Enjoy an island hopping adventure in the Ionian Sea. Walk the quiet trails of rural Corfu, explore the tranquil island idyll of Paxos and wander the narrow streets of Corfu town.
Your holiday begins in Corfu in the small former fishing town of Messonghi. Your beach front hotel is the perfect jumping off point for a splendid walk along the Korission Lagoon, which teems with wildlife, and back across the green interior southern Corfu. You then head north through the rural interior along the Corfu Trail to the Old Town of Corfu.
The ferry to the small island of Paxos heralds a change of pace. Explore deserted white sandy beaches, ancient olive groves, and vast vineyards. You then head back to northern Corfu where you enjoy two fabulous days of walking around the dramatic Pantokrator massif.
This is rural Greece at its best; cobbled mule tracks, ancient olive groves, almost deserted villages, delicious local food and an authentic Greek welcome.
DAY 1: Arrive Corfu
A large number of airlines fly direct to Corfu from the UK and other European destinations. If coming from further afield you will need to connect in Athens.
On arrival at Corfu Airport we will transfer you by taxi to the village of Messonghi. Situated on the east coast of Corfu, 19km south of Corfu town, Messonghi is a quiet former fishing village which boasts a lovely sandy beach and relaxed atmosphere.
DAY 2: Korission Lagoon Walk
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the start of your walk on Issos Beach on the western side of the island adjacent to Korission Lagoon. This coastal lagoon is a haven for wildlife. Egrets, terrapins and kingfishers can all be seen if you are quiet. From the lagoon you head back to the East coast via Chlomatiana, where you can enjoy splendid views from the church. Your walk ends back at your hotel in Messonghi.
Walk: 5 Hours - 16km
DAY 3: The Corfu Trail, Central Corfu
Today you follow the Corfu Trail through central Corfu. After breakfast we transfer you to Stronggyli where you join the Corfu Trail. A pleasant foot path takes you on the slopes of Agii Deka, the second highest peak on Corfu (676m). Delightful walking on shaded historic mule paths past traditional mountain villages. Once you reach Sinarades you catch a bus to Corfu Town.
Corfu Old Town is a world heritage site made up by a beguiling mix of Greek, English, Venetian and Italian architecture all dominated by the imposing 16th century fortress. Narrow streets, numerous beautiful churches and an excellent archaeological museum combine to make Corfu a delight for all the senses.
Walk: 6 Hours - 15km
Overnight: Corfu Town
DAY 4: Ferry from Corfu to Paxos
Spend the morning exploring the attractive streets, square and churches of Corfu Town before catching the ferry to Paxos. The three hour ferry from Corfu brings you to the Greek Island idyll of Paxos where a taxi will be waiting to take you to your hotel.
With no airport Paxos has retained a relaxed and unhurried atmosphere. This is immediately apparent when you step off the ferry in Gaios, the picturesque island capital. The east coast of Paxos is made up of sandy beaches and quiet coves while the western shore is altogether more rugged. A collection is caves, cliffs and natural arches. In between olive groves and vineyards carpet the land.
Overnight: Near Gaios
DAY 5: Circular walk on Paxos
Today’s walk is the most delightful journey through Paxos, accompanied at every step by the song of cicadas. From your hotel you walk via the charming town of Gaios uphill and past authentic rural villages. Then you cross the island to the cliffs on the west and come to Tripitos Arch. Via the old capital Ozias you come down to the coast and cross the bridge to Moggonisi Island. From this point you can either return to your hotel by boat or on foot.
Walk: 3.5 Hours - 10km
Overnight: Near Gaios
DAY 6: Ferry to Corfu & Corfu walk
Transfer from your hotel to the port of Gaios and per Flying Dolphin boat in the early morning from Paxos to Corfu. From Corfu Town you will be transferred to Rekini, where you begin your walk along the foot of the Pantokrator Mountains in Northern Corfu. Following the Corfu Trail once more, you walk through an area of Corfu that time seems to have forgotten. Quiet cobbled trails, sleepy villages, rural Corfu at its very best! Those walking in spring will spoilt by the display of orchids on the slopes of Mount Pantokrator.
Walk: 3.5 Hours - 13km
DAY 7: Walk across Pantokrator Mountain
Today’s finale takes us to the saddle of Mount Pantokrator for stunning views of the nearby Albanian mountains. Picturesque ancient villages, including the almost abandoned Old Perithia, line our way on our descent to the tip of Corfu’s northern coast, and the very end of the Corfu Trail.
Walk: 6 hours - 17/21km
DAY 8: Depart Corfu
Transfer to the airport and departure from Corfu.
7 nights accommodation is included in your trip. We use a variety of 3 and 4* traditional and beach hotels.
We have carefully selected friendly hotels that offer great locations and a warm welcome. Some of them will also have swimming pools. The accommodation we normally use is detailed below.
On rare occasions you might be booked into alternative accommodation if our standard accommodation is fully booked. We will always let you know before the booking is confirmed if this is the case.
Additional Nights and Extensions
We would be happy to book additional nights at any point along the trip.
If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.
A delicious breakfast is included each morning.
Here are some accommodation examples:
Rossi Beach Hotel - Messonghi
This hotel is located in the picturesque fishing village of Messonghi. Enjoy the beach bar, pizzeria, sun terrace and your comfortable room.
Cavalieri Hotel - Corfu Town
Located in a 17th century nobleman's mansion and in the heart of old Corfu. Enjoy relaxing on the roof top terrace as you soak in the views over the Ionian Sea.
Paxos Beach Hotel - nr Gaios
Paxos Beach Hotel is located on an idyllic bay, just 1.5 kms from the island’s main village of Gaios. Stay in a meticulously designed superior sea view guest room.
Pantokrator Hotel - Barbati
Located a short stroll from the village of Barbati on the north east coast of Corfu the Pantokrator Hotel boasts wonderful views across the pool and Ionian Sea. Enjoy staying in a superior sea view room.
Time of Year
This walk is available to start any day of the week in May, June and September. July and August are too hot. Please note that at the very beginning and end of the season (early April and end of October) any swimming pools at accommodations may be closed and restaurant offerings may be more limited during this time.
Single Rooms & Solo Walkers
If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.This holiday is not available for solo walkers as many of the trails are very quiet and quite remote.
Grade & Terrain
This walking holiday is graded moderate. Daily walks range between 4 and 6 hours. The walks follow a mixture of old mule tracks, gravel roads, footpaths and minor roads. Some of the ascents and descents are steep.
Navigation, Route Notes & Maps
Some of the walks are way marked, whilst others are not. We provide detailed route notes and maps for all the walks so you will have no problem following the route.
On rare occasions you might be booked into alternative accommodation if our standard accommodation is fully booked. We will always let you know before the booking is confirmed if this is the case. Any alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described in the itinerary.
All airport transfers on Corfu as well as transfers required to access the start and end of walks are included. (Excepting the public bus on day 3 and optional boat on day 5). Return ferry tickets from Corfu to Paxos are also included.
Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, sun hats and a day pack.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.
Getting to Corfu
A large number of airlines fly direct to Corfu from the UK and other European destinations. These include Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet2 and numerous charter airlines. If coming from outside Europe you will need to connect via Athens.
- 7 nights accommodation in carefully selected hotels (5 nights on Corfu, 2 nights on Paxos)
- 7 Breakfasts
- All described transfers and luggage transfers on walking days.
- Transfers to and from Corfu airport
- Ferry boat tickets from Corfu to Paxos and return
- 24-hour telephone assistance from our local representative
- Pre-departure information pack, detailed route description and maps
- Flights to Corfu Public bus from Sinarades – Corfu town
- Boat ticket (optional) from Moggonisi to Paxos Beach (around 5 Euro)
- Travel insurance
- Admissions and entrance fees of any kind
- Tips and gratuities Personal expenses such as lunches, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers etc.
- Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program
- Single room supplement (if applicable)
- Solo supplement (if applicable)
- Any extra night/extra nights at the Acropolis Hill Hotel, in Athens.
- Additional nights can be booked at the standard accommodations on Corfu and Paxos.
- Upgrade in Corfu Town to the excellent 4* Cavalieri Hotel.
How fit do I need to be?
The walking is graded moderate and on most days will be walking for between 3.5 and 6 hours each day. You will enjoy the holiday more if you already enjoy an active lifestyle and have a good level of walking fitness. There are some steep ascents and descents.
Which is the best airport to fly to?
How far in advance do I need to book?
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as both Corfu and Paxos are very popular.
What equipment do I need?
You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack, warm clothing in the early/late part of the year and hats etc during the summer. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.
When is the best time of year?
April, May, June and September are the best time to walk in the Greek Islands as July and August are too hot for most people.