Some of the best walking areas can be found on the northeast and west coast of the island; however Mt Pantokrator, Agios Mathaios and Agios Deka are also quite popular with walkers. Peaceful retreats can be found within a few meters from busier resorts. Corfu is home to a 200m trail, which crosses the whole island. The route meanders through various landscapes, connecting beaches, spots of natural beauty and traditional villages with monasteries.
There are two bus systems operating in Corfu. The blue suburban buses serve a number of locations within a 12km radius of Corfu town. One-way tickets cost approximately 1€. The green bus system (KTEL) belongs to the national company “Kratiko Tamio Ellinikon Leoforion” and covers the whole island. Buses radiate from the capital and there are few, if any, connections between urban towns and villages except along the radial routes. One can purchase a ticket on board. Especially for the blue buses one can also buy a ticket at the kiosk in San Rocco Square in Corfu Town.
Driving in Greece
Greece has one of the highest accident rates in Europe and although most roads on the island are in relatively good condition, you will occasionally find tarmac roads leading into dirt tracks the further you head inland. Uphill drivers insist on their right of way and flashed headlights can mean the opposite of what it means in the UK-signifying that the driver is coming through or overtaking rather than giving way.
Hired bikes can be used on a number of off-road tracks on the island. The south tends to be less hilly, whereas harder tracks are located in the mountainous north. Cyclists should be prepared for rough surfaces, pot holes and steep climbs in all areas of Corfu.
Hours may alter for reasons that even escape those who happily alter them! Shops are usually open Monday to Saturday between 08.30-09.30 hrs until 14.00-1430 hrs. Late night shopping in Corfu town is on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 17.30-21.00 hrs. However, some larger resorts tend to stick to a different timetable; shops stay open throughout the day and can even be found open until very late in the evening and on weekends, especially in the height of summer.
Post Offices on the island are open from 07.30-14.00 hrs Monday to Friday though in Corfu town they also have evening opening hours. You may also buy stamps at a slightly higher price from yellow kiosks and tourist shops in larger areas. Airmail takes 3 to 7 days to reach Europe and 5 to 12 days to the United States. If you are thinking of sending larger items home, it is advisable to send from the post office in Corfu town.
Phone Boxes are plentiful and can be found, practically, on every street corner in Corfu town, though more scattered in coastal areas. They work with a phone card system; these can be bought at kiosks and tourist shops.