South of Corfu Town  

Travelling South East from the airport down the main Lefkimmi road this area at first is well  built up. It consists of garden centres, furniture stores, supermarkets, industry, The Coca Cola Factory, The British Corner Shop(where you can buy your favourite UK brands) and warehouse shops selling everything from garden furniture to cups and saucers.

After approximately 8 km from Corfu town on the left are views over the Kanoni peninsula. This can be reached by walking over the causeway from the main road.

Here you will find two tiny islands with a monastery on each of them Vlaherna and Mouse island which can be reached by boat from Vlaherna.

   The Interior of the island then develops  into a scenic, green, fertile hilly landscape with its pine clad mountain which overlooks the pleasant village of  Aghios Matheos.

   The picturesque east coast road follows the sea and takes you through the coastal village resorts of Benitses, Moraitika and Messongi (the last commercial resort ) until you reach Boukari bay (which is a distance of 25 km's from the airport about a 35 minute drive) and Petriti.


 There are the inland villages of Hlomos, Kouspades, Korakades and Argirades not forgetting further south the old town of Lefkimmi.

   In the west of these areas are the sandy beaches of Gardeno., Marathias, Aghios Georgios, Issos and Korission. The coastline then stretches northwards with various other beaches to the resort of Aghios Gordios.

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The river at Messongi
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Causeway over to Vlaherna

Mouse island

Interior of the island

View over the south from the church at Hlomos

Korission lake

Fishermans bridge at Korission lake

Laden with hay

 Also situated on the south west side of the area is Lake Korission which is a lagoon. It is long and narrow with an area of about 6000 sq. Metres. It is separated from the beach by a narrow strip of sand dunes and a dirt road. The dirt road continues southward until it reaches a small wooden bridge over a channel, next to the rangers cabin, which takes you into woodland. Many types of wild flowers can be found here, especially in spring and autumn, including many types of orchid. The lake itself and surrounding wet land provides an ideal winter habitat for numerous species of birds. It is remote and a very peaceful place to visit.


Near Lefkimmi the landscape becomes much flatter and on the east coast there are disused saltpans. These saltpans provide a secure area for many migrant birds including flocks of flamingoes.

Lefkimmi saltpans

Flamingoes on the saltpans