After a wonderful first day of exploration near our holiday home on the Greek island of Corfu, we went out today for our first walk. It immediately became a pretty spicy.
We drove our rental car from Astrakeri, in the north of the island, to Afionas on the west coast, in the north. That ride lasted only half an hour, but the roads here are often very narrow and full of wells and bumps. Crowling an oncoming trailer is sometimes a whole adventure. Especially if that oncoming vehicle is a truck.
Afionas is a very beautiful village. Fantastic Greek style with stunning views of the Ionian Sea.
The mountains in the dist belong to Albania.
Afionas is quite high on a small peninsula, so we start a long descent that starts at the church. It's only 3.5 km back and back, but you can count on 2 full hours to make the descent followed by the steep climb back to the village.
Our goal is to reach the dual bay of Porto Timoni. So at sea level.
The descent itself offers lots of views of the blue water, although you have to stop for a while to watch. When you descend, you should focus your attention on your feet. The bottom is rocky with rolling rocks and sliding sand.
Good, sturdy shoes are recommended, although we even see people taking the descent on flip-flops and water sandals.
Bringing water is a must. Once past the village, you won't run into anything. Not downstairs either.
The view of the double bay is beautiful when you're almost downstairs.
The pounding waters of the Ionian Sea have formed a beautiful bay with a pebble beach along both sides of the headland. The beaches are backward against each other and are connected by a narrow footpath between the bushes.
The rear bay is the most beautiful, as you look out over the sea. A lot of boats arrive at the first bay from the nearby beach a little further. There you also look across the street, where a village lies.
The climb is unexpectedly better than the descent and before we know it we'll be back at Afionas, where we walk through the steep streets of the pretty village.