Located on the north western coast of Corfu, the ‘Emerald Isle’, Arillas is the perfect 2017 holiday for couples and families in need of relaxation. Away from the hustle and bustle of Corfu Town, Arillas offers you a taste of the relaxing way of life on the Greek Islands.
Not to worry though. If you’re after a busier day, you can take a short bus ride over to the busy town easily. Just a few kilometres away from Corfu Town, Arillas’s peaceful scenery and family-run bars and shops are ideal for visitors wanting to take in the history and culture of a traditional Greek village without submitting themselves to the hustle and bustle of crowded tourist resorts.
But don’t worry if sun-bathing on the beach or relaxing in a traditional bar is not all you want out of your holiday. By hiring a car you’ll have the opportunity to travel to the nearby villages of Kavadades, Afionas or Magoulades, and for the chance of a boat trip to the Diapontia Islands you only have to reach the nearby harbour of Agios Stefanos.
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At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 3h 5m
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Perfect for families and couples looking for a quiet Greek getaway, Arillas has plenty on offer. With a 1.2 mile long, blue flag beach, crystal clear waters, traditional family run tavernas galore and stunning local cuisine, Arillas has not yet become overrun by popular tourist culture. Instead it retains all its Grecian charm, so immerse yourself in authentic Greek life on this beautiful island.
Arillas’ cultural history, local traditions, and friendly crowd are only one of the sources of entertainment in the area. Well-signed hiking trails offer visitors a wonderful opportunity to walk away from the beach and wander through fields, streams, and bridges where leafy tunnels and chirping crickets will accompany your walk. While a local bus can take you sightseeing to the surrounding regions of Sidari, Agios Stefanos and Agios Georgios, do not make the mistake of thinking that Corfu’s charm is limited to its museums and castles: waterparks, riding stables, hike trails, scuba centres, and water sports will be sure to keep you entertained throughout your stay in Greece.
Heading off towards the north-east coast, Kassiópi, founded in the 3rd century BC and steeped in history and tradition, combines the peaceful charm of small villages with the nightlife of a summer tourist resort. Not only do the bars, restaurants, and shops spread along the town make it a joy to wander through its streets, but it is easy to hire a motor boat or book a boat excursion from here.
Wine and Dine
Arillas’ restaurants are renowned for their warmth, hospitality, friendliness, home cooking and attention to quality. You can choose to either savour delicious breakfasts, home-made burgers, Greek cuisine, and Mediterranean pizza in one of the many restaurants on the beachfront, or venture in Arillas’ centre for a visit to one the many family run tavernas offering a full range of traditional Greek meals in a relaxed and soothing atmosphere.
Families looking to keep their children entertained during their 2017 holidays will only have to wander off to central Corfu for a visit to Aqualand, a waterpark with more than 15 different water games plus a number of games out of the water as well as a video games room.
Corfu Town also offers boat trips designed to assure a safe and relaxing day for the whole family. Boats come equipped with drinks, snacks, cocktails, ice creams, and a crew ready to prepare BBQ lunch for you while you enjoy your ride.
Action and Adventure
Whether you’re looking to try your hand at wave-boarding and water-skiing, or you’d rather experience life underwater under the supervision of experienced divers, Arillas holidays can provide non-stop action and adventure for your 2017 holiday. With a reputation for being one of the better scuba venues in Greece, Corfu offers dive centres and PADI resorts with dive groups and clubs, as well as courses and packages tailored to every level of experience.
In Ano Korakiana, a trail riders stable awaits you at the foot of Mt Pandokrator. Immersed in nature and equipped with 11 well-trained horses, the area is perfect for visitors wanting to go horse-trekking. Trailriders’s rides are 2-hour-long and available year-round, offering a great activity for your Arillas holidays.
Life's a Beach
Arillas’ golden beach is a 2km stretch of sand surrounded by forests and olive groves. Its peace, tranquillity, cleanness, and warm and shallow waters make it the perfect destination for families and children wanting to spend a relaxing 2017 holiday surrounded by spell-binding Greek scenery. When you’re done with sun-bathing, admiring the sunset and savouring fresh food in one of the local taverns, Arillas’ beach also offers boat rides to the islands and Diaplos and Mathraki.
For a busier nightlife and the chance to party all night, venture just outside Arillas and you’ll find Kavos. With its reputation as one of Europe’s favourite party destinations, Kavos guarantees live gigs and all-night parties all year round. An international crowd gathers here to rave it up in one of the many bars, pubs, and clubs offering lively music and endless DJ sets. Don’t fret if dancing is not for you – Kavos can provide suitable entertainment even for less consummate party-goers: among cocktail bars, British pubs, and karaoke bars you’ll find a quiet place to sit down and chat while enjoying a drink.
Arillas’ Mediterranean tranquillity make it the perfect spot for couples looking for privacy and comfort. Whether you’re are looking to simply relax and stroll around the town’s picturesque streets or enjoy live music and folk dances while taking part in the annual Ascension Festival or in the Wine Festival that takes place every September, Arillas has got you covered.
The natural Greek landscape makes Arillas the perfect spot for horse-riding, and with local riding schools offering both horses and horse-riding lessons tailored to riders at every level of experience, couples will not want to miss the chance to ride through valleys, hills, and groves, while taking in the Mediterranean sunset.
With only a 30 minute bus ride between Arillas and Corfu Town, why not spend a day there? With the city’s Old Town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are plenty of winding streets and Venetian architecture for history and culture buffs. Head over to the Achilleion Palace and visit the old Empress of Austria’s palace or visit the Church of Agios Spyridon and see the relic of Corfu’s patron saint. There are plenty of shops and restaurants to explore and you could even take a ferry over to Albania for the day.
Located in the Ionian Sea off Greece’s northwest coast, and an addition to the UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 2007, Corfu is steeped in the history and culture of Greece. Castles, fortifications, temples, tombs, churches and museums punctuate the island with a never-ending mix of archaeological sites and modern architecture.
In the village of Kassiopi, in the north-eastern coast of Corfu, lies the Kassiopi Castle, a Byzantine castle regarded as one of the most important architectural artefacts in the Ionian Islands. The Old Fortress, dating back to the 6th century AD, is nowadays home to the Public Library of Corfu and the Hellenic Msic Research Club, while the New Fortress, built in 1537 in the wake of the Ottoman siege of Corfu, is home to various art exhibitions and collections.
The Archaeological Museum of Corfu hosts exhibits like the Gorgon pediment, part of the Artemis Temple dating back to 580 BC, the Lion of Menecrates, dating back to the 7th century, and the pediment of Dionysus, dating back to 500 BC. In the region of Gastouri lies The Achilleion, a 19th century palace of breathtaking beauty commissioned by Elisabeth of Bavaria, whose admiration of Greece and Greek culture led her to look to Corfu as her favourite holiday spot. The Achilleion’s grounds are filled with representations of Achilles and the Trojan Wars, and its Imperial Gardens, overlooking the Ionian Sea, are dotted with neoclassical Greek statues.
Tourists interested in Corfu’s culture should also make sure to save some time to visit the local churches. Head off to Paleokastrítsa’s beach and cross a forest of cypresses and olive trees for a visit to the 13th century monastery of Theotókou, dedicated to Panagia of Paleokastrítsa. And make sure to visit Greek Orthodox church of Saint Spyridon Church as well. Built in 1580, with a bell tower among the highest in the Ionaian Islands, Saint Spyridon Church is home to the relics of Saint Spyridon.