Sidari sculptured sandstone
Sidari is one of the most popular tourist resorts on the island of Corfu and is located on the north coast near the almost equally popular resort of Roda.
Sidari village developed from a small fishing port, most notably in the 1980s when it underwent massive hotel and apartment development and is now one of the busiest holiday resorts on Corfu.
Each year it has grown bigger with the building of more Sidari hotels, apartments and studios and it now offers tourist accommodation for more than 17,000 visitors annually making it one of the most crowded resorts on Corfu.
Some years ago Sidari village merged with the neighbouring Canal d'Amour, which lies just to the west of the resort.
The Canal d'Amour coastline is famous for its striking sandstone rock formations, sculpted by both wind and waves, and for its pleasant beach coves sandwiched between the impressive rock outcrops.
Sidari has three main beach strips. The main beach is east of the harbour and is a huge stretch of good sand with plenty of watersports such as water skiing, banana boat rides, paragliding, parasailing , pedal-boat hire, and scuba diving.
There are plenty of tourist facilities with cafes, bars and tavernas behind the beach as well as a popular family waterpark.
To the west is the Cana D'Amour area where five small beach coves nestle among the rock outcrops. Most have good sand, shallow water and are very sheltered with cliffs to each side.
As the Canal D'Amour beaches are all so small they soon get crowded and it's the early risers who bag the best spots.
The best swimming spots in Sidari can be found at Apotripiti, in Melitsa, the Canal d'Amour, and Sunset or Logos beach at nearby Peroulades.
Sidari has become a tourist hotspot with scores of restaurants, bars, cafes and trinket shops to feed the annual influx of tourists, mostly Brits. Nightclubs and karaoke bars compete to attract attention with loud music and video screens.
Sidari village and beach resort is on the north coast, about 45km from Corfu Town and the airport so you need to allow up to an hour to reach it.
There is a regular bus service both east and west of Sidari and there are plenty of taxis.
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