Corfu Tourist Information

Corfu Travel Guide

The wonderful beaches and Mediterranean climate of Corfu make this island a top choice for holidaymakers. Its surprisingly lush greenery and rich history ensure that all types of travellers will be charmed by Corfu, as were the Greeks, Romans, Italians and French who made their mark here in the past.

Known as Kerkyra to locals, Corfu is the closest of the Ionian islands to Italy, with often means it is crowded here. Yet the landscape of Corfu, with its myriad olive trees, cypress groves and wildflowers, hold a charm that keeps visitors coming back for more.

Corfu Tourist Attractions

Corfu Town centre is dominated by the Liston, a row of arcades lined with lovely café that are perfect for people watching. The nearby Splanada gardens provide a perfect escape into tranquility. Follow the charming maze of streets in this town and stumble across old Venetian mansions and even chapels in Byzantine and traditional Greek style. The 16th century fortress dominates the old town, while the St Spiridon's Church and the Palace of St Michael and St George are also worth a visit.

The west coast of Corfu is less developed and has the best beaches on the island. Afionas is the most aesthetically pleasing to tourists with its combination of ancient ruins and gorgeous coastline, while Pelekas is a prime spot for watching the sunset. Those seeking more activity should go to Agios Georgios, where a huge range of water sports is available. Paleokastritsa has a large resort set against a lush panorama of mountains, and visitors can take advantage of this top-notch snorkelling spot as well.

Corfu excursions, popular with tourists, include the east coast is very developed and won't leave any visitor bored. On the southern side, the Kanoni peninsula is a good area for sightseeing with the Temple of Artemis and the Tomb of Menecrates. Mouse Island and Moni Vlahernas are just offshore from this spot. For picturesque beach settings, visit Agni and Nisaki with their many tavernas or the lovely Kouloura harbour. Kassiopi is another area holding historical charms.

The interior of Corfu has some charming villages that are worth exploring, including the fishing village of Astrakeri. Mount Pantokrator has some well-marked hiking trails, and is the highest peak on the island. Of course, taking a ferry to visit any of the other Ionian islands is always a great option, too.