Tucked away between two craggy peninsulas on Corfu’s northwest coast, you’ll discover the laid-back seaside escape of Arillas. This quiet village has a golden beach that stretches over almost 2km, and it’s also one of the finest spots in the region to experience water sports. You can refuel at one of the vibrant beach bars that run along the sand, or head to a waterfront taverna for a taste of real Greek cuisine. Ideal for families, the resort is close to the popular local water park and is a perfect spot for sailing trips.
Arillas enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with long, warm summers and mild winters.
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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Holidays here are all about fun and relaxation. Start by soaking up Corfu’s Mediterranean climate with a day at the beach; it’s easy to find a spot along the 2km sweep. If you’re feeling energetic, why not give wakeboarding a go? Or book a diving excursion through the crystal-clear water. There’s plenty to do with little ones, too. Corfu Town (the island capital) is a popular place for sailing excursions out to sea, or you can jump on the bus to the Hydropolis Water Park to spend a day riding the slides. When the sun goes down, spend the balmy evenings dining at a family-run taverna on the waterfront, or sipping spicy ouzo in a local bar.
There’s no question that the beach is the jewel in Arillas’ crown. This pretty sweep of golden sand is hidden between two lush, rocky peninsulas, keeping the water calm and shallow. It’s perfect for paddling with the kids. It also has a Blue Flag award for its cleanliness, complete with beach umbrellas and sunbeds dotted along the coastline. For the more adventurous, there are all kinds of water sports activities; from high-octane banana boat rides and wakeboarding to gentler pedal boats and snorkelling. Make the most of the clear waters off Corfu’s coast by learning to scuba drive, while experienced divers can venture further out to sea.
Arillas holidays with the family can also take you beyond the beach. For kids (and the young at heart), there’s the superb Hydropolis Water Park less than half an hour’s drive away. With plenty of sports facilities and places to eat, it’s the perfect place to cool down on a hot day. You can enjoy lots more water-based activities in the nearby harbour. Take a glass-bottom boat tour along the coast as you watch the brightly-coloured marine life pass beneath your feet, or stretch out on the deck as you cruise over for a day out in Corfu Town.
Arillas loves a good festival, with a jam-packed calendar of events taking place in this usually sleepy village. Regional produce takes centre stage at the Arillas Beer and Gastronomy Festival and the Arillas Wine Festival, both held every autumn. As well as all kinds of delicious specialities, you can expect a lively party atmosphere with locals and visitors in high spirits. If you can’t make the festivals, you can take a tour of the local Corfu Microbrewery all year round to see how they make their goods. And it’d be rude not to sample the local tipple in the village’s relaxed yet sociable bars, pubs and clubs. Feeling peckish? Don’t worry, there are authentic Greek dishes on the menu at the local family-run tavernas. The seafront is one of the best spots in town for dinner, where you can dine on catch of the day as you watch the sunset.
Beach lovers: The resort is home to some of Corfu’s most beautiful beaches, with water sports like wakeboarding and banana boats on hand for more adventurous visitors.
Families: As well as playing in the sand and swimming in the sea, kids will love fish spotting on a glass-bottom boat tour and splashing around at the nearby waterpark.
Couples: Pretty beaches, easy-going tavernas, and romantic sailing trips; what more could you want from a couples’ getaway?
Language: The language spoken is Greek.
Currency: The currency used is the Euro (€).
Local time: Arillas is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Corfu International Airport. Transfers to Arillas take about 2.5 hours.
Flights time from UK: The flight time to Arillas is 3 hours.
Tourist information: You can find further tourist information at www.visitgreece.gr/en/sea/beaches/thesprotias_beaches
Visa & health: Before you travel, check out www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your Arillas holidays
Temperature: 13-30 °C
Arillas’ warm summer can last for up to six months, with average temperatures in the mid-20s (°C) throughout the season. Expect the weather in July and August to be the hottest, when it rises to a sizzling 27°C. If you like it a little cooler, visit in early spring or late autumn; it’s still sunny but temperatures are usually in the mid-teens.
By bus: Corfu’s cheap bus service is perfect for day trips. The local bus stops at Arillas en route to Corfu Town many times a day.
By taxi: Licensed taxis are widely available in Corfu, and they tend to run on a meter. It’s a good option for airport transfers, and you can either book in advance or pick one up at a taxi rank.
By car: You’ll find lots of car hire companies on the island, and driving is the best way to explore Corfu at leisure from your base.
Gastronomy festival: The annual Beer and Gastronomy Festival is a highlight of the year in this part of the world, held for three days every October. Festival-goers can sample the goods of the village’s very own Corfu Microbrewery, as well as local olive oil, honey and more.
Wine festival: Prefer wine? Head for the annual Arillas Wine Festival, which takes place every September. It’s a celebration of traditional wine making, with the grapes arriving on a donkey before you’re invited to stomp them in a big barrel. Wine tasting is free, so you can drink it by the carafe with a side of traditional Greek souvlakia.