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Corfu is the ultimate Greek getaway, with secret coves, olive-strewn hills and bustling beach resorts. Party lovers have been flocking to the island for years, and today the island is still a favourite on many clubbers’ calendars. Ideal for groups, you can explore the towns by day and party by night.

Language

Greek

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+2hrs

Cost of a beer

around €3 a bottle

3 course meal

around €25

Flight times

3hrs

Still going strong

Corfu has been a favourite with British visitors since the 1980s and its popularity shows no sign of waning. Sun seekers continue to flock to the beaches of Sidari, and Kavos still thrums to the sound of party beats. The cultural sites are a magnet for history lovers looking to uncover the secrets of Corfu’s past.

Beautiful beaches

Corfu’s beaches are some of the best in Greece, especially the ones along the west coast where the golden sands are at their softest. Many of the beaches are nice and wide so there’s plenty of room for everyone. The sand is golden, the sea glistens and the surrounding scenery is second to none.

A rural retreat

Away from the coast Corfu is surprisingly green, with hillsides carpeted in olive groves. In the more remote corners of the island the locals still celebrate the changing seasons with religious festivals and fairs. Despite being home to a handful of lively resorts, you’ll also find Corfu a peaceful place for a relaxing retreat.

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Kerasia

This tiny resort is so peaceful. It has just one restaurant and bar around its waterfront. As such, it’s the perfect place to relax and get away from it all, along the stunning northern coastline of Corfu.

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Lake Korrison

The beautiful Lake Korrision sits on the southwestern coast of Corfu. As well as being an idyllic stretch of water, it has a small number of restaurants and shops and a golden sandy beach nearby.

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Nissaki

At face value, Nissaki is the ideal blend of sandy shores and pure aquamarine waters. But the more you explore, the more you’ll find in this peaceful paradise.

Beaches

You’ll find golden sands galore at the beaches surrounding Sidari, Acharavi and St George South. Sink your toes into unspoiled stretches on the island and top spots for windsurfing and other active watersports, too. Take a seat and stay long enough to watch the sun go down on these glorious patches.

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Acharavi Beach

Acharavi Beach

Acharavi, Corfu

The three-kilometre long Acharavi beach has pebbles but becomes sandier and less crowded the further you head out. With its clean, clear waters and shallows safe for swimming it is popular with families. You...
Aghios Spyridon Beach

Aghios Spyridon Beach

Aghios Spyridon, Corfu

Agios Spyridon Beach is a quiet, beautiful sandy beach between crystal clear waters and lush greenery. The beach has been awarded a Blue Flag. You can hire sun loungers and parasols and buy refreshments at...

Sights

A day trip to Corfu Town is a must. The UNESCO-listed Old Town dates back to 8th century BC, and comes with two forts, a clutch of medieval churches and plenty of leafy squares. See beyond to museums, palaces and castles too – it’s like a chapter from a history book.

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Achilleion Palace

Achilleion Palace

Perama, Corfu

The Achilleion Palace was built as a summer palace by Empress Elisabeth of Austria in 1890, a year after the tragic loss of her only son. Fascinated by Greek mythology, her palace set in beautiful gardens was...
Ancient temples on the island of Delos

Ancient temples on the island of Delos

Agios Ioannis, Corfu

Just off the coast is the UNESCO-listed island of Delos. It was a busy port and is thought to be the birthplace of Apollo and his sister Artemis. The island is barren but packed with ancient ruins of temples, a...

Activities

For water-based fun away from the sea, there’s a wild waterpark complete with slides of all shapes and sizes, plus one awesome wave pool! But if getting active is at the top of your list, there are plenty of islands to explore by boat trip or biking route.

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Aqualand Waterpark

Aqualand Waterpark

Agios Ioannis, Corfu

Aqualand Waterpark is fun for children of all ages. Get your adrenaline pumping with high slides like the Kamikaze and Black Hole and then relax in the wave pool. There are also pools, boat rides and a bouncy...
Boat tours

Boat tours

Corfu Town, Corfu

Explore Corfu at a slightly slower pace with a relaxing boat trip. With everything from romantic, lazy cruises to party trips, there’s an excursion for you. Enjoy stunning coastal scenery as well as the...

Eating and drinking

Follow your nose into one of the waterfront or hillside tavernas and you’ll discover a wealth of Greek treats. Two Corfiot delicacies to look out for are pasta dish pastitsada, as well as sofrito – beef cooked in white wine sauce. You’ll find some great eateries serving international dishes, too.

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A range of restaurants

A range of restaurants

Kassiopi, Corfu

Kassiopi has a broad range of restaurants, some widely recommended, serving Greek, Mediterranean and international dishes well as traditional Greek tavernas with hearty home-cooking. You won’t go hungry –...
A trip down the main strip

A trip down the main strip

Sidari, Corfu

The main strip has a large array of restaurants and bars, which get quite lively after dark. British dishes are often served with a Greek twist, and there are plenty of sports bars around - so you won't miss...

Shopping

Leather goods, pottery and olive-wood carvings are some of Corfu’s finest exports. You can get good deals on all of them in the local shops and markets, especially if you’re willing to haggle. For beautiful gold and silver jewellery, dive into the old quarter in Corfu Town.

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Beachfront shops

Beachfront shops

Sidari, Corfu

The beachfront is peppered with little shops where you can pick up holiday essentials and souvenirs. Plus there’s a small shopping centre behind the harbour where you’ll find a fantastic selection of silver...
Bustling shopping streets

Bustling shopping streets

Corfu Town, Corfu

In Corfu Town you’ll find the best choice of shops selling handmade arts and crafts and culinary treats. Most close over lunchtime but are open late and you’ll find some good bargains and authentic treasures if...

Nightlife

Kavos is the island’s party capital, with a club-packed strip and pumping beachfront bars. Sidari and Acharavi offer more family-friendly fun, with karaoke nights and tribute acts. For a laid-back evening of people-watching, bag yourself a table at one of the outdoor bars in Corfu Town’s main square.

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A good bunch of late-night bars

A good bunch of late-night bars

Roda, Corfu

Built in a triangular shape Roda is easy to walk around and has more than enough bars to try a different one each night of a two-week holiday. Many stay open till the early hours and have entertainment with...
A legendary night out

A legendary night out

Kavos, Corfu

Kavos is the nightlife capital of Corfu and is especially popular with younger holidaymakers. With its neon-lit strip, packed with clubs and bars you’re spoilt for choice. Whatever you’re into, from thumping...
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