Holidays to Sidari
Visit sublime Sidari for your next holiday
On the northern coast of the Greek island of Corfu is Sidari, a picturesque village which is home to just a few hundred people. It’s therefore a quieter retreat in comparison to the island’s dedicated party areas, but there is still plenty of buzzing nightlife if you do want to let your hair down. During the day you can head to the beach to take in the sun or get involved in one of the various water sports organised from the waterfront.
If you’re planning on spending most of your time on the beach, book in hand, book your Sidari holidays for July and August when the temperatures are at their highest. Don’t forget that this also means busier crowds. June and September may be better times to visit if you want fewer tourists and don’t mind the cooler evenings.
Even if you don’t want to simply lounge around on the sand during your holiday, a visit to the area’s beaches is a must. There are three to visit, and the main stretch has a blue flag for its cleanliness. The long bay is lapped by warm sea, and you can pick your perfect spot by jumping on one of the sun loungers. The cliffs of the Canal d’Amour are close by which give an uninterrupted vantage point out to the Adriatic Sea.
The main beach is more than a place to take the weight off. You can rent banana boats or canoes to get out on the water or try your hand at paragliding to see the island from high up. This and the two other major beaches also offer scuba diving. The warm ocean is comfortable to swim in, and the cleanliness of the water means you will be able to see plenty. For an action-packed day, book tickets at the area’s waterpark and enjoy twisting flumes.
The contrast to Sidari’s relaxed beaches is its bustling nightlife, which offers the chance to mix with locals and fellow travellers. The clubs come alive at night for those wanting to dance, but if a few drinks and the chance to chat is more your thing, there are plenty of quieter bars to visit. There are even Irish bars and pubs if you are feeling a bit homesick. Some venues host traditional Greek dancing so you can catch a glimpse of the island’s traditions.
As in most of mainland Europe, mealtime is a big deal for the Greeks. Charcoaled meats are popular at the tavernas, which are small Greek cafés or restaurants. The ingredients are usually simple and dishes unfussy, with olives and olive oil being particular specialities. ‘Psarotaverna’ is the name given to tavernas which specialise in fish and seafood, and some of the freshest on the island can be found in Sidari.