Corfu is an island of exceptional beauty in the Ionian sea. It is famous for its amazing beaches and landscapes as well as for its traditions and local delicacies. On this page, you can read more about holidays in Corfu, what to do and where to go, nightlife, accommodation, villages and ferry schedules. Book ferry tickets online to Corfu on Ferryhopper!
Vacation in Corfu
Corfu, named Kerkyra in Greek, is the northernmost island of the Ionian Sea. The island is known for its classy style, impressive architecture and plethora of historical monuments.
Corfu holidays should always start from the old town of Corfu, which is about 30 min walk from the port. Part of UNESCO's world heritage sites, the town's narrow paved alleys and majestic mansions will make you feel like walking on a movie set.
The island has a long coastline with many beautiful beaches to choose from. It's considered a family-friendly holiday destination but it's also perfect for couples as well as groups of friends.
The best time to visit Corfu is from June to September as summers on the island are hot and dry.
Read our Corfu travel guide below and get the best tips to plan your vacation to the Ionian islands.
The impressive Vlacherna Monastery and the islet of Pontikonisi in the background
How to get to Corfu
You can get to Corfu by ferry from mainland Greece or by plane from mainland Greece and a few European destinations.
Ferries to Corfu depart daily from the port of Igoumenitsa in northwestern Greece. The ferry to Corfu takes about 1 hr.
You can get to the port of Igoumenitsa from Thessaloniki in 3.5 hr by car or bus, as well as from Athens in 5.5 hr hours by car or bus.
The international airport of Corfu is 2km from the main town and 3km from the port.
What to do in Corfu
Corfu is one of the largest Greek islands, boasting a diverse and interesting history dating back to the Paleolithic era. Sightseeing in Corfu should definitely be in your schedule during your stay.
The island has endless options: you can visit amazing sandy beaches, explore castles and old mansions, dance till morning at venues by the beach and taste delicious local dishes.
Beaches in Corfu
The beaches of Corfu are great for swimming, diving and relaxation!
We suggest 9 picture-perfect beaches on the island:
- Rovinia: An idyllic beach, remote and great for relaxation. Its emerald waters, white pebbles, impressive rock formations and lush greenery create a magnificent scenery. Accessible via dirt road and short hiking trail or by boar. There’s limited shade by the small cave on the edge of the beach.
- Paleokastritsa: Popular beach, awarded with a Blue Flag. It has visitor amenities such as showers and umbrellas. 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.
- Halikounas: 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.
- Issos: This is a large sandy beach, located by the lagoon of Korission next to a cedar forest.
- Glyfada: Sandy beach close to the main town and one of the most popular on the island. It has blue waters and visitor facilities, making it perfect for families. There are many tavernes and bars in the area.
- Agios Gordios: Agios Gordios is a large popular beach with golden sand, shallow waters and impressive greenery. You can find sun loungers and restaurants.
- 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. Can get quite busy during the summer, so you’d better visit as early as possible to find the perfect spot!
- 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.
- 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.
The beaches of Porto Timoni and Limni, only accessible by boat
Sightseeing and activities 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.
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 tavernes 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.
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).
The old town and fort of Corfu dressed in the sunset light
Tips for Corfu
- 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.
- Kavos in the southern part of Corfu is one of the most popular destinations in the world for summer parties. It is really popular with young travelers from the UK and it guarantees a wild time on the island!
- In Corfu, there is the option of getting around by water taxi and approach the remote parts of the island. You can find water taxis at different locations in major port towns.
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.
If you want to be close to many attractions, and a variety of restaurants, bars and beaches, we recommend staying in the town of Corfu.
If you are looking for a vacation by the sea in Corfu then you can find many beach hotels and resorts as well as luxury seaside villas.
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
Restaurants in the paved alleys of 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, we suggests you bring your own vehicle or rent one on 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 Islands. 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 travel directly by ferry from Corfu are:
On our Map of ferries you can find more about the available connections and book your ferry from Corfu to the Ionian sea.
The bay and harbor of Sidari on a sunny day
Corfu ferry: schedules and tickets
We have collected here some useful information about ferries to/from Corfu:
How do I get to Corfu by ferry?
You can easily travel by ferry to Corfu from mainland Greece from the port of Igoumenitsa.
The Igoumenitsa-Corfu ferry routes are frequent all year round with a ferry trip duration between 1 hr and 1.5 hr.
What ferries go to Corfu?
The ferry lines to Corfu are mostly served by standard ferries that have garages for the transfer of vehicles.
The ferry routes from the ports of Lefkimmi are mainly served by smaller ferry boats.
Are the ferries running to Corfu?
The ferries to Corfu from mainland Greece run daily all year round.
The frequency of the ferry routes from Corfu to the rest of the Ionian islands and Italy depends on the season.
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 Corfu - Brindisi is available several days a week. It takes around 7.5 hours to reach the port of Brindisi and is usually an overnight trip.
- 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.
The awe-inspiring Venetian fortress of Corfu
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