Roda is family beach resort on the north coast of Corfu, about 40 kilometres from Corfu Town and mostly used by British package tour holiday companies.
Once a quiet holiday village, Roda has grown into a busy tourist resort and although the original Roda village has been considerably developed there remain large pockets of Greek character.
But Roda is still very much a Brits-on-holiday tourist resort, packed with holiday hotels and with a full range of trinket shops and all-day full-English breakfasts served in the many cafes and restaurants.
The village is well signposted off the main road but a weird one-way system around a triangle of streets has visitors going around in circled before heading down one of the narrow tracks leading down to Roda beach. Parking can be a problem in the main tourist season.
There are plenty of village mini-markets and tourist shops and tavernas and bars are also plentiful ranging from the traditional quiet taverna to the loud disco-thumping karaoke bar.
Roda beach is long and sandy and very flat with a little shingle now and then. The sand turns to pebble and stone as you head further east. The sands at Roda also shelve gently into the sea, so it's a favourite for families with youngsters, although there are steep drops in parts — particularly at the eastern end.
There are pleasant rock pools at either end of the beach which are usually free of seaweed and with only a few sea urchins about.
The beach gets very busy in the high summer season and this brings the usual beach litter. Roda beach is also quite exposed, with little in the way of natural shade.
Access is from the main road, down a few steps down to the beach at various intervals. At the far end of the beach is a small jetty where the local fishermen land their catches. This is also the main point for Corfu island boat trips.
There are the usual beach sun beds and water sports, with boats to hire as well as horse riding and go-karts. To the west is the Roda Beach Resort hotel holiday complex and beyond that is Sidari — an even more popular blend of karaoke bars and chips that the British seem to love.
There are regular buses going east and west of Roda village and plenty of taxis.
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