Bustling beach resorts, an energetic nightlife, distinctive historic architecture and friendly locals are just some of the reasons why Corfu still remains one of the most popular Greek Islands for a honeymoon or romantic getaway holiday.
With its lush green landscape of cypress trees, vineyards and shimmering olive groves fringed by blue bays and long golden-sand beaches, Corfu is one of most beautiful islands in Greece.
The island’s natural beauty has been lauded through the ages: Homer called it a ‘beautiful and rich land’; Odysseus stopped off here on his journey home to Ithaki; Shakespeare used the island as background for The Tempest; and various writers have sung its praises in the 20th century, including Gerald Durrell in his 1978 memoir The Garden of the Gods.
Discover a rich heritage of Greek, Venetian, French and British influences in the cosmopolitan and elegant streets of Corfu town, known in Greek as Kerkyra (pronounced ker-kih-rah).
Stroll the maze of narrow cobbled alleyways in the historic Old Town (photo), savour scents from the flowering parterre in the French-designed Esplanade Square and relax at a café in the Parisienne-styled arched colonnade street of the Liston building.
Away from Kerkyra, Corfu offers a marvellous landscape of dense olive groves, woodland and mountains sprinkled with whitewashed villages, Venetian fortresses, Byzantine churches and dramatic coastal scenery that has little changed over the centuries. All of this is easily seen and explored by car, bicycle or on foot.
Hike up to Mount Pantokrator, Corfu’s highest point at 906m, or walk the Corfu Trail, a 222km-long scenic footpath that ranges across the length of the island and can take anywhere from 7 to 14 days to complete.
Along the way, visit the Angelokastro, a ruined 13th century Byzantine fortress, which sits perched on a 300m-high pinnacle providing stunning views overlooking the sea and the popular beach resort of Paleokastritsa.
Corfu is fringed by numerous beaches that range from bustling and organised to secluded and less-crowded.
The best beaches in Corfu, include …
Relax on the clean golden sands of one of Corfu’s best beaches, stretching between two rocky headlands. Enjoy swimming in the clear turquoise waters of the half-moon shaped bay and enjoy water sports that include banana boating, jet skiing and windsurfing.
Savour fresh seafood at the local tavernas and choose from a range of accommodation overlooking the long beach. Facilities include showers, sun beds and umbrellas.
Family friendly Agios Georgios Beach is located on the north-west coast, around 35km northwest of Corfu town.
This soft golden-sand beach to the south of the village of Agios Georgios is lined with bars, clubs and discos – perfect for those who enjoy loud music and all-night dancing.
Pick your own spot to sunbathe on this long beach, relax under a sun umbrella or enjoy some of the many water sports activities such as paragliding, snorkelling and jet skiing.
Walk or rent a bike to explore the surrounding countryside and the nearby village of Argyrades.
Agios Georgios Beach is located on the west coast, around 30km southwest of Corfu town.
Discover a series of six sand and pebble beaches that face coves of clear aquamarine water and lie scattered between hills and rocky promontories covered in olive, cypress and lemon trees. Paleokastritsa is one of Corfu’s most scenic regions.
Enjoy the bustling action of main beach, lined with hotels, restaurants and bars or discover less-crowded beaches on foot or by water taxi. A short walk away stands the picturesque byzantine monastery of Panagia Paleokastritissa.
Paleokastritsa Beach is located on the west coast near the village of the same name, around 20km northwest of Corfu town.
Backed by a dramatic mountain range, this picturesque, tree-lined, white-shingle beach stretches between tree-clad promontories facing a calm turquoise bay.
Sunbathe on the beach and swim or kayak in the crystalline waters.
Liapades Beach is located on the northwest coast near the village of Palaiokastritsa, around 20km from Corfu town.
Make your own footprints in the soft golden sand of this long beach, framed by lush hills draped in olive groves and dense vegetation.
Facilities on this clean and popular beach include sun beds, umbrellas, showers and some beachfront tavernas.
A hilltop village of the same name stands overlooking the beach and offers a range of accommodation options.
Pelekas Beach is located on the west coast, around 13km from Corfu town.
Swim in the shallow, crystal clear, turquoise waters that lap this long and beautiful white-pebble beach, which sits beneath a towering mountain range and is ringed by trees.
Facilities include beachside tavernas, sun beds and umbrellas for hire.
Barbati Beach is located on the east coast, around 20km north of Corfu town.
This golden-sand beach is one of the most popular beaches in Corfu and is framed by impressive rock headlands.
Facilities include sun beds, umbrellas, water sports, beachfront tavernas and the amenities of the nearby Pink Palace Hotel.
Agios Gordios is located on the west coast near the village of Sinarades, around 15km from Corfu town.
Nestled beneath dramatic cliffs and the beautiful Monastery of Myriotissa, this narrow crescent of golden sand fringes two bays and is divided by rocks into two sections, one of which is unofficially clothing-optional. This unspoiled beach is accessibly by water taxi or by descending a steep track on foot.
Swim in the turquoise waters and relax with a cold drink at one of the beachside cafes. The English writer Lawrence Darrell described Myriotissa Beach as the “loveliest beach in the world.”
Myriotissa Beach is located on the west coast near the town of Pelekas, around 13km from Corfu town.
Pick your own spot to sunbathe on this long golden-sand beach that sits beneath rugged tree- and bush-clad mountains and shelves into a turquoise sea perfect for swimming.
Facilities include lifeguards (seasonally available), sun beds, umbrellas, showers, water sports, tavernas and a range of accommodation options.
Located 15km from Corfu town on the west coast, Glyfada is one of the most popular beaches on the island.
This long golden-sand beach is framed by tree-clad hills and offers a range of facilities including sun beds, umbrellas, water sports, tavernas and a large choice of accommodation.
Ermones Beach is located on the west coast opposite Corfu town.
Pick your own spot to sunbathe on this 3km-long golden-sand beach that includes a clothing-optional section.
Acharavi is popular with couples and families who wish to escape the crowds of the more-organised beaches. Facilities include beachside tavernas.
The nearby town of Acharavi hosts a range of accommodation options, restaurants and bars.
Acharavi Beach is located on the northern tip of the island, around 40km from Corfu town.
This narrow 200m-long stretch of golden sand mixed with shingle is framed by picturesque headlands and shelves into shallow turquoise waters that are perfect for swimming.
Facilities include water sports during the high season, sun lounges and umbrellas, a couple of tavernas and a range of beachside accommodation.
Located on the west coast, Arillas is a favourite place for couples and families looking for a quiet beach holiday.
Arillas is located near Sidari village on the north coast, around 26km from Corfu town.
This narrow white-shingle and golden-sand beach threads around and between rocky headlands lapped by calm crystalline waters perfect for snorkelling, swimming and kayaking.
With the magnificent backdrop of Mount Pantokrator and hills covered with olive groves, vines and citrus plantations, this is one of the most picturesque coastal regions in Corfu.
Nearby facilities include shops, cafes and tavernas. The village of Kassiopi is one of the largest on the northeast coast of Corfu and has four main beaches including Kalamionas, Pipitos, Kanoni and Bataria, along with several other less-known beaches.
Kassiopi is located on the northeast coast, about 20km north of Corfu town.
Pick your own spot to unwind on this crescent of white shingle and golden sand that shelves into the clear calm waters of a turquoise bay ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Less crowded than some of the more popular beaches, Imerolias is perfect if you crave some peace and quiet.
Facilities include some sun beds, umbrellas and a beachfront tavern offering fresh fish.
Imerolias is located on the northeast coast of Corfu near Kassiopi town, which boasts a range of restaurants and accommodation options around 35km from Corfu.
Discover one of Corfu’s most fashionable beaches, with a good range of accommodation and associated facilities nearby. Pick your own spot to sunbathe on the flat sun-bleached rocks or on the golden sand that winds around and between huge rock formations.
Kanoni Beach is located on the southern part of Corfu town.
This small golden-sand beach is particularly interesting for the surrounding coves and dramatic natural canals created by the action of the sea.
Cool off with a dip then pick a spot to sunbathe on the sandstone cliffs that flank this long and narrow inlet. Walk the scenic coastal pathways and enjoy a range of facilities at nearby Sidari, a popular beach resort packed with restaurants.
Canal d’amour Beach is located 36km from Corfu town.
This long and narrow pebble beach sits between manicured tree-lined gardens and a shallow bay with calm waters that are perfect for swimming.
Beachside facilities include sun beds, showers, water sports and a good variety of tavernas, shops and accommodation options.
Dassia Beach is located on the east coast, just north of Corfu town.
This narrow white-pebble beach shelves into a sparkling blue sea that is perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
Facilities include sun beds, umbrellas, beach bars, tavernas and a range of accommodation options, including the Nissaki Beach Hotel.
Kaminaki Beach is located on the east coast, around 25km from Corfu town.
Dig you toes into the soft golden sand of this picturesque beach that stretches between tree-clad rocky promontories and shelves into the crystalline waters of a small cove. There are no facilities here so you need to bring your own food and drinks.
Gialiskari Beach is located on the west coast near the village of Sinarades, around 15km from Corfu town.
Unwind on this clean, tree-fringed, white-shingle beach that stretches between bush-clad rocky headlands overlooking a beautiful bay and Albania in the near distance.
Facilities include sun beds, umbrellas and a beachside taverna.
Kerasia Beach is located on the north-eastern tip of the island, around 30km from Corfu town.
This idyllic and quiet shingle and pebble beach sits between huge cypress trees and the crystalline waters of a small picture-perfect bay, home to the fishing village of Kalami.
Kouloura Beach is located on the east coast, around 29km from Corfu town.
Corfu offers an excellent choice of accommodation options to suit all honeymoon budgets, including the following 5-star hotels…
Corfu Imperial, Grecotel Exclusive Resort
Location: Main Street, Kommeno, Corfu
Ave nightly price: AUD259 per room
Description: Standing on its private peninsula with uninterrupted views of the Ionian Sea, the Corfu Imperial, Grecotel Exclusive Resort boasts 4 private sandy beaches, 1 pebbly and a large outdoor pool. All rooms at this hotel enjoy sea or garden view whether allocated in the main building or in a bungalow nestled in the gardens that lead down to the sea. Corfu Imperial dining combines exclusive waterfront settings and award-winning chefs. Gourmet restaurant Aristos offers à la carte Greek and Mediterranean dishes. Guests can enjoy an after-dinner drink in the lounge bar, the cocktail bar and the pool bar. Previously a favoured retreat for royalty, this island hideaway provides the perfect setting for spa treatments. Shopping opportunities include a jewellery shop, clothes boutique and a hairdresser. The hotel's entertainment team offers a variety of activities from morning gym, aerobics and beach games to dancing lessons, evening shows and musical nights from the rich tradition of the island. Corfu Town is located 13 km away. There is free private on-site parking and the hotel shuttle bus offers twice daily transfer to Corfu town twice daily.
Hotel Corfu Palace
Location: Leoforos Dimokratias 2, Corfu Town
Ave nightly price: AUD200 per room
Description: Overlooking Garitsa Bay, the 5-star Corfu Palace offers a thalassotherapy spa centre, an outdoor pool and fine dining. All elegant rooms feature Ionian Sea views. Guests can challenge their luck at the hotel’s casino. WiFi is offered throughout. Hotel Corfu Palace features rooms with a marble bathroom and private balcony or terrace. Room facilities include air conditioning, a satellite TV and hairdryer. 24-hour room service is available. The hotel’s spa includes an indoor pool, a sauna and a hot tub. It also offers seawater therapies and can arrange for massage sessions. A plentiful buffet breakfast is served at the main restaurant, furnished with Louis XV-style chairs. The a la carte Scheria Restaurant proposes international menus. Guests can enjoy a drink at one of the 2 indoor bars or at the Café Del Mare poolside bar. Corfu Palace is ideally situated a 10-minute walk from the centre of Corfu town. The island’s airport is 1 km away.
Location: Agios Ioannis Peristerion, Corfu
Ave nightly price: AUD171 per room
Description: Featuring a private beach area, in Agios Ioannis Peristeron, MarBella Corfu has 5 pools and a spa centre. Its rooms and suites offer spectacular views of the Ionian Sea or the hotel’s lush gardens. WiFi is offered throughout. Opening to a furnished balcony or terrace, all units at MarBella Corfu come with air conditioning and a satellite, flat-screen TV. They also have a mini bar or fridge, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Three restaurants serve Mediterranean and traditional Greek cuisine in charming poolside and seaside settings. In the evening, guests can enjoy a drink or cocktail in one of the bars of the hotel. Free sun beds, towels and umbrellas are provided on the sandy and pebbled beach. Guests can also pamper themselves with a wide range of massage and body treatments. A sauna, a hammam and a fitness room are available. Corfu Town is 17 km from the resort and Corfu International Airport is a 30-minute drive away. Free, private parking is possible on site.
Kontokali Bay Resort & Spa
Location: Kontokali, Corfu
Ave nightly price: AUD165 per room
Description: Located in the green-covered Kontokali peninsula, the green-key awarded Kontokali Bay Resort & Spa boasts its own private beach and a sea-water pool. It features a floodlit tennis court, 4 restaurants and rooms with free WiFi. The rooms and suites are set amidst beautiful gardens. Each offers a balcony or terrace with view of the garden or the Ionian Sea. In-room facilities include air conditioning, a satellite, flat-screen TV and a hairdryer. Dining options at Kontokali Bay include a beach-side restaurant, a beach tavern serving fish specialties and a buffet-style restaurant. The hotel also has a lobby/piano bar and a beach bar. The well equipped spa centre offers an indoor heated pool, hammam, hot tub, 2 saunas and a steam room. Massages, aromatherapy and anti-ageing treatments are also available. Use of the spa facilities is free. A kids' pool is also available. Kontokali Bay Resort is situated just 6 km from Corfu Town, Port and Airport. Staff can arrange various activities such as water skiing, paragliding, horseback riding and mountain biking. Free parking is available nearby.
Mayor Capo Di Corfu
Location: Agios Petros, Kávos, Corfu
Ave nightly price: AUD132 per room
Description: Nestled amidst landscaped gardens, Mayor Capo Di Corfu is located right on the beach in Agios Petros, within 2 km of Lefkimi. It features a swimming pool with a sun terrace, while free WiFi is available in all areas. Opening to a balcony or patio with views of the gardens, all rooms come with air conditioning and a satellite, flat-screen TV with a DVD player. They also have a mini fridge, and a bathroom with a shower, hairdryer and free toiletries. At Arete Restaurant guests can enjoy fresh dishes of Mediterranean and International cuisine as well as vegetarian menus. The a la carte IL Pirata is situated by the pool and serves Mediterranean cuisine. A wide variety of facilities can be found in the premises of Mayor Capo Di Corfu including outdoor pools with mini water slides, tennis court, table tennis and a children's playground. The reception can help with car rentals. Free private parking is possible on site.
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For dry and hot days averaging 28°C (82°F), time your honeymoon holiday during summer – from late June to early September. The mountainous areas are generally cooler.
Corfu and the Ionian Islands generally escape the heat found in mainland Greece and the strong meltemia wind that blows across the Aegean Islands. Winter is mild and rainfall occurs mainly from November to March.
For more climate info: Corfu Weather Guide…
Corfu is the second-largest and best known of the seven Ionian Islands, which lie off the west coast of mainland Greece.
The most convenient route to Corfu is by air to Corfu International Airport (CFU), also known as Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport, located around 3km (1.8mi) south of Kerkyra (Corfu Town).
By ferry, Corfu is 3 hours from Paxi Island, 1 hour 15 minutes from the mainland port of Igoumenitsa and 8 hours from Brindisi, Italy. By high-speed catamaran, Corfu is less than 1 hour from Paxi and 4 hours from Brindisi.
Latest update: Corfu: 24 November, 2019
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