Kalami sets the bar high for rest and relaxation holidays. This tranquil little fishing village stays true to its Greek island heritage and is the ideal choice for a peaceful getaway in 2017. If you like to live life in the fast lane, Kalami is not the place for you. There’s little more than a shingle-covered beach, selection of great restaurants and a fishing marina here, giving you a taste of the traditional laid-back Greece lifestyle.
Kalami is a wonderful place to reconnect with nature on a personal level. The scent of fresh pine trees and olive groves lingers in the air, adding to the delightfully relaxing ambience. You won’t need a travel itinerary here, as everything you need, from shops to restaurants and refreshment stands is within easy reach. Whether you’re looking to holiday with family, your significant other or a group of friends, Kalami’s cocktail bars, authentic tavernas and bright blue waters are sure to keep everyone happy.
As a quiet seaside resort, Kalami has little more than beaches and sea when it comes to attractions. In fact, the quiet lifestyle is the major draw of Kalami for many tourists looking to get away from the bustle of everyday life. Enjoy the pared-down pace of things, whether you’re looking to recharge your batteries, unwind and distress, or reconnect with your family. The major attraction is the Blue Flag beach, which features a neat patch of exceptionally clean and well-maintained shingle. There are no crowds here at any time of the year, lending an ambience of peace and seclusion.
In the main street area, you’ll find a number of traditional Greek tavernas and a handful of tourist shops. If you’re looking for more action and adventure, your best bet is to head to Nissaki to explore the beach cove, or perhaps hire a boat to explore the coastline at your leisure. When you opt to holiday in Kalami, you get a great value base from which to explore the surrounding area, including Corfu Town, just 40 minutes from Kalami by taxi or public transport.
Wine and Dine
As you explore Kalami, you’ll get plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the Greek culture and lifestyle by dining like a Greek. Kalami has a good selection of restaurants, bars and traditional tavernas serving both authentic Greek cuisine and crowd-pleasing international options. As with the rest of Greece, Corfu’s cuisine is focussed on olive oil, fish and meat, served with flavoursome cheeses and fresh vegetables. Other local favourites include sheep’s yoghurt, sweet honey and locally-produced herbs. Classic Greek dishes include taramasalata, tzatziki, aubergine, burduni and salado (unsmoked salami). Greek cuisine is delicious and nourishing, almost always being served with a fresh side salad with plenty of olives and olive oil.
Kalami is a great alternative Greek resort for families that don’t enjoy the bustling crowds and noise of the main Greek holiday destinations. The Blue Flag beach at Kalami is ideal for families thanks to its outstanding cleanliness, good amenities and seclusion. The peaceful beach and quiet atmosphere of Kalami also makes it a good choice for families wishing to bring very young or older members of the family along on holiday, as you won’t be disturbed at night by loud pumping music or noisy revellers.
The peace and quiet doesn’t mean you can’t have a few adventures at Kalami though. If you’re looking for an unforgettable family day out, hire a boat to explore the coastline at your own pace and stop off at various small coves to look at the marine life. You can also take a bus or taxi to Corfu Town, the vibrant capital of the island, to explore popular attractions, such as the Old Fortress, and go hunting for souvenirs.
Action and Adventure
Kalami’s origins as an authentic fishing village mean there’s a sense of relaxation and a laid-back way of life here. The village itself is not geared towards sports and other adrenaline-pumping activities, but that’s not to say that there’s no energetic activities to enjoy. The tranquil waters off the coast make swimming in Kalami ideal for beginners, young children, more mature holidaymakers and those rehabilitating from physical injuries.
If you’re looking for more high-octane activities, there are a number of small water sports schools and places to rent equipment for wake-boarding, wake-skating, knee-boarding – and good old-fashioned pedalo-ing. You can also hire a boat to explore the coast at your own pace, stopping to visit the little coves you’ll come across along the way.
Life's a Beach
Kalami’s Blue Flag accredited beach has a compact, neat patch of shingle that is always pristine and well-maintained. Even during the peak summer period, you won’t find large and noisy crowds of people at Kalami Beach. The beach is ideal for walking, lounging in the sun and photography, with beautiful yellow and orange trees lining the shoreline and some incredible sunrises and sunsets.
If you’re in the mood for more energetic activities, there are facilities for water-skiing, pedalos, boat hire and canoeing at the beach, while the crystal-clear waters are warm and tranquil. Another great option is to explore the coastline with a hire boat, allowing you to visit the little coves and unspoilt beaches along the northeast coast at your own pace.
Owing to its heritage as a traditional fishing village, Kalami has a sedate nightlife scene that is focussed on sociable meals with your friends and loved ones. Kalami has no real nightclubs or bustling nightlife venues, so nights out here generally involve heading to a traditional taverna, bar or restaurant for a quiet meal and drinks.
If you’re looking to enjoy a more vibrant night out, Kalami is well connected to a number of other beach resorts. The Gouvia coastal road is lined with a wide range of clubs and bars, which you can travel between for the ultimate memorable nightlife experience. The nightlife capital of Corfu is Kavos, which is famous for its strip area and hedonistic bars, nightclubs and karaoke bars. Ipsos was formerly famous for Club 18-30s holidays and although the crowd has now diversified the area remains popular with younger holidaymakers thanks to its great live music and wide range of bars and clubs.
Kalami is one of the best coastal resorts in Greece for couples that prefer a quiet lifestyle, and is particularly popular with retired couples. The clear sea air, olive groves and pine forests bring a feeling of being close to nature and not having a care in the world, making the village a great place to connect with each other as a couple. While most modern couples feel that they have little time for one another, the laid-back pace of life here gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy a relaxed way of life. Your biggest worry will be which delicious classic Greek meal to try, or what time to head to the beach.
Kalami itself is compact and can be easily explored on foot, stopping at the various traditional tavernas and bars for cocktails. With the village being nestled between bright blue waters and lush green pine trees, Kalami has a paradise-like feel that recharges your batteries without you needing to step foot in a fancy spa.
Kalami embodies the laid-back authentic culture of traditional fishing villages in Corfu. Kalami is very much geared toward the traditional Greek lifestyle. The lifestyle here is focussed on family, relaxation and embracing the authentic Greek lifestyle of bygone times. Kalami is in no hurry to join the modern age of technology and hyper-connectivity, making it an ideal place to switch off all your devices, enjoy face-to-face conversation and enjoy life without all the gadgets and gizmos of everyday life.
Some of the biggest cultural events in Kalami include the Corfiot Carnival, which takes place in the lead up to Easter. The carnival includes street processions, dancing, costumes and live music. Dancing is followed by the Cremation of the King Carnival, which features plenty of eating and drinking as a send-off to indulgence before the forty days of fasting in the run-up to Easter. Another important cultural festival is Independence Day on March 25th each year, which celebrates the beginning of the War for Independence. Later on in the year, the Kalamians celebrate No Day (or Ohi Day) on October 28th in commemoration of Greece refusing to bow to the will of the Italian dictator Mussolini. No Day is celebrated with a number of spectacular military parades, folk dances, feasts and respectful remembrance services.