Kalami

Kalami in north-west Corfu is a hidden gem which many people know about because writer Lawrence Durrell once lived here in The White House.

Kalami in north-west Corfu where Lawrence Durrell once livedKalami
The White House is the Large One on the Left on the Waterfront

Kalámi is one of Corfu's gems. Outside busy periods you can still appreciate the beauty and peace of the place the same way that writer Lawrence Durrell did, when he lived here in the 1930s. It inspired him then and it still inspires visitors today.

The White House

People would come to Kalámi whether or not Lawrence Durrell had lived here for a time, as it is a lovely little spot that is largely unspoiled – although some hideously pink villas are doing their best. Many more visitors do come purely because of Durrell, though, whether to stay in the White House where he lived (the rooms are now let to holidaymakers), or simply to see it.

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The Durrell Brothers

If you are seeking some kind of inspiration yourself then it is best to visit the village in the quiet seasons, and spring in particular with its wild flowers is a perfect time. In those months you might want to read My Family and Other Animals by Lawrence Durrell's brother, Gerald, to enhance your appreciation of the natural world around you.

Lawrence Durrell’s own book about his time on Corfu is Prospero’s Cell – a must-read if visiting the island.

Hidden Gem

Easily missed is the plaque commemorating Lawrence Durrell's time at the White House, which is on the side away from the sea.

In summer the harbour gets busy with day visitors, and there is the usual array of watersports available, and it is doubtful Durrell would have got much writing done in the middle of an August day today!

Must See

Don't visit Kalámi without walking at least a little way along the coast to the south to appreciate some of the natural beauty of this lovely part of the Corfu coast. Look at our Lawrence Durrell Walk and reverse the end bit!

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