Heading West along the main road from Roda, you will soon find a small road on the right going to Astrakeri.
Winding through the olive groves, with the sound of the cicadas following you, the road brings you to the long sandy beach of Astrakeri, with its little harbour, suitable for small boats only. Here you will also find a couple of good fish tavernas. Further along on the main road is Sidari. A busier seaside resort, with lots of shops, from here you can access the famous Canal d’ Amour, a stunning rock formation and swimming area. Over thousands of years, the sea and wind has created a long “canal” in the sandstone, at the end of which is a small sandy beach. All around impressive scenery and softly sculpted rocks combine with the turqoise of the sea, to create a favorite romantic spot. It is also possible to rent a small boat or join a local daytripper boat tour to enjoy the parts of it accessible only by sea.
As piracy stopped and living close to the sea became safer and more useful, the mountain villages, lost many of their inhabitants, becoming in some cases almost “ghost villages.
Heading East from Roda is Corfu’s Northeast Coast. On the way is the bay of Agios Spiridon, fronting Antinioti Lagoon, a protected area with lots of wildlife and fish.
Yet further West, but essentially only about half an hour’s drive from Roda at most, are the seaside villages of Agios Stefanos and Arillas.
Further along the coast, there are great sandstone cliffs and the famous Cape Drastis.