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Sidari Holiday Reviews


Sidari is the most famous tourist resort at the North Coast of Corfu, Greece, and one of the places that every visitor of the island has to see. The distance of Corfu town and the airport it’s about 40 km and the drive time you need to get there, its about 45 minutes.
It used to be a small fishing village when in the early 80's it became a popular tourist destination. Every year from than it was growing bigger and bigger. Today Sidari Village is a large commercial resort that can offer accommodation to 14.000 people!
Sidari is certainly for those looking for a popular lively place with plenty of clubs, music bars and pubs, that offering a great nightlife
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Re: Family holiday in Sidari !
by Anonymous  from Greater London on August 2008 | Overal Rating of Sidari: 8/10
Our family stayed at the Eleni appartments in Sidari in August 2008. Our accommodation was basic, clean and well maintained. Initially we were badly bitten by mosquitoes at night but with the judicious use of insect killer and citronella candles from the local supermarket, we kept the insects at bay. The appartments were quiet and peaceful with a lovely clean pool and a plentiful supply of loungers and parasols. There was also a poolside bar which was very convenient for the odd snack/drink. In the evening there was usually a movie showing in the bar. The weather was glorious all holiday. The drawback to the Eleni appartments in sidari was their location. If one wanted to explore the resort, it was necessary to brave the main road which had no pavement. I had to supervise our children with great care to ensure their safety in view of the volume and speed of traffic. This is one road that could do with speed bumps! It was with great relief that we discovered a footpath just past the supermarket which took us straight down to the beach. The beaches around sidari were sandy with plenty of watersports on offer. However, watch out for jellyfish.
Unlike Portugal where we noticed that the beaches were cleaned every evening, the Sidari beaches looked neglected and untidy. Sidari could do with a facelift and pedestrianisation of the main street. The resort was lively with plenty of restaurants to choose from, most of which were excellent. We particularly enjoyed our meals at the Sea Breeze restaurant and at a cafe on the small beach which served fresh (not frozen) chips. There were plenty of activities on offer. We had great fun hiring a motor boat one afternoon and cruising the coastline. We also visited Albania which was a revelation to us - the classical site at Butrint was spectacular. The trip to the waterpark was enjoyable, as was the boat trip/beach barbecue (why did the boat's loudspeakers have to play 'sex on the beach' which was totally unsuitable for a family occasion). My children were thrilled with the opportunity to scuba dive for the first time. Finally the trip to Corfu town was a perfect way to end our holiday with wonderful shops and restaurants and an amazing fortress to explore. The one negative experience was the Greek Night at the appartments which was overpriced and formulaic. The barman at the Eleni appartments needs a spell at charm school! Finally, the family that run the appartments are helpful and efficient

Re: Sidari Waterpark Apartments: Absolutely Fabulous!!!”!
by Jacks1975 on August 2007 | Overal Rating of Sidari review: 10/10
Stayed at the 'Sidari Waterpark Apartments' for 7 nights end of July 2007 with my fiance 10 year old son and future mother in law. The apartments are fantastic with extremely friendly staff who will accomodate you fully. The apartments are very spacious and cleaned every day, air con is availble at an extra cost and mosquito blinds are standard. The pool is extremely clean and there isnt a mad dash for sunloungers every morning as there are more than enough for everyone. Waiter service all day at the pool which is put on your room tab therefore you dont need to carry money around with you. The waterslides are an added bonus, they are checked and cleaned everyday and there is a life guard on duty constantly. Childrens playground consists of two pool tables, air hockey, table football, swings, roundabout, slide and seasaw. The food is very enhoyable with a wide selection on the menu and the staff extrememly friendly and polite. Prices in the restaurant and bar are reasonable and no way overpriced. I would definitely stay again at these apartments everyone is well catered for its family run and therefore people get to know you personally which can make all the difference, clean with fantastic facilities and just a short stroll from the centre of Sidari Corfu.

Re: Canal d' Amour in Sidari !
by Christopherbrown on August, 2008 | Overal Rating of Sidari: 8/10
This year was the first time that I have been to Corfu and the third time I have been in Greece as I have only generally been to
Spain of France. On this occasion, I decided that I needed a change of scenery to another island and went to Sidari in Corfu with once again Thomson Travel. I stayed in the Canal d’ Amour area of Sidari where there are little private beaches that fill up very fast. Talking to many people, this was found to be the nicest part of Corfu. I went this year on the 31st of August for a two-week holiday with my parents so I had the last week of high season and the first week of mid season. Between the two weeks of being there, there was a big difference with the amount of people. As I went during high season, the shops were not giving offers to encourage people to spend their money and the atmosphere was great to say the least (bearing in mind it was starting to quieten down), but as soon as the first week of mid season came in, there was a great influx of tourists going out of Corfu almost making the island deserted. This is when the holiday changed to bad weather set in making high winds, hail stones, rain, etc, etc but even due to this the atmosphere around Sidari was good enough to bear. This bad weather only lasted 4 days though. All I wanted this time round was to have a quite last holiday with my parents, and that is what I got.the atmosphere around Sidari was good enough to bear. This bad weather only lasted 4 days though. All I wanted this time round was to have a quite last holiday with my parents, and that is what I got. All the pubs, bars, and beaches literately everywhere was quite busy until about the time I was departing myself to come back home when there was to be no one in site of the beach, pubs, and bars. I do not know about the clubs, as I did not go in any. Sidari turned into a ghost town, but talking to locals, this had been the busiest season with all accommodation filling up and that this sudden quite spell was to be expected. Sidari was basically the nature of the Greeks and the English and there are very few other foreigners to cause any trouble. In Sidari, there was not trouble with anyone; it was just like one big family. During the day, there was plenty to do all the time, weather you like to dine, sleep, being active, or sight seeing. I did a mixture of all these. I even hired out a cycle (which is very unlike me on holiday) and cycled to various parts of the island during the day. This was like an excursion in itself as I saw some stunning sight seeing sites, local taverns, etc and at £2 a day, this was good value. Sidari beach is ok in places with clean water and golden sand. There are parts where the sand is pebbly, but mainly sandy. If you are on a lilo, or any other inflatable, then be careful, as the wind is strong if you go out too far, and of those that are doing water sports. There are a lot of day trips that you can do to other islands and countries. These are highly recommended to do. You cannot really do the trips any cheaper elsewhere, as all prices were the same. I went on numerous trips and thoroughly enjoyed them all. I went on the following:

Sivota Blue Lagoon: This is a cruise across the Corfu straits to the popular highlight of Sivota, which is a little pretty fishing village located on the edge of mainland Greece. On the way back from this village, you visit the spectacular Blue Lagoon where the boat will stay for about an hour. During this time, you can swim amongst the fish, have a general swim or relax admiring the crystal clear waters. The beach in this lagoon is literally all stones. East Coast Cruise: This is basically a boat trip down the East coast of Corfu where you take the first stop half way down the island to Mouse Island. It is called Mouse Island due to the size and shape of it. Whilst by the mouse island, the boat positions itself under the flight path of incoming passenger flights. This is done by that the end of the runway is in the sea! It was really strange seeing planes flying over you. It felt as if you could early touch them. On the way back, you visited Corfu Town, Kavos harbour, and various other bays, history of the island, etc. Great day out.
Corfu Boat BBQ: This was probably the best trip of them all. You join the caption that is totally mad called Theo and Theo and his crew make this one of the most memorable cruise along Corfu’s Coastline. You can swim in the electric blue Ionian waters, jump off the boat and then you enjoy a fantastic BBQ with wine, beers, and soft drinks for those that cannot handle the pace. As you board the boat, you start having water fights with other boats and amongst yourselves, and get totally covered in shaving foam. Definitely one not to be missed or for the faint hearted. Greek Night: This was the last of the trips. This included a four course meal, all night entertainment, plate smashing, and drinking as much wine as you can. Some wine is ok, others are like paint stripper, but you have a choice of about 5 red and white wines. Once your meal has finished, you are up on the stage where you take to the dance floor and learn some Greek dancing. When it comes to dining, try everywhere as all food costs about the same and you get about the same amount in servings. The only difference is the style of cooking and the taste. If you like to dine out, there are nice resturants (the three brothers hotel, the three little pigs) which give magnificant meals. You can choose from italian, greek, english, etc dishes. All meals are about £7 including a couple of drinks.

There are no safe deposit boxes in the apartment that I stayed in, nor were there any in other hotels, but there are little shops where you can store your belongings away and you have access to it about 20 hours a day. This service does not cost anything, but the only catch is that you have to change you currency there, but even these exchange places were very competitive and offered a better price than over here in England. Another piece of mind is that the little shops are owned by Thomson’s who monitor the boxes all hours of the day. The accommodation is basic in Corfu, and I mean basic but comparing it to other islands, this was luxury.
All you have is a bathroom with the usual amenities. The toilet however is very basic (its ok, it is not the hole in the floor). It is the usual basin but no toilet paper can be deposited down them. All used toilet paper must be placed into the bin provided next to the toilet as with all of the Greek islands. Overall, this is a highly recommended place for those that like a fairly active holiday or a lazy holiday, but it is advisable to go to Sidari, as this is the best place of the whole island. Kavos is like another Blackpool but a lot worse. It did not seem that attractive or much there, apart from the nightlife (which it is recommended to go on the company’s pub crawl there, but then again it is the 18 – 30’s hot spot). This is a good choice for anyone that likes a good time. (Personally, I did not want to leave there as I was having too much of a good time even though it was a little on the quite side.) I enjoyed the island so much, that I am going to try Rhodes next year. I will definitely go to Kos and Corfu again.

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