Ermones is a small resort in the centre of the west coast of Corfu about 20 minutes outside Kerkyra. It lies in the Ropa Valley in a beautiful bay with many pine forests and olive trees. There’s not a huge selection of hotels but there are a few large hotels around the beach, some that even offer apartments with private pools. The beach consists of gravel and sand and is boarded by hills and there are a few sunbeds and umbrellas at the beach. It is also a Blue Flag Beach. Ermones is much preferred by diving and the experienced swimmers, there is also a diving school. Near the beach are ancient ruins found dating from the Bronze Age. There are a handful of tavernas where you can go for a nice evening meal or a few drinks so it’s not completely deserted. There are a few supermarkets and a car hire shop too so although it’s quiet there’s still a good range of facilities. Also close to Ermones are the resorts of Glyfada and Pelekas, the beaches of Myrtiotissa and Kontogialos as well as the Corfu Golf club.
Vatos is a village in the western coast of Corfu near to Ermones, Mirtiotissas beach, Glyfada and Kontogialos . Vatos is built on an aspect of the mountain of Ai Giorgis, hidden away from the sea because of the fear of bygone pirates.
Even though Vatos is not mentioned in official documents before the 16th century, around the village are some edifices which are testimony to the fact that the region had been resided in the past. One of these edifices is the church of Ai Giorgis built at the top of a hill, probably in the end of the Middle Ages. But also the parish church of Vatos, Agios Nikolaos, maintains an old part, which according to its murals, dates back to the 13th century. you find nice architecture of the old houses, yards in full blossom and you can enjoy your coffee or your meal in one of the traditional coffee shops or small taverns.
Map of Mirtiotissas Beach