The Sea Breeze is situated in Agios Gordios on the West coast of Corfu which in our opinion is also the most spectacular part of the island. Where else in the world would you find fantastic sandy beaches backed by forests but still retaining traditional village charm avoiding the perils of mass tourism and huge holiday complexes.
Agios Gordios has one of the island’s most beautiful sandy beaches overlooked by spectacular rock formations and sheer cliffs plunging into the crystal clear seas. A gigantic rock like a huge monolith, dominates the bay. There is a very large number of restaurants when compared against the size of the resort and one can dine under the stars or sip a cocktail while gazing at the most amazing sunset.
Development here has been slow and organic, compared to the Island's other resorts with such a beautiful beach and setting. Other than the Pink Palace complex and one hotel, accommodation here consists of small apartments and hotels with welcoming, friendly atmosphere.The approach road to Agios Gordios is said to be one of the most picturesque on the island and most visitors make the effort to walk (or drive) upwards towards Sinarades road at dusk where the most amazing pictures can be taken.
On the other side of the resort walk up the hill towards Kato Garouna and more surprises await you. Small fishing hamlets coupled with small sandy coves and the odd taverna scattered on the landscape makes you feel that you’ve escaped to a different world. One of these is Pentati; a small settlement nestled just over 200 metres above the sea. Daily, fishermen sail out to sea for the catch that will eventually end up in the restaurants of Agios Gordios, and even if there is no beach here it is definitely worth the walk up from the resort. A short walk from Pentati is another hamlet called Paramonas which boasts a beautiful little beach on which there can be days when it would feel completely private as it is not particularly well served by main roads or public transport. The sea here is quite rocky and fantastic for snorkelling. There are just a couple of tavernas in the village and by the beach; a definite worthwhile excursion for lunch. Pelekas, just north of Agios Gordis, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful of Greek villages and because of its hilltop position is fast becoming a popular spot for an afternoon cocktail after a hard day’s sunbathing and swimming. In the 1970s it became very popular with the hippies although nowadays it is decidedly lower key. The houses here are painted (as in all of Corfu in an amazing variety of colours and there are still quiet village lanes to wander through. On one side of the village (towards Sinarades) you can drive to the rock of Aerostatos, which during the time when pirates used to attack Corfu was called the “Sentry” as the local farmers used it as a lookout. On the other side, on top of the hill and above Pelekas, is what is now known as “The Kaiser’s Throne”. The place achieved its name by the regular visits of Kaiser Willhelm II, who often came here to marvel and bask in the afternoon sun. There is also a good range of restaurants with fantastic views of the valley below. The beach at Pelekas (also known as Kontoyialos) is definitely worth the hair raising car journey, which although short, it certainly brushes up any rusty driving skills! It is however, very quaint and there are some good tavernas for lunch.
North of Pelekas is Glyfada, one of the best beaches on Corfu, upon which day-trippers from all parts of the island descend throughout the summer. This is also one of the trendiest spots for the young Athenians to come for their summer holidays. Fantastic beach parties are held here quite a few times a month and the ever famous Aloha Bar is the epicentre of the bay. However, one can still find a good quiet spot at either end of the bay while, several tavernas offering good food line the beach and every kind of watersport is available.
A twenty (20) minute drive further north is picturesque Paleokastritsa which consists of two headlands and five small coves (1 sandy and 4 rocky). The scenery is so spectacular that this has also been one of the first resorts to be developed in Corfu. However, due to its dramatic landscape, development has not been frantic and the resort is still quiet enough for a relaxing holiday, save the hoards of tourists who come here every day. At the bottom of the resort (where also the road ends) there is a little harbour where you can hire a boat for the day to explore the small coves that dot the landscape. Alternatively, why not visit the Paleokastritsa Monastery, which is most enchanting due to its fine views. For lunch, we highly recommend you go to the village of Lakones, which overlooks Paleokastritsa. Here you will find a good selection of cliff-top restaurants with fabulous views not only of the bays below but even as far as Corfu Town and the mainland.