Touring in the Ionian islands: Corfu

View of Paleokastritsa, Corfu2nd stop: Corfu island

Corfu (Kérkyra) is a Greek island situated in the Ionian Sea. It is the second largest of the Ionian Islands, and, including its small satellite islands, forms the edge of the northwestern frontier of Greece.

The north-eastern coastline of Corfu lies off the coast of Albania, from which it is separated by straits varying in width from 3 to 23 km, while the south-east side of the island lies off the coast of Thesprotia, Greece.

Mountainous inland of CorfuMountainous inland of Corfu – Photo by Smrcek, Czech Republic, www.smrcek.com
 

Two high and well-defined mountain ranges divide the island into three districts, of which the northern is mountainous, the central undulating, and the southern low-lying. The more important of the two ranges, that of Pantokrator stretches east and west from Cape Falacro to Cape Psaromita, and attains its greatest elevation in the summit of the same name.

Mountain road in CorfuWoman with her donkey, Corfu villageFrom Mount Pantokrator, looking towards AlbaniaOlive grove in Petriti, Corfu

The second range culminates in the mountain of Santi Jeca, or Santa Decca, or the Ten Saints. The whole island, composed as it is of various limestone formations, presents great diversity of surface, and views from more elevated spots are magnificent.

Beaches

Boats and rocks in Paleokastritsa, Corfu

Boats and rocks in Paleokastritsa on Corfu island – Photo by Michaela Kobyakov, Austria
 
Sunset on Corfu IslandPlaza at Agios GordisKalami Beach, CorfuLonely beach in Acharavi, Corfu - with deck chairs and sun shade
Lonely beach in Acharavi, Corfu – with deckchairs and sun shade – Photo by Michaela Kobyakov, Austria
 
Channel of Love at Sidari, CorfuBay of Palaiokastritsa, CorfuAgios Georgios Bay, Corfu

Beaches are found in Agios Gordis, the Korission lagoon, Agios Georgios, Marathia, Kassiopi, Sidari, Palaiokastritsa and many others.

Beach of stone slabs and a boat under a blue sky, Albanian mountains to be seen in a distanceBeach of stone slabs and a boat under a blue sky, Albanian mountains to be seen in the distance – Photo by Michaela Kobyakov, Austria
Bay of Garitsa, CorfuFishing boats at Kasiopi port, CorfuRow of sailboats in the habor of the small fishing village of Petriti, CorfuCorfu coast

Corfu’s coastline spans 217 km including capes. The full extent of capes and promentories take in Agia Aikaterini, Drastis to the north, Lefkimmi and Asprokavos to the southeast, and Megachoro to the south. Two islands are also to be found at a middle point of Gouvia and Corfu Bay, which extends across much of the eastern shore of the island; are known as Lazareto and Ptychia (or Vido). Camping areas can be found in Palaiokastritsa, Agrillia, with four in the northern part, Pyrgi, Roda, Gouvia and Messonghi.

Angelokastro

Angelokastro (Northern Gate)

Climbing the steep steps to AngelokastroAngelokastro, view from the battlementsThe church of Archangel Michael at AngelokastroAngelokastro ( “Castle of the Angel[s]” or “Angelos’s castle”) is one of the most important Byzantine castles in Greece. It is located at the top of the highest peak of the island’s shoreline in the northwest coast near Palaiokastritsa and built on particularly precipitous and rocky terrain. It stands 1,000 ft (305 m) on a steep cliff above the sea and surveys the City of Corfu and the mountains of mainland Greece to the southeast and a wide area of Corfu toward the northeast and northwest.

Things to do on Corfu

Corfu offers great opportunities for a load of activities like diving, horseback riding, hiking, biking, windsurfing and climbing. You’ll find further info and links on our Corfu page

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