Here are 25 Amazing Reasons to Visit Corfu, one of the most beautiful of the Greek Islands. With lots of mountains, over 200km of coastline, lots of sunshine, beaches, ouzo and souvlaki as a start. Corfu is known as Greece’s emerald island because Corfu is one of the greenest islands in Greece. There are more than 2 million olive trees on the island of Corfu adding to its lushness and the food tables. Check out also what to do in Mykonos, another beautiful Greek island.
- 1 Visit Corfu
- 2 The Top Things To Do & See In Corfu
- 2.1 Explore The Old Fortress when you visit Corfu
- 2.2 Explore The New Fortress in Corfu
- 2.3 Wander Corfu Town (Kerkyra)
- 2.4 Stay and Play in The Esplanade
- 2.5 Admire the Church of St. Spyridon (Áyios Spyrídon)
- 2.6 The best beaches when you visit Corfu
- 2.7 Where to Stay when you visit Corfu
- 2.8 Fast Facts about visiting Corfu
The island of Corfu is located just off the West coast of Greece. Corfu enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate. Where olive oil was a predominant industry it is now tourism, so you know it will get crowded in the summer months. This adds to the fun.
Where is Corfu?
Corfu is one of the Ionian Islands. Corfu is very close to Albania with a ferry running between the two countries.
How to get to Corfu
Some airlines fly directly into Corfu, particularly from the UK, and other major European cities into the airport of Corfu named Ioannis Kapodistrias. There are domestic flights from domestic flights from Athens and Thessaloniki. There are also many ferries that make their way to the island, and a lot of cruise ships stop in Corfu.
Getting Around Corfu
Corfu has two bus services based in Corfu Town. The blue-coach operates through the suburban lines from Platía Sarókko. The green buses make the longer distance trips around Corfu.
Food and Wine when Visiting Corfu
Greeks love to eat and love their guests to eat well also. Expect long, languorous meals in this idyllic Mediterranean climate.
The Corfiot cuisine, the food of Corfu, has been very much influenced by Greek and Italian traditions, so you get the best experience. Some specialties to look out for are sofrito, a meat dish with garlic and wine; bourdeto, a fish cooked in red wine and pepper, as well as some of the most incredible fetta cheese, olives and wine, which is exactly what visiting Corfu should look like.
The Top Things To Do & See In Corfu
Explore The Old Fortress when you visit Corfu
Built by the Venetians in 1546, from the light house at the top lighthouse, you have incredible views over the town and east across the sea towards Albania.
Explore The New Fortress in Corfu
The New Fortress was built in 1577 by the Venetians to protect the city against the Turks.
Wander Corfu Town (Kerkyra)
Corfu Town (or Kerkyra as is is often referred to) is the Capital and is an UNESCO world heritage site. The main square at The Liston was built by the French in the style of Rue de Rivoli in Paris . In the centre of the square is the cricket pitch evidence of British influence on Corfu.
Stay and Play in The Esplanade
The Esplanade or Spianada is a large green space, surrounded by the heritage buildings of the Old Town. It is buzzing with cafes and bars and is the second largest square in Europe.
Admire the Church of St. Spyridon (Áyios Spyrídon)
You can’t miss the red-domed bell tower. The church is named after St. Spyridon the patron saint of Corfu.
The best beaches when you visit Corfu
Corfu has pristine clean and beautiful colored waters. Kontokali Beach is close to town and is a vast and sandy beach, with lots of colourful umbrellas and deckchairs lining the beaches, and a large selection of water sports.
Sidari has lots sandy beaches with stunning sandstone formations. There are an amusement park and boats ready to take you on daily excursions to the Diapontia islands.
Paleokastritsa has six beaches. Agia Triada is great for water skiing, para sailing, boat rentals, and the bars and restaurants are amazing. Alipa is a sandy beach, with incredible blue and green crystal clear waters. Agios Spyridonas is picturesque and the most popular of all the beaches in Paleokastritsa. Agios Petros beach has both sand and pebbles and is ideal for water sports. Ambelaki has lovely deep water, and Platakia Beach in Corfu is very popular.
Where to Stay when you visit Corfu
Staying near the Esplanade, means you are in the heart of the action.
Luxury Hotels in Corfu
The elegant Corfu Palace Hotel is on the water and close to town. Latest prices here.
A 15-minute walk from the town is another beautiful luxury property for adults only. Latest prices here.
Mid priced Hotels in Corfu
You will need to catch the bus into the center of the town if you stay at the Sunset Hotel. This is part of the fun and a great way to interact with the generous local people. The property has an outdoor pool.
Closer to town is the budget priced Corfu hotel named City Marina Hotel, with sea views and an easy walk into the old town.
Budget Hotels in Corfu
Try the Hotel Bretagne and save you money for food and drink, and fun.
Fast Facts about visiting Corfu
Corfu Population: 109,512
Capital: Corfu Town called Kerkyra
Corfu Island Size: 597km²
Corfu Highest Mountain: Mount Pantokratoras (906m)
Coastline of Corfu: 217 km
Number of Beaches on Corfu: 92 (Sandy and Shingle)
Language Spoken on Corfu: Greek (English spoken)
These are 25 Amazing Reasons to Visit Corfu in Greece.