Nestled in the Ionian Sea, the Greek island of Corfu has more than its fair share of beaches for you to relax on. While Corfu’s capital of the same name and its ferry hub are located on the east coast of Corfu with views of mainland Greece on a clear day, you will find the finest sand beaches and clearest sea in the north and west of the island. Corfu’s beaches range in size and amenities, so the choice of hotel or resort is yours! You can visit Corfu any time of the year, but the off seasons are most enjoyable, with the best ratio of crowds and weather.
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Agio Georgios beach: the full package
If you want to combine a great beach with a choice of hotels and restaurants and also enjoy some outdoor activities, Agios Georgios beach is just right for you! The beach offers everything you may wish for, from seaside tavernas to shops. While the tide is normally calm, there is still a lifeguard on duty, and showers and restrooms make it possible to go back to your hotel without taking the whole sandy beach with you. If you like hiking, you will love this area of Corfu, as the island is a great destination for nature hikes and has many signposted trails. Porto Timoni beach separates Corfu from a small peninsula that offers fantastic views over the ocean and green surrounding scenery. You can hike around the peninsula and even up to a viewpoint. As this viewpoint faces west, it’s also an amazing place to watch the sunset over the Mediterranean Sea. Before you enter this nature area, you may even be lucky enough to meet the two friendly local donkeys that are patiently waiting for some love and attention.
Roda beach: a beautiful slope
The longest beach in Corfu is located on the north coast of this Greek island. It stretches for beautifully sandy eight kilometres from Roda to Acharavi, with ocean views and almost-white sand as far as the eye can see. Corfu’s coastline is lined with hotels and resorts catering to everything you need for a perfect beach vacation. From fancy all-inclusive hotel with infinity pools to more down-to-earth budget-friendly family hotels or self-catering apartments, there‘s sure to be an option for everyone. If you don’t want an all-inclusive holiday but still like to enjoy the comforts of a hotel stay, half-board is the way to go. The Roda area has so many different tavernas and restaurants that you won’t have any problems trying a different one every evening. And who would say no to a local gyros pita or stuffed aubergine and grilled vegetables with feta cheese after spending a sunny day on the beach?
Chomi beach: best hidden beach
The off-the-beaten-track beach of Chomi can only be reached by water taxi from either Lipades or Paleokastritsa on the west coast of Corfu. This means that even just getting to Chomi beach is a small adventure in itself. Reaching this little gem feels like being a world away but there are still a few sunbeds and umbrellas for you to enjoy and create some shade. The water in this bay is incredibly blue and almost transparent, and you can spend your time here exploring small caves on foot or by swimming. The almost vertical cliffs create a special atmosphere, and you will see them changing colour from light yellow during the day to almost orange before sunset. While a boat may bring snacks and drinks during high season, you should bring your own food and refreshments just to be safe, especially in the low season.
Hotel with swim-up pools near Chomi Beach
If you don‘t want to take a boat, another great option for a tranquil beach is Halikounas beach in the south-west of Corfu. Korission Lagoon serves as the backdrop to this long stretch of beach and is a wonderful sight of its own. Turning around to the actual attraction though, Halikounas beach, you see the glistening Mediterranean lined with golden sand for a full day of relaxation. You can even watch kitesurfers catching wind and waves and enjoying the day. The kitesurfing shop even allows you to try it yourselves. Are you up for the adventure?
Sidari town: beach fun for everyone
The town of Sidari in Corfu‘s north is the ideal base if you plan to do different activities. Its location means that you can easily reach the northern and western part of the island by car if you want to explore, but there are also many things to do right there. There is a large choice of restaurants for different tastes as well as a pharmacy and some shops. There‘s even free parking on the outskirts of town and paid parking near the beach if you carry water board, blankets or a beach umbrella. This area also makes for a great time exploring. Rocks reach into water and are ideal for climbing. You can see Mermaid‘s Rock right from the beach. Finally, the famous Canal d‘Amour, the love channel, is a small crescent-shaped beach for amazing sunsets and lovely views.
Which beach do you want to try first? No matter which one you choose, Corfu and aother Greek islands like Zakynthos are always worth a trip. The friendly locals, amazing food, beautiful beaches and of course the great choice of accommodations make choosing Corfu for your next beach holiday an easy decision.