Atki Aphrodite Hotel - (Accommodation in Sidari)

Kim and steven -           

We really enjoyed our holiday, got back 29th August 2005.  The staff are really friendly, especially Erika on reception.  The hotel is very clean and smart entrance and bar.  The rooms are clean and basic.  We were overlooking the main street but there was no noise whatsover, thanks to the triple glazing! (get air con though! [about 15 a week, well worth it in August!])  Nice pool, really close to the beach. The beach is OK, a lot of seaweed thouhg, niced and shallow to swim in, good for kids.  We had a great time (and wish we were still there!)

Memories Restaurant - (Restaurants in Sidari)

Kim and steven -           

The food was OK, decent value for money, but you can get better elsewhere. The service was good and the staff were friendly.

Olympic - (Restaurants in Sidari)

Kim and steven -           

We liked Olympic, the food was good and the entertainment was great.  The dancing was the best we saw the whole week, lots of fire and plate smashing!  The staff were really friendly and made you feel very welcome.

Sea Breeze Restaurant - (Restaurants in Sidari)

Kim and steven -           

The food was lovely, especially the Greek food (try the Homous and the Kokkinisto), the portions were massive though - we couldn't finish them!  Service was efficient (all the staff had PDAs to take the orders) but not always the friendliest.  There are lovely views overlooking the bay, lovely at sunset.  Very clean and nicely decorated.  One of the best in Sidari.

The Roof Garden - (Restaurants in Sidari)

Kim and steven -           

The setting is lovely (glad there's no PRs on the door), good fast, friendly service, good value for money (the plates are HUGE!). The beef Stamna was good, the Pastitstada was OK, it was better elsewhere.  There are lovely views, especially at sunset. One to try.

Three Little Pigs - (Restaurants in Sidari)

Kim and steven -           

Great dancing, scary fire!  It's well worth going to as it's a full night out with all the dancing and fire.  The food was good, try the beef stamna and the lamb sofrito, it was the best meal we ate all week.  Whatever you do, don't get a starter, you'll be too full for the main.  It's always packed so the service takes a bit longer but it's not excessively long, and it's well worth it for the entertainment. 

Day trip to Albania - (Corfu Excursions)

Kim and steven -           

This is a must-do, but make sure that, as with any excursion in Corfu, you DON'T book through your rep, as you'll save about 15 each.  We booked through Vlasseros Travel on the main street in Sidari (opposite the Afrodite hotel, near Mickey's Inn). The guy who works there, Philip, is a real star, very friendly (and organised an interesting Love Parade through Sidari!). 

Albania was really interesting, book the excursion to the Butrinti ruins through the agent, it's cheaper.  The ruins were amazing and offered spectacular views of the Albanian landscape,which is amazing and very unusual.  The guide was excellent and very knowledgeable.  You'll have to change your Euros into Leke, but things are very cheap there.  Take plenty of water, it's a very long, hot day.  If you are a nervous traveller, this may not be the trip for you as the roads are not the best through the mountains and there are a few hairy moments as the coach passes other vehicles!
Lunch at the restaurant was nice, with lovely views over the sea.  Unfortunately, local children do beg and try to sell trinkets when you are in Saranda, but that's a small minus point, and understandable in a country as poor as Albania.  This was one of the highlights of our holiday.

Boat trip and beach BBQ - (Corfu Excursions)

Kim and steven -           

Think we went on a different BBQ cruise to most people here, but there are a few.  We went from Sidari (through Vlasseros Travel, much cheaper than the reps!) on a coach to Paleokastritsa, then on a brand new glass-bottomed boat to Paradise Beach.  The boat was great, with the 'boat boy' (his words!) George, who was friendly.  The captain stopped to allow you to look at shipwrecks and shoals of fish.  We went to the Vinti Caves with stalactites, then on to Paradise Beach, a secluded beach you can only get to by boat.  There is a hundred-foot cliff and a shingle beach.  It gets very hot, though there are plenty of drinks (soft drinks and alcohol).  One note, take trainers or well-fitting shoes, the beach is hot enough to burn and the pebbles get in your sandals, making it pretty uncomfortable.  The BBQ was delicious and you had about 4 hours on the beach to swim in the sea, dive off the boat and sunbathe.  Umbrellas are provided, but take plenty of suncream becasue it's that hot.  By the way, Paradise Beach is one of the locations in For Your Eyes Only and really is paradise!  This excurion was the highlight of our holiday, wish we were still there!