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Prefecture: Corfu
Address: Corfu
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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.