In August 2023, my family and I soaked up some summer sun in Corfu, Greece. As a family, we love lazing by the beach on holiday, but after a few days, we go a little stir-crazy, especially with two teenagers. So Corfu offered the perfect combination of a relaxing holiday with plenty of activities to keep us busy.
Staying in Roda
We chose the resort of Roda because it is family-friendly and offers a quieter holiday than some of the popular beach resorts. This was particularly important for us since we were travelling during August. This is the month when most of Europe takes its summer holidays (both for school and working professionals), so it is one of the busiest months to travel.
Roda was a great place to stay. It had a beautiful beach that was lined with bars and restaurants. Two of the top-rated hotels on TripAdvisor are the Roda Park Restaurant and Nikos Family Restaurant. They are located next to each other, so you can go to the other if one of them is full. Both restaurants serve mouth-watering Greek cuisine and Mediterranean fare in generous portions. I recommend visiting when they hold their Greek Nights because they have dancing and live music while you eat. The Greek Nights are very popular, so book in advance.
The beach in Roda is lovely. My top tip is that most of the beachfront restaurants have sunbeds in front of them that you can use for free if you buy drinks or eat from that restaurant. Who doesn’t want a glass of wine or cocktail while on the beach?
Roda at a Glance
Distance from Corfu airport: 55-minute drive.
Weather in August: Dry, sunny weather. August is very hot; expect weather into the 30s. When we were there, it was 33 degrees.
Eating out prices: Prices for eating out are very reasonable. It was approximately 80-90 Euros for dinner for a family of 4, including sharing dips and bread for starters, main courses for 4 people, and a bottle of wine.
Villa Holiday in Roda
Instead of staying in a hotel, we decided to book a villa for our 1-week holiday in Roda so we could have the place to ourselves. I was a little worried that our 2 teenagers would get bored without the hotel amenities and that they would get sick of being in a villa with their parents for a week. But it was great. They didn’t miss the hotel amenities, and we all loved having free reign of the pool.
We hired a car for the week so we could explore the island, but if you were planning to stick to Roda, then you wouldn’t need a car. Everything was very walkable. Our villa was only a 10-minute walk from the beach and the bars and restaurants of Roda.
What to Do in Roda with Teenagers for 1 Week
It was a balmy 33 degrees most of the time we were in Corfu, so we naturally spent a lot of time sunning ourselves by the pool or on the beach. We also spent a lot of time exploring Corfu and all the activities on offer.
My husband and son travelled across the Island to play golf. It was a little expensive to play, but they had a great time, so it was worth it.
My daughter joined a horse trek on the beach through Katreena Horse Riding in Roda. She loved it. The staff were friendly and welcoming, which made us feel comfortable allowing our daughter to do it on her own.
We also visited two neighbouring beach resorts, Sidari and Acharavi. Both were about a 10-minute drive from Roda but had a very different feel.
Sidari was a bigger, busier version of Roda. It was nice to visit as a day trip as there was a lot going on, but it wasn’t somewhere we’d stay as we liked the calm of Roda.
Acharavi was a beautiful resort with a gorgeous white stone beach. I recommend sea shoes as the stones were a little rough on the feet. There was a sandy beach just down from the stone beach, so there was plenty of choice. Acharavi has a wide range of hotels, and we said that next time we visit Corfu, we might stay in a hotel in Acharavi.
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