Sightseeing in Corfu
It is highly recommended that you hire a car whilst on holiday to Corfu so you can access some of the best sights that Corfu has to offer. Awash with fortresses, temples and ancient cities as well as a beautiful green landscape, there is something for everyone to do, whether you want to relax with nature or take in this island's rich history.
The Achillio Palace is just one of the fine examples of grand architecture in Corfu, built for the Empress of Austria in the 19th century. The Aggelokastro or Angel Castle is also well worth a visit. Built in the 13th century, the castle contains an ancient church built inside a cave and a giant statue of the Greek god Hermes. The castle is also located in the picturesque village of Gastouri, which is great to visit to experience life with the locals on the island.
Two 16th century sights are the Fortress of Saint Mark and the Church of Agios Spyridon. The fortress was built by Venetians close to the old harbour and played a pivotal role in protecting the old town. Its well preserved gates include two winged lions of St. Mark. The church is well worth a visit as one of the most intriguing and beautiful religious buildings in Corfu. Its unique red dome can be seen from across the town and its beautiful Venetian golden shrine is just one of the treasures in this stunning church.
Corfu also has several remaining examples of its ancient Greek past. The Corfu Archeological Museum contains finds from excavations and private collections across Corfu. There are also several other museums including the Byzantine Museum, Museum of Asian Art and Historical Folklore Museum.
Away from the museums you can also see ongoing excavations at the Corfu Palaeopolis, where the remains of an ancient city are on show.
Mon Repos Park can be found in the Kanoni Peninsular and is home to a grand regency style villa as well as a temple and the ruins of a Basilica, the oldest church still in existence in Corfu. The peninsular itself has some charming picture-postcard scenery and you can also see Mouse Island. According to the ancient Greek myth, Mouse Island is the remains of the ship taking Odysseus back to Ithaki but was turned to stone by Poseidon. You can take a boat trip out to the island and examine the myth for yourself.
Fun Seekers in Corfu
There are several kinds of sports on offer when on a holiday in Corfu. Watersports available include banana-boat rides, jet skiing, windsurfing, kite surfing, sailing and scuba diving on many of the most popular beaches. You can also go paragliding, horse riding and mountain biking across the green hills.
Corfu is also home to one of the 19 greatest championship golf courses in Europe. Located in the Ropa Valley this 18 hole course guarantees a great day on the fairways.
Taking a one-day cruise is also a fantastic way to spend a day sightseeing until your traditional Greek lunch on board followed by a warm afternoon swim.
If you feel like a spot of shopping then Corfu Town is the place to go. In its many shops you can buy traditional leather goods, jewellery, ceramics, olive wood carvings and souvenirs - a great way to remember a fantastic holiday.
In the evening you should visit one of the many restaurants and tavernas. Poseidon in Paleokastritsa boasts a fantastic location overlooking the ocean with delicious food while Porta Remounda in Corfu Town serves excellent Greek cuisine and fish dishes. Many tavernas also hold Greek dancing nights where local dancers entertain you after your meal. You can even join in if you’ve had enough wine!
If you fancy an even livelier nightlife then look no further than the popular resort of Kavos, the number one party destination in Greece. Jam packed full of bars and clubs such as Futures Club, you can party until dawn and then spend the rest of the day relaxing on the 5 mile stretch of sandy beach trying to get rid of your hangover!
Activities in Corfu
Top Tours in Corfu:
Simply Corfu Sightseeing Tour: Achillion Palace, Paleokastritsa, Mouse Island
Appreciate the arresting countryside, magnificent architecture, and rich history of Corfu...
Corfu Sunset Tour
See Corfu by day and by night, by land and by sea, in this trip to the soul of the island...
Theo's Boat BBQ: Kalamas Beach
Cruise around the Corfu coast with a lively skipper at the helm and enjoy a beachside BBQ lunch...
Family Fun in Corfu
Corfu is a fantastic place for a family beach holiday, not only are there almost a hundred beaches to choose from, the majority of them are surrounded by amenities and have a vast range of watersports on offer.
Glyfada Beach is one of the best with soft golden sand and a backdrop of remarkable cliffs. The beachfront is lined with snack bars and shops so you can stock up on the essentials or have some lunch in the shade of a taverna. This is one of the cleanest beaches in Corfu and very child friendly, with no nearby road.
St. Stefanos Beach and Sidari Beach are other child friendly beaches and have been awarded a Blue Flag. These clean sandy beaches are great for kids with shallow, gentle water.
There are also several great shingle beaches in Corfu with the sea temperatures reaching up to 27ºC in the summer.
Away from the beach Aqualand is a great place for a family day out. With giant slides, a black hole, four twisters, a crazy river and a lazy river there is something for everyone to enjoy. There are also shops and snack bars to keep you stocked up during the day and sun loungers so you can top up your tan.
If you feel like taking a break from lazing on the beach or by the pool, then hop on a whale and dolphin watching trip. It is sure to thrill kids and adults of all ages as you feel the surf on your face and watch these graceful animals frolic in their natural habitat.
Romantic Breaks in Corfu
The romantic villages, deserted bays and beautiful green mountains of Corfu make the Greek island a fantastic destination for a romantic break. Away from the main resorts packed full of families and partying twenty-something's are Arillas and Benitses, two of the quieter resorts where you can relax with your partner, eat some delicious food and enjoy long warm days on the beach.
The cove of Paleokastritsa is a beauty spot, with a backdrop of green hills and sailing yachts on the horizon. Why not have a picnic on the beach for a romantic afternoon, or even hire a yacht and become part of the beautiful scene yourself.
It is worth visiting some of the many tavernas for a relaxing meal and a glass of wine. Try some Greek specialities such as Mousaka, Prawn Sagnaki, Kalamari and Baklava. One of the best is 75 Steps Taverna, located in the mountain village if Spileo. It’s a little out of the way but once you arrive you will be rewarded with panoramic sea views, mountains and spectacular sunsets. What better backdrop could you want for a romantic dinner?
Top Tips for Corfu
For the best tour of Corfu why not rent a motor boat and take in the great views only a boating tour could provide. Feel the cool air whip through your hair and maybe stop for some lunch at a secluded cove.
Take a Grotto boat tour from Paleokastritsa and take in these intriguing features of the Corfu coastline.
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