Holidays in Corfu island
The cosmopolitan island of Corfu belongs to the Ionian complex. The widespread Venetian aura, the charming Old Town, the traditional villages and the stunning beaches with turquoise waters fully justify why the island is annually featured to list with the top summer (and not only) destinations!
Capital of Corfu is the homonymous city, built on the eastern coast of the island. The tour starts in Corfu Square, Spiniada, near, on the west side, the famous Liston street. Here, you can enjoy your coffee or lunch at one of the dozens of café/bars and restaurants housed under the impressive arches.
Reference point in the island's capital is the atmospheric Old Town, which has been characterized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Labyrinthine alleyways, houses with Venetian drawings on the doors and windows, wells, old churches and squares with picturesque cafés create a magical scene, which takes visitors to bygone eras! An important attraction of the Old Town is the church of St. Spyridon.
The Old City is bounded by two forts: the Old, at the eastern side of the town and the New one, in the west. The Old Fortress stands on a rocky peninsula and is separated from the city by an artificial ditch, the Contra Fossa, which has turned the Fortress into an island. To enter into the Fortress, you will have to cross a bridge which connects the city with the island. Within the Old Fortress, beautiful buildings such as the Venetian prison, the English barracks and the military hospital dominate. Your attention will be stimulated by the Doric temple of St. George. From the impressive ramparts, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent views of the Old Town and the deep blue sea!
The New Fortress of Corfu dominates in a prominent position at St. Mark's hill. Inside the Fortress, you will find interesting buildings, such as the Venetian and English barracks and the ammunition depots. From the maximum level of fortification, the Bastion of the Seven Winds, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a unique view that will leave you speechless! If you find yourself on the island at Easter season, from here you can enjoy the spectacular show of fireworks on the night of the Ressurection.
Benchmark of Corfu Island is the legendary Pontikonisi; a verdant rock inside the sea, from which you can enjoy lovely views. Here, the Monastery of Metamorfosis tou Sotiros (Transfiguration), the only building in the island, lies.
To the south of the city, the cosmopolitan Canoni, one of the most beautiful 'corners' of Corfu, unfolds. Canoni offers beautiful views of the airport, Pontikonisi and the islet with Vlacherna monastery, which is joined with by a strip of land. The most ideal time to visit Canoni is at sunset, when the sun sinks into the deep blue waters and the landscape is painted with purple shades!
Corfu is home to several notable museums, including the Archaeological Museum of Corfu, the Asian Museum, Casa Parlante, the Kapodistrias Museum, the Banknote Museum, the Folk Museum in Acharavi, the Museum of the Olive and the Sea Museum.
In addition to the summer season, the island is an ideal destination for Easter: the devout atmosphere, the landscape in spring and the unique traditions, promise visitors unforgettable moments! The most typical Easter celebration takes place on Holy Saturday’s morning: once the bells signal the first resurrection, the locals throw from their windows and balconies clay jugs with water, the so-called bootides. The spectacle is impressive!
The island of Corfu, with its pervasive Venetian aura, its romantic Old Town, its verdant Pontikonisi and its enchanting beaches is a place that will certainly seduce you, whatever time of year you choose to visit it!
On the west coast, you will find the sandy beach of Agios Georgios Pagon, with beautiful, turquoise waters, which is ideal for those who love water sports. On the same side of Corfu, there is the secular and extensive Glyfada beach, the small beach of Myrtiotissa, with its towering cliffs, the beautiful beaches of Paleokastritsa, famous for its caves and the wonderful waters, and Agios Gordios, with its stunning natural scenery and golden sand.
In the northern part of the island, the beach of Agios Spyridon, ideal for families, impresses. The organized Roda and Acharavi beaches impress the visitor as well. Real masterpiece of nature is the famous Canal d'
amour in Sidari, with carved rocks, like sculptures artwork!
On the northeastern coast of Corfu, you will find small, picturesque beaches, like Kouloura and Agni, as well as the crowded beaches of Ipsos and Dassia.
In the southern part of the island, you will find popular beaches in the cosmopolitan resorts of Benitses, Moraitika and Messonghi.
- Mon Repos
- The Venetian shipyards in Gouvia
- Platytera Monastery
- Panagia ton Ksenon (Our Lady of Strangers) Church
- Saints Michael and George Palace
- Cassiopeia Castle
- Othonoi, Erikoussa and Mathraki islets
- Paxi Island
- Antipaxi Island
- Cod fish with Agiada
- Mini strawberries
- Mandoles (Nougat)
- Ginger beer
- Local beer
Travelling by airplane
The fastest way to reach the island of Kerkyra is to fly there directly from Athens, from Eleftherios Venizelos - Athens International Airport or from Thessaloniki, from Macedonia International Airport. During summer months there are a lot of chartered flights, connecting the island of Kerkyra with many European destinations.
For more information on the flights schedule from Athens Airport click here.
Travelling by car or bus and by boat
To reach Kerkyra from Athens, you can either drive via the National Highway to Patras or take the Intercity Bus (KTEL Bus of Kerkyra). When you reach the town of Rio, cross the bridge to Antirio and then follow the signs to Igoumenitsa. At the port of Igoumenitsa take the ferry-boat to get across to the port of Kerkyra or to the port of Lefkimi (approximately 481 km distance – 7 hours and 30 minutes ride).
For more information on the bus routes of the KTEL Bus of Kerkyra click here.
For more information on the itineraries visit the companies’ sites:
Travelling by car or bus and by boat
To reach Kerkyra from Thessaloniki you can drive via Egnatia Highway (approximately 4 hours and 15 minutes ride), or you can take the Intercity Bus (KTEL bus of Kerkyra) with stopovers at the cities of Larissa and Ioannina (approximately 7 hours and 30 minutes ride).
For more information on the bus routes of KTEL Bus of Kerkyra click here.
Connections with other ports
The island of Kerkyra is connected by boat with the islands of Kefalonia, Paxoi, with Albania, but also with the ports of Ankona, Bari and Brindisi in Italy.
Transfer within Kerkyra
To move around the island you can use the urban buses, the Intercity Buses (KTEL Buses of Kerkyra) and taxies. You can also rent a car or a motorcycle from the rental services on the island.
During your stay in Kerkyra, you can be served for health issues:
General Hospital of Kerkyra which is located at the National road of Kerkyra – Palaiokastritsa, in the area of Kontokali, Tel: (+30) 26610 45811, 45812, 45815
First Aid Station of Agios Matthaios, Tel: (+30) 26610 75110
First Aid Station of Zimari, Tel: (+30) 26630 91395
First Aid Station of Lefkimi, Tel: (+30) 26620 22201
First Aid Station of Othonoi, Tel: (+30) 26630 71550
First Aid Station of Ypsos, Tel: (+30) 26610 93816
Kerkyra Port Authority: (+30) 26610 32655
Palaiokastritsas Port Authority: (+30) 26630 41297
Lefkimis Port Authority: (+30) 26620 23977
Paxoi Port Authority: (+30) 26620 32259
Kerkyra Airport: (+30) 26610 30180, 38694
Police Station of Kerkyra: (+30) 26610 32205
Police Station of Argyrades: (+30) 26610 32205
Police Station of Giannades: (+30) 26610 32205
Police Station of Agios Matthaios: (+30) 26610 32205
Police Station of Benitses: (+30) 26610 32205
Police Station of Kastellani: (+30) 26610 32205
Police Station of Lefkimi: (+30) 26610 32205
Police Station of Magoulades: (+30) 26610 32205
Police Station of Zimari: (+30) 26610 32205
Police Station of Palaiokastritsa: (+30) 26610 32205
Police Station of Skripero: (+30) 26610 32205
Police Station of Ypsos: (+30) 26610 32205
Police Station of Karousades: (+30) 26610 32205
Police Station of Othonoi: (+30) 26610 32205
Fire Department: (+30) 26613 65300-1
General Hospital of Kerkyra: (+30) 26610 45811, 45812, 45815
First Aid Station of Agios Matthaios: (+30) 26610 75110
First Aid Station of Zimari: (+30) 26630 91395
First Aid Station of Lefkimi: (+30) 26620 22201
First Aid Station of Othonoi: (+30) 26630 71550
First Aid Station of Ypsos: (+30) 26610 93816
TAXI: (+30) 26610 33811, 33812
Intercity Bus of Kerkyra: (+30) 26610 28900