CORFU IS A PARADISE GREEK ISLAND WITH PLENTY OF THINGS TO DO, SO THIS GUIDE WILL HELP YOU PREPARE YOUR TRAVEL ITINERARY FOR A GREAT EXPERIENCE
Corfu, with a curious boot-shaped form looking like a mini-Italy, can give it all to you within just 600km2 (in comparison, Athens alone is 412km2!). I must admit that my expectations on Corfu were moderate but reality was about to prove me that this island has much more to offer than what the eye meets at first.
WHEN TO GO TO CORFU
The best time to go to Corfu is from June to September, with the sunniest long days, warm temperatures and an inviting sea temperature of more than 25 degrees celsius. Like across whole Greece, August could be too hot for some as it can easily get to 40 degrees celsius, so if you can go before or after August.
Typical shoulder seasons are May and October, when there are less touristr and prices will be cheaper. Its also the time when some places might be closed or will be closing and sea temperatures drop to low 20’s.
HOW TO GET TO CORFU AND GET AROUND
The best way to get to Corfu is by air. The international airport in Corfu is relatively big for a Greek island and is well served from several European countries, mainly from May to September. It’s also quite close to Corfu town, 10 minutes away. Other parts of the island like Paleokastritsa and most of the Western Coast will be 30 minutes away from Corfu airport. The Northern part will take 40 minutes from the airport.
The best way to get around Corfu is to rent a car, because you will most likely want to explore the biggest Ionian island in the days you will stay here. Driving here is quite good as except for Corfu Town, there is barely traffic and most roads are in good condition. You can also do some tours with agencies if you prefer to avoid picking up a car.
WHERE TO STAY IN CORFU
The best places to stay in Corfu are the Western Coast or the Northwest. Not only because the sunsets on the sea horizon make it great, but the beaches here have the finest white sand and less pebbles.
You can opt for hotels / resorts in Corfu for great service but the guesthouses are for me the most charming and best option to stay in Corfu, if you want to mostly eat outside and eventually cook something yourself in some occasions. A guesthouse here is also cheaper.
As I decided myself to stay in the Paleokastritsa area, a lovely village in the West coast of Corfu, with small bays, beach coves and an amazing coastline. Being surrounded by hills, it has plenty of guesthouses to choose from as barely an hotel has space to be installed here choice. Note that the higher you choose to go on the mountain, the views become more panoramic but also more far away from the sea.
You can find a detailed view of the place where I decided to stay in Paleokastritsa, that I would definitely recommend for its great location and nice view, plus spacious modern rooms. I used booking.com to get a good offer.
Paleokastritsa accomodation: I stayed at the Rapanoos Apartments located right at the heart of Paleokastritsa bays with great views, good restaurants, supermarkets and best beaches all accessible 5-10 minutes on foot. What I especially liked was the friendly host and the renovated rooms, quite modern and good value. You can also get great villas or apartments up the hill, but to get to the beaches/restaurants will be a long walk or you need a car. If you fancy a nice hotel with pool and restaurant, then Akrotiri Beach Hotel is the best choice in Paleokastritsa, though it will cost you at least double.
WHERE TO EAT IN CORFU
Corfu does have a great selection of restaurants from what I have experienced. My suggestions are based on what I liked most. Hopefully you would like to try out these places too but it’s up to you to decide, also based on which places you will visit around Corfu.
Paleokastritsa: Akron Beach Bar is the most trendy restaurant with the perfect location on the beach of Agia Triada. At lunch they have a special “light” menu, whilst at night there are fine dining options. Cost per person for dinner including one beverage would be around 25-30€, Lunch count with around 15€ or less. My recommendation is that you try both lunch and dinner! Ask for Aristotles, the best restaurant manager in the area, he will surely treat you very well. Reserve dinner at least 1-2 days in advance, it might be booked out in busy periods.
Paleokastritsa: Taverna Spiros was for me the best souvlaki grill in the island and that I ever tasted in my lifetime, being grilled on a spit, it makes it extremely delicious! Service is also extremely friendly, they even do take away in premium packages. Cost per person will be around 15-20€ but portions are quite generous and so tasty. The chicken spit is probably the best option but the lamb is also amazing, try also out the grilled feta cheese with honey. It’s about 5 minutes from Paleokastritsa centre by car.
Paleokastritsa: Taverna Merakli, is the best value for money option as it has really excellent quality in its Gyros sandwiches or plates, with chicken just perfect. Costs here will be around 10€ per person including beverages. And for big hunger, the jumbo portions will be huge, so you won’t be hungry but sureyl you need to take a nice walk afterwards. It’s right on the centre of Paleokstritsa, so easily accessible on foot from all main locations near the beaches.
Corfu Town: Tratamento Taverna is a great value for money restaurant, fine for a good lunch for around 10€. Service was quick and good very tasty, so no reason to complain about. It also felt more genuine than other options right at the entrance of the old town, the interior is quite simple and not the fanciest, but the outdoor pateo does the job and it was quite full. For dinner I would probably go to a different place, Í can say that the Alevri Restaurant nearby looked really good but more expensive for sure. According to Tripadvdisor an excellent option.
Glyfada beach: Caffe Moreno will be your typical beach bar restaurant, with a nice value menu perfect for a tasty lunch for around 10€. Service was very friendly and food came quickly. . They also serve coffee specialties, that if you takeaway will be sligthly cheaper. The manager is actually also renting the sunchairs and umbrellas in front of the Restaurant, they cost 10€ / day (2 sunchairs, 1 umbrella). No service on the beach though (there was a beach bar next to it that had it, in case it’s an important factor for you)
Sidari: Aquarius or D’Amour Beach bar, the first offers lovely views, a nice pool and great food, the second is more trendy, has sunchairs and lounge music. I can recommend both, even if tend slightly more to Aquarius, the food was better for me there and you have the large pool. Lunch will cost around 15€ in both of them, they have the best views of the canal d’Amour
CORFU ONE WEEK TRAVEL ITINERARY
I do suggest that you organize a one week itinerary in Corfu. With these 7-8 days travel plan you can experience the best of Corfu island and still have time to relax. For me the nicest spots in Corfu are located on the Central Western and Northern coast plus Corfu’s town. Southern part has long beach stretches but is windier and rougher, still an option for those looking for windsurf and kite surfing for example.
My recommended itinerary would be that you include the top attractions that I am listing in my Corfu travel map below, where you can have an overview of their locations across the island. Click on the markers to see the name and zoom in and out to navigate through the map.
To discover more about the different Corfu locations check my other blog post about Corfu’s top things to do, you will have plenty of insights there.
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My name is Renato Azambujo. I live currently in Hamburg, but was born and raised in sunny capital of Portugal, Lisbon. I also lived in Switzerland for some years, before settling in Germany for the last years.
I am huge passionate about travel, photographer and a global explorer, always looking to the next destination.
I have so far visited over 70 countries across the 5 continents, because I really love knowing about new places, interact with different cultures and get to know myself better after each journey.