Last updated on February 28th, 2021 at 01:25 pm
You have read reviews, viewed websites, saw photos, read tourist guides, and made your choice for your summer vacation.
So you already choose that this year’s place for your summer dreaming vacation will be the island of Corfu.
The perfect choice, indeed!
And that’s because Corfu is a magical island that will fascinate you. It has something for everyone and it will certainly not disappoint you. On the contrary, there is the fear of winning you over forever, there is no doubt and we are not the only ones saying that!
You have already booked rooms in a hotel or in apartments in your vacation spot.
Everything looks perfectly organized and you can not wait for the time when your plane will land at the Corfu airport.
As you wait impatiently for this time, other thoughts come to your mind.
Things like, what can I do on this island to make the most of it? or What to see without losing the most important ones?
It is very natural, and it is better, believe us, to know everything you can do in Corfu before you even come.
This article was written for this purpose, to introduce you to the best things you can do in Corfu.
Be sure that we searched a lot and our list will definitely help you, after all, we live permanently on the island and we know better than anyone what will really make your trip to Corfu most enjoyable.
Let’s go then.
1) Explore the old town of Corfu (Kerkyra)
It is the historical center of the island and the first impression of Corfu for those who reach the island from the sea by ferry.
Without a doubt, a walk in the old medieval city of Corfu, where the Venetian influences dominate, is something that definitely you must do.
Here you will find the most important monuments of the island. And you will get lost inside the narrow streets of the old city. Time will pass quickly before you realize it.
1a) Walk in The vast Esplanade square
How would you like a walk in the largest square in the Balkans and maybe in Europe?
It is the Esplanade, a huge square between the old fortress, the Liston buildings, the facilities of the nautical group of NAOK, and the Palace of Michael and George to the north.
In the northern part cricket matches used to be played, but today is a parking lot.
In the southern part of the square, you will see the Stern and the kiosk right in the center, where in recent years the Easter Resurrection ceremony is usually held.
So, one of the things to do in Corfu definitely is to walk where centuries ago the nobles of the island used to take their Sunday walk.
1b) Have a drink in Liston
After your walk in the square, you will seize the opportunity to relax in one of the many cafes in Liston.
This pedestrian area of Liston features buildings of French architecture. Built-in 1807 during the French occupation as replicas of the Rue de Rivoli in Paris.
They were made to house troops of the French army, at the west of the square and at the eastern end of the city.
Today, the Liston galleries are the busiest part of Corfu, it is full of cafes, restaurants, and craft shops in general and is one place that is busy all year round.
1c) Visit the Palace of Saints Michael and George
Visit the largest palace in Greece, second only to the palace of King Otto in Athens, the current parliament. It is located north of Spianada.
The first you will see is a large row of Doric columns with two gates, the gate of St. Michael and the gate of St. George.
In the garden, you will see the statue of Commissioner Frederick Adams made by the Corfiot sculptor Pavlos Prosalentis.
Outside there are engraved representations of the Ionian Islands and inside around the main hall are scenes from the Odyssey.
The columns of the first floor are of Corinthian rhythm.
There are three main rooms: the ballroom, the room of the throne, and the banquet hall.
This palace has from time to time housed: the Ionian Islands Senate, the former Greek royal family, and the 1994 European Union summit.
Today, inside the Palace You can visit the Museum of Classical Antiquities, the Asian Museum of Corfu, and the Municipal Gallery.
1d) See St. George’s Church in Old fortress
This building is an imitation of an ancient Greek temple and was built by the English between 1815-1860 inside the old fortress of Corfu.
It is a Christian church, dedicated to Saint George.
The columns on the front side are of Doric rhythm.
Visiting the courtyard is free anytime, but you can enter only when the temple-church is open.
1e) See the old district of Kampielo
Kampielo is the name of the northern district of the old town.
Almost the most characteristic part of the city in terms of its Venetian character with the very narrow streets called kantounia and the very tall buildings.
Small openings reveal some small squares jumping out between the buildings.
If you sit in the middle of a street and open your arms you will touch the walls of the opposite buildings.
The District exudes an air of other times and is worth getting to know it.
1f) See Corfiot history alive at the Casa Parlante Museum
The Casa Parlante Museum opened in March 2014.
Its name, of course, comes from the strong Italian cultural influence in Corfu.
Located in an old building in the center of the old town of Corfu. It is essentially a copy of the interior of a typical old mansion of the 18th-19th century in Corfu, in order to represent the daily life of the nobles of the 19th century.
There are moving figures and sounds of that time, to create an authentic and exciting experience.
Casa Parlante has won the Greek Entrepreneurship Award in 2013, under the name “Corfu Living History”.
2) Explore the fortresses on Corfu island
Corfu has a reach and turbulent history of gun battles and battleships. Therefore you can find many remains of medieval fortresses scattered around the island.
These fortresses were built in strategic positions during the medieval era and earlier, so they could change signals to communicate with each other. The defense of this island was always a very important factor for every ruler throughout the long timeline.
2a) The Impressive Angelokastro
It was built at the beginning of the 12th century AD by the Byzantines, on a steep and high rock a few kilometers north of Paleokastritsa.
If you have the strength to climb the many steps and reach the fortress you will enjoy a spectacular view.
Here you will also find the church of the Archangels which was built in 1784 on the site of an older church.
Also, the Agia Kyriaki built in a small cave with paintings of the 18th century.
Angelokastro (Angelo’s castle) saw many sieges but never fell.
2b) Awe-Inspiring Old Fortress
One of the most important monuments of Corfu.
The oldest fortress of the island that from the 5th century AD and during the Middle Ages housed the first small medieval town.
There were many buildings inside the fortress that have now been demolished.
Now you can still find the buildings of the old English hospital, the Doric style church of Saint George, and several buildings that house government services, such as the ephorate of antiquities of Corfu.
There is also a coffee bar.
The old fortress is open all day and is the ideal place to explore the old bastions and imagine their history.
It is a masterpiece of architecture and fortification art while offering visitors the best views of the city, the harbor, and over the sea to the mountains of Epirus.
2c) The Majestic New fortress
The fortress that protected the city of Corfu from the West, is located north and west of the city and its walls reached the sea in the bay of Garitsa, today most of them have been demolished.
It is an admirable monument left by the Venetians in the cultural heritage of Corfu.
It is really worth visiting.
The museum of ceramic art, photography exhibitions, ceramic art, sculpture, are all inside the fortress.
From time to time we have some happenings like concerts and other events here.
Do not forget the naval station of Corfu which is hosted in the fortress.
2d) Ruins of Gardiki
The castle in Gardiki was built by Angelos Komninos at the same time as Angelokastro.
It is located in the area of Halikouna in southwestern Corfu and is located at a strategic point, from where it controls the western side of the island and is in visual contact with Angelokastro.
Concerts and other events take place in the ruins of the castle, visit it.
2e) Ruins of Kassiopi fortress
Kassiopi Castle is located on the northeast coast of Corfu above Kassiopi.
It was one of the three castles of the Byzantine period that defended the island before the Venetian era.
There was a defensive triangle, with the cliff at Gardiki guarding the south of the island, Kassiopi to the northeast, and Angelokastro to the northwest.
Its location on the northeast coast of Corfu, which controls the Corfu canal that separates the island from the mainland, therefore it has a significant advantage and increased strategic importance.
Kassiopi fortress is definitely one of the most important defensive remains in the Ionian Islands
3) Taste the wonderful Corfu Food
While in Corfu, it is impossible not to try the delicious delicacies of Corfiot cuisine.
In all the good restaurants on the island, you will find the unique recipes of Corfu such as Pastitsada, sofrito, Bianco, and Bourdeto.
4) Visit Aqualand water park
In Agios Ioannis area in Central Corfu.
Aqualand is the top waterpark in Europe and one of the largest Water Parks worldwide.
Definitely, a place you must visit if you want to get a great combination of fun, relaxation, and a great dose of adrenaline.
In Aqualand, you will find 51 slides, pools, and a wide variety of other games suitable and fun giving for all young and older kids.
All kinds of water attractions are here and the many facilities will make your day exciting until the last moment.
You can have a relaxing time here under our beautiful maple trees, as well as thrilled and adrenaline-rich on our water slides.
5) Book and get a daily cruise with a boat trip
In almost every tourist resort of Corfu, you can try daily cruises that take you to well-known and unknown nice parts of the island, as well as to neighboring islands, such as Paxos and Diapontia, or on the opposite mainland.
Also, a day visit to Albania will satisfy your curiosity.
It is the well-known island hope of the Aegean, just here the options are fewer but equally exciting and fun.
6) Go Sailing
In Corfu, there are many opportunities for sailing lovers.
Here you will find sailing companies that organize excursions with sailing boats, rent boats, or boats. Some companies even offer offshore sailing lessons.
Take advantage of the many opportunities not to miss your favorite hobby during your vacation.
7) Visit the Royal Achilleion Palace
The beautiful neoclassical Achilleion building was built in 1890 by Empress Elizabeth of Austria on a property originally owned by the philosopher and diplomat Petros Vrailas Armenis, on the site of the former “Villa Vraila”.
It is located 10 km south of Corfu town and three km north of Benitses village, on the edge of Gastouri village.
It is an attraction that one can not miss while in Corfu.
Here you will see great works of art.
It is Dominated by the two statues of Achilles and great paintings, sculptures of ancient gods and heroes. But also due to the famous outdoor gardens and an amazing view of the city of Corfu is worth visiting.
8) Drive to Mount Pantokrator
The highest mountain of Corfu in the northeastern part of the island, only 900 meters its highest peak.
From here, however, you have the best view of the whole island, Albania in the northeast and if the atmosphere is clear, something difficult for the summer months, you can even see Italy.
Here is the monastery of the Pantocrator that celebrates the 6th of August. There is a coffee bar but also many antennas of radio, television, mobile telephony that emit strong radiation.
For this reason, we do not recommend staying for many hours. An hour’s visit is enough to admire the landscape.
9) Make a trip to Palaiokastritsa
One of the most beautiful sceneries of Corfu.
Paleokastritsa is really very picturesque and becomes more beautiful when you see it from above.
From the village of Lakones located on the mountain that surrounds it from the north, you have a spectacular view of the small beaches and capes that form its diverse shores.
At the largest cape, there is the famous monastery of Paleokastritsa which is visited by thousands of tourists.
Among its exhibits are the bones of a whale that once hatched on the wild rocks of the area.
Definitely, a visit to Paleokastritsa is a must.
9a) See Paleokastritsa Monastery
On the top of the largest cape of the coast of Paleokastritsa.
From here you will see far away to the northwest the castle Angelokastro, perched on its rock from 1100 AD to protect the area since then.
In the monastery there are various exhibits, in one room there are old traditional tools used in the old olive mills and various traditional village exhibits.
In another room, the bones of an unfortunate whale washed up on the rocks of the shore.
9b) Freeze in Paleokastritsa Beaches
Indeed, Paleokastritsa has many beaches, the busiest on the coast of the settlement and the most isolated a few kilometers in the surrounding area.
They all have crystal clear waters but also very cold, that’s why the expression freeze!.
This is due to a very cold stream that starts from the Adriatic Sea and ends in the area.
Of course in the summer with the unbearable heat, the cold sea becomes enjoyable.
9c) Visit the Corfu aquarium in Paleokastritsa
A museum of living marine life with also many species of fauna of Corfu.
Take advantage of the Corfu Aquarium to discover the underwater world of Mediterranean life! In the huge aquarium, you can watch many species swimming live.
Species are very well cared for, with responsibly! So come and see them live!
9d) Get aboard the Corfu Sea Discovery ship in Paleokastritsa
Meet the “Corfu Sea Discovery”, a glass reef ship that started operating in 2008 in Corfu in order to highlight the amazing coast of Paleokastritsa.
Through the submarine windows of the ship and under your feet you will see the fascinating marine life that exists in the wonderful caves of the area.
10) Enjoy the gorgeous Corfu beaches
Corfu is a unique island. You certainly have not explored its beaches yet, so it’s time to do so. Its endless coasts together with its clear emerald waters make Corfu an island with the most beaches in Greece.
10a) Discover Corfu’s best beach Rovinia
Many say that Rovinia is the most beautiful beach in Corfu.
It’s a relatively small and secluded beach with fine pebbles near Paleokastritsa.
Very picturesque with crystal clear waters and a tiny cave in the southern part.
You can also reach it from the land via a narrow path.
If you are in the area or wandering around Corfu, it is really worth visiting.
10b) Find Mirtiotissa Beach
It is located on a secluded coast of western Corfu, near the homonymous monastery of Myrtiotissa.
You must visit it because it is very small and cute and because it was once the official nudist beach of Corfu.
It presents the phenomenon with the sand being lost over the years but recovering again after decades.
10c) Go to Issos and Chalikounas Beaches
Definitely one of the first things you should do in Corfu is to visit the two largest beaches of the island.
Here you will gaze at the islands of Paxos in the background over the endless and hot sand and the flat sandy area of western Corfu that bears no resemblance to the fertile northern part of the Island.
At Chalikounas you will enjoy the open sea, the big waves, and the almost permanent breeze that comes from the Ionian Sea. These are beaches for lovers of sailing, windsurfing, and adventure.
10d) Swimm at Agios Gordios beach
If you want to get to know a typical sandy and busy beach of Corfu, you should also plan a visit to Agios Gordis.
Wonderful beach with many shops, restaurants but also rich and exotic nightlife in the many clubs that almost touch the sea. A taste of Caribbean flavor.
10e) Dive in Canal d’Amour in Sidari
A gentle stroll along the coast of Sidari brings the visitor to the famous Canal d’Amour. Where people can swim through an archway of sand into the open sea beyond.
Canal d’Amour is the French name for the Channel of Love. A very famous and nice natural formation of sandstone rocks, corrosive by waves and winds. This makes it one of the best and unique beaches on Corfu.
According to a tradition, the first person you meet while swimming between these rocks will become your other half forever.
A natural beautiful beach, difficult to find elsewhere in the world.
10f) See the dramatic Cape Drastis
The westernmost tip of Corfu.
Drastis cape is the tip of loggas beach in Peroulades.
You can visit it and discover a different scene in Corfu as it is a nice and rare geological phenomenon that looks magnificent from the top where the view down causes vertigo.
11) Explore Corfu nature
If you don’t explore the nature side of Corfu what else can you do on this island?
The Corfiot nature is unique, varied and it will constantly surprise you by the changes in the landscape and the beautiful mountain villages, the hidden deserted beaches that are always intertwined with the busy tourist areas.
11a) Try the paths of Erimitis Corfu
Erimitis is located at the northeastern tip of Corfu, very close to the Albanian coast.
A pristine paradise, full of small cute coves-beaches separated by small capes that give beautiful scenery to the landscape, most of which are accessible from the sea.
Here you will have the opportunity to come in direct contact with pristine nature, untouched by tourism development.
You will browse isolated beaches where wildlife has found its ideal refuge.
Pebble peaceful beaches with little sand, the waters are extremely clear.
Ridding on a horse is one of the most exciting ways to explore the area.
11b) Sail to Lazaretto islet Corfu
Lazareto is an islet of 70 square kilometers, in the bay of Gouvia, just 2.5 km away from Gouvia and Kontokali.
It is uninhabited now but it was an island with a long history and not necessarily pleasant.
There was a church dedicated to the Lady of Nazareth (La Nazaret in Latin). The word paraphrased to Lazaretto. The current name of the islet probably came from it.
Later a monastery and a leprosarium were built there, and much later it was used as a place of detention, torture, and execution of political prisoners, mainly during the Greek Civil War (1945-1949).
Very unpleasant and dark historical past for this beautiful small island.
11c) Walk to Vlacherna and Pontikonisi Islets Corfu
The two small islands, trademarks of Corfu.
Vlacherna took its name from the Virgin of Vlacherna in Constantinople and is joined with Kanoni by a short bridge.
Pontikonisi was named so perhaps because of its shape that resembles a small mouse (mouse is pontiki in Greek).
It used to be inhabited by Pontian monks who lived in the monastery of the Pantocrator.
So, another theory about the name is that it comes from them, as a corruption of the word Pontius to Pontikos.
Access to the island is very easy through the small boats located in Vlacherna.
11d) Discover the abandoned Old Peritheaa village
Visiting Peritheaa is one of the best things you can do in Corfu.
Peritheaa is an abandoned medieval village located below the majestic peak of Pantokrator. On a plateau in the mountain at an altitude of 400 meters.
Are you curious to see how a dead village can be reborn?
Sure you are.
Then you must visit Peritheaa.
To see how the old houses are restored and to taste the local specialties served in the new restaurants created there.
11e) Go Mountain Biking Around Corfu
Corfu is an island with mountains, plains, and valleys. Most important it has a very dense road network with small paths in and around those mountains.
Therefore is the ideal place for hiking and biking.
Here you have the opportunity for luxury cycling holidays and corporate events.
Let Corfu’s unmatched natural beauty, inspire your passion for cycling or biking on an adventure of a lifetime.
This is our list of the best things that you can do in Corfu.
Surely there are much more equally or more enjoyable, but these are a good basis for you to start and help you to enjoy your Corfu holidays to the full.