Explore olive groves and quiet beaches
This walk will take you out of the Agios Gordios towards Sinarades and then back down towards the beach for a great walk along its entire length. Around 7kms round trip – don’t forget to take your swimsuit!
Walk in to the centre of the village by the bus stop and GB’s supermarket and bear left up the hill towards Sinarades (the way your coach/Taxi came in). As you walk, you will pass the Pink Palace Hostel on your right and at the first hairpin bend, about a mile outside the village, turn left onto a roadway/track signposted “Sinarades by foot” and Pelagos apartments.
Follow the track down keeping right and walk for a mile or so through the olive groves. The track begins to narrow and you will come to a point where it divides. You take the path to the left (black/green gates in front of you) and follow the path down past a lovely little church and then along a bit further and down a narrow path that passes 3 houses on the left.
You come out at a beach covered with large stones and boulders. If you turn left and walk 2-3 minutes you will soon reach a deserted sandy beach area. Now is the time to take a refreshing swim! To reach Agios Gordios you just continue walking all the way back along the beach, past the shipwreck and Black Rocks bar until you reach Agios Gordios (this should take in between 45 minutes to 1 hour at the most). This stretch is pretty rocky so we would advise you to wear something sturdier than flip flops!
Steep climb from beach to Pendati village
This route takes you along the beachfront at Agios Gordios, up the headland and around the corner to the small fishing village of Pendati. It is like going back in time, this sleepy village is made up of narrow streets with brightly coloured house and hardly any room for a car to pass by! Its position is spectacular and the views of Agios Gordios Bay and beyond are breath-taking.
Walk down to Agios Gordios beach and facing the sea turn left and walk all the way until the end. You will pass the rocks sticking out in the sand and the big Agios Gordios Hotel. Once you have reached the very end of the beach you will see a path heading up and around the headland, this is your route. Go careful here because the path is a rocky and steep and depending on the time of year can be slippery.
As you wind your way up the headland you will be able to get a great view of Agios Gordios and the wide sweeping beach before rounding the headland. Once you have got to the headland, this is the major bit of climbing done. Continue along the path, making sure that you avoid any land slides that may have happened during the winter – it’s very important that you take care at all times here – return if you see that it is too difficult.
Continue along the track until you reach an unmade road (track) and then continue through the olive groves heading slightly upwards to Pendati. On entering Pendati you will come to a junction of tracks, the one of the right goes down to the old harbour, well worth a visit but it’s a bit of a climb back up! At the next junction your route back is to the left, a tarmac road that leads to the Agios Gordios/Katogarouna road. This road winds it way through the olive trees and is a pleasant (mainly) downhill walk until you reach the junction with the main Agios Gordios/Katogarouna road. At this point turn left and head down the valley to Agios Gordios. Before you head home, it really is worth spending some time in Pendati exploring an old Corfiot village. As you will see, not much happens around here…..you can get drinks and snacks from the two bars in the village, Angela’s Cafe (in the centre) and Chris’s Place which is on the road out to Agios Gordios and has the most spectacular views or the west coast of Corfu.
This walk takes you to Pendati village by road only and avoids the walk around the headland and through the olive groves.
Walk to the main bus stop in Agios Gordios (next to GB’s supermarket) and bear right up the hill to Katogarouna. This is a good road and as long as you take it steady not too difficult to walk. It is almost all up hill, so on a hot summer’s day could be quite difficult for some people.
Continue on this road out of Agios Gordios and past a couple of villas until you reach a hairpin bend on your right (it should be signposted Chris’s Place) take this turning and continue along this smaller road all the way until you reach Pendati.
You return using the same road, but mainly downhill!
Sinarades village by olive groves, steep climb & road
This walk takes you off and on road to the nearby village of Sinarades. This is one of the biggest villages in Corfu and also one of the oldest. It has a beautiful main church and houses the islands Traditional Folklore Museum.
Walk in to the centre of the village by the bus stop and GB’s supermarket and bear left up the hill towards Sinarades. As you walk, you will pass the Pink Palace Hostel and at the first hairpin bend, about a mile outside the village turn left onto a roadway/track signposted Pelegos apartments.
1. Olive Grove track & walk up the mountain
Follow the track down keeping right and walk for a mile or so through the olive groves. The track begins to narrow and you will come to a point where it divides. You take the path to the right (almost straightish!), almost straightway you will see a signpost to Sinarades, turn sharp right onto a donkey track that zig-zags up. Many walkers have noted that this turn was a little difficult to spot, but said that ‘it could be seen by the hanging plastic bottles!’ Once you have turned on to the path, take care because it is very steep and narrow in places can be slippery. About 15 minutes of steady climbing will bring you out on to a roadway. Climbing up to the junction you will find on your left “Cafe Aerostato” where you can have a well-earned drink and take in the breath taking view of Agios Gordios below.
2. Explore Sinarades & take the bus home…
Continue walking inland, slightly uphill to start with but then down into Sinarades and to one of the only roundabouts on the island (and it has a Christmas tree in the middle!). At this point turn right and begin your walk through the village, enjoy the architecture and generally sleepy feel of this village lost in time. If you feel adventurous, try going off the main road and explore some of the back streets.
Finally you will arrive at the main square where there are a few places to sit and have a drink or if you prefer wait for the bus to take you home!
3.…or return on foot by the road
If you want to complete the walk, continue on the road through the village, look out for a sign saying “Traditional Folklore Museum” on your right and the main church on your left. The museum is worth a visit and is open every day except Sundays from 9.30am to 2.00pm. Continue on through the village to the main road. At the junction bear right up a rise passing after 1/4 mile a petrol filling station on your right, a little further on you will turn a
Garouna viewpoint by road
Spectacular views over the whole island and the chance to see where the para-gliders jump from! This walk will take your breath away in more ways than one.
Walk into the centre of the village by the bus stop and GB’s supermarket and bear right up the hill to Kato Garouna/Corfu, in about a mile or so, a road bears off to the right signposted Chris’s Place Pendati. Walk past this and continue up the hill, past the cemetery on the left and around the two hairpin bends that take you in to the village. Once you reach a T junction and the only “pub” in the village facing you. The road to the right is a blind alley, your route is to the left. If you haven’t got any provisions with you, we recommend that you stock up here, the rest of the walk is completely in the countryside!
Continue bearing left around the bend and you will see a road going up to your right. Cross the road and take the road on the right and just keep going! The road winds its way up-wards and continues straight up to the viewpoint. From the side you have walked up the view is of southern Corfu, northern Corfu and Corfu Town and beyond to the Greek mainland and Albania. Eventually the road takes you to the very top and you go through the gap and see the spectacular view of Agios Gordios and the north western coastline. If you look behind you, you will see the wind-sock the para-gliders use before they jump!
Return to Agios Gordios the way you came up – and its ALL downhill!!