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Corfu is Greece’s greenest island, dotted with ancient olive groves, elegant cypresses and of course, pine trees that give off the true scent of the Med. Today, however, I’m going to talk about the colour blue; to tell you about the islands best beaches, tavernas and secret bars right next to the beautiful deep blue sea.

As soon as we arrived in Corfu, we found ourself a rental car and hopped off to the west part of the island. Stepping off the plane felt like home, it is always such an incredible feeling to be back in Greece where I’m from…We planned to stay in the west part of Corfu for two nights and come back to the Old Town for the rest of our time (I’ll tell you more about the town on the blog soon). Our final destination was Paleokastritsa, a picturesque part of the island, recommended by friends who are from Corfu. Something it’s famous for is hidden caves and beaches, places you can often only get to by boat. And that’s exactly what Paleokastritsa is surrounded by, making it magnificent wherever you look.

We opted for a simple but ideal hotel for our two nights on that side, Hotel Odysseus, right in the heart of the town and with views of the stunning bay. Our first evening was spent having a dip in the Paleokastritsa beach, a pretty bay with ice-cold water (it’s famous for being quite cold that side of the island) and dinner a local restaurant called Boulis. We asked for recommendations of a place with authentic food, since Corfu is pretty touristy, and it was divine. Overlooking the entire Paleokastritsa bay, the little taverna is run by an old Corfiot couple in a town called Lakones and I cannot recommend it enough…

Our second day was spent at Agios Georgious, a beautiful sandy beach just a 30 minute drive from Paleokastritsa (through stunning olive groves I might add). Food there is great, you can munch on a Greek salad with your toes in the sand, just the way it should be… Following a lazy day by the sea, we headed for a much-needed sundowner cocktail. I’m one who loves finding hidden away gems and when we were told about La Grotta, a bar built into cliff overlooking the sea, I was sold. We sipped on cocktails watching the sunset over the infinite shades of blue… Another must do that side of the island. We then hopped over to Akron for a cheeky bite to finish of the day.

 It was time to move back to the east part of pretty Corfu, to head to our hideout in the Old Town. More details of that follow, with lots more recommendations for those of you planning a trip to the island this summer…

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