Last updated on May 5th, 2021 at 01:44 pm
Not only is Corfu one of the most history- and mythology-rich Greek islands, but this Ionian gem is also the greenest island in Greece. There’s so much to do and explore here.
Of course, you may decide to spend most of your time there sunbathing, sightseeing, and enjoying the delicious local cuisine, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
However, if you want a more active holiday, Corfu won’t disappoint you. There are plenty of outdoor activities to try on the Emerald Island. Here are our top picks.
If you’re vacationing in Corfu and you know how to swim, you mustn’t miss the opportunity to learn how to scuba dive! You will be given all the necessary equipment, and you’ll embark on a guided scuba diving tour that will leave you speechless.
There’s plenty to see in the clear Ionian sea, from beautiful reefs and various kinds of fish to old shipwrecks. That’s right — there are adventure tours that let you explore the numerous shipwrecks around the island, but bear in mind that they are only for experienced divers.
Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) takes inspiration from surfing, but it’s a much more laid-back activity. So instead of surfing the waves, you get to float on a board on the water propelling yourself forward with a paddle.
You can try this on the beautiful Dassia beach, where you will be given all the necessary equipment. SUP is a great idea if you want to have a chill day at the beach, but still try something new and exciting.
It may be an ideal activity for families with kids, who are afraid other, more challenging adventures, such as scuba diving, might be dangerous.
Whenever you’re at sea, cruising is a great option for a splendid day outside. You’ll have plenty of options to experience the magnificent island by water, but if you have a bit more money to spare, you may opt for a private yacht cruise.
This is a great option for those vacationing with a group of friends. By booking a private cruise, you get to enjoy magnificent views of the island and its surroundings. You can also go for a swim in the clear water, or just crack open a cold one and enjoy the breeze on your sun-kissed skin.
There’s no better way to explore the island than by taking a bike tour. You can rent a bike and roam around on your own or take a guided tour. You don’t have to worry about the level of difficulty because there’s something for all levels of physical fitness.
Whether you decide to see the Old Town of Corfu or focus on the lush nature of the island, you won’t be disappointed. You can visit the countryside, villages, and forests. Corfu is mountainous, so you can even go on a mountain-biking adventure.
A cycling tour is already a great idea, but how do you feel about quad bikes? You can take an adrenaline-inducing quad safari tour with an experienced guide. You can ride through the beautiful nature of the island and experience its tradition in a completely different way.
If you’ve never ridden one of these before, there’s no need to worry, as you’ll be given detailed instructions on how to operate it.
Instead of booking some fancy accommodation, why not turn your Corfu stay into a full-on outdoor adventure? There are not many campsites on the island, but they offer all the necessary amenities to make you feel welcome.
You may try Dolphin Camping in Sidari Bay or a cozy campsite in the village of Roda.
You usually have to bring your own tent and other necessities, but you may also choose to stay in a bungalow.
If you didn’t come to Corfu prepared for a camping adventure, don’t worry — you can even sleep under the stars since nights are warm, and there are many DIY camping tricks that can help you adjust in no time.
So far, we’ve talked about enjoying Corfu from the ground or water, but how about soaring above it? Whether or not you’ve tried paragliding before, you’re bound to have the time of your life gliding over the Corfu coastline.
You don’t need any previous experience to try it — only enthusiasm! The guides will take you to a launchpad at sea on a speedboat. There, they’ll fit you with the necessary gear and brief you on everything you need to know.
The flight is only 5–7 minutes long, but it could be the best thing you experience on your entire vacation.
These activities are only some of the things you can do in Corfu. The magnificent island has something for everyone, and no matter your preferences, you’ll surely have a great time!
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