Ipsos, Corfu – What’s It Like?

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Thinking of booking a trip to Ipsos on Corfu? Here’s what to expect from this east coast beach resort.

Where is it?

Ipsos is on Corfu’s east coast, located north of Corfu Town and Dassia.

What’s the vibe like? 

Businesses on Ipsos main road.

Ipsos is a beach destination which peaked in the 80s and 90s when it was something of a party resort and very popular with package tourist crowd.

However it hasn’t weathered the past decades well and is much quieter than it used to be.

But there are shoots of renewal emerging, with stylish cafes and bars starting to pop up.

Ipsos has a long pebble beach with the main road and ‘strip’ running directly alongside, surrounded by hilly green scenery.

The beach is admittedly not the best in the area but if you’re more of a pool person or like to explore by car anyway then it’s a good option for a bargain base. It has easy access to the north coast and Corfu Town.

Ipsos is larger and more cohesive-feeling than neighbouring Dassia. The nightlife is younger and more bar-oriented than in many other resorts. You’ll find Corfu’s only Irish bar here – Dirty Nellies.

It attracts locals and expats as well as younger visitors from Italy and other European countries on bargain beach breaks. The main road sees lots of people coming and going on scooters.

There are some pleasant shady tavernas at the northern end of the beach and if you don’t mind the uphill walk Off-Town Cafe Bar has fab cocktails and views over the beach.

Wooden signs with distances to cities around the world.

Wooden sun-loungers and daybeds on Ipsos beach.

Stylish beach bar.

Cocktail bar on main road, Ipsos.

Greek salad.

Sun-loungers under a shady tree on Ipsos beach.

What’s the beach like?

Ipsos beach.

The main beach at Ipsos is east-facing.

It’s 1.5 km long but narrow and the main road runs right alongside so you’ll have to head elsewhere for privacy. 

It consists of small pebbles but the seabed is mostly sandy once you’re in. The sea is shallow and calm.

There is a problem with litter and seagrass on parts of the beach, but the water itself is clean and Blue Flag-rated.

As the beach is narrow it does get crowded in the high summer months.

Where the water meets the shore on Ipsos beach.

Close-up of pebbles on Ipsos beach.

Two sun-loungers and a red parasol.

Sun-loungers and daybeds on Ipsos beach.

Activities and amenities

Signs advertising excursions around Corfu.

There are plenty of activities and entertainment on offer in Ipsos.

Watersports are available, including a inflatables course, jet-skis, donuts, and motorboat rental.

There are several agencies which will organise day trips and excursions around the island and beyond.

Boat trips leave from a small harbour at the south end of Ipsos – they will take you north around the coast or south to Corfu Town.

The energetic can hike up Pantokrator, the highest peak on Corfu. 

Along the main strip you’ll find numerous tourist shops and restaurants including mini-markets and bakeries, and bars with evening entertainment.

For nicer pebble beaches it’s easy to hop on a bus north to Barbati and beyond during the day.

And in the evening you can hop on a bus to Corfu Town for dinner and drinks.

Sign advertising watersports in Ipsos.

Boats in Ipsos marina.

Travel and accessibility

Bus stop next to cocktail bar on Ipsos beach.

Pedestrian crossing on main road in Ipsos.

From the airport

Ipsos is a 25-minute drive from Corfu Airport and around 35 minutes on the bus from Corfu Town. It’s located on the main road north from Corfu Town.

A private transfer from the airport is around €35. Hoppa is available for shared transfers.

Public transport:

Ipsos is served by Corfu’s Blue Bus system (route 7) which serves Corfu Town and the surrounding areas.  The main bus station in Corfu Town is San Rocco Square.

Buses tend to run every half an hour until 11pm, less frequently on Sundays and public holidays.

Tickets are around €1.50 one way but are more expensive if you purchase from the driver rather than from a shop or kiosk. You can buy a day ticket for €5 if you plan on making multiple journeys.

There are several bus stops in Ipsos.

Accessibility

Ipsos is long and flat.

The main road and sidewalk runs alongside the whole length of Ipsos beach. It’s a wide road with plenty of parking and several bus stops.

There may be a few steps involved to get down to sea level.

The beach has Seatrac for wheelchair access.

Prices

Sign advertising sunlounger deal on Ipsos beach.

Ipsos is budget beach resort – there’s a wide range of traditional and low-coast accommodation.

Prices for a sun-lounger vary from free for customers or €8-10 for 2 with free drinks included.

Food and drinks prices are generally below average for Corfu.

Greek taverna menu in Ipsos.

Sign advertising sunlounger deal in Ipsos.

Where to stay

The beachfront in Ipsos is long and flat and the surrounding blocks tend to have gardens. Some of the streets at the sides of the resort and further back may be uphill.

There are plenty of small hotels with pools and traditional guesthouses:

The southern end of Ipsos feels sleeper and there are some derelict buildings. The northern end is livelier and has more cafes and bars.

For package deals to Ipsos check out the main operators:

Looking for a villa? Try VRBO.

Read more:

Where to Stay on Corfu: Ultimate Beach Resort Guide

Corfu – A Quick Island Overview

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