Last updated on September 16th, 2019 at 10:51 pm
The Best Resorts and Destinations for Holidays in Corfu
With its unsurpassed natural beauty, and one of the greenest and most fertile islands, displaying traces of its turbulent history, old monuments and places of exquisite beauty, unique architecture and style, Corfu has welcomed visitors long before any of the other Greek islands.
Foreign travelers even earlier than 1900 admired its beauty and by 1950 Corfu was well established as a favorite holiday destination.
Many people have chosen it as a second home or decided to live permanently on the island.
In Corfu, you will find holiday destinations with everything, from picturesque mountain villages that look like the time had stopped, to cosmopolitan tourist resorts with large hotels that offer all comforts, places with lively nightlife, huge cosmopolitan beaches and quieter tourist resorts with emphasis on the beauty of the environment.
You will visit emerald sandy coves, multifarious consecutive bays with pebbles and crystal clear water, and completely secluded beaches, idyllic places for romantics.
The tourist infrastructure is among the best and largest in Greece with hotels from 2 to 5 stars for everyone, also a large number of rooms and other accommodations are scattered throughout the island.
Resorts and tourist destinations
There are numerous holiday resorts and marvelous destinations on this magnificent island suitable for everybody. Looking for brief tourist guides about all? See them all below.
It is almost impossible to enumerate all resorts, but the most important starting from the northwest and going clockwise are:
Arillas, Agios Stefanos Avlioton, Peroulades, Sidari with the famous Canal d’Amour, Roda, Acharavi and Agios Spyridon, all these are beaches and tourist resorts.
They are followed by the northeast villages of Kassiopi, Agios Stefanos, Kerasia, Kouloura, Kalami, Agni, Kaminaki, Nissaki, Barbati.
All these are quieter destinations for relaxing holidays with small taverns and many beautiful bays with very clear waters.
Going south down the east coast we arrive at Ipsos, Dasia and Kommeno, all cosmopolitan tourist spots, followed by Gouvia, Kontokali, and Alykes of Potamos.
South of the City of Corfu, we reach Perama, Benitses, Moraitika, and Messonghi, all of which are large beaches resorts very popular among holidaymakers.
Followed by the fishing villages of Boukari and Petriti, both with tavernas with fresh fish.
Alykes beach at further south can be visited by boat where there is a sandbank only 1 meter deep a long way out at sea and a wildlife sanctuary on the shore.
At the southernmost point is Kavos offering lively nightlife for teenagers, such as Laganas in Zante and Malia in Crete do.
If you are a bit older we suggest that you visit Kavos only for educational purposes, to see how the very young like to play.
During the day though you will probably have the lovely sandy beach almost to yourselves as these visitors tend to only come out at night and party the night away.
At the west coast from north to south we find places as Agios Georgios Pagon, Paleokastritsa, Ermones Myrtiotissa (nudist beach,) Glyfada which is very cosmopolitan and always busy, Pelekas and Kontogyalos popular since the arrival of the first hippies, then Gialiskari, and Agios Gordios.
Then come some undeveloped but magnificent beaches such as Gardiki, Alonaki, and the vast stretch of Halikounas and neighboring Issos.
These are followed by the more developed beach resorts of Agios Georgios(St. George south), Marathia and Vitalades, and in the far south are the small almost deserted beaches of Kanoula and Arkoudila.
Many of these beaches have been awarded a blue flag because of the purity of their water, These long sandy beaches are among the best in Greece.
On the island there are also two lagoons, the northernmost lake of Antinioti, and in the southwest is the lagoon of Korission, each with its special biodiversity.
But of course, there is no end to what you can see during your holidays in Corfu, even as you land you will probably fly over Pontikonissi (Mouse Island) and the neighboring islet of Vlacherna, just off the promontory of Kanoni.
Old Corfu town and Traditional villages
The old town of Corfu, full of vibrant colors and narrow streets between tall medieval buildings, will make you feel like you are in another era.
The traditional villages that retain the traditional look are a tourist attraction too, especially attractive in our opinion are Spartilas and Strinilas at the Mount of Pantokrator, old Sinies village, Lakones above Paleokastritsa, and various other villages of the northwest interior.
The villages of Stavros and Agioi Deka, near to Benitses are well worth the walk, and old Perithia village is a formerly abandoned village now being gradually restored to life, and in true Corfu style, the first buildings to be repaired have become tavernas and cafeneions.
Corfu neighboring small islands
Of course, no one who enjoys a holiday in Corfu should miss a visit to Paxos islands.
Paxos is an island that has been called one of the 20 most beautiful islands in the world, where among other things to see are the huge sea caves with turquoise waters, far larger and more beautiful than other similar Ionian islands caves.
Also, a visit on the northern Diapontia islands, Othoni, Erikousa, and Mathraki respectively, is a real experience and gives the visitor a chance to glimpse another world, with a slower pace of life – a fascinating world to discover.
There is also the island of Vido, opposite the old port of the city, a small paradise in an area of only 540 acres, the island is sacred to Serbs as there is a Serbian war cemetery there, containing the bodies of 1st World War soldiers.
On the island, there are no roads, but just trails for walkers, a restaurant and bar, a pleasant beach popular with the townsfolk, camps for children and young people, and the historic restored church of Saint Stefanos.
There is a legend that Vido island used to communicate with the old fortress through an underwater tunnel built by the Venetians, we do not know if this is true, but the Venetians had the ability to do it, since underground tunnels linking the two fortresses of the city do exist but sadly are not accessible to the public.
The name of the island is not Vidos as incorrectly reported by many, but “the island of Vido” and takes its name from a former owner called Guido Malipieri, Guido was simply paraphrased to Vido.
Holidays and nightlife
In Corfu island, there are places with nightlife for every taste, fun purely for young people both locals and tourists, and nightlife for purely Greek tastes.
These places are mostly in the north of the city, but everywhere you will find bars for those who love good music and all kinds of restaurants offering culinary treats.
At Kaizer bridge, for example, there is a restaurant where you can eat your dinner on a platform built out over the sea.
Using a car is not essential, although it can be very useful if you want to see as much as possible.
Whatever your tastes are, Corfu certainly can be your favorite Holidays destination, Corfu is an island of huge interest and endless natural resources, an island that offers high-quality holiday standards in a variety of locations with natural beauty.
All Corfu resorts in detail
Erimitis area is the Northeastern tip of Corfu island, very close to Albanian shores. It starts from Agios Stefanos area in the East and stretches up to Kassiopi borders at the North Coast.… Read More
Next, to Korission lake there is a small cedar forest that separates the two large sandy beaches of Chalikouna and Issos. The Korission Lagoon is a very rich wetland and a place where local people fish, Very small shrimps abound in these waters as well as many species of fish.… Read More
Under Paleokastritsa and to the south, the mountainous area of the west coast continues down to Ermones and further south until it joined with the mountain of Agion Deka in the center of the island. It consists of high cliffs that end abruptly on the west coast and cut off the beaches from the mainland.… Read More
Paleokastritsa has been called the jewel of Corfu, set on a number of bays separated by small promontories, and on the headland farthest out to the sea is the beautiful monastery, still working and occupied by cat-loving monks, and containing the famous icon of the Virgin in its church.… Read More
Sidari resort, one of today’s largest tourist destinations on the island lies on the north and west coast of Corfu. Looking out to sea the islands of Erikoussa, Othoni and Mathraki can be seen, and regular boat trips can be enjoyed, giving the visitor a chance to explore them- the Diapontia islands, belonging to Greece but set on the way to Italy.… Read More
Is a small village with simple apartments and villas, where people can enjoy the wonderful sandy beach of Loggas below the cliffs, and see the famous sunset from the top of the cliff. There are some stunningly beautiful village houses here, decorated archways and lintels show that this was once a flourishing community.… Read More
Roda is one of the older villages on the north coast where tourism has been well established for many years.
The heart of the village is, of course, the sandy beach which is lined with shops, bars, and tavernas, but there are a number of establishments tucked away up side streets and over the crossroads at the rear of the village.… Read More
This was a village, clustered round the well in the middle a few years ago, but it is now a small town, with banks, supermarkets, schools, etc. The old village can be found but has to be searched out, hidden behind the modern buildings fronting the main road, ends on the lanes leading down to the sandy beach.… Read More
Kavos is on the southernmost edge of the island of Corfu, inside the region of Lefkimi and 45 kilometers distance from Corfu town, currently is the most popular tourist destination on the island.… Read More
Messonghi is a small village with a very large beach and also high tourist development due to its rich tourist infrastructure. It is located on the east coast of Corfu, some 18 kilometers south of the city and the airport, next to the large tourist resort of Moraitika, by which is separated with the river of Messonghi.… Read More
In the south east coast of Corfu and 18 km from the airport is the busy resort of Moraitika
The old village of Moraitika sits on a hill at the base of which lies the modern resort stretching down to the shore.… Read More
The village can be seen from far away as it is situated on a hill overlooking all central Corfu. At the top of the hill is a viewpoint, said to have been a favorite spot of Kaiser Wilhelm 2nd who used to walk across from his palace in Gastouri.… Read More
Dassia was the site of Europe’s first Club Mediterranee, its promontory now empty and awaiting development by its new owners.
The sand and shingle beach is popular with families, as it is fringed with hotels, tavernas, and bars catering for every taste.… Read More
Ipsos lies in a large bay at the foot of Mount Pantocrator, Corfu’s highest peak. It is lively, with water sports and a diving school, and dolphins are often spotted frolicking out at sea. At the southern end is a small harbor with fishing boats and boats for hire, and if you walk inland from here there is the small village of Analipsis.… Read More
This village set on a large bay has long been a popular holiday resort, but it now has an added attraction- the island’s largest marina, always bustling with yachts of all sizes from many nations. This means that a large selection of bars and tavernas have sprung up, offering plenty of choice for visitors.… Read More
Kassiopi is on the northeast tip of Corfu, looking across the narrow channel to the Albanian port of Saranda.
It has played a major role in the island’s history, as can be seen by the impressive ruins of the castle overlooking the harbor, It is said that Nero watched a play in the theatre.… Read More
An endless sandy beach in Northwest Corfu is the beach of Agios Georgios of Pagoi, it includes the entire bay south of Porto Timoni.
It is one of the largest and quieter beaches of Corfu, is a very laid back, relaxed resort, not overly commercial, and appealing to those wanting a quiet holiday, but with things going on that they can join in if they choose.… Read More
Is the summer resort of the beautiful village on the hill- Sinarades. It used to be where the villagers grew their crops, but now it is a bustling resort with a good choice of hotels, villas, and apartments. Souvenir shops are found in the single street which leads to the beach.… Read More
Barbati resort was until recently a stony beach beloved of Corfiots who came to picnic in the olive groves at weekends, but a sudden building craze has turned it into a lively, vibrant resort which has become very popular with holidaymakers.… Read More
Issos is a huge sandy beach surrounded by Chalikounas at the north, the beach of Saint George at the south and Korission lake at the east. Is one of the best Corfiot beaches, belongs to the village of Chlomos, about 20 kms from Corfu town on the west side of the island.… Read More
Chalikounas beach may not be the most beautiful, after all this is relative and according to everyone`s tastes, but it is definitely the largest beach in Corfu. A strip of sand in southwestern Corfu stretches for several kilometers between the open sea of the northern Ionian sea and the Lake of Korission.… Read More
The Korission Lake is located on the southwest coast of Corfu, about 20 miles from the airport, just behind the beach of Chalikouna and next to the beach of Issos.
It belongs to the wider area of Agios Mattheos Village, which is located at the north.… Read More
Glyfada is one of Corfu’s most beautiful beaches- a long sandy stretch at the bottom of an olive and cypress covered hill- looking out across the sea to Italy. There is one large hotel on the beach, and many villas and apartments on the slopes of the hill. It is definitely a place for beach lovers, as there is no village as such, although you can walk to Pelekas and Vatos.… Read More
This dramatic cove on the west coast of Corfu is one of the places claiming to be the place where Odysseus landed and found the lovely Princess Nausicaa and her ladies washing their clothes.
If he arrived now he would find a wide choice of places to stay- all of the high quality. The large hotel on the cliff top has been joined by several boutique establishments, set in attractive grounds and spread across the bay.… Read More
These two bays are great favorites with visitors who return year after year and really feel ‘local’. The large sandy beach of Agios Stefanos attracts many people, there are often quite big breakers here, but the water stays shallow for quite a long way, making it ideal for families.… Read More
Myrtiotissa is located between the villages of Pelekas and Vatos, just next to cosmopolitan Glyfada beach on the western coast of the island, it looks isolated and safe place, one of the reasons that since the decade of the 60s it became the only beach in the island of Corfu where nudism was officially tolerated.… Read More
The cosmopolitan Kanoni is one of the most famous Corfu sights, covers the entire peninsula south of Corfu Town, in antiquity there was the ancient city of Corfu founded in the 8th century BC by Dorians who came from Korinth, (a Greek town near Athens), with the ancient temple of Artemis, the monuments and the citadel at the present location of Analipsis.… Read More
The name means small island- and it is still there, now linked to the mainland, and containing one of the island’s oldest taverns.
On the surrounding slopes of Mount Pantocrator, there are many apartments, villas, and also two large hotels. It is a spread out area, however, from Agni in the north down to the bridge over the ravine dividing it from Barbati.… Read More
Is a name covering several small resorts beloved of visitors who generally visit by boat? This part of the coastline is studded with small bays which can be enjoyed in peace and quiet even in August. However the beaches here are stony, and swimming shoes are a good idea.… Read More
Going along the coast road from Messonghi it is difficult to know exactly where Boukari begins….there are numerous small fish tavernas, and quiet bays where people can picnic, but then you round a bend and see the small harbor, and this is the heart of this hamlet.… Read More
A casual visitor here might be surprised by the sight seen recently on the quayside- four Moslem crew members doing their midday prayers- but Petriti, although a very traditional Greek fishing village, also embraces the 21st century, and crews now come from further afield if needed.… Read More
At the southern edge of Corfu, opposite Paxos, we find the cape of Asprokavos and a little further north and on the west coast the cape Arkoudilas. These are virgin areas without tourist development, thus unchanged for hundreds of years natural landscape consisting of a series of high cliffs parallel to the sandy beaches at the edge of southwest Corfu.… Read More
Gardenos beach is situated in the southwest end part of Corfu and is the beachside of the traditional village of Vitalades. Distance from the town of Corfu is quite large, about 30 km from the airport but it is worth the drive. The region took its name after the small river which flows into the sea and separates Gardenos into two regions.… Read More
Santa Barbara Beach has been named after something that only the locals know, we although Corfiots do not know, we only hope it is not related to a television series that referred to some Santa Barbara in America, it would be very bad taste.… Read More
Another huge, golden beach with fine sand in southwestern Corfu is Marathias. It is the beach of the homonymous village of Marathia and is about 30 kilometers distance from the city of Corfu.… Read More
Agios Georgios Argyradon lays about 33 km south of the city of Corfu. It is also known as Saint George south to stand out from the homonymous location at the northwest of the island. It is not a traditional village with permanent inhabitants but the sandy beach of Argyrades, a large, traditional village in south Corfu.… Read More
Northwest of Corfu, on the way to Italy there are 3 small islands, Othoni, Erikoussa, Mathraki and several smaller islets as Diaplo, Gravia, and others named Diapontia, they form the westernmost island cluster of Greece.… Read More
Of course, no one who is in Corfu should miss a visit to Paxos.
An island that has been called one of the 20 most beautiful islands in the world, where among other things to see are the huge sea caves with turquoise waters, far larger and more beautiful than those of the island of Zante.… Read More