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  Selected Corfu villas and apartments with stunning views in quiet, verdant locations near to the sea ensuring you a relaxing holiday in traditional villages. Leave yourself under the spell of the magical scenery of the colourful Ionian Sea, the golden beaches and the flourishing hillsides of the northeast coast of Corfu. Escape from your busy life and treat yourself to relaxation on the beach or by the pool. Blue Bay Travel introduces you the most popular apartments of Nissaki, Kalami, Agios Stephanos, Kalamaki and in some of the most charming resorts of Corfu that meet your preference in every way. Experience a memorable holiday in Corfu amongst our accommodation on offer.   {tab=Kalami} Frosso Apartments Corfu apartments in Kalami Sleeping 2-4 MORE INFO Set in classic Corfiot landscape amidst olive groves, the Frosso property with pool is in an ideal location for all amenities in Kalami within easy walking distance   Dimitris Apartments Corfu apartments in Kalami Sleeping 2-4 MORE INFO Perfectly located in the centre of Kalami within a few metres of the beach, Dimitris apartments and studios offer a quality accommodation.   Villa Niovi Corfu villa in Kalami Sleeping 8 MORE INFO Villa Niovi, a spacious and beautifully designed villa, lies at the heart of Kalami village just a short walk from its renowned beach and the resort amenities. Villa Niovi is the perfect house for a large family party or a group of friends.   Villa Pythia Corfu villa in Kalami Sleeping 8 MORE INFO Villa Pythia is an attractive and contemporary villa, sure to appeal to people who are seeking a restful and undemanding holiday near the sea.   Villa Frini Corfu villa in Kalami Sleeping 4-6 MORE INFO Villa Frini provides the perfect peaceful setting with idyllic views of the seaside village of Kalami.   Villa Fylira Corfu villa in Kalami Sleeping 4-6 MORE INFO Villa Fylira is a contemporary villa situated in an elevated position within the Erkina Complex enjoying the benefits of privacy and marvellous views to the Kalami bay.   Villa Erato Corfu villa in Kalami Sleeping 4-6 MORE INFO Villa Erato is one of the stylish villas in the Erkina complex, in the heart of Kalami village promising relaxing holidays near the sea.   Villa Myrto Corfu villa in Kalami Sleeping 4-6 MORE INFO Villa Myrto is a two-storey villa situated in an elevated position within the Erkina Complex.   {tab=Ipsos}   Il Giardino Segreto di Prospero Corfu traditional villa in Ipsos Sleeping 15-17 MORE INFO ΙL GIARDINO SEGRETO DI PROSPERO is an intriguing mix of tradition, elegance, finesse and comfort that offers a get away with a fairy-tale view of the most amazing Corfiot landscape, flora and fauna.   Ariel's Residence Corfu traditional house in Ipsos Sleeping 4-5 MORE INFO ARIEL, at the highest level of the mansion, is a sophisticated two bedroom-one bathroom residence that accommodates 4-5 people amongst the greenery surroundings enjoying panoramic views of the Ionian Sea, the Corfiot landscape and the Albanian mountains.   Oberon's Residence Corfu traditional house in Ipsos Sleeping 4-5 MORE INFO OBERON is a sophisticated residence for 4-5 people with two bedrooms-two bathrooms (one en-suite to the bedroom) with a large fully equipped indoors kitchen and dining table for 5 persons along an outdoor BBQ kitchen and dining table for 12 persons and a spacious living room..   Titania's Residence Corfu traditional house in Ipsos Sleeping 5-6 MORE INFO Titania is a large stylish apartment for 5-7 people, ideal for families and friends who seek a relaxed holiday in a peaceful environment surrounded by lush of greenery.   Puck's Residence Corfu traditional house in Ipsos Sleeping 2 MORE INFO Puck is an artistic and thoughtfully planned one space studio with a wonderful outdoor space for relaxation. {tab=Nissaki}   Villa Diana Corfu villa in Nissaki Sleeping 4-6 MORE INFO Set in a classic Corfiot landscape, Villa Diana is an attractive holiday villa with breathtaking views in a secluded elevated position between Nissaki and Kaminaki on the northeast coast of Corfu.   Amalia Apartments Corfu apartments in Nissaki Sleeping 2-6 MORE INFO Well-presented apartments with stunning views to the sea within easy walking distances to Nissaki amenities.   Aphrodite Apartments Corfu apartments in Nissaki Self-catering accommodation (sleeping 2-4) MORE INFO A high standard of accommodation ensuring a wonderful relaxing holiday in the attractive hamlet of Nissaki. {tab=Krouzeri} Exarchou Apartments Corfu apartments in Krouzeri Sleeping 2-4 MORE INFO Set on a perfect idyllic location, just a few metres from the sea, the Exarchou Apartments and Studios offer the ideal accommodation for a tranquil holiday.   {tab=Kalamaki}   Chrismos Apartments Corfu apartments in Apraos, Kalamaki Sleeping 2-4 MORE INFO Luxurious bed & breakfast accommodation next to the sea, promising relaxing and idyllic holidays in Corfu. Bed & Breakfast   {tab=Kassiopi}   Villa Melanthi Corfu villa in Kasssiopi Sleeping 6 MORE INFO Villa Melanthi is a new classy holiday villa on an elevated hillside position with astonishing views to the sea and the surrounding luscious countryside landscapes near to Kassiopi village in Corfu. The perfect retreat for relaxing holidays.   {tab=Agios Stephanos}   Villa Ionian Pearl Corfu villa in Sinies above Agios Stephanos Sleeping up to 12 people MORE INFO Villa Ionian Pearl is a new built luxuriious villa sharing an exceptional hillside location above Sinies village on the North-East of Corfu Island. The villa offers total privacy along the fabulous panoramic views over the Ionian Sea.   {tab=Barbati}   Villa Renata Corfu villa in Barbati Sleeping up to 4-6 people MORE INFO Villa Renata is a stylish villa on an elevated position surrounded by olive groves, just 70 m from the renowned beach of Barbati. 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Corfu Apartments, Studios

Thoughtfully planned and well presented accommodation and facilities in quiet, idyllic settings on the northeast coast of Corfu. The apartments and studios are ideally located amidst the olive groves overlooking the charming bays of Kalami, Agios Stephanos, Kaminaki and Nissaki promising a spectacular holiday in the island of Corfu.  

 

Corfu Villas, Houses

  Exclusive luxurious and charming villas, houses and cottages in Corfu Island. A selection of private villas, tradtional houses and cottages, all proudly situated in the most impressive regions of Corfu within the picturesque landscapes, luscious of verdant surroundings and panoramic views to the Ionian horizon. Experience a memorable holiday in Corfu amongst our accommodation on offer.   Villa Ionian Pearl Corfu villa in Sinies above Agios Stephanos Sleeping up to 12 people MORE INFO Villa Ionian Pearl is a new built luxurious villa sharing an exceptional hillside location above Sinies village on the North-East of Corfu Island. The villa offers total privacy along the fabulous panoramic views over the Ionian Sea.   Villa DianaCorfu villa in Nissaki Sleeping 4-6 MORE INFO Set in a classic Corfiot landscape, Villa Diana is an attractive holiday villa with breathtaking views in a secluded elevated position between Nissaki and Kaminaki on the northeast coast of Corfu.   Villa Melanthi Corfu villa in Kasssiopi Sleeping 6 MORE INFO Villa Melanthi is a new classy holiday villa on an elevated hillside position with astonishing views to the sea and the surrounding luscious countryside landscapes near to Kassiopi village in Corfu. The perfect retreat for relaxing holidays.   Erkina House Corfu house in Kalami Sleeping 5 MORE INFO Erkina House is lovely house boasting a traditional influence and stunning views to the sea. The house is ideally situated in sublime Kalami just a few metres from the beach, a perfect retreat for couples.   Villa Niovi Corfu villa in Kalami Sleeping 8 MORE INFO Villa Niovi, a spacious and beautifully designed villa, lies at the heart of Kalami village just a short walk from its renowned beach and the resort amenities. Villa Niovi is the perfect house for a large family party or a group of friends.   Villa Pythia Corfu villa in Kalami Sleeping 8 MORE INFO Villa Pythia is an attractive and contemporary villa, sure to appeal to people who are seeking a restful and undemanding holiday near the sea.   Villa Frini Corfu villa in Kalami Sleeping 4-6 MORE INFO Villa Frini provides the perfect peaceful setting with idyllic views of the seaside village of Kalami.   Villa Fylira Corfu villa in Kalami Sleeping 4-6 MORE INFO Villa Fylira is a contemporary villa situated in an elevated position within the Erkina Complex enjoying the benefits of privacy and marvellous views to the Kalami bay.   Villa Erato Corfu villa in Kalami Sleeping 4-6 MORE INFO Villa Erato is one of the stylish villas in the Erkina complex, in the heart of Kalami village promising relaxing holidays near the sea.   Villa Myrto Corfu villa in Kalami Sleeping 4-6 MORE INFO Villa Myrto is a two-storey villa situated in an elevated position within the Erkina Complex.   Il Giardino Segreto di Prospero Corfu traditional villa in Ipsos Sleeping 15-17 MORE INFO ΙL GIARDINO SEGRETO DI PROSPERO is an intriguing mix of tradition, elegance, finesse and comfort that offers a get away with a fairy-tale view of the most amazing Corfiot landscape, flora and fauna.   Villa Renata Corfu villa in Barbati Sleeping up to 4-6 people MORE INFO Villa Renata is a stylish villa on an elevated position surrounded by olive groves, just 70 m from the renowned beach of Barbati. The villa enjoys peacefulness as well as marvelous views across the sparkling Ionian Sea to Greek mainland and Albania.

Corfu Culture

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Corfiot Carnival
The Carnival in Corfu derived from ancient Greece by the Dionysian ceremonies and combines the Venetian influence. Years ago, the Corfiots of the villages were celebrating the Carnival with old Corfiot customs, such as the “Dance of the Priests” (Episkepsi, Nymphes, etc), the performance of a wedding and a funeral (Evropouli, Skripero, etc) with Donysiac and Christian religious elements. Unfortunately, these customs are eclipsed.
The carnival starts on Saturday (the day before the second Sunday of “Tyrofagos”) with the procession of the children masquerades. The first Sunday in the morning, the groups of masquerades are having a musical and artistic promenade in Corfu Town . Early in the afternoon, the big procession of the king Carnival starts from Methodiou str. (San Roco Square) ending in Liston (Upper Square), where the groups of masquerades present a fiesta with Candilles, Tarantelles, etc.
The Pancake Day for Greeks is called “Tsiknopempti”. It is Thursday, and all the Corfiots are celebrating in tavernas, with all kinds of grilled meat, “mezedes” and a lot of wine or beer.
The same day, during the afternoon, the “Petegoletsia” takes place in Pinia in Corfu Town . Petegoletsia (gossips) are theatrical and satirical acts, where Corfiot women with the traditional costumes are gossiping in the accent and the dialect of Corfu by the windows or balconies and singing traditional Corfiot songs called “cantades”. These theatrical acts have their artistic roots from the Italian tradition. In traditional Italy , as well as Old Corfu Town , the houses’ architecture was based in very tall and narrow buildings among the very small roads called “cadounia”. The purpose was the protection of the local people in order to avoid the invasions of the pirates. They were able to be lost easily and disappear amongst these small roads. The buildings were so close to each other that you could lay your hand from your house and reach the window of another. The result was that everybody could hear everything happening in the neighbors’ houses. So, the gossips were inevitable, as the curiosity and the jealousy that exist in the human nature.
On Saturday, before the last Sunday of Carnival, the people watch an evening procession of masquerades with historical costumes and Italian dances as Tarantelles of Castrovillari by the sound of trumpeters and drummers of Caronigno.
The last Sunday, the groups of the masquerades with the Italian groups start in the morning having a promenade along the Historical Centre. In the evening the people watch the big procession of the king Carnival, ending in Liston, where he is having his will and burned after a trial in order to send away the evil. Fireworks follow the fiesta.
The Clean Monday, the Orthodox people begin the period of Lent. All the Corfiots have picnics in the countryside of Corfu, with Lenten foods, such as taramosalata, octopus, calamari, flatbread and a lot of wine. The children enjoy the kite flying, which you can see all across the sky of Corfu.

Corfiot Easter
If you visit Corfu in Easter, it is fabulous to enjoy the unique festivities with your families or friends.

Easter is a very important time here in Corfu .
Good Friday morning begins with the Deposition from the cross. This is where the Corfiots pay their respects to the beautifully decorated Epitaph.

easter_corfuFrom early afternoon through to the evening, the funeral processions in each village commence. Volunteers of the church carry the giant candles, lanterns, a four-sided banner and a small coffin, which carries a small part of the remains of Christ.
On Easter Saturday morning, the best place to be is Corfu Town . The first remembrance of the Resurrection happens at 11:00 am and also the procession of the Holy Relic of Saint Spyridon.
In the middle of the 16th century, Europe had a terrible dry spell, which caused disaster to farming and the lack of the corn. There were not stock houses of corn in Corfu and the people started to starve. On the Holy Saturday of 1553, a ship with corn was passing through the Corfiot sea to another destination. The captain had a vision of Saint Spyridon, who urged him to unload the corn in the port of Corfu .
Easter corfuAt 11am is the first resurrection, this is displayed by the Corfiots throwing pots from their balconies and also symbolises a fresh start to the year.
In the evening, we all attend our local church for mass. This is a truly magical feeling. We are all congregated in the church courtyard holding the large white candles. At the stroke of midnight, there is an amazing fireworks display, which celebrates that Christ has risen.
After church and the festivities, we make our way home with the burning candles. Above the front door of our homes we make the sign of the cross with the candles, this ensures we have a year of good health and luck and to also make sure that evil spirits are kept away. We all then, enjoy a traditional meal, which is a stew called Mayeritsa, which is made from sheep intestine and other organs, I must say it is an acquired taste!!
Easter Sunday is a time for families to relax and enjoy time together. Usually, the weather is beautiful and the family gathering takes place in the courtyard of each home. Everyone is there from the oldest member of the family to the youngest and also friends of the family.
The lamb is cooking on the spit, everyone is catching up on the gossip and news, snacking on meze and enjoying a glass of wine or two.
The lamb is then served, accompanied by numerous other dishes, it certainly gets your taste buds going and definitely fills you up to the point where you feel your stomach will burst!!!
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Lampata
June 23rd is the Festival of Mid-Summers Eve and the eve of Saint John’s Feast Day.
In most of the villages around Corfu , the locals light 3 fires in the centre of the village. Fire is supposed to be a purifying and beneficial element.
Before the locals jump through the fires, they wear a headdress made from olive branches. Once the locals are ready, they then jump through the fire 3 times. As they complete this ritual, they ask for “The blessing of God” from Saint John .
After the fire jumping ceremony, the wreaths that were picked and made on May Day, are then thrown into the fire and burned. This is supposed to drive away witches. This is very similar to that of a pagan ceremony which is now associated with the birth of Saint John on Mid-summers Day.
Whilst the wreaths are being burned, musicians play old Greek songs on their traditional instruments, and the local people sing and dance around the fire.
It is a fabulous evening, where all the locals and tourists enjoying an evening together, dancing, drinking and eating traditional Greek food.

Festival of Traditional Village Pie
This may sound like an obscure festival to have, but it has been a tradition in the Village of Gimari for many years.
festival1I never knew there were so many things you could put into pies.
The local women in the village make the traditional savoury cheese pie, spinach pie, potato pie, pepper pie, meat pie, mixed vegetable pie, chicken pie and salted codfish pie with a fantastic taste.
Your taste buds are definitely stretched to the limit, with all the different flavours.
There is also a barbeque, with plenty of souvlaki and lamb to eat and plenty of drinks on offer to wash it all down.
Whilst we were enjoying the food, we were entertained by a Greek band playing, traditional Greek music. To help work off the good food we had just eaten, we joined the locals and were trying to dance to the Greek music in the traditional Greek way, we got a few strange looks but mainly the locals were impressed we joined in.
The locals also held a lottery where you could win prizes, which were kindly donated by the local village people.
What a fabulous evening, there were a lot of the guests who were staying in Kalami and the nearby villages participating in the festival. It was so nice to watch the locals and the tourists mixing with each other and it definitely proves that the Greeks are the most welcoming and friendly people you will find in the world.

Varkarola
Every year, the local businesses of Kalami, San Stefanos and many other beachside villages organize the Varcarola festival.
varcarola3The Varkarola is a traditional music festival on the sea. The festival begins with a choir and musicians promenading along the boardwalk on the beach, singing and playing traditional romantic serenades and fisherman songs called “cantades”.
The choir then boards a small illuminated fishing boat and sails along Kalami seafront serenading the people in the tavernas.
Then, a large fishing boat followed by smaller boats, sails along the shore with the choir on board the larger boat. Fireworks are released off the boats creating an amazing show.

1st Festival of Philarmonic Orchestras
Sunday 3rd July 2005 saw the festival of the Philharmonic Orchestra.
All the Philharmonic Orchestra’s from around Corfu, Athens , Thessalonika, Lefkas, Lamia , Russia , Austria and the Naval Forces took part in this festival.
All the different Orchestra’s parade past the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George heading towards their final destination, the cricket pitch.
This is a fantastic setting for the festival, as the cricket pitch is nestled between the Old Fortress and the Liston.
The Philharmonic Orchestra’s continue to parade around the cricket pitch so everyone can see their costumes that are traditional to the countries they have come from. As the sun sets, they finally come to a standstill in their groups on the cricket pitch and play the most enchanting music.
After all the Orchestra’s have performed, speeches are made. During the speeches you are told about the history of the different Philharmonic Orchestra’s and their cultures.
The evening has a fantastic finale, a fireworks display. All the different colours light up the sky above the Old Fortress it is an amazing sight to see and an excellent finish to the day.
Every year the Philharmonic Orchestras of Corfu participate in the festivities of the orthodox religion and the cultural events.

Corfu Philharmonic Orchestras

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The Philharmonic Society was established during the years of the British protectorate. The British did not allow the military bands to go to the processions or hold any religious ceremonies regarding different religions. The philharmonic band of Corfu was established in 1836, but the officially birthday year was 1840.
The Philharmonic Society of Corfu used the colors of the Ionian Flag for the society’ s flag and the uniform of the members and still does today. The Philharmonic Band educated the residents in music for 1 and a half-century, showing the way for the other new Bands:
1.Old Philharmonic Society of Corfu (1840)
2.New Band or The Manzaros Philharmonic Society (1890)
3.The “Omonia” Philharmonic Society of Gastouri (1898)
4.The Philharmonic Society of Skripero (1909)
5.The Musical and Artistic Association of Lefkimmi (1910)
6.The Philharmonic Society of Lefkimmi (1953)
7.The “Spyros Samaras” Philharmonic Society of Ano Korakiana (1958)
8.The Sinarades Philharmonic Orchestra (1962)
9.The “Gerasimos Markoras” Philharmonic Society of Kato Korakiana (1962)Easter_5
10.The Kinopiastes Philharmonic Society (1966)
11.The “Kapodistrias” Philharmonic Association (1980)
12.The “Agios Nikolaos” Philharmonic Association of Lacones (1990)
13.The Municipal Philharmonic Orchestra of Thinalion (1993)
14.The Philharmonic Orchestra of Corfu (1994)
15.The Philharmonic Orchestra of Kontokali
16.The Philharmonic Orchestra of Liapades
17.The Philharmonic Orchestra of Achilleion
18.The Philharmonic Orchestra of Avliotes
19.The Philharmonic Orchestra of Karousades
20.The Philharmonic Orchestra of Episkepsi

Corfu Callendar:

January 1 st

New Year’s Day

January 6 th 

Epiphany

February 11 th 

Vlassios, the holy martyr and Theodora Augusta

The decapitated Holy relic of Saint Theodora is kept in a casket at the Metropolitan church in Corfu Town . The procession of the Holy relic of Saint Theodora happens the first Sunday of the Lent of the Orthodox religion every year. Saint Theodora was empress and wife of the emperor of the Byzantine, Theofilos. She lived during the difficult years of iconoclasm. Her husband, Theofilos, was one of the vicious iconoclasts and opposed to Saint Theodora’s faith regarding the icons of the Orthodox Church.

The same day, the church gives to the religious people a little piece of watermelon in remembrance of a miracle of Saint Vlassios, who cured the children of Corfu by a disease.

February – March 

(date varies) 

Carnival

March – April  

(date varies) 

Clean Monday

The next day after the last Sunday of Carnival is the beginning of the Lent. All the Corfiots have picnics in the countryside of Corfu , with Lenten foods such as taramosalata, octopus, calamari, flatbread (bannock) and a lot of wine. There is also the kite flying, which you can see all over the sky of Corfu .

March 25 th 

Greek Independence Day of 1821

Easter (date varies) 

Easter in Corfu is one of the most fascinating in the whole of Greece .

May 1 st 

Mayday

May 21 st 

Anniversary of the Union of the Ionian Islands with Greece

Saint Constantine and Helen celebration day

Summer period 

Sound and Light Performances

Events with sounds and lights in Corfu Town during the summer.

August (date varies) 

Varcarola

 

August 11 th 

Celebration of the saving intervetion of Saint Spyridon during the Turkish invasion. In 1716, when the Turks tried to besiege Corfu , a terrible storm broke out and the Turks pulled out of the island.

August 15 th 

Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Festivals in many villages such as Kassiopi, Doukades, Episkepsi, Nymphes, Spartilas etc.

October 28 th 

Defiance of the Italian Invasion of 1940 – Ochi Day

September 

Cultural events : concerts by Philharmonic Orchestras, choirs, and artistic, theatrical and dancing performances.

1 st Sunday of November

Celebration of the miracle of Saint Spyridon,

who saved the people of Corfu by a deadly disease.

December 12 th

Saint Spyridon Celebration day

Saint Spyridon was born in Tremithous of Cyprus in 270 AC. He was a shepherd. He married and had a daughter by the name Irini. After his wife died, he became a monk. He was persecuted and He worked as a convicted in mines. Afterwards He was appointed as Bishop of Tremithous of Cyprus. He participated in the Ecumenical Synod in 325 in Nice of Vithinia, where the heretical Arios was convicted. He died on the 12 th of December 350 AC. In 648 AC, the Holy relic was transferred to Constantinople in the church of Saints Apostles . In 1453, after the fall of Constantinople, the priest Georgios Kalohairetis transferred the Holy relics of Saint Spyridon and Saint Theodora to Paramythia and then to Corfu .

December 25 th

Christmas

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