Corfu – Cosmopolitan with exotic beaches and stunning landscapes

Still today, despite the changes caused by time, on Corfu you can feel the spirit of a distant glorious past. The stunning landscapes, the multi-cultural heritage, the historic monuments, the crystal-clear sea and the warm, pleasant climate explain why Corfu is one of the most cosmopolitan Mediterranean travel destinations.

Top 10 things to do in Corfu

Map of Corfu and the Ionian Sea

Corfu Beach Guide

Things to do in Corfu

Things to see in Corfu

Angelokastro

How to get to Corfu?

Ferry Services and Flying Dolphins

Weather and climate in Corfu

Kassiopi marina in Corfu, Ionian Sea Greece
Kassiopi marina in Corfu

Top 10 things to do in Corfu

  1. Explore Corfu Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  2. Visit the landmark of Corfu, Pontikonisi Islet
  3. Spend a day at the bluegreen waters and beautiful coves of Palaiokastritsa
  4. Visit Corfu town during the Easter festivities
  5. Taste Sofrito, Pastitsada and Bourdeto and the local liquer Kumquat
  6. Visit the Achilleion Palace
  7. Enjoy Spianada Square in the evening when the local are hanging out
  8. Visit the famous Canal D’Amour between Peroulades and Sidari
  9. Go on a daytrip to the nearby islands of Paxoi and Antipaxoi
  10. Visit the village of Kavos and enjoy the lively nightlife
The famous Canal d'Amour in Corfu, Ionian Sea Greece
The famous Canal d’Amour in Corfu

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.

Map of Corfu and the Ionian Sea

Map of the Ionian Islands Greece
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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.

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Corfu, a very green island

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.

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.

Corfu Beach Guide

Travel to Corfu, Greece - Porto Timoni beach - Photo Chris Karidis
Porto Timoni beach (the Twin beach) – Photo Chris Karidis

Go exploring the stunning coastline of Corfu, where beautiful beaches are nestled in sandy coves – some wide and some quite small. Some of the best beaches are in Paleokastritsa, Dassia, Kontokali, Glyfada, and Kavos, surrounded by mountains and green forests.

The coastline of Corfu 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.

Organized beaches

  • Paleokastritsa beach – Sandy, family friendly, diving club, water sports – 23 km north west of Corfu Town 
  • Agios Gordios beach – Sandy, family friendly – 16 km south west of Corfu Town 
  • Bataria Kassiopi beach – Sandy, family friendly – 37 km north of Corfu Town 
  • Kavos beach – Sandy, party, water sports – 47 km south of Corfu Town 
  • Arillas beach – Sandy, family friendly, water sports – 35,5 km west of Corfu Town 
  • Barbati beach – Pebbled – 19 km north of Corfu Town 
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Partly organized  beaches

Kassiopi beach in Corfu, Ionian Sea Greece
Kassiopi beach
  • Myrtiotissa beach – Sandy, nudism friendly – 17 km west of Corfu Town 
  • Issos beach – Sandy, family friendly, windsurfing, secluded – 28,5 km south of Corfu Town 
  • Halikounas beach – Sandy, family frinedly, windsurfing, secluded – 25 km south of Corfu Town 
  • Nissaki beach – Pebbled, family friendly, diving club – 21 km north of Corfu Town 
  • Avlaki beach – Pebbled, family friendly – 37 km north of Corfu Town 
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 Non-organized beaches

Travel to Corfu, Greece - drone view of beach with bathing people
Drone view of beach in Corfu with bathing people
  • Rovinia beach – Pebbled, secluded – 20 km west of Corfu Town 
  • Gialiskari beach – Sandy, family friendly, secluded – 15 km west of Corfu Town 
  • Peroulades beach – Pebbled – 36 km north west of Corfu Town 
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View of Halikounas beach and Lake Korission, Corfu, Ionian Sea Greece
View of Halikounas beach and Lake Korission

Things to do in Corfu

Boat trip to Antipaxos island from Gaios port in Paxos, near Corfu, Ionian Sea Greece

CORFU TOURS

TOURS, TICKETS & ACTIVITIES

Corfu offers great opportunities for a load of activities like diving, horseback riding, hiking, biking, windsurfing and sailing.

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Islets around Corfu

Caving in Corfu

Sea and land caves are abundant in Corfu and well worth exploring. Myths and legends accompany a number of these caves and locals will gladly regale you with action-packed stories about pirate raids that forced fleeing villagers to seek refuge in the island’s caves.

Klimatia Cave (also called Anthropograva Cave)

Klimatia Cave (also called Anthropograva Cave) located close to Klimatia village in the northern part of the island just a few metres off the road that leads to Agia Triada Monastery.
Grava Loutson cave which you’ll find at the foot of Mount Pantokrator in the north, close to Loutses and Old (Kato) Perithea villages near Kassiopi.
Sea Caves dot the coast of Corfu so when you’re in Paleokastritsa on the north-west coast take the opportunity to rent a small boat and explore these underwater masterpieces. Water taxis abound in this area so rely on the locals to take you to the most impressive caves and isolated coves.

Diving around Corfu

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Discover a magic world diving in Corfu

Begin your underwater excursions in June – it’s the ideal time for this sport as the sea starts to warm up. If you’re a beginner, take advantage of your time in Corfu to get trained and licensed. There are diving centres as well as PADI resorts located in all the popular areas, including Agios Gordios, Paleokastritsa, Kassiopi and Ermones. If you’re already licensed, ask the local diving teachers for advice on which areas are off-limits to scuba divers and where you should be wary of strong currents. Some areas are best explored with a local diver who’s familiar with any potential dangers.

Wildlife in Corfu

The Loggerhead seaturtle (Caretta-caretta) at Zakynthos island
Loggerhead sea turtle

Corfu’s protected habitats are the best places to see a variety of animals in their natural environments. Lake Korission and Antinioti Lagoon offer opportunities for nature-lovers to observe a variety of birds, turtles and terrapins. Vido Islet is home to pheasants, hares, partridges and rabbits. Also, a number of lizard species inhabit Corfu’s mountains.
Volunteering in Corfu: If you’re looking for a more hands-on and rewarding experience, there are volunteer organisations on the island that provide visitors and locals a chance to help abandoned or abused animals heal.
Corfu Donkey Rescue in Liapades is a safehaven for abused and abandoned Corfiot donkeys that not only welcomes visitors throughout the year but also trains volunteers in the everyday care of the donkeys.
The Silva Project in Kanoni, also a charity, helps shelter and heal Skyrian horses in need and runs a riding centre that provides therapeutic riding lessons for children as well as regular classes. Tel.:+30 26610 30280

Bicycling in Corfu

Travel to Corfu, Greece - Twin Bay
Twin Bay, Corfu

Corfu is a popular destination for cyclists, attracting over 6000 enthusiasts each year who roam the island’s sprawling road network as a way of getting a taste of authentic Corfu. Bike paths leading to ancient olive groves, sleepy villages and intriguing monasteries offer another view of this beautiful island that is often overshadowed by the busier tourist attractions and destinations.
Corfu Mountainbike Shop (Dassia)The Corfu Mountainbike Shop has a long history of providing organised eco-friendly cycling and mountain biking holidays. Phone: +30 26610 93344

travel to Corfu, Greece - clear blue sea and cliffs
Peroulades, clear blue water and cliffs

Hiking in Corfu

Hikers and walkers from all over the world head to Corfu as a way of exploring the island’s natural landscape, traditional village life and beautiful beaches.The Corfu Trail: This specially designed walking route is an ideal way to immerse yourself in Corfu’s authenticity while visiting a number of important natural and cultural sites. The Corfu Trail (www.thecorfutrail.com) began in 2001 and spans the length of the island from south to north. 

Horseback riding in Corfu

If you love horses and long saunters through beautiful scenery, then Corfu will delight you. The island’s natural landscape with lush valleys, ancient olive groves, winding donkey paths and mountain trails is perfectly suited to exploring on horseback.
Trailriders Horse Trekking (Ano Korakiana) Run by Sally-Ann Lewis, a British expat, this riding school close to Mount Pantokrator caters to both beginners and experienced riders. Nearby woods and farms create a beautiful and varied backdrop for horse trekking.
Phone: +30 26630 23090

Sailing around Corfu

Corfu Sea School (Gouvia Marina): This RYA-approved training centre offers a range of excellent courses in an ideal environment and promises to explore the many natural wonders Corfu has to offer with its students.
Phone:+30 26610 97628 

Mountaineering on Corfu 

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Corfu, view towards Albania

Advanced mountain climbers will enjoy trekking up Mount Pantokrator (1000 metres) in the north which rewards your efforts with stunning views of the island and the Albanian mainland across. At the summit you’ll also find a café and a 17th Century church. Begin your trek at Old Perithea village that dates back to the Middle Ages and is reportedly Corfu’s oldest Venetian-era settlement.
Before setting out, seek advice and safety tips from the Corfu Mountain Climbing Club Phone: +30 26610 39481

Windsurfing around Corfu 

Corfu is a very popular windsurfing destination and kite surfing is gaining momentum amongst watersports fanatics. The west coast of the island offers the best wind conditions due to the landscape and rock formations.
If you’re a beginner, opt for a windsurfing or kite surfing holiday in May or July as winds in August can be quite strong. If you’re eager to start your training, there are schools in Issos beach.

Birdwatching on Corfu

Corfu is an interesting and rewarding destination year-round for bird watchers, where sightings of over 150 species of native and migrating birds delight both amateur and professional ornithologists. Fall and spring mark the peak of the birdwatching period, where over 90 species – many of them rare – pass through the island.

Things to see in Corfu island

Pontikonisi with Vlacherna monestary at the Kanoni peninsula in Corfu, Ionian Sea Greece
Panagia Vlacherna monestary at the Kanoni peninsula

Ancient Site of Palaiopolis: Located approximately 2 km south of Corfu Town within the Mon Repos estate in the Kanoni area, Palaiopolis is the site of the ancient city of Corfu and includes the Ancient Agora (only a few sections are visible), the 6thC BC Doric Kardakio Temple dedicated to Poseidon or Askleipion, and Roman Baths built in the 1stC AD. 

Monument of Menecrates: This 6thC BC grave monument features one of the oldest surviving Ancient Greek inscriptions. The 10-verse text dedicates the monument to Menecrates, a Corfiot statesman, in honour of his contribution to Corfu town. It is located in Garitsa.

Pontikonisi in the bay of Corfu, Ionian Sea Greece
Pontikonisi and Panagia Vlacherna monestary at the Kanoni peninsula in the bay of Corfu

Palaiopolis Museum (Mon Repos mansion): Visitors will find exhibits and artifacts found in Palaiopolis, including household, commercial and religious objects that reveal interesting aspects of the private and public lives led by the ancient Corfiots. Only 3 km from Corfu Town, the museum is easily accessible. 

The sculpture of Achilleus in Corfu Town (detail)

Angelokastro

Angelokastro (Northern Gate)
Angelokastro (Northern Gate)

Angelokastro ( “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.

How to get to Corfu?

Travel to Corfu, Greece - Plane landing
Plane landing on Corfu

The Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport is located around three kilometres south of Kerkyra, just half a kilometre north of Pontikonisi.

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Ferry services and Flying Dolphins

Paxos-Corfu, tourists boarding ship

The island is linked by two motorways, GR-24 in the northwest and GR-25 in the south.
Corfu has ferry services both by traditional ferries to Gaios in the island of Paxoi and as far as Patras and both traditional ferries and advanced high-speed ferries called Flying Dolphins to Igoumenitsa and Sarandë in neighbouring Albania. The small port of Lefkimmi is also to be found at the southernmost tip of the island on Cape Kavos, offering a ferry service to the mainland.

Weather and climate in Corfu

The climate of Corfu is unique, a bit different from the rest of the Greek islands. Corfu is the northernmost island in Greece, characterized by mild winters wih heavy rainfalls and summers cooler than in other parts of Greece. Temperatures in Corfu never exceed 39 degrees Celsius. Another characteristic of Corfu (common for the Ionian Islands) is the important level of humidity which gives the island it’s lush, green nature. 

AprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
Air16°24°28°31°32°28°23°
Sea16°18°21°23°24°23°21°
Rainfall7521169
Average air and sea temperature in Corfu in °C
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