Impressive rock formations by the blue coast of Corfu

Corfu

Ionian Sea, Greece

Corfu is a Greek island of exceptional beauty and rich past. It is famous for its amazing beaches, green sceneries, one-of-a-kind traditions and delicious local delicacies. On this Ferryhopper page, you can find all the information you need to plan your holidays in Corfu: attractions, accommodation, villages, activities and ferry schedules. Book cheap ferry tickets on Ferryhopper in just 4 clicks!

The monastery of Vlacherna in Corfu built by the sea

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

Vacation in Corfu

Corfu, called Kerkyra in Greek, is in the northern part of the Ionian Sea. The island is known as the “countess of the Ionian Islands” due to its plethora of historical monuments, quaint villages, Venetian architecture and mouthwatering dishes! The island of Corfu is also one of the greenest Greek islands with impressive nature and lush vegetation.

During your vacation in Corfu, you should not miss out on the Old Town, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. The narrow paved alleys and majestic mansions take visitors back in time to a magical era of knights and nobles.

The island of Corfu is a cosmopolitan destination, perfect for cultural activities and nature exploration. There is a vivid nightlife with underground bars and restaurants, as well as modern stylish restaurants for traditional gastronomy and fine dining. Corfu is also famous for its carnival, going back to Venetian times, as well as its Easter celebrations, when locals throw large clay pots off their balconies to celebrate life!

How to get to Corfu

Ferries to Corfu depart daily from the port of Igoumenitsa in northwestern Greece. During the summer months, there are more than 7 daily ferry crossings and the journey duration is approximately 1.5 hours. 

The port of Igoumenitsa is located on the west coast of Greece, close to the border with Albania and 78km from the city of Ioannina. You can get to the port of Igoumenitsa from Thessaloniki in 3.5 hours by car or bus, as well as from Athens in 5 hours by car or bus.

There’s also an international airport in Corfu, located close to the main town. You can reach the town of Corfu with a public bus or a taxi. The taxi ride from the airport to the town is 10 minutes and it costs around €10.

What to do in Corfu

There’s a lot to see and do in Corfu! It’s one of the largest Greek islands, boasting a diverse and interesting history dating back to the Paleolithic era. You can visit amazing sandy beaches, explore castles and old mansions, dance till morning at crazy venues by the beach and taste delicious dishes typical of the local cuisine. 

Beaches in Corfu

The golden beaches of Corfu are great for swimming, diving and relaxation! Ferryhopper suggests 9 picture-perfect beaches on the island:

  1. Rovinia: Rovinia is an idyllic beach, great for remote summer times and relaxation. Its emerald waters, white pebbles, impressive rock formations and lush greenery create a magnificent scenery. You can take a dirt road and short hiking trail to get there or rent a boat. There’s limited shade by the small cave on the edge of the beach.
  2. Paleokastritsa: This popular beach is awarded with a Blue Flag and it has visitor amenities such as showers and umbrellas. Paleokastritsa is a beach of exceptional beauty with crystal-clear blue waters and lush vegetation. There are bars and restaurants in the area and you can also try watersports.
  3. Halikounas: Halikounas is a sandy desert-like beach with distinct geographical features. It is the largest beach in Corfu and stretches on a strip of land by the lagoon of Korission. Its strong winds and large waves make it a great choice for adventure enthusiasts, as you can try windsurfing, kitesurfing and other water sports.
  4. Issos: This is a large sandy beach, located by the lagoon of Korission next to a cedar forest.
  5. Glyfada: The sandy beach of Glyfada is close to the main town and it’s one of the most popular on the island. It has blue waters and visitor facilities, making it perfect for families. There are many tavernas and bars in the area.
  6. Agios Gordios: Agios Gordios is a large popular beach with golden sand, shallow waters and impressive greenery. You can find sun loungers and restaurants.
  7. Canal d' Amour: The beach is one of the most popular on the island of Corfu due to its impressive landscape. Canal d’ Amour was formed due to the corrosive power of the sea on the sandstone, creating several caves and passages to explore. The beach gets quite busy during the summer, so you’d better visit as early as possible to find the perfect spot!
  8. Mirtiotissa: This wild beach is great if you’re looking for a remote spot by the sea to relax, enjoy the virgin natural surroundings and explore the seabed. It’s a bit tricky to get there, as you need to drive on a narrow dirt road. Mirtiotissa is also popular with nudists.
  9. Stelari: Stelari is a heavenly pebble beach with crystal-clear emerald waters surrounded by lush greenery. Access to the beach is only by boat and you can either rent one or catch the boat that serves this route.

Amazing beaches in Corfu surrounded by lush greenery

Heavenly beaches with emerald waters and lush vegetation in Corfu

Sightseeing in Corfu

Corfu is an island with a long history and numerous monuments that bear witness to the island’s rich cultural past. The island of the Ionian Sea is also known for its beautiful nature. You can visit wild mountains, impressive waterfalls and friendly lakes. Here are some of the best experiences in Corfu:

  • Archaeological Museum of Corfu: You can admire impressive findings and get acquainted with the past of the island, dating back to the Prehistoric and Roman eras. The museum is accessible to people with reduced mobility and vision impairment.
  • Old Venetian Fortress: The fortress dates back to Byzantine times and the Venetian rule. It’s worth visiting to enjoy the amazing view.
  • Spianada Square and Liston Street: The marvelous central square of Corfu is one of the largest in Europe. It was built throughout the centuries from the Venetians, the British and the French. The famous Liston Street is right by the square. You can stroll mindlessly and admire the French architecture or enjoy your coffee at one of the cute cafés.
  • Kanoni: Kanoni is one of the most popular spots on the island. This cosmopolitan neighborhood is great for walking and it offers a breathtaking view.
  • Achilleion Palace: Achilleion was built by Empress Elisabeth of Austria in honor of the mythical Greek hero Achilles. Visit the palace to admire the majestic architecture, walk in beautiful gardens and take in the amazing view.
  • Angelokastro Castle: This Byzantine castle is built on the top of a steep hill. It takes 20 minutes on foot to reach the castle, but the impressive view is worth it!
  • Korission Lagoon: The lagoon of Korission is an important Natura-protected wetland, which is home to many species of birds such as cormorants and flamingoes, as well as hundreds of plant species such as white lilies and orchids. You can walk through reeds, tamarisk trees, cedars and sand dunes!
  • Nymfes Waterfall: These impressive 10-meter waterfalls are located in a lush forest. You can get there following a 2-kilometer dirt road starting at the village of Nymfes.
  • Mount Pantokrator: Pantokrator is the highest mountain in Corfu (906m). You can visit pretty picturesque villages, walk on age-old hiking trails and enjoy the view to the Ionian Sea and the coast of Albania from the peak.

Tip: It’s a great idea to visit the island of Corfu during Greek Orthodox Easter and experience the amazing local traditions and celebrations that last for more than a week. You can take part in the procession of the bier of Christ, accompanied by the world-renowned Philharmonic Society of Corfu. Don’t miss the famous botides tradition, when locals throw large clay pots filled with water from their balconies to celebrate life.

Locals watching as a clay pot is about to hit the ground in Corfu

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

Nightlife in Corfu

Corfu is an island with plenty of night-time entertainment options! There are many fine dining and traditional restaurants, dance clubs, hippie bars and tavernas both at the Old Town and the villages. If you’re looking for a laid-back experience, we recommend that you have a drink under the moonlight at Liston. 

For those of you who are after a loud night-out, you can visit the clubs at Emporiko close to the port or head to one of the island’s popular resorts such as: Acharavi, Paleokastritsa, Sidari, Benitses and Dasia. 

Tip: Kavos in the southern part of Corfu is one of the most popular destinations in the world for summer partying. It is really popular with young travelers from the UK and it guarantees a wild time on the island!

Food in Corfu

Corfu is one of the gastronomical capitals of Greece. The island is famous for its traditional cuisine and delicious products, encompassing several culinary traditions. When 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

Villages in Corfu

Apart from visiting the impressive town of Corfu, we recommend that you explore the quaint villages of the island. Here are some of our favorite places in Corfu:

  • Corfu Town: The capital of Corfu reminds visitors of picturesque Italian towns with impressive buildings and cute little shops. The island architecture has been influenced by Venetian, French and British artistry and a stroll through the old town will take you back in time!
  • Agios Mattheos: This 16th century mountain village is great if you want to walk through narrow alleys and admire the stone-built mansions and beautiful squares.
  • Old Perithia (Palea Peritheia): The “ghost” village of Old Perithia is an uninhabited village nested in wild greenery. The Venetian stone houses and narrow alleys create an otherworldly atmosphere.
  • Varipatades: The beautiful village has been declared as a listed cultural heritage site. It features traditional houses, impressive mansions and charming alleys in a magical setting.
  • Giannades: It is a traditional mountain village with superb architecture, built in a forest. The main square of the village is a great place to enjoy the view, relax and try local delicacies at the kafeneia and local tavernas.
  • Kassiopi: Kassiopi is a large charming village that remains unspoilt despite the rise in popularity. The busy tourist resort boasts a vivid nightlife and fantastic restaurants, where you can have delicious fish. If you’re in Corfu on the 15th of August, don’t miss the local festival!
  • Sinarades: The town of Sinarades is a traditional village with particular architectural value. Lose yourself in the narrow alleys and visit a traditional taverna to try the original Corfiot noumboulo (cured pork).

Aerial view of the old town of Corfu and the impressive fort at sunset

The old town and fort of Corfu dressed in the sunset light

Useful information for Corfu

Corfu is a large island, where you can find several traveler amenities and services. In Corfu Town there are ATMs, banks, gas stations, pharmacies and a hospital. There are many accommodation options all over the island and you can also find camping facilities.

Useful phone numbers for your stay in Corfu

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

  • Port Authority of Corfu: +302661365200
  • Port of Corfu: +302661045551 / 39824
  • Port of Lefkimmi: +302662023277
  • Port Authority of Igoumenitsa: +302665099400
  • Port of Igoumenitsa: +302665099300
  • Corfu General Hospital: +302661360400
  • Tourist Police: +302661029168
  • Public bus service (KTEL): +302661028900
  • Citizen Service Center: +302661362102

Traditional restaurants in the old town of Corfu right before sunset

Traditional restaurants in the old town of Corfu

Transportation in Corfu

There are public buses both for local and regional transportation, taking travelers to remote villages and beaches. You can also find taxis, but if you wish to explore Corfu to the fullest, Ferryhopper suggests you bring your own vehicle or rent one on the island. 

Tip: You can also take a water taxi to get around and approach the remote parts of the island. You can find water taxis at different locations in major port towns.

Ports in Corfu

The island of Corfu has 2 ports: the port of Corfu Town and the port of Lefkimmi. The port of Corfu serves all passenger ferries and cruise ships, while the port of Lefkimmi, located further southeast, primarily serves ferries and small vessels to the main port of Corfu, Igoumenitsa and the coast of Epirus.

Island hopping from Corfu

Corfu is a great starting point for island hopping in the Ionian Islands. Ferries to other islands in the Ionian Sea depart from the new port of Corfu, the port of Lefkimmi, as well as Sidari. There are frequent ferry routes to Paxoi, Kefalonia, Zante and other islands such as Ereikoussa, Mathraki and Othonoi.

Corfu ferry: schedules and tickets

The only way to travel by ferry from mainland Greece to Corfu is at the port of Igoumenitsa. There are more than 7 ferry routes per day from Igoumenitsa to Corfu and the sailing duration is around 1.5 hours.

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 garages to travel with your vehicle and caravan on board. Find more information about ferry crossings from Corfu to italy below:

  • Corfu - Brindisi: The ferry route from Corfu to Brindisi is available several days a week. It takes around 7.5 hours to reach the port of Brindisi and ferries usually travel overnight.
  • Corfu - Bari: There are frequent crossings from Corfu to Bari and the trip lasts 8.5 hours on average.
  • Corfu - Ancona: You can catch a ferry from Corfu to Ancona on a regular basis. There are weekly ferry sailings to Ancona with a journey duration of 15 hours. Normally, ferries travel overnight.

Tip: If you’re catching the ferry from Corfu to Italy, consider booking a cabin to stay relaxed during the long overnight sailing.

The amazing Venetian fortress of Corfu

The awe-inspiring Venetian fortress of Corfu

Where to book ferry tickets online to Corfu

Are you already packing for your trip to Corfu? Before you do that, you can find all ferry schedules and book online ferry tickets on Ferryhopper in just 4 clicks! Check available ferry routes from and to Corfu on Ferryhopper’s Map of ferries to plan the perfect vacation!
 


Corfu has direct ferry connections with 14 ports:

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