Sidari is a popular holiday resort on the north coast of Corfu with beaches and unusual rock formations as well as plenty of places to eat and to stay.
Having Fun with Sidari's Rock Formations
Sidári is an incredibly popular resort with people of all ages, with a busy nightlife but not one which only attracts young people. It has some good beaches which appeal to families, and the surreal shapes of its shoreline rock formations mark it out as a place like nowhere else.
First Impressions of Sidari
Sidári is another place where first impressions may not be, well, impressive. Its main street seems to be lined with modern shops, travel agencies, fast food outlets, bars, clubs, and tattoo parlours, all catering to the mass market of tourism.
It is brash and loud, especially at night, and that is exactly why many people like it and return year after year. It has everything the fun-loving visitor might want, in a compact place in an attractive corner of Greece, and with a lot of character too.
Rock Formations at Sidari
Sidari’s Greek Identity
The fact that it has not yet lost that essential Greek character says a lot for the Greek's resilience in the face of the kind of tourism which does try to make everywhere look the same. You will never make the Greek people lose their Greek identity, even if it may be more hidden during the busy summer months.
Take the local kafenion, the traditional Greek male hang-out which even the tiniest mountain village will have. Here it sits next to a disco, and it not only survives in Sidári, it thrives. It's helped by the many visitors who also enjoy doing just what the Greeks do: sitting round with a drink and putting the world to rights.
The rock formations here are unique and striking so even if you’re just driving through, find time to see them, to the east of the town centre.
Sidari’s Quiet Square
A little further down the main street on the other side of the road, a quiet square leads off. Here are plane trees, benches, a bandstand, a fountain and a church. It is a small bower of peace in among all the clubs and karaoke bars, but it survives and quietly reminds us that, despite all the development, we are still in a Greek village, once a trading post for Corfu’s offshore islands.
One of Sidari's Beaches
Visiting those islands on a day trip is one of the attractions on offer to the modern tourist from Sidári, along with trips to other places around the island and to Albania even. Stay put and there's bowling, billiards, amusement arcades, a wide range of entertainment every night and, for the children, a small waterpark with free admission.
You can certainly skip spending time looking round for the famous Canal d'Amour here. You must see the rock formations, but the original 'Canal' collapsed long ago and now there are several of them so don't waste time trying to find 'the one'.
Where to Stay on Corfu
Other Corfu pages
The best things to do on Corfu include visiting Palaiokastritsa, a day trip to Albania, seeing the Achilleion Palace, and the museums in Corfu Town.
The Corfu Climate page describes the hours of sun, the rain, the winds, to help you plan the best time to visit this Ionian island.
Information for travellers to Greece on Corfu festivals and events including Easter, the Feast of St Spiridhon, Carnival and Name Days.
Information for travelers on Corfu Food and Drink including restaurants and tavernas, Corfiot specialties, desserts, wine and other Greek drinks like ouzo.
Corfu or Kerkyra is the main island in the Greek Ionian islands with Corfu Town being one of the most attractive of Greek island capitals.
Paleokastritsa is on the west coast of Corfu and is one of the most popular holiday spots. This page gives information on beaches, boat trips, weather and map.
The First Corfu Beer Festival took place in Arillas in North West Corfu and celebrated the beer of Bavaria and of Corfu, in the Ionian islands of Greece.
Corfu olives are an important part of this Greek island's economy, with an estimated 3-4 million trees producing olive oil of exceptional quality.
Donna Dailey of Greece Travel Secrets visits Albania by boat from Corfu Town, staying overnight and seeing archaeological sites with Sipa Tours.
The best beaches on Corfu, chosen by Greece Travel Secrets, include Paleokastritsa, Mirtiotissa, Sidari and Cape Asprokavos.
There are two sides to every Greek island, the tourist and the traditional, and this drive from Corfu Town through northern Corfu shows the two faces of Corfu.
Corfu Town is the capital of Corfu and of the Ionian Islands and has museums, two forts, several museums, churches, and many other attractions.
Southern Corfu has busy beach resorts like Benitses, historical buildings like the Achilleion Palace and Gardiki Castle, and wildlife at the Korision Lagoon.
Northern Corfu is the most diverse part of the island, with Corfu's highest point, Mt Pantokrator, and beach resorts like Sidari and Palaiokastritsa.
There are three islands off the northwest coast of Corfu, Erikouusa, Othoni and Mathraki, popular with day-trippers from resorts like Sidari.
Corfu writers and artists inspired by the island include both residents and visitors, like Gerald and Lawrence Durrell, Edward Lear, and Henry Miller.
The main two Corfu saints are Saint Spyridon, the patron saint of Corfu who saved the island four times from disaster, and Saint Theodora Augusta.
From Nero to Nicolas Cage, the invasion of Corfu goes back to Roman times and through to Hollywood today!
The Corfu Trail runs from the southernmost point of Corfu at Cape Asprokavos and winds for 220km (137 miles) to the northernmost point near Andinioti Lagoon.
Corfu’s special cuisine includes dishes like sofrito and pastitsade and the chance to try ginger beer and kumquats.
Corfu’s wildlife includes rare and colourful birds, snakes, lizards, fireflies, and insects, with plenty of places to watch the wildlife like lakes and lagoons.
Corfu’s marine life includes dolphins, loggerhead turtles, and rare Mediterranean monk seals.
The history of Corfu and cricket goes back to 1823 when the island was under British rule, which left them with a legacy of loving both cricket and ginger beer.
The Achilleion Palace is one of the most visited sights on Corfu and contains a museum and impressive gardens with wonderful views over the coast.
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