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Messonghi & Moraitika:

Tree covered hills fill the horizon at this friendly resort The sand and shingle beach Is long and narrow and great for children because of the shallow water and the fact that parents can always see where they are. Shops and tavernas line the road leading from the north end of the beach and the bigger, more lively resort of Moraitika is within easy striking distance.

Fantastic for both sun-bathing and swimming, the long stretch of sand and shingle here is hard to resist and makes it an extremely popular resort with water sports offering an exhilarating experience on the calm, shallow fringe of sea. To visit the adjacent Messonghi beach the quick way (walking round takes far longer) ask a fisherman to row you over the small river which divides the resorts. It will only cost about 60 cents.

Follow the virtually deserted road from Messonghi to Boukari, three kilometres along the coast, to explore this lovely little hamlet.

The old and the new blend well together here - the main coastal road Is home to all the modem restaurants, bars clubs and shops while the old village, situated high up at the northern end of the resort, boasts pretty flower-clad cottages and a couple of tavernas. There really Is something for everyone.

Take a boat trip organised by Thomas Cook to Corfu Town, around the north-east coast and to the Blue Lagoon. To see the salt mines In southern Corfu look for Zorba on his boat at the mouth of the river between 5.30pm and 9.30pm. Learn to windsurf or sail a catamaran, hire a canoe or pedalo at the 'Water sport station' on the beach. The Nautilus Diving School is a recognised British Sub Aqua School and runs diving courses. Find it In the grounds of the Messonghi Beach Hotel or see your representative for details.

The unspoiled beaches by the Korission Lake are only a gentle cycle ride away. Rent a bike from Sammy's Bike Company. The Messonghi Beach Hotel also has tennis courts- open from 6am to 9pm.

Look for tortoises during an evening river-bank stroll.

Browse for hours at 3K's Shopping Centre where you'll find virtually everything you could ever need under one roof There are fake designer clothes, toiletries, food (including peanut butter; and drink plus gifts like herb and spice packs, backgammon sets and marble chess boards. Designer clothes without designer prices are on offer at Diesel Efi's Leather Market has more than the usual selection of handbags and belts - it also sells soft leather coats and jackets, shoes and slippers. Fontana general market and souvenir shop has lots of tacky tat but dig deep to find some attractive goblets, good-quality mugs, terracotta ceramics, leather gloves and great postcards.

Memories Taverns specialises in Corfiot specialities and serves its own barrel wine. Asparagus is a rarity on Corfu but you'll find It on the menu at the upmarket Castello.

Getting to Bella Vista Taverna takes some effort - it's a little way up the hill - but once you're sitting under the olive trees eating fresh kalamari (squid) and admiring the fantastic views, you'll be glad you came. The Kebab Place serves burgers and Boner kebabs until 4am. Try Popeye's for a wide range of salads, snacks and main dishes, both Greek and English. Open gam to yam. You might need to loosen your belt after trying the Rose Garden's mega 16 course messed selection which includes fried vegetables, dips and seafood. It also does a great steak. All meals are served in its very romantic garden. Open 6pm to midnight. Relaxed and intimate with lovely views over the village, the Village Tavema's geranium and hydrangea-filled terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy traditional Greek dishes.

Messonghi essentially is a quite fishing village, which offers guest the opportunity to have a relaxed and quite holiday, with the option of a greater choice of nightlife in the neighbouring Moraitika. To this effect the selection of bars in Messonghi is quite limited. Moraitika on the other hand offers a wide variety of bars, pubs and tavernas. Many of which host a variety of Greek nights, quiz nights, karaoke etc; There are a number of discos that allow for a late night dancing. Low-key entertainment is available at the local bars and tavernas in St. John's. It is also only a short taxi drive to the lively resort of Benitses for a wider selection of after dark activities.

A large pink Cadillac bursting through the front wall announces you've arrived at the Cadillac Club! There are special offers on certain cocktails every night and you can dance the night away from 10pm. Captain Morgan's, a cocktail-cum-dance bar, has an English DJ playing international chart hits. Happy hour is 8pm to 11pm. Lively and friendly, Charlie's has a massive TV screen and specialises in family fun from early evening 'til the early hours. It makes a special effort for kids -even mixing them their own non-alcoholic cocktails. It's hard to miss Golden Beach - the pink bar on the beach covered with cartoons and particularly popular for cocktails with British and German families. There's also a nightly display of Greek dancing. Harry and George's rocks to the sound of live music as well as classic hits from the 1960s onwards. Open from gym until the last person leaves - usually lam. Kivetos is an English/Greek nightclub set in a rose garden which is as popular with the local people as the tourists. It's relaxed and friendly, and children are welcome at the early karaoke. The disco plays a good mix of English and Greek music. Open 8pm to 7am. Romantika charges a small admission fee but for this you can take up your position by the pool and stay there `til night time. There's a hilarious mid-week barbecue party when the owner, Lefteris, has his customers in stitches with his enthusiastic Greek dancing.

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