Located only 45 minutes from Corfu Town there lays the resort of Messongi (or Messonghi), of which some tend to think it has managed to preserve some of its old Greek village dash, despite the mainstream development of tourism embodied by the overwhelming presence of hotels, apartments for rent and villas. In this respect, the most noteworthy establishments refer to Apollon Palace, one of the few luxury hotels in Corfu, and to the giant Messongi Beach Hotel which, for that matter, delineates the border between Messongi as such and the nearby resort of Moraitika.
Messongi is a typical beach resort which has everything to offer to tourists who expect nothing but endless sunbathing and beach enabled activities, which is why no one can reasonably find fault with Messongi in this respect. However, some might consider that Messongi has given too much to tourism, the only features reminding about what this resort used to be referring to the allegedly 700 years old olive trees and to the vestiges of some ancient Greek temples. However, opinions differ, which is reasonable enough since tastes are, as it were, not debatable. What is essential about Messongi is it is fitted with all imaginable comforts characteristic of popular resorts, such facilities ranging from luxury hotels to excellent eating venues. Another feature which renders Messongi extremely appealing to tourists arriving in Corfu is the fact that it is easily accessible from the capital of the island, the green buses departing from Corfu Town arriving almost hourly in this eastern resort.
Given its location in the Ionian Sea, Corfu – which is the northernmost of all significant Ionian Island – makes possible trips to Albania (port of Saranda)
When it comes to beaches extremely closely located to Corfu Town, the Gouvia Beach must not be overlooked.
The Kalami (or Kalamiones) Beach is a wide pebbly stretch awarded, as expected, the blue flag. It lies on the northeastern side of Corfu.