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Arillas

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Arillas is in Corfu.

Understand[edit]

Arillas is a beach resort on the north west coast of Corfu. It has a big, sandy beach and a great view over the Diapontia islands, off the coast of Corfu. It is a tourist resort but there are no big hotels and development is low-key. Almost all hotels, restaurants, bars and shops are run by their local owners and this makes it feel like a village. After a few days in Arillas, people will recognize you and maybe even call you by your name!

Get in[edit]

Arillas is 37 kilometers to the north-west of Corfu Town. Corfu has a port and an international airport so for info on getting to Corfu, check the article on Corfu.

Once you have landed or disembarked on Corfu, you can get to Arillas by taxi, bus or car. A taxi ride costs around 55€. If you are on your own you may be able to ride along on a shuttle bus doing transfers from the airport to Arillas for 20€. There is also a regional bus (they are called green buses on Corfu) to Arillas which goes very early in the morning or at 13.00. The ticket is under 20€. Another solution is to rent a car, or use your own car if you brought it with you.

Get around[edit]

Arillas is a small place so the best means of transportation are your own two legs! Of course, you can also rent a bicycle, scooter or car (all available in the village) if you want to see more of the area.

See[edit]

There are no real impressive sights to see, except the natural ones. Peaceful olive groves and beautiful landscapes with countless wild flowers, especially in the spring and autumn. There are also many many islands off the north-western coast of Corfu that are worth a visit. You can either sail along with a day trip boat or rent a canoe, pedalboat or motorboat to visit the islands on your own.

Do[edit]

Walk[edit]

There are many footpaths around the area that take you along the coast over rugged cliffs and peninsulas or inland under shady olive groves. Arillas is a perfect base for a walking holiday. In 2012 a footpath was cleared and marked by the local people that takes you up some impressive cliffs to Magoulades and back down again over a totally different route through orchards and fields full of flowers. The footpath is 8 km long and more footpaths are in the planning. Apart from the explicitly marked footpaths there are many more that are unmarked but easy to follow. In fact, there is a network of footpaths covering the whole island of Corfu.

Meditate[edit]

Arillas has been hosting people interested in meditation and spirituality for more than 30 years. Nowadays there are three big meditation centres in the area. The Corfu Buddha Hall in Magoulades and Alexis Zorbas and Ouranos Club between Arillas and Agios Stefanos. Those three centers all organize different meditation, yoga and other creative courses. Next to those three centres, there are also many people who are living permanently or semi-permanently in Arillas who offer different kinds of sessions, ranging from deep tissue massage to craniosacral and psychic massage and from Reiki to Tantra. If you are looking for a way to come in contact with your inner self, you are almost sure to find it here.

Buy[edit]

There are several tourist shops where you can buy clothes, souvenirs and local products. Locally produced olive oil and hand-carved objects made of olive wood are of high quality.

Eat[edit]

There are more than ten good restaurants in Arillas, with a wide choice of food. Several traditional, family-run tavernas offer authentic Greek and Corfiot dishes such as Pastitsadas und Sofrito. There are fish restaurants with fresh fish, restaurants with more exclusive Mediterranean cuisine and even a pizzeria offering crispy, Italian-style pizza baked in a wood oven. Arillas is well-known among Corfiots for its good food and many of them spend their weekends here.

Drink[edit]

There are 3-4 bars and beach bars in Arillas, offering all kinds of drinks and cocktails. Especially popular are Ammos on Arillas beach and Akrotiri, on the hill between Arillas and Agios Stefanos.

Sleep[edit]

There are no big hotels in Arillas, just about 6 or 7 family-run hotels in Arillas, and many self-catering apartments, as well as some villas. Prices range from 25€ to 100€ per double room or apartment, depending on the place and time of year. A friendly and helpful travel agency who can help you with accommodation and other things is Green Corfu.

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Go next[edit]

From Arillas it's just 3 kilometers to the harbour of Agios Stefanos. From there you can take a boat to visit the Diapontia islands of Mathraki, Othoni and Erikussa.

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