Walk the Ionian Jewels of Corfu & Paxos
An Unspoilt region of Greece
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The largest of the Ionian islands, Corfu has always been known for its exceptional beauty. The countryside is varied, with high wooded hillsides, abundant olive groves, rocky cliffs, coves and lovely sandy beaches. As you walk, the azure blue sea is almost never out of sight.

Visitors, particularly in spring, will be amazed to see how green the landscape is, enhanced by the yellow and purple flowers of the eastern Mediterranean shrubs. Its quieter neighbour of Paxos is an island of endless olive groves.

The more tranquil Paxos, is an island of endless olive groves with quiet sandy beaches, fishing hamlets and, of course, the traditional Greek welcome.


About The Route

Facts:

The Corfu and Paxos walking trails follow parts of the well known Corfu Trail as well following almost forgotten traditional paths. Moderate days are interspersed with more challenging walks on hilly and mountainous routes. Pathways are generally well kept cobbled kalderimi, dirt tracks and sometimes stony routes.

Highlights:

  • UNESCO World Heritage Corfu Town with its Venetian architecture
  • Tranquil Paxos with its sandy beaches and fishing hamlets
  • Mount Pantokrator walk discovering abandoned villages
  • Highlights of the well known Corfu Trail
  • Springtime flora
  • The nature of the trail:

    The trail is described as moderate with an average daily walking of 4-6 hours and is best enjoyed from April through to October. In July and August it can be very hot, though there will generally be a cooling breeze. Pathways are a mix of undulating cobbled mule paths and dirt tracks in sometimes, hilly and mountainous areas.

    Ionian Jewels of Corfu & Paxos - 6 Days

    6 days walking
    7 nights accommodation
    42 miles /72km
    Twin/Double room per person from:
    £659  Per Person
    Single room per person from:
    £793 Per Person
    Solo Traveller per person from:
    £1056  Per Person
    Season:
    spring, summer, autumn

    Itinerary

  • Arrival - Arrive in Mesoggi
  • Arrive Corfu Town and transfer (included) to the former fishing village of Mesoggi on the east coast of Corfu Island, with its sandy beach and relaxed atmosphere.

  • Day 1 - Walk from Issos to Mesoggi 10m (16 km)
  • Your day starts with a transfer to the west of the island to Issos, where as you follow the trail northwards, you have impressive coastal views as well as views over Korission lagoon, the largest on the island and abundent with flora and wildlife. Crossing the island at one of its narrowest points you arrive back to Mesoggi.

    5 hours, 10m/16 km, 180m ascent, 180m descent

  • Day 2 - Follow the Corfu Trail 10.5m (17 km)
  • From the inland village of Stronggyli (Transfer included), you start your walk along the Corfu Trail, onto the slopes of Agii Deka, the highest peak of Central Corfu (676m). Historic kalderimi (mule paths) take you past traditional mountain villages ending in the village Sinarades from where you head to Corfu town by public bus or taxi (not included)

    6 hours, 10.5m/17 km, 785m ascent, 700m descent

  • Day 3 - Town and ferry to Paxos
  • A relaxing morning to savour breakfast, explore Corfu town, with perhaps a visit to Mon Repos or the excellent archaeological museum. An afternoon ferry (included in the arrangements) brings you to the charming island of Paxos.

  • Day 4 - Circular walk on Paxos island 6.2m (10 km)
  • To the backdrop of cicadas, today's circular walk starts in the charming port town of Gaios, travels uphill, and past several rural villages. Crossing the island, onto the cliffs on the west side, seeing Tripitos Arch and the old capital of Ozias. Continuing on to the coast. You cross the bridge to Moggonisi Island, before returning to the hotel.

    3 hours, 6.2m/10 km, 200 ascent, 200m descent

  • Day 5 - Travel to Corfu and walk from Rekini to Spartyllas 7.5m (12 km)
  • After taking the morning ferry back to Corfu Town, you will be transferred to Rekini Bridge for a walk in the foothills of the northern Pantokrator Mountains. Following the Corfu Trail once more, you walk through an unspoilt area of quiet cobbled trails and sleepy villages. This is rural Corfu at its very best! In early spring there are numerous orchids on the slopes of Mount Pantokrator. At the end of the walk you will be transferred to your hotel, close to the beach.

    4 hours, 7.5m/12 km, 575m ascent, 220m descent

  • Day 6 - Walk across the Pantokrator Mountain 13.5m (21.5 km)
  • The final walk of the holiday takes you to the saddle of Mount Pantokrator, with impressive views of the nearby Albanian mountains. Picturesque ancient villages, including the almost abandoned Old Perithia, line your way on your descent to the tip of Corfu's northern coast, at the very end of the Corfu Trail.

    7 hours, 13.5m/21.5 km, 750m ascent, 640m descent

  • Departure - Departure after breakfast
  • Transfer to Corfu Town (included) in time for your flight

    Notes

    Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

    Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

    If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

    ACCOMMODATION ON THE ROUTE

    Accommodation:

    Depending on where you are on the trail you’re following, your overnight accommodation can vary from a farmhouse, B&B, guest house or hotel, which is all part of enjoying the countryside. Here are examples of the type of accommodation you can expect in Corfu and Paxos. Wherever possible, we will reserve rooms with ensuite or private bathrooms. There may be locations or times of the year when accommodation with only shared facilities are available.

    If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

    How It Works

    Included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • 7 night's accommodation, 2 Mesoggi, 1 Corfu Town, 2 Paxos island, 2 Barbati
  • Breakfast daily
  • Luggage transfers on Days 3 & 6
  • Ferry tickets from Corfu Town to Paxos and vv
  • Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 8
  • Transport where noted on the itinerary page on day 2, 4, 6 and 7
  • Destination manual for the area and route
  • Route Notes with full details on the daily routes
  • Easy to read maps of the walking route
  • Booklet "Walking on Paxos from Ian Bleasdale"
  • GPS tracks
  • 24 hour English speaking contact number for emergencies
  • Not included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfer Sinarades-Corfu Town
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunches or dinners (unless specified)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program
  • Rest Days and Extra Nights: If you wish to add rest days into your itinerary or add extra nights in Corfu Town or on Paxos island, please contact us.


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