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Welcome to Ipsos

Ipsos

The holiday resort of Ipsos is just under 14 kilometres from Corfu Town. The resort gradually grew along the sea front. Ipsos is a strip of about one and a half kilometres with the beach on one side and on the other shops and a vast array of watering houses and restaurants.

By day Ipsos is a lazy, laid-back place but by night it is buzzing with life and sound.

The beach is huge attraction, partly because of its length, partly because of the variety of water-sports,  partly because of the views; across the gulf southwards lies the Greek mainland and directly opposite, the hazy mountains of Albania. In the foreground the headland of the island’s capital is clearly visible.

The far end of Ipsos, towards Corfu Town there is a small and pretty harbour.

 

 

Information & Facts

Activities

Ipsos is ideal for an active holiday with no end to activities:

  • There is a variety of water-sport activities and boat trips
  • Boat hire is available from Ipsos Beach
  • Scuba-diving is a very exciting option for the adventurous spirits among you

In addition, Ipsos is well placed for visiting a number of places of interest.

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 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. 
  • Northerly Winds - Meltemi.

Eating Out

There is a wide variety of restaurants and tavernas in Ipsos. As well as these there are the fast food restaurants and the Greek Gyros. The origins of the Gyros date as far back as the Minoan period and was a common cooking method for strips or chunks of meat left over once the main joined had been cut. It is arguably the tastiest,  most nutritious and balanced fast food avalable.

Traditional dishes of Corfu that can be found in restaurants in Ipsos:

Pastitsada - a pasta based dish comprising of caserole style beef in spicy tomato sauce.

Sofrito - traditionally slow cooked veal in parsley and and garlic sauce often served with rice

Bourtheto - fish cooked in hot tomato sauce - (not for the faint hearted)  

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.

Local Bus: Buses run regularly into Corfu Town and northwards along the coast to Kassiopi

Taxis: Taxis are readily available in Ipsos. There are official tariffs but you can also check rates with the driver before you set off. 

Kids Attractions

Ipsos beach

Kalypso Star – glass bottomed boat from Corfu Town

Aqualand is only 12 kilometres away on the inland route and just under a half hour’s drive

A boat trip to Vidos Island from the Old Port in Corfu Town

Language

Greek is spoken on Corfu.

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

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 ('th' like in 'think) na pao thiakopes ('th' like in there) sto Ipso - I want to go on holiday to Ipsos

Money

The currency used on Corfu is Euro €

Night Life

Ipsos is made for night-life – partying goes on till the early hours.

Shopping

All amenities are available in Ipsos, otherwise Corfu Town is a short bus ride or car ride away for a really serious shopping trip. Several bigger, well-stocked supermarkets can be found on the way to Corfu Town.

Sightseeing

From Ipsos holiday-makers can find reasonably easy access to some of Corfu’s most famous sites.

The Achilleion Palace is only 22 kilometres away; built in 1890 in the neo-classical style and dedicated to the hero of the Torjan War, Achilles. The Achilleion Palace is a beautiful mansion commissioned by the Austrian Empress, Elizabeth who used it as a summer house. The grounds are extensive and interestingly landscaped. There are a number of famous statues in the gardens, among them is the central feature of the Dying Achilles, a statue that conveys the vulnerability of the human condition and the anguish of imminent death; one of the court-yards is home to life-size statues of the Nine Muses.

Corfu Town itself is within easy reach by hire car with two main parking areas, the Liston and the Old Port.

Paleocastritsa is almost directly opposite Ipsos and the route from east to west across the island is only 18 kilometres long. Paleocastritsa is one of the most famous areas of Corfu; it is made up of several small bays and is the site of the Monastery of Our Lady (Theotokos Monastery) which was originally built around 1225. Paleocastritsa and the neighbouring seaward landscape offers some of the most spectacular views on the whole island.

Time

Greek time is usually two hours ahead of GMT

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