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Post by Chris » Sun Jan 13, 2008 11:50 am

In the main Kontokali has two beaches. The more popular one is actually owned and part of the Kontokali Bay Hotel, but at no cost to go onto, the beach is available to all guests of the resort. There is a small charge for the use of the sunbeds and natural parasols, which I recall being around the €7 mark for two beds. Facilities on the beach consist of a large bar run by the staff of the KBH, which serves cold drinks, hot drinks, alcohol, and various bar snacks and small meals. An approved seller walks the beaches selling fruit such as Melon, Grapes, Pineapple, and my favourite, huge ring donuts which could be used for armbands if you wished. One can hire towels from smal kiosks positioned along the beach if you wish. Getting to the beach is quite simple. From the village walk in the direction of Corfu Town for about half a kilometer. Take a left turn, and walk towards the Kontokali Bay Hotel. Walk up the drive, past a small shop in the hotel grounds, and then down a footpath and steps to the beach. The beach is of sand, with a shallow depth and shore line slowly deepening, although some distance before it gets to waist or chest height. Ideal for the children of the younger age. The hiring of boats, and other water sports is available, but do not interfere with the beach area for safety reasons.

The second beach, although smaller is in my opinion much better, and indeed my favourite. This beach is used by more of the local families, but be assured they are more than happy to share with you. The beach is situated to the left of Kontokali Bay Hotel Beach, as you look out to the water. Access can be gained by the same way as directed above, but one has to walk through a purpose built gap in the fencing. Alternatively, instead of cutting through the hotel grounds, walk past the entrance gates, and following the lane that runs alongside the grounds. This will lead directly to the beach. The good thing about this beach is that there are many a shaded area from the pine trees that grow on the beach. This shaded area produces an area of seating which has a large mobile vehicle that serves hot and cold Greek/British food. Drinks of various kinds, Ice Cream, and much more. This facility is owned by an ex pat from Nottingham, who has been on Corfu for the best part of 20 years. The beach also offers changing rooms, showers, and toilets. Sunbeds and parasols can be hired at a very small charge.

Both beaches being situated on the inner peninsular of the bay, ensures that the beaches are sheltered from any winds that may arise during the day. Well recommended and safe for children.

For a charge of around €4, if needed, a taxi can be used to transport to and from the beach. Sometimes the Kontokali Bay Hotel bus can be seen, and with a bit of politeness, a lift will be offered to the beach.

Yeiamas, Chris


PS: The smaller beach referred to above is located at the far end of this beach in and under the trees.

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