Villa Apanemia Mare
Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
The villa is located within a 40000 square meter seaside property filled with olive trees cultivated using solely organic agricultural methods. The property itself is situated in the southeast coast of Corfu island, 25 kilometers from Corfu town right on a gentle hill slope offering magnificent sea views as it is just 30 meters off the sea shore.
From the terrace, early in the morning, you can enjoy the sunrise while listening to the faint splashes of water made by the fishermen trying to bring their nets in. You may also try a cool morning swim or have some moments of relaxation in the outdoor jacuzzi which is right next to you. Later on you can start exploring the whereabouts of the villa consisting mainly of tall everlasting olive trees and their refreshing shady areas, fruit as well as aromatic plants and picturesque paths.
For the hiking enthusiasts and within half an hour walking distance from the villa you can find the traditional village of Chlomos on top of the so called “Merovigli” hill with its narrow alleys, scenic neighborhoods and lovely views. Needless to say that sunset as seen from on top of the mountain is unforgettable.
For the bolder ones and the genuine nature lovers the “Korission” lagoon is 5 kilometers away. Characterized in bygone days as a Natura 2000 area and protected ever since this landscape has enormous ecological interest mostly due to its virgin golden sandy beaches, sand dunes, cedar forest and its use as a resting place by a large number of rare birds.
Much nearer though and more specifically 1 kilometer south of the property lies the tiny but nevertheless very beautiful harbour of “Boukari” with an array of restaurants serving mostly fish and a litlle bit further south is the village of “Petritis” whose fishing boats and fishermen are the ones providing us with their daily catch. The “Mesoggi' village is 3.5 kilometers towards the north and right next to it is “Moraitika” where a multitude of restaurants, shops, supermarkets and hotels can be found. Morover, here you can find local taxi services as well as a bus station with regular routes to Corfu town.
The sea in vicinity of the villa is famous amongst locals for its crystal clear water, the near absence of sounds and the tranquility this exact quietness offers along with the lushly planted surrounding landscape. The somewhat magical beach in front of the property has pebbles, bushes and trees stretching literally all the way to the tip of the waves. You can spend time swimming or sunbathing in a state of total relaxation under the hot sun and /or prefer the companion of a good book under the shady spots.
September and October is a period well liked by many due to the growing shadowy areas, the softer sun light and the chillier atmosphere. Winter on the other hand has a distinctive beauty and grace offering totally serene and calm moments especially when sitting by and enjoying the warmth coming from the fireplace while overlooking the white water of the rough seas. Winter's also is the time of year that the picking of olives takes place and you can be participating at the process earning yourself your very own extra virgin olive oil.
During spring time the Corfiot nature is truly magical, everything is blooming. Spring's also the Easter season. Corfu town and most of the villages too, host a number of religious processions along with the participation of philharmonics and choirs giving the tune and on top of that there is a large number of outdoor fairs that takes place seemingly everywhere.
Finally the villa has made a serious provision for and therefore is friendly to people with kinetic problems or other special needs.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport (CFU)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
The Ionian Islands region
The temperate climate; the deep and cool sea waters; the mountains; the lush vegetation; the cultural heritage; and the cheerfulness of the inhabitants, make the Ionian Islands the ideal place for a holiday as well as rest and relaxation.
What is more, the traits of the Ionian Islands are perfectly combined with a flawless tourism infrastructure, excellent hotel accommodations, restaurants, diving centers, sea sports, cultural events, and a multitude of sights, historic monuments and museums worth visiting.
Scattered along the western coastline of Central Greece, the Ionian Islands as they are known, are an island cluster comprising twelve small and large islands whose total surface area comes to 2,200 square kilometers. Zakynthos, Ithaca, Corfu (Kerkyra), Kefalonia, Lefkada, and Paxi are the six, large Ionian Islands. Antipaxi, Erikousa, Mathraki, Othoni, Meganisi and the deserted islets of Strofades south of Zakynthos are the smaller Ionian Islands.
Together with the island of Kythira and the neighboring Antikythira the islands form the island cluster of Eptanisa. Nevertheless it should be noted that Kythira and Antikythira are completely cut off from the rest of the Ionian islands situated as they are across southern Peloponnese and the coast of Laconia.
Once, the Ionian Islands were part of Central Greece but were torn apart when the terrain sank due to the seismic activity along the great coastline fault of the Ionian Sea. This accounts not only for the ragged shores and hauntingly beautiful beaches but it also accounts for the islands' tall mountains, once part of the Pindos mountain range which crosses Central Greece. It also accounts for the great depth of the waters in the area which, at 4,406 meters, is the greatest in the Mediterranean.
The Ionian islands have a mild and temperate climate which makes them the ideal location for vacation or residence. In winter, the mountains of Central Greece stop the cold northern winds from reaching the islands while, in summer, the heat is tempered by the meltemia, the soft, northwestern winds, and the sea breezes. Due to the air currents prevalent on the Ionian islands, many of the island beaches have developed into internationally acclaimed windsurfing centers. The Ionian Islands have been inhabited since Paleolithic times, have been through many invasions, and have received the influence of a variety of cultures.
The Ionian Islands were part of the Byzantine Empire until1204 when the Franks took over Constantinople and the Ionian Islands were eventually ceded to the Venetians. Under Venetian rule, the Ionian Islands formed their own local nobility whose register survived as late as the 19th century.
From the time of Frankish rule until 1864 when they were joined with Greece, the Ionian Islands were also ruled by a number of foreign conquerors. The presence of the Europeans on the Ionian Islands at a time when Greece was still under Ottoman rule gave rise to significant intellectual activity something that is still visible today both in the islands' architectural tradition as well as their charming cultural traits.
Where the Venetians, the French and the British used to live.
With the passage of time the island may have changed, but we can still feel the spirit of a distant glorious past . Its rich multi-cultural heritage, its historic monuments, its stunning natural landscape, its crystal clear seas, and its excellent weather all year round explain why Corfu is one of the most cosmopolitan Mediterranean destinations weaving a powerful spell on its visitors.
Corfu (Kérkyra), unlike the rest of Greece, never fell under the Ottoman oppression. Due to the successive dominations of the Venetians, the French and the British over the centuries, the island has primarily become part of the Western rather the Levantine world. Their culture wielded strong influence in the city: it was here that the first Greek University (the Ionian Academy), the first Philharmonic Orchestra and the First School of Fine Arts were founded.In the beautifully preserved Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO world heritage site, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical “repertoire” came to be successfully applied to local artistic traditions. Palaces, fortresses, austere public buildings of the Venetian rule uniquely blend with lines of drying washing in tiny alleyways and small secluded squares. Strolling through a complex of narrow cobbled streets with stairways and vaulted passages, the so-called “kantoúnia”, will make you feel as if you've travelled to Genoa or Naples.
Discover the most beautiful spots in the city of Corfu walking through:
• Spianáda, the largest square in the Balkans, is the centre of the city, adorned with 19th-century remarkable works of French architecture. Here you can watch cricket games, or attend in musical concerts organised throughout the year.
• Listón, the city's trademark, where the aristocrats used to enjoy their evening promenades. The characteristic arcades form the most romantic background setting for a welcome cup of coffee at one of the town's cosy cafés.
• The smart suburbs: Mandoúki, Garitsa and Sarókos.
The most important city's attractions bear eloquent witness to its rich history:
• The impressive 15th century Old Fortress, as well as the New Fortress.
• The Saint Michael and George Palace at the northern part of Spianáda, built during the British occupation.
• A considerable number of churches. The most imposing one is the city's Cathedral, the Church of St. Spyridon, the island's patron Saint, whose relics are kept here. The church's immensely tall bell tower certainly reminds us of that of San Giorgio dei Greci in Venice. Four processions are held every year during which the body of Saint Spyridon is carried around the streets of the city (on Palm and Easter Sunday, on April 11th and the first Sunday in November). All the philharmonic bands of the city accompany the processions creating a remarkable awe-inspiring spectacle.
Call in at the city's fascinating museums:
• The Museum of Asian Art: Being the only one of its kind, it was founded in 1927 after the donation of 10.500 items by Gregorios Manos. Until 1974 it was a Chinese and Japanese Art museum, but it was then enriched with other private collections.It is housed in Saint Michael and George Palace.
• Archaeological Museum: Here you can admire important finds from the temple of Artemis and excavation finds from the ancient city of Corfu.
• Byzantine Museum: It is housed in the Church of the Virgin Mary Antivouniotissa and houses an interesting collection of icons and ecclesiastic items from the 15th to the 19th century.
• The Banknote Museum showcases a collection of Greek coinage from 1822 to the present day.
• Dionysios Solomos Museum: The national Poet of Greece left Zakynthos and moved to Corfu, important intellectual centre of the Ionian islands in those years. Solomos lived in a state of self-imposed isolation, and Corfu offered him the ideal environment to work on his studies in poetry. Today his house hosts a museum dedicated to his honour.These five sites located around the city of Corfu used to be the aristocracy's favourites:
• Mon Repos Palace was built by the British Commissioner Adams as a gift to his Corfiot wife. It is a small but beautiful palace with colonial elements, which today operates as a museum. In this luxurious dwelling, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Elisabeth the Second, was born in 1921. The park around the palace is ideal for long romantic walks.
• Kanóni (meaning canon) offers from its circular terrace an amazing view across the island of Pontikoníssi (meaning Mouse Island), one of the most photographed spots of Corfu! According to the legend, this rocky islet was a Phaeacian ship that was turned into stone.
• Paleópolis (at Mono Repos estate) stands where the Agora of the ancient city of Corfu was located. Admire the remains of several public buildings erected there along with sanctuaries, workshops and residencies.
• Achilleion is a fairy palace built among cypresses and myrtles by the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who wished to escape from the Austrian court. Elisabeth truly fell in love with the island, and she dedicated this palace to Achilles as she cherished the belief that he represented the very soul and fairness of Greece.
The island where Ulysses met Princess Nausicaa in one of Homer's Odyssey most celebrated scenes is a magical destination all year long: colourful music events, culinary feasts, religious festivals, carnival celebrations –known for their deep Venetian influences–, and the most joyful Easter in Greece form an exquisite mosaic of experiences.
Edward Lear vividly describes the magic of Corfu: “Anything like the splendour of olive-groves and orange-gardens, the blue of the sky, the violet of the mountain, rising from peacock-wing-hued sea and tipped with lines of silver snow, can hardly be imagined […]”.
And don't leave before you pay a visit to the nearby islands of Paxi and Antipaxi!
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