On the north coast of Corfu, 38.5 km from Corfu Town is Roda, one of the oldest villages in Corfu, and one of the most popular family resorts, as it harmoniously combines tradition with the comforts of modern life.
There are two beaches, one small which is located to the west, near the small fishing port and the large (3 km in length) which is essentially a continuation of the adjacent western beach of Acharavi and connects with that of Almyros Beach on the eastern side. It is a Blue Flag beach with characteristic golden sand and clear, shallow water, which makes it especially suitable for children. It is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas for hire and offers a wide variety of water sports for families to enjoy.
There is a Water Park in the area as well as beach volleyball, basketball, hiking and horseriding. A municipal bus service is available for those who do not wish to drive. Car, jeep, motorcycle, bicycle or boat rentals are available should one not wish to rely on public transport to visit neighbouring areas or beaches (Kassiopi, Acharavi, Almyros, Sidari, Paleokastritsa).
There are many interest villages to explore i.e. the old village of Sfakera on the slope of the hill, the small traditional village of Nymfes with its postcard pretty waterfall, and Karousades, a large village, where the restored Theotokis mansion, home to several artists, writers and political activists, has pride of place.
Roda has good infrastructure and is equipped with supermarkets, souvenir shops, tavernas, restaurants and bars. It has nightlife and provides entertainment for all ages.
Various accommodation options are available i.e. hotels, apartments or studios to suit all needs and budgets.
The area is of archeological interest as excavations in the 1960’s uncovered remains of an ancient temple. It was discovered inside the settlement of Roda, very close to the coast. The temple is 21.40 m long and 11.65 m wide, dating back to the 5th Century. It was constructed from local stone, which has been significantly eroded by water.
The main church is divided into two parts, the treasury (vestibule) and the nave, where the cult statue and the tributes were housed. Only the foundations of the temple have survive, from this it can be determined that the temple had a six column colonnade on the narrow sides and eleven on the long ones.
The columns were monolithic. The colonnades supported the roof and protected the faithful from the elements. A few parts of the clay and marble architectural decoration of the church have been saved, as well as fragments of figurines and relief tiles. Along the facade of the temple extends the altar of the temple, which is 2.30 x 12m in dimension, and was used to make offerings and sacrifices. Finds from the excavation are on display at the new Archaeological Museum of Corfu.