Holidays to Arilas get you acquainted with Corfu's easygoing island vibes, quiet beaches and family-run tavernas.

A seaside sanctuary

Perched on the edge of the Ionian Sea in the north-west of the Greek island of Corfu, Arilas has classic good looks. With two kilometres of quiet, golden sands, it's a breeze to find your own private slice of seaside paradise. Pump up the action with watersports, then lie back on a sunlounger and admire the sunset.

Foodie fiesta

The small village centre has held onto its traditional Greek charm, and it's warmest in the family-run eateries and bars that dot the streets. Browse mouthwatering menus for Mediterranean goodies like salt cod with garlic sauce and wild greens, followed by marzipan with tangerine peel. You can wash it all down with a glass of wine – or if you really want to go local, 'ouzo' (a traditional anise-flavoured aperitif).

Island utopia

If you thought mainland Corfu was peaceful, wait until you check out the Diapontia Islands just off Arilas Beach's shore. Blessed with crystal-clear waters, sea caves, serene beaches and the occasional chattering dolphin, this four-island archipelago is just a 45-minute boat ride from Agios Stefanos harbour.

At a Glance

  • Make a splash with high-octane water sports
  • Wind down on serene sands
  • Savour classic Greek dishes in cosy tavernas