Thursday, 30 June 2011

The small organized beach of N.A.O.K.

    The small beach at N.A.O.K. is one of the few existing within Corfu town. Being property of the Nautical Club of Corfu (Naftikos Athlitikos Omilos Kerkyras), it draws local people who wish to swim somewhere close to their Corfu town home. I used to swim in this beach since my youth. The waters are safe, clear and it's so conveniently situated just south of Esplanade.
  This summer, the club bought sunbeds and umbrellas, which can be used free of charge (actually in the mornings there is an one euro entrance free which is far cheaper than the much more expensive organized beaches out of town).

  I would like to congratulate this initiative in those difficult times the country is going through. 

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Issos beach: the rare exotic biotope

  Issos beach is unique. It's a 2 and half kilometre long and wide enough to include sand dunes which are such tall as hills which give the impression of being in a desert. The waters are cristiline and clear. Hopefully tourism has not spoilt this undeveloped beach, excluding the south end which actually belong to the Saint George Argiradon proper, a touristy village by the sea.
  Issos is also a nudist beach. It provides a remote and peacefull place in which somebody meet nature and nothing more. It is frequented by windsurfers, kitesurfers and boardsurfers as well as its prevailing winds are the right ones for this kind of sports.
Its vast sand dunes, the cedar trees, the protected flora and fauna consist a unique habitat which is protected by Natura 2000. The sandy rock formations are interesting too. Not far from the dunes, Korission lake can be visited, the biggest lake in the island which being fed by sea water from a narrow canal.

  Here are some images from my recent visit - a took a complete tour of the area and I was excited by its beauty and uniqueness!

  Also, here are the links from my two previous visits in 2009 and 2010.

Friday, 17 June 2011

The famous Canal D'Amour in Sidari

  "Canal D'Amour" is french for "Channel of Love". It is a rock formation carved by the force of the sea and wind and can be found near the tourist village of Sidari in the northwestern tip of Corfu. There is something that looks like a cave but actually is a tunnel which leads to the other end of the rock. This tunnel gave the place its name. Legend has it that if somebody swim through the tunnel, the person who will meet at the other end will become his/her eternal love.