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May Jun Jul Aug Sep
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Corfu & Paxos walking trip

Corfu & Paxos walking trip

  • Sample the highlights of the Corfu Trail, and the island's time-forgotten interior
  • Corfu Town with its pretty Italian-style architecture, Byzantine remains, picturesque market and cobbled streets
  • Petite and peaceful Paxos Island, with its idyllic landscape
  • Walk on Corfu's highest mountain and discover abandoned villages and rich flora and fauna
  • The Korisson Lagoon, with impressive dunes and wetlands is a nature reserve and home to lizzards, turtles and migrating birds
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Route
Start: Mesoggi (Corfu)    Finish: Barbati (Corfu)
Day 1: Arrive on Corfu
Day 2: Walk from Issos to Mesoggi (16 km)
Day 3: Along the Corfu Trail in central Corfu (17 km)
Day 4: Corfu Town and travel to Paxos
Day 5: Round walk on Paxos (10 km)
Day 6: From Paxos to Corfu and walk on Corfu (12 km)
Day 7: Walk across the Pantokrator Mountain (21,5 km)
Day 8: Departure

Day 1:    Arrive on Corfu

On arrival at Corfu Airport we will transfer you by taxi to the village of Messonghi. Situated on the east coast of Corfu, 19km south of Corfu town, Messonghi is a quiet former fishing village which boasts a lovely sandy beach and relaxed atmosphere. 

Day 2:    Walk from Issos to Mesoggi (16 km)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the start of your walk on Issos Beach on the western side of the island adjacent to Korission Lagoon. This coastal lagoon is a haven for wildlife. Egrets, terrapins and kingfishers can all be seen if you are quiet. From the lagoon you head back to the East coast via Chlomatiana, where you can enjoy splendid views from the church. Your walk ends back at your hotel in Messonghi.

Challenge: 5 hours, 16 km, 180m ascent, 180m descent

Day 3:    Along the Corfu Trail in central Corfu (17 km)

Today you follow the Corfu Trail through central Corfu. After breakfast we transfer you to Stronggyli where you join the Corfu Trail. A pleasant foot path takes you on the slopes of Agii Deka, the second highest peak on Corfu (676m). Delightful walking on shaded historic mule paths past traditional mountain villages. Once you reach Sinarades you catch a bus to Corfu Town.

Corfu Old Town is a world heritage site made up by a beguiling mix of Greek, English, Venetian and Italian architecture all dominated by the imposing 16th century fortress. Narrow streets, numerous beautiful churches and an excellent archaeological museum combine to make Corfu a delight for all the senses.

Challenge: 6 hours, 17 km, 785m ascent, 700m descent

Day 4:    Corfu Town and travel to Paxos

Spend the morning exploring the attractive streets, square and churches of Corfu Town before catching the ferry to Paxos. The three hour ferry from Corfu brings you to the Greek Island idyll of Paxos where a taxi will be waiting to take you to your hotel.

With no airport Paxos has retained a relaxed and unhurried atmosphere. This is immediately apparent when you step off the ferry in Gaios, the picturesque island capital. The east coast of Paxos is made up of sandy beaches and quiet coves while the western shore is altogether more rugged. A collection is caves, cliffs and natural arches. In between olive groves and vineyards carpet the land.

Day 5:    Round walk on Paxos (10 km)

Today’s walk is the most delightful journey through Paxos, accompanied at every step by the song of cicadas. From your hotel you walk via the charming town of Gaios uphill and past authentic rural villages. Then you cross the island to the cliffs on the west and come to Tripitos Arch. Via the old capital Ozias you come down to the coast and cross the bridge to Moggonisi Island. From this point you can either return to your hotel by boat or on foot.

Challenge: 3 hours, 10 km, 200m ascent, 200m descent

Day 6:    From Paxos to Corfu and walk on Corfu (12 km)

Transfer from your hotel to the port of Gaios and per Flying Dolphin boat in the early morning from Paxos to Corfu. From Corfu Town you will be transferred to Rekini, where you begin your walk along the foot of the Pantokrator Mountains in Northern Corfu. Following the Corfu Trail once more, you walk through an area of Corfu that time seems to have forgotten. Quiet cobbled trails, sleepy villages, rural Corfu at its very best! Those walking in spring will spoilt by the display of orchids on the slopes of Mount Pantokrator.

Challenge: 4 hours, 12 km, 575m ascent, 220m descent

Day 7:    Walk across the Pantokrator Mountain (21,5 km)

Today's finale takes us to the saddle of Mount Pantokrator for stunning views of the nearby Albanian mountains. Picturesque ancient villages, including the almost abandoned Old Perithia, line our way on our descent to the tip of Corfu's northern coast, at the very end of the Corfu Trail.

Challenge: 7 hours, 21,5 km, 400m ascent, 750m descent

Day 8:    Departure

Transfer to the airport and departure.

accommodation

All hotels of this trip are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
Below you find the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, we book a similar alternative for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight:
You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way. We can also book a hotel in Corfu town for you before and/or after the trip.

Hotel Rossis
Hotel Rossis (Messoggi)

The hotel is located in the small holiday resort of Messoggi, a picturesque fishermen's village, situated 19 km south from the airport. It offers many comforts and is the beach is directly in front of the hotel. It is suitable for those who wish to enjoy their vacations away from the crowd.

www.rossisbeachhotel.com

Hotel Konstantinoupolis
Hotel Konstantinoupolis (Corfu town)

The hotel Konstantinoupolis is a traditional hotel housed in a restored 19th century building. It is located in the old port of Corfu town and rooms at the front side offer offer sea view. The 31 rooms that the hotel offers are traditionally decorated and no room is the same! The breakfast is a traditional Greek breakfast.

www.konstantinoupolis.gr

Hotel Paxos Beach
Hotel Paxos Beach (Paxos Island)

The lovely Paxos Beach Hotel is located 2 km from Gaios, the main town of Paxos. The amphitheatrically built hotel is in excellent location and their swimming pool a pleasant place to stay after your walk. The rooms are rather basic, but the scenery more than compensates this. The hotel is family owned and the founder Mr. Zerbas and his daughter Polina will be your host. The hotel also has a good restaurant for your evening meals.

www.paxosbeachhotel.gr

Pantokrator Hotel
Pantokrator hotel (Barbati)

The Pantokrator Hotel is built amphitheatrically among the foothills of the impressive Pantokrator Mountain, offering breathtaking views over the southern part of Corfu, the coastline of Albania, the Greek mainland and of course the crystal-clear blue waters of the Ionian Sea. Barbati beach, awarded with a blue flag, is only 300 meters away and there is a small cove right in front of the hotel.
The hotel offers a generously sized swimming pool and restaurant.

www.pantokratorhotel.com

 

practical info

This trip is bookable any day of the week from May 12th to September 25th

PLEASE NOTICE: temperatures can be very high in the months of Summer, so we highly recommend walking this tour in Spring

When travelling from the UK or other European countries you will be able to find direct flights to Corfu Airport. When travelling from overseas you will most likely arrive at Athens Airport(ATH) and from there get a domestic flight to Corfu Airport. Many daily flights are available from Athens to Corfu. They are operated by: Aegean Airlines, Cyprus Airways and Olympic Air. Trip duration: 1 hour. The above is also applicable for the return flight. 

 

We can send you GPS tracks of this trip upon request and after booking.

included

Included

  • 7 nights accommodation on b&b basis
  • All transport and luggage transfers on walking days
  • Transfers to/ from Corfu airport
  • Ferry boat tickets from Corfu to Paxos & v.v
  • 24-hour assistance, just a phone call away
  • Detailed route description and maps in English & booklet Walking on Paxos from Ian Bleaslade

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Public transport Sinarades - Corfu town
  • (optional) Boat ticket Moggonisi - Paxos Beach (around 5€)
  • Travel insurance
  • Admissions and entrance fees of any kind
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as lunches, drinks, phone calls,etc.
  • Any item not specifically mentioned in the program

Optional services

  • Extra nights in Athens at the beginning/ end of the trip
  • Additional night in Corfu or Paxos
  • Upgrade in Corfu Town to the excellent 4* 

 

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