Holidays to Sidari mean Blue Flag beaches, medium-paced nightlife and a big helping of traditional Greek charm
A popular island resort
Set on Corfu’s north coast, Sidari used to be a small fishing village made up of little more than a harbour and a cluster of houses. Now it’s had a resort makeover and it’s packed with sprawling low-rise hotels and tourist-friendly bars. Location wise, though, you won’t lose out on that traditional Greek charm – it’s surrounded by sleepy hamlets and just 26 kilometres from Corfu Town.
Sidari gives you 3 beaches for the price of 1. The 500-metre main Blue Flag stretch sits right up against the centre of town. Its gently-shelving sands are sheltered by a little bay and its calm waters are ideal for paddlers. To the east, around the corner from the harbour, you’ll find the smaller, more shingly Megali beach, surrounded by prime rock-pooling territory.
It may not be a hard-core clubber but Sidari still knows how to keep its visitors partying after dark. While you won’t find any mega-clubs, the dance floors in the dusk-’til-dawn DJ bars are never empty and entry is usually free. Buying a round of drinks won’t break the bank either – you can get a bottle of beer for as little as 1 euro.
Daytrips to traditional Greek villages
Just a couple of kilometres down the road you’ve got the ancient villages of Peroulades and Avliotes. This quaint duo offer up traditional tavernas, tucked-away beaches and plenty of fishing-village prettiness. Or you can get a boat from Sidari harbour to the tiny hamlets and cypress-fringed coves on the 3 Diapontia Islands. The closest, Mathraki, is about a 40-minute trip away.