Things to do in Corfu

Things to do in  Corfu

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Steeped in Greek mythology and made-for-Instagram vistas, the northernmost of the Ionian Islands is equal parts historic wonder and island getaway. Forest-cloaked cliffs sweep down to crescents of white sand, where turquoise waters tempt swimmers, water-skiers, and paragliders, and cruise ships depart for surrounding islands. There's no shortage of things to do in Corfu, from exploring whitewashed villages, ancient Greek temples, and Venetian fortresses, to visiting the UNESCO-listed treasures lining the tangled streets. Escape to the olive groves or work up an appetite hiking Mt. Pandokrátor—Corfu's Mediterranean cuisine is another highlight.

Top 12 attractions in Corfu

Paleokastritsa

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According to legend, the Greek village of Paleokastritsa (Palaiokastritsa) is where Odysseus was shipwrecked and met Nausicaa in Homer’s epic tale theOdyssey. It’s a suitable setting for mythical romance, with a string of beaches, olive groves, and cypress forests set against the glittering Mediterranean Sea.More

Kanoni

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Once the capital and heart of the Greek island of Corfu, today Kanoni is a quarter of Corfu town, the island’s modern-day capital. Kanoni has just two beaches but there is plenty else worth seeing, including the 17th-century church of Panagia Vlacherna, Mon Repos Palace, and the Byzantine Church of St. Jason and St. Sosipatros.More

Old Fortress (Palaio Frourio)

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This 14th-century Venetian fortress is a striking sight in Corfu, sitting atop the promontory between the Gulf of Kerkyra and Garitsa Bay and separated from the mainland by the Contrafossa moat. Today, the Old Fortress (Palaio Frourio) is home to a Byzantine art collection, Church of St. George, and panoramic lighthouse.More

Achilleion Palace

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Built as a summer residence by Empress Elisabeth of Austria in 1890, Achilleion Palace in the village of Gastouri is among the top attractions on the island of Corfu. Visit the palace designed by Italian architect Raffaello Caritto in a Pompeian style to see paintings and sculptures of mythical gods, including art dedicated to Achilles.More

Corfu Cruise Port

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The main port on the sun-soaked Greek island of the same name, Corfu Cruise Port serves as a gateway to pristine beaches, verdant mountainous interiors, and Corfu Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A popular stop on Adriatic Sea itineraries, Corfu Cruise Port is also the departure point for ferries bound for other Ionian Islands.More

Spianada (Esplanade)

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Also known as the Esplanade, Corfu’s Spianada is the largest town square in Greece. Located in front of the Old Fortress and home to a mix of Venetian, French, British, and Greek buildings, the square’s construction dates back to the 19th-century French occupation and it is both a popular tourist attraction and the liveliest part of town.More

Kassiopi

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Set around a boat-filled harbor facing across the sapphire channel to Albania, this once sleepy fishing village is now a lively tourist getaway. As well as ample tavernas and bars, Kassiopi also has beautiful beaches, tranquil headland trails, and a ruined Byzantine castle perched on a hillside overlooking the village.More

Corfu Town

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The capital of the Greek island of Corfu, Corfu Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Twin fortresses, known as the Old Fortress and the New Fortress, stand atop two hills overlooking the old town, where you’ll find cobbled lanes strung with clotheslines, squares, museums, and an astonishing number of churches for a city of its size.More

Aqualand Corfu Water Park

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Aqualand Corfu Water Park is the island’s largest, most popular water park, with themed areas catering to fun-seeking visitors of all ages. Stretching across almost 3 acres (1.2 hectares), this family-friendly spot is home to water rides and slides, lazy rivers, and swimming pools for an action-packed day in the sun.More

St. Spyridon Church (Agios Spyridon)

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The 16th-century St. Spyridon Church (Agios Spyridon is among the most impressive sights in Corfu town and houses the remains of its patron saint, Spyridon, said to have repeatedly saved the island from Ottoman attacks. In addition to the saint’s ornate silver casket, the church is known for its lavish frescoes and soaring bell tower.More
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Agios Gordios

Agios Gordios

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Located on the western coast of Corfu, the resort town of Agios Gordios is a paradise of pastel-colored buildings surrounded by rugged mountains, olive groves, and cypress trees. Known for its sandy beaches, Agios Gordios is also a convenient jumping-off point for exploring nearby villages on foot, by bike, or by car.More
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Mount Pantokrator

Mount Pantokrator

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Looming almost 3,000 feet (900 meters above Corfu, Mt. Pantokrator is the tallest peak on the island and offers endless views over the Ionian Islands–as far as Albania on a clear day. Drive or hike to the top to admire the panorama and visit the Moni Pantokrator monastery and Old Perithia, the most historic mountain village on Corfu.More
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All about Corfu

When to visit

Corfu hits its stride in May-October—that’s when its wet winters melt into warm, but not scorching, summers. If your priority is sun and fun, set your sights on June-August when temperatures hover around 77°F (25°C), the resorts are busy with tourists and nightlife, and Corfu’s villages honor their saints with street festivals. The island is also lovely in spring when mild and sunny days predominate, meadows burst with wildflowers, and locals celebrate Easter with processions.

Getting around

Renting a car is the most flexible way to explore Corfu’s interior, beaches, and villages. However, if you want to stay put at a resort with only occasional days out, then the island’s bus network is a good summer option. Look for public buses that crisscross Corfu Town and its surrounds or the infrequent island-wide buses that link the capital to other towns. Cabs are another staple, although in peak season they might be pricey.

Traveler tips

Tucked down a lane near Corfu Old Port in Corfu Town, the no-frills restaurant To Alatopipero is a handy pit stop for filling up before or after a boat or ferry trip. Traditional checker-clothed tables spill out into the alleyway, and the menu is crammed with cheap and cheerful eats, including grilled chicken, fried zucchini, and the island’s beloved, slow-cooked pastitstada beef stew. Expect to eat surrounded by locals—always a good sign.

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What is Corfu famous for?

Corfu is best known for its picturesque beaches, mountains, and olive groves. The island is also famous for a wide range of resorts, from lively Sidari and Kavos to quiet bolt-holes like Kalami. Other attractions include hidden villages and UNESCO-protected Corfu Town, with flagstone lanes, churches, fortresses, and palaces.

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What is the most beautiful part of Corfu?

Paleokastritsa in northwest Corfu is often considered the most beautiful due to its cliff-framed coves, turquoise seas, and wooded hills. However, there are lesser-known places that line up for the title, such as the mountain hamlet of Old Perithia and Lake Korission, a lagoon with rich birdlife and sandy beaches.

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Does Corfu have good nightlife?

Yes, the south coast resort of Kavos is Corfu’s party hot spot with loud pubs, bars, and clubs. Resorts such as Ipsos, Sidari, and Glyfada offer animated nightlife. Corfu’s smaller resorts are more sedate, with friendly tavernas and cocktail bars. Corfu Town balances smart restaurants and bars with high-energy discos.

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How many days in Corfu is enough?

From its green heartlands to UNESCO-listed Corfu Town, Corfu has numerous attractions—so plan on staying a week or two. The first week lets you enjoy the beach and the island’s sociable tavernas and nightlife. Add a second week for time to explore Corfu’s villages, mountains, and history-steeped capital.

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Where should I stay in Corfu?

Where you stay depends on the vacation you want. If you’re after a beach break packed with family fun, go for Paleokastritsa, Sidari, or similar. For serious partying, consider Ipsos or Kavos. Or, for quieter times combined with sightseeing and culinary discovery, choose northeast Corfu’s seaside villages or Corfu Town.

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Is Corfu cheap to visit?

Generally yes, Corfu is cheap to visit. Corfu’s varying resorts offer accommodations spanning from basic to upscale. Corfu Town and the northeast are expensive, however. Eating out in Corfu is cheap compared to Greek islands like Santorini. And it’s got great-value supermarkets and free-to-enter beaches.

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