Corfu

Ionian Sea, Greece

Located in the Ionian Sea, the idyllic Corfu is one of the most famous holiday destinations in Greece, known for its beaches, natural landscapes, traditions, and local delicacies. Find all the information you need about Corfu: must-see locations, beaches, nightlife, food recommendations, and ferry schedules. Book cheap ferry tickets to Corfu on Ferryhopper in just a few clicks!

Traditional houses in the mountain village of Giannarades in Corfu

The traditional mountain village of Giannarades

Holidays in Corfu

The island of Corfu, Kerkyra in Greek, is located in the north Ionian Sea. Known for its elegant style, impressive architecture and many historical monuments, the island is guaranteed to take your breath away.

A great starting point for your holidays in Corfu is the Old Town, located close to the main port. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town offers unique natural and cultural beauty with its narrow alleys and majestic mansions.

The island has a long coastline with many beautiful beaches to discover. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly holiday destination or a getaway option for couples and groups of friends, Corfu has everything you can ask for!

The best time to visit Corfu is from June to September, during the high season. Alternatively, you can plan a trip during Easter and enjoy local traditions and delicacies.

The Vlacherna Monastery and the Pontikonisi islet in Corfu

The emblematic Vlacherna Monastery and the islet of Pontikonisi in the background

How to get to Corfu

You can get to Corfu from mainland Greece by plane or ferry. There are also flights to Corfu from more countries in Europe, as well as a seasonal ferry connection from Italy. 

See all Corfu ferry schedules below.

Tip: the Corfu International Airport is 2km from the main town and 3km from the closest port.

What to do in Corfu

Corfu is one of the largest Greek islands, boasting a diverse and interesting history that dates back to the Paleolithic Period.

There are plenty of things to see and do in Corfu. You can visit the island’s beautiful sandy beaches, explore castles and old mansions, experience its lively nightlife, and taste local delicacies.

Below, you can find detailed information for your holidays on the island, including the best beaches and the hidden gems of sightseeing!

Beaches in Corfu

The beaches of Corfu are great for swimming, diving and relaxation! Have a look at some top picture-perfect beaches that Ferryhopper suggests:

  • Rovinia: this is an idyllic beach, remote and great for relaxation. Its emerald waters, white pebbles, impressive rock formations, and green surroundings offer magnificent views. Keep in mind that there is limited shade on this beach.
  • Paleokastritsa: this beach has been awarded with a Blue Flag certification for its quality and sustainable environmental management. It is a popular spot for water sports. 
  • Halikounas: if you prefer swimming spots with a lot of sand and strong winds, make sure to visit Halikounas, the largest beach in Corfu. Here, you can try windsurfing, kitesurfing and other water sports.
  • Issos: it’s a large sandy beach, located next to the cedar forest of Korission.
  • Glyfada: close to the main town of the island, it is one of the most popular beaches on the island. It is a perfect option for families, with its blue waters, various services, and many tavernes and bars nearby.
  • Agios Gordios: this is a large popular beach with golden sand, shallow waters and impressive greenery. You can find plenty of sun loungers and restaurants.
  • Canal d' Amour: this is one of the most famous beaches in Corfu, because of its impressive landscapes. Canal d’ Amour was formed due to the corrosive power of the sea on the sandstone, which has created several caves and passages. If you’re visiting in the summer, make sure to arrive early to find a good spot!
  • Mirtiotissa: this is a wild, remote beach with natural surroundings, which is also nudist-friendly. To get there, you need to drive on a narrow dirt road.
  • Stelari: this is a heavenly pebble beach with crystal-clear waters and beautiful greenery. The only way to visit Stelari is by boat.
  • Porto Timoni: this is one of the least explored beaches in Corfu, despite its amazing landscape. It is made up of two sandy coasts and is ideal for underwater exploration and snorkeling. There’s also a small sea cave with reinvigorating waters. The beach is only accessible by boat or via a hiking trail.

Beaches of Porto Timoni and Limni in Corfu

The idyllic coasts of Porto Timoni and Limni

Sightseeing and activities in Corfu

There are numerous monuments in Corfu, all of which encompass the island’s rich history. As for its natural landscapes, there are wild mountains, impressive waterfalls and dreamy lakes for you to visit.

Here are some of the most popular sights and best experiences in Corfu:

  • Archaeological Museum of Corfu: here, you can admire impressive findings and learn more about the past of the island. The museum is accessible to people with reduced mobility and vision impairment.
  • Old Venetian fortress: this Venetian fortress emerged during Byzantine times and offers beautiful views.
  • Spianada Square and Liston Street: this is one of the largest squares in Europe. You can find the famous Liston Street right by the square, with its French architecture and elegant cafés.
  • Kanoni: this is a cosmopolitan neighborhood, ideal for walking and further understanding the beautiful architecture of the island.
  • Achilleion Palace: this palace was built by Empress Elisabeth of Austria in honor of Achilles, the mythical Greek hero. You can admire the palace’s marvelous architecture and explore beautiful gardens.
  • Angelokastro Castle: this Byzantine castle is built on the top of a steep hill. It takes about 20 minutes to reach it on foot and the climbing rewards you with an impressive view.
  • Korission Lagoon: the lagoon of Korission is an important Natura-protected wetland with great biodiversity. Here, you can take a walk through reeds, tamarisk trees, cedars, and sand dunes!
  • Nymfes Waterfalls: these impressive waterfalls are located in a lush forest. To get there, you first have to reach the village of Nymfes and then follow a 2km dirt road.
  • Mount Pantokrator: it’s the highest mountain in Corfu (about 906m). Here, you can visit pretty picturesque villages, follow hiking trails and enjoy views of the Ionian Sea and the coast of Albania.

Columns with colored capitals at the Achilleion Palace in Corfu

Columns of the majestic Achilleion Palace with colored capitals

Nightlife in Corfu

Corfu is an island with nightlife options for all tastes! In the Old Town and nearby villages, there are many traditional and fine dining restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and tavernes. From trying out local delicacies to experiencing the island’s vibrant nightlife, Corfu has everything you need!

If you’re looking for some relaxation under the moonlight, we recommend that you have a drink at Liston in the Old Town.

Alternatively, if you want to dive deep into the energetic nightlife of Corfu, you can visit the clubs at Emporiko, located close to the port. Other popular resorts include Acharavi, Paleokastritsa, Sidari, Benitses, and Dasia. 

Food in Corfu

Corfu is one of Greece’s gastronomic capitals. The island is famous for its traditional cuisine and delicious products, encompassing several culinary traditions.

During your holidays in Corfu, we recommend that you try:

  • Pastitsada: pasta with braised meat and fresh tomato-based sauce
  • Sofrito: veal cooked in wine with garlic and parsley
  • Bourdeto: fish cooked in red pepper broth
  • Bianco: fish stew with garlic and lemon juice
  • Savoro: fish cooked with garlic, vinegar and rosemary
  • Mandolato: soft nougat with honey and almonds
  • Kumquat: citrus fruit used to make alcoholic drinks, marmalade and spoon sweets

Alley with restaurants in the Old Town of Corfu

A scenic alley with restaurants in the Old Town of Corfu

Villages in Corfu

Apart from visiting the impressive town of Corfu, we recommend that you explore the scenic villages of the island.

Here are some of our favorite places on the island:

  • Corfu Town: the capital of Corfu, with impressive buildings and cute little shops. Here, you can observe how the island’s architecture has been influenced by Venetian, French and British artistry.
  • Agios Mattheos: this is a mountain village that dates back to the 16th century CE. There are numerous narrow alleys, stone-built mansions and beautiful squares for you to explore.
  • Old Perithia (Palea Peritheia): this is the “ghost” village of Old Perithia, an uninhabited village nested in wild greenery, creating an otherworldly atmosphere.
  • Varipatades: listed as a cultural heritage site, this village offers a magical mix of traditional houses, impressive mansions and charming alleys.
  • Giannades: it’s a traditional mountain village with superb architecture. Here, you can enjoy beautiful views and try out traditional delicacies at the local kafeneia and tavernes.
  • Kassiopi: this charming village of unspoiled beauty is a busy tourist resort where you can enjoy vivid nightlife and fantastic restaurants. If you’re in Corfu on the 15th of August (Dormition of Virgin Mary), you can join the village’s various festivals and celebrations.
  • Sinarades: in the village of Sinarades, you can lose yourself in scenic alleys and try the traditional Corfiot noumboulo (cured pork) at a local taverna.

Aerial view of the Old Town and Venetian fortress in Corfu

The picturesque Old Town and fortress of Corfu under dim sunset light

Tips for Corfu

Read below our top tips for your vacation in the island of Corfu:

  • We highly suggest you visit Corfu during Easter and experience the amazing local traditions and celebrations throughout the Holy Week. One of the most memorable and unique festivities takes place on the day of Early Resurrection: locals throw large clay pots, known as botides, from balconies to celebrate life.
  • Kavos, located in the southern part of the island, is one of the most popular destinations in the world for summer parties. It attracts many young travelers from the UK and other European countries thanks to its wild nightlife.
  • In Corfu, you can easily get around by water taxi and discover more secluded parts of the island, including hidden beaches and coves. You can find water taxis in most major towns and ports of the island.

The tradition of “botides” in Corfu: locals watching a large clay pot falling from a balcony and about to hit the ground

The exciting tradition of “botides” in the town of Corfu

Useful information about Corfu

The large island of Corfu has everything you might need during your stay. In Corfu Town, there are ATMs, banks, gas stations, pharmacies, rental services, and a hospital.

When it comes to accommodation, there are numerous options throughout the island, including organized camping spots.

We highly recommend staying in the town of Corfu, as it is located close to many attractions and beaches and has a variety of restaurants and bars. On the other hand, if you wish to relax by the sea during your vacation, there are numerous seaside hotels, resorts and villas.

Useful phone numbers for your stay in Corfu

Here are some useful phone numbers for your holidays in Corfu:

  • Corfu Port Authority: +302661365200
  • Port of Corfu: +302661045551, +302661039824
  • Port of Lefkimmi: +302662023277
  • Igoumenitsa Port Authority: +302665099400
  • Port of Igoumenitsa: +302665099300
  • Corfu General Hospital: +302661360400, +302661360500
  • Tourist Police: +302661029168
  • Public bus service (KTEL): +302661028900
  • Citizen Service Center: +30266136210
  • European emergency number: 112

Transportation in Corfu

When it comes to transportation in Corfu, there are bus lines throughout the island. This is a convenient way to move around the island and explore central locations, as well as secluded villages and beaches.

You can also find taxi ranks. If you want to explore every corner of the island, however, we suggest you bring your own vehicle or rent one. There are various rental services to choose from throughout the island.

Ports in Corfu

The island of Corfu has 2 ports: the port of Corfu Town and the port of Lefkimmi. Ferries from Corfu Town travel to Igoumenitsa, the Ionian Islands and Italy. The port of Lefkimmi, located further southeast, primarily serves routes to the main port of Corfu as well as Igoumenitsa.

Island hopping from Corfu

Corfu is a great starting point for island hopping in the Ionian Sea. There are regular ferry departures from the main port of Corfu, the port of Lefkimmi, as well as Sidari.

The most popular ferry connection is from Corfu to Paxi.

The main destinations that you can visit directly by ferry from Corfu are: 

  • Paxi, Greece 
  • Kefalonia, Greece
  • Zante (Zakynthos), Greece
  • Ereikoussa, Greece
  • Mathraki, Greece
  • Othonoi, Greece
  • Sarandë, Albania
  • Himarë, Albania

Tip: on our Map of ferries, you can find more about the available connections and schedules, and book ferry tickets from Corfu to neighboring islands in the Ionian Sea.

The blue green bay and harbor of Sidari in Corfu

The beautiful bay and harbor of Sidari in Corfu

Corfu ferry: schedules and tickets

We have collected here some useful information about ferries to/from Corfu.

See how you can travel to Corfu by ferry from Greece and Italy, and check the latest Corfu ferry timetables.

How do I get to Corfu by ferry?

You can easily travel by ferry to Corfu from the port of Igoumenitsa in mainland northwestern Greece.

The Igoumenitsa-Corfu ferry route is available with multiple daily crossings all year round. The duration of the ferry trip is about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

You can get to the port of Igoumenitsa from Thessaloniki in 3.5 hours by car or bus. Alternatively, you can get there from Athens in 5.5 hours by car or bus.

What ferries go to Corfu?

The ferry routes to Corfu are mostly served by standard ferries that allow you to bring along your vehicle.

The ferry routes to the port of Lefkimmi are mainly served by small passenger vessels.

How often are ferries running to Corfu?

Ferries to Corfu from mainland Greece run daily throughout the year.

The frequency of the ferry crossings from Corfu to the rest of the Ionian Islands and Italy depends on seasonality and the company you’re traveling with.

Ferries from Corfu to Italy

You can travel by ferry from Corfu to Italy throughout the year. There are routes to Brindisi, Bari and Ancona and all ferries to Italy have large car decks to travel with your vehicle and caravan on board.

Find more information about ferry crossings from Corfu to Italy below:

  • Corfu - Brindisi: the ferry from Corfu to Brindisi is available with multiple weekly crossings. Ferries usually depart at night and reach Brindisi in about 8 hours.
  • Corfu - Bari: the ferry from Corfu to Bari is also available with frequent connections. The trip lasts about 8 hours on average.
  • Corfu - Ancona: you can also catch a ferry from Corfu to Ancona. There are weekly ferry sailings to Ancona that last 16 hours on average. Usually, ferries travel overnight.

The majestic Venetian fortress in Corfu Town

The majestic Venetian fortress in Corfu Town

Where to book ferry tickets online to Corfu

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