While looking into which cruise to take, I really wanted to incorporate Greece into one of my stops. Ideally I wanted to see Mykonos and Santorini, but it didn’t work out with the other locations I wanted to visit, but we ended up finding a cruise that went to CORFU ISLAND & ARGOSTOLI, KEFALONIA. I had never heard of Argostoli, but I DO love traveling to unique places, which others don’t frequent often.
SO, if you want to see the most stunning beach you have ever been to, go to MYRTOS BEACH. We ended up booking a tour when we got to the cruise port with a company out of Greece, which took you on a coach bus through the hills, so high you travelled through the clouds, then down to Myrtos Beach. The journey to get there was pretty incredible and slightly terrifying, but it was all worthwhile when we saw that sparkling blue water. The beach wasn’t too over crowded due to the large amount of waves we were told there were. (They had actually cancelled our excursion through the ship due to the waves so that’s why we booked something off the boat) Well, they were definitely right about the waves. I got my bikini on, and headed into the sea, to be immediately ejected back out of the water, the undertow then sucked back in…. then threw me back out. The Ionian Sea clearly wanted nothing to do with me. I took a hint and sulked back up to the sand, feeling rejected and decided to lay back and enjoy the sun. I looked to my left and saw an incredible cave and decided since the sea didn’t want me, this cave might. This I learned is called “Myrtos Cave” (obviously, I guess) Its fun to explore and you can swim through to the other side if you chose, which I did not, due to my current fight with the sea. If you are into the typical white sand beaches, this may not be your best bet, since it is quite rocky, but then again most of the beaches I encountered in the Mediterranean were pebbles or rocks. There isn’t much else to do at this beach, besides grab some snacks at the snack shop, but I’m sure no one at a beach this stunning would be bored. After our beach trip we headed back to the downtown, where we shopped through the beautiful white streets.
We had a full day in Corfu so I wanted it ALL- a chance to see the beach as well as a taste of the culture. I split my day in half and got into a cab first thing and said “Take me to the nicest beach within driving distance!” The people here were very friendly and the cab driver was immediately our best friend. He took us on a lovely drive through the island (Even stopping for photo ops for me, which immediately puts him on my “A” list.) We ended the cab ride at this beautiful harbor/beach with the bluest water surrounded by the lushes’ plants. It was a town called “Paleokastritsa” with shops, hotels, restaurants, boats and an amazing view. I take full credit for not being prepared and asking a local. I don’t know if I could have found this gem on my own. We did some wandering then headed into the water, which liked me MUCH better then the waters of Argostoli. After some splashing around and tanning we wandered into this building where for 5 euros I got to hold these massive snakes. I didn’t want to look like the weak one so I obviously joined in. The snakes AS WELL liked me better then the waters of Argostoli.
After the snake session we got back into our friends cab and took off to Corfu Town. Here there was plenty to buy, eat and see. They specialize in olive oil and olive bark (obviously since there are millions of olive trees here, why WOULDN’T they) so, as usual I buy an excess of everything. I probably have enough olive oil soap at home to wash a family for a decade. I also bought these fun olive bark salad tongs. I wasn’t really sure what to buy since there was an overwhelming amount of olive bark product, so I figured I like salad, so it was a safe bet. There are also numerous adorable places to grab some true Greek cuisine, which you can’t go wrong there.
Corfu is great if you have one day because you are able to see both the beach and the town, but it definitely is a place I wouldn’t mind seeing again for a longer period of time. Even if you are planning a Greek island hopping vacation-I would place this on the itinerary for at least 2 days for one full day of beach and one full day of culture.