Corfu is located on the northern end of the Ionian Islands, a scenic stretch of islands with stunning beaches and crystal clear waters along Greece's western coast. Lying in the Adriatic Sea, beautiful Corfu is known as the Emerald Isle thanks to its lush green landscape with olive groves and cypress trees. The mountainous north of the island has excellent pebble beaches while the quieter south offers sandy beaches with a genuine Greek holiday experience. The island comes alive during the spring with colourful mountain flowers, and summer months bring visitors from across Europe and around the world looking for the best holiday deals and experiences.
When to Go
Summers in Corfu are sunny and warm with around 12 hours of sunshine in June and July. The summer is also relatively dry with most rain on the island occurring between November and March. The best time to surf on the island is during the warm summer months thanks to excellent seasonal breezes. The winds not only help cool the island, they also provide excellent conditions for surfing. Although the island is a popular destination from March through to October, summer is the most visited time of the year with temperatures regularly reaching over 30 degrees in July and August.
Where to Stay
The largest and most popular resort town on the island is Corfu. The island's main airport is located here and the town is where many cruise shops dock. Birthplace of the Duke of Edinburgh, Corfu Town has well-preserved Venetian fortresses and lovely cobblestoned streets. The city's Old Town has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are plenty of choices in and around Corfu Town, from luxury hotels to welcoming all inclusive resorts.
On the eastern coast is Alykes Potamos, a quiet seaside town lined with pine woodlands. The town is just a ten minute drive from Corfu Town. The family-friendly resort town is home to family-run travernas and resorts. Also on the east coast is Gouvia, a former Venetian naval base during the seventeenth century. The town has a well-equipped marina and is an exciting hub for watersports, including sailing and windsurfing. The picturesque town of Dassia has dramatic views of coastal mountains and a Blue Flag beach. The town has a laid-back feel and a relaxed nightlife unlike other clubbing destinations on the island.
Glyfada on the western coast of Corfu has a pretty sandy beach. The resort town also has excellent hiking trails, including access to the Corfu Trail. To the northwest is Arilas, home to a two-kilometre long golden sand beach. The town is a great base for travelling to the Canal D'Amour Caves on the Diapontia Islands, which are also a great place to see dolphins. Ermones takes you away from the bustle of Corfu Town, which is just a 20 minute drive away. The town's sand-and-shingle beach sits at the foot of green hills, which are popular with motorbike enthusiasts.
On the northern coast, Roda sits on an idyllic seven-kilometre stretch of beach. The waters off Roda are shallow, providing a great spot for families to enjoy the sea. The resort town is also a great place for paddling, parasailing and jet-skiing. Neighbouring Acharavi is also a popular resort destination. To the south, Kavos is the place to go for a party. There are lively events all summer long, including DJ-led parties and performances. The island's entertainment and party capital also has great watersports and a busy eight-kilometre long beach. For a more authentic experience, Messonghi and Aloniki in the island's south provide a quiet and typical Greek atmosphere.
Attractions & Events
The Old Town of Corfu is home to pretty squares and historic buildings, including the Old Fortress (Palaio Frourio) and the Palace of St. Michael and St. George. Both are located along the Spianada, one of Greece's most stunning esplanades. The Old Fortress was built by the Venetians in 1546, although a Byzantine castle once stood on the site. It is also a great spot to enjoy panoramic views of the Old Town, the port and the Bay of Garitsa. The Palace houses the Museum of Asian Art and dates from the nineteenth century. The Old Town also have several churches, including the city's remarkable cathedral and Saint Spyridon Church.
Outside of Corfu Town, there are several scenic town and villages with inspiring attractions and rich traditions. According to legend, the waterfalls of Nymphes were once used by Nymphs to bathe. Today, visitors can walk to the village's wells and waterfalls or see an ancient monastery in nearby Askitario. In Kynopiastes there are several old mansions dating back to the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a seventeenth century monastery, and a marble church. The typical village of Lakones is a great place to hike to Bella Vista, which offers remarkable views of the bay of Palaiokastritsa. The town also has fine churches and traditional coffee shops.
Roda in the north retains its traditional fishing village feel while still attracting visitors from around the world. The relaxed resort town has an international flavour while retaining a typical Corfu charm. In addition to typical Greek and local dishes, visitors can savour international menu choices from Italy, China and beyond. There's also a vibrant nightlife in Roda, whether you are looking for karaoke, live bands or dance clubs. In the north-east of Corfu, the historic village of Old Perithia is also worth a visit.
Most visitors to Corfu travel to the island for its beaches. Corfu's beaches are great for relaxing or swimming in the Adriatic. They are also idyllic bases for enjoying activities in the sea, including wind surfing, sea kayaking, sailing, diving and snorkelling. Popular beaches include Sidari, Dasia, Ipsos, Lefkimmi and Benitses. Isolated beaches can be found at Glifada and Pelekas, while Kassiopi and Messognhi offer calm waters. Chalikounas and neighbouring Issos are great choices to escape from crowded resort towns.
On land, there are plenty of opportunities for walking and hiking along dramatic coastlines and in the island's interior. The north offers rugged trails, including to the peak of Mount Pantokrator. Meandering for over 200 kilometres, the Corfu Trail covers the length of the island. Running through olive groves and along cobblestone paths, the long-distance route takes walkers to ruins, inland villages and other interesting sites.
Whether you are looking for a quiet beach to relax for a family holiday, an authentic Greek experience or a party destination with a lively nightlife, Corfu has it all. The island's resort towns have their own distinctive charm and character. A1 Travel helps you pick the best destination in Corfu to give you an unforgettable holiday experience. From last minute holiday deals to all inclusive package holidays, our travel experts find you options that suit your budget and meet your needs. A1 Travel will find you cheap holiday getaways, whether you want a romantic honeymoon in Corfu or a quick break with mates.