Sidari Update for 2005
Tourism in Sidari has dropped a lot over the last few years. Changing to the
Euro has not helped prices, the injustice over the plane spotters, the Sidari
Village apartments on television and more, have all contributed to a downturn
As you can see from the photo of Sidari in mid September it was almost empty
compared to a few years ago. Some of the tavernas in the center had raised
their prices to cover for fewer tourists, which of course creats fewer
Good old Greek logic strikes again. Towards the end of the 2004 season many
tavernas and shops began to realise that higher prices meant less tourists
and lowered their prices quite a lot.
Watching that program on 'Holidays From Hell' was enough to put anyone of
Greece for the rest of their lives. The only comment I can make is that the
Village Apartments are not the village of Sidari. One could argue that they are
not actually in Sidari. I also have to say with all honestly that they look an
lot better now than they did on that program.
That program was grossly unfair to the village of Sidari.
That little Greek family taverna on the outskirts that we all eventually find
just wonders what they have done wrong.
The others? No problem - they go back to Athens and their Mercedes
for the winter.
I have to end on a high note or two. There was one item that despite the euro,
the Olympics and all that fate could throw at it that did not change. The
The best meal of 2004? Dorella's at the very far end of Melitsa. A tee-bone
steak and home made chips (I watched Yanni peel the chips) and just about
everything one can think off for a few euro. In 10 years and 20 visits to Corfu
to find a good steak cooked and served so well was quite as surprise.
Especially as we had never seen one on a menu anywhere before.
No doubt in 2005 every menu for miles will include tee bone steak. We'll
stick to this little place.
Endpiece. The Greeks were told by their govenment on television that hosting
the Olympics would not mean an increase in taxes. Taxes have gone up of course.
I asked if this government man was a politician, the answer was "Yes". I asked
did his lips move, the answer was "Yes". I then said "In England we would have
known he was lying".
They liked that.
Will we be back in 2005 ?