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Holidays in Arillas
Nestled between two rugged peninsulas on Corfu’s northwest coast, Arillas is the ideal seaside getaway that’s all about the beach. Stretching for nearly two kilometres, the beach has some of the best water sports around, with clusters of vibrant beach bars and restaurants running along the sand. Perfect for families, Arillas is close to the popular local water park and is a great place for sailing trips.
June is a favourite with beach lovers.
Corfu International Airport (CFU).
Book a holiday to Arillas with Thomas Cook and look forward to sipping local wines at the Arillas Festival and spending leisurely days sailing Corfu’s coast.
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Get accustomed to Corfu’s beautiful Mediterranean weather with the day on the beach, where you’re guaranteed a spot on the two kilometre sweep of sand. When you’re ready for something energetic, try paragliding or plan a diving excursion in the crystal clear water. Corfu Town is a popular destination for sailing excursions, or if you’re travelling with kids, jump on the bus to the much-loved Hydropolis Water Park, complete with pools, slides and a lazy river. When the sun goes down, spend the balmy evenings dining on the waterfront or sipping spicy ouzo in a local bar.
Arillas has two kilometres of golden sand sheltered between two lush, rocky peninsulas. The beach has a Blue Flag award for its cleanliness, with beach umbrellas sprinkled across the soft sand and plenty of sun beds to go around. The water is calm and shallow, with a sandy bottom that is safe for kids to paddle in. Water sports activities in Arillas range from high-octane paragliding, banana rides and wakeboarding to the gentler pedal boats and snorkelling. The clear waters off Corfu’s coast are fantastic for learning to scuba dive, or experienced divers can venture further out to sea.
For kids – or for the young at heart – the superb Hydropolis Water Park is less than half an hour’s drive from Arillas. With all kinds of water slides, swimming pools and lazy river, plus sports facilities and places to eat, it’s the ideal day out on a hot day. There are lots more water-based activities in Arillas’ nearby harbour, where you take a glass-bottom boat along the coast and watch the brightly-coloured marine life pass by. You could cruise over to Corfu Town for a day out in the capital and sunbathe on the deck on the way home.
Arillas loves its festivals, with a calendar of events including the Arillas Beer and Gastronomy Festival and the Arillas Wine Festival, both taking place in autumn. Both events showcase Corfu’s specialties in an upbeat party atmosphere, and if you can’t make the festival, you can take a tour of the Corfu Microbrewery, based in Arillas. Whenever you’re in town, you can sample the local tipple in the town’s relaxed but sociable bars, as well as pubs, tavernas and a few clubs. For dinner, the best place in Arillas is the seafront, where you can dine on the catch of the day overlooking the sea.
Beach lovers: Arillas’ soft golden sands are among the prettiest in Corfu, with fantastic water sports like wakeboarding and banana boats.
Families: Kids will love a day on the slides at the nearby water park or spotting fish on a glass-bottom boat tour.
Couples: Between its beautiful beach, upbeat nightlife and romantic sailing trips, Arillas is perfect for a couples’ getaway.
Language: The language spoken in Arillas is Greek
Currency: The currency used in Arillas is the Euro (€)
Local time: Arillas is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Corfu International Airport (CFU)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours
Tourist Information: Further Arillas tourist information can be found at www.visitgreece.gr/en/sea/beaches/thesprotias_beaches
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Arillas
Temperature: Averaging around 25-28°C in summer.
Best time to visit: June is a favourite with beach lovers.
Corfu’s warm summers can last for six months, with average temperatures in the mid 20s (°C) for most of the season. July and August get particularly hot, often reaching the 30s. The heat is tempered by coastal breezes, with night temperatures a few degrees cooler than in Greece.
By bus: Corfu’s bus service is cheap and handy for day trips. The local bus stops at Arillas on the way to Corfu Town several times a day.
By taxi: Licensed taxis run on a meter and are widely available in Corfu. Taxis are a good option for airport transfers, and can be booked in advance or found at taxi ranks.
By car: There are many car hire companies available in Corfu. Driving is the best way to explore the island in your own time, and Arillas is a good base for experiencing northern Corfu.
Gastronomy festival: Arillas’ favourite event of the year is the Beer and Gastronomy Festival, held for three days every October. The town is home to the Corfu Microbrewery, and every year festival-goers can sample the different beers produced here. The event exhibits other local specialties, including olive oil and honey.
Wine festival: If you can’t make the beer festival, try for the town’s second-favourite – the Arillas Wine Festival. Taking place in September, this event showcases traditional wine making, which involves the grapes arriving on a donkey before visitors are invited to stomp on them in a big barrel. Wine tasting is free, soaked up with traditional Greek souvlakia, lamb kebabs.