walks map

Local Walks

A great way to explore

Here are details of a number of walks in and around San Stefanos for you to enjoy. These walks range from one to three hours.

Most walks start at the Barras Apartments in the centre of the village and we have produced a guide to the distance, time taken and the degree of difficulty to help you on your way.

Many of the walks involve steep inclines with loose stone and gravel under foot.

Please remember to take plenty of water with you and to wear a strong pair of shoes no "flip flops".

Users of our suggested walks do so at their own risk and we are not responsible for any incidents.



If you do not feel confident navigating your way around hidden tracks and through olive groves why not join on one of San Stefano Travels organised walks?

 

 

Anyone using these walks does so at their own risk!

 

 

Local Walks

Walk to Porto Timoni

This walk starts and finishes at the Dionysos Taverna in Afionas so you can either follow the walk to Afionas and carry on from there or drive to the taverna and park up in the car park. This walk is quite challenging therefore is suitable for those who have experience or are reasonably fit. Appropriate footwear is needed so definitely no flip flops or summer sandals. Also the path can become quite steep and narrow and at times requires a large step down to the next level.
From the craft shop in Afionas take the left hand track towards the Dionysos, before you reach the taverna look out for a path running parallel to the taverna passing the terraced seating area and the cypress trees. Keeping the taverna on your right you will soon pick up the path. Take care as the path can become slightly overgrown sometimes. The path wanders down the headland and is barely visible from the beach. You will soon see the bay of Porto Timoni on the right and Limni to your left. Many people visit these bays by boat or pedalo from the beach.

Porto Timoni

Porto Timoni is the larger of the two bays and has a glorious beach with clear water for you to swim and snorkel. It should take about an hour to arrive at the bay from the taverna, allowing time to stop for photos and water. If you are feeling adventurous the walk continues up the hill to the far left hand side of Porto Timoni towards the church of Agios Stylianos which is set in a rock cave. It’s best not to attempt this walk when it’s wet as the surfaces are steep and can be slippery.

 

Local Walks

Walk to Afionas

( 5km approx 1hr 30 minutes each way )

Afionas provides a fantastic view of the bay of St George together with magnificent views of the Diapontia Islands and Gravia Island (the one in the shape of a ship) looking back towards Arillas. On the headland there are faint remains of defensive walls which date from about 500 BC. Excavations in 1912 uncovered traces of a Neolithic settlement dating back to around 3000 BC. This walk is quite challenging therefore is suitable for those who have experience or are reasonably fit. Appropriate footwear is needed so definitely no flip flops or summer sandals. Remember to take plenty of water with you as once you pass Arillas the shops are few and far between.
Firstly you have to make your way to Arillas either on foot or by car. The walk starts at The Marina Hotel by the jetty, follow the road which runs alongside the beach.

Afionas

Keeping to the road with the sea on your right, head towards the tavernas and holiday apartments until you reach the Thomson Hotel Bardis Sun. Follow the road to the left, the next road you are looking for is on the right hand side opposite the Villa Feakes Apartments. Don’t go past the sign for Mon-Amour Taverna. Turn right onto a tarmac road leading into the olive groves and be prepared for a long walk up into the hills. The path twists and turns on its slow ascent up into the mountain. The path continues to wind up into the hills turning back on its self when it gets very steep. There are a number of vantage points on the way where you can stop for a drink and to admire the view, especially when you reach the top overlooking San Stefanos and Arillas in the distance. Continue to follow the path until you reach the main road and turn right, remembering where you left the path for the return journey. Keep on this road past the graveyard on your right until you reach a junction with a sign leading down to the beach of St George. Walk past this junction and carry on up the hill, passing a number of restaurants, bars and a bakery. The road twists and turns as you continue your climb. You will soon reach a steep S-bend just before the final ascent. The road comes to an end at the church square, look out for the beautiful church chapel with its magnificent bell tower to your left and a craft shop to your right. From here you have two options the first carries on from the square to the headland and the second to Dionysos Taverna.

Afionas

 

Option one:

Continue by going up a narrow slope to the right of the craft shop sign posted “To Sunset 200m” This path takes you through a narrow paved street passing some traditional whitewashed houses that are a mass of flowers in summer. Old feta cheese and olive tins are used as plant pots. Follow this path onto the headland where you will find bench seats and a wonderful view back towards Arillas, Gravia Island and San Stefanos.

Option two:

A sign on the left hand wall of the craft shop guides you down a side street to the Dionysos Taverna. This taverna has breathtaking views across the bay of St George and is definitely worth a visit. Before resting up at Dionysos take advantage of the views by carrying on the road round to the right, passing the entrance to the taverna car park. Follow the path as it begins to narrow through the bushes and follow this until you reach a wide stone path. Follow this path onto the headland where you will find bench seats and a wonderful view back towards Arillas, Gravia Island and San Stefanos. After admiring the view, make your way back to the taverna for a well earned drink!

Local Walks

Walk to AG Georgios

( 5km approx 1hr 30 minutes each way )

Agios Georgios, also known as St George is a beautiful bay surrounded by a backdrop of cypress tree clad mountains and absolutely amazing scenery. The sandy beach stretches over 2km along the curve of the horseshoe shaped bay. The sand on the beach is coarser than that you would find in Arillas or San Stefanos but is still very popular with holiday makers.
This walk is quite challenging therefore is suitable for those who have experience or are reasonably fit. Appropriate footwear is needed so definitely no flip flops or summer sandals. Remember to take plenty of water with you as once you pass Arillas the shops are few and far between.
Firstly you have to make your way to Arillas either on foot or by car. The walk starts at The Marina Hotel by the jetty, follow the road which runs alongside the beach. Keeping to the road with the sea on your right, head towards the tavernas and holiday apartments until you reach the Thomson Hotel Bardis Sun. Follow the road to the left, the next road you are looking for is on the right hand side opposite the Villa Feakes Apartments. Don’t go past the sign for Mon-Amour Taverna.

AG Georgios

Turn right onto a tarmac road leading into the olive groves and be prepared for a long walk up into the hills. The path twists and turns on its slow ascent up into the mountain. The path continues to wind up into the hills turning back on its self when it gets very steep. There are a number of vantage points on the way where you can stop for a drink and to admire the view, especially when you reach the top overlooking San Stefanos and Arillas in the distance. Continue to follow the path until you reach the main road and turn right, remembering where you left the path for the return journey. Keep on this road past the graveyard on your right until you reach a junction with a sign leading down to the beach of St George. It will take you around 15mins to navigate your way down this very steep winding road but at the bottom you will find yourselves in paradise! Take care on your return journey as soon after you rejoin the path in the olive groves it splits into 3, be sure to take the middle path home.

Arillas

Walk to Arillas (by road)

( 2km approx 45 minutes each way )


Arillas by road
Arillas is a quiet sea front resort with a selection of bars, restaurants and cafes for you to choose from. If you don’t fancy walking off the beaten track then it’s best to stick to the main road that runs from San Stefanos to Arillas. The starting point for this walk is at the end of the main street just past Barras. Turn left at the T-junction and follow the signs to Arillas. You will pass Town Pizza on your left and further on an old tennis court on your left. You will soon reach a steep up-hill S-bend, continue to walk along the road until you reach a T-junction. Take a left here as the road sign will confirm and carry on walking straight ahead until you come to another T-junction with a small coffee shop on the left hand corner. Turn right at the junction and follow the road downhill, passing some pools, a bakery and some local shops. When you reach the bottom there is a small supermarket in front of you at a T-junction. Take the right turn and follow the road to the beach where you will find a selection of cafes and bars to relax in.

If you turn left at this junction you will find your way to the Brouklis a traditional Corfiot Taverna we have reviewed in our " Eating Out " menu.

Walk to Arillas (off road)

( via Zest For Life Juice Bar 1.44km approx 30 minutes each way )
( via Golden Beach Hotel 2.75km approx 1 hour each way )

Arillas is a quiet sea front resort with a selection of bars, restaurants and cafes for you to choose from. The following walk will take you to Arillas via the headlands from San Stefanos. There are two options for you to choose from, the first being the quicker of the two but does start with a steep incline up to the top of the cliff. The second is a slow scenic route which follows a cliff top path with views across to San Stefanos to your left and distant views of Gravia Island and Afionas on your right. Both walks meet at the top of the cliff and then follow the same descent to Arillas. You will notice as you walk there are various paths that you can use to join or leave these routes and no doubt you will find your own preferred walk.


Both walks start at the Barras which is situated at the end of San Stefanos at the cross road. From the cross road turn right at the T-junction so that Tasty Corner and Little Prince are on your left. Continue walking towards the beach and until you come to Zest for Life Juice Bar on your left and Margaritas Supermarket on your right.

 

Stop sign

Route 1

If you’re looking for the quick route then once you get to Zest for Life Juice Bar, turn sharply left directly behind. It’s almost a U-turn and will lead you up a steep hill, passing some villas and gardens on the way. Continue walking until you reach the top of the cliff. Bear left and carry on along the uphill path, keeping the sea to your right and San Stefanos to your left. When you reach the brow of the hill you will come to a new café/bar called Akrotiri, an ideal spot to have a break and take in the spectacular view. Once rested, carry on until the road starts to descend towards a group of houses. Follow the dirt path to your right and this will take you down the hill, take care as it can be a little slippery and difficult but well worth it for the views and access to Arillas beach! If you would like to take an alternative route, turn left in stead of right and follow the road that slowly wanders down hill past local properties until you reach a junction. Carry on walking straight ahead until you come to another T-junction with a small coffee shop on the left hand corner. Turn right at the junction and follow the road downhill, passing some pools, a bakery and some local shops. When you reach the bottom there is a small supermarket in front of you at a T-junction. Take the right turn and follow the road to the beach where you will find a selection of cafes and bars to relax in.

Route 2

If you’re looking to take the longer of the two routes then follow Route 1 until the Zest for Life Juice Bar. In stead of turning sharply up the hill, bear round to the left with the road so that Perditas Glass Art is on your right. Continue on the road passing Nafsica Hotel on your left and Taverna O Manthos on your right. Just before The Golden Beach, walk up the small slope towards a public telephone and continue alongside the Restaurant, keeping the telephone behind you. About half way up the hill, at the concrete post a lane to your right leads you via a steep gravel path to the top of the cliff, passing a lonely house on your right hand side. You will soon see a small chapel at the very top of the hill. The path is steep and mainly consists of loose sand and gravel so sensible foot wear is a must. Following the path along the top of the cliff you will be treated to some breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and sandy beach of San Stefanos to your left. A small de-tour to visit the small chapel at the peak is recommended. Carry on the uphill path, keeping the sea to your right and San Stefanos to your left. When you reach the brow of the hill you will come to a new café/bar called Akrotiri, an ideal spot to have a break and take in the spectacular view. Once rested, carry on until the road starts to descend towards a group of houses. Follow the path to your right and this will take you down the hill, take care as it can be a little slippery and difficult but well worth it for the views and access to Arillas beach! If you would like to take an alternative route, turn left in stead of right and follow the road that slowly wanders down hill past local properties until you reach a junction. Carry on walking straight ahead until you come to another T-junction with a small coffee shop on the left hand corner. Turn right at the junction and follow the road downhill, passing some pools, a bakery and some local shops. When you reach the bottom there is a small supermarket in front of you at a T-junction. Take the right turn and follow the road to the beach where you will find a selection of cafes and bars to relax in.

Arillas

Both Routes

Continue along the uphill path, keeping the sea to your right and San Stefanos to your left until it starts to descend towards a group of houses. This is a great place to stop for a rest and enjoy the view towards Arillas.

Follow the path to your right This path winds its way down the hill towards you into the sea over the last few years, and can be slippery and difficult on your feet especially if its wet!

If this is a concern then turn left from the resting point between two villas and follow the road to your right hand side. The road goes slowly downhill past some lovely local properties until you reach a junction. Cross over the road and continue on to the next supermarket and follow the road downhill. The road meanders down hill passing a bakery and many local shops.

At the next junction there is a restaurant called the Armouada it is usually covered in flowers and looks an amazing site in the summer. Turn right at this junction and you will soon arrive at the Marina Hotel opposite the jetty.