Local Area Information
Within walking distance of the villa:
Arillas and Agios Stefanos - The villa is on the edge of Agios Stefanos village and you can easily walk to either Arillas or Agios Stefanos.
There are several ways to reach Arillas and Agios Stefanos from Gem Rosa on foot, and, although it’s a short simple journey, we provide directions in the villa welcome folder.
Coastal walk - As we are set in the hill between Arillas and Agios Stefanos ,the headland and coastal track is just 5 minutes away from the rear of the villa. From the headland path you have a fabulous view of Arillas bay and the Diapontian islands. There are several café bars on the headland where you can eat or drink, one of which is the Akrotiri which has a wonderful panoramic view.
Corfu is a beautiful island in the Ionian Sea. The island is very green as it has many olive trees. The island is 40 miles long and at its narrowest it is just 7 miles wide, so you are never far away from the sea.
If you prefer a trip or activity arranged for you, San Stefanos Travel offers a range of activities, coach tours or boat trips.
If you prefer to explore independently and have hired a car there are many lovely places to visit in Corfu. From Gem Rosa you can easily explore the northern part of Corfu and we provide you with a travel book and can recommend places to visit and eat.
There are many sites which explain in full the attractions that Corfu has to offer and we are more than happy to help you arrange activities or decide where to visit.
Locally here are some ideas for you:
To the west:
Arillas – you can walk to this village from the villa. Arillas is our official address but we overlook the bay of Agios (San) Stefanos.
Arillas has a sandy beach and many sea front tavernas. Arillas has a wine festival each September and a beer festival in the autumn. Arillas has a micro-brewery which is a ten minute walk from the villa and tours are available.
Afionas - this is a quaint village perched on the headland overlooking Agios Georgios. By day the views are magical and if you go in the evening there are places perfect to watch the sun go down. If you like walking you can take the trail down to Porto Timoni beach.
Agios Georgios - has a big sandy beach offering water sports such as snorkelling.
Makrades and Angelokastro - a lovely place to visit for outstanding views is the ancient ruin of Angelokastro perched high on a rock overlooking the sea and the beautiful bays of Paleokastritsa.
To the east of Agios Stefanos:
Avliotes - a traditional inland village. If you like walking you walk to the village for lunch and take the bus back.
Peroulades - another hot spot for watching the sun set.
Sidari - bigger and busier than Agios Stefanos. If you fancy a night on the town this is the place for you to go.
Coastal road Sidari to Acharavi - along the coastal road you will see many signs for beaches or tavernas.
Old Perithia - off the beaten track is Old Perithia, a deserted village where you can wonder around the buildings. Old Perithia has some lovely tavernas where you can sample local delicacies and homemade walnut cake and ginger beer.