The best way to see and explore the scenery and wild life of the area around Agios Stefanos is by walking. We have chosen and recommend to our guests three different routes.
Walk 1- (Hilltop Walk)
Start at the Perros Hotel and you have the choice of two routes. Turn left and walk towards the tennis courts, just as you reach the T-junction you will see a track on the left between 2 properties. Take this track and climb the track till it begins to lead to a private house, to the right you will see a track in the grass leading up the hill. Keep climbing and see if you can spot the wildlife that inhabits these grassy slopes, don’t worry about the snakes, they are mostly harmless and are very timid. When you reach the top you will see a road and small hamlet of houses. Turn right and keep to the road until it ends.
You now have a choice – the left hand path will take you down to Arillas beach, whilst the right hand track will take you over the headland, past the chapel and down towards the harbour of San Stefanos. To enjoy the stunning views and to savour the scents of the wild thyme and jasmine this walk is best done in the early evening.
The above walk up the hill is very demanding, if you want a gentler climb then turn right out of the Perros and follow the road around the hairpin bends till you reach the point where the road splits and take the right fork and this will lead you to the hamlet of houses mentioned above, where you can resume the above walks.
This walk will take you to the local village of Avliotes. Turn left and walk to the T-Junction and turn right. Follow the road past the Rose Garden Apartments and carry on through the cluster of houses. Keep to the track of the road through the Olive Groves and carry on past the football pitch till you come to a junction with the Olive press building in front of you. Carry straight across and keep to the road and this will lead you to the village of Avliotes. Enjoy a drink with the locals in one of the many tavernas, and take part in the national pastime of Greece, people watching.
Walk 3- (The Olive Grove walk)
Follow the above route, but at the Olive Press factory take the left turn and climb the gentle slope back towards San Stefanos. Here you have another choice, you will see a road on the right between two identical houses, take this road and follow the track through the Olive Groves, finally climbing down onto San Stefanos beach, please do not be shocked as this end of the beach is used as a nudist beach. If you decide not to take this route, then just keep to the main road that will lead you down into the center of San Stefanos.
Some things to look out for
Corfu abounds with wildlife and flowers:
Savour the scents of the:
- Wild Jasmine
Some of the birds to look out for are:
Mammals you are likely to see:
- Pine Martin
Reptiles are hard to find but you may spot:
Points to remember:
Don’t attempt these walks in the heat of the day. The best time for the walks are early morning or late afternoon, these are the cooler times and you will be able to appreciate the scents of the wild flowers and you are more likely to spot the wildlife.
Beware of the traffic especially at junctions and bends.
On the cliff top walks keep away from the edge.
Wear sensible footwear and clothing
We hope you enjoy these walks and we would appreciate any comments/additions you might like to add.