Idyllic beaches surrounded by lush scenery, sleepy fishing villages and some of the best nightlife Greece has to offer, Corfu holidays have couples and families covered.
Hidden among olive groves and lapped by the Ionian Sea, this stunning island is home to a host of beautiful resorts. Find beach towns like Roda and Sidari nestled on the northern coast alongside the beautiful charms of Corfu Town. History fans will love wandering its old town, where pastel-coloured architecture and cobblestone streets are a throwback to its Venetian rule. There’s plenty to see in the south too, from the pumping party scene of Kavos to long stretches of sand in Agios Georgios.
Things to do
Whether you want exploration, relaxation or a night on the tiles, holidays to Corfu offer for every type of traveller. Head along the winding mountain pass to Mount Pantokrator on the northeastern coast to reach the island’s highest point. And don’t forget to explore the traditional villages hidden amid the steep slopes on your way up to the summit. Elsewhere, older couples will love delving into Corfu’s enchanting mixed heritage, from Georgian palaces built by the British to century-old Venetian fortresses. After dark, it’s time to hit one of Europe’s top clubbing resorts, Kavos! Packed with lively bars, quiet nights are off the cards here. Or if you prefer something a little tamer, head a little further up the coast to Ipsos and Dasia for a more relaxed evening.
Nicknamed the ‘Emerald Isle’ for its green rugged landscape, you’re bound to be blown away by Corfu’s mountain meets sea views, some even stretching as far as Albania. And the old fortress in Corfu Town should be your first stop. Celebrated for its incredible panoramas with terracotta rooftops on one side and the Ionian on the other, the vistas are spectacular! The monastery at Paleokastritsa is another must-visit, especially in the evening when you’ll get to witness one of the island’s most amazing ocean sunsets.
If sleepy Greek villages aren’t your thing, then it’s time to sample the island’s lively side. Perfect for party-mad couples or those wanting to let their hair down with a group of friends, Kavos promises plenty of sleepless nights. Stacked with bars and clubs, the strip comes alive every evening until the late hours of the morning. For a less hectic alternative, Sidari has a great after-dark atmosphere with a good selection of night spots, from karaoke to shisha bars.
Great for families
With plenty of hotels suited towards families, you can easily stay in one place during your holidays to Corfu. But if you want to get out and explore, beach-hopping is a must! Find Blue Flag shores dotted right across the island, like Agios Spyridon, whose clean sands and safe swimming conditions are great for mini paddlers. Too hot to hit the coast? Then, take a scenic trek through the olive groves with a visit to one of the many child-friendly horse riding schools. Or, you can always hop on a glass-bottom boat from Corfu Town, where there'll be opportunities to feed the fish. And for more fast-paced fun, don’t forget to visit Sidari waterpark.
Places to stay
Found on Corfu’s north coast, Sidari attracts a good mix of families and couples, who come here to soak up its untouched, natural beauty. Sugar-coloured rock formations lead into the sea to create a string of isolated beaches, meaning you’ll have swathes of sand all to yourself. Close by, you’ll find the charming fishing village of Agios Stefanos. Its golden beach is a real gem with lush scenery on one side and the calm Adriatic on the other. Or, if you’re looking for a buzzing post-exam paradise, Kavos is just the place. From 90s floor-fillers to the latest chart-toppers, there’s no such thing as a dull night in this party mecca.
Sitting on a peninsula, on the east coast of Corfu, this small village is perfect for a relaxed and tranquil Greek holiday. It’s most famous for its stunning views over Mouse Island, which can be easily reached by a very short boat ride. Or book into the 5 star beauty, Corfu Holiday Palace, overlooking the island, and boasting its very own private stretch of sand. Stay at this standout hotel and you’ll also be placed just 4km from the historic town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A serene and beautiful village on the northeast coast of Corfu, Barbati is loved for its white pebbled coves, backed by olive groves and cypress trees. Nestled between two hills, it’s a great spot for a quiet Greek holiday for couples or families, away from the bustling crowds. It’s well worth booking into Golden Mare Resort if you want to be close to the idyllic Barbati Beach. This charming hotel is just a 10-minute stroll, or free minibus ride away from those sapphire waters.
A lively resort on the southern coast of Corfu, Kavos is a popular spot for party-goers, with a vibrant after dark scene and buzzing atmosphere. It’s also home to a long, sandy beach, stretching over 5km, watersports galore, and larger than life music festivals. So you can stay up until the early hours of the morning, before relaxing on the blissful shoreline. Check into Capo Di Corfu to be right on the edge of those crystal-clear waters.
Famous for its stunning coastline and vibrant nightlife, Sidari is great for families, couples and groups of friends. When you’re not kicking-back on the sandy beaches, or hitting up the clubs and bars, there’s historic landmarks to explore, such as the historic town of Corfu and the Achilleion Palace. If you want to be at the foot of its most famous beach, Canal d' Amour, book into Amour Holiday Resort.
Saint George South
A laid-back, natural beauty, Saint George South begs you to unwind. You could spend your days soaking up the sun on its long sandy beach, one of the most beautiful on the island, or head out by boat to explore its nearby coves. A must-see if you do visit is Lake Korission, a natural lagoon surrounded by wildlife. If you’re seeking an All Inclusive Greek paradise, check out Labranda Sandy Beach Resort, set on the edge of toe-sinking sands.
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