We recently booked a last minute holiday and we couldn’t think of anywhere else we would want to go than Corfu at such short notice. Having traveled and always stayed north of Corfu town, we decided to try the south and stay in the very small village of Messonghi in a very modest and small hotel called Aquarius Beach Aparthotel. We got a super cheap deal and really didn’t have high expectations at all as we only paid £150 for the hotel and £100 for flights for two people for 6 nights in July. We just wanted to get away and have a cheap and relaxing break in the summer sun!!
On the first day of our holiday we thought we would check out the local area and what it had to offer. Messonghi is very small and wouldn’t take you longer than 15 minutes to walk the length of it but this suited us perfectly with the beach only a 2 minute walk from our hotel with some very nice restaurants that served a yummy breakfast. We wanted this holiday to just be a relaxing getaway and this town certainly offered this. We wouldn’t recommend going here if you want much of a night life.
Messonghi Corfu Food
One thing that we love about Corfu is the FOOD! Its always so fresh and brilliantly cooked and after doing our research before arriving we noticed that 3 of the top 5 restaurants in the whole of Corfu on Trip Advisor were located very near Messonghi. The first night we decided to try the top rated restaurant in Corfu which was George & Elena’s Taverna. This was a short 10 minute walk from our hotel and once arriving we were very surprised. It was such a basic restaurant in very basic surroundings. When the food arrived we enjoyed it but we were not blown away and it certainly wasn’t what we expected from the Trip Advisor top rated restaurant in Corfu.
After seeing such highly rated restaurants so close to us we thought we have go to try them and I must say we were very happy we did! We decided to try a restaurant called Archonitko as when we looked through the pictures on Trip Advisor it really stood out to us. Transport is required to get to this restaurant as it’s located high on a mountain (we hired a quad bike which was very fun.) We booked a table online and were glad we did as this place gets very busy. We would recommend going at sunset as this gives you the best views from the top looking over beautiful Corfu settings! The food at this restaurant was amazing! The staff were so friendly and for every meal you ordered they would bring out a small free taster dish which we thought was such a nice added extra. After trying this restaurant we thought this should definitely have been rated above the one we tried the night before!!
When we arrived in Corfu and were in a taxi on the way to Messonghi from the airport we drove past a stunning restaurant which was built out at sea on a bridge. We thought to ourselves we must try it! After doing some research we found the name and decided to go on our last night of our holiday to make it a special evening. Kaiser bridge restaurant is located about 10minutes north of Messonghi. We pre booked a table a few days in advance and this is a must if you want the best seats on the very small part at the back of the pier. With the sun setting and the fish swimming around in the sea below this was by far our favorite setting we had been to, especially for a couple it was just so perfect. The food was delicious but the settings and the views of this restaurant are what make it so unreal!
Messonghi Corfu Travel
We decided we wanted to travel into Corfu Town one day so decided to go with th cheap option of getting the bus! The bus stop was right outside our hotel and the green bus came roughly every hour, running more frequently in the morning and evenings. The bus was fantastic, it was fully air conditioned and there were plenty of seats but it did get busier the closer to Corfu Town we got. The route takes you to the foot of the hill outside Achillion palace (Not sure how far of a walk it is from the bus stop but looked quite an up hill walk). The route also took us past Mouse Island and then into Corfu town with the travel taking around 45 minutes.
We also decided one day to hire a quad bike from a local seller for €20. The best advice about Corfu for anyone traveling is make sure you get out and explore the island! Corfu has so much to offer and traveling around seeing this stunning place is a must. We thought that to do this by quad was such a cheap, easy and fun way to do it! We’d highly recommend this method of travel. We first traveled over to Lake Korission on the west coast. This has a stunning beach and is very isolated. We then traveled back to the east coast and went all the way to the bottom of the island, stopping and checking out every back road to make sure we didn’t miss a thing.
Aquarius Beach Aparthotel Messonghi Corfu
We booked this hotel last minute and really wasn’t expecting much from it in terms of luxury, it was cheap and looked nice and clean on the photos and this is all we wanted! We ended up having one of the best weeks we could have had!
The check-in guy was called spiros (everyone is called Spiros in corfu!!) And was very polite and helpful. On arrival he told us we had an upgraded room from the one we booked. We were expecting a small double room but were given a large studio with kitchen and dining area and air conditioning, this was very welcome as it was 35c+ !
Having the kitchen area was so great for us as we were on a budget and this allowed us to make our own breakfast and lunch some days in the room as the super market was only across the road so saved us lots of money.
Even though the beach was only a 2 minute walk from the hotel we generally enjoyed staying by the pool which was so clean and on most days we were the only ones using it! The sunbeds were lovely and comfortable and clean towels were provided daily.
The rooms were cleaned and re-toweled everyday and kept to a very nice standard. The kitchen consisted of a hob and sink with plenty of cupboards with plates and cutlery provided. There was also a fridge and slot freezer which was great for keeping bottles of water cool.
Messonghi Corfu Review
We would like to say how pleasantly surprised by this area of Corfu we were and the Hotel and restaurants we visited were our favorite ever in Corfu. If you enjoy being in a quiet, relaxing area and don’t mind walking or paying to hire out transport then this place is a must visit. It completely exceeded our expectations and we would love to go back one day!
Please let us know in the comments if you have been to Messonghi or a different area of Corfu before and how your experience was! Thanks.
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