SPORTY HOLIDAYS IN CORFU ISLAND
Cricket on our island has a centenary tradition.
Today on Corfu island there are four different clubs that hand on
the passion for this ancient sport.
The first cricket match in Corfu was played in 1823 between English
the Royal Navy.
After that match local people become crazy for this game and first
they challenged the English team, then they created two local teams
on the island.
Time was passing and the number of cricket teams in Corfu started
to increase. Today they organize tournaments every summer and in September
there’s an important cricket festival with also the presence
of a team from England and one from Malta.
In Corfu there are two different cricket play grounds.
The famous one, known for its stunning position, is the field placed
in the centre of Esplanade, in the middle of the old town of Kerkyra,
and it is used only for special events. The other one is placed in
Kontokali Marina, it’s new and here take place more than 100
games every year.
This one is available for tourists who want to play this sport.
Diving in Corfu
For all those who love to have a diving experience into the Ionian
sea, there’s the possibility to use several diving centers all
around Corfu island.
During your stay in Kerkyra you’ll have the opportunity to discover
the marvelous seabed of Corfù or, if you’re a beginner,
just try some safe lessons.
The most charming areas are placed along the West coast of Corfu,
near Paleokastrisa, where the sea is extremely clean and the fauna
is very rich.
Very interesting are also several rocks near Vido small island, but
you have to pay attention because this part of the sea is very crowded
Around Corfu there are many opportunities
You can find any kind of boats available for tourists. Also inside
Marina you’ll find a Yatching Club that offers organized
tours around Corfu.
With a sailing boat you can reach some stunning desert beaches and
discover areas of Kerkyra that are accessible only by sea.
Corfu is not a very windy island, but during the afternoon, when the
wind starts to rise up, it can be very beautiful to sail till a safe
bay like Paleokastritsa, Benitses, Kassiopi or Lefkimni.
For its climate, the beauty of the sea and the moderate wind the island
of Corfù is certainly the right place for all the beginners
that like to start this marvelous sport. If you intend to take a sailing
boat without the skipper, you must have the sailing license.
Water sports in Corfù
On the beaches of the most tourist villages
of Corfu, like Sidari, Ipsos, Roda, Kavos....you’ll have always
the possibility to practice any kind of water sports.
In fact you can find ski-jets, Ringos, water skiing, windsurf etc.
You can also take for rent amenities like pedaloes and kayaks to discover
the coast of Corfu.
Tennis is a sport that during the last
years became very popular all over Corfù island. Besides
the biggest hotel structures, you can play it also inside many sport
centers, inside private tennis clubs and at Corfu Tennis Club that
is located in Kerkyra town.
Bicycle can be a good alternative to the car on Corfu Island
especially if you like to discover itineraries, paths and lovely
places that are difficult to reach with a big vehicle. Every year
more and more people decide to spend their holidays using bicycles
to discover the hinterland areas of Corfu that are less tourist
and to find lonely places also during the high season.
In Corfu is very easy also to take a cycle for rent in any rentals
shop that you’ll find all over the island.
For all those who love to ride, on Corfu island there are
several riding centers where beginners can take lessons with qualified
It will be very nice to have an excursion through lonely places
surrounded only by the Mediterranean nature.
In Corfu it is also possible to play golf as there’s
a professional 18 holes course. This structure has been created
along Ropa valley, just few kilometres far from Corfu town. The
Corfu Golf Club is a new modern structure full of facilities for
people who love this sport and for people who want to try for the
Walk tracks in Corfu
Not everyone can love diving or horse riding, but everyone
can appreciate a nice walk through the nature to discover old traditional
villages, hidden lakes and mountain paths.
There are a lot of footpaths that connect hinterland villages in
Corfu island and give the opportunity to admire beautiful landscapes,
mountains, forests and coast areas surrounded by olive trees.
There are some excursions that cover the island of Corfù
for its entire length and take several days walking, or some shorter
that are no longer than 5 kilometres. Along all the walking tracks
there are yellow signs CT (Corfu trail) that will indicate you the
Parachute is an exciting sport appropriate for who don't
suffer from vertigo.
In the South part of Corfu island, along the West coast there is
Aghios Gordios bay where you can find a parachute school that offers
possibilities for any level of experience.
You will be at 400 metres altitude with an unforgettable view overlooking
all Kerkyra island under the supervision of professional instructors.
Corfu Donkey Rescue
The first donkey arrived on Corfu from Malta in the 1800’s. Since then they have been imported from mainland Greece, Albania, Cyprus and Eastern European countries. Used for transportation of people and in agriculture, seasonally for the olive harvest, the Corfu donkeys have had to work very hard.
The rapidly declining use of the donkey on Corfu and throughout Greece renders the animals valueless except for export to the Italian meat markets.
Corfu Donkey Rescue’s main remit over the years has been to halt the exports by taking in the old, injured and sick donkeys and caring for them here.
We believe that after 20 years hard labour they deserve a peaceful retirement as opposed to being discarded in a variety of inhumane methods.
Through generous donations we have secured our own land, a large American Barn stabling complex and further shelters to house all the donkeys.
However, we still are in need of support buildings; hay barn, feed room, store room and other very necessary buildings. And obviously running costs have to be found. We cannot continue, let alone expand without financial support.
Please come and visit, see for yourself the work we do, and help us to help the donkeys. The new shelter is a beautiful place to spend a few hours to enjoy the peace and tranquillity that only a donkey can bring to a place.
Our website: www.corfu-donkeys.com