Corfu (often known as Kerkyra) is an incredible Greek island that based in the Ionian Sea just off the West coast of Greece. It’s one of the most beautiful island destinations out there, not just in Greece, so it’s an ideal place to visit for those who are travelling the Mediterranean. One of the first islands to really embrace tourists back in the 19060s, there is a huge variety of resorts so no matter what your style of travel, you’ll have something to suit. Corfu can be used as a starting point of you holiday journey, some more experienced travellers tend to do Corfu as a last stop. For example, by using yacht charter in Mykonos, they start their journey on the Aegean Sea, and then start their climbing journey through the Ionian Sea, to the top of Greece.
We’ve compiled a list of some of all that you need to know about Corfu including it’s vibe, the best beaches, what to eat and drink, activities, sight-seeing and more.
Corfu is a wonderfully beautiful setting, with an incredibly colourful backdrop of sea, evergreens, buildings and sunsets. Corfu is close to the mainland but has access to the Adriatic Sea, which has meant for a colourful history — the remnants of which are astonishing Byzantine fortresses. And while a historical gem for many, it is also a lively destination with visitors all year round. Corfu Town is a fantastic cosmopolitan location and also part of a UNESCO World Heritage site known as Corfu Old Town.
Where to Stay
If you want to stay in Corfu Town, you’re best looking for an Airbnb as accommodation isn’t so easy to come by compared to other parts of the island. There are resort hotels on the outskirts but also boutique townhouses including Bella Venezia and Siora Vittoria.
Some of the best beach hotels will be a great alternative, including MarBella, Ikos Dassia,Mayor La Grotta Verde Grande at Agios Goridios and the Corfu Imperial Grectoel at Kontokali. In the rugged north of the island, you’ll find loads of small villages, where for people rent villas in the hills.
Over in the West you’ll get access to fantastic coastal scenery and smaller resorts that are popular with those travelling alone or looking for something within a budget. There are many hostels with Agios Gordios including the Pink Palace, Sun Rock and Liapades.
What to Eat (and drink)
The food in Corfu has a huge Italian influence including slow-cooked meat dishes, pasta, polenta and tomato-based sauces. Some Corfiot dishes worth trying are sofrito, pastitsada, and bourdeto. There’s a microbrewery scene in Corfu which produces naturally brewed real ale, while liqueur is made out of Kumquats. And for a special treat, make sure you have a taste (or more) of fig puddings! These small, leave-wrapped bundles are a real tase sensation!
Some of the best beaches in Greece are located on Corfu with many different types, from white sand to rock formations and coves. Paleokastritsa has a number of lovely ones including Agios Spyridon and La Grotta. Agios Gordios is a versatile beach with waters, sand and dramatic cliffs — as well as activities like watersports and entertainment.
Sidari is a beach resort with famous rock formations, while Paradis Beach is a small but lovely pebble beach.
What to do
Check out the Old Fortress in Corfu Town, or the Byzantine Museum which showcases a vast collection of religious artworks. There’s also Kassiopi Castle, Angelokastro and the Monastery of Paleokastritsa if that’s more of your vibe.
How about hiring a speedboat and exploring the north east coast with tavernas and beaches. Or go scuba diving at the numerous dive centres.
One of the best ways to see the scenery is from a boat, so considering boat hire corfu is an option and has a wide range of budget and luxury choices available to suit everyone’s needs.
If you’re looking for something a bit different than the norm check out the list below:
- Corfu Donkey Sanctuary. Open year round, this is a lovely spot to visit donkeys while supporting a great cause
- Venetian Shipyard. If you are close to Gouvia, there are some lovely 18thcentry remains, with a little Ipapanti Chruch too.
- Korission Lagoon. Sale, horseride and birdwatch at this idyllic location, perfect for those who are lovers of nature.
- Hike the Corfu Trail. The trail spans nearly the entire length of the island at 220km. It can be slightly challenging so make sure you’re up for the adventure before you set off as some parts are not well-waymarked and there’s not mass amounts of accommodations.
Traditional villages. Stop by some of the traditional villages in Corfu including the inland town of Lefkimmi as well as Argyrades, Lakones, Chlomas, Vatos and Pelekas village.
How to get there and get around
If you are flying, Corfu International Airport is served by domestic as well as international airlines. Located 3km south of Corfu town, it is a spectacular view upon landing.
Connecting the airport to the city’s bus terminal and the main city stop is Line 15. From which you can catch a city bus around Corfu Town. Or check out Green buses to access destinations around the island.
Roads can be steep, but car hire is an ideal way to explore the island.
Corfu has an international ferry/cruise ship port if that’s your preferred method of travel.