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Maria Beach Hotel
Maria Beach Hotel swimming pool
Maria Beach Hotel swimming pool
Maria Beach Hotel waiting area
Location: On the west part of the long north coast, 6,5 klm west of Roda. 42 klm north-west of Corfu Town and airport. 

 Telephone ID code from UK: 26630 

 Postal code: 49081 

 Position: On a gently curving bay of the same name, in a flat area with green hills rising inland. 

 General Description: Once just a collection of houses, the beach resort of Sidari has developed ribbon-like along the road from Corfu Town. The main town is just under 2,5 klm long and not more than 1 klm at its widest. It is one of the most rapidly developing resorts in Corfu and most of the latest developments are family-owned, small-scale apartment blocks with nothing over 3 storeys. The small, busy centre has a one-way traffic system. Parts of the beach front remain ? as yet ? pleasantly undeveloped. Neighbouring Canal d'Amour is a secondary resort built on top of the unusual soft sandstone cliffs, which have eroded to create numerous inlets and sandy coves, reached by steep ladders; the farthest ones are less frequented and used for gaining all-over tans. 

Market/Suitability: Safe, quiet, family package-holiday destination. Walkers will appreciate the gentle hills. 

Beaches: Long, narrow, beaches of sand and shingle. The sea is often incredibly calm, almost pond-like and shallow for a long way. Sand and shingle coves can be found below the low eroded cliffs to the west. 

Shopping: A few clothes shops; a number of jewellery shops. Small supermarkets. 

Entertainments: Daytime: usual beach activities; water sports, pedalloes and canoes; hill and coastal walks; water park. Nightlife: Discos and masses of bars; many offer videos and cocktails. 

Eating out: Greek tavernas; all-day British breakfasts; a couple of Chinese; 1 Indian; pizzerias. 

Public transport: No local transport around the resort, but a cheap, reliable bus service runs to Corfu Town (7 or 8 per day), Kassiopi (4 per day) and San Stefanos (4 per day), with a more limited service from the Canal d'Amour end of the resort. Car and bike hire. 

Local excursions: Full day: wide choice of coach tours throughout the island, including Corfu Town, Paleokastritsa, Greek ruins and water park; boat tours to the islands of Paxos and Erikoussa, the Greek mainland at Parga; beach cruises.