Corfu remains one of Greece’s most popular tourist destinations. Located in the Ionian island group in the western part of the country, it is composed of white sand beaches, an active nightlife, and stunning mountains. It’s very crowded during the summer months, especially with young backpackers looking to party and sit on the beach. However, there are still many quiet places to stay on the island. Corfu also tends to be a popular stop for people coming or going to Italy as it’s relatively near the ferry. I love the atmosphere here. It is a lot more relaxed than the islands in the Mediterranean and I like the cross mix of Italian and Greek culture. If you get a chance, visit Corfu! It’s one of my favorite destinations in Greece!
Top 5 Things to See and Do in Corfu
1. Explore Kassiopi
2. See the Church of Saint Spyridon
3. Hit the beaches
5. Explore Achilleion
Other Things to See and Do
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1. Lounge on Lakkeiss Beach
This quiet beach is a good place to go when the main beaches near town fill up with tourists and drunk backpackers.
2. Check out Nymphes
According to a legend, in ancient times the Nymphs used to bathe in the village’s nearby waterfalls. Just outside the village, you can visit Askitario, a small but historic monastery.
3. Visit Aqualand
This is a small waterpark with only a few main “rides”. It’s a little cheesy but it gives you something different to do after you’ve spent a few days on the beach. It’s open daily from 10am-6pm. A full-day pass is 27 EUR and a pass for after 3pm is 19 EUR.
4. Take the Corfu trail
Corfu is an ideal location for people who like to hike. The Corfu trail is a 222 km long distance footpath covering the full length of the islands. The route is well-signed, not too hard, and offers some great views of the island, cities, and water.
5. Go yachting
Thanks to the calm water and consistently beautiful weather, Corfu is an ideal place to go out on a boat. There are various companies that offer charter trips and many of which offer lunch packages and open bars. Many of the hostels run day long party boats.
6. The Museum of Coins
Founded by the Ionian Bank, this coin museum can be found in Corfu Town. There is a large collection, featuring several coins, stamps, bank documents, banknotes (post-Greek liberation), books, and foreign banknotes. The exhibits show an interesting contrast to life before the spread of the Euro. It’s open from 8:30am-3pm.