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Travel Guide St. Stephanos (North East)

Greece Corfu St. Stephanos (North East)

Known by regular visitors as San Stefanos, this tiny bay is renowned as being one of the most attractive places to stay on the upmarket North-East coast of Corfu. This picturesque little  village has a charming, traditional and wonderfully peaceful feel to it and many people return for their holidays time and time again.  An excellent collection of tavernas and cafes huddle side by side along the pretty harbour front, together with several gift shops and mini markets.  St. Stefanos has its own shingly beach for sunbathing, relaxing and watching pleasure cruisers and smart boats going in and out of the bay.  This area is beautifully surrounded by heavenly landscapes, has wonderful views from every angle and it is a perfect spot for walkers.  Stunning beaches can be found in every direction from here and motor boats are available for hire to reach more secluded bays and other resorts.

As you descend the winding hill dotted with olive trees, San Stephano far below looks every bit the traditional Greek fishing village. The bay is a horseshoe-shaped which faces the Albanian mountains, it is a scattering of houses, a row of tavernas, and a series of jetties where all local yachts are welcome. All set in a wooded area dotted with elegant villas and cypress trees. It is striking, yet still has working fishing boats; a San Stephano holiday is a retreat of simple pleasures.

San Stephano has its own small beach in front of a taverna in which olive oil was once made. At the opposite end of the bay, fishing boats and yachts are moored, and the owners repair the nets that lie in piles on their decks. You will find the odd parasol and sun bed, and you can hire a boat for exploration to other bays, but otherwise this is a place in which to hang loose, not rush around.

This attractive village has many holiday villas to rent, mostly all with beautiful views over the waters.