Agios Gordios is a small settlement on the West of the island, 20km away from the centre. The beach is quite long and consists of very soft, golden sand. The notorious waters are clean and crystal like but also shallow. The scenery consists of a very green mountain with grey rocks behind the beach. One of its famous sights is Ortholithi, a large rock that sticks out of the water. The beach is organized and contains all the comforts and the possibility for all kinds of water sports.
Sidari is a relatively new resort in Northern Corfu, approximately 35km from the capital. There are three sandy beaches in Sidari with waters of a distinct yellowish color. One of them is the famed Canal d ' amour, one of the most popular attractions in the island. A beautiful organized beach stretches along the main road beneath the resort. This beach is wide and sandy, and has cool and fairly shallow waters. There is also a port with boats leaving to the Diapontian Islands for day trips. The third beach is located on a small bay with interesting rock formations right across it. Shops, bars, restaurants and places to try water sports can be found in the area.
The new port of Corfu is located on the west side of the old port, in the city of Corfu. The new port serves ferries and cruise ships, while the old port sailboats and yachts. It can be accessed easily both on day and night, with ferry connections to Igoumenitsa and Italy. Corfu port offers an array of services to pleasure crafts. There are also many boats starting from the new port reaching other capes of the island. There are four bus lines that connect the city centre and the airport, with buses scheduled frequently. The second port of Corfu is in Lefkimmi, on the South side of the island.
Corfu airport (CFU) is named after the first Governor of Greece, Corfiot IoannisKapodistrias. It is located about 3km on the south of Corfu Town, half a kilometre north of Pontikonisi. There are flights scheduled by Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines all year round, but there are also many charter flights, coming from aboard, especially in summer. The airport can be accessed very easily as well as by rental car. Outside the airport building there are taxis and bus stops that connect the airport to all over the island. There are also buses starting from Corfu Town reaching the airport.
Acharavi is a hamlet in the northern part of the island and approximately 37km from the city centre. The area has low abundant vegetation and is located at the rear of the mount Pantokrator. The beach of Acharavi is the largest of the island, as it stretches for 3km. The long sandy beach has some parts covered with small pebbles. Quiet with shallow waters, it is considered one of the safest beaches on the island, ideal for families. In certain parts tourists can even try out water sports while there are also restaurants, taverns, cafes and bars for better relaxation.
Kalami is located on the northeast coast of Corfu, just 30km from the main town. The area is known for its natural beauty and its picturesque village. Kalami is a quiet pebbly beach surrounded by pines and cypresses. The pebbles on the beach are small and round and the clear waters are fairly shallow. Visitors can try water sports or eat at the restaurants found in the area. Exploring the various coastal paths surrounding the beach, is also recommended. On the edge of the beach, the home of writer Lawrence Durrell, now a tourist accommodation, can be found.
Barbati is located on the northeast coast of the island, just 20km from Corfu Town. The village is built at the foothills of Pantocrator and there are many shops, bars and taverns around the area. Barbati beach is quite wide, armoured with white, round pebbles, ideal for those who dislike sand. There are crystallized waters that are pleasantly cool, while on the southern side there are trees with a perfect shade. Various activities are also available such as water sports. One of the most popular activities among tourists is snorkeling.
Ipsos village is located 14km away from Corfu Town, in the northeaster part of the island. Behind the village Mount Pantokrator stands, the highest mountain in Corfu. Just across the sea, the rocky Albanian mountains are visible. Ipsos is known for its lively nightlife due to its many night clubs and bars. Ipsos beach is in a very large bay with the whole village stretching along it. Ipsos is an organized pebbly beach with crystal clear waters and many options for water sports offered. The sea is considered to be very clean and it deepens slowly.
Paxos Island is quite small and belongs to the Ionian islands. According to mythology, Poseidon abstracted Paxos Island from Corfu to use it as a love shelter. Gaios is the capital and the port of the island, which meets a quite big touristic flow. Every year lots of yachts dock to its bay. Gaios preserves the traditional intense colours. By entering the capital, anyone can admire the picturesque dwellings, the narrow lanes and the small churches. Island’s nature beauty is appreciable. Virgin seashores and isolated precipitous beaches consist island’s beauty. Warm sun illuminates its leafy vegetation. Underwater caves appeal every day sea lovers, who desire to discover them. However, an excursion to Paxos Island would not be a complete excursion day without visiting Antipaxos Island. Therefore, every day touristic agencies organise excursions to Paxos Island much like to Antipaxos Island.
Glyfada beach is only 11km away from the city centre. It is a social beach, which extends beyond the Pelekashill. Greek nature’s beauty is combined to its whole with a colour feast. The leafy hills are mirrored upon its deep blue, peaceful waters. Its golden sandy coast gently hugs sunset’s orange colours. Although the beach is organised, there are a lot of isolated spots on its far south part. There are beach bars, restaurants and hotels built upon the hills. However, none of the above stands as an obstacle to the landscape’s beauty. Anyone can access it easily by car and it is suitable for every age and preference.
Halikounas beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches over the island. It is situated in the southwest side of Corfu, next to Korission Lagoon. The landscape is full of contradictions. Rocky hills rise on one side, which towards the seaside are converting into a 3km golden beach. The beach is easily accessible through a wooden bridge, which connects lagoon to the sea. The beach is surrounded by a thick juniper forest, which complements landscape’s beauty. A spectacular sunset reflecting upon the deep blue waters is to be admired. Even though Halikounas beach is not one of the most popular beaches on the island, it is considered as a diamond of nature’s beauty as well as a landmark to the Ionian Sea. Halikounas has also a beach bar. It is a beach ideal for those who love kite surfing due to the winds.
Arillas is a small settlement of the northern part of Corfu island. City centre is 38km away from Arillas village. Next to the village, Arillas beach is stretched, which is characterised by its incredible crystalline waters. Waves also burst into golden coasts. Even if it is about an organised beach, there a lot of isolated places, where anyone can enjoy its privacy and peacefulness. Its geographical position offers an amazing view towards the Diapontian Islands, a view enriched by the sunset. The beach is shallow and, therefore, suitable for families and children. In addition, there is a nudist beach situated behind the rocks. Rocks have aluminium, which is mainly used in spas thanks to its therapeutic effect. Finally, restaurants, rooms to let and small hotels can be easily found.
Nisaki beach is located on the northeast side of the island, only 22km away from the city centre. The beach is extended in a small bay, which protects it from the winds. With these means, an idyllically relaxing landscape is created. The extremely rich seabed appeals every year those who love diving. Its crystal waters in combination with the white pebbles represent the island’s beauty to its whole. Anyone, who is resting by the seashore, can enjoy the Corfiot sun, which is reflecting upon the deep blue waters. Beyond its splendid beauty, Nisaki beach possesses traditional restaurants, known as taverns. Guests can enjoy luscious tastes and local cuisine, while they rejoice in viewing sky’s paintings during twilight.
Mountain Kassiopi is located 38km away from the city capital and is characterised as one of the most popular regions in northeast side of Corfu. Kassiopi is a fishers’ village opposite to the coasts of Albania. The village is surrounded by rich vegetation, while at the rear Pantokrator mountain rises. The beaches of Kassiopi are very small, covered by pebbles with crystal clear waters and surrounded by rocks. Northern, there are two large beaches known as Kalamionas and Imerolia, where different water sports are available. Beach Kanoni is ideal for diving. Kassiopi is also known for its intense nightlife.
Next to the mountainous village of Gastouri and only 10km south of the city, the Achilleion Palace is to be found. It is the palace which was built by Empress Elisabeth of Austria known as Sissi. Achilleion Palace is one of the most famous royal mansions in Europe. Its name was given by Achilles, who was a hero during the Trojan war. It is built according to the neoclassical architecture and includes a numerous variety of statues illustrating figures of Greek mythology. Indoors, there are beautiful portraits, murals and the personal possessions of the priors to Elisabeth. In the garden, which has thick vegetation, dominated the world-famous statue of “dying Achilles”. Its beauty is reinforced by the fact that the palace is built upon a mountainous slope surrounded by thick vegetation.
Palaiokastritsa is only 25km away from the city centre and consists of two peninsulas and six small bays. It is one of the most famous beaches of Corfu thanks to its unspoiled natural beauty. It has crystal waters and a rockery coast covered by pine trees. Its total blue and cold waters as well as its sandy coasts are its most main features. Palaiokastritsa is known for its caves and its underwater wells, which are formed due to its rocks. In the region, there are many restaurants, which, nevertheless, do not affect negatively the natural landscape
The leafy land of Mon Repo is only 3km away from the city and covers 258 acres of vegetation with a variety of 2.000 different kinds of plants. In 1831, English Frederick Adam built the palace of Mon Repo in honour of his wife. It is the same palace, where legendary princess Sissi had lived. By crossing the leafy paths through the Mon Repo old city, anyone can reach its beach, known as Kardaki beach. Kardaki beach is considered as a shelter mainly during scorchers. There also a platform for those who would like to sunbathe or those who would love diving. Besides the thick vegetation, there is an eye-catching fount from which frozen drinking water flows.
Gouvia Marina is orientated in the northeast side of the island, only 7km away from Corfu city and the airport. It is located on the Gouvia gulf and it is considered as one of the best marinas in Greece. It is the first private marina in Greece, which is fully organised and provides high levelled services. It also possesses full technical support for the yachts, which is open 24 hours. There are many facilities which include various shopping malls, rental agencies, restaurants, bars, supermarkets, launderette, WC and showers, as well as playground, swimming pool and sport facilities outdoors. In the surrounding area, there are hotels and traditional buildings of Corfu surrounded by a leafy landscape.
Corfu city is known as the “capital” of the island and it is by its own one of the most beautiful landmarks. In the old city, onecan walk through the typical traditional lanes known as Kantounia, and admire the old houses and the architectural monuments. Throughout the city, there a lot of small churches. However, the most important one is the church of Saint Spyridon, who is the patron saint of the island. Campiello is the oldest neighbourhood, whose small lanes and medieval architecture are its best feature. In the city, Spianada square, the biggest square in the Balkans, is also located. Near Spianada square, there is also the most famous walkaway, Liston, where anyone can enjoy a cup of coffee. Old and New Fortress, as well as the Metropolis, are unique attractions. Therefore, all these monuments contribute to create a city which reminds a different age.
Dassia is located on the northwest coast of Corfu Island. It is quite easily accessible, only 13km away from Corfu city. Dassia used to be one of the first villages on the island which became an organised holiday resort. It is a very popular destination for its sea sports as well as its nightlife, whereas it provides many restaurants, bars and hotels. The coast is ideal for families, well known for its shallow and warm waters. It is a narrow beach with a great extent, covered by sand and pebbles. Opposite to the coast, the mountains of Albania and mainland rise. There is also an ideal platform for diving.