Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Avlaki is relatively a "wild" beach as it is in a windy region preferred by surfers and by those who like to sail. It is a small remote sandy bay close to Kassiopi in a Natura 2000 region. Its only drawback or advantage depending on your point of view is its remoteness.
Best Direction: NW
Main Wind Direction: Onshore
Blowing at: Afternoon
The bay forms a deep semicircle with the winds blowing directly onshore make it almost impossible to be blown away so no matter what you will be back on shore within a matter of minutes. Wind is typical for this part of the island being mostly light throughout the day and picking up later in the afternoon.
Depth: Deep (deepens abruptly)
Offers one of the safest waters to learn windsurfing. The sea state is typically flat in the morning and will progressively become choppier in the afternoon but you need not worry about any significant wave. Even when it does blow hard there are no waves as such that would interest advanced sailor, just a lot of confused chop which is ok for intermediates to practice their skills and still have the safety net of a very closed bay. In the past, it has been awarded the Blue Flag, for its cleanness and organization.
Bathers Period: July, August
Kid Friendly: Yes
It is a large beach ideal for those who don’t like sand (it is a mixture of coarse sand and small pebble) or for those who are looking for a less cosmopolitan place for their holiday. Avlaki is an ideal tourist destination for families.
Access to Avlaki: Avlaki Beach is located about 35 km to the north of Corfu Town, between the villages of Agios Stefanos and Kassiopi. Simply follow the coastal road to Kassiopi. Ask around if you have any difficulties the place is very well know.
Access to Corfu: As is the case for most Greek islands, Corfu can be reached by sea or by air.
Arrival by Airplane: The International Airport of Corfu, Ioannis Kapodistrias, is located 3 km south of the centre of the island, in the region “Kanoni”. There are daily flights from and to the airport of Athens, Eleytherios Venizelos, and the duration of the flight is round 1 hour. There is also air connection to Thessaloniki, 3 or 4 times a week. Ticket prices can be very low, if you make the reservation enough time before, or if you travel during low season. In summer it may have air connection with other Greek islands, such as Kefalonia and Zakynthos. Finally, during high period, Corfu is air-connected to a lot of European cities, with charter flights, mainly from Germany and England.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: Alternatively, you can reach Corfu by ferry-boat, because it is connected with mainland Greece at two places. From Igoumenitsa there are daily routes to Corfu, from 6 in the morning up to 10 in the evening. The trip lasts 1 to 1,5 hour, depending on the type of ferry boat you have select. During summer months, boats from and to Igoumenitsa depart every 15 minutes, because a lot of tourists visit the island of Corfu. There is also a faster run from Lefkimmi to Igoumenitsa and back.
From the port in Patra, the trip to Corfu lasts 7 -8 hours, but it is very comfortable because the ferry boats are luxurious. These ferries go to Italy and stop in Corfu port for embarkation. The sea connection Corfu-Italy is frequent and the main cities are Bari, Ankona and Brindisi.
Finally, there are boats, which transport you to nearby destinations such as Paxoi, Kefallonia and neighboring Albania.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: If you decide to reach the island of Corfu by boat, you should first reach either Igoumenitsa's port or Patra's port.
To get to Igoumenitsa from Central or South Greece you you will pass through Arta or Aktion and Preveza: The city of Arta is linked with the GR-5 (Antirrio - Ioannina) and the GR-30 which links with Peta and Trikala. There are some good highways, like the Corinth-Athens and the Athens-Larissa, Corinth-Tripoli and the Egnatia highway. Igoumenitsa is about 470 km away from Athens, 284 km from Patra, 85 km from Preveza and 130 km from Arta.
In order to get to Parga from Preveza, the underwater road crossing through the Aktion - Preveza channel ensures the fastest connection of Aetoloakarnania and southern Greece with the coastal zone of the prefectures of Preveza - Thesprotia and the Port of Igoumenitsa. The distance is about 15 km shorter than from Arta, but it will take 15 minutes more to reach the spot. The distance from Preveza to Parga is 85 km.
The distance from Thessaloniki -Greece's second largest city, till Igoumenitsa is 323 km through Egnatia highway.
Arrival by Bus: You can go to Corfu also by the KTEL buses, which stop at the port and have direct sea-connection to Corfu. From Athens (Kifiso Station) to Igoumenitsa there are 2 daily routes, which stop in Korinthos, in Patras, in Agrinio and in Arta. From Thessaloniki (Macedonia Station) to Igoumenitsa there are also 2 daily routes and the bus stops in Larissa and in Ioannina.
Arrival by Train: Train travel is not so much in fashion anymore due to the complexity of the journey through the Balkans. Rail services link Thessaloniki with Athens, Thrace and Patra. The line through what was once Yugoslavia provides connections with Central and Western Europe. The line through Bulgaria connects to Eastern Europe and the line through Istanbul, Turkey with the countries of the Near East.
Local Transportation: When you arrive in Corfu, you can either use the public transportation (local bus) or taxis or, even better, rent a car (or a motorbike in the summer). If you land to Corfu airport, you can take a taxi or ask the rental agency that your car will wait for you at the airport. If you come by ferry, you can rent a car at the car rental agencies that surround the port.
By Bus: In Corfu there are available two bus-services, which are well-organized, with modern vehicles and frequent itineraries: The first is the municipal bus service. The buses are of blue color and the station is found at San Rocco square. These buses transfer you in the capital and in the suburbs: Afra, Saint Ioannis, Kanoni, Perama, Achillean... The second service is the KTEL, which offers transportation to long-distanced regions of the island such as: Lefkimi, Kavos, Karoysades, Saint Panteleimon, Saint Gordios, Glyfada and a lot of other. KTEL buses are blue and the central station is found at Theotoki Street.
By Car: Corfu is a large island and for this reason the best way in order to get around to the historical monuments, the beaches and the picturesque villages is the private vehicle. If you have not brought your car on the island, there are a lot of car rental options available from our website. You can pick your car up at the port, the airport and in the capital of the island. There is a great variety of vehicles offered, from small cars to luxurious jeeps. Select the vehicle that suits you, in order to explore Corfu. Of course, remember that you should have the driving license always with you and you should not drive if you have drunk alcohol, in order to avoid unpleasant fines from the frequent police controls.
By Taxi: Alternatively, if you do not want to rent a car, you can take a taxi to get around the island. You can find taxi-stations, in the most cental points of the island, such as San Rokko Square and Theotoki Street, but there is also the telephone service of radio-taxi. The prices for the most popular destinations are fixed and you can ask about them before getting into the taxi. There is also the option taxi-meter charge for non frequent destinations.