Kontokali holidays aren't just great for tasting Greek island life – they plonk you within easy reach of a dynamic daytripping duo, too.

Laidback location

Things mosey along at a saunter in Kontokali. It’s tacked onto Corfu’s eastern shoreline, about 10 minutes’ drive from the capital, Corfu Town. Although it shares a similar setting to its city pal, things are a little more low key here. The highlights are a stylish marina, filled with wallet-busting yachts, a hamper of Greek eateries, and a couple of dainty beaches.

Coastal companions

This place rubs shoulders with the town of Gouvia – it’s so close that the two are practically joined at the hip. A 10-minute walk gets you into its town centre, which is pepped up by a bigger bundle of bars and restaurants. In the other direction, you’ve got a gentle giant ready and waiting. Corfu Town’s the island’s biggest hub, but the atmosphere’s more about culture than carnage. You’ve got a historic fortress, ornate churches and a slick shopping prom.

Slowed-down sunbathing

A pair of sand-and-shingle strips make up the beach offering in this neck of the woods. One of them’s buddied up with the stone archways of an old Venetian boatyard – it’s in Gouvia, so you can reach it in 10 minutes on foot. Closer to home, a couple of minutes’ stroll gets you to Kontokali’s skinny peninsula, which is ruffled with a swoop of lounger-dotted sand.

At a Glance

  • Sample first-rate fish dishes
  • Spend the day in Corfu Town
  • Stroll beside the swanky marina