Quaint cobbled streets lined with boutiques and restaurants, pretty architecture and warm sandy beaches await you on holidays in Gouvia. Ideal for those looking for a taste of Greek history with all the modern conveniences, upmarket Gouvia is the perfect Greek Islands paradise for 2017 and 2018. Relaxation is what it’s all about in this charming town, with a choice of pebble or sandy beaches and an array of excellent restaurants for foodies. If you’re looking for some action dive into some of the many water sports available along the seaside. Or, keep your feet dry and explore nearby Corfu Town, which is just 15 minutes away.
Most popular hotels in Gouvia
Art Hotel Debono
Ionian Park Hotel (ex Park Hotel CFU)
Govino Bay Corfu
Angela Corfu Hotel
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 3h 15m
When to go
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Taking it easy is the name of the game on Gouvia holidays, with a fantastic selection of pretty beaches where you can simply watch the world go by. Choose from shingle, pebble or sandy and settle down for the day with a good book. Those who get itchy feet will enjoy sailing, parasailing, jet skiing and more in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Head into the town for the evening and wander back in time through cobbled streets, stopping off in one of the many quaint, independent boutiques along the way. Those looking to try delicious traditional Greek cuisine paired with a selection of wines will not be disappointed.
Wine and Dine
Gouvia holidays cater to foodies and wine lovers alike. Choose from a selection of delightful local restaurants serving up recipes which have been in the family for generations. The calamari is excellent here, with freshly caught seafood almost from the fisherman’s net to your plate, while meat lovers will find excellent local lamb and meat dishes to try. Enjoy al fresco dining as you watch the world go by, as well as expertly paired wines with local flavours. If you prefer to try something different or are on holiday with fussy eaters there are plenty of other cuisines available, including pizza and a selection of Indian, sushi and Chinese eateries. Almost all restaurants will cater to children.
A holiday in Gouvia is ideal for families with children of all ages. Little ones will enjoy the sheltered horseshoe shaped beach which shelves gently into the shallow, calm waters of the sea. Older children can spend their days making the most of the many water sports and activities on offer, or simply splash about in the balmy sea. There’s a wide range of activities on land as well, including horse riding treks through the countryside, while further afield there is a waterpark, play park and even paintball to try. In the evenings there are plenty of eateries which cater to children and a warm, friendly atmosphere.
Action and Adventure
A holiday in Gouvia centres around its stunning beach, with plenty of activities to try. Try your hand at sailing and take in the beautiful countryside along the coast. Let someone else do the work for you and take a boat trip, or make the most of this stunning shoreline, pack a picnic and spend the day walking. For that adrenalin rush you can try parasailing, a banana boat ride or even water skiing. And if that isn’t enough head to the nearby water park, which is just a 15 minute car ride away and will leave groups of all ages wanting to come back for more.
Life's a Beach
Located on the warm sunny east coast of Corfu, Gouvia holidays have long been a popular destination for anyone seeking the elite of the islands beaches. The town’s main beach consists of gleaming white pebbles spread around a sheltered half moon which shelves gently into the sea; ideal for those travelling with little ones. Water sports enthusiasts should head to either end of the shore, where there are jetties and lots of activities to try, while swimmers and sunbathers should settle in the middle. Alternatively, just a five minute drive along the coastline will uncover idyllic sandy coves perfect for children of every age.
Gouvia offers guests a quiet nightlife scene, with restaurants open until late and ideal for those wanting to chat with friends and enjoy a glass of wine late into the evening. There are some bars dotted throughout the centre, which are the perfect place to meet people, watch the world go by and enjoy a cold drink or two. If you’re looking for somewhere to dance in the centre of town you can enjoy some oldie tribute acts which pull in a crowd most evenings. If you’re looking for a bigger night out the large resort of Corfu Town is just 15 minutes away by taxi and is home to a huge choice of both bars and clubs.
Couples will enjoy a romantic break in Gouvia, with sunny days spent soaking up the warmth of the sun on the beach and enjoying each other’s company. For the explorative couples, there is lots of walking to enjoy in the local area, as well as water sports on the main beach and boutique shopping in the centre of the resort. In the evenings there are wine tastings, some charismatic bars, and a fantastic selection of romantic restaurants. Treat your better half to dinner al fresco and enjoy a cool drink among the beautiful architecture and soft, romantic, lights of the town.
The whole town of Gouvia is filled with Greek history, allowing you to step back in time as you soak in the cobbled streets and pretty architecture of the resort. Church Ipapantis is just a 10 minute walk from the town along its stunning coastline. Open in the mornings you can enjoy its historic paintings and ornate interiors, light a candle for a loved one and admire its pretty aspect, stretching out into the harbour. The Venetian Arsenal is a former shipyard, built by the Venetians in the 1700s when they ruled Corfu. It offers a wonderful sense of the long and fascinating history of Greece. Those craving a holiday packed with history, art and culture will not be disappointed, just don’t forget your camera!