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Holidays in Corfu: What to do and where to go

Last updated on November 26th, 2018 at 09:58 am

Holidays in Corfu

Corfu is the greenest island in the Ionian Sea and one of the greenest places in Greece.

During your holidays in Corfu there are plenty to do, enjoy, see and visit.

Lively tourist resorts with nonstop nightlife without limits.

Numerous attractions and monuments that needs days to explore and admire.

Various activities and sports will keep you happy and help to enjoy your holidays in Corfu.

Picturesque mountain villages that look as if time has stood still, to cosmopolitan tourist resorts with excellent hotels.

Countless crowded beaches with emerald waters surrounded by cypress trees and lush vegetation.

Hidden seaside paradises with little or no tourist development for lovers of isolation.

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, 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 north west 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.

The tourist infrastructure is among the finest and largest in Greece with hotels from 2 to 5 star that every wallet can afford plus many more rooms and other accommodation that are scattered throughout the island, and it keeps on improving.

And the people always friendly and willing to make you feel like home.

All these and more is Corfu waiting for you.

What to visit and see in the city of Corfu?

  • The Liston

    It is a complex of buildings facing the Esplanade, with arched ground-floor galleries which the locals call “Volta”.

    Completed in 1814 by the French and in the beginning were used as military barracks.

    Today, the arcades of Liston are the busiest part of Corfu, it is filled with cafes, restaurants and craft shops in general, and is busy all year round .

  • Esplanade square

    One of the largest Europian squares, it was made by Venetians when they demolished about 2000 houses in front of the old fortress for defensive reasons.

  • Corfu Old Fortress

    Originally a natural promontory offering in it`s rocks protection for the residents of the 5th century AD when the ancient city of Corfu was moved here after the destruction by the Visigoths.

    It was converted into a fortress by the Byzantines in the 8th century AD and contained all of the small medieval town.

    The rock was always further reinforced to protect the city from the numerous invasions of the Middle Ages, and gradually the town grew around it.

    Later the Venetians, because of the Turkish threat, strengthened its fortifications, extended the bastions and dug the moat known as the kontra fossa separating the fortress from the land.

    This way the Venetians created an impenetrable triple line of defense both by land and from the sea.

  • Contra fossa

    It is the deep moat which separates the old fortress from land, so deep that you can get dizzy if watching down.

  • Corfu New Fortress

    A masterpiece of fortification, and an architectural marvel of art built by the Venetians from 1576 until 1645 on the hill of San Markos.

    Today it houses the Museum of Ceramic Art, photography, painting, sculpture, concerts and other cultural events as well as the Naval Station of Corfu.

  • Palace of St. Michael and George

    At the top of the Esplanade Square, builded by High Commissioner Sir Frederick Adams in 1819.

  • Municipal Theater

    In the early 20th century it replaced the legendary Nobile Teatro di San Giacomo (which was converted into Town Hall).

    The building was destroyed by Luftwaffe bombardment at 1943 and after that it was demolished and reconstructed as a modern block building that has nothing to do with the beautiful old theater.

    It lays Between N. Mantzaros and Spiros Desylas streets

  • Ionian parliament

    The neoclassical building of the Ionian parliament is at the intersection of Napoleon Zabeli and Moustoxidi streets.

  • Ionian Academy

    One of the buildings which house the Ionian university in Corfu, at The intersection of Akadimias and Kapodistriou streets at Southwest Upper Square of Spianada

  • The Townhall (San Giacomo theatre)

    This was the gallery of noble “loggia nobili”, construction started at 1663, This beautiful building housed the famous San Giacomo theatre.

    Today has retained its beauty and has become the home of the Town Hall.

    It is located at the intersection of Eugene M. Voulgareos and M.Theotoki street.

  • Saint Spiridon church

    On Kalochairetou street, in front of the Heroes square known as ‘plakado toy Agiou”.

    In this influenced by Italian art church lies the relics of the patron saint and protector of Corfu, Agios Spiridon

  • The Cathedral

    The Cathedral, in the old port, with the relics of Agia Theodora, is also very interesting.

  • British Cemetery

    Corfu British Cemetery was opened as a military cemetery in about 1855, and contains 13 First World War burials.

    The 16 Second World War burials are mostly of casualties from destroyers mined in the Corfu channel.

    Is is few yards into Kolokotroni st. on your left if you came from Mitr. Methodiou street.

  • Palaiopolis Archeological Site

    Remnants of the Ancient Doric city of Corfu lying on the way to Kanoni, read more here

  • Jewish Synagogue

    In the center of the Jewish district of Corfu, it has existed since 1800 and was restored in honor of the 2000 Jews which were sent to Auschwitz and exterminated by the Nazis during WW2.

  • Statues of many historic personalities

    There are statues of many historic personalities such as Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first governor of Greece, Sir Thomas Maitland, the first British High Commissioner of Corfu, Prussian marshal Johann Mathias von Schulenburg,who was responsible for repulsing the Turkish attack of 1716, Lord Guilford a British aristocrat and primarily responsible for establishing the Ionian Academy,

    All the above can be seen in or near the Espianade square.

    At the junction of Alexandras Avenue and the Avenue of the Republic, there is an obelisk in honor of the English Commissioner of 1835 Sir Howard Douglas, known to all locals as the column of Douglas.

For all above and more sights read here

Where to go and what to visit around Corfu island

  • Achilleion palace

    See more here

  • Palace at Mon Repos

    The villa was built as a summer residence for the British Lord High Commissioner of the United States of the Ionian Islands, Frederick Adam, and his second wife Nina Palatianou, in 1828–1831.

    Empress Elisabeth of Austria stayed there in 1863, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh born here on 10 June 1921.

    Today it houses the Museum of Paleopolis and belongs to the municipality of Corfu.

  • Throne of Kaizer

    The “Kaiser’s Throne” at the top of the hill above Pelekas village,  is an observatory, a platform hewn from rock, with stunning views, and used at the beginning of 20th century by Kaiser Wilhelm as a viewpoint over the entire island.

  • Aqualand

    A water park with fantastic slides and games for young and older children, is in the middle of the island in the so called Ropa valley at the location of Agios Ioannis, and is one of the largest of these kind of parks in Europe.

  • Pantokrator mountain

    The highest peak in Corfu, attitute is 1000 meters and if visibility and the weather is good you can see as far as the Italian coasts.

  • Pantokrator Monastery at Nymfes village
  • Canal D’Amour at Sidari

    Strange rock formations at Sidari

  • Sidari Water Park Fun Park
  • Mouse island

    The small island at the entrance of Gulf of Halikiopoulos – it is the trademark of Corfu.

  • Kanoni area

    At the site of ancient town, Kanoni with many archaeological remains and an amazing view over Ponticonissi (Mouse Island) and to the south of Corfu.

  • Old Perithea

    An abandoned medieval village located just below the majestic peak of Pantocrator on a plateau at an altitude of 400 meters.

    The village is visible from nowhere except from the top of the mountain and is a typical example of how inhabitants built their villages in the Middle Ages to avoid the attacks and depredations by pirates.

    Today there is an effort for the village revival with home renovations and construction of restaurants for visitors.

    A visit to Perithea is an exceptional experience

  • Mirtiotisa beach

    For more in this page

  • Monastery of Myrtiotisa

    Very close to the beach of Mirtiotissa

  • Venetian shipyards at Gouvia

    The remnants of the Venetian medieval Shipyards

  • Byzantine castle at Gardiki

    In the west coast near Halikouna and the village of Agios Mattheos, the remains of another Byzantine castle builded by Duke Michael-Angelos Komnenos the second, is a twin to Aggelokastro

  • Paleokastritsa Monastery
  • La Grotta Beach

    At Paleokastritsa

  • Paradise Beach

    At Paleokastritsa

  • Corfu Donkey Rescue

    At Paleokastritsa

  • Corfu Aquarium
  • Byzantine castle Aggelokastro

    This castle is on a very high and steep cliff near the village of Krini north of Paleokastritsa next to a monastery.

    Built in the early 12th century AD by the Despot of Epirus Duke Michael-Angelos Komnenos the second

Visit Museums in the city and villages

  • Corfu archaeological museum
  • Museum of Asian art
  • Byzantine Museum of Corfu
  • Museum of Banknotes
  • Solomos Museum
  • Museum of Ioannis Kapodistrias
  • Municipal library
  • Corfu Reading Society
  • Sinarades Folklore Museum at the village of Sinarades
  • Corfu Shell Museum in Benitses
  • Serbian Museum

    19 Moustoxydou Street, with exhibits of the Serbian army, such as photographs, uniforms, arms and ammunition, Serbian regimental flags, religious artifacts, surgical tools and other decorations.

    The remnants of the Serbian Army of about 150,000 soldiers together with their government were in exile for three years in Corfu where they found refuge and shelter, following the collapse of the Serbian Front as a result of the Austro-Hungarian attack of the 6 October 1915.

  • Serbian War memorial at Vido island

    Mausoleum in honor of the 150,000 Serbian soldiers which came with their government in Corfu in 1915 after the collapse of the front, here  are the graves of those who died.

More for all Museums in this page

Holidays must include activities and sports

Fortunately there are many sports and activities all around the island:

  • Water sports
  • Paragliding
  • Diving
  • Equipment for hire
  • Corfu Mountainbike Shop
  • Asprokavos Watersports
  • Corfu Sea Discovery
  • Horse riding club at Roda
  • Nautilus Underwater Experience
  • Captain Homer
  • Captain Spyros’ Pirate Ship
  • No Stress Yachting – Sailing Trips in Corfu
  • Asterios Boats and Watersports
  • Agni Boats Hire
  • Submarine explorations
  • Skydiving and Paragliding
  • Golf Course
  • Surfing, windsurfing and kite
  • Guided Hiking and Camping
  • Kayak and Canoeing
  • Eco Tours
  • Water Ski and Jet Ski

Visiting Corfu`s destinations, resorts and Places

Paleokastritsa: The beautiful Corfu resort
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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... Read More

Sidari tourist resort at north Corfu
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Sidari resort, one of todays 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... Read More

Kavos tourist Corfu resort
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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 beach and Corfu resort
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Messonghi is a small village with 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... Read More

Dassia resort on East Corfu
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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... Read More

Vacations can be more exciting by visiting the most important destinations and resorts:

Starting from northwest and going clockwise, we find 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 north east villages of Kassiopi, Agios Stefanos, Kerasia , Kouloura, Kalami, Agni, Kaminaki, Nissaki, Barbati.

All these are quieter destinations with small taverns and many beautiful bays with very clear waters.

Going south down the east coast we arrive to 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.

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 sand bank only 1 metre 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 neighbouring islet of Vlacherna, just off the promontory of Kanoni.

The most beautiful sunsets in Greece?

Of course in Corfu,  as from any of the west coast viewpoints you will be stunned into silence by the beauty as the sun sinks overt the horizon.

Wherever you enjoy your holidays in Corfu, there will be something exciting and interesting to see, we simply cannot mention everything in the limited space of one page, and we are sure you will enjoy finding your own favourites!

Visit neighboring small islands

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.

Also a visit on the northern Diapontia islands, Othoni, Erikousa and Mathraki 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, 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 St. 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 local and foreign, and night life for purely Greek tastes.

These 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 will never be boring, 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.

Corfu international airport
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Corfu airport is located south of Corfu town west of Garitsa and kanoni and north of the Mouse island with which is almost in straight line, inside the Chalikiopoulos lagoon which was an important wetland... Read More

How do I get to Corfu?
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Most people seem to think that all the visitors to Corfu arrive on charter flights to the island. And certainly these do come from all over Europe nowadays- looking at the arrivals board there are flights... Read More

Corfu`s summer season
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In the 1970s when Corfu first became widely visited by tourists the season stretched from the end of March until early November. Of course the island was not full for all those months, but from May15th-September... Read More

Corfu`s notable foreign residents
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During the British Protectorate (1815-1864) there were a number of notable residents on Corfu, not least the future prime minister William Gladstone, and the landscape artist and homourist Edward Lear, who has produced wonderful watercolours... Read More

Across Corfu island
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The resorts of Benitses and Agios Gordios lie opposite each other, where the island is only about 6 kms wide, but even on the main roads the drive between them takes about half an hour... Read More

Corfu winter period
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A stroll through the old part of town in the evening once the visitors have departed reveals a completely different place to the thriving metropolis seen on a summer's morning. Leave the Esplanade and walk... Read More

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