Pelekas Beach is a quintessential Corfu beach resort, with alluring turquoise water, spectacular sunsets, watersports, traditional taverns, scenic landscapes and local festivals. The beach became popular as a hippy hangout in the 1960s. Appreciate its wide stretch of golden sand that slopes gently into the Ionian Sea. Today it attracts a mix of backpackers, couples and young families.
Rent a sun lounger and umbrella from one of several points along the beach. If you’re energetic, try various watersports, including parasailing and water-sled rides. Join a snorkeling or scuba diving excursion and discover the fascinating sea life that inhabits the offshore rocks.
Take a gentle stroll to the southern end of the beach and explore the small fishing harbor. Check out the rickety boats and watch local fishermen bringing in the day’s catch. Find a handful of long-established taverns along the beachfront. Sample delicious Corfiot cuisine such as bourdeto, which is a peppery fish stew. The taverns’ outdoor seating areas are great for watching the sunset.
Be sure to visit the village of Pelekas, about a 10-minute walk uphill from the beach. Wander around the flower-filled narrow streets to spot elegant archways, quaint churches and simple Greek homes. The streets spread out from a central square, surrounded by a lively collection of taverns, cafés and bars. In August the square springs to life with the Pelekas Festival, an event that celebrates the Virgin Hodegetria. Join the locals in a festivity of music, dance and street food.
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