first gear. nice for part of a car tour – pretty ghastly for walking. Luckily the section onwards from Sokraki still exists as a walking route….we walked this for about 1hr 45…and then had to go back, so I don’t know if it still gets all the way through – the route finding was starting to get very confusing amongst the old terraces in the valley, with lots of crossing tracks and small footpaths through the vegetation and nothing really corresponding to the landmarks given….the route probably needs re-checking and re-describing. (User, 5/15)

Walk 10: Leaving Avliotes, after forking left for Ag Stefanos, you quickly come to a wide new bypass road on the left. So now the turn off you want is the THIRD turn-off left, not the second. (Sunflower, 2/17)

Walks 11-12 (ie the first part of Walk 12, which follows 11): At Paleokastritsa, after Supermarket Kathy, look out for the Country Club before you turn left on the track, now signposted to Lakones. Soon the track forks right, but there isn’t a signpost here. It’s a track twinkling with crystal. In Lakones, we failed to find the steps opposite Alki’s Artist Olive Wood Production [but see update below!]. Much further on: Angelokastro is a Byzantine fortress. The walk up is very steep. The path that cuts out the bend before Krini is very difficult to follow if you are coming from the east (as suggested in Walk 11). The important thing, once you’ve found the entry off the Lakones Road, is to follow the irrigation pipe. There is only one metre from the stream bed out on to the road. (User, 5/15) + We did find the path beside Alki’s Artist Olive Wood Production after trying the wrong path and being re-directed by the inhabitant, just ask for directions from a local and once on the path it can be followed to the end. (User, 5/15) + I think you should make it clear that 1h30min is just the outward time, and that to do this circuit takes 3h. We didn’t find the Olive Wood Production shop, so to descend we followed an arrow towards ‘Paleokastritsa’. This  lead us back to our ascent route, so we ended up doing that in both directions. No doubt we were not far enough along the main road, but your instructions should be more clear. (User, 6/16)

Walk 15: Mirtiotissa Beach is a nudist beach. This is set in stone, literally: stones set in concrete at the top of the path spell it out! Even at mid-morning there was quite a row of gleaming buttocks, so we left our paddling until we reached Glyfada. (User, 5/15) + We had trouble finding thé way to Scotini Pond since you say to turn left and take a track alongside a fenced-off field with a house on the right. But there are other tracks which correspond to this description. You should say after Diellas’s take the fourth track to the left (a dirt track). We found our way by asking some locals. (User, 6/16)

Walk 21: Book says “Return to the moni and follow the track as it winds down through this enchanting forest…… shove your way through scrub…..” This was extremely slippery and next to impossible to use following heavy rain in mid October. The  path is becoming very degraded. (User, 11/15)

Walk suggestion from Acharavi: A walking group leader sent us this suggestion in 2014.
CIRCULAR WALK FROM ACHARAVI VIA AGIOS PANTELEIMONAS, KONSTANTI HILL AND THE DANDOLO TOWER. Starting at the roundabout in Acharavi, head along the main road in the direction of Roda (westwards) keeping to the pavement on the inland side.  About 100 metres from the roundabout, an opening in the buildings leads into the car park of the local Town Hall.  A blue sign is nailed to a column just inside the car park (the sign indicates the start of Blue Route 8 and you will follow the signs for most of the ascent).  Passing to the right of the Town Hall building, the way continues as a lane, shortly reaching a road.  Here turn left (caution – the road is the main route to several villages) and a short distance on, just after the road forks, take a driveway left, immediately turning right to follow a level track.  (This was overgrown at the start of the season).  Keep straight on and cross a metal footbridge.  So far the walk has been all on the level, but now you climb a steep footpath in the shade of Valonia Oaks.   Suddenly, the path swings right and emerges on a wide track, with a great view back over Acharavi and the coast.  Here go left, continuing to climb.  Cresting the hill, you descent to meet a minor road, where you go left.  A couple of hundred metres along the road, turn right along a track, across a culvert bridge.  Immediately after the bridge fork left.  The track then ascends gently, the way being marked with splashes of blue paint, 8-10 minutes into the climb, the blue markers indicate a right turn and you now follow a wide footpath between high shrubs. Winding uphill, the path runs out at a two-strand wire fence.  Step over or through the fence and you are in an olive grove.  Turn left uphill and climb a few low terrace walls, reaching a crossing track.  Go left again and follow the track for a short distance – you w3ill see buildings on the hillside above.  Where the track divides, go straight on.  A few metres on, you will see blue markers pointing up a path, initially barely more than a groove in the bank.  This takes you up to a road accessing a long terrace of houses.  Turn left, then bear left again as the access road meets the main village road.   Soon you are in the hamlet of Priftatika.  Here, Blue Route 8 heads off to the right, but you carry straight on to join Blue Route 4, picking up a sign on the left of the road on the other side of the hamlet.  Turn left off the road along the indicated track, then immediately left again, following a deep-cut footpath steeply down hill.  The path crosses a footbridge and ascends to the settlement of Agios Panteleimonas, reaching it in front of the church. Walk slowly uphill past the church and churchyard, through this beautiful village.  Its old manorial houses tell of the former wealth provided by the endless olive groves.   You may be lucky and find the old-fashioned village kafeneion open (on the right hand side past the church).  Stop for a Greek coffee, an ouzo or a portokalada (orangeade).  It looked shut when we passed.   At the top of the village you reach a tarmac road.  Turn right and follow this road uphill through serpentine bends for about 1km.  Then by a little shrine on your left, you will find the well-hidden entrance to the Secret Trail, an uphill climb.  This is a remaining part of a man made stone road, built more than 2000 years ago.  For many centuries this road connected the new mountain homes of the refugees from Ivi, with their land near their old town near the sea.  Forgotten and completely overgrown, this section has only recently been reopened by the Corfu Trail Trust.  In Spring you will find various orchids and masses of flowers on this path.  Further up the Secret Trail was unfortunately destroyed when a pipeline was laid.  (Hardly visible now).  You keep left and follow the dirt track past an isolated farm and reach the mountain village of Trimodi.  Here when you meet the tarmac road, go left for only a few yards.  Immediately by a little shrine, turn left again, and follow a new dirt track for about 60 yards.  Watch out for some blue signs.  By some large cypress trees on your right, the path climbs down steeply beside a short section of flimsy handrail and crosses into a steep and narrow valley that you will cross.  (This can be avoided by going via the road). You emerge on a gravel road on top of Messovouno Hill.  Turn left and a few yards on you will enjoy a breath-taking panorama of the north coast of Corfu.  To your left in the distance are the Diapontian Isles, which are on the way to Puglia, in southern Italy, to your right is the wild coastline of Albania and directly in front of you the coastal resorts of Roda, Acharavi on the long beach of St. George’s Bay.   Acharavi is the successor of Ivi.  Follow the dirt road around Messovouno Hill towards the mountain village of Lafki.  (A short detour to Lafki will access 3 café bars).  Before you reach Lafki the walk turns left into another dirt track leading downhill.  Soon you reach Path No. 4 which you will follow downhill slightly to the right.  This new dirt road is quickly being reclaimed by nature.  From the point where the bulldozer got stuck at the far end, a narrow path which locals call The Nun’s Path, takes you downhill.  (This was slippery after overnight rain so care needed). You reach a clearing with large rough rocks and turn left.  Here in the hamlet of Vrachleri you come out onto the tarmac road.  After approximately 100 metres take a sharp turn to the right.  For some metres this looks like a dirt road but carries on as one of the last remaining mule tracks taking you into the next valley.   When you reach the tarmac road turn right.  Further on you turn left onto a “white” gravel road.  High above on your right is the huge rock called “Monolith” with a fine old stone manor house on top.  You reach a small wood, where the chapel of Vlacherena hides.  Turn left through the gap and facing you is the impressive ruin of the Dandolo Mansion, built like a fortress, with the remains of a drawbridge.  It was from here that this noble family from Venice administered their holdings in Corfu.  Walk alongside the ruin and through the adjoining thick wood.  Look out for the blue paint markings.  As you come out of the wood, climb down onto a dirt track and turn right.  Take the next marked turn left, cross a riverbed and continue to the tarmac road, crossing over a chain.  Continue to the right on the tarmac road for 100m and directly behind the two little buildings on the right, turn right and follow a narrow path along a pipeline.  When you reach the first houses in Lithares, a residential area of Acharavi, turn left and walk downhill into Acharavi emerging at the roundabout.