San Stefanos Corfu beach guide
Photo: Guy Tyler
The north-west coast resort of Agios Stefanos is often calledSan Stefanos to distinguish it from the resort of the same name in the north-east of Corfu.
Although still relatively undeveloped compared to some Corfu resorts, San Stefanos has seen considerable growth in the last few years and the resort now has enough beds to accommodate about 12,000 tourists annually.
A few years ago San Stefanos was nothing more than a fishing hamlet but it now boasts more than 20 restaurants, clutches of souvenir shops, many bars and several supermarkets to meet the needs of the growing number of annual holiday visitors.
San Stefanos is a relatively quiet and relaxed resort, about 50km from Corfu Town, and sited on the Kefali Cape with fine views of the Diapontian islands in the Ionian Sea.
The resort sits in a beautiful bay and has a decent sandy beach. It is very popular with UK families and the resort is included in many Corfu holiday brochures.
The shallow water and gently sloping sands make Agios Stefanos a particular favourite for families and there are plenty of sunbeds on the beach,
San Stefanos beach is about 500 metres long, with shallow water that's safe for children and the broad stretch of good soft sand is about 70 metres deep. The flat expanse of sand and low cliffs behind will remind many of a typical English seaside beach.
The original old village of Agios Stefanos is centred around the church and the old harbour and it is here that Corfu holiday visitors will find more traditional shops and tavernas.
The new village and port is where most of the recent tourist accommodation has sprung up and this part of the village is is very much a modern Greek beach resort with the usual array of resort facilities.
The winding country road that leads down to San Stefanos bay not only offers a rural backdrop to the beach but also invites walking in the surrounding hills.
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