We are travelling to corfu in July and staying in Roda. We would like to travel to one of the islands off the coast - Mathraki /Erikousa or Othonoi. Would anyone be able to give me any advice on travelling there? Or accommodation on any of the islands.
I’d like to visit each of them, Sean, the easiest being Erikoussa. You can book from the various agents in the village and I wonder if Rena from Corfu Best Travel can help you with accommodation. I think she mentioned that to me once. I don’t know where you will be staying, but Theodoros (Theodoros Resort) has a little influence on Othoni and it is possible his father might be able to find something there. I think you can still get to Othoni from either Sidari or Ag. Stefanos, depending on the weather. Most of these trips are day trips, so you’d need to make some special arrangements to stay over.
Mathraki is a bit of a mystery to me, but you can reach all of the islands from Corfu Town. I haven’t looked to see if each of the islands has a website, but Mathraki certainly does (MATHRAKI) and there’s lots of useful information there. Please let us know how you get on as others might want to follow in your footsteps ... me for one!
Hi I have visited each of the Islands and stayed for couple days on each. I booked my rooms via Aperghi Travel in Corfu Town - Anna Aperghi has a great knowledge. I used the Alex II ferry from Corfu Town; it runs several days a week and visits Erikoussa, Mathraki then Othoni and you can hop on and off. Sailing depend on weather as ferry is flat bottomed. ALternative is a smaller ferry called Pegasus that runs out of San Stefanos; contact San Stefanos Travel for times (it sometimes stops at Sidari as well).
Erikoussa has an hotel; Erikoussa Hotel which has its own website. Alternatively there are some appartments called Erikoussa Villas €58 per night for the appartment, where I stayed; they were quality and I highly recommend them. Can sleep up to 4 people have great facilities including tv in 8 different languages, wifi, even a BBQ on the site, well kept gardens. Near to a café snack bar. Get a walking map from the Hotel and follow the signs; they have just received some funding to replace them; easy walk to Ragini beach (not the one you go on a day trip) which is just as sandy and almost empty of sunbathers; take own picnic and drinks as no facilities there.
Mathraki; pre book and they will meet you off the ferry. I stayed in room on beachfront house of Mrs Argyrou. 12 minute walk from harbour and Taverna. It was basic and €46. There is a Taverna at the far end of the Island from the Harbour and they do rooms so maybe stay there would be better option. Can walk whole Island in a day....I saw turtle on the beach during the night.
Othoni. Furtherst away and the hillest by far; Italian and American influence.Several taverna all around the harbour area so that is lively in the summer months; lots of yachties. AT the Italian restaurant (great food and just a chalk board menu of 5 dishes - octopus soup was superb) arrange to be taken to the white beach (can only get there by boat €15; great swimming, peaceful, sun trap again take picnic as you'll be left there for 5 hours0. I stayed at Kalypso House some 500 meters from the beach €47; again you get picked up from the ferry. It was a short walk out of harbour area up a small hill great views, lovely place. It was cross between hotel and appartments. Walk inland to the church at the top of the hill; long but great views when there; alternatively walk to the lighthouse and old byzantian castle ruins - you can go down to beach (but not back up again) and take walk along coast back to Harbour; long walk over rocks, pebbles, seaweed, sandstone, climb over little headlands, fallen trees, little paddle around one rock crop........about 3.5kms fun walk if you up to it.
Whatever Island you chose you will enjoy but you must be prepared to walk as no transport. You could take scooters on the ferry but there is no petrol station on islands. If you want any further information just ask. My prices were for June 2013.
janiemou: Thanks Kaz had a great trip, will be posting pictures soon. Celebrating Greek Easter here today with roast lamb Greek style.
Apr 28, 2019 10:39:36 GMT 2
artisans: Sorry to hear about Angela, Mike - she was the first person in Roda I ever spoke to when we came looking for accommodation. Such bad news ...
Apr 29, 2019 10:33:00 GMT 2
maudy: Hi Steve and Jan, can
May 11, 2019 15:02:00 GMT 2
maudy: Take 2 can you give any reliable advice about the airport troubles with the check-in times ? It seems on every forum that people are saying that it is taking over two hours from bag drop to security ?
May 11, 2019 15:09:10 GMT 2
maudy2: Just spoken to a friend who just flew back and he assures us the airport is much better and they breezed through.
May 12, 2019 16:33:14 GMT 2
artisans: Hi Maudy - not used the airport yet ... why aren't you driving down?
May 12, 2019 20:31:59 GMT 2
artisans: Someone today said it took 15 minutes. All passports are now checked because UK is not part of Schengen. The time spent at the airport is much the same as ever.
May 12, 2019 20:37:14 GMT 2
maudy2: Hi Steve we’re bringing our son, his wife and two children so it’s a family outing 🙈hopefully we’ll survive it 🤣
May 13, 2019 14:42:19 GMT 2
maudy2: Tony says we need help with the route and need somewhere to park it when we arrive , maybe even leave it there for future hols 🤔
May 13, 2019 14:43:50 GMT 2
artisans: Tony's been wanting help with the route for two years! . We need to meet for a coffee one day. When do you arrive?
May 14, 2019 10:59:37 GMT 2
maudy2: Hi Steve , we were due in roda about midnight tonight but after the fuel issue at Manchester It’s now anyone’s guess 🙈live update received from EasyJet says all of their flights will leave it’s just a case of when and we are still told to arrive on time
May 20, 2019 8:33:23 GMT 2
kaz: Hi janiemou..will be intouch soon Kaz
May 23, 2019 18:05:03 GMT 2
nsktravel1pegy: hello to everyone !!!!!!!!
May 24, 2019 12:30:19 GMT 2
janiemou: Nice to hear from you Kaz and you Peggy, we were missing you both x
May 25, 2019 10:56:34 GMT 2
kaz: Thanx janiemou............not been on forum due to my fall (again) my back hurts so much..will be intouch soon xxx
May 30, 2019 21:17:37 GMT 2
nsktravel1pegy: i wish to everyone a wonderfull summer !!!!!!
May 31, 2019 19:04:35 GMT 2
kaz: Happy holidays everyone............wish I was there this time of the year.......one day?
Jun 5, 2019 18:15:07 GMT 2
janiemou: Are you surviving the rain Kaz?
Jun 12, 2019 16:35:23 GMT 2
kaz: Just about janiemou..its raining now,,grey skies and windy its " s'windy, loved your pics of the sea....not been up on the sea wall since accident, maybe soon,getting around I bit better now............rain just stopped!! strange weather?? take care xx .
Jun 13, 2019 10:30:37 GMT 2