Acharavi is a large bustling resort situated in the northern part of Corfu. Alymiros beach is located between Agios Spiridon and central Achravi and is known for its calmer long sandy shoreline, eventually connecting to the main Acharavi beach. It is possible to take a long stroll along the 9km beachfront between Almiros and Acharavi.
It comprises a main road (the commercial centre of the North) with plenty of restaurants, bars, shops, supermarkets and a bank. Leading off the main road various side roads end up to the beach, which is just around 10 minutes walk Please visit the Acharavi Folklore Museum where the local history of the area is exhibited and historical mementoes, photographs and drawings can be viewed or purchased. The museum is a sure way of linking the past to present-day Corfu.
Acharavi is established as one of the top resorts on the Northern side of Corfu and is particularly suited to both couples and families due to the wonderful beach and wide range of facilities provided. Just a short drive away from the main attractions Acharavi are the Canal D'Amour in Sidari, and the resorts of Roda and Agios Spiridon,
It is around a 40km drive from the airport and takes about an hour to the centre. The scenery en route is simply stunning and totally unforgettable as you wind your way through natural gorges, olive groves to view the North of the island in its full natural glory.
The roundabout in the centre of Acharavi is called “The Pump”, named after the" Old Village Pump".
A road leads upwards from the roundabout into the old village of Acharavi. This is often missed, but well worth a stroll as you are able to view the more traditional aspects of the resort with a few more bars dotted throughout and local restaurants and tavernas by the wayside, older more traditional buildings can also be found to marvel at the ancient architecture untouched by time.
By continuing on the main road and turning up towards the villages of Episkepi and Sgourades, branching up to Strinillas and Petalia, Passing through many typically traditional villages and admiring nature along the way, eventually driving up the steep final hill to eventually reach the peak of the renowned Mount Pantokrator, the largest peak on the island. At the Peak, stop for refreshments at the coffee bar, and view the island from all facets, or visit the Holy Monastery of Pantokrator(skirts are required for Ladies) nestling in the grounds of the Summit. Many villages and towns of Albania can also be viewed from the top. Cameras are an unforgettable must!
By continuing on past Sgourades, heading downwards, you will reach the picturesque Spartillas eventually reaching the coast road leading to the North East Coast, turning right towards Corfu Town and left towards Barbati, Nissaki, Kassiopi and eventually Acharavi.
Sport & Nature
Scuba Diving, a popular sport with courses available for all, for example, wreck, reef, and cave diving for beginners or fully experienced divers. The Corfu Diving Centre is found in the centre of Acharavi where Adonis will be happy to chat to you regarding all his forthcoming activities.
Lazy strolls through unspoiled trails to the top of Mount Pantokrator or up to the various small traditional villages and settlements will be an unforgettable experience.
Horseriding at nearby Agios Spiridon or Roda is available and an ideal way to trek around the surrounding area, with rides through the countryside paths leading to the beaches. There is something for everyone, both beginners to experienced riders are invited.
Acharavi is a lively resort boasting many tavernas and music bars. Delicious traditional Greek meals are served washed down with local Greek wines or why not taste the Greek National Spirit, Ouzo!. Head to the beach area for cocktail bars showing the latest films, join a karaoke night or enjoy al fresco dining in the quieter tavernas as the sun sets over the Ionian Sea.
Culture and History
Worth visiting is the ruins of the Ancient Roman baths, part of an originally larger Roman building Complex in north Corfu. This monument was destroyed during the construction of a road and the remaining preserved section was discovered on private land in 1985. This building includes the Hypocaust and the Channel that carried water into the public baths.
The Folklore Museum of Acharavi is situated opposite and definitely worth visiting, inaugurated in October 2008.
The museum has a rich collection comprising of:
Photographic material, books and documents dating back to 1862 and a specialized numismatic collection from the period of the Ionian Islands independent state (19th Century), Local costumes dating back to 1800, folk cottages, furniture, a cart, a harrow, a plough and other agricultural objects, a traditional olive press, shoe-maker’s and carpenter’s workshops, wine and distilled alcohol-producing devices, a traditional kitchen space, a traditional bedroom, a religious area and much more.