Holidays in Roda
Situated between the coast and the rolling hills of northern Corfu, Roda enjoys one of the most picturesque locations on the island. A peaceful village with real small-town Greek charm, Roda is ideal for a relaxing getaway with a long, golden beach and lush countryside to explore. The evenings are upbeat in Roda, with the chance to try some tasty Greek cuisine and wine in the easy-going seafront tavernas.
Early summer is popular for warm beach weather.
Corfu International Airport (CFU).
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Roda for sunny days spent horse riding through Corfu’s countryside, relaxing on the beach or sailing along the glittering coast.
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Begin the day with a walk in Roda’s beautiful sunny countryside, thick with olive groves and offering spectacular views across the sparkling Mediterranean. The local riding school organises pony treks for a new way to explore, which are suitable for even first-time riders. Cool off by the beach with a little rest on the soft, powdery sand, or if you’re still up for some adventure, head off on a diving trip or have a go at paragliding. Kids will love a day out at Aqualand, one of Corfu’s most loved water parks, before heading back for dinner and drinks on the waterfront.
Roda’s Blue Flag awarded beach stretches for several kilometres along the fragrant, tree-lined coast. The spotless golden sand is dotted with sun loungers and brightly-coloured umbrellas for sunbathing in comfort. The shore is shallow and very clear, with a sandy bottom that is ideal for swimming and safe for kids to paddle in. There are plenty of beach cafes and bars just behind the beach for when you need to refuel during the day. If you’re up for a change of pace, there are some fantastic water sports activities in Roda. Try water skiing or paragliding, or plan a diving excursion to explore the beautifully clear waters.
Situated in one of Corfu’s prettiest spots, Roda’s golden coast is backed by a hilly region thick with fragrant olive groves. A favourite place to explore, you can navigate the hills on foot, by bike or take a two-hour pony trek through the lush countryside to admire the spectacular views. After a day of activity, the best place to go in Roda is the pedestrianised area behind the beach, which develops a buzz in the evening with its mix of pubs, restaurants and tavernas. There is usually a Greek night on for anyone interested in trying the local fare, as well as live music, karaoke and popular beachfront grills.
Roda is a wonderful place to sail, with excursions that will whisk you off to Corfu Town, through the beautiful Canal d’Amour or simply let you soak up the sun on the deck. Favourite trips will drop anchor and debark for a barbeque on the beach. If you’re on holiday with kids, a favourite family attraction in Roda is the superb Aqualand water park. Less than an hour’s drive away, the park is one of the best in Corfu with dozens of water slides, swimming pools and a lazy river. The park has several bars and restaurants where you can grab a drink, ice cream or pizza.
Beach lovers: Home to one of Corfu’s most beautiful beaches, Roda has several kilometres of soft, golden sand to relax on.
Couples: Roda is ideal for a romantic break, from walks in the olive-strewn hills to dining by the sea.
Adventurers: With miles of countryside to enjoy, active types can explore on foot, by bike or on horseback, and have a go at some water sports.
Language: The language spoken in Roda is Greek
Currency: The currency used in Roda is the Euro (€)
Local time: Roda is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Corfu International Airport (CFU)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours
Tourist Information: Further Roda tourist information can be found at www.greeka.com/ionian/corfu/corfu-beaches/corfu-roda.htm
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 Roda
Temperature: Mid to high 20s (°C)
Best time to visit: Early summer is popular for warm beach weather.
Roda’s weather is classic of Corfu’s Mediterranean climate, with long, warm summers and pleasant sea breezes that make summer more comfortable than the scorching temperatures of mainland Greece. The temperature generally stays in the mid to late 20s between June and September, creeping a few degrees higher in July and August.
By bike: Roda is a lovely town to get around on two wheels. Compact and reasonably flat, the beach and town are good for cyclists and there are several companies where you can hire a bicycle.
By bus: Corfu’s northern coast is served by a bus service, linking Roda with nearby resorts like Sidari and Kassiopi. The buses are a cheap option for day trips, and run approximately every hour.
By taxi: Taxis are readily available and reliable in Roda, and can be picked up at the taxi rank or phoned in advance. Taxis are ideal for airport transfers and are always available at Corfu Airport.
Carnival: Carnival is celebrated in towns and cities across Corfu, usually taking place for a week in February to March. The main events happen in island capital Corfu Town, where locals and visitors get stuck into the parades and floats, colourful costumes and party atmosphere. You can also enjoy lots of tasty local food and wine.
Wine festival: Around 20 minutes away from Roda by bus is the popular town of Kassiopi, known for its annual wine festival. The festival takes place in September and showcases local wines on Kassiopi’s beautiful waterfront, soaking up the drink with grilled souvlaki kebabs.