7 Reasons to Visit Corfu in May

on 10/11/2016

Let’s start off with a bold statement:

Corfu is one of the most beautiful islands in the world!

Although I may be a little biased as I was born and raised here, there are many many more people who would support this statement! Corfu is the greenest island of Greece, boasting a great biodiversity, a huge variety of amazing landscapes, a very rich history and culture and positive energy vibes! And if you ask the locals or one of the many returning visitors, one of the best times to visit Corfu is May, especially if you are a nature lover.

So, why come to Corfu in May?

1. It’s very close to you

Well, this is not really a reason to come to Corfu in May… Corfu is very close to you all year round, as there is an international airport on the island. Flying to Corfu from most European airports takes less than 3 hours! There are direct flights from many European airports from April to November, probably also from an airport near you! And in the winter, Corfu is still accesible but you will have to make a stopover in Athens. There are 4-6 flights between Corfu and Athens every day.

2. It’s probably cheaper than staying at home!

As I am writing this post (November 2016), you can book a return flight to Corfu from London or Berlin i May for less than 100 euros! And it’s not only from these two cities, there are direct flights to Corfu from many other European airports in May. Check out the websites of low-cost airlines like Easyjet and Ryanair for actual flights and prices from airports near you.

Accommodation is also very cheap, as May is the beginning of the season for most accommodation owners. You can get a two-persons studio for as little as 25 euros per night, or a 4-persons private luxury villa with swimming pool for 150 euros per night.

Corfu is also famous for its culinary tradition, which has been influenced by the many visitors the island has entertained over the centuries (Venetians, French, English etc). Next to traditional Greek dishes, such as Mousaka and Stifado, and grilled meat, you can also enjoy local Corfiot dishes based on meat, fish or vegetables, like Sofrito and Bourdetto. A meal in a typical restaurant will very rarely cost you more than 15 euros per person, and that’s including beer or wine!

3. Corfiot hospitality

As this is the start of the season, the locals have just come out of their winter sleep and are eager to meet and take care of the new season’s visitors. Corfu has been known for its hospitality since ancient times, as a matter of fact it was on this island that Odysseus was shipwrecked and where Alkinoos, the king of the Phaeaceans, bathed, clothed and fed him before giving him a ship to go back to Ithaca!

4. Flowers. Many Flowers!

The flowers and colours you will see in May on Corfu are incredible. There are fields and trees full of white, yellow, pink, red, orange and blue flowers, as well as fresh greens of all kinds. You can see more photos of Corfu’s flowers on our dedicated page.

This abundance in colour is showcased beautifully in this video by Corfu Films. It is about April, May is similar, just a bit warmer!

5. Fireflies, Butterflies and Dragonflies

But colours are not just on the ground, they are also flying all around you! There are insects of all kinds buzzing around, happily pollinating and mating! The most spectacular ones are of course the butterflies and dragonflies. More on Corfu bugs on our dedicated page. To quote Gerald Durrell:

“We hope that there will be fireflies at night to guide you and butterflies in hedges and forests to greet you.”

Which brings us to fireflies, the insects that light up May nights on Corfu. They come in great numbers and create an awe-inspiring sight on a quiet spring night. As you will notice, fireflies tend to synchronise their blinking lights, so your garden or the countryside can seem full of tiny Christmas lights. Our friend Giannis Gasteratos made a time-lapse video of fireflies but, believe me, the real thing is incomparably more spectacular!

6. Spectacular walking and trekking territory!

As I mentioned before, the landscapes of Corfu are beautiful and varied. The highest mountain is Pantokrator, at a little over 900 meters, but the island is full of hills and valleys, beaches and cliffs. Every turn of the road opens up another unique view. The Corfu Trail is a 220 km footpath starting at the southernmost tip of the island at Arkoudillas and goes all the way to Saint Spyridon beach in the north.

There are also smaller footpaths, such as the Arillas Trail, a circular footpath starting at Arillas beach and ending at the Corfu Microbrewery, who make the best beer in Greece, according to some (me included)! The first walk on the Arillas Trail traditionally takes place on the 1st of May. See this great video by Corfu Films!

With such a beautiful landscape and scenery, a dense road and footpath network and nice temperatures between 18 and 25 degrees,

Corfu in May is ideal for walking and trekking!

7. Ascension Festival in Arillas

If you happen to be in Corfu on the 25th May, it’s worth coming to Arillas to take part in the Ascension Festival. Arillas is famous for its festivals all over Corfu! It’s the first festival of the year, and the most authentic one as most of the visitors are locals. There is live music and traditional dancing by the Arillas dance club but also for all visitors. Lots of delicious Souvlakia, steaming dumplings (Loukoumades) and Corfu Beer!

This soulful video was shot by Corfu Films and captures the spirit of the festival!

Hopefully by now you can’t wait to book your May holiday to Corfu!

Visit our Green Corfu website for more info or email us with your request.

We can help you with accommodation, transfers, rentals, advice and anything else you need to make your next May holiday unforgettable!

 

See you in May!!!

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Yoga poses perfect for the beach

on 19/09/2016

Yoga poses perfect for the beach

Beach Yoga on Corfu

Yoga in Nature makes your body smile.

Last week I found myself quite drained. I guess we are all at the end of a long and full Summer 2016.
I decided I needed a treat for body and mind.
It was a beautiful calm Corfu morning, as I stepped out onto the beach to embark into some beach Yoga and a swim.
There is nothing more beautiful than practicing Yoga in nature.
Naturally it is good to be out of the wind and strong sunlight, since the body is meant to open up in a good Yoga practice.
Early morning and late afternoon are the traditional times recommended for Yoga.
Based on the five nature elements practicing in nature brings us very close to these.

Earth, as we struggle to find balance on uneven ground.
Air, that surrounds us as we practice our postures.
Fire, that we generate from within through the heat we create by warming the body through movement and breath.
Water, is the flow we create through aligning movement with breath (Vinyasa in Sanskrit).
Space is the sum of all nature elements that we generate between muscles, joints, bones and within our rib cage and organs.

Ultimately we create space in our mind and hearts as we connect with our own self and nature; this is an act of uncluttering the busy mind with simple ‘facts of life’ that is part of the mystery of Yoga.
Yoga defines correct alignment as the act of connecting all relevant body parts evenly.

Five aspects create the magic that Yoga provides:

  1. Our skeletal alignment underlies the physical law of gravity and resistance. Resistance to the ground creates spinal extension and a lifted poised posture.
    Equal weight distribution of the feet creates equal distribution and activation throughout the spine.
  2. The bodies muscular alignment happens through controlled muscle activation and relaxation.
    Muscles need to” know” contraction – release – relaxation.
    Active Core Muscles strengthen and extend the body centre, thus help us to ‘stand tall’.
  3. “Where the eyes go the body follows.”
    The spinal movement and extension follows the eyes.
    Our Gaze point, “Drishti” in Sanskrit is leading our movement to a higher place.
  4. The Yoga breath is a focused and yet relaxed activity that besides the taking in of oxygen is also used to distribute energy from the central spine to the extremities.
    Breathing can connect the different elements that give structure and alignment to the body.
  5. For structural and energetic alignment you can set an intention for your practice. An intention can be to nurture yourself, to become more flexible, to have fun or to open your heart. Etc.

When we align the physical, structure the breath and the intention we can create inner and outer alignment.
You will immediately feel more invigorated and at peace.
Already ten minutes make a difference when you apply yourself.

This is how to make your body smile:

A Yoga beach practice will make your day.

Yoga is best practiced in the morning or late afternoon evening when the sun is not too hot on the skin.
It is good to find a location out of the wind and the direct sun if it is a hot day.
As Yoga was based on the five nature elements, practicing in nature brings us very close to these.
In a posture practice you will be focussing on five main aspects.

  1. Standing strength and stability in all your postures.
  2. Breathing deeply in and out through both nostrils
  3. Warming the body through movement and breath
  4. The flow we create through aligning movement with breath (Vinyasa in Sanskrit)
  5. Space generated in muscles, tissue, bones and within our and organs

Yoga defines correct alignment as the act of connecting all relevant body parts evenly.

It is important to find that balance also in the long summer break and after.
A regular Yoga posture practice certainly can help to keep you connected and in balance.

1. Start with “Mountain pose.
Stand with your feet hip width apart and stretch both hands and arms above your head. Reach up wards, while grounding the feet and drawing the tummy in. Breathe deeply 10 times.

The mountain pose - Beach yoga on corfu

Beach yoga on corfu

The mountain pose

Warrior pose - Beach yoga on Corfu

Beach Yoga on Corfu

Warrior pose

2. “Warrior Pose”
Take a large stance and turn your front foot forward while rotating your back foot out to 90 degrees. Bend your front knee to a right angle while the shin remains perpendicular. Ground your back outer heel. Extend your arms out on shoulder level. Gaze ahead. Breathe deeply for 10 breaths now go to the other side.

3. “The boat pose”
Sit on the ground with bend knees. Engage you abdominals by drawing them in. Now simultaneously extend your arms and legs. Point your toes and gaze straight ahead.
Hold this for three to five breaths. Repeat three times.
(Bend your knees bend and keep shins parallel to the ground for an easier version)

The boat pose - Beach yoga on Corfu

Beach yoga on Corfu

The boat pose

The sphinx pose - beach yoga on Corfu

Beach yoga on Corfu

The sphinx pose

4.“The Sphinx Pose”
Lay on your tummy. Place your forearms on the ground bringing the elbows in line with the shoulders. Have your feet hip width apart and press down through the tops of the feet.
Engage your abdomen and lift your chest forwards and upwards. Gaze to the centre eyebrow. Keep the lower half of the body firmly grounded, while the torso is arching up. Breathe ten times deeply.

5.“The forward Fold”
Sit on the ground, with your legs extended to the front, feet together. Tuck your sit bones town, so you can feel them on the ground, (if your hamstrings are very tight bend your knees!)
Sit up tall and take a breath as you engage your lower abdomen. Keep your abdomen drawn in as you extend forward. Hold on to your feet or ankles. Keep your gaze ahead. Breathe up to fifteen breaths to allow the back of the legs to extend.

The forward fold - Beach Yoga on Corfu

Beach Yoga on Corfu

The forward fold

After completing these postures lay down on the ground, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to relax your muscles progressively from head to toe.
When you get up say a little thank you to yourself and nature around you.

As we align the physical, structure the breath and the intention we can create inner and outer harmony.You will immediately feel more invigorated and at peace.Already ten minutes make a difference when you apply yourself.
We create space in our mind and hearts as we connect with our own self and nature.

Frida Lezius
Senior Yoga Teacher YA,
Remedial Therapist, MAA & Wellness Coach
www.bodynature.org +30 6934741108
Like me on face book: Body Nature Yoga

Frida has been living since May 2016 on Corfu. She is passionate about your health and Corfu’s nature. For more information on Yoga and Wellness contact Frida directly.

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The healing powers of waters of Corfu

on 28/07/2016

Corfu Island is surrounded by exquisite Ionian blue waters that are simply divine for any water loving person.

The healing powers of waters of Corfu

Ionian waters…

…are not simply clean, crystal clear and safe, they sparkle golden in the sunlight and their colour conjures up images of mythical dimensions.
With some 217km of coastline it is no wonder people fall in love with Corfu and her mesmerising beaches.
With the shape of a mermaid itself, Corfu Island is the quintessential water healing destination.
Healing in water can simply take place just by looking at the sea. If you are currently staying in Arillas, you will have experienced how She mesmerises your senses and has you staring into infinity for much longer than usual.
Simply soaking in natural salt water cleanses your mind, body and soul. Being able to swim or float isn’t even necessary when healing in water.
The older residents of Corfu swear by the sea’s healing ability to soften the pain of arthritis and rheumatism, to regulate circulation of any kind and to encourage a positive state of mind.

The more you let go the more you float.

Floating does not come naturally and the main reason for this is that the slightest fear can inhibit one’s breathing. Breathing is an essential part of the process that adds to one’s buoyancy or not.
Floating, therefore, is the result of being able to relax and let go. This simple act can easily become a profound healing and meditative process where trust and self confidence come into play too.

Water remembers.

The extraordinary power of water to remember was scientifically explained by the groundbreaking work of Japanese researcher Masaru Emoto who claimed that human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water.
Emoto believed that water was a “blueprint for our reality and that emotional “energies” and “vibrations” could change the physical structure of water”.

Can we even begin to imagine the healing potential of water if this is the case?

In the 1980’s two forms of aquatic body work surfaced from a holistic view of the human body.

WATSU®
is an aquatic form of Shiatsu, created by Harold Dull near the small town of Middletown in northern California.
Harbin Hot Springs, which are currently rising out of the ashes of a disastrous fire last year, is the Mecca of aquatic healing arts in the world.

WATA®
, which is an abbreviation of the German WasserTanzen  (Water Dance), was simultaneously developed in Switzerland by Arjana Claudia Brunschwiler and Aman Schroter in the 1980s.

Arillas, Corfu!

Arillas, Corfu!

Ionian waters are not simply clean, crystal clear and safe, they sparkle golden in the sunlight...

“Love like Water” – Harold Dull

The lack of gravity in water allows for a range and speed of physical movement that simply cannot be experienced on dry land.
The sense of freedom and heart opening that this creates, releases powerful emotions.
In water we feel a profound connection with an all-embracing love that can dissolve all pain and fear in our bodies.
A range of much deeper personal and collective memories can be surfaced in water too, including those of our existence as aquatic beings.
“An underwater three-dimensional journey where time and space lose their meaning” – Waterdance
There are a few water practitioners in Corfu that come and go with the tides. Many forms of aquatic therapy exist, many of which are as unique as the people practicing them.
We strongly recommend you experience the healing power of water in its many forms when in Corfu.
Simply allowing the Ionian sparkle to seep into your body’s crystalline structures can be a profound initiation into the ancient mythical dimensions of Atlantis and beyond.

We wish you water!

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Stress. What can I eat to reduce it?

on 27/07/2016

Stress! what can you eat to reduce it?

Stress! What can i eat to reduce it?

An article from Colleen Grassnick an experienced Naturopath that holds two Bachelor degrees in the health sector and has recently moved to Corfu.

an experienced Naturopath that holds two Bachelor degrees in the health sector and has recently moved to Corfu.

Stress – it is this unpleasant experience where the heart is pounding, palms are sweaty, senses are heightened, pupils are constricted, responses are fast and the body is ready to fight or run away from a bear.

A complex network of hormones, neurotransmitters, nerves and impulses called the autonomic nervous system governs our stress response. This system is highly sensitive to the external world as well as to the foods, nutrients and toxins we expose it to. Apart from taking regular breaks, getting adequate sleep and staying true to yourself, how can we positively influence this complex system and support the way our body responds to stress?

Not only did the Greek, Hippocrates, famous for being the ‘Father of Medicine’ say ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food1 , over the past decades of scientific research, there is a general consensus that the foods we eat have a direct impact on our health. For example, the Mediterranean diet has been praised for its association to longevity, reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, as well as reduced incidences of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.2

Apart from eating ample fresh vegetables, fruit, healthy oils from olives, seeds and fish, here are some functional foods that you can eat to improve not just your general health, but specifically, your stress response.

Cashews

These delicious nuts are rich in magnesium and essential amino acids. Magnesium is a mineral that is vital for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the human body and has been found to aid a stressed body by relaxing muscular tension, reducing blood pressure, regulating nerve conduction and improving energy levels.3a Amino acids found in cashews, like L-tryptophan, are building blocks for neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin and GABA, which stimulate concentrate, elevate mood and promote relaxation.4

Tip: Cashews are best eaten raw and not salted. Aim at eating one handful per day.

Cashews for stress – these delicious nuts are rich in magnesium and essential amino acids.

Cashews

these delicious nuts are rich in magnesium and essential amino acids.

Legumes for stress - A versatile vegetarian power-foods

Legumes

A versatile vegetarian power-foods

Legumes

These versatile vegetarian power-foods are packed with nutrients including the B group vitamins including folic acid, iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium.5 In addition, legumes are rich in amino acids, which also aid in balancing blood sugar levels and therefore reducing sugar cravings that many people experience when stressed.

Tip: Avoid canned legumes; instead, buy the dried ones and soak them for minimum 12 hours in water before boiling to make them more digestible. Click here for a table that provides a nutritional breakdown of many legumes.

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) tea

This aromatic herb is highly medicinal and has been used for centuries, if not several millennia for its nervous system calming attributes. The active ingredients have been found to exhibit sedative action, which can help relieve stress related tension, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia as well as night terrors in children.3c

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) tea for stress

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) tea

How to : Make a pot of tea to provide approximately three cups by adding 1.5 heaped tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers into a tea pot; allow the kettle to stop boiling for a few seconds before pouring the water into the pot and cover with a lid immediately to avoid loosing the essential oils. Drink one cup three times daily. The cold tea can be made into delicious herbal iced tea by adding a teaspoon of honey and some fresh lemon juice and mint.


Now that we have looked at foods and drinks that can support us during times of stress, let’s discuss some aspects that can exacerbate stress:

Coffee

Τhis little bean is very rich in caffeine, which is probably the second most widely-used addictive substance on this planet, after sugar. Caffeine increases the release of dopamine, noradrenaline and adrenaline, which is why it may lift mood, increase energy and boost performance.

Yet, regular consumption can exacerbate stressful situations, increase blood pressure, cause dependency and eventually lead to depletion of vital hormones and nutrients6. What is important to note is that caffeine ingestion from coffee beans or tea leafs is different than from cola and energy drinks. These toxic beverages are loaded with sugar, artificial ‘food’ substances like flavours and colours and have zero nutritional or therapeutic value. Green tea on the other hand has very high levels of antioxidants, such as epigallocatechin, which combats free radical damage, supports healthy tissue healing, strengthens blood vessels and connective tissues3d among many more. Coffee beans contain antioxidants including polyphenols and chlorogenic, ferulic, caffeic, and n-coumaric acids which can help reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.7

Tip: Source organic fair trade coffee beans so that you support a sustainable industry and avoid pesticides that would negate any health benefits. Where instant coffee has basically no health benefits, the actual beans have the highest levels of antioxidants, so grind them yourself, it’s worth it! To avoid ill-effects like dependency, adrenal depletion, exacerbation of stress and stomach ulcers, limit your consumption to one cup per day, do not drink it on empty stomach or in the late afternoon and allow yourself a day or two per week with no coffee at all.

Sugar

where do I begin? Not only is it the most addictive substance known to man but when ingested regularly and generously, it has been associated to an array of chronic conditions including some forms of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes type II, metabolic syndrome, non-alcoholic fatty liver8 and the list goes on. Sugar spikes the blood glucose levels very quickly, which will give a momentary boost of energy and feeling of alertness. Yet, the faster this spike goes up, the faster it comes down. This can cause low blood sugar levels (hypoglycaemia), which can make people feel cranky, irritable, unable to think clearly or make rational decisions, and therefore exacerbate stress. The best approach is a low glycaemic index (GI) eating plan, which includes eating wholefoods that slowly increase your blood sugar levels to avoid the peak and the trough.

Note: Click The Glycaemic Index Foundation to find more research, resources and recipes for the low GI approach. Also, click here for an inspirational and informative blog on how to quit sugar, supported by scientific research and delicious recipes that avoid sugar.

There are stressful aspects of life that we can not influence, avoid or change and trying to control them can make things worse. Therefore, we can do our best to manage them by feeding our bodies the best building blocks to respond and cope well with the circumstances. There are incredible medicinal herbs that have been scientifically proven to support the body in times of stress and even reverse adrenal burn out and dysfunction. These herbs include Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Withania (Withania somnifera), Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) and Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosae)3. If you would like a holistic, evidence-based approach to stress management, which includes dietary advice, herbal and nutritional medicine, make an appointment with me.

References:

  1. Hippocrates > Quotes. URL: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/248774.Hippocrates 12.06.16
  2. Sofi, F. Adherence to Mediterranean diet and health status: meta-analysis. BMJ 11.09.2008; 337. http://www.bmj.com/content/337/bmj.a1344.short
  3. Braun, L., Cohen, M. Herbs and Natural Supplements – An evidence-based guide. Elsevier Australia, 2005.
    1. Page 272
    2. Page 395
    3. Pages 111-112
    4. Pages 223-224
  4. Tortora, G., Derrikson, B. Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, 11thEdition. Biological Sciences Textbooks, USA, 2006.
  5. Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council. URL: http://www.glnc.org.au/legumes/legumes-nutrition/ 12.06.16
  6. Prasad, L. Energy Drinks and the Neurophysiological Impact of Caffeine. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2011. URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3198027/ 16.06.16
  7. Yashin, A. 2013. Antioxidant and Antiradical Activity of Coffee. Antioxidants. 2013. URL: http://www.mdpi.com/2076-3921/2/4/230/htm12.06.16
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A unique and successful symposium!

on 11/05/2016

The 3rd Corfu Symposium on Managing and Marketing Places we organised between 18 and 21 April 2016 at the Corfu Mare Hotel was a big success! We would like to share with you our experience of the event and the practical outcomes of the Symposium.

On this year’s Corfu Symposium on Managing & Marketing Places, we had many interesting presentations, from both academics and practicioners from all over the world. We had delegates from Greece, the UK, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Israel, the USA, Thailand and Saudi Arabia! The presentations covered many facets of place management, making, marketing and branding, but the most important fact for us is that we got most delegates to think with us on how we could apply all their knowledge and experience on how to manage and market our own place, the island of Corfu.

This is, in our opinion, what makes the Corfu Symposium unique. Academics do present their papers and discuss about them, but they also engage with local practicioners and stakeholders who are looking for ways to implement all this wealth of knowledge. This encourages both academic and practicioner delegates to think about and maybe even actively participate in putting their research to practice, joining us in an effort to change the image of Corfu from a mass tourism destination to an exciting place with great nature and culture, high quality local products, hospitality, and all kinds of cultural, sport and spiritual activities. Seasoned academics were impressed and told us that the engagement with “the real world” in this Symposium is higher than in any other academic conference!

We had a great meeting in the Town Hall of Corfu, where all our delegates had the chance to talk with the Mayor of Corfu, Kostas Nikolouzos, for 45 minutes. The Mayor listened with great interest to what our delegates had to say, but admitted there are no resources available to devote to place branding. Whatever happens is up to us!

But what did we discuss with the Mayor? These were the basic themes:

  • Developing alternative forms of tourism.
  • Attracting visitors in the low season.
  • Utilising the cultural heritage of Corfu, especially with Corfu town being a UNESCO heritage site.
  • Protecting and utilising the nature of Corfu.
  • Creating a general branding concept to consolidate existing and future cultural and other events.
  • Utilising augmented reality and virtual reality applications.
  • Branding the island of Corfu as “slow” (slow food etc).

This can sound all quite theoretical, but as we said, this is an outcome-oriented symposium. So, on the issue of trying to implement all these ideas in reality, some of our delegates are going to try to find funding for concrete projects to be carried out on the island.

The second thing we all agreed on is that, as there are no resources from the local government, tackling the whole island of Corfu is probably too ambitious. So, what we will do instead is focus on Arillas, our village on the north west coast, which is going to act like a prototype! Arillas is a unique place, where the local community is already very active in taking care of the village and alternative tourism is booming. More on Arillas on our website. One of our delegates has already done some preliminary work on defining the Arillas brand and next year one day of the Symposium is going to be held in Arillas!

A third practical spin-off is that one of our delegates is seriously considering bringing a group of 30 third-year students for a field trip to Corfu next spring. This means that we will have thirty young academics carrying out research on the island!

What I haven’t mentioned yet is the general feeling of the symposium. I think it is beautifully portrayed by the fabulous photos Ian Southerin made! We feel a strong connection with all our guests. We had a lot of fun, laughs, good times and interesting discussions, not only on place-related subjects but also on Life, the Universe and Everything!

We would like to thank all people who participated in the Symposium for helping make it such a great event. Our 4th Corfu Symposium next year will be from 24 till 27 April 2017 and we are already looking forward to it!!!

Alex Christou from Green Corfu

Alex Christou from Green Corfu

Writing for the Corfu Symposium on Managing & Marketing Places

The 3rd Corfu Symposium on Managing and Marketing Places we organised between 18 and 21 April 2016 at the Corfu Mare Hotel was a big success! We would like to share with you our experience of the event and the practical outcomes of the Symposium.

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Arillas Trail Walk 15 May 2016

on 07/05/2016

This year the annual “Arillas Trail” walk will take place on Sunday 15 May 2016, as the 1 May was our Easter! We start off at 10:00 in the morning from Arillas Beach on a 8.5 km hike (3.5 km for children and beginners). The (long) hike takes about 2 hours and the short one about 45 minutes.

The trail starts at the beach, goes up along the river to the hills behind Arillas where you can enjoy fantastic views of the village and the sea and winds down again by a footpath from Magoulades to the Corfu Microbrewery, where you can taste grilled souvlakia and our local Corfu Beer, freshly brewed.

The money from this event will be invested in the maintenance, mapping and extension of the trail.

Organised by the Arillas Cultural Club.

Contact details
Phone: 6945810842 (Dimitris)
Email: info@pp-arilla.gr
More info: http://www.arillas.com/trail

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Welcome to the new Green Corfu website!

on 07/03/2016

It took us a long time and many long hours (thank you Christos!) but it’s worth it!!!

Our website has been completely redesigned from scratch. It now looks great on tablets and phones as well as looking stunning on your computer screen. We have more and better pictures and videos, plus a full events calendar for the summer of 2016! And we’ve tried to make it easier for you to locate what you are looking for. It’s also easier to communicate with us through the different forms available.

Please surf our new website and let us know what you think of it. Positive feedback is very welcome, but criticism and found bugs are even more useful to us!

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Recipe for Pastitsada, Corfu specialty

on 06/02/2016

Pastitsada

This is the original recipe I learned from my grandmother, Irini. Go heavy on the onions and the oil, this is NOT a light dish!Take 1 kg of rooster or beef, cut it in portions and fry it in a pan in olive oil until it is golden brown. Take the meat out of the pan.

In the same oil, fry 3 big, finely chopped onions. Add a small quantity of water and allow it to evaporate to make the onions soft and mushy. Repeat 2-3 times.
When the onions are golden brown, put the meat back in the pan, add some water (optionally also some wine), 4-5 cloves, 3-4 laurel leaves, a stick of cinnamon and let it simmer until the meat is tender.
Add a couple of spoonfuls of tomato paste, salt and pepper and let the sauce boil down until the oil becomes visible.
Serve with any kind of pasta, but preferably penne or thick, hollow spaghetti and grated hard cheese.
Instead of boiling in water (and wine) and adding tomato paste at the end, you can instead use 4-5 fresh grated tomatoes but then it will take longer until the meat is tender.

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