Nisaki is only a very small village, extended from the slopes of mount Pantokrator all the way down to the sea and it is located on the celebrated northeast coast of Corfu Island, a meret 25 kms from Corfu Town.
Nisaki, in the Greek language, means: "small island" and it is believed that took its name from the small island, which existed in its bay. Years ago, the locals used to work on this island, shaping stones and rocks for building, brought to them by boats. After many years, the chippings falling into sea formed a ramp and eventually joined the land. Now, there is a narrow road running between the old island, where a couple of Tavernas are standing and the mainland. Lately, a jetty was constructed, linking it permanently to the coast.
The main village of Nisaki was emerging on the hill, above this inlet, where a church, a school, a small cafe and the village's first houses were located.
In nowadays the village on its own is quite sporadic and has got no main centre. The main part of the village is alongside and upward the main coastal road. Above the main road there are 2-3 winding lanes that go up high, through olive groves and eventually join Nisaki with the top of Mount Pantokrator.
Hundreds of luxury villas adorn the slopes of the Mountain, providing spectacular views and making Nisaki, overall, a very popular resort, a car is recommended due to the elevated location of most properties.
Nissaki is still an un-commercialized resort, but with unbelievable scenery and amazing viewpoints promising a truly memorable holiday. It is a tranquil village, ideal for family holidays, elderly couples and people who love traditional Greece. Young couples are also welcome, as the area offers a choice of nightlife just a few kilometers further up, in Kassiopi and / or Ipsos. The main Nissaki beach area is small but elegant waterside tavernas are simply perfect to while away time gazing out to the stunning scenery of the rugged Albanian mountains beyond the Corfu Channel and sparkling Ionian Sea.
Sport & Nature
Nisaki Beach has clear, calm waters, so it’s a great place for a spot of scuba. There’s a diving school right in front of the cove that caters for all levels.
Buy Olive wood souvenirs:
Visitors flock from nearby resorts to Nissaki’s beachfront gift shop, The Loom, which is in a 400-year-old house. A breath away from the usual line in tourist goods, this sells quality hand-woven fabrics, painted ceramics and gifts made from olive wood.
Hike along the Corfu trail to Old Sinies:
Once a sprawling sheep-herding community, the mountain village of Old Sinies is now a crumbling ghost town. Wandering around its deserted stone cottages and churches is a wee bit spooky. To pick up the trail, head north along the road to Vinglatsouri then follow the well-marked route. It’s a bit of a steep one, so don’t forget the sturdy shoes, picnic and water.
All types of water sports are available in Nisaki, next to Nisaki Beach Hotel, s.a. ski, paragliding, ringos, banana riding, etc.
Rent a boat and explore the coast:
Become your own captain and explore the idyllic rocky coasts and small coves or stop at one of the various beachfront tavernas to enjoy the delicious Corfiot specialties.
Purchase your own gear from a tourist shop or supermarket and explore the underwater world.
Only in Kassiopi (10.0 kms) or Ipsos (9.0 kms)
Culture and History
Nisaki, in the Greek language, means: "small island" and it is believed that took its name from the small island, which existed in its bay. Years ago, the locals used to work on this island, shaping stones and rocks for building, brought to them by boats. After many years, the chippings falling into sea formed a ramp and eventually joined the land. Now, there is a narrow road running between the old island, where a couple of Tavernas are standing and the mainland.