The South West coast of Corfu has many long stretches of sandy beach and the long stretch of Halikounas Beach with it's extensive sand dunes protects Lake Korission from the sea.
The lake is 5km long and 1km wide at its centre and is a haven for over 100 species of birdlife, including great white egrets, oyster catchers and curlews. Turtles and tortoises abound.
This is well away from the main tourist beaches as there is no natural centre to the area which is surrounded by lush green forest of mainly cedar and juniper trees. Here there are no hotels or bars and the beach remains pristine and very safe for swimming as the waters are shallow for some distance. Even in the peak summer season this beach is uncrowded as it is difficult to reach unless by hired car. Interestingly, various access points for wheelchairs have been provided. There are one or two cantina snack bars and a taverna. There are no umbrellas or sun beds for hire.
A few kilometres inland, in the hills above Halikounas Beach and set amongst dense forest is the small Market town of Agios Matheos, one of Corfu's largest and most traditional and picturesque. With a population of 1,600, the majority of which are farmers, the village is particularly renowned for its main street lined with cafe bars and shops, an ideal place to people watch.
Also in this area is the 13th century Byzantine fortress of Gardiki, built by Michael, the despot of Epirus, which is fairly well preserved. Nearby Gardiki cave was inhabited in about 20,000 BC by Paleolithic man.
The popular beaches of Agios Georgios(5km) and Alonaki (quieter) are also within easy driving distance
Villa HalikounasNear Halikounas | Sleeps 2-6
Situated on the south-west coast of Corfu, close to Lake Korission and the wonderful sandy beaches of this area, Villa Halikounas is situated in a quiet location within easy walking distance of local amenities.
Villa PersephoniNear Halikounas Beach | Sleeps 2-4
On Corfu's South West coast the long stretch of Halikounas’ sandy beach protects Lake Korission from the sea.
Villa ZairaNear Halikounas Beach | Sleeps 2-6
Villa Zaira is situated in the olive groves behind Halikounas beach on Corfu's south west coast. Set in mature walled gardens, the Villa has total privacy.