Holiday in the island of Corfu Greece
The island of Corfu, also called the “emerald island” in the Ionian Sea, attracts about one million tourists each year. A thing that no longer surprises anyone, for the simple reason that every resort on Corfu has the potential to charm any pretentious visitor. Tourists from all walks of life and all ages have the guarantee that Corfu will find at least one place to their liking, from tranquil resorts with blue lagoons and dreamy landscapes to relaxation to places where fun never end.
This article shows the island of Corfu, church Saint Spyridon and each resort has a short description and a link to the extensive guide. For the “lazy” ones who do not want to read the detailed guides, you also have some recommended accommodations (the recommended accommodation in this article is on the site with more details). More on the site there is an article on vacation planning on Corfu Island.
North of Corfu Island Acharavi and Roda
Find a whole tourist guide about Acharavi here: Tourist guide Acharavi, Corfu Island.
Acharavi is the largest city in the north of the island of Corfu. One of the main reasons why Acharavi deserves to be visited is the scenery. From the beach, see nearby resort Roda, Erikoussa Island and the mountains of Albania. The resort is perfect for a quiet stay between the hills and the sea. Thus, even if the taverns and bars are open late in the night, Acharavi is a place appreciated by tourists with families or couples.
The road from Corfu Kerkyra up there is no longer than 40 kilometres. Acharavi beach is the longest beach on the island of Corfu and stretches for 3 kilometres. About 50 meters from the shore, the water level does not exceed the size of an adult.
It is equally appreciated, though smaller, is the nearby resort Roda. The former fishing village is located in a plain at the base of green hills of olive groves. Roda is a good starting point for short hikes to Pantokrator, the highest peak on the island, olive groves or ruins of ancient settlements around the resort. Such a goal is the Doric temple of the 5th century BC, which is said to have been built in honour of Apollo.
From the capital of the island of Corfu to Roda, the road runs through a mountainous area, and the bus journey lasts about an hour and 15 minutes. The beach of Roda is sandy and pebble and, because it is more extensive than others in the area, visitors can also find isolated portions, slightly populated by tourists. With low prices and dynamic nightlife, Roda is the right destination for fun hunters. In Roda clubs live music is played, comedy shows or Karaoke evenings.
The beach of Agios Georgios, Afionas and Arillas
Thirty-five kilometres from Korfu Town, Agios Georgios, is a typical Greek haven. The natural beauty of the place, unaffected by tourism, is the main attraction of this small resort, hidden in a bay and surrounded by whole hectares of greenery. Here you will not find large restaurants or hotels, gaudy disco or fun parks. The place is sought after by those who prefer the hospitality and the Greek tradition to the fun. The Agios beach with fine sand and gold and emerald water is the best place to relax.
When you enter Afionas, you feel like you are in another world. With cobbled stone streets narrow and tangled like a labyrinth, old white houses with blue windows, the village is one of the most beautiful on the island. Located on the west coast of Corfu Island, at about 300 m altitude, the place offers an unforgettable view, especially at sunset, when the sun seems to sink into the Mediterranean Sea.
Another suitable resort for a relaxing stay in the northwest of the island of Corfu is Arillas, 35 kilometres from the capital of Kerkyra. The two kilometres from the beautiful sandy beach of Arillas between two bays are, Agios Georgios (south) and Agios Stefanos (north), about 30 minutes away. From the beach of Arillas, you can see the three water cliffs in the middle of the water, Kravia, Gineka and Sikia.
Arillas resort is not great and is recommended to couples or families who want to enjoy a beach holiday in a pleasant atmosphere. Of course, as in the other tourist places on the island, here you can practice windsurfing, water skiing, and other activities of this kind. Arillas is a tourist destination and off-season. Annually, there is a wine festival and a beer festival with international participation.
Male Resorts and Nissaki Resort
Approximately 20 kilometres away from town Corfu, to the north, there are Barbates. The resort is known for its white-covered beach, over a kilometre long, and crystal-clear water. Especially in this village is the fact that it is located on the eastern coast, right at the foot of Mount Pantokrator, the highest on the island (906 m).
Ideal for those who are not fans of crowded areas, the resort promises to impress, being an oasis of tranquillity surrounded by greenery. The beach of Barbati was awarded the Blue Flag, which ensures tourists will find quality conditions here. Moreover, the Corfu old town and the coast of Albania and Greece can be admired here.
Nissaki Resort, 25 km from town Corfu, is one of the oldest in the northern area of the island. In Greek, Nissaki means “the little island”. It is said that in the past, the village was an island that over time joined with the rest of the territory, from where the name of the resort. Nissaki is a small place with old, clubless air, with only a few bars and taverns where traditional dishes are served.
Being located near the Pantokrator, this resort is surrounded by abundant vegetation that contributes to the unique landscape. The beach in the resort is covered with pebbles and protected from one side by the other by some rocks. So here the sea is always calm and clean water like the tear. Nearby some bays are beautiful for snorkelling or diving enthusiasts such as Agni, wildlife, Karminaki or Krouzeri, and Kalami beach in the form of a horseshoe.
Going north, on the eastern coast of the island, you reach Kassiopi, a village of 1200 inhabitants, and the most popular resort in the area. The place is suitable for tourists of all ages, including young people who come to vacation on the island of Korfu just to have fun. Kassiopi also has a small harbour, where tourists can admire the fishermen’s ships that return to sea at night. Being a fishing village, seafood and fresh fish will be found on almost any menu of the taverns there.
The resort has several big beaches with pebbles, such as Kalamionas, Kanoni, Pipitos, Bataria, any of them perfect for a day under the sun, but also a few smaller, hidden by the eyes of tourists, some only known by the locals. Kassiopi is a perfect place to discover the history of the island, a place where ruins tell stories from ancient times and castles to remind of pirates’ attacks.
Sidari Resort – Known as Ibiza of Greece or “Ibiza of the Greeks”
The most beautiful beach in Sidari is Apotripiti, separated from the stone walls near the Canal d’Amour. To get to it, you need to go westward from the Sidari station to Peroualdes.
Paleokastritsa, Lakones and Liapades
The coastline where Paleokastritsa is located is so laced that the resort has not less than six vast beaches. The turquoise water resort, 25 kilometres from Kerkyra, is one of the most beautiful on the island (if not the most beautiful), with a rocky landscape, green hills and golden beaches. Here is La Grotta, the rocky bay, the best known of the area, a favourite spot for adventurous swimmers. In Paleokastritsa, there are activities for all categories of tourists.
In addition to the caves hidden in the rocks on the shore and the perfect diving spots, besides the taverns and bars with traditional music, there are also some historical monuments in the area that can not be missed. One of them and one of the most relevant for Corfu is Angelokastro, a Byzantine castle built in stone at an altitude of 305 meters.
Lakones is a typical village on Korfu Island, with its 18th and 19th-century houses, where locals still dress up the traditional Greek port. The town, crossed by a very narrow road, is built at the height of over 180 meters, on the hills of the Paleokastritsa region, just four kilometres from the resort. The city is also known as Bella Vista. That’s why, from here, the view is spectacular, appreciated as the top of the most beautiful in Europe. You can see the bays of Paleokastritsa, but also a vast stretch of the west coast of the island.
One of the places in Corfu where you will discover the real value of Corfu is Liapades. The resort, located 20 kilometres away from town, lies at the foot of some hills on the west coast, covered with abundant vegetation, and is the perfect place for hikers. A lot of roads and paths surrounds Liapades, and even old walks for donkeys, some of them crossing high rivers through olive groves, others descending to the sea.
The tourist area of Liapaldes is centred around the main beach, where tourists will find taverns, bars, grocery stores and boutiques. Liapales is famous for its 15 beaches, most hidden and wild. Some can only be reached by water, while others follow the significant paths.
Agios Georgios Argiradon
On the southwest coast of the island, 45 minutes away from the airport, is Agios Georgios Argiradon (not to be confused with Agios Georgios in the north of the island), also known as Saint George. The place is renowned for its long, sandy, blue flag award, but also because it is near Lake Korission, a huge lagoon with salt water surrounded by sand dunes and olive groves.
The water is extremely clean and perfect for various water activities. Here you can rent boats, jet skis or windsurfing or parasailing. In the resort, the atmosphere is a peaceful place to relax. The area is also perfect for long walks on the beach and tourists can find many secluded places where they can be destined without being disturbed.
Kavos Resort in Corfu is the ideal place for young people and for those who want to enjoy an active nightlife. This resort is not meant for those who want to enjoy the beauty of nature quietly.
More than 1.5 kilometres from the golden sandy beach, clear water (where you can see colourful fish that swim near the shore) and an unforgettable Mediterranean landscape. This is what you will find at Agios Gordios, the resort on the west coast of Island, 15 kilometres from the capital.
In the village built on top of the hill, among olive groves, tourists will find everything they need: taverns, supermarkets, souvenir shops and plenty of hotels or apartment villas. The beach of Agios Gordios is highly appreciated by tourists and one of the few on the island where there is a private area dedicated to nudists. Moreover, it is a perfect place to admire the sunset.
Messongi and Moraitika
Situated on the eastern coast of Corfu Island, the two villages, Moraitika and Messongi, separated only by a river, have turned from simple fishermen’s settlements to known resorts on the Greek coast. In the area, the water is very calm and very clear, it’s perfect for diving or snorkelling. The two villages share a sand and gravel beach, being virtually united.
Even if it is not stretched, it is groomed, and the tourists who come here do not miss anything, just 100 meters away from being taverns and rental centres for nautical activities. Together, the two offer fun for all types of tourists. The easiest way to get to Messongi and Moraitika is via Lefkimi. The price of the ferryboat ticket is lower, the second stop on the ferryboat route in Igoumenitsa.
Dassia and Ipssos
On the east coast, 12 kilometres away from Corfu airport, there are Dassia and Ipssos, where luxury hotels take place among olive and pine forests that extend up close to the Ionian Sea (about all the Ionian Islands I wrote here: Ionian Islands). Dafnila is a small place with limited accommodation and time options, Dassia, just two kilometres away, has everything you need for a resort.
The beach is flat and covered with pebbles, and the water is calm and clear. Water sports are a way of spending time for tourists during the day, and the few décor and bars in the resort guarantee fun after the night. Dassia is very popular especially among young couples and larger groups of friends.
Gouvia and Kontokali
If you want to spend your holidays among the wealthiest people in Corfu Island, then you have to head to the resorts of Gouvia and Kontokali, seven kilometres from Town (Kerkyra). The two sats are almost united and divide the Gouvia Bay. If the resort with the same name is on the coast, Kontokali is located on a green peninsula. The area was developed on the site of a former Venetian port and became popular in the ’70s. Here is one of the largest ports in the Ionian Sea, where luxury yachts come from all over Europe.
The beaches there are covered with sand or pebble, are extremely clean and cared for and offer the most varied possibilities of nautical activities. The waterfront is surrounded by luxury hotels with swimming pools and spas, while in the villages you will find bars, taverns, Chinese or Mexican restaurants and shops of all kinds with prices for any pocket. In Kontokali there is the largest emergency hospital on the island.
Benitses is a very cheap resort on Corfu Island and is recommended for families with children or couples looking for relaxation. The hotels are modest, and prices are affordable (20-30 € per night). About all taverns or accommodation units are family businesses.
Pelekas, Glyfada and Mirtiotissa
For nearly 30 years, the Pelekas village on the west coast of the island has been a destination for tourists in Europe, especially for those who travel on their own. With a small fishing port and a massive cliff on the border with the neighbouring village, Pelekas reveals a beautiful Mediterranean landscape.
The typical Greek town is set on a hill and has a sandy beach a 10-minute walk away. The Belvedere point is known as the “Throne” of the Kaiser and offers a panoramic view of the coast of the island and the Mediterranean Sea, a perfect place to admire the sunset.
Separated from Pelekas only by a giant cliff of nearly 15 meters, Glifada beach, covered with fine sand, is one of the most appreciated on the island. The water is small, close to the shore, but it increases as you move away. The beach can be very crowded during the full season in July and August. Nearby there are taverns and bars with several offers, as well as water sports centres. Glifada is just 14 kilometres from Corfu Town and can be reached by green buses or by car.
Mirtiotissa Beach is the only one on Corfu Island where nudism is officially tolerated. The beach here became famous in the ’70s and is one of the cleanest and most beautiful in Europe. The landscape is a wild one with huge rocks and boulders, natural showers and Mediterranean vegetation and has not been affected by modernization or the waves of tourists. The beach, located between Pelekas and Vatos, is divided into three sections, one of which is dedicated to those who prefer bathing suits.