Situated on the west coast of Corfu, Aghios Gordios is a quaint holiday destination whose main charm stems from its fishing and farming industries, giving the place a relaxed feel throughout. Although it is known for that more laid-back approach to holidaying, Aghios Gordios is located just 15 kilometres away from the bustling centre of Corfu Town, where you can sample some of the finest nightlife that Greece has to offer.
Being so close to historic Corfu Town means that there are a number of amazing opportunities for sightseeing, and the fact that all of them are located very close to each other means you barely have to break a sweat. The old own is a connected maze of narrow streets which make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. The area is also a shoppers’ paradise and has a number of different places for you to pick up local specialties like gold jewellery and handmade lace. And when you’re all shopped out, take some deserved relaxation on the resorts incredible beaches. With sparkling blue seas located in front of a mess of wooded hills, Aghios Gordios is a prime pick for your 2017 holiday destination.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 3h 15m
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Due to its laid-back feel and reputation, Aghios Gordios isn’t exactly overloaded with tourist attractions and sites, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to see. As the hub of the town, Aghios Gordios beach is obviously a huge draw for guests to check out and around the golden stretch of sand are a number of interesting places worth checking out. There are three traditional Greek villages easily accessible by foot. All three of Kato Garouna, Pentati and Sinarades lie close to Aghios Gordios and reaching them is almost as beautiful as the towns themselves. Winding picturesque paths show you the best of the nature around Aghios Gordios and the distances is just far enough to work up a real appetite to quench when you finally arrive in the towns.
Nearby Corfu Town provides one of the most beautiful history lessons you’re ever likely to receive. The town’s Old Fortress is an old Venetian structure which was built in the early 15th century. Originally purposed as a defence fortification, this Byzantine site is now an amazing place to snap pictures of, but also from, with amazing panoramic views of the dazzling blue ocean around it.
Wine and Dine
Greek food is known all over the world, and there aren’t many better representations of this amazing food than on the island of Corfu. Dining can be experienced in a number of different environments here and whether you’re a fan of traditional and more formal dining options or intimate meals in tavernas, you’re more than catered to here in Aghios Gordios. Corfu cuisine differs slightly from traditional Greek fare due to the Venetian influence apparent throughout. The best way to experience this unique make-up is through local specialties such as bourdetto, a peppery fish stew, sofrito, fried veal, and the famous pastisada which is a pasta dish with beef. Most restaurants come with an extensive menu of both traditional Greek dishes and more commonly known international ones.
There are a number of different options for all types of family holidays when visiting Aghios Gordios. Those after an active adventure to share with their loved ones will find many things to keep their itineraries full. Whether its water-sports on the beach, hikes through the hills or renting bicycles for an exploration on two wheels, there’s plenty to please. Corfu Town is a real treat for children and they’ll love wandering the old streets with an ice cream in hand and some pocket money to pick up a memorable souvenir. Aqualand Water Park in central Corfu is a vast water park which dubs itself as ‘the most amazing in Europe’ and considering most children’s penchant for thrills and getting wet, I’m sure they’ll have to agree.
Action and Adventure
Water-sports are the most popular choice for those seeking adventure while visiting Aghios Gordios and with the calm waves and picturesque views, it’s easy to understand why. Whether you want to indulge in the fun and inane silliness of a banana boat, or put in some genuine time to perfect your skills on a jet-ski, this resort has plenty of choice atop of the waves. If venturing out onto the waves sounds good but you’re more inclined to explore, venturing out on a glass-bottomed boat is a good alternative to see what the ocean has to offer. With so much lush greenery around, it would be a waste not to see as much of it as humanly possible. But the best way of doing that is by relying on something which isn’t exactly human. Horseback treks are very popular in the area and you can find a number of different deals if you want embark on one.
Life's a Beach
As one of the most popular beaches in Corfu, this sandy marvel is one of the main reasons many people visit the resort. The beach took its name from the church of Aghios Gordios located in the centre of the beach. The beautiful cove is nestled amongst lush green mountains, and it’s also surrounded by olive tree forests, vineyards and a variety of impressive rock formations. To reach the beach of Aghios Gordios you must first pass through a beautiful road full of vineyards and high olive trees, meaning by the time you actually arrive at the beach, you’re already in a mood of prime relaxation. Once you reach the beach you will find plenty of tourist facilities to enjoy a comfortable day of sunbathing. The crystalline waters are ideal for a refreshing swim while water sport equipment is also available for both children and adults. During the high season the beach can be very popular with children playing in the waves and families camped out for the day, so make sure you arrive early. The beach is bordered by the impressive Ortholithi, a huge rock emerging from the sea. There are sunbeds aplenty here and there are even some private areas reserved for nudists if you are so inclined.
While nightlife in Aghios Gordios is more suited to a chilled night at an intimate tavern, the entertainment in nearby Corfu Town is a little livelier due to its increased number of clubs and bars. A popular place in Aghios Gordios is Stagousta. This club combines a unique blend of cocktails and rhythm to create an environment you’ll be more than happy to while the night away in. It hosts a variety of events during the summer months so make sure to keep your eyes peeled during your stay. The nightlife in Corfu Town occupies the dual position of having a far more relaxed vibe compared to the beach resorts of Kavos and Gouvia, but being livelier than Aghios Gordios. The town has a café culture and there are many on Liston Promenade that are open all day and evening. To sample some of the best of these, try the Art Café behind the Museum of Asian Art and you’ll find a peaceful, trendy place to have a drink away from the hub of the town.
Corfu is the most popular of the seven Ionian Islands that lie off the northwest coast of Greece, and with no other group is that more apparent than with couples. A day spent on the beach catching rays can provide you with all the opportunities you need to rekindle some romance with your partner. But if being up and about is something you would prefer, there are a number of trails to hike in the surrounding olive groves. With a picnic on your shoulder and plenty of sun-cream, these two options are the perfect way to experience Aghios Gordios. A trip to Corfu Town will provide you with a smattering of venues to choose from in order to wind your day down with a candlelit dinner.
The island of Corfu is famous for a number of reasons, and whether it’s the sterling nightlife, amazing food or chilled vibe that draws you here, you’ll savour every moment spent here. The old town was laid out by the Venetians in the fourteenth century and features narrow alleys lined with pastel coloured buildings with red tiled roofs. Despite the decades of progress the world has seen, this resort keeps in touch with its roots. A contrasting feel of adventure and excitement can be found in Corfu Town’s centre with an arcaded row of cafes and restaurants, copied from the Rue de Rivoli in Paris.