Cape Drastis

Route: Cape Drastis

Area: North West Corfu

Date of walk: 24th June 2017

Walkers: Andrew and James

Distance: 3.4 miles

Weather: Sunny and very hot

We’d planned to start today’s walk in the popular seaside resort of Sidari but as we drove through the town it was a little too busy (to put it euphemistically) for our taste, and so we parked at nearby Melitsa instead. We followed a blue waymark n.6, and these signs would guide us to our destination

As we walked along the dusty track, lined with wildflowers, we were constantly distracted by the sight of hundreds of butterflies.  They were very camera shy and we spent some time chasing them around in the hope of a decent shot

Eventually our destination – Cape Drastis – came into view with its spectacular sculpted white cliffs jutting out into the turquoise Ionian Sea – a wonderful sight. We made our way down to a small cove where swimming is possible. We’d intended to retrace our steps from this point but discovered that a local boat service offers trips to Sidari, so decided we catch the boat back instead. This proved to be a good decision, since the journey back in the small boat, captained by a local fisherman, was fascinating and we had some superb views of the eroding coastline which we’d have missed if we’d walked back

The boat dropped us off near Sidari beach and from here we made our way back to Melitsa. If anyone follows this walk and opts for the return by boat I’d recommend starting in Sidari, rather than Melitsa

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