Enjoy the most beautiful beach of Corfu here in Acharavi. Hyacinthus apartment at Cressida seaside apartments enjoys a superb location directly on the sandy beach of St. George's bay, and only 300 meters from the center of the small town Acharavi. It is an exquisite, small and comfortable resort addressed to those who know how to choose and want to avoid mass tourism.
Acharavi is a lively little town with lots of bars, cafes and tavernas. All its commercial activity is concentrated around the main road. It has all you need: supermarkets, bakeries, speciality food shops, pharmacies, cafes, tavernas, bars, doctors, banks, rental cars, rent bicycles etc. Acharavi is not only a summer town but also remains busy throughout the year.
Beach: The unique coastal landscape of northern Corfu and the gently sloping 6 km long sand beach is ideal for long walks. It is Corfu’s most beautiful beach with wonderful sunrises and sunsets. Walking to the east you will pass Gelina Village with the only remaining sand dunes in the area and lovely sea lilies. Walking to the west you will reach Nissos the "island" that you can reach on a small bridge.
Mountain biking: During the past decade cycling and in particular mountain biking has seen a remarkable increase in popularity both among locals and tourists and is now possible to hire very decent bikes and choose to make your own routes or join one of the many organised trips.
The best time of the year is late spring and early summer with very mild temperatures and no rain to speak about, summer is also good if you avoid the peak of the day.
Even if you are just a moderately fit cyclist, cycling is one of the most enjoyable ways to discover the delights of Corfu. The island has a good road system which means that nearly all of the most beautiful parts of the island are within easy reach for a day’s ride. Away from the main roads there are quiet lanes through beautiful green countryside, olive groves and traditional Corfiot villages.
Using Cressida Seaside Apartments as your holiday base, the whole of the north and most beautiful part of Corfu is on your doorstep.
Hiking: Northern Corfu is a wonderful destination for hiking. The rolling hills and mountains combined with the glimmering sea create an unmatched sense of peace and serenity. The North Corfu walking region extends over the entire Pantokrator Massif (apart from the narrow North East Coast strip between Barbati and Kassiopi), and incorporates the wide coastal plain of Acharavi as well as the wetlands around Lake Antinioti. Its western boundary is the Roda - Troumpetta road through Agii Douki and Xanthates.
Windsurfing and sailing: There are steady northwesterly winds for a couple of hours in the afternoon which makes the beach ideal for windsurfing. In 300 meters from the apartments there are available windsurfing and sailing facilities, where classes are also provided.
For the young guests there is a lovely waterpark with slides in the Gelina Village hotel nearby . It is accessible to our guests, just 500 meters from the main road
Sightseeing:Northern Corfu offers a lot of sightseeing for those who do not want to spend all day on the beach. The area is full with picturesque vibrant or abandoned medieval Venetian villages, Byzantine churches and Castles and ancient Greek and Roman ruins.
The Villages on the mountain Pantokrator are easy to reach by car within 10 minutes to half an hour. Old Peritheia from the Venetian era was the old centre of the northeast and used to be a vibrant village in the 1970s before touristic development made the inhabitants move nearer to the sea to New Peritheia. Old Peritheia is abandoned now and it definitely worth a visit with old large stone mansions and more than ten churches all in a Venetian Corfiot style.
In complete contrast to the abandoned Old Peritheia, Nymphes is a vivid village with 1,500 inhabitants, the administrative centre of the Venetian era in the area. Visit the forgotten small monastery in the middle of the olive groves dated from the 13th century. The name "Nymphes" comes from the Nymphs situated in a small valley with running streams and has been inhabited since the ancient times. Its main church has been built with marble stones from the Apollo Temple on the same place.
Episkepsi is a lovely village with old distinct houses. Take the road from Agios Martinos and go up to Strinilas and then to the top of the mountain Pantokrator. There used to be a Monastery which is covered now by new church constructions but the view on a clear day is unsurpassable. You will be able to see the whole of Corfu.
Going west you will come to the old village Karousades with houses in the old traditional architecture, like Kavalouri or Agrafoi. If you do not want to visit the packed and touristic Sidari and the famous "Canal d'Amour" have a drink in the Sunset bar in Peroulades situated on a breathtaking site.
If you feel adventurous go to Agios Stefanos to take a little ferry that goes to the tiny islands of Erichousa, Mathraki and Othonoi, the most northern part of Greece. All islands offer places to stay and nice taverns.
Further West you can visit the lovely village of Afionas with two marvellous taverns overlooking the bay of Agios Georgios ton Pagon (the Bay of St George of Ice).
Churches. In all villages there are old Byzantine churches and orthodox churches from the Venetian times. Many of them have precious murals and the priests and local administrators keep them locked. If you find one open, enter and respect it.
Greek and Roman ruins. There are ruins from the ancient and Roman times everywhere. In Acharavi, you will find baths of a Roman villa. Hidden and surrounded by houses is the Temple of Apollo, in Roda.
Castles. The main standing castle of northern Corfu is that of Kassiopi, a small town 15 minutes by car from Acharavi. Kassiopi is very touristic but fun to visit.
Maistro- next to Cressida Seaside Apartments is one of the best restaurants in Acharavi
Lemon Garden- situated in a lovely lemon grove in the main road provides great food and drink
Acharavi Park - Family restaurant, nice environment, always good Greek cuisine, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Navigator- classic Europeanized Greek food, retains a good quality, situated on the beach, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Afros- tiny and lovely, gives nice Greek meze, on the beach. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Drosia - simple but tasty and worth its money. On the main road of Roda. You do not have to book.
The taverna of Alkinoos in the old square of Peritheia. Taste pastitsado, sofrito, stifado and great pies. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Traditional Tavern Ognistra (Ωγνίστρα) in the entrance of the village, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
In Agios Andreas
A family tavern with good fish and excellent sea view, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Gregory's- A family tavern with good fish and a lovely view to the bay of Astrakeri, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Giorgos- Family tavern next to the beach in Almyros, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Toula's - This is a top class (and pricy) restaurant by "chef" Toula, on the beach in the wonderful tiny bay of Agni, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Senes - Before you enter Kassiopi coming from Acharavi to your left on the Imerolia beach. Great fish and view, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Little Italy- An long-lived Italian restaurant run by Antonio who is also a wonderful singer.
Cavo Barbaro, taverna/restaurant near the beach, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Cafe - Bars
The most known bar cafe of the North of Corfu is Veggera on the beach about five minutes walk from Cressida. Its owner Nikos Aspiotis, an excellent DJ, makes sure to provide you with an excellent music (which permits you to enjoy and to speak). Veggera has been there for over 25 years in a beautifully arranged space with wood and green on the beach and facilities to sit outside and inside. Open all year round from morning to after midnight.
Fuego is also a bar on the beach, a bit too young, too loud but also enjoyable.
Freddo is the best cafe and most popular cafe-bar on the main road of Acharavi.
Ilo-Ilo is another popular cafe for the locals based on the main road.
Corfiot kitchen: Famous is the pastitsado (cock in red sauce with pasta); sofrito (slices of beef in garlic white sauce); stifado (rabit with small onions in red sauce); bourdetto (fish in red peper sauce)