Exquisite Corfu is said to have been blessed by Mother Nature herself- not hard to believe once you experienced the breathtaking beauty of its countryside and stunning beaches.
Lush green mountains fringe wide expanses of lovely beaches, and wherever you go, you can swim in balmy, crystal clear waters. So why not see as much of this wonderful island as you can, and sample more than one of its beautiful beaches on holidays to Corfu?
The great thing about the Ionian Islands is the reality really is as good as the myth. Corfu is the best known. A verdant island covered with olive and cypress trees and with beautiful shores ranging from hideaway bays near to sleepy villages, to action packed beaches with top-class watersports. Corfu is an island that demands to be wooed and in return it’s easy to see why it is so tempting to honeymooners, couples and families who love every aspect to holidays in Corfu. The perfect setting for a tale or two of Greek myth and legend, Corfu is also the perfect location for a dream wedding.
For example, there’s Pelekas, a delightful village set on a hillside, where you can enjoy golden sands by day and magnificent sunsets at night – climb the hill to the village and sit outside the taverna with a cocktail. As the warmth of the day stretches languidly into the evening, raise a toast to the setting sun.
Paleokastritsa is a village in the northwest of Corfu and arguably the most famous and picturesque on the island. It boasts four sand and shingle beaches, and is well loved for its traditional charm, natural beauty and amazing clear waters.
Swim the Canal d’Amour at Sidari and legend promises you’ll find your true love. And beach lovers and families alike will love Roda, with its welcoming restaurants, tempting tavernas and safe and shallow waters. The scenery here is stunning as you gaze across the azure waters to the coastal mountain ranges of Albania and to Pantokratoras, the highest point on Corfu Island.
Away from the beaches, enjoy a visit to Kassiopi, a lively resort in the north-eastern corner of Corfu. Soak up the atmosphere in the village square of this charming little fishing village and enjoy beaches, boat trips and a Byzantine fortress. Golf enthusiasts can hit a few holes on courses in the Ropa Valley in central Corfu. Once a lake, as well as hosting a golf course, the valley is an important wetlands habitat, home to a multitude of birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
No holiday to Corfu would be complete without a visit to the Venetian style capital of Corfu Town. Be sure to explore the Old Town, lavished with mansions, bandstands and some excellent shopping opportunities. You’ll have the chance to enjoy beautiful UNESCO-listed buildings and an enticing ambience among the numerous cafes, bars and restaurants. It’s all about fortresses and fig trees here in Corfu Town and you’ll fall in love with all its hidden charms.
Pirates have featured strongly in Greece’s past, but these days it’s safe and easy to cross the waters. No need for a shaky old galleon, just hop on a hydrofoil or boat and try some island hopping. Corfu to the little island of Paxos is just a short trip away. Paddle and hike, go horse riding explore the beaches and take the trouble to reach the ones only accessible by boat on the gorgeous island of Paxos.
Corfu holidays are perfect for families, as well as the younger crowd looking for a chance to party in paradise. Whichever side of Corfu you'd like to explore on your Greek holiday, you'll find sightseeing trips to ensure that you get the most out of Greece's 'Emerald Island'.
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Fun Excursions During Corfu Holidays
Kalypso Star and Corfu Town: Experience the magic of the capital of the island, meander through the cobbled streets of Corfu Town and then marvel at the underwater delights on our glass bottom boat tour.
Paxos and Anti Paxos: Sail the Ionian Sea to these tranquil islands where unforgettable crystal waters lap the harbour front. Enjoy the untouched scenery and the opportunity to swim in some of the most inviting waters in Greece.
Paxos and Parga - Double delight: Sail the Ionian Sea to the mainland of Greece and the village of Parga which has long been protected by a Venetian castle. Explore the quaint village or simply relax in one of the chic cafe bars on the front. Then onto something completely different - the island of Paxos. Virtually untouched by tourism, and an island with some of the most outstanding scenery in all of Greece.
Albania Cruise: Discover a land that is so very different to that of Europe. Just a short boat journey, yet when you get there it feels like stepping back in time in Albania. Visit the ruins of Butrint with our guide or simply explore on your own.
Theos Boat BBQ (Kavos Only): The famous Theo's Boat BBQ awaits you! See for yourself why it's known as the best BBQ in Corfu. Sail to the blue lagoon and once there - swim, laugh and enjoy a hearty BBQ. A thoroughly recommended day out.
Trinity: You may never get to see famous DJs in the UK - well here's your chance in Corfu. Every week offers a different DJ to take you into the early hours of the next day. Trinity simply rules in Kavos.
Bar Crawl: Let the Olympic team take you around the best bars on the famous strip of Kavos. This is a night out on the town it would be rude not to join in with!
Boat: There are many liners and ships linking Corfu to both Greek and foreign ports. There are ferries almost hourly between Igoumenitsa, directly across on the mainland (1-2 hr), and several weekly to and from Patras (about 7 hr).
Bus: The dark blue public buses service Corfu Town, its suburbs and nearby destinations. The semi-private green and cream KTEL buses offer a frequent service all over the island.
Taxi: Around Corfu Town, a taxi is probably your best bet.
Car Hire: An excellent way of getting around during Corfu holidays, car hire gives you complete flexibility.
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Corfu is known for its beaches. With a stunning coastline and wide choice of tranquil bays, hidden coves, and lively stretches of golden sand there’s a beach waiting for you. Many have been awarded blue flag status and in particular can be found on the west coast of Corfu. There are also several high quality five star hotels which have their own private beaches in dreamy locations.
Families in particular, will love the cosmopolitan seaside resort of Sidari on the northwest coast of Corfu. With long, wide beaches, fine sands and clear, shallow waters Sidari is perfect for swimming and enjoying the excellent beach facilities that are provided here. To the far left of Sidari Beach, look out for the Canal D’Amour (channel of love). Swim between the tunnel between two rocks and legend has it that you will find the love of your life.
Paleocastritsa actually comprises of five beaches, each with its own unique character. The two larger beaches are closer to hand, with long sandy stretches and plenty of facilities, perfect for families. The other three emerald hideaways can only be reached by boat. Great for snorkelling and scuba diving, the waters at Paleocastritsa are very cold. Grit your teeth and jump in though, it will be worth it. Small coves, lots of caves and a handful of tavernas can be found there too.
Corfu’s northwest coast is blessed with Arillas. Beach heaven and the perfect getaway can be found on two kilometres of beach with some of the best watersports facilities on Corfu. Bustling with busy beach front bars and restaurants, Arillas is great for families. Visitors here can enjoy fantastic sailing trips and will also benefit from being close to the local water park.
Head southeast of Corfu Town to a resort that is popular among younger visitors who are attracted by the bars which open until the early hours of the morning. Kavos Beach is a three kilometre long stretch of silken sands. A popular choice for British visitors, it has abundant facilities which include tavernas, bars, restaurants, sun beds and umbrellas.