Beaches on Corfu
A list describing the best beaches in Corfu would run on several pages, so we've limited ourselves to choosing just ten that we know and love. Here they are, in strictly alphabetical order.
Headlands, hills, olive groves and several sandy stretches of beach.
A long stretch of sand and idyllic out of season. There are beachside tavernas and water sports available, and this westernmost point of Corfu is especially good for windsurfing.
It would be hard to better the setting for this small but growing resort, with its sandy bay guarded by two headlands and backed by green mountain slopes. The excellent beach is the proverbial picture-postcard stretch of golden sand. It runs for 3km (2 miles) and offers good windsurfing, with water-skiing and jet-skiing also available.
These are beautiful sandy beaches at the tip of southern Corfu.
Two kilometers (1.24 miles) of sand and a handful of tavernas on an excellent beach on the west coast.
‘During the afternoon ... I slip down to the house of the peasant family and borrow the Count’s placid little mare, which will take me through the vineyards and woods to what is perhaps the loveliest beach in the world. Its name is Myrtiotissa.’
So wrote Lawrence Durrell in Prospero’s Cell, and the beach is undoubtedly beautiful, with the cliffs dropping sheer to the ‘lion-gold’ sand and the rocks (‘pitted and perforated ... full of sea-water and winking fishes’) adding a touch of drama to the remote setting. The southern section is now a nudist beach. We made Mirtiotissa one of our Six Best Beaches in Greece.
Some Cool Corfu Souvenirs
Paleokastritsa Luggage Tag
Corfu Cypresses Capri Leggings
There's no one particular best beach in the cluster of bays and beaches around the town of Paleokastritsa, but it is one of the most scenic spots in Greece, despite the crowds. It's one of the best towns on the island if you want a beach and activity holiday rather than peace and quiet.
A beautiful stretch of beach in the middle of the northern coast, and the bay is large enough to enable you to escape the crowds.
The Greek name is Agia Varvara though it's generally known as Santa Barbara, this great beach is surrounded by rocks and has crystal clear water, but no shade.
Lovely beach with fascinating rock formations, though usually very crowded. The beach is ideal for young children, with shallow waters as well as the splendid sands. See our separate page on Sidari.
Other Corfu pages
Greece Travel Secrets’ pick of where to stay in southern Corfu including hotels in Moraïtika, Paramonas, Messonghi, Agios Georgios, and near Benitses.
Greece Travel Secrets picks where to stay in northern Corfu with budget and luxury hotels in Sidari, Daphnila Bay, Kontokali, Ipsos, Barbati and more.
Greece Travel Secrets recommends where to stay in north-west and central Corfu including luxury mansions, inexpensive rooms, and resort hotels.
This is the Greece Travel Secrets selection of where to eat in northern Corfu, from classy restaurants and traditional tavernas to beachside fish tavernas.
Greece Travel Secrets has its list of favourite places where you can eat in north-west Corfu, including in Paleokastritsa, Pelekas, and Ayios Stefanos.
Donna Dailey of Greece Travel Secrets visits Albania by boat from Corfu Town, staying overnight and seeing archaeological sites with Sipa Tours.
The main two Corfu saints are Saint Spyridon, the patron saint of Corfu who saved the island four times from disaster, and Saint Theodora Augusta.
From Nero to Nicolas Cage, the invasion of Corfu goes back to Roman times and through to Hollywood today!
The Corfu Trail runs from the southernmost point of Corfu at Cape Asprokavos and winds for 220km (137 miles) to the northernmost point near Andinioti Lagoon.
Southern Corfu has busy beach resorts like Benitses, historical buildings like the Achilleion Palace and Gardiki Castle, and wildlife at the Korision Lagoon.
This Southern Corfu drive starts and ends in Moraïtika, taking in hill villages, secluded beaches, lovely views, and a visit to Gardiki Castle.
This guide to southern Corfu’s beaches and villages includes busy resorts, quiet beach, hill villages and the southernmost tip of Corfu at Cape Asprókavos.
Northern Corfu is the most diverse part of the island, with Corfu's highest point, Mt Pantokrator, and beach resorts like Sidari and Palaiokastritsa.
If you want to tour northern Corfu in three days you can see busy resorts, quiet fishing villages, Mount Pantokrator, and the Andinioti Lagoon.
There are two sides to every Greek island, the tourist and the traditional, and this drive from Corfu Town through northern Corfu shows the two faces of Corfu.
Northern Corfu’s beaches and villages include busy resorts and secluded beaches, with several hill and mountain villages well worth visiting.
North-West Corfu’s beaches and villages include busy resorts, quiet beaches, hill villages, and places ideal for watching the sunset,
These fun facts about Corfu include how the island got its name, who wrote the Greek National Anthem, and the eccentric Englishman, the Earl of Guilford.
Corfu or Kerkyra is the main island in the Greek Ionian islands with Corfu Town being one of the most attractive of Greek island capitals.
Corfu writers and artists inspired by the island include both residents and visitors, like Gerald and Lawrence Durrell, Edward Lear, and Henry Miller.
Corfu’s wildlife includes rare and colourful birds, snakes, lizards, fireflies, and insects, with plenty of places to watch the wildlife like lakes and lagoons.
Corfu Town is the capital of Corfu and of the Ionian Islands and has museums, two forts, several museums, churches, and many other attractions.
Corfu Town’s Old Fortress is the town’s most striking landmark, standing east of the Old Town on top of a rocky promontory.
Corfu’s special cuisine includes dishes like sofrito and pastitsade and the chance to try ginger beer and kumquats.
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