Corfu, Greece Yachting Visitors Guide
Corfu, Greece Yachting Visitors Itinerary Planning Guide
In between coastal tourist honeypots on the Ionian Sea, Corfu is a rural and sleepy island. The greenest of the Greek islands and carpeted by thousands of olive trees, Corfu is absolutely stunning.
There are certainly parts of Corfu that are overrun by large hotels and the tourist trade, but a charter yacht can avoid all this and bring you to the real Corfu, with beautiful craggy clifs flanking a sandy beach and charming tavernas, shops and restaurants.
Corfu offers relatively light and predictable winds and clear waters as is true of Greece's Ionian Islands. You can read more about chartering in the area in our Ionian Islands Yacht Charter and Sailing Holiday Guide.
With its tile-roofed Venetian quarter, Corfu Town, a UNESCO heritage site is a real highlight on the island. For a spot of culture, the Asian Art Museum is world-class and the Byzantine Museum houses an impressive array of icons from the 15th to 19th century. Corfu remains the intellectual and artistic roots of Greece and their legacy is the fine cuisine along with the incredible museums.
Map of Corfu Beaches, Ports and Attractions
Places to Visit
The postcard view from Kanóni is a must and the Venetian built Néo Froúrio (old fort) is a great place from which enjoy the excellent views over the old town skyline.
A real party town, particularly in the summer, Corfu Town, is a great place for those looking to dance the night away. The locals love a good party and there are concerts almost nightly in the giant plaza. The younger crowd should look to Kassiópi where Passion Club is extremely popular in the summer months.
Kassiópi, in the north of the island, is brimming with original charm. The Byzantine castle up on the hillside is well worth a visit. The town is best known for having the best beaches on the island.
Please also see our Ionian Islands Charter Itinerary to for a suggested itinerary from Corfu to Paxos, Kefelelonia, Ithaca and Lefkada.
You are spoiled for choice as far as beaches in Corfu go. Each has its own individual charm, character and there is a vibrant beach bar scene, especially in the summer months. For those keen on waterskiing, Corfu has some of the calmest waters in the world. Have a read of our blog to explore other stunning Greek beaches in the Cyclades!
Kavos. A very popular beach with many taverns, bars, clubs, beach bars, umbrellas, sunbeds and cafes. The waters are azure, cold, yet shallow. Daily visited by hundreds both looking to enjoy the fine Ionian waters during the day and party long into the night.
Avlaki. With crystal clear waters, this is a nice sandy beach, ideal for those who enjoy some peace and quiet during their holidays.
Kerassia. Considered to be one of the nicest beaches of the island. Overlooked by many fine private residences, including the Rothschild mansion. It combines excellent water quality, with rich vegetation, scenic bays, cosmopolitan ambiance and high standard services.
Nissaki. Crystal clear waters and olive trees growing all the way down to the beach, you’re sure to find a spot on this secluded, white-pebbled beach, even in high season. For the more adventurous among you, the nearby coves are excellent for snorkelling.
Ypsos. A very long sandy beach, good for water sports enthusiasts and families with young children. The waters are very shallow whilst there is also a dive centre, amongst other water sports.
Sidari. An amazing long sandy beach, near the seaside destination of Kerkyra, with quiet, shallow, crystal clear waters and excellent infrastructure and a waterpark nearby.
Channel of Love. At the far left of the beach of Sidari you will stumble across the Canal D' Amour (channel of love), a tunnel in between two rocks. According to the legends, whoever swims from one side to the other will definitely find the love of his life.
Issos. The beach of Issos is located few kilometers south of Korission Lake. The sand is soft and golden and the waters are azure and shallow.
Acharavi. Located on the north part of the island, this 3 km long sandy beach, set away from the busy, coastal road is generally quiet; and with shallow, clear waters, its ideal for families with young children
Kassiopi. A pretty Cove at the north end of the island, flanked by rocky cliffs. Plenty of parasols to avoid the sun while taking in the quiet beach scene.
Benitses. A long, pebbly beach next to a beautiful, scenic seaside village with mazy narrow streets, Roman baths, excellent food and many bars that will keep you awake until the small hours.
Agios Gordis. Set in one of the biggest bays on the western side of the island, this long sandy beach, fully organized and offering the opportunity for all kinds of water sports. Is ideal for those who love to walk on the beach and enjoy the emerald waters of the Ionian Sea.
Halikounas. About 3 kilometers long, really wide and quite secluded, this beach can be a bit windy and is therefore a favourite with surfers.
Kontoyialos. Long and sandy with shallow, emerald waters, this beach offers the opportunity for water sports. There are also a couple of fish taverns on the beach, where you can enjoy traditional Corfiat cuisine.
Glyfada. Glyfada is one of the most popular beaches in Corfu. Located close to Corfu Town, Glyfada is ideal for families, since the waters are shallow and crystal clear
Guides to additional Greek Islands
Please see our guides to the other Greek Islands designed to help you plan where to stay and what to do when sailing in the storied Greek islands:
The very proximity of these islands, the interesting sailing conditions, and the unbelievable beauty on offer makes this region one of the most desirable chartering destinations in the world. Boatbookings offers years of experience sailing in these islands and personal knowledge of the yachts we offer. We can find you the ideal charter yacht, be it bareboat, crewed, sail, motor or catamaran.
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