Dan had been working some long hours the past few weeks and wanted to take a little mini vaca’ so we left on Thursday, June 9th for the Greek Island of Corfu, or as the Greeks call it, Kerkyra. We drove 3.5 hours south to Saranda to catch the short 30 minute hydrofoil at 10:30am. Upon arrival we caught the bus into Corfu Old Town for lunch outside the ruined Old Fortress constructed by the Venetians between 1550 and 1559. We ordered fried calamari to start, Dan ordered his favourite Greek dish Moussaka, I tried a Corfito dish Sofrito(veal cooked with vinegar, garlic and parsley), and we finished with the local kumquat digestive.
We actually did zero planning for this trip so we inquired of our waiter where he would recommend to stay with a nice beach. He recommended spending the night in Glyfada so after lunch we went after a quick walk around the old town, down the seafront to the New Fortress, then rented a jeep and drove to Glyfada in the late afternoon. We found a small room to rent and hit the beach. Sotiros made a great recommendation! We absolutely loved this beach.
The next morning we went for a run along the soft sand and then spent the morning lazing on the beach. We decided to spend our last 2 nights in Palaiokastritsa, a popular tourist spot. En route we drove to the town of Ermones to check out the beach and have some lunch. This time we enjoyed mussels saganaki, greek salad and a greek chicken speciality. The Grand Meditteraneo 5 star hotel & spa was also in the town of Ermones and after lunch we decided to check out the spa. We both booked in for a much need Warrior Massage for the afternoon.
The next morning we got up early to head back to the one and only golf course on the island. I don’t golf yet but I joined Dan to keep him company walking the 18 holes. Dan really enjoyed getting back out there and swinging some clubs. There are no golf courses in Albania so this was a must do for Dan.
After lunch at the golf course we drove back to the hotel and hit the beach. Dan broke out the snorkel gear and went for a swim while I lounged on the rocky beach. After a quick beach nap we hit the hotel pool. That evening was our last night and we wanted some traditional Greek dishes and we were told to walk into the main town to Spiros Taverna. Saturday night was Greek BBQ night and they had an assortment of rotisserie meats including chicken, lamb and pork. We had Saganaki cheese to start, Dan ordered the mixed meats and I chose a baked lamb dish with mustard called Kleftiko.
On Sunday morning we drove the car back to Corfu town and barely made the 9:00am hydrofoil back to Saranda. We were hoping to catch a furgon (a popular mode of transportation in Albania which is like a mini van) back up the coast to Vlore but we were informed that no furgon’s were going until later that afternoon so instead we took the less direct route through Gjirokaster by bus. It was a long journey through the mountains but we saw some beautiful scenery along the way. We arrived in the city of Fier(where Dan works) about 4.5 hours later. There, we caught a furgon back to Vlore and then the city bus back home. 6 methods of transportation but we made it! We only saw a small portion of Corfu but we hope to return again soon to explore more of this beautiful island.