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Welcome to Gouvia

Gouvia

Gouvia is a small and friendly resort lying snugly in a verdant bay just about 8 kilometres from Corfu Town.  The resort of Gouvia is built around the original fishing village of Gouvia.  However, long before that Corfu used to be a Venetian colony. During the Venetian rule of Corfu, Gouvia was the home of the Venetian arsenal built in 1716 to encounter the threat from the Ottoman Empire. The Venetian docks are still standing but missing their roof and are located behind Gouvia Marina.

Gouvia is famous for its marina which claims to be one of the most famous in the world. It is a natural safe harbour and a gateway from the Ionian to the Adriatic Sea. From the marina here there iseasy access to Paxos , the Diapontian islands and Syvota.

The village of Gouvia is quite unassuming but Gouvia is also the site of luxury and high-life.

There is more than one beach at Gouvia and a number of water-sport activities can be enjoyed. The beaches are organised and the sea warm.

Information & Facts

Activities

Horse-riding across the undulating hillsides and through the olive groves.

A range of water-sports including scuba-diving nearby

Boat trips

Climate

Approximate temperatures on Corfu for the summer season:

• July and August 28-34 °C
• June – 25-28 °C
• September – 25-28 °C
• May – 21 - 23 °C
• October 21-25 °C

For those of you thinking you may do a liitle sailing of your own while on holiday on Corfu, here are the Greek names for winds and wind directions:

  • North Winds - Vorias, Tramontana. 
  • NE Winds - Gregorio, Grego. 
  • SE Winds - Levante, Ageliotes. 
  • East Winds - Sirocco, Souroko, Euros. 
  • South Winds - Ostra. 
  • SW Winds - Garbis. 
  • West Winds - Pounente, Zephyros. 
  • NW Winds - Maistro, Schiron. 

 

Eating Out

The village of Gouvia has a number of traditional tavernas and fish tavernas and restaurants.

Getting Around

Car Hire: You can book your holiday car directly from the Salco Holidays website. Our prices are competitive and include a fully comprehensive insurance.

Bus: the local bus route goes into Corfu Town which is only a short ride away and northwards to Kassiopi. From Corfu Town there are many routes to other parts of Corfu.

Taxi: There is a taxi rank in Gouvia

Kids Attractions

  • The beach
  • Swing park
  • Horse-riding
  • Aqualand is just under 6 kilometres away and a great day out for children and adults alike.

Language

Greek is spoken on Corfu.

Useful Greek words you can try out on your holiday to Gouvia:

Yia sou* – hello (to one person)

Yia sas* – hello (to more than one person)

*It is the same phrase for hello and goodbye as it means ‘health to you’

Yia mas – cheers (our health)

Efharisto – thank you

Parakalo - please

Pou eene i paralia? – where is the beach?

Pou eene o fournos? – where is the bakery?

Ti kanis? – how are you?

Kala efharisto – well, thank you

Mia birra  parakalo – a beer please

Ena boukali krasi, parakalo – a bottle of wine please

Ena boukali kokkino krasi, parakalo – a bottle of red wine please

Lefko - white

Thio bires parakalo – two beers please (the ‘th’ is pronounce as in ‘there’)

Thelo na pao thiakopes ('th' as in there) sta Gouvia - I want to go on holiday to Gouvia

Money

The currency used in Corfu is the Euro €

 
 
 
 
 
 

Night Life

There are plenty of bars and clubs in Gouvia.       

Ipsos is nearby and Corfu town is also temptingly close for a great night out whether it is quiet and romantic or hectic and exciting.

Sightseeing

Hiring a car may be the best way to explore. Gouvia is perfectly situated in the centre of the Corfu Island and holiday makers are spoilt for choice.

There are also tour buses that visit all the main attractions such as Paleocastrita, the Achilleon Palace and surrounding inland villages.

Time

The time is usually two hours ahead of GMT

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