Crystal clear waters, lush surrounding scenery and over 120 miles of coastline give Corfu some of the most beautiful beaches. You can watch sunsets from the sand and indulge at seaside restaurants. Water sport centres are also common for the thrill seekers amongst us! – What more could you wish for?
Many of Corfu’s most popular beach resorts top and tail the island. Paleokastritsa is breathtakingly picturesque while Kavos; the go to location for buzzing nightlife, offers one of the biggest beaches with miles of fully facilitated golden sands.
With so many to choose from it’s hard to know where to start – so we’ve rounded up the top five best beaches in Corfu, all for your exploration!
Porto Timoni Beach
What could be better than a double beach? Porto Timoni is on the west coast of the island, is undeniably scenic and surrounded by history. The perfect combination for those wanting to absorb culture and laze in the sunshine.
Forming two bays, one facing the resort of Agios Georgios and the other looking toward Mathraki Island, the views of Porto Timoni are a privileged to behold. Only accessible by two routes, one being a 40 minute hike full of breath-taking scenery! – Top tip, leave your flip-flops on the ship, this terrain calls for something a little sturdier.
Once you’ve arrived, the day can be spent blissfully floating in transparent turquoise waters or exploring sea caves with excavations from the Neolitihic period. For a less strenuous option, this dual bay hotspot can also be accessed by boat or pedalo from neighbouring resorts.
A personal favourite of ours, located northwest of Corfu Town and arguably the most famous scenic village on the island, Paleokastritsa is home to an astonishing 6 sandy and pebbled beaches. Its main beach, although quite small is well known for its refreshing cold waters and charming environment.
Within an area that has retained its traditional charm and character, olive tree forests provide a dramatic backdrop whilst tranquil waters and blazing sunshine make for an idyllic setting that won’t be forgotten quickly.
Adjacent too many bars and restaurants, Paleokastrista beach is rarely quiet. A tourist hotspot with all needed amenities close by, you can easily spend some worry free hours relaxing on its golden sands or even taking an excursion to nearby isolated beaches.
What was once a quiet fishing town is now most known for its energetic nightlife, Kavos ensures constant entertainment along its sandy shores yet still upholds the charm and character of its heritage.
Buzzing with life from the early hours, Kavos beach offers something for everyone. From parasailing to jet skis, clean shores and shallow seas, it’s the perfect playground! Thrill seekers rejoice with water-skiing, snorkelling and windsurfing whilst speed boat cruises, traditional banana boat rides and pedalos provide fun for all the family.
Not to worry if sports aren’t on your agenda, there’s no shortage of sunbeds for you to simply top up your tan! With many snack bars, shops and restaurants along its promenade, you can enjoy cocktails out of coconuts, good food and luscious views. What could be better?
A go to location for both days and nights, Kavos beach becomes the backdrop to a popular nightlife spot with surrounding venues staying open till the early hours. Several buses connect Kavos with Corfu town so it is easily accessible from the port!
Canal D’Amour and Sidari
As the story goes, couples who swim in the clear waters of Canal D’Amour will soon be married and stay together forever! One for the romantics, this stunning cove has to be up there with some of the best beaches in Corfu.
Situated on the North coast in one of the best tourist resorts; just under an hour’s journey from Corfu port, Canal d’amour is highly popular in peak season but well worth the visit. To witness its stunning rock formations, charming landscape and lush surrounding forestry is one for the bucket list. Boat trips are also offered to take you into its caves for a truly remarkable experience.
Its shore boasts beautiful golden sands with chairs available for rent, while many also choose to lie out along the smooths of its rock. A beach bar is also present offering drinks and a tantalising array of foods to keep you refreshed and satisfy any appetite you build up whilst swimming in the shimmering sea.
If you ever feel a little crowded, another of Corfu’s beaches; Sidari, is located a 10 minute drive from Canal D’Amour. Sidari beach offers spacious sands with ample loungers, umbrellas and water sports, as well as being idyllically close to multiple snack bars and cafés.
Finally we come to Bataria Beach; one of the most impressive of Corfu’s beaches, north to the village of Kassiopi. With its turquoise waters and shiny pebbles it offers instant tranquillity and amazing sunsets.
A favourite with families and swimmers due to having very clean and calm waters, parasols and loungers are also available to rent so you can easily relax while building up your tan. A quaint restaurant can be found at the top of the beach offering on-hand refreshments. – A great place to grab lunch!
If you want to explore a little bit further, just past the smaller rocks on the left side of Bataria leads to another beautiful beach within the region. Kanoni beach formed with a mix of soft sands and intricate pebbles is covered with larger rocks where numerous more loungers are placed. In just an 8 minute walk from Bataria you can find many more bars, restaurants and cafes with water sport facilities also being offered before you retreat back to Bataria for a chilled end to your day.
Looking to relax while soaking up luscious scenery and tranquil waters?
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