Corfu Town’s mesmerising mix of cobbled streets and modern amenities make it an ideal destination for a 2017 holiday. Corfu’s capital offers visitors excellent shopping, cultural highlights, bustling nightlife and easy access to the rest of the island’s attractions. Surrounded on two sides by huge fortresses, Corfu Town boasts imposing buildings that are a great place to explore the town’s history and take in views over the rooftops and coast below. Home to the island’s top restaurants, the winding maze of the old town’s streets are packed with world-class eateries, small cafes and bars.
Visiting the nearby Vidos Island opens up a whole host of secluded spots to explore, far from the main tourist traps on the island of Corfu. With theme parks, water parks and a vast range of sporting activities close by, you’re guaranteed not to be bored on a holiday to Corfu Town. With some superb hotels offering top-notch accommodation and glistening swimming pools to lounge beside, you may not even want to leave your hotel.
Most popular hotels in Corfu Town
Mayor Mon Repos Palace Art Hotel
Corfu Town, Corfu
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 3h 5m
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Don’t be fooled by the narrow streets winding through Corfu Town. These tiny roads are a gateway to The Esplanade, one of the largest squares in Europe. Winding your way through this labyrinth of alleyways is a highlight of a Corfu Town holiday. Discovering hidden gems, chic boutiques and quirky cafes - or just indulging in some people watching - can quickly become a daily habit.
Around the town, there are fortresses, historic churches and museums - all with a tale to tell about the island’s history. A visit to St. Spiridon’s Church reveals that it’s the home of the mummified remains of the patron saint of Corfu. Away from the old relics, there’s a range of sports, water sports and activities happening in and around town. Use the town as a base to hike all, or part of, the Corfu Trail, visit nearby water parks and hire a car or bike to explore the island. Don’t forget to head back to the maze of the old town to shop ‘til you drop for holiday souvenirs.
Wine and Dine
A holiday to Corfu Town is the ideal opportunity to sample some Corfiot cuisine. Unlike restaurants back home, starters and mains are often served at the time - worth remembering when you’re ordering. To eat like a local, order a few dishes and pass them around the table to share. As well as being a popular island tradition, it’s also the best way to try as many wonderful dishes as possible in one meal.
One of Corfu’s best recipes is the pastitsada, which represents a delicious fusion of Greek and Italian cooking. Chicken, tomatoes, pasta and spices all combine to make a tasty pasta dish full of familiar flavours. Track down a local, authentic Corfiot restaurant for a pastitsada cooked to the traditional recipe. Corfu Town’s cosmopolitan vibe means a Greek holiday needn’t mean menus are limited to Greek salads and moussakas. The wealth of international restaurants that line the streets of Corfu Town ensure you can indulge your inner foodie and experience some top-quality meals.
A holiday in Corfu Town provides the ideal base for families looking for a varied holiday with plenty to do. Locally, museums, fortresses and narrow streets bursting with old-world character will ignite young and eager imaginations. Further afield, kids will love Corfu’s beaches and waterparks where everyone in the family can make a splash and cool off in the hot summer sun.
Active families can head to Mount Pantokrator. Corfu’s highest peek is scalable without climbing equipment - perfect for an afternoon hike or picnic. On the clearest days, it’s possible to see Italy - over 100 kilometres away. Horse riding, tenpin bowling and children’s play parks all add to the ever-growing list of activities guaranteed to keep visitors young and old happy on a Corfu Town holiday.
Action and Adventure
If long days spent lounging by the pool get you yearning for adventure, Corfu Town can deliver. Petrol heads can head off on a 4x4 safari tour of the island, or hire your own for some off-road adventures. Bird-watchers can head out of town to the island’s lagoons, where migrating species can be seen stopping off for a rest on their annual journey. If you’re keen to explore on foot, Corfu is a walker’s haven. A 220km-long hiking path takes you through the island’s diverse range of landscapes. Do the Corfu Trail in sections or just choose one part to experience some truly fantastic scenery and great walks.
If all that sounds a little too tiring, there’s always the option of exploring the countryside on horseback. With many riding stables offering treks into Corfu’s forests, there are plenty of steeds waiting to take the hard work out of discovering Corfu’s hidden gems. Did we mention the water sports? Fishing, kayaking, water-skiing, diving, sailing and yachting are all accessible for everyone from beginners to seasoned professionals. With tennis, golf, cricket and cycling all featuring as well, there’s no reason to be bored on a holiday to Corfu Town.
Life's a Beach
Although Corfu Town itself doesn’t have a sandy shore to lounge on, beach lovers have plenty of options. If you’re a keen swimmer, there are some sheltered coves near the Old Fortress. Used mainly by locals, this is Corfu Town’s best kept swimming secret. Most sun, sea and sand enthusiasts on a Corfu Town holiday head to the extensive beach complex at Dassia. A sand and pebble beach stretches across the front of the cosmopolitan resort. Sun beds and umbrellas line the flat beach, giving you chance to soak up the sun. A line of trees back the sands, providing welcome respite from the hot summer sun.
Boat trips leave the bay, taking visitors to other beaches and nearby hotspots, and some secluded coves are also within walking distance. Vidos Island is just a 5-minute boat ride away from Corfu Town. As well as the opportunity to discover the island’s wildlife, buildings and monuments, the beautiful beaches are under-used and provide the ideal place to escape the crowds.
Corfu Town offers holidaymakers the best mix of nightlife with laid-back evenings spent on terraces alongside all-night parties in the town’s clubs. Definitely a place that has something for everyone to enjoy. Cafés in picturesque squares and on scenic promenades are open late into the evening for the ultimate in casual dining. Enjoy a light evening meal and indulge in a spot of people-watching as holidaymakers and local residents wander past.
The beating heart of Corfu Town’s clubbing scene can be found just past the port, with a handful of nightclubs staying open into the early, early hours. Corfiot beats mix with the latest Euro pop and dance chart toppers to keep the party going. In the summer months, Corfu Town hosts a series of free, open-air concerts. Families, couples and friends all gather to enjoy the live music and dancing. With plenty of space on the esplanade, it’s a great place to enjoy a picnic amongst the crowds.
The beautiful Greek island of Corfu is an idyllic romantic destination and Corfu Town holidays are just the place to share a sun-drenched getaway and leave the hassles of everyday life behind. The old town is brimming with old-world charm and the narrow streets provide a maze of shops, cafes and historic buildings to discover. With secluded sandy coves and the nearby island of Vidos to explore, there are plenty of chances to escape the crowds and enjoy some quality time together as a couple. Whether you’re sunning yourselves on a lounger by the pool, taking to the water for a swim or indulging in a local restaurant’s gastronomic delights, Corfu Town is a place you can enjoy together as a couple.
Corfu Town’s culture and history is heavily influenced by the colonies that once inhabited the island. Byzantines, Russians, Corinthians and the Romans have all left their mark in one way or another. For an insight into how these colonies lived on the island, visit the Byzantine and Archaeological Museum. With plenty of exhibits to enjoy, the cool walls of the museum offer respite from the heat of the summer sun and hold the keys to Corfu Town’s past. To walk in the footsteps of past colonies, head to the east of the old town where you’ll find the Old Fortress built by the Venetians in the 16th century. As well as the historical setting, the fortress offers fantastic views over Corfu Town and the bay below. Corfu Town also has New Fortress to explore, built just 30 years after the Old Fortress, the Venetians built it to protect the island from invading Turks. Stop off at the food market on route to grab a picnic. An impromptu al fresco lunch on the fortress roof is a great way to enjoy views of the old town below.