Peaceful hilltop living
Vigla is a quiet hilltop village in northeastern Corfu. It is a secluded spot, surrounded by dense pine forests and the towering Mount Pantokrator in the background. It is a formerly rural area strongly connected to the village of Kalami on the coast, where small rustic taverns and friendly beach bars. And cosmopolitan capital, Corfu Town, is just a 45-minute drive away.
Vigla has two pebble beaches within 10 minute drive. The closest is Kalami Beach, a lively Blue Flag number in a sheltered bay with calm, shallow waters and relaxing sunloungers, umbrellas and a couple of beach bars. There is also Kouloura Beach (also known as Houhoulio), Kalami’s quiet next-door neighbour – it’s set to one side of a colourful harbour where fishing boats come in and out with the day's fresh fish catch. Scuba diving, parasailing and water-skiing are also offered in Kalami and at the sand-and-shingle Ipsos Beach, 30 minutes drive away.
Daytrips to Corfu Town
A 45-minute drive will take you to Corfu Town. It's architecture was inspired by a mix of European influences. There is a Venetian fortress in the west of the city, with a panoramic view from the top. The view of the narrow passage between the mainland and the island is remarkable. On the east side is the oldest part of Corfu Town you may find the towering bell tower of the 16th century church of Saint Spyridon. Right next to it is a French style colonnade called Liston. A bit of Britain here too - cricket is still played on the Esplanade open space.