Corfu Things to Do
Visitors of Corfu can have a pleasant and creative stay on the island. There is the possibility to go to bars and discos all over the island until the morning, to participate in recreational programs organized by the island’s tourism bodies or even go to traditional fairs organized by parishes in the city and in villages.
They may also- after going swimming – entertain themselves and their children at the water slides. If they wish to do so, they may also try their skills at rowing, water skiing, windsurfing, sea parachuting etc. In case they have the necessary equipment (oxygen tank-assisted diving is prohibited), they may test their skills at scuba diving and underwater fishing and – should they have the necessary knowledge – they may rent a sailboat or a high-speed boat from one of the island’s specialized offices and visit the bays of Corfu, the islands of Erikousa, Othoni and Mathraki, Paxoi and Antipaxoi.
The Gouvia Marina serves hundreds of leisure boats each year, coming from all around the world, while the fishing – villages, and bays of the island offer themselves for a temporary break.
When ashore, visitors may test their skills at playing golf, horseback riding at one of the riding clubs operating in Corfu, play tennis at the courts in the city and in hotels and, finally, to watch cricket matches on the Esplanade and international Formula I races at the Garitsa Bay.
Activities & sports in Corfu (Kerkyra) island
Walking and hiking in Corfu is a good way to see the beautiful rich Corfu Greece nature. With its rich flora and fauna, dense vegetation and unspoiled countryside, Corfu is a real paradise for hikers. You will have the opportunity to discover the stunning views of Mount Pantokrator above Benitses village either with local guidance or on your own.alk to Mount Pantocrator (906 m above sea level).
It is a difficult walking, however when reaching the top also most rewarding. The “Corfu Trail” is the best-known trail among walkers and hikers from all over Europe. The trail mostly uses age-old tracks, mule paths, and dirt roads, avoiding tarred highways as much as possible. It is well waymarked and can be followed in either direction.
Tennis is one outdoor activity available on Corfu. Tennis courts can be booked at various locations however we recommend the tennis court in a nearby hotel. Enquire at reception for reserving the tennis court.
The tennis center is situated in the island’s capital, Corfu Town, at Romanou Street, within walking distance from the Archaeological Museum. There you can find 4 tennis courts.
Corfu horse riding
Horseback riding in Corfu ( Kerkyra ) is a glorious experience due to the islands lush vegetation, narrow paths, and beaches and gives you the unique opportunity to experience another aspect of the Corfiot countryside.
For further information, enquire at one of the Corfu riding schools.
There are three horse riding schools in Corfu for beginners and more advanced riders: The Ropa Valley, Dimitris Horse Riding and The Trailriders (Tel +30 26630 22503).
More than 6000 people come to Corfu just to cycle. The island’s good minor road system and the central location of The Corfu Mountainbike Shop in Dassia mean that almost all beautiful parts are easy to reach during a single day’s cycling trip so that each day’s cycling can be a new experience.
Tracks of Odysseus is a two week individual cycle/ mountain bike program (can be booked weekly), leading the cyclists on an easy way and at their own pace along mountains and beautiful coastlines, through picturesque villages and to Corfu’s most pristine beaches, using mainly quiet and minor roads through century-old olive groves, and covering an amazing variety of scenery and featuring the most beautiful and interesting parts of Corfu Island.
Corfu (Korfu ) Cricket has a long history, the first recorded game taking place on St. Georges Day in 1823 between the British Garrison and the Royal Navy.
Whilst history has been somewhat chequered, cricket is now a very popular game on the island.
During the summer months, Splianada Square in Corfu Town hosts the Cricket Festival.
If you are vacationing while the festival is being held, don’t miss seeing one of the games. For further information, contact the Corfu Cricket Club: Tel. +30 26610 41205
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Paragliding - Parascending in Corfu (Korfu) island
Paragliding is a recreational and competitive flying sport.
A paraglider is a free-flying, foot-launched aircraft.
Paragliding – Parascending in Corfu is very a usual activity and an exciting way of seeing magic places. There are several sites where someone can take-off and enjoy flying.
Places you can do paragliding-parascending are Benitses, Nissaki, Mirtiotissa, Mt Pantokratoras, Agios Gordios, Trompeta, Perivoli, Pelekas, Issos, Agios Stefanos, Arillas.
In Corfu (Korfu) Greece there are two golf courses one at the Kanoni hotel, this is a very small course but its very good to spend your time and the other course is at Ropa valley.
This Course was designed by Donald Harradine and it has 18 holes. It is one of the greatest championship courses in Europe. Because of this at the year 2006, the course was hasted the International amateur golf championship and the Corfu spring festival that they where a lot of well-known players in Europe.
Fantastic weather makes a round of golf in Corfu a wonderful experience.
Corfu Scuba Diving
Corfu offers many great diving spots where species of flora and fauna from an interesting reason for you to experience scuba diving. Diving in Corfu centers less around the abundance and variety of fish and more on interesting rock formations, swim-throughs, and exploration of wrecks. The visibility is surprisingly good (averaged around 50 ft) and octopus, squid, starfish, and fireworms are quite common.
Diving centers tend to be very informal operations, with a traditional Greek approach to planning dive trips (in some cases this can be frustrating when trying to organize daily activities). Dives are organized on the West Coast of the Island for experienced divers and the East Coast of the Island for beginners or the less experienced.
Charter a yacht and cruise is an amazing way to explore Corfu (Kofu) island and other Ionian islands. Take one of the many organized boat trips, from tours on a glass-bottomed boat to an all-day excursion along the coast to spot some dolphins, whilst enjoying a beach bbq.
In the region of Gouvia, just a short distance from Corfu Town is a spectacular fully equipped and organized 960-berth yacht marina. Gouvia Marina: Tel. +30 26610 91475 or +30 26610 91376
The most famous sailing center is Avlaki Sailing center at Avlaki bay, near the resort of Kassiopi, North East Corfu. Avlaki, is one of the most, picturesque, spectacular bays of the island, with a sea that has the clarity and colors of the Caribbean. Chosen after much research for its ideal sailing conditions and feeling of security, within the protective headlands of the bay.
Water sports in Corfu (Korfu)
Most places have water sports facilities that provide visitors with endless hours of fun.
You will find activities such as:
Excursions in Corfu
Paxos & Parga cruise
You leave the port of Corfu Town and sail along the southern coastal line before entering the narrow channel to the port of Galos at Paxos. You can explore the island or visit the Blue Caves. Then we continue to the coastal town of Parga on the mainland. You will admire the traditional architecture, visit the Venetian Castle and have lunch at one of the waterfront Tavernas. En-route watch out for the dolphins.
The Kalypso Star is a specially constructed boat for undersea cruises.
With its large bay windows, it gives everybody, no matter what age or physical ability, the opportunity to explore and enjoy the fascinating and intricate world beneath the sea, with an endless variety of fish and plants. The Sea Lions with their trainers perform a unique show that will excite you!
This is a chance to discover this much talked about “land of mystery”. Only 50 minutes on board our specially constructed catamaran gets you to the port of Agios Saranta.
You will have a guided tour of the town and then you will be given the option to join a coach tour that takes you to the ancient town of Butrinti where you can visit the ruins off the Greek-Roman theatre. Take a lot of duty-free shopping and be able to tell everybody back home you have visited Albania.
Underseacruise in Paleokastritsa
Explore the wild deep west coast with our semi-submarine.
Captain Nemo is here! A semi sub-marine with 50 seats ready to explore all the west coast. Undersea cruises will be departing every day from the harbor of Paleokastritsa. Video cameras and photo cameras are a must.
Coach trip to Kassiopi
Once a quaint fishing village and now one of the most popular resorts. Famous for its picturesque harbor with its waterfront tavernas.
Bargain with the shopkeepers for traditional hand made lace and go for swimming in Crystal Clear Water. Only 30mins away it makes a nice diversion during your Holiday.
The trip by boat in Paleokastritsa ” Bella Vista “
One of the most exquisite spots on the island. A full day trip by coach to one of the most popular places in Corfu. The trip starts with a stop at the distillery well known for the islands local Kumquat liqueurs and wines, which you will be able to sample. A visit to the 13th Century working monastery.
With there is a 3 hr stop at Paleokastritsa for lunch, swimming, sunbathing or visit the caves by taxi boat. On the way admire the breathtaking scenery high above Paleo at Bella Vista, where we stay for half an hour for refreshments. Lastly, we stop at Makrades where you can purchase local wines, herbs, honey, and olive oil at low prices.
Grand island tour
Starting from Sidari this guided tour in English will leave a lasting impression on you. After thecorfu_east_cruise picturesque resorts of Kassiopi, Kouloura, Kalami, Nissaki, Ipsos, and Dassia you come to Corfu Island and Mouse Island.
Next stop is the Achillion Palace where you have a guided tour of this magnificent museum, which was built by the Empress of Austria. The distillery, the 13th Century monastery, and Paleokastritsa are our next stops before you experience the breathtaking Bella Vista and Makrades.
Mount safari in Pantocrator
An evening with a difference. Travel to Pantocrator, the highest mountain on Corfu where we meet our guy and enjoy the view of the whole island. Visit the ancient monastery and browse old icons and paintings. We then take you down to the unspoiled village of Strinilas where you have a traditional Greek meal in the local taverna that used to be an olive mill.
Here you will be charmed by the spectacular views from the restaurant and the majestic beauty of the mountains. Take a walk around the village and the gift shops selling local olive wood. On the way home, you pass through unspoiled villages where you stop to have a drink in local ‘kafeneon’ Coffee Shop.
Excursion in Ericousa and Mathraki islands
This trip leaves from Sidari and takes just 45 minutes the first stop at Mathraki Island. Here we stop 2 1/2 hours giving you enough time to wander around, relax on the beach take a swim or sit with a cold drink in one of the tavernas by the harbor from where you can admire Corfu’s coastline.
Next, we sail onto Ericousa Island for another 21/2 stop. A peaceful island with long sandy beaches and crystal clear water.
BBQ With The Glass Bottom Boat In Paleokastritsa
If you want to enjoy the underwater life and the depth of the most turquoise blue clear water of Paleokastritsa combined with a wonderful trip along the west coast, then this is for you. We take you to the caves of Paleo, the Vinti caves where the captain actually drives the boat into them so you can marvel at the sight and drive into the crystal clear waters.
We pass the stone ship of Odysseus and the eagle’s nest where our expert tour guide will tell you the legends of the rocks. Then we stop off at Ermones bay before finally arriving at paradise beach where a huge mouth-watering B.B.Q awaits you.
East coast cruise
Paleokastritsa-cavesVisit the area which has been the setting for James Bond’s film “For your eyes only”. The cruise starts from Kassiopi and heads down the East Coast stopping at various locations for swimming and sunbathing.
If you are interested in reserving and getting an online discount for any of the above excursions, please contact us so we can search for the best offer through our suppliers.
On the way back you also visit the submerged BLUE CAVES a cruise on the most scenic coast of Corfu.
Corfu: Events and customs
Four times a year there is a procession headed by the preserved remains of St. Spyridon in the streets of town accompanied by the island’s many bands. The procession is held on Palm Sunday, Holy Saturday, August 11th and the first Sunday in November. Celebrations at Mandouki on August 14th, the eve of the Assumption of the Virgin. Carnival is celebrated in Corfu Town with special festivities and customs on the last Sunday before Lent. These include a parade of floats and Corfu’s bands, followed by the traditional burning of an effigy representing the spirit of Carnival.
Among the most impressive religious events are those occurring during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday. One picturesque custom associated with Easter is the breaking of the crockery in town on the morning of Holy Saturday. In summer, two municipal orchestras and the town’s three brass bands give concerts which are enthusiastically attended by residents and visitors alike.
Sound and Light performances are given by the GNTO on summer evenings in the Old Fort in English, Greek, French and Italian. Check to see which time your language is scheduled. The annual Corfu Festival is held in September and includes concerts, ballet, opera, and theatre performances. Lefkimi holds a folk festival with local dances every year on July 8.