Coming to Corfu and not visiting Afionas, is like going to Venice and not seeing the canals and the Rialto. The traditional village of Afionas surrounds a peninsula at the bay of Agios Georgios at northwestern Corfu, thirty five km away from Corfu town and the airport. You will arrive after a picturesque journey through small villages and olive groves. Situated at the northern end of Agios Georgios bay, Afionas offers a magnificent view of the whole bay and surrounding hills right across to the distant cliffs of Akri Falakra, the headland behind Paleokastritsa. Looking northwards the views along the north west coast of Corfu are quite breathtaking, taking in the nearby small islands of Kravia, Sikia and Gineka, and further on the Diapontia Islands of Mathraki, Othoni and Erikousa. This superb viewpoint now has 3 convenient benches to use for contemplating the vista. Although blue skies and sea are the norm even Corfu can have a dull day. Afionas village is known to have been first inhabited during the 6th century BC. It was apparently abandoned a little later and then re-inhabited again during 6th century AD. In the centre of the village the old church stands in the quiet square (plateia) from which radiate several narrow streets. From the village a path winds across the sun scorched headland and down to Porto Timoni, a half-hour walk, where there is reputedly the ruins of a fortress, built in 300 BC by Pirros, King of Epirus. On the north-west side of Akri Arilla (Point Arilla) there are excavations which uncovered a village dating back to the Neolithic times. On your way there, you will be enchanted by the scents of heather, thyme and the sea, while you will go past relics of buildings of distant ages, fortifications and deserted port and military facilities from the ancient times until the difficult days of World War II.
Places near Afionas
Lying tucked away several miles down a twisty road and 30 km from Corfu town, the little resort of Agios Georgios (North), or San George as some call it, is a haven for lovers of a quiet restful holiday. So far the demands of the tourist trade have not spoiled the natural beauty of this delightful bay. It should be distinguished from another Corfu resort of the same name in the south of the island. Set on level land at the mouth of a wide valley between high rocky headlands, this collection of private houses, small hotels, tavernas and some apartments sprawls lazily behind the beach road. Behind them is countryside of fields, olive groves and wooded hills. The ancient olive trees with their contorted and perforated trunks form a greyish green carpet when viewed from a distance, but the views are made so much more interesting by the dark green colours of the numerous tall, pencil shaped cypress trees. Certainly not known for vigorous nightlife, Agios Georgios suits families with young children, or couples and individuals of all ages who enjoy restful holidays in beautiful countryside, while at the same time providing endless fun for the kids on the beach or around the hotel pools. For a more lively night life it is easy to take a taxi or car the 12 miles or so to Sidari. For teenagers or adults wanting a boisterous, wild club scene San George is definitely not the place. For stressed out workaholics this is the ideal place as you have no choice but to slow down. Everything goes slow here. There is an ample choice of friendly Tavernas, Restaurants, small mini-markets and a few tourists' Gift Shops plusthe occasional small quality shop such as "M.A. Jewellery" for good hand-made gold and silver jewellery. For everyday needs there are several small "supermarkets" such as Jennie's on the Pagi road and Patras and Tony's on the beach road, and all are run by friendly local people. You can pop into the small Internet Cafe at the Katoi Bar near the beach (see Plans) and collect your web-based email or keep in touch with work ( if you really must). At the northern end of the resort the Bowling alley also has a small Internet Cafe
Arillas, is situated at the North-Western part of Corfu island. Quiet and safe resort for all types of tourists, is ideal for families, as children can play with the golden sand or swim in it s crystal shallow waters, for couples and people who are looking forward to escaping from anxiety and noise of the big city, and also to enjoy discovering the Corfiot nature walking through paths leading to the small villages around. The area of Arillas without being commercialized keeps it s genuine character still, with a variety of small local family-run tavernas and shops, so that it can satisfy even the most demanding clients. Arillas beach being in between to St George and St.Stefanos bays, has an advantageous position as it s visitors can easily get access to those other sandy beaches as well. The friendly atmosphere, the beautiful wellknown sunsets, the magnificent scenery, and the Corfiot colours which can be everywhere, leave to the visitors unforgetable "pictures" and the wish to come back...