Corfu holidays in Pelekas
Liz Waugh: March 2012
Corfu holidays in the beach resort of Pelekas.
The Corfu holiday resort of Pelekas has always been a little off the main island tourist trail, and there's nothing wrong in that. This attractive hilltop holiday village sits on the west coast of Corfu almost opposite the island capital of Corfu Town about 15km away on the east coast. Pelekas beach lies below the village — just a 10 minute walk — and Corfu beach holiday visitors will find a wide crescent of sand with good tourist facilities like sunbeds, showers and toilets.
The Corfu holiday resort has, for many years, had its own Pelekas website and it has recently undergone a revamp. The latest addition to the site is an old video of Pelekas from 1991 — not much has changed except the fashions.
The Pelekas website pretty much covers all you might need to know about the resort. Some of the more interesting activities in Pelekas include the Pelekas Costume Museum and the Discovery Tours for Artists details of which are posted on the website.
The museum is located just outside Pelekas and this remarkable private collection of traditional Corfu costume has pieces dating back to the 19th century. The costumes come from all over Greece and the two euro entrance fee is well worth it. There is even a small section dedicated to Corfu's musical heritage with recordings of songs sung by women from the village of Kato Garounas.
Australian artist Warren Curry has been leading painting tours of Corfu for more than a decade. Tour groups are based at the stylish Levant Hotel and the group's own tour bus takes painting groups to various villages, beaches and historic sites.
Courses in painting are interspersed with leisurely lunches and other Corfu holiday pursuits, including a one-day cruises to nearby Paxos and Parga and also to Albania.
But most visitors to Pelekas will end up on a day trip to the Aqualand water park in nearby Agioa Ioannis — fun for all the family — or they'll be tempted to stroll along the Corfu Trail which passes Pelekas from the southern tip of Corfu to the north coast.
One of the great attractions of the Pelekas website is the number and range of accommodation on offer — more than 30 apartments, villas etc. have links to their sites where they set out their details, from major hotel complexes like the Aquis Agios Gordios Hotel to charming villas like Tonia's Apartments in Pelekas.