about Agios Georgios north, Corfu

Agios Georgios

SOME LOCAL WALKS

WALK 5

ARILLAS and SAN STEFANOS


(Kindly suggested and outlined by visitors Roy and Mary)

A long "there and back" walk using the beach, surfaced roads and unmade tracks producing excellent views of the sea and offshore islands.
Time needed : It is suggested you make this a full day walk stopping at San Stefanos for lunch.

Photograph of island of Kravia
Island of Kravia view from Walk5

GENERAL NOTE
No liability will be accepted for the accuracy of these notes.This is a rural area and circumstances may change. Footpaths may become overgrown or otherwise difficult to negotiate and some new tracks into private fields may appear. (Advice of any changes will be welcomed.)

Map of Walk 6 from Agios Georgios to Arillas and San Stefanos

Starting from the Alkyon Beach Hotel at the southern end of Agios Georgios, walk northwards along the beach (or the road). Continue to the end of the beach (i.e. If walking along the road do NOT go up the hill on the main road near the large group of buildings which include Diktia's and the Delfini Restaurants but keep on the beach). At the end of the beach, just past the Golden Moon Restaurant, turn right up the surfaced road .

Climb steadily up the fairly steep hill for about 1 mile to the outskirts of Afionas. At the top of the hill turn right at the road junction and continue along this road until you see a cemetary on your left. After this look out for a tarmac surfaced track on your left which you must take.

Follow this track downhill through the olive groves with lovely views across the sea to the island of Kravia.

and later you will see the resort of Arillas spread out in the distance.


Photograph across to Arillas
Distant Arillas

After the track levels out you will pass through pleasant fields before reaching a surfaced road on the outskirts of Arillas.
Turn left here and continue the short distance into the centre of the resort of Arillas passing several apartments and tavernas.

If you wish to continue to San Stefanos or just onto the headland called Akra Kefali (in centre of photograph above) for views of San Stefanos, walk along to the end of the beach road and then proceed straight ahead onto a wide unsurfaced track. This skirts the cliff edge as it climbs up away from sea level to reach the lovely situated Gravia Restaurant / Café. Here, presumably having partaken of suitable refreshments, turn left and follow the undulating track all the way to the tip of the headland for more magnificent views.
From there you can take a track on your right which leads down into the pretty little resort of San Stefanos where there numerous places to eat and drink.



RETURN:
To return, the simplest way is to retrace your steps via Arillas. If desired you can avoid the walk to the point of the headland of Akra Kefali by taking one of the shorter alternatives from San Stefanos indicated by broken lines on the plan.

While passing through Arillas it is suggested you top up here with liquid refreshment at one of the beachside tavernas before continuing with the tough uphill section about to come.

Also INA's SHOP on the beach front is a remarkable store for all sorts of goods ranging from food, clothes to very reasonable priced gifts and is always a "must" on our Corfu visit list ( my £8 watch went for several years without losing a minute).
After the road turns away from the beach follow it round a couple of corners and after passing the Bardis Hotel (usually Thomson's) look out for a tarmac road on your right. Turn right here onto this road and follow it through the fields


Fields near Arillas
Fields near Arillas

and then up the hill to the road at Afionas where you turn right at the T-junction.
( There is a different, but slightly further and less scenic return. If you wish to use it, ignore the track and follow the road until you reach a junction on the right (surfaced road) which you take. This quiet narrow road also leads up to the outskirts of Afionas, Turn right at the T-junction at the top.)

It is now a simple walk towards Afionas for a few hundred metres when you must look out for the junction on your left going down to Agios Georgios beach. Take this road and then walk back along the beach etc to your base.

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