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Syvota: the Greek Paradise with Crystal Clear Waters and Secret Coves

The beautiful waters of Syvota. Credit: Chris Makrozahopoulos/Wikimedia commons

Facing the southern tip of Corfu, Syvota is considered to be one of the most fascinating finds for tourists in Greece. Syvota is a tiny village of roughly 3,000 people, and one of the best kept secrets in the country.

Sandy shores, luscious green islets, long sheltered beaches with crystal clear waters and secret coves are just some of the small town’s many features. The town is also rich in history and culture, being a crucial player in many of Greece’s major historical moments, like the Peloponnesian war in 433 BC.

The village was once known as Sybota, and was the site of the Battle of Sybota–a major battle that became a launchpad for the Peloponnesian war. The battle was fought in 433 BC between Corinth and Corfu. The battle was written about by the likes of Plutarch and Aristophanes.

Because Syvota is so small, it does not center itself around the tourist industry. Nevertheless, the town is welcoming to travelers who come to visit the island, and those who do find a side of Greece that almost feels like stumbling upon hidden treasure.

It is the perfect stop for sailors in the Ionian archipelago, but nevertheless it is an essential destination for all those in the know who travel to western Greece.

The protected harbor of Syvota. Credit: ERWEH/CC BY-SA 2.0 de

Syvota surrounded by secret coves

Just a short distance from the coast you’ll find the small islands of Mavro Oros (“Black Mountain”) Agios Nikolaos, and Mourtemeno as well as other, smaller islets.

Take note that it is worth it to rent a boat and sail the calm waters of the area on your own. Discover your own secret coves or shores and let the magic of paradise overtake you. This is one of the advantages of Syvota’s small size– you can discover remote and relaxing parts of the area that are unknown to most tourists.

The most renowned beach, located in Agios Nikolaos is none other than Pisina; you’ll enjoy its fine white sand and blue-green transparent waters against a backdrop of a luscious green scenery.

In Mourtemeno, head for the second “5 star” beach of the region, Bella Vraka, which you can easily reach by foot by crossing over a narrow strip of golden sand from the mainland.

Near the town visit Zavia Beach with its green landscapes and turquoise waters.

And don’t miss the northern part of Syvota where Zeri and the white-sand Gallikos Molos Beaches stand out.

Leaving Syvota and heading towards Perdika you’ll have two more lovely beaches waiting for you, Mikri and Megali Ammos (meaning small and big sand) where you can engage in sea sports.


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