Corfu is one of the most popular and beautiful islands in Greece. With a wealth of natural beauty and a rich culture that spans centuries, it is blessed with a gentle, magnetic appeal that draws visitors back to the island year after year. Its diverse and stunning coastline offers everything from glorious golden beaches to enchanting white-pebbled coves. Inland, the scenery is equally as spectacular with an abundance of charming, traditional mountain villages where you may still encounter local people in traditional costume and even donkeys, reflecting a much slower, more relaxed way of life that Greece is so famous for.
Corfu has an immensely long and chequered history. Renowned as a place of beauty, culture and hospitality since ancient times, the island plays its part in many ancient myths and legends. Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Venetian powers have all held fort on Corfu's shores and although excavations are relatively few there are many traces of these great powers to be found all across the island and in the main town itself.
Corfu Town, the capital of the island, is dominated by two hugely impressive Venetian fortresses and is surrounded by the azure Ionian sea. Graced with the inspired architecture of several different cultures the old town is a delight to explore with a maze of elegant, narrow streets, tiny avenues and numerous Byzantine churches. These streets lead you to the beautiful, sophisticated arcades and cafes of the Liston, a perfect area for watching the world go by. Shopping here is excellent and provides for all tastes. From chic little boutiques and hand crafted jewellery shops to leather and art studios, Corfu has it all.
Corfu, a place for everyone!
Although a relatively small island Corfu has plenty to offer all members of the family, from the very young to the more elderly. Many beaches around the island offer various kinds of water sports and boat hire is available as well as car hire to explore the island from top to bottom at your leisure. Across the island there are many activities to be found, including excellent water parks, an 18 hole golf course, horse riding, cycling and tennis, amongst many other things. Likewise, for evening entertainment and eating out there is something for everyone. Whether your tastes are traditional or modern, all resorts offer an excellent variety of tavernas, restaurants, cafes and bars.
Popular Resorts of Corfu
Kassiopi has blossomed from it origins as a quiet little fishing village into a small, beautiful and bustling resort which has something for everyone, from families to couples and groups. There are several shingle beaches within an easy five to ten minute stroll of the village. The pretty harbour is a centre for day trips and is lined with smart cafes,restaurants and bars, making it a perfect spot for relaxing and watching the world go by. Kassiopi also boasts a wide range of gift shops with something to cater for every taste. There are many more excellent tavernas and bars scattered throughout this small village striking a perfect balance for both those who wish for a quiet, more traditional atmosphere and those who enjoy some lively nights with music and dancing.
Avlaki is a beautiful, sweeping bay located between Agios Stephanos and Kassiopi. Backed by just a few villas and two excellent tavernas, this beach is a favourite with locals and tourists alike as it tends to be very quiet with crystal clear water, perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Sunbeds and parasols can be hired for a small fee and visitors to this stunning beach are guaranteed a peaceful time relaxing in the sun and watching boats come and go in the bay. Avlaki can easily be reached by car or on foot. From Kassiopi a lovely walk will take approximately half hour. Likewise, it is possible to walk to St. Stefanos and the beach at Kerasia, enjoying stunning views and perfect photo opportunities along the way.
Known by regular visitors as St.Stefanos, this tiny bay is renowned as being one of the most attractive places to stay on the upmarket north-east coast of Corfu. This picturesque little village has a charming, traditional and wonderfully peaceful feel to it and many people return for their holidays time and time again. An excellent collection of tavernas and cafes huddle side by side along the pretty harbour front, together with several gift shops and mini markets. St. Stefanos has its own shingly beach for sunbathing, relaxing and watching pleasure cruisers and smart boats going in and out of the bay. This area is beautifully surrounded by heavenly landscapes, has wonderful views from every angle and it is a perfect spot for walkers. Stunning beaches can be found in every direction from here and motor boats are available for hire to reach more secluded bays and other resorts.
Sitting side by side on the beautiful east coast these are two of Corfu's prettiest and most photographed destinations and the emphasis is on relaxation and tranquility. Dramatic and stunning coves are found all along this area overlooked by lush green landscapes of olive trees and cypresses. Kalami is famous for the Durrell family who once occupied the White House, which is now an exellent taverna with the waves lapping its sides. This tiny, upmarket resort has several bars and tavernas spread along the beach front and is a well known area for water sports and motor boat hire. Its neighbour, Kouloura is a stunning horseshoe-shaped little bay, with a quiet taverna and bar overlooking the beautiful harbour.
A stunning little place on the northeast coast of Corfu, Nissaki has a glorious collection of white pebbled coves and is ideal for those who wish for peace and relaxation. There are plenty of walks and hiking trails in the area with Mount Pantokrator as an amazing backdrop, you can hire a motor boat and explore secluded bays or go snorkelling, scuba diving and swimming in the crystal clear waters. Several tavernas and shops can be found here and other resorts are close by if you wish for more in the way of nightlife. Kassiopi is around a 20 minute drive away as well as the beautiful small beach villages of Kaminaki, Agni and Kalami.
Sidari is a highly popular destination on the north west coast of Corfu, with visitors returning year after year. It is spread out over a wide area and one of its main attractions is the long sandy beach. Throughout the resort is a vast array of cafes, bars and restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisine from Greek to British, Italian, Chinese and International. There is plenty of entertainment and many bars offer karaoke, quizzes, tribute acts and dancing. Nearby is the famous Canal D'Amour, with its unusual rock formations, tiny coves and channels which are ideal for sunbathing and swimming. Located close to the village of Peroulades and the stunning Logas Beach, also known as Sunset Beach, Sidari is highly recommended for families and groups hoping for plenty of nightlife and entertainment.
Situated on the northern coast between the sea and the rolling hills, Roda is approximately 20 minutes drive from Kassiopi. It is renowned for its long stretch of fabulous sandy and pebbly beach which it shares with the neighbouring resort of Acharavi. The Roda coast road runs parallel to the beach and is lined with an array of shops, bars, tavernas and restaurants. Visitors can enjoy Greek and international cuisine at its finest and many bars offer evening entertainment such as karaoke, quizzes, singers and the fun and enjoyable Greek dancing. This charming, small town makes a perfect getaway for people of all ages and nationalities and everyone is certain to enjoy Greek hospitality at its best.
Paleokastritsa is one of the most photographed places on the island of Corfu, if not in the whole of Greece. Its dramatic coastline, absolutely stunning scenery and the lush green landscape that surrounds it is unrivalled. Located on the north west part of the island there are many little sandy and pebbly beaches with turquoise waters dotted along the bay and excellent bars and tavernas are spread around them. Sunbeds and parasols are available for hire on the beaches and if you wish to visit a more secluded bay you will find a water taxi at your service. A beautiful 18th century monastery sits on the hilltop overlooking the town and visitors can visit and take in the fabulous views. The main town of Corfu is approximately a half hour journey away. Paleokastritsa is a must see for all visitors.
Gouvia, on the east coast of the island is in close proximity to the main town and the airport, approximately 9km. Once a small fishing village and built on the site of an ancient Venetian harbour it now hosts the main marina on the island where many yachts and smart boats moor during the summer season and from where visitors can try their hand at sailing activities. Several sandy, shingle and pebbly beaches are located in the area with watersports and fun activities all catering for the many visitors that arrive during the season. Gouvia village has many things to offer the tourist such as gift shops, bars, cafes, tavernas and restaurants which cater for all ages and tastes. An excellent bus and taxi service allows quick access to the main town and all its sights. Gouvia is close to other resorts in the near vicinity such as Kommeno, Kontokali and Dassia. An ideal destination for visitors of all ages and nationalities.
Connected to the nearby resort of Gouvia by a coastal road, Kontokali is also in close proximity to Corfu's main town and conveniently located in easy reach of the airport about a 20 minute drive away. Excellent cuisine can be found at several very good tavernas and for those who prefer the quieter pace of life the nightlife here is much more low key than in other resorts. Being so close to Gouvia the two resorts almost converge into one and are within walking distance of each other. Visitors can easily pop along to Gouvia for livelier evenings and more restaurants and bars. The main shopping area here is also in Gouvia and a small supermarket can be found at the marina. Kontokali is ideal for people who want rest and relaxation in a quieter setting but can reach other areas and resorts easily.
Kommeno Bay is a stunning and very tranquil area, surprisingly located very close to Corfu Town and nearby busier resorts. Quiet, winding roads lead to smart hotels and villas in this exclusive part of the island and beautiful, scattered beaches and little coves of sand and shingle are dotted below the hotels and along the bay. The more bustling resorts of Dassia and Gouvia, with its marina, are within a short distance and easily reached. A stunning little church is located in a picture perfect position, jutting out in the bay and allowing for fabulous holiday photographs. Parasailing and water skiing are available here and the superb waterpark at Aqualand is a short drive away. Conveniently located about 20-25 minutes from the town and the main airport.
Kavos is at the southern tip of Corfu and is one of the most heavily commercialised and busy resorts on the island. Known as the clubbing capital of Corfu it is mainly aimed at young people and in keeping with its party reputation it is heaving with music bars and nightclubs that keep holidaymakers going all night long. There is a vast array of tavernas and restaurants serving all types of cuisine from Greek to Italian, Chinese and Mexican as well as many fast food outlets located throughout the resort. Kavos is a very large resort and has a long sandy beach for relaxing and sleeping off a heavy and fun night. The main strip of this resort runs parallel to the coastline and away from the bars there is plenty to do to fill your days as the sun-drenched beach has an excellent variety of watersports.
If you are looking for a resort to stay with a sandy beach then Moraitika is the perfect solution. Conveniently located on the southeast coast only 20km from the main town of Corfu and the airport, Moraitika offers the perfect holiday destination for an excellent, fun family holiday. You will be guaranteed service and quality at numerous traditional tavernas, there are lots of bars to choose from for fantastic nights out with music, singing, dancing, karaoke and quizzes offered at many places as well as Greek music and dancing. The scenic sandy beach is close to the centre of the village and there is an excellent diving centre here for the more adventurous who may like to try their hand at scuba diving. A fabulous and relaxing holiday is guaranteed here for people of all ages.
Messonghi neighbours Moraitika on the southeast coast of the island and they are separated by a pretty river that meanders its way inland. Just 20km from the main town and Corfu airport, this lovely resort has a beautiful sandy beach and is well suited to groups and families or anyone wishing for a lively location. There are many bars, cafes and restaurants, also souvenir shops and even fast food outlets catering for all tastes. For those wishing for a quieter time there are plenty of low key bars and tavernas to be found as well. Even during high season the beach doesn't get overcrowded and there are plenty of sunbeds and parasols for hire. Another of Corfu's popular resorts and suitable for all ages and nationalities.