Agios Stefanos (San Stefano)
Aghios Stefanos (Avliotes or Agios Stefanos) is situated in a beautiful natural setting on the island’s North-West coast. Set against a backdrop of hills and greenery it is a quiet but friendly resort with a horseshoe shaped bay surrounded by a long, sandy beach. It is a former fishing village. Still unspoilt, the village successfully blends its summer visitors with local Greek life, ensuring an atmosphere of relaxation and quiet conviviality.
Avliotes is a handsome hill village with a few shops and an old-fashioned kafenio, which is great for people watching. There is an abundance of attractive traditional island architecture, but its most impressive building is the eighteenth-century church of Iperagias Theotokou Odigitrias, which stands proudly on a huge platform at the top of the village.
Unfortunately, it is usually locked but you can admire the solid structure and its two belfries, one attached to the body and a smaller one free-standing beside the church. There is also a small cemetery in the corner of the church grounds.
If you’re in need of something to eat, look no further than Ilias, a basic psistaria halfway along the main street, where cheap and tasty grills can be enjoyed on the vinecovered terrace with tremendous views inland. Bear in mind that Avliotes is at the end of the Sidari bus route from Corfu Town, so it is only accessible by public transport via the north coast. It is, however, little more than half an hour’s pleasant walk from either Agios Stefanos or Sidari.