To Greece’s Best-Kept Secret, Paradise of the Ionian Sea
Reaching the island, the visitor gets off at Porto, the settlement which is the main harbor of the island.
Porto is built between two hills at the location Megalo Livadi and it is the largest settlement of the island. Here you will find the Police Station of the island, the Municipal Office, the Doctor’s Office, and the Pharmacy of the island. At Porto there are some mini markets selling the basic necessities (milk, shampoo, cigarettes, water, groceries, etc.) and at the same time, these shops are also cafeterias or tavernas serving coffee and food. West of Porto you will see the hill of Katergo, the only spot on the island bare of vegetation, as its top has been flattened to serve as a heliport, necessary for emergency situations. The hill of Katergo is washed on the West by the Adriatic Sea and its slopes are quite steep, while at its South it ends at Cape Katergo which protectively embraces the port of Porto.
From Pera Katergo to the Cape Stamoleka at the opposite side direction East, expands the Bay of Porto with its golden sand and crystal clear waters. At the beach of Porto, you can enjoy your swim and then treat yourself with a delicious Greek dish at the one of restaurants of the which stand just a few meters from the beach. From Porto beach you can follow the few pathways that will bring you inside the main section of the settlement. You will go by neat white houses and wonderful gardens, clean and tidy neighborhoods where people will greet you smiling. At some point the pathway will turn into an earth-road and dense olive groves and tall cypress trees will start to emerge in the surrounding landscape and finally lead you to the Cape Koukouli, at the Bay of Fyki, which once used to be the old port of the island. Nowadays, only the half-broken breakwater stands there to verify the once busy days of this location
The rest of the West side of the island direction North is full of steep cliffy beaches quite difficult to access. This coastline ends at the North Cape of the island called Skotini and just above this cape there is Santardo, the highest spot of the island which 130m high. In order to get to Santardo you have to go through Fyki following the ascending road in the direction of the settlement called Dendra. Following an earth-road for some time you will leave the settlement direction North and at some point, you will reach Santardo. Other smaller settlements you will see if you go through the middle of the three hills are Gritsiatika, Nikolaitika and the older settlements of Touri and Kezepatika
Erikousa is a natural retreat, a destination to escape the busy days of the cities, the noise, the anxiety, and pressure. It is a natural refuge for body and soul and your relaxation is guaranteed here. Of course, while for some, relaxation is a synonym for lying all day long on the beach, for others, the term would rather include activities that will exercise body and mind!
On Erikousa you can spend your day exploring the island by bike (you can actually go all around the island by bike), diving in the sea, swimming in the several beaches of the island, play beach tennis or volleyball, enjoy a game of basketball or football at the community’s basketball/football field respectively, you can explore the island by foot, call a day a photo-shooting day…the natural beauties of Erikousa will give you endless inspiration for some great frames! Hidden byzantine churches, traditional houses, colorful gardens, small forests, lonely beaches, great sunsets and the most amazing overview of the island from the heliport! On the other hand, for those who can’t live their vacation far from the beach, the beaches of Erikousa are full of thrills for those seeking the adventure by and in the sea…the West coast (behind Cape Katergo) is rather rocky and a must-stop for those keen to diving and underwater fishing/spearfishing.
Country code: 0030
Area code: 26630
Erikousa Community Tel: +30 26630 71703
Police Station of Erikousa Tel: +30 26630 72400
Doctor of Erikousa: +30 26630 71505
Hospital Tel: +30 26610 88200
Traffic Police Tel: +30 26610 39234
Taxi Tel: +30 26610 33811 | +30 26610 33812
Emergency/First Aid Tel: 166
Security Police Tel: +30 26610 39411
Traveling by plane
Athens International Airport "El. Venizelos"
Address: Attiki Odos, Spata Artemida 190 04, Greece
Phone: +30 21 0353 0000
Flight code ATH
Corfu International Airport "Ioannis Kapodistrias"
Address: Corfu 491 00, Greece
Phone: +30 2661 089602
Flight code CFU
Traveling by boat to Corfu
Ferry timetable for Igoumenitsa-Corfu:
+30 26610 32655
Corfu Port Authority: +30 26610 40002 - 32655
Igoumenitsa Port Authority: +30 26650 99460
Minoan Lines Corfu: +30 26610 25000
Anek Lines Corfu: +30 26610 24503
Driving to Corfu from the mainland
BUS SERVICES (Ktel)
KTEL of Corfu: +30 26610 39985
KTEL Igoumenitsa - Corfu: +30 26650 22315
KTEL Thessaloniki - Corfu: +30 2310 0595409
KTEL Athens - Corfu: +30 210 5129443
BY CAR (via Patras or Igoumenitsa)
Thessaloniki - Igoumenitsa: 325km
Athens - Igoumenitsa: 536km