Whether you’re after a relaxing holiday where sunbathing tops your priorities, or you’d rather explore the area’s rich history, you’ll never be short of things to do in Corfu. A trip to the Greek island can uncover everything from hiking, waterparks and scuba diving to sleepy villages and museums. Here’s an insider’s guide to some of the best sights and experiences that should top your list of things to do in Corfu.

Kérkyra town

Located halfway down the island’s east coast, is the historic Corfu Town (also called Kérkyra). Stroll down its winding lanes packed with restaurants, bars and shops and visit some of Corfu Town’s many museums and churches. Take a trip to the Andivouniótissa (Byzantine) Museum that’s full of unusual pieces from the 15th to 18th centuries, and the excellent Asian Art Museum that’s got plenty of unexpected trinkets and beautiful art on display. Your Corfu things to do list should also include a trip to the Venetian-built 14th century Paleó Froúrio (Old Fort). You can only visit some of the huge site, but you’re still in for some superb views.

Paleokastritsa Monastery

The Theotókou monastery in Paleokastrítsa is popular with tourists and one look at its pastel-hued exterior and breathtaking coastline location and it’s clear why. Founded during the 13th century and rebuilt after a fire, this monastery still has around half a dozen monks still living here.

Canal D’Amour

The popular resort of Sidari is home to coastal sandstone cliffs that have slowly been eroded over time by wind and water into spectacular shapes. The Canal d’Amour remains its most famous, despite the rocky arch long since crumbled. If you’re looking for love, legend states that a swim through the turquoise-blue channel will help you find it. There’s plenty of small coves with sandy beaches nearby too, that are ideal for sunbathing or snorkelling.

Corfu trail

If you’ve got sturdy lungs and love going for a good, long walk (and we really do mean long!), then the Corfu Trail is for you. Covering 136 miles from one end of the island to the other, this trail can take from eight to 10 days to complete. As you set off on the waymarked trail, expect to take in a variety of landscapes from lagoons to massive summits. Just remember to pre-book your accommodation, pack your map, and don’t forget your bug repellent! There are highlights along the trail worth exploring by car or bike if you don’t have the time to walk, such as the ruined monastery of Panagía Arkoudíla and the beautiful Arkoudíla beach.

Dive sites

Corfu is known for being one of the best places in Greece to scuba dive, with dive sites around Paleokastrítsa, Othoní, and the Paxí islets, and the north-east coast is well worth a visit too. Explore Paleokastrítsa and you’ll take in the scenic canyon, sea cave and schooling barracuda. Head to the dive site at Othoní to swim among the two wrecks and cave, while two more caves and a 40-metre wreck can be seen at Paxí. On the north-east coast, popular Agní Reef has another 40-metre deep wreck, soft coral and fireworms. If you’re new to diving then why not add a PADI-approved class to your list of Corfu things to do?

Day trips

There’s plenty of don’t-miss day trips while you’re in Corfu too. Take a boat to Ágii Saránda in Albania and wander around the nearby Roman ruins of Butrint or book an excursion to Paxos and Andípaxi, two small islands to the south east. With so much to see, we’re sure you’ll never run out of things to do in Corfu!

2. Sidari Waterpark

For a day out to keep the whole family entertained, a visit to Sidari Waterpark is a must. Attached to a hotel, it’s a brilliant place to relax on a lounger while the kids keep themselves entertained by whizzing down the slides and splashing in the pools.
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3. Sidari Beach

Between the harbour and the Canal D’Amour cliffs, discover the lively and popular Sidari Beach. Along the long expanse of sand you’ll find tourists relaxing alongside locals, basking in the sunshine and enjoying time with their families.
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4. Drunken Sailor Nightlife Attraction

For a fun-filled night out in Roda, don’t miss an evening at the Drunken Sailor. As you step into the large venue, choose to relax with a cold drink, watch the live music, or play on the games machines at the amusement arcade.
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5. Corfu Aquarium

Escape from the midday heat with a visit to Corfu Aquarium; a small but highly-rated attraction on the west coast of the island. Discover more about Mediterranean marine life as you view the colourful tanks, home to local fish and sea creatures including Moray Eels, lobsters and even an octopus.
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6. Avlaki Beach

Soak up the sunshine as you relax on the warm, pebbly sands of Avlaki Beach. The long Blue Flag bay is the perfect spot to unwind with a good book or snorkel in the clear blue waters.
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7. Acharavi Water Park

For a day out with the kids, go and explore the attractions at Hydropolis Water Park in Acharavi. Race down the slides, splash in the pools or simply relax as you lie back on the sun loungers while enjoying the warm Greek sunshine.
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10. Experience Corfu

There are a variety of different ways you can experience Corfu using Sidari as your starting point. A number of boat excursions are available from the picturesque harbour,
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12. Canal D'Amour

Looking for love? The Canal D’Amour could be the attraction for you. Translating as the Channel of Love, its clear blue waters and beautiful sandstone formation isn’t the only thing that makes it so special.
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13. Vibrant nightlife

Roda has a vibrant nightlife with many excellent bars. You’ll also find plenty of restaurants serving delicious food, as well as a variety of entertainment and many friendly people to enjoy your night with.
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14. Make a splash at a waterpark

Roda is great for families. One of the best things you and the kids can do together is go for a day out at the Aqualand Resort Waterpark. You’ll discover 75,000 square metres of exciting, water based fun.
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16. Enjoy a boat trip

Cruises or boat trips are the best way to see more of Corfu after you’ve seen all that Roda has to offer. When it comes to boat trips, the choice is yours, as there are cruises available to places such as Paxos and Antipaxos.
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17. Relax on the beach

The typical Mediterranean climate in Roda means it’s always a great time to be on the beach. Roda’s long, sandy beach coupled with its spectacular views overlooking the bay makes it the ideal spot to enjoy a relaxing day in the sun.
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18. Aqualand Waterpark

Hop on a bus or drive for about an hour to Agios Ioannis in the centre of Corfu, to one of the best waterparks in the whole of Europe. Park for free and make a day of it at Aqualand and relish in the endless fun of exhilarating water slides.
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19. Island hopping

The only way to truly experience Corfu is by hopping from island to island on one of the exceptional day cruises such as the Kaiki Cruise, which incorporates mainland Greece, Paxos and Antipaxos.
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21. Kavos Nightlife

Kavos is one of the busiest resorts in Corfu and is extremely popular with younger holidaymakers. It truly is a destination that comes alive at night.
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23. The Arillas Beer Festival

If wine isn’t your thing, then the Arillas Beer Festival might be just up your street instead. Just a 45 minute drive away from Kassiopi you’ll find Arillas; home to Corfu’s Microbrewery. You’ll be spoilt for choice, as you’ll get a chance to
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25. Meditation

Find your inner self and take a trip into the hills for a meditation retreat like no other. There are four big meditation centres around Arillas,
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26. Arillas Trail

Put on comfortable footwear, take plenty of water and sun cream and be at one with nature as you take part in this unique experience. The Arillas Trail offers a fantastic opportunity
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28. Sissi's Palace

Located just outside the main tourist hub of Corfu Town, you will find a mesmerising hidden gem in the shape of the Achilleion Palace. Otherwise known as Sissi’s Palace,
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31. Visit Kassiopi

When you think of traditional Greece, you think of quaint fishing villages, picturesque harbours and authentic tavernas lining narrow cobbled streets. Well that’s Kassiopi in a nutshell.
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