The northernmost of Greece’s Ionian Islands, Corfu is the perfect combination of sun, sea and stunning scenery.
Holidays to Corfu
One of the most cosmopolitan of Greece’s islands, Corfu has a vibrant atmosphere and exciting nightlife to support its popularity as a sun and beach destination. Crystal clear water, excellent weather and scenic beaches are just a small part of it though.
Its UNESCO world heritage site old town is a sight to behold, and there are historic castles and monuments scattered throughout the island amongst scenery that will have you reaching for your camera every few minutes.
Add to this one of Europe’s most impressive waterparks, the best scuba diving in Greece, every water sport under the sun, hiking trails and horse-riding, and you truly have the perfect destination for all ages. Families, couples, friends… everyone is catered for in this idyllic island.
Corfu enjoys the usual beautiful Mediterranean weather of hot summers and lots of sunshine, although its climate differs slightly to most of its neighbouring islands, most notably with summer temperatures tending to peak at around 38°C, a far more manageable temperature than some of its neighbours who hit the mid-40°s, and with its slightly higher rainfall during the winter months which we have to thank for the lush greenery of the island, another rarity in much of Greece. Don’t worry though, the rain steers well clear in the summer, so you’re only likely to experience this if visiting in the off-season.
Summer is consistently hot, with the temperatures peaking in July and August. The annual Meltemi winds – a strong, dry northerly wind - also arrive during these months and usually blow for up to 45 days each summer. The wind is generally seen as a welcome relief from the heat and humidity, although be warned that it might affect some activities as it can get pretty strong!
May, June and September see temperatures around the mid-20°s, with very little rainfall and little wind, and are therefore some of the most popular times to visit.
Things to do on holiday in Corfu
Explore everything that this gem of an island has to offer.
Sightseeing & Museums
Corfu is a paradise for anyone wanting to enjoy a spot of sightseeing. The old quarters of its capital, Corfu Town, have been designated a UNESCO heritage site, and not without good reason given the many monuments dating back to medieval times and the beauty of the town itself. Not to be missed are the two Venetian fortresses, the Church of Saint Spyridon (protector of the island), Spianada Square and Liston Promenade.
There is also plenty to see and do outside of Corfu Town; Old Perithia in the north east of the island is Corfu’s oldest village and a heritage protected site in a stunning natural setting. It is also a perfect example of the islands Venetian influence. The view of Mouse Island from Kanoni is spectacular, and there are medieval castles and monasteries dotted all around the island that are well worth finding the time to see, such as the Monastery of Paleokastritsa, the Fortress of Angelokastro and Achilleion Palace.
Corfu also boasts some fascinating museums; the Archaeological Museum, Byzantine Museum and The Museum of Asian Art being three of the best.
Surrounded by lush greenery, caves and spectacular rock formations, there are many beaches in Corfu, and a lot of them are as impressive to look at as they are enjoyable to spend a day (or more!) lying on.
Paleokastritsa on the northwest coast is the most famous, and probably the most picturesque. Huge cliffs surround the coast and there are lots of sea caves to be discovered by boat. There are many others that are equally impressive however; Agios Gordis, Pelekas, Glyfada, Marathias and Issos definitely being some of the best.
Most of the beaches in Corfu are well developed for tourists, and there are plenty of bars, restaurants, shops, and water activities available nearby – ideal for an entire day of beach enjoyment.
There are watersports aplenty in Corfu, and for all ages and inclinations. Inflatable rides, wakeboarding, paragliding, water-skiing, jet skis, aqua striders… the list goes on.
Watersports can be found at most beach resorts, but if this is your passion then Kavos, Dassia, Sidari, Agios, Steefanos & Kalami are your best bets for the greatest option and variety.
Corfu is known as one of the better places to dive in Greece; it has many impressive reefs, underwater caves and shipwrecks, and enjoys great visibility of around 25-30 metres on clear days.
The best dive sites are on the northeast coast, and Kassiopi, Nissaki, Paleokastritsa, Barbati and Gouvia are where the majority of the diving centres are based, offering diving courses, individual dives or equipment rental.
Located in the centre of the island, the 75,000 square metre Aqualand is bound to keep the kids happy for the day with its many different rides and activities, including a lazy river and rafting, as well as the usual mix of slides and wave pools. Less usual for a waterpark however, is the presence of a bouncy castle, adventure playground, an arcade room, table tennis, pool and mini-soccer... all this combined with plenty of sunbeds, umbrellas, bars, restaurants, kiosks, and even a mini-market, and you’ll easily spend an entire day here. You may well even have to drag the kids out at the end of the day!
Fancy a walk? Then Corfu will not disappoint. From hiking in its mountains, to rambling in its hills and open plains, this island is a walker’s paradise. There are footpaths and trails, and many places of interest to head towards, and of course the scenery along the way is magnificent.
Perhaps the most famous walk in Corfu however, is the Corfu Trail; a 222km long footpath that covers the full length of the island and every conceivable landscape. It would take 8-10 days to cover the full course, but of course tackling just a small section is a popular way to spend a day for many. There is also a book that accompanies the trail, so you can keep yourself informed of what you are seeing as you go.
There are many companies offering horse riding tours across the island, whether along a beach or in the foothills of the impressive Mt Pandokrator.
Sailing is unsurprisingly a popular pastime in the Ionian, and there are sailing and yachting opportunities across the island.
There are also a number of fabulous day trips available if you fancy heading off the island for a day and exploring a little further afield. Butrint in Albania, Paxi and Antipaxi – two small Ionian Islands off Corfu’s southeast coast, and Parga and Sivota Islands are some of the best.
Corfu definitely comes to life at night, and there are plenty of places to choose from depending on what you fancy. Thanks to its cosmopolitan atmosphere and large student population, Corfu has some of the best to offer those looking to let their hair down.
Corfu Town has a lively atmosphere all year, and is the perfect place to find lounge and café-bars with a variety of music options. Liston Square and Esplanade are particularly good areas to head for if you fancy a calmer evening enjoying a drink or two in a perfect setting, and should you fancy getting your dancing shoes on later in the evening, there are a number of dance clubs along the New Port.
The majority of the nightlife in Corfu is around the coast however, and there are many clubs and bars to be found with various music styles and themes, but always with plenty of great cocktails! B52 in Ipsos is one of the most popular theme bars, with something different happening every night from karaoke to beach parties to 80s nights, and much more! Edem Club in Dassia is generally considered one of the best clubs on the island and is a must-visit for any hard-core partier, whilst Venue Club is the place to go in Kavos.
Sidari, Acharavi and Kavos are perhaps best known as the liveliest nightlife spots, but you also won't be disappointed in Ipsos, Paleokastritsa, Glyfada and Dasia.