The Durrells’ returned to our screens on Sunday and with it the picturesque Corfu countryside was beamed into our living rooms.
We’re transported back to the 1930s once again and getting acquainted with the Durrell family as they continue to acclimatise to their new life on the Greek island. The second series takes us to 1936 and Louisa has mistakenly given the local residents food poisoning from a batch of tainted Scotch eggs while husband Gerry has started an otter breeding programme.
All the while it is set against the inviting backdrop of Corfu so why not trace the footsteps of the Durrells’ this summer? Let us take a jaunt across the beautiful island and find out why the family fell in love with the place.
Corfu’s undoubted beauty is along its north-east coast and Agni Bay has the air of tranquillity that encapsulated the Durrell family. This hidden beauty is a short a drive from Kassiopi and creates an atmosphere of having your own private beach. Life goes at a slower pace here with a handful of tavernas providing beautiful views across the bay.
The beach here is a mixture of pebbles and sand with the occasional yacht floating across the horizon.
Set against a backdrop of Pantokratoras mountains, Barbati is another of Corfu’s hidden gems. This sleepy village is a collection of holiday homes, villas, a smattering of tavernas and a relaxed stretch of shoreline. Take a walk down to the water’s edge and admire the breathtaking view and sample the area’s beach life atmosphere.
On a clear day you will be able to make out Corfu Town in the distance, all from the comfort of one of the beach bars. While it may be a holiday destination, you will be able to feel like one of the locals in Barbati.
Stroll along the winding cobbled streets of Danilia Village and you’ll see why the producers chose it to film parts of The Durrells. This picture perfect corner of Corfu exudes charm with the narrow arches leading you past churches through squares and down to the serene beach.
The village itself is like a page from history, beautifully renovated to resemble a 1930s Corfiot village. Its mystique has made it a dream for filmmakers with not only The Durrells but the classic James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only being shot here.
Photo credit: Torben Simonsen via Flickr.
As the Durrell children frolic on the beaches and gardens, viewers will be seeing the wonderful splendour of Dassia. This part of Corfu’s eastern coast was a favourite for the programme’s producers with the azure waters of Dassia Beach creating a stunning contrast with the deep pine wood in the distance.
Dassia is a friendly, low-key destination with the beach during the day populated with surfers and windsurfers while holidaymakers and locals make the most of the warm weather. As night falls the bars and restaurants come alive creating a chilled-out vibe which make it an excellent location whether you’re travelling as a couple or family.
When The Durrells landed on the island of Corfu in 1935, they were immediately drawn to the charm and elegance of Corfu Town. Serving as the capital of the island, strolling through the streets will give you the feeling that you have been transported back to a bygone era.
Get swept up in the romance of the city as you discover museums, marvel at its beautiful marina and stop off at a quiet taverna to grab a spot of lunch. Step inside the awe-inspiring Church of Agios Spyridon, tick off some of the filming locations and you will come to realise why the family left Bournemouth behind to live here.
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