Thanks to the town’s stellar location and low-key, village-life vibe, Aghios Ioannis holidays are fab for families.
Aghios Ioannis is a pocket-sized place with the laidback vibes to match, plonked right in the centre of Corfu. It's best-known for Agiotfest. This rock, soul and folk festival is staged in an olive grove, and families flock to listen to the chilled-out tunes. If you’re after a beach, you’ve got plenty of options, too. Cocktail-mixing beach bars and watersports are doled out at Blue Flag-waving Glyfada Beach, which is a 20-minute drive away. Or, sand-smothered Kontogialos Beach is 15 minutes away by car.
You’ll find plenty of traditional tavernas here, serving up classic Corfiot dishes. Expect to see the likes of stifado, a hearty beef stew, on the menu. Or, if you fancy tucking in to some net-fresh fish, the seaside village of Pelekas is a 12-minute drive away. Try bourdetto, a fiery fish stew. Between the two places, you’ll find the Spyros & Vasilis Restaurant. This well-known joint deals in beef, and specialises in steak. It’s run by a Corfu-born, Paris-trained chef and his son.
Corfu Town, on the east coast of the island, is 20 minutes away by car. This place is packed full of UNESCO sights. You’ve got the likes of supersize Spianada Square – the cobbled streets of the old town branch out from its edges – plus, Mon Repos Palace and St Spiridon’s Church, which are well worth a peek, too. Or, you can spend a day whizzing down the slides at nearby Aqualand. This waterpark sprawls out for a whopping 75,000 square metres.
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