Captivating Corfu holidays 2019
Out in the Ionian Sea and off the western shore of Greece sits the lush island of Corfu. Many embark on a holiday to Corfu for beauty and pleasant summers, taking full advantage of its warm climes and alluring landscapes. Whether you long for a day on the beach or a mix of sightseeing and trekking, a holiday in Corfu is sure to tick the boxes! Apart from its sunny beaches and mystical green forests, Corfu wows its visitors with striking blue waters which make it a top destination for spending quality time away from it all.
Corfu’s postcard-perfect historical sites and natural surroundings are well suited for all kinds of activities, from hiking to sightseeing to having a blast in a club after a day’s rest on the beach. Local clubs and tavernas are a great way to acquaint yourself with the Greek way of life through its fare, dance, and laid-back attitude. Discover everything this island has to offer, including all inclusive holidays and our top Corfu hotels and you can have all you need at your fingertips.
Most popular hotels in Corfu
Mareblue Beach Resort
Aeolos Beach Resort
Gelina Village Waterpark
The Royal Hotel
Grecotel Eva Palace
Kommeno Bay, Corfu
Quayside Village Hotel
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- Time Zone: GMT +
- Average flight time: 3h 0m
When to go
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Corfu holidays offer a range of things to do in a variety of resorts. While younger holidaymakers might rush off to sip freedom in the party-orientated city of Kavos, Kassiopi attracts adventure-seekers with a similar buzz. In Kassiopi pebbly beaches jutting out into rocky coves and bays are just as common as tavernas, clubs and music bars. Fancy a taste of local heritage and culture on your Corfu holiday? Kassiopi Castle is just the ticket.
Soaking up the sun on one of Corfu’s beaches is just as good as venturing down a trail into the cool of a pine forest, all thanks to Corfu’s northern location. With views of the Albanian coast, Acharavi is a top choice for a beach holiday. For a classic Greek island feel and picturesque beaches on your holiday in Corfu, Aghios Nikolaos ticks the boxes. For a mix of great beaches and an awesome evening atmosphere, Sidari is one of our favourite destinations. Kavos Beach is popular with the younger crowd, and if you're looking for a party, you'll find it here.
You will find that the weather in Corfu is great for both action-packed holidays and sightseeing alike. Chapels, forts and palaces challenge long stretches of beaches in a battle for your attention, making both culture and nature the two main reasons why a holiday in Corfu is a must.
When on holiday in Corfu, eating throughout the day is just as much of an activity as any other. For a starter, satisfy your pangs of hunger with a bowl full of fresh salad and feta or the savoury tiropita. Greeks have a way with meat and spices, so feel free to sink your teeth into their succulent sofrito and stifado for the main course. Top it off with a sweet dessert such as baklava for a real all-round Greek experience.
To embrace the true lifestyle of the Greeks however, make your way to one of the local Kafenions, grab a friend and share your stories over coffee, Greek-style. As an alternative, grab a glass of tsitsibira – the second best thing to ginger beer! While a traditional Greek taverna is still a place to go to for a midday meal, take the chance at an ouzeria where you wash down mezze with... you guessed it, ouzo. If you yearn for some red carpet treatment, try a posh estiatorio instead. For a sweet finish, go to a zacharoplasteion where coffee, sweets and baked goods - all are sold in one place. How convenient!
Some of the top destinations to enjoy some cuisine at a range of tavernas would have to be the top resorts, such as Acharavi, Sidari and Aghios Nikolaos.
Holidays to Corfu are a natural pick for both solo travellers and family holidays owing to its reputation as a safe haven. Apart from the all-time favourite pastimes you find on the beach, there are water parks in Corfu that offer a mixed bag of beautiful surroundings and fun with their sky-high water slides.
But what’s a Greek island without ruins? Corfu is home to a number of well-preserved sights as well as overgrown ruins. These are perfect for outdoor activities such as treasure hunts or picnicking in the wild. Depending on where you’re staying, your resort may also provide options such as horse cart rides or flying model aircraft. Keep your eyes peeled for these lesser known attractions not to be missed.
We'd like to suggest Aghios Ioannis, which is one of the lesser-known destinations but fantastic for families. It has one of the largest waterparks in Europe, Aqualand!
Action & Adventure
You are bound to get your second wind with the first rays of the Corfu sun. Pine tree forests offer many trails for trekking, and the little villages off the beaten track hide many a secret for you to discover on foot. Bikes and motorbikes are alternatives to getting round the island too. Those into sports will hardly get out of shape taking advantage of facilities for tennis, golf and cricket. Talking adventure would not be complete without water sports, so take a ride in a canoe or pedalo as a warm-up, and then feel the adrenaline rush as you have a go on a wakeboard or a pair of water skis. Top resorts for watersports include the bustling Gouvia and off the coast of Acharavi, one of Corfu's top resorts. Try diving and paragliding if you want to look at your holiday in Corfu from a brand-new perspective!
The island has all the makings of a beach lover’s paradise, especially in the summer months. When's best to go on holiday to Corfu? Travel in early June or late September and you can enjoy slightly cooler climes, and the island has plenty of places to satisfy your inner beach bum’s holiday needs.
For a holiday that makes the most of the coast, the former fishing village Roda proves to be among the most popular with sand-seekers. There are all sorts of ways to keep busy in Roda, many of which include making a splash, of course! Quad bike safaris, cycling, horse riding and fishing, along with boat trips and water sports are up for grabs for an all-round experience.
For activities, you'll want to check out Gouvia (head here for beach-based nightlife, too!) or Dassia. Fans of sandy beaches choose the town of Aghios Gordios mainly for its coastal views. This is also where active adventurers make the most of the scenery while having a blast on a motorbike or taming the waves from the safety of a hired boat. Other top favourites include Acharavi, Sadari and Aghios Nikolaos, all with that Ionian Sea lapping at their shores.
When it comes to nightlife, Corfu is as mixed as they come – in other words, nightlife in Corfu can be whatever you want it to be. If you’re after a relaxing evening meal, Corfu Town is the place to be. Dotted with family-run restaurants and chilled bars, it’s easy to see why holidaymakers love this part of Corfu so much.
On the opposite end of the scale, you’ll find Kavos and Gouvia. If you’re looking for a night out like no other that you may or may not remember, this is the place to be. A Corfu clubbing holiday will definitely take in Kavos Town. Packed with buzzing nightclubs and neon-lit bars, it doesn’t take long before holidaymakers are up on the dancefloor. Best of all, drinks are cheap – meaning the nightlife here is rarely a quiet affair, and you'll enjoy a cheap holiday.
For lovebirds in search of a romantic escape like no other, look no further than a holiday in Corfu. Corfu’s awe-inspiring backdrops, sweeping coastline and cosy ocean-front tavernas mean this is an island that lends itself effortlessly to a blissful couples retreat. If you’re a duo in search of adventure or simply a peaceful break to get away from it all, Corfu’s endless attractions in the form of ruins and ever-popular water sports make it a highly recommended choice for a couple’s getaway.
Acharavi is one of the most popular resorts on Corfu, and one of the most iconic. Head here if you're looking for the simple Corfu holiday, with beaches, bars and pools. Aghios Nikolaos is a little more laid-back, and generally less busy: perfect for a few quiet moments with a loved one. For even more tranquillity and peace, head east to Perama. Clear seas and white sands, Perama is perfect if you're looking for a loved-up beach holiday to Corfu. There are also plenty of all inclusive hotels, perfect for couples in Corfu.
Culture vultures, get your picnic baskets ready and set out to Angelókastro - Corfu's most prized castle that still stands tall today. Yet another reason for Greeks to be proud of their heritage! There are various quintessential towns and villages dotted around Corfu. Heading north into the country towards the northern resort of Acharavi you're bound to stumble across some treats.
Seeing Corfu’s crystal waters and green mountains is enough to put you in a dreamy mood, so a leisurely stroll amidst its nature and against a backdrop of deserted ruins is never a bad option. For complete immersion hire a boat or a yacht and set out in search of a secluded beach or cove, many of which are best accessed by sea. We cannot promise you will be the first to set foot there, but these minor spots are unmatched for their peace and quiet.