My walk around Corfu Town got off to a rather shaky start. I took the coach from our hotel the Mayor Capo Di Corfu, which was located in south east of the island.
As I’d been told by one of hotel receptionists that the coach left from a different location (the Green Line coach station) to the town centre drop off point, I thought that I’d better stay on until the coach reached the the coach station to ensure that I knew where the coach station was located.
I was impressed by the modern coach station, which had clean, free toilets, plenty of seating and electrical sockets to charge you mobile phone or laptop.
I was incredulous that there wasn’t a proper pavement for the 15 minute walk back into the town centre. Where a pavement did exist, it was narrow and uneven. Im some stretches, there was no pavement and you had to walk along the side of rather busy road.
As the battery of my mobile phone seemed to be on the way out, I decided not to use Google Maps, but to navigate from my paper map. That was an error as I got lost.
The first place of interest which I stumbled upon was the Holy Monastery of Platitera.
At that stage, I thought that I’d better turn on my mobile phone to get directions to the Old Port.
From the monastery, it took me around 15 minutes to reach the Old Port. One end of the New Fortress stretches to near the Old Port
In the garden below. there’s a sculpture.
By the time I reached the Old Port, I was feeling rather hot and bothered. I reckoned that I’d walked a couple of miles, and it was a warm day. I found a seat in the shade, which I quickly vacated as some old Greek guy started to chat me up.
I could see Ptichia Island from the Old Port.
From the Old Port, I could see up to the New Port, where a large cruise ship was docked.
Next, I climbed up some steps to keep walking around the waterfront.
The Museum of Asian Art was very grand.
The Municipal Gallery was located behind the Museum of Asian Art.
The Old Fort looked impressive from a distance.
You have to cross a bridge to reach the Old Fort.
In the gardens close to the entrance to the Old Fort, there were several sculptures.
I then started to head back to the town centre. There were lots of pretty cobbled streets full of flowers and foliage.
The Town Hall was sparkling in the sun.
Town Hall Square is home to several restaurants
I managed to get lost again on my way back to the coach station.
I thought that Corfu Town was very beautiful. If you’re on holiday on the island. I recommend a day trip to Corfu Town. But you might be better to get there by public transport, as it looked difficult to find a parking space.
We stayed at the Mayor Capo Di Corfu, formerly the Aquis Capo Di Corfu) for a week in early October 2015, It was part of a dynamic package holiday from Travel Interaction, which was featured in the Travelzoo weekly newsletter.
We paid a total of £688 for the holiday: £371 for an all inclusive seven night stay at the four star Mayor Capo Di Corfu, the easyJet flights from Newcastle to Corfu cost £314 and there was a £3 debit card payment charge.
I had been on the lookout for a reasonably priced package holiday at a hotel on the beach with good reviews for some time. The Capo Di Corfu fitted the bill perfectly.
We picked up our hire car at Corfu Airport. It took us around the best part of two hours to get to the Mayor Capo Di Corfu.
Although we were on the main road to the south of the island, the road was windy in parts and went though many villages. I was using Google Maps to find the hotel, but we missed a turn and ended up in the one way system of Lefkimmi. It turned out that the Google Maps directions were wrong. It should have been relatively straightforward, merely follow the road to Lefkimmi Port and turn right towards Kavos at the crossroads.
Official check in time at the Mayor Capo Di Corfu is 3pm, our room was ready when we arrived around 2pm.
The lobby at the Mayor Capo Di Corfu was large and airy, with plenty of seating.
We went straight to the restaurant for lunch. I was impressed with the views from the restaurant over to the mountains on the Greek mainland. The food was pretty good too. All the meals were buffet style with a wide selection of hot and cold food. There was indoor and outdoor seating.
After lunch we went for a coffee at the Amos pool bar.
The Mayor Capo Di Corfu is laid out in village style in pretty gardens.
We were in a standard garden view room. The view from the terrace of our ground floor room was spoilt by some construction work which was surrounded in green netting.
I could have gone back to reception to request another room. But I felt that as the accommodation had been excellent value at £371 for one week, that I shouldn’t expect one of the best rooms. Plus. I wasn’t planning on spending much time in terrace. I was happy that the room was far from the bar areas, so it would be quiet in the evening..
The room was comfortable. There were tea and coffee making facilities in the room, which is usual in hotels abroad (it’s pretty standard in UK hotels). There was also a fridge which was handy to keep water cool.
It was pretty noisy on grass cutting days, even inside the room. The lawn mowers and strimmers seemed to be operational for hours.
The hotel has a private beach. We swan in the sea a couple of times most days.
My favourite spot in Mayor Capo Di Corfu was Il Pirata beach bar. We could sit in the shade there close to the sea.
The smaller of the two swimming pools was located there.
The larger swimming pool was close to the restaurant and the Amos pool bar.
There’s a third bar above the restaurant. It was a good spot for me to do some work during the day, as it was quiet and had great sea views due to the elevation.
The hotel provides beach towels. You need to pick them up from the Amos pool bar. You can change them every day.
I felt that the hotel did profiteer out of this situation. They quoted over 960 Euro (around £873) for a week on an all inclusive basis, and 738 Euro (around £666) for half board. We had paid £371 all inclusive for the original week. I appreciate that I have to factor in the drop in the value of the pound to the Euro since booking in April 2016. However, there was commission to Travelzoo and the Broadway Travel to be paid from the original payment of £371 for a one week all inclusive stay.
As I had to pay for the additional week’s accommodatin upfront, and then reclaim from easyJet. I thought that I’d better stick to half board, as I didn’t know how long it would take easyJet to reimburse me. It says on the easyJet site that you can claim reasonable expenses after a flight cancellation, with no definition of reasonable.
Now while it wasn’t exactly hardship to spend another week in Corfu, I did have plans for the following week.
We had a hire car for the first week, enabling us to do some trips to nearby beaches. As I was pretty sure that easyJet wouldn’t pay for another week’s car hire. the car had be returned to the airport on the original date of the return flight. As as the resort is in the far south east of Corfu, we felt a bit stuck there. Plus, there were two consecutive days of thundery, wet weather during the second week.
Initially, the WiFi was excellent everywhere in the resort. I thought that with the dispersed layout that the WiFi might only be good in the main building. However in the bad weather during the second week, there was a power cut and the WiFi was down for four hours.
In summary, I enjoyed my stay at the Mayor Capo Di Corfu. The original week on all inclusive was excellent value for money. I loved the location on the beach, the accommodation was comfortable, the food was good and the staff were all friendly and helpful. For the majority of my two week stay the WiFi was very good in our room and all over the hotel grounds.
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