The Companion Guide to the Corfu Trail is now on sale at a price of 10 euros - including postage and packing. Payment has been set up via the secure and user-friendly PayPal system. To order simply click the 'Buy Now' button and it will take you directly to the Paypal website. If you don't already have one, you will need to set up a Paypal account - this takes a couple of minutes. After your payment is verified, you will receive by email the pdf copy (approx.file size 2.5 MB). (If you have any queries please contact us.)
Walking in Corfu
The Greek island of Corfu is a walker's paradise. From the bare karst of Mount Pantokrator's high summit to the rich Ropa Plain, from endless rolling hills cloaked with olive trees to sand dunes studded with junipers and valleys choked with oak and chestnut trees, its offers a myriad of diverse landscapes, so that around every corner another scene stuns the eye. Except around Corfu Town and in certain tourist resorts, vast tracts of the island remain hardly touched, and sleepy villages seem to belong to an older era. Peace blankets the land.
The best time for walking in Corfu is spring, when the wild flowers carpet the ground, and autumn, when the summer heat has diminished.
Walking on the Corfu Trail
The Corfu Trail is Corfu's long-distance walking route. Established in 2001, it runs from Arkoudillas at Corfu’s southernmost tip to Cape Agia Ekaterini at the island's northernmost point. Since the most dramatic scenery and the biggest concentration of highlights are in the north of the island, the Corfu Trail takes walkers in a south to north direction.
Waymarking the Corfu Trail
The Corfu Trail, approximately 220 kilometres long, is waymarked in strategic locations with yellow signs, bearing the letters CT and a directional arrow. Between signs, yellow paint markers confirm the route. The waymarks are renewed every two to three years, but it is impossible to ensure they will all be in place at any one time.
The Companion Guide to the Corfu Trail
Using the Companion Guide to the Corfu Trail, the walk takes 10 days to complete. (You may, of course, create your own schedule.)
We have designed the new edition of the Guide (first published May 2009) in pdf format so that each day's information and guiding notes are on a single A4 sheet (the exception being the last day, which takes up two sheets). The maps which accompany the notes are at the end of the pdf file are cross-referenced with the day they apply to. You may wish to laminate the sheets for ease of use during your walk.
Updating the route of the Corfu Trail
As a buyer of the Guide, your name and email address will be kept on record, and you will be sent FREE UPDATES upon request. Changes may be necessary due to bulldozing of footpaths, asphalting of tracks or development, or they may be implemented when we find a more attractive way.
Financing the Corfu Trail
The Corfu Trail was financed partly by the European Union’s Interreg II programme and partly from a private source on the island. It is administered by a non-profit-making trust, and income from walkers, who are requested to contribute five euros for use of the Trail, is ploughed back into maintenance and improvements to infrastructure.
Accommodation on the Corfu Trail
Accommodation can be booked on the Corfu Trail route through the designated expert agent Aperghi Travel, which will also arrange for luggage transfer. If you use this agent's service, the schedule is slightly different to the one published here, and you will be supplied, free of charge, with a version of the Guide that will match your programme. Email Aperghi Travel or call them on 0030 26610 48713.
An article about The Corfu Trail.
To read the article, written by The Corfu Trail's founder, Hilary Paipeti, click here. (Hilary is also the editor of The Corfiot magazine.)
Walking the Corfu Trail by John Waller
Three septuagenarians walk the Corfu Trail in eight days. They photograph flowers and sample Corfiot cuisine. Each day their local guest-walkers tell their stories. Find out more about this book.
Other walks in Corfu
To complement the Companion Guide to the Corfu Trail, the Complete Book of Corfu Walks is also available as a pdf download. This guide contains nearly 100 walks all over the island, most of them circular, varying in time from 30 minutes to several hours. Alternatively, depending on where you are based on Corfu, you may prefer to purchase one of the six regional guides I have put together: Walks in North West Corfu; Walks in North Corfu; Walks in North East Corfu; Walks around Paleokastritsa; Walks in Central Corfu (North); Walks in Central Corfu (South). A guide to walks in Corfu's Deep South is under preparation.
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