Enchanting Corfu Island
They say life is a beach and the beach is certainly one of the most important ingredients of a good holiday. Corfu’s coastline is awash with wonderful beaches and you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding which one to head for. In Corfu, you can find many types of beaches, such as secluded ones… for private things!!! Popular beaches… Rugged and rocky ones… You can pick one according to your personal taste and you’ll definitely be satisfied!! Enjoy Corfu Beaches.
Corfu beaches at a glance
Corfu has many beaches, so that even the locals might not know all of them. The options are endless and cover all tastes. Sandy and pebble beaches, crowded beaches, offering entertainment and beaches completely isolated. The most popular Corfu Beaches are organized and offer accommodation, restaurants and beach bars for your entertainment. Emerald waters and magnificent beaches make up a unique scenery in cosmopolitan Corfu. The special summer color of the island is based on its beautiful beaches.
The northern coast characterized by long sandy beaches several kilometers with shallow, warm waters, while the south coast is suitable for those who love the sand and shallow waters. We recommend just some of the best beaches on the island. Get ready for endless diving, water sports and activities that will delight you!
The Corfiot beaches are considered to belong to the most beautiful beaches in the world and all of them fly the UNESCO blue flags, the international sign for clean beaches. The most beautiful bays are on the west coast of Corfu. Paleokastritsa is world-famous, but the beaches of Myrtiostissa, Glyfada and Aghios Gordios are equally good.
The northern beaches close to Roda are very child-friendly with a gradually increasing depth of the water. Other worthwhile beaches are Agni, Kalami, and Kassiopi, located on the mundane northeast side of Corfu island.
Corfu Blue Flag Beaches
- Aghios Georgios
- Aghios Spyridon
- Canal d’ Amour
- Kato Korakiana
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Best Beaches in Corfu island
Acharavi is a quite big, sandy beach, on the north side of the island. It is 3 km. long, almost connecting Roda beach with Almyros beach. The waters are shallow for meters making it a safe beach for children to play.
Luxury hotels set in gardens that run right down to the beach, waterfront tavernas and beach bars, colorful umbrellas, beach sports, water slides, tanned blonde families, ambulant doughnut vendors, pony rides, souvenir stands selling articles carved out of olive wood. Certain sections of the beach belong to the waterfront hotels with their clientele of (mainly) German families.
Among them are the various organized beach facilities, with tavernas, beach bars (the Veggera in Acharavi is a must), mini markets and souvenir shops. Just after the center of Acharavi is the Gellina Hotel’s water park that will drive the kids wild. As you move farther eastward from Acharavi, at the level of Almyros, the beach becomes quieter, with just a few rooms to let and some fish tavernas – this is the territory favored by the nudists and lovers of free camping. (35 km from Corfu town)
Situated on the northern coast of Corfu, Almiros & Acharavi are growing resort with an 8km long sandy beach joining it to Roda. There are a variety of water sports on offer including fun-rides, windsurfing, and pedaloes, as well as water-skiing and para-gliding. There are villas and apartments to rent and a couple of small hotels. There is a good selection of tavernas and restaurants at Almiros beach.
Beach location: Signposted from the northern Corfu coastal route between Roda and Kassiopi. You access Almiros via a winding road leading through sand dunes to the beach which, itself, consists of a massive, wild, untamed area with the benefit of some facilities.
Disabled access: Wheelchair accessible at certain points. Deep shingle can be hard going.
Car parking: Park at the roadside or in the sand dune area.
Food outlets/restaurants: Several snackeries spread out along Almiros beach.
Sand/pebbles/shingle: Shingle and hard-packed sand extending beyond the waterline. Sunbeds/umbrellas: No. Showers: No. Safe for children: This is an open sea environment. A massive, rugged beach where children can easily get «misplaced». Limited facilities but, otherwise, good under supervision. Watersports: No. Main users: Locals, tourists «in the know» and those who enjoy sea fishing. Well cared for: Litter bins courtesy of the local council, the rest is down to nature!
Mooring for boats: No. Next to quayside/harbor: No. Storm drains/outlets into the sea: No.
Natural shady areas: No. Sand dunes provide a tiny respite from the sun but, substantially, the beach is exposed. Any other facilities: Rooms to let close by. Distance to main resorts: 5 km. to Roda, 10 km. to Kassiopi and 45km to Corfu town. Public transport: No. Independent transport required.
Blue Flag: Yes. A wild, natural beach with subtle husbandry.
The first pebble beach you come to after Kassiopi. A small bay, well-treed, but its beach is of no particular beauty. Watch out on the pebbles, some of them are very sharp. Relatively quiet, with one hotel and two or three tavernas – try the Kavo Barbaro. Avlaki beach attracts mainly foreigners from Kassiopi and the nearby hotels. Avlaki beach is organized and they hire out boats, sail-boards, canoes, and pedalos.
(36 km from Corfu town)
Agni is a pebbly beach with deep waters, on the northeast side of the island. It offers visitors peace and quiet, due to the fact that you can access it only via a curved sloped road. Some taverns and accommodations can be found around the area.
On Corfu’s southwest coast, the long stretch of Halikounas’ sandy beach protects Lake Korission from the sea. The lake is a haven for over one hundred species of birdlife including great white egrets, oystercatchers, and curlews. A small wooden bridge crosses the point where the lake flows into the sea and leads to a forest of cedar and juniper trees and then to Agios Georgios beach.
Agios Georgios beach (Argirades) offers tavernas, bars, watersports, and more visitors. The lake is bordered by hillsides of olive groves, citrus orchards, and vineyards and looks up to the monastery on top of Mount Agios Mattheos. This area of Corfu island (Korfu) is agricultural and very peaceful.
Beach location: From the main Corfu – Lefkimmi road, in the vicinity of Moraitika, take the turn to Agios Matheos. You will come to a”gantry” over the road displaying various destinations. At the gantry, take the left turn and then follow the signs for Halikounas beach through olive groves and agricultural land.
It sounds more complicated than it actually is and you will be rewarded with arrival at an attractive and uncommercial beach. Sand, sea and little else.
Disabled access: There are very few access points capable of taking the width of a wheelchair. Halikounas beach itself is soft sand with the main entry point at a somewhat rocky stretch. Those who are not wheelchair users will probably find the access ok. Car parking: Park on the roadside.
Food outlets/restaurants: One or two cantina-style snack bars and a taverna.
Sand/pebbles/shingle: Rocks at the perimeter of Halikounas beach rapidly give out into soft golden sand. The environment is natural and there is no major “organization.”
Sunbeds/umbrellas: There are but a few and it’s probably advisable to bring your own umbrella if you’re planning to stay any length of time. Showers: Yes. For toilets, it’s the taverna and some beach bars!
Safe for children: Other than the need to be watchful for the rocks, the waters are shallow for some distance and this is a good area for younger swimmers. Watersports: No.
Main users: Used by local people and tourists with the emphasis probably on “locals”.
Well cared for: Yes. The area tends to be respected by visitors and is maintained by nature (with a little help from the municipality). A rugged, natural and clean environment. Mooring for boats: No.
Next to quayside/harbor: No. Storm drains/outlets into the sea: No.
Natural shady areas: There are sand hills but these provide little in the way of shade.
Any other facilities: No. Distance to main resorts: Messonghi and Moraitika are about 10 km respectively. Public transport: No. Blue Flag: No. (Why not? – it seems to deserve one!)
Agios Gordios (or Agios Gordis) is one of the best beaches of Corfu. It is located at a distance of about 15 kilometers SouthWest of Corfu town, just after Sinarades village (the port of Garounas). It is the most popular sandy beaches on the West coast of the island. You will recognize it when you get there from the characteristic Ortholithi, the imposing upstanding rock in the sea. With a car, it is possible to use this as a good base to tour the island and visit the historic Corfu Town.
Just before you get to the beach and while you are just outside Sinarades village you will find a path (a road actually) to Aerostato, a hanging spot at the peak of the mountain, offering an exceptional view towards the beach of Agios Gordios Corfu.
Beach location: There is a good road from Corfu town via west-coast Sinarades and on to the outskirts of Agios Gordios resort. It then becomes narrow and is traffic-clogged. It gets extremely busy in high season.
Disabled access: Agios Gordios beach is accessible in certain places but accommodation is often high in the foothills. There are rising gradients in the resort itself.
Car parking: This place gets very busy in high season and the (dead end) road to the beach is narrow and has the added hazard of «jay-walking» pedestrians. Take a hint, when you see a line of parked cars at the roadside, join it! If you proceed past the parked cars, you’re unlikely to find a space but you will have major difficulties turning round. Food outlets/restaurants: Yes.
Sand/pebbles/shingle: Mainly golden sand with some shingle and pebbles. Sunbeds/umbrellas: Yes.
Showers: Yes. For toilets, use local bars/tavernas.
Safe for children: The water is quite shallow and suitable for children. Watersports: No.
Main users: Tourists. Well cared for: Yes. Mooring for boats: No.
Next to quayside/harbor: No. Storm drains/outlets into the sea: No.
Natural shady areas: Agios Gordis beach is very exposed. Any other facilities: Full resort facilities.
Distance to main resorts: 0-1 km depending on the location of your accommodation.
Public transport: Bus service and taxis. Blue Flag: No.
Agios Georgios north is one from the more beautiful beaches of north-western Corfu. It is found in distance 30 km away from the city. Agios Georgios beach has been awarded the Blue Flag. It is a region with unique beauties, ideal for people who prefer a quiet beach in order to enjoy their bath.
The small settlement lies around the cove and has a splendid view.
Beach location: This is an enormous and attractive beach associated with Agios Georgios resort in northern Corfu. It’s not the easiest place to find, accessed from the main road beyond Sidari and Avliotes. Follow the signs for Afionas but don’t detour into the village. Instead, keep straight on and then look for the Agios Georgios signs on the roadside. Follow these down dusty, single-track roads until you arrive (you will probably get lost) at Agios Georgios beach (north Corfu). Maps are not helpful – just persevere!
Disabled access: Yes. However, the sand is soft in a number of places making wheelchair access somewhat difficult. Rising gradients commence the further back into the resort you travel. Car parking: Park on the roadside. Food outlets/restaurants: A range of places to eat.
Sand/pebbles/shingle: Deep golden sand in the main. Sunbeds/umbrellas: Yes.
Showers: Yes. For toilets, use the beachside snack bars and tavernas. Safe for children: Agios Georgios (North) is an ideal beach for children. It’s sheltered, there are few waves and the sandy beach extends into a shallow, blue sea. However, the water does deepen pretty quickly and sometimes the wind can whip the sea around a bit. In such conditions, it is advisable to observe the beach flags and supervise younger swimmers. There is supposedly a lifeguard but none was present on inspection.
Watersports: Yes. Main users: Tourists. Well cared for: Yes.
Mooring for boats: No harbor as such but you can moor off in the delightful bay. The shelter is limited.
Next to quayside/harbor: No.
Storm drain/outlets into the sea: None observed. Natural shady areas: This is a very exposed beach.
Any other facilities: Full (if somewhat small) resort.
Distance to main resorts: 0-1 km. depending on the point of access. Corfu town 40 km. Paleokastritsa 15 km. Public transport: Limited bus service. Taxis prowl. Blue Flag: Yes.
There is a cosmopolitan air about Agios Stefanos, with the yachts at their moorings, the fish restaurants and the foreigners who walk down to the picturesque little port from the surrounding villas. Come here for a stroll along the lovely promenade and a meal at one of the fish tavernas on the waterfront – the most famous of the lot is the “Efkalyptos”. If you have a boat you can moor it here or, if there’s no room, then anchor offshore.
The amenities of the place include a mini-market and a foreign press news-stand. (38 km from Corfu town)
Agios Spiridonas is located on the north coast of Corfu between Kassiopi and Acharavi and has been recognized by the European Community for its crystal clear water. The area which is named after the Saint Spiridon, the patron saint of Corfu island, comprises three beaches, the most popular being the main beach which has a typical taverna directly on the beach and is close to the small chapel. this beach is perfect for families as the children can swim freely in the shallow water. After Agios Spiridonas beach, the road bridges the outlet of the Antinioti lagoon and heads for Yaliskari beach and for the monastery of Agia Ekaterini. this monastery was founded in 1713 and in its church there are remarkable frescoes dating from the 18th and 19th century which have been preserved.
Beach location: Access is signposted between Roda and Kassiopi on the northern Corfu coast road. From the signpost, it’s only a short distance to the beach and tiny church of the same name. Currently isolated, all this is destined to change as a large complex is to be built here.
Disabled access: It’s just about possible to get a wheelchair onto the soft sand that prevails here, but only in certain places. Sand dunes also impede progress. Car parking: Park at the side of the road. There’s normally plenty of space, except at high season.
Food outlets/restaurants: One or two tavernas and beach bars.
Sand/pebbles/shingle: Soft golden sand leads into a”lively” sea. The mainland is visible across the channel and there are significant currents. Sunbeds/umbrellas: Yes.
Showers: Yes-For toilets, use the tavernas and bars. Safe for children: There is a swell and significant currents. These are exacerbated by the wake from passing ferries, sending significant breakers crashing onto the beach from time to time. In overall terms, Agios Spiridonas beach is ideal for children under supervision. Watersports: There are only pedaloes and canoes. Main users: Locals and those tourists who are «in the know». Well cared for: Yes. Mooring for boats: No.
Next to quayside/harbor: No. Storm drains/outlets into the sea: No.
Natural shady areas: Although there are trees to the rear of the beach, it is still quite exposed.
Any other facilities: Rooms to let nearby. Distance to main resorts: 5 to 7 km to Roda and Kassiopi. Public transport: No. Independent transport required. Blue Flag: Yes.
Arillas is a seaside settlement on northwestern Corfu 38 km. from the capital. It is famous for its amazing beach, that has been awarded a blue flag. It is a long beach with sand or pebbles, depending on the part you are at, that isn’t yet that affected by tourism and preserves its natural beauty unspoiled. Staying at Arillas is ideal for those who love something quiet and secluded.
Walks along the headland from Agios Stefanos to nearby ARILLAS are popular with fine views and splendid sunsets. The beach at Arillas is a little busier than its neighbor though not as long at 250m nor as deep at just 15m. But it is flat and sandy with shallow waters, so great for families and backed by low rolling hills. The islet of Gravia just offshore and reachable if you are a decent enough swimmer. There are sunbeds, watersports, boats for hire and a water taxi to other Corfu resorts along the coast.
In the resort itself, there is a wide selection of minimarkets – I counted seven, there may be more – and a few shops selling tourist souvenirs.
Beach location: Follow the road from Sidari and Avliotes to Arillas in order to access this massive expanse of sand. The access is signposted from the main road as you travel beyond Avliotes village. It’s about 1-2 km. beyond the village. Disabled access: There is limited disabled access to Arillas beach available at certain points. Elsewhere rising gradients and some steep drops to the beach hamper wheelchair access. The sand is also soft. Car parking: Park on the roadside. This gets busy and parking is sometimes difficult and you may find yourself parking some distance from Arillas beach.
Food outlets/restaurants: Yes. Plenty of snack bars and other food outlets.
Sand/pebbles/shingle: Soft golden sand. Arillas resort beach is organized but it lies at the center of a huge, natural beach that seemingly goes on forever. There are some pebbles beyond the waterline.
Sunbeds/umbrellas: Yes. These give out after some distance and the beach is then «wild».
Showers: No. For toilets, use food outlets.
Safe for children: In the main, the water is shallow and the beach comprises attractive soft, golden sand. Watch out for the significant watersports activity which sometimes intrudes on the designated swimming areas. There is a light swell with some waves from time to time.
Watersports: Yes. Main users: Tourists. Well cared for: Yes. Mooring for boats: No.
Next to quayside/harbor: No. Storm drains/outlets into the sea: None observed.
Natural shady areas: Arillas beach is completely exposed. Any other facilities: Full resort facilities.
Distance to main resorts: 0-2 km. depending on the point of access.
Public transport: Taxis or independent transport needed. Blue Flag: Yes.
Small sandy beach at the southernmost tip of Corfu. Generally unknown except to foreign hikers who are able to trek the difficult paths that start from the equally deserted Kanoula shore or from the forest of Arkoudilas, south of Lefkimmi. But if you do come here, you’ll agree it was well worth the effort: you’ll be alone with the sea, beneath the eerie, secluded precipice that ends in a forest of cypresses and the deserted 17th-century monastery of the Virgin. (52 km from Corfu town)
The sand beach of Astrakeri is situating in the northwest of Corfu island and is a resort beach. In the wider space of coast, they existing a lot of facilities, like rent a car, bike, bicycles, marine sport, and e.c.c. Also, exist Hotels and rented rooms. Astrakeri beach has a length of 400 meters and a Width of 50 meters. The natural environment of Astrakeri beach has not to haw not rare kind of animal or Plants. The flora is rich and consists mainly of olive trees, cypresses, fruit trees and several kinds of bushes. The fauna consists only of domestic animals. The visitors have the following possibilities in order to reach the coast:
1. The green buses which leave from the center of the Corfu city every two (2) hours
2. With the car from the center of the Corfu city in forty (35) minutes
3. Municipality of Esperion has running a free buses program, three times a week for all the beaches, so quests and locals of our municipality can have the opportunity to visit and enjoy themselves.
Beach location: One of the northernmost beaches on Corfu. Located between the resorts of Roda and Sidari and accessed from the main coastal road. Look for the signs on the main road. These point you down a twisting road, through woods and olive groves. The road gives out at Astrakeri beach.
Disabled access: Astrakeri beach area is flat and wheelchair access is possible. Some of the sand is hard-packed, some is soft. Car parking: Probably the only place where you’ll park is on the municipal football pitch! The car parking area is massive and even in high season, it’s possible to get a space here.
Food outlets/restaurants: A selection of beach bars and tavernas. Sand/pebbles/shingle: A sand beach with some shale and small pebbles. Sunbeds/umbrellas: A limited number. Showers: Yes. For toilets use the tavernas and beach bars. Safe for children: This is open sea and the water gets deep reasonably quickly. Nevertheless, it’s a reasonably good beach for young swimmers under supervision.
Watersports: No. Main users: Locals.
Well cared for: Not as well cared for as it could be. Has a look of being «abandoned».
Mooring for boats: There is a small harbor which is neither attractive nor particularly suitable for the seagoing craft. Next to quayside/harbor: Not obtrusive. Storm drains/outlets into the sea: No.
Natural shady areas: Substantial vegetation and trees beyond Astrakeri beach itself give some cover.
Any other facilities: Rooms to let located close by. Distance to main resorts: 5km to Roda and Sidari.
Public transport: Buses will take you as far as the main road. Otherwise, you can use the card phone on the beach to summon a taxi. Blue Flag: No.
Barbati beach is characterized for its small rocks which cover the beach the rich vegetation and the deep and clear waters.
Barbati beach is situated 20 kilometers north of Corfu Town, nearby the village of the same name.
It was awarded the blue flag by the European guaranty for the cleanliness.
You can discover it with a boat tour, or you can relax on the sunbeds doing heliotherapy.
There are also waters-sports jetty and many bars with swimming pools.
A vibrant sea resort, south of the city of Corfu, that has not lost its picturesque element, despite its touristic growth and marina. It has been awarded numerous times with a blue flag.
The narrow strip of sand that separates beautiful Lake Korissia from the sea marks the boundary of the island’s most exotic beach. For those who love nature, walking, and tranquillity, this is pure paradise. To get here, take the highway for Lefkimmi, turn right at the level of Mesongi and follow the signs for Kastro Gardiki and the lake. At the end of the road, you will find a small beach, with recliners and a snack bar. But don’t stop there.
Continue on foot along the rush-lined lakeshore, and cross the little bridge that takes you into the dense cedar forest. From here to Agios Georgios (an hour and a half walk along the forest), stretch kilometers of fine damp sand that has been shaped into dunes. Green hills, on the one hand, golden hills on the other. The only people you will meet will be other walkers and a few campers. Pick your ideal spot, and for a moment you’ll feel like being in the “Blue Lagoon”.
A very popular beach on the east side of the island, that has been awarded a blue flag. Near the city of Corfu, Dassia has shallow waters and it is covered with sand and small pebbles. On the seaside, you will find sea-sports and also a variety of taverns, cafes, bars, restaurants, and hotel complexes.
Quiet organized beach in the southern part of the island, 4 km from the village of Vitalades. Fine sand, reeds, a few rooms to let, and two or three tavernas – a nice little beach with nothing special about it. Popular with the people from nearby villages, and also with several, low profile, foreign tourists. Also know as Vitalades.
(42 km from Corfu town)
Located on the southwest side of the island, Glyfada has been awarded a blue flag. It is a long, sandy beach making it the most popular. Young people love it for its bar and cafes on the seaside. The beach also offers sunbeds, umbrellas, and sea-sports. When winds are blowing in the area the sea gets wavy.
A small beach, protected from the winds, on the east side of the island, about 8 km. from Chora. The beach is covered with sand and small pebbles. It offers sea sports, boat rental services, and a marina. In its general area, you will find a variety of restaurants and accommodation.
The beach of Marathias is situating in West coast of Corfu island and is a resort beach, with sand. The most important environmental activities are Seminar, Lecture, Photo and writing competition, clean up drawing competition, e.c.c.In the wider space of coast, they existing a lot of facilities, like rent a car, bike, bicycles, marine sport, and e.c.c. Also, exist Hotels and rented rooms. Marathias Beach has a length of 200 meters and a Width of 10 meters. The natural environment of the beach has not to haw not rare kind of animal or Plants. The flora is rich and consists mainly of olive trees, cypresses, fruit trees and several kinds of bushes. The fauna consists only of domestic animals. The visitors have the following possibilities in order to them reach on the coast:1. Green Buses which leaving from Saroco square, in Corfu town, every hour.2. With the car in one hour, from Corfu town.
Marathias beach overview
A beautiful picturesque resort in the southwestern coast of Corfu. A greek corner with a great nature and a wonderful long sandy beach and crystal blue water which make Marathias one of the most beautiful beaches of Corfu island. In the restaurants and tavernas of the place, one can taste the local cuisine, feel and enjoy the traditional greek and Corfiot atmosphere. The nearest village to the resort is the village of Marathias, a typical greek village, in 1 km distance. Other near villages: Perivolo (2 km), Lefkimmi (5 km), Argyrades (5 km).
…through the vineyards and woods to what is perhaps the loveliest beach in the world. Its name is Myrtiotissa. (Lawrence Durrell – Prospero’s Cell). Myrtiotissa is described by some enthusiasts as the most beautiful beach in Europe and it exerts its own magnetic charm, having once visited Myrtiotissa visitors are drawn back again and again. The most important sight in this area is the monastery of Panagia Myrtiotissa, that took its name from the icon of Panagias that was found around the myrtle. It deserves to visit it and to admire the splendid view.
Myrtiotissa is a fantastic spot, a stretch of sand with crystal clear waters that is reached by a very steep rough road. Because of its location, the steep cliffs surrounding the beach have prohibited any building of hotels or bars, it literally is just the beach with a couple of sandwich shacks.
How to get to Myrtiotissa Beach.
The quickest way to drive to Myrtiotissa is to head for Sinarades, Pelekas and then Glyfada – so if you look on your map you should be able to see the general direction you must go.
The road to Myrtiotissa
You will come to a crossroads, at which you go straight on heading towards Glyfada/Ropa valley. Continue on this road for a couple of miles until you reach a T junction. At this junction, you bear left for about 100 meters and take the first turning on the left (there is a house on the corner). Continue on this smaller road past a few houses until you reach the T junction at the end. Here turn right and almost immediately turn left on to a rough track that should be signposted Myrtiotissa.
Once you are on this road there is only one way to go! carry on all the way (it is a rough track at some points so please drive carefully) until you reach a newly built cafe called “The Olive Tree” this is all made from wood and has a car park behind it. Park here (it should cost c. 2 euros) and take your swimming things and walk the rest of the way down the track to the beach. As you begin this walk you will have spectacular views of the beach and coastline all around.
A popular seaside resort on the southeast side of the island with a beautiful beach. It has sand and pebbles and shallow waters ideal for children.
Beach location: At the complicated intersection of the major Lefkimmi – Corfu highway, turn off the main road just beyond Moraitika resort. Cross the bridge over the river and traverse the main-road shopping area, Signs on the left-hand side lead you down to the beach. Approximately 1 km.
Disabled access: This is a flat resort with almost all the accommodation area relatively accessible for wheelchairs. The beach is also accessible with hard-packed sand making it relatively wheelchair friendly.
Car parking: In high season this can be quite difficult. Park on the road- 6ide where possible or utilize the car parks provided by tavernas and bars.
Food outlets/restaurants: Plenty of offerings adjacent to the beach.
Sand/pebbles/shingle: Pebbles leading into shingle and sand beyond the waterline
Sunbeds/umbrellas: Yes. Showers: Yes and toilets – and even lockers for your clothes
Safe for children: Yes the sea is relatively placid and only goes deep quite steadily. A good resort for children. Watersports: Yes – a wide selection of Main users: Tourists
Well cared for: Relatively. Could be better. Mooring for boats: Yes (at Messonghi’s river)
Next to quayside/harbor: The river is cloudy but it does not appear to influence the surrounding beach area. Storm drains/outlets into the sea: None observed, other than the river outlet itself.
Natural shady areas: This is another very exposed beach. Any other facilities: Full resort facilities.
Distance to main resorts: Moraitika 1-2km. Messonghi 0-1 km depending on the location of your accommodation. Public transport: Bus service and taxis are plentiful. Blue Flag: No
Fine sand and pebbles as far as the eye can see, water that gets gradually deeper, sparse vegetation (eucalyptus and glasswort), a handful of hotels, their guests and children, and families from nearby Lefkimmi: this is Molos, the vast tranquil beach that lies to the north of Lefkimmi. About 3.5 km (asphalt road) from the village, it is only organized where there are hotels. The tourist exploitation is limited to a few hotels and tavernas. There are no restaurants or beach bars, and the only people you’re likely to see apart from the bathers (mainly families, Germans and local) are the fishermen who empty their nets every morning at Alykes, on the eastern side of the beach.
(45 km from Corfu town)
From the main resort road (located on the Corfu island – Lefkimmi Highway) turn down one of a number of narrow lanes to access the beach. Be aware that parking is very limited and it’s really best to walk.
Disabled access: The lanes leading to the beach have dropping gradients but the beach itself is flat and accessible for wheelchairs.
Car parking: Strictly limited and most normally associated with a particular taverna or bar’s facilities. Best to park in the resort and walk.
Food outlets/restaurants: Yes. Lots and lots..
Sand/pebbles/shingle: Shingle and sand -gets extremely busy.
Showers: Yes. For toilets, utilize the bars and tavernas.
Safe for children: Relatively safe. No major waves but there is water- sports operating and some stones beyond the waterline.
Main users: Tourists.
Well cared for: Yes. However, it could be even better given the large numbers utilizing the facilities. More attention is needed daily.
Mooring for boats: No.
Next to quayside/harbor: No.
Storm drains/outlets into the sea: One or two storm drains but relatively insignificant.
Natural shady areas: Some gardens and trees periodically dispersed along the beach area.
Any other facilities: Full resort. Hotels, rooms, and every imaginable facility.
Distance to main resorts: 0-2 km depending on the location of your accommodation.
Public transport: Buses and taxis are both plentiful.
Blue Flag: No
Kassiopi is one of the most cosmopolitan beaches in Corfu, on the northeast side of the island under-mount Pantokrator, in a magnificent location. It has small pebbles and sand and offers all amenities.
The main beach of Kassiopi is pebbles. The small town square is dominated by big-screen TVs offering football, disco bars do thump until dawn and karaoke bars do offer free shots for the get-drunk-quick teenagers – but it is all done on a smallish scale and nowhere near as dreadful as places like Kavos. There’s still room for more traditional tavernas and quiet bars and regular visitors emphasize the relaxed friendliness of the locals. It has a pretty waterfront but much of Kassiopi village is thick with shops selling tourist tat. There are two large minimarkets and a couple of smaller ones. Four beaches, nearby Kassiopi, are reached by footpath from the headland but none are particularly good. In the main beach of Kassiopi, there are showers and toilets. The others have no facilities and sea urchins infest the rocks but are a pleasant taverna on the headland. Better beaches can be found to the south at Avlaki and Kogevinas – about 20 minutes drive.
Boat trips leave from Kassiopi harbor daily for Kerkyra (Corfu town) and other beaches along the coast. The ruins of a castle overlook the harbour but there is not much to see as it was dismantled by the Venetians in the 14th century, though there have been some recent attempts at restoration.
Beach location: Kassiopi is a chic, northern resort located approximately 35 km from Corfu town (Kerkyra) and accessed from the main northern highway. From the main road through the resort, watch out for (unofficial) finger posts directing you to the beach. Disabled access: Yes-Kassiopi harbor area is ramped and there is reasonably good wheelchair access to the beach itself (which is on the opposite side of the village).
Car parking: Municipal car park or park on the roadside.
Food outlets/restaurants: Full resort facilities providing a wide selection of eateries.
Sand/pebbles/shingle: Pebble and shingle beach – somewhat disappointing for such an attractive resort. Sunbeds/umbrellas: Yes. Showers: There should be but on inspection, the showers, toilets and disabled facilities were all locked and the lifeguard facility was not operating.
Safe for children: It can get windy here and the water gets deep quite quickly. Supervision of younger swimmers is advisable. Watersports: Maybe, Maybe not! Main users: Tourists.
Well cared for: Not particularly. For such a pleasant resort, the beach comes as a significant disappointment. (Despite the fact it has somehow acquired a Blue Flag!).
Mooring for boats: There is mooring at the harbor area but this is entirely separated from the beach area. Next to quayside/harbor: No. Storm drains/outlets into the sea: None observed.
Natural shady areas: Kassiopi beach area is very exposed. Any other facilities: This is a medium-sized, full-blown resort with good facilities. Distance to main resorts: 0-1km depending on your accommodation. Public transport: Bus service and taxis. Blue Flag: Yes.
Beach location: One of the most northerly beaches on Corfu, located between Kassiopi and Acharavi on the main coastal road. Watch for the massive, hand-painted road signs directing you to Kalamaki beach. These guide you to a steep, narrow track (fortunately quite short!) which, in turn, leads you to a pleasant, golden bay featuring hard-packed sand. Disabled access: Disabled access is good once you get onto the beach itself. The hard-packed sand facilitates wheelchair access. The access road down to Kalamaki beach, however, is very steep. Car parking: The car park accommodates at least 30 cars and is normally sufficient even in high season. Food outlets/restaurants: Beach bars and tavernas.
Sand/pebbles/shingle: Pure golden sand interspersed with a little grass in places.
Sunbeds/umbrellas: Yes. Showers: Yes, and there are also toilet facilities.
Safe for children: The sea here is shallow with only the slightest of swells. This, coupled with the pure sand environment makes it particularly suitable for children. Additionally, there is a lifeguard during the day. Watersports: Pedaloes and canoes only. Main users: Tourists Next to quayside/harbor: No.
Well cared for: Yes. More attention to litter collection would improve it further. Mooring for boats: No
Storm drains/outlets into the sea: Storm drains.
Natural shady areas: The tree-lined hillside surrounding Kalamaki beach reduces the wind somewhat but, substantially, it is still exposed here. Any other facilities: Rooms to let nearby. Major apartment complex with swimming pool on the beach. Distance to main resorts: 5 km to both Acharavi and Kassiopi.
Public transport: Bus service to the main road or phone for a taxi from either resort.
Blue Flag: Yes. Deserved, for one of the nicest golden sand beaches in northern Corfu.
The white villa where the English writer Lawrence Durrell lived with his wife is the principal point of interest on this shore. You’ll have no trouble recognizing it since it still dominates the scene from its position at the end of the bay. The second story was added on by the Durrells at the end of the 1930s since when they originally bought the house from a fisherman it was a simple, single-storey structure.
Today, part of the ground floor houses a tavern, and the rest of the house is let by a British agency as an apartment. Kalami beach and the villas around it attract mainly English visitors, and the houses are mainly let by foreign agencies. On Kalami beach, you will find boats for hire and water sports, and the travel agents organize excursions by calque to various parts of the island. You will also find tavernas, supermarkets, foreign press newsstands, and of course Lawrence Durrell’s novels. If you’re looking for a restaurant, we suggest Matella’s.
(30 km from Corfu town)
If you don’t like the sound of children’s voices, you’d better not come to Kaminaki. There is no way to avoid young kids here – the beach is very small and very family-oriented, and in any case, the tourists staying in the rental accommodation available in the vicinity are more than enough to fill it up.
Kaminaki t is covered with fine pebbles, bigger outside and smaller in the sea. Digging down, you’re bound to find some lovely seashells. Kaminaki beach is organized, and the water gets deep fairly fast. At the pavilion, Asterios has boats for hire, and you can go water skiing or banana boarding. There are also two little tavernas and a mini-market. (28 km from Corfu town)
Beach sports, scuba diving, pubs, mini markets, caiques loaded with fruit for sale, hotels, bright umbrellas, fast food stands and all-day cafe bars with karaoke and satellite TV spread out like a movie set around Kavos beach. What more could an English teenager want? The British kids who flock to the island’s southernmost resort every year come to drink, party, sunbathe and play in the warm, shallow water.
You’ll find them everywhere along the organized beach, enjoying the dozens of beach sports and happenings like wet T-shirt contests, and in the pubs that line the road behind the shore road, watching their favorite soap operas. (49 km from Corfu town)
Therefore it has the BLUE FLAG of the European Nation. Krouzeri beach combines exotic scenery, magical colours, flaming sunsets, romantic moonlight, luxurious vegetation, (lush green even in the height of summer) a riot of radiant flowers and colourful blooms, centuries-old silver olive groves, rich pergolas, white pebbles with golden sands and pellucid turquoise emerald sea there is surely one of the beaches in Corfu island to which these superlatives collectively apply.
You may not find any cherry trees here (which is what the name means), but you’ll certainly see plenty of pines. Kerasia is an open bay, and the shadow of the pines is reflected in its waters, giving them a wonderful blue-green color. Kerasia beach has large pebbles, with organized facilities. Kerasia is just 1.5 km from Agios Stefanos and tends to attract the same sort of people – mainly foreigners from the villas in the area.
(40 km from Corfu town)
Driving down the winding road towards Kouloura is an exercise in will power: the spectacular enclosed bay dotted with yachts and cypresses will certainly try to drag your attention away from the steering wheel.
The view from above is magical but seen from close at hand it is not very different from the neighbouring shorelines. Its trademark, the magnificent Agnelli villa, where countless celebrities and members of royalty have stayed at times, is at the end of the bay. On the one side, are the fishing boats and yachts and on the other the families from the villas round about spreading out their beach towels on the sand (the beach is not organized). There is one tavern on the beach.
(32 km from Corfu town).
The name means “islet”, and the diminutive was not chosen by chance. The cove really is tiny, surrounded by olives and pines that cling to the rocks, and a pebble beach and sea with room for thirty recliners at the very most. It is fairly touristy and very popular with the foreigners (mainly English) who stay in the villas round about. The facilities include water sports, a mini-market, tavernas, and a card phone. From here an old flagged path will take you along the shore, through the olives, all the way to Kassiopi. (22 km from Corfu town)
Cosmopolitan area of Palaiokastritsa offers many small beaches sandy and pebbly, and also picturesque rocky bays. It is also known for its deep and exceptionally cold waters. Palaiokastritsa is a seaside resort that offers visitors all amenities.
Beach location: Located next door to neighboring Ipsos – into which it blends seamlessly, Pirgi Beach is accessed from the main road through this northern resort which, effectively, separates sea and facilities. Disabled access: Very poor. It would be simple to add disabled access points to the beach but there are but one or two between the two resorts!
Car parking: Park on the roadside. This gets very busy, especially at high season and parking is difficult.
Food outlets/restaurants: Yes. But these are all divided from Pirgi beach by the busy main road.
Sand/pebbles/shingle: Pebbles leading into shingle and sand beyond the waterline.
Sunbeds/umbrellas: Yes. Showers: Yes. For toilets, visit the tavernas or bars.
Safe for children: The sea is relatively placid. The main problem is the busy main road separating the beach from the resort facilities and accommodation. Watersports: Yes.
Main users: Tourists. Well cared for: Comparatively. Mooring for boats: No.
Next to quayside/harbor: No. Storm drains/outlets into the sea: Storm drains at several points.
Natural shady areas: No. Any other facilities: Full resort facilities.
Distance to main resorts: 0-1km depending on the location of the accommodation.
Public transport: Yes. Buses and taxis are plentiful. Blue Flag: Yes.
A sandy, relatively quiet beach on the west side of the island with taverns and cafes on the seaside.
What a contrast in Peroulades a handsome hill village with traditional tavernas and cafes providing access to very quiet beaches and some lovely walks. Peroulades main beach is hardly that – just a narrow strip of sand below vertical cliffs that floods with waves at each passing boat and you can only get to it with a perilous descent down scores of winding cement steps. The taverna above the beach offers stunning sunset views and lends the place its alternative name of Sunset Beach.
Disabled access: Non-ambulant visitors will make it only as far as the taverna area. Thereafter, the steep path and steps mitigate against access to Peroulades beach itself. Even those who consider themselves fit will find the steep steps hard going.
Car parking: Public and taverna car parks. Normally plenty of space, even in high season.
Food outlets/restaurants: Two or three taverna snackeries with “daytime disco” music. The sunset can be viewed whilst eating an evening meal at this location. Sand/pebbles/shingle: Towering cliffs, offshore rock outcrops and a narrow strip of sand. Sunbeds/umbrellas: No.
Showers: No. Toilets available in the tavernas (none, unfortunately, are particularly disabled accessible).
Safe for children: The sea is relatively safe but can be “milky”. The area, featuring rocks and high cliffs, suggests supervision is desirable. Watersports: No.
Main users: Mainly tourists, with a few locals – particularly at weekends. Well cared for: Peroulades beach itself is normally clean. The approaches are nearly always badly littered. Mooring for boats: No.
Next to quayside/harbor: No. Storm drains/outlets into the sea: Yes.
Natural shady areas: Sit under the cliffs if you don’t mind running the risk of falling clay!
Any other facilities: The view! Sunsets over the Drastis Cape are phenomenal. Even during the day, the team “balconies” provide a panoramic viewing gallery. The sunset can be spectacular.
Distance to main resorts: About 3 km from Sidari resort. Public transport: No. Independent transport required unless you favor a strenuous walk from Sidari. Blue Flag: No
Beach location: From the main road between Corfu and Lefkimmi, in the vicinity of Moraitika, turn onto the road for Agios Matheos. You will eventually come to an overhead destination gantry, signposting various beaches. You keep straight on here. Pass the turning for Kanouli and subsequently turn left at the unofficial signs for Prasoudi Beach. (Actually, there are probably more signs for the Avra Fish Taverna – follow these or the delicious cooking smells!) Disabled access: There is a stiff track down to Prasoudi beach which is not impossible for a wheelchair but is undoubtedly quite difficult. Car parking: The fish taverna has a massive car park which it offers free to beachgoers. Food outlets/restaurants: One or two tavernas.
Sand/pebbles/shingle: Beautiful, soft, golden beach. Rocky islets and sand spits. It’s a lovely place.
Sunbeds/umbrellas: Yes. Showers: Yes. Toilets courtesy of the tavernas.
Safe for children: This is a good location for swimmers of all ages. There’s even a kiddies playground here. The sea does go deep in places but there is a lifeguard on duty most of the time. Watch out for tides and supervise less proficient swimmers at all times. Watersports: No.
Main users: “Locals” visit as much for the seafood as the beach and it’s very popular with them at weekends and public holidays. Once tourists discover it, they inevitably return too! Well cared for: Yes.
Mooring for boats: No Next to quayside/harbor: No Storm drains/outlets into the sea: No
Natural shady areas: No. Any other facilities: Some rooms to let locally but that’s about it!
Distance to main resorts: Messonghi and Moraitika are about 8 km. respectively. Public transport: No.
Blue Flag: Yes-This is a beautiful, natural and exciting beach. If they gave blue flags for cooking aromas, it would get one for that too! A beautiful vista in a serene bathing environment.
Beach location: Accessed from the most peculiar one-way traffic light sequence in Greece! Signposted from the main Corfu to Lefkimmi road at the village of Perivoli. From there you follow unofficial finger-posts to the beach. However, Santa Barbara is a beach with an identity crisis and seems to be known by various names including Ag Barbara, Maltas and Marta as well as the official name “Marathias”.
Disabled access: Yes. Boardwalk access. Car parking: Limited. Park on the roadside behind the last car you come to and walk! You can travel closer to the beach, drop passengers off and then turn and park.
Food outlets/restaurants: Yes. There are both tavernas and beach bars. Sand/pebbles/shingle: Golden sands set within a broad bay. Sunbeds/umbrellas: Yes. Showers: Yes. For toilets, use the tavernas.
Safe for children: There is normally a beach guard in attendance. The sea is fast with a steep drop at the water’s edge. Waters are deep and there are significant waves. Watersports: No. Main users: Tourists.
Well cared for: Yes. This is a beach that thoroughly deserves its Blue Flag. Mooring for boats: No.
Next to quayside/harbor: No. Storm drains/outlets into the sea: No.
Natural shady areas: No. This is an exposed beach.
Any other facilities: There are rooms and mini markets and all the signs of a full-blown resort beginning to emerge. Distance to main resorts: Kavos 10km, Corfu Town 30 km. Public transport: Buses travel as far as the main road and then you walk. Independent transport is preferable but is aware of limited parking near to Santa Barbara beach. Blue Flag: Yes.
Sidari is located on the northwest side of the island. It is a busy seaside resort with beaches with shallow and safe waters, covered in sand and small pebbles, and surrounded by impressive rocks. They have been awarded with a blue flag and offer all amenities. Visiting Sithari you will find a variety of accommodation and also many taverns, cafes, and bars.
Sidari is the most famous tourist resort in north Corfu and one of the places that every visitor of the island have to see. It is found in distance 32 km away from Corfu town. It has acquired a world reputation, which it owes infamous “Canal d’ Amour”. It is an underground path between two rocks that the visitor can easily walk to, due to shallow waters. This point is recommended for diving. There are many caves under the canal. Sidari beach has been awarded the Blue Flag.
The beach is really wonderful. The white carven rocks that look like natural sculptures and the light blue waters compose an exotic view. Except, from the Canal d’ Amour, in Sidari, you will also swim in the small coves that take shape between the rocks and give the sense of private beach. This is one from the first regions of Corfu that developed their tourist infrastructures. Nowadays, in the region function hotels and rented rooms. There are many choices of entertainment. Every summer over than 5.000 tourists are visiting Sidari and most of them are British. In Sidari, the excavations have through in the light the relic of a settlement from the Neolithic period.
Beach location: Accessed from the main road through the resort (which is one of the furthest of those located in northern Corfu), Take any of the signposted lanes down to Sidari beach. Follow these secondary roads for a distance of between 0-1 km. depending on the road chosen. Disabled access: Substantially flat and accessible for wheelchairs. Car parking: There is a large car park behind Sidari beach but this often gets very busy and you may have to park on the roadside, some distance from the beach.
Food outlets/restaurants: Yes-the widest possible selection. Sand/pebbles/shingle: A sand beach that suffers from incoming weed periodically. This is not always cleaned promptly, or it’s left in (smelly) rotting mounds. There are also small stones in places. A very large beach. The nearby Canal d’Amour, although smaller, is scenically more attractive. Sunbeds/umbrellas: Yes.
Showers: Surprisingly few if any shower points. For toilets, use the beach bars or tavernas.
Safe for children: This is a very shallow and sandy beach ideal for children. Watersports: Yes. Extensive watersports facilities at certain points plus boat hire available to explore the surrounding coastline.
Main users: Tourists (thousands of them).
Well cared for: In most places, yes but it suffers from too many visitors and can sometimes be dirty and littered. Mooring for boats: No. Next to quayside/harbor: No.
Storm drains/outlets into the sea: None observed. There is a less than attractive river outlet, however.
Natural shady areas: An exposed beach with only the bars and tavernas available for retreat.
Any other facilities: Full resort facilities. Distance to main resorts: Sidari 0-2 km. depending on the location of the accommodation. Roda is 7km. Public transport: Buses and taxi rank. Blue Flag: Yes.
A long beach covered with pebbles and sand, located next to the central road going northeast. It is a resort with a vibrant nightlife -an ideal destination for young people. It has been awarded a blue flag.
Yaliskari may be the smallest of the beaches on the western side of Corfu, but it is every bit as beautiful as any of its more famous neighbors (Glyfada and Kontogialos). Stock up on juice, coffee and sandwiches from the two snack bars and dive right in while enjoying the view of the sheer pine-clad rocks plunging into the sea – just be careful to watch out for currents. Organized beach, with canoes and pedalos for hire.
The farther to the right you go, the sooner the sun will drop behind the rocks, which shade this end of the beach from about noon on. Although there are no hotels on the beach, the Yaliskari Palace Hotel buses its guests down here every day, so be prepared for some company. To get here, follow the signs on the PelekasSinarades road. Leave your car in the parking lot – the beach is just a short walk away.
Beach location: From the main Glyfada – Paleokastritsa road beyond Sinarades, follow the signs for Pelekas and Yaliskari (which you will find spelled in a number of different ways!). A single-track, corkscrew road drops you into this attractive bay following the most hair-raising of descents.
Disabled access: The descent to Yaliskari beach from the local taverna is via the steepest of slopes. Maybe a wheelchair can make it… maybe not. Car parking: There is some – located at the bottom of a 1:4 descent. Pretty scary! Food outlets/restaurants: Two or three tavernas and beach bars. Sand/pebbles/shingle: Lovely golden sand. Sunbeds/umbrellas: Yes. Showers: One tap – that’s it!
Safe for children: Large tidal swell, rocks either end of the bay. Advisable to supervise younger swimmers closely. Watersports: Limited. Canoes and pedaloes. Main users: A mixture of locals and tourists.
Well cared for: Yes. Mooring for boats: No. Next to quayside/harbor: No.
Storm drains/outlets into the sea: No. Natural shady areas: Vegetation and trees surround the beach. Yaliskari beach itself is exposed. Any other facilities: A few rooms to let.
Distance to main resorts: Corfu Town 20 km. Public transport: No. Blue Flag: No.