Nissaki, Corfu – What’s It Like?

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Thinking of booking a trip to Nissaki on Corfu? Here’s what to expect from this picturesque beach resort.

Where is it?

Nissaki is on Corfu’s east coast, located past Barbati and south of Agni and Kalami.

What’s the vibe like? 

Nissaki beach from the headland.

Nissaki is a small and quiet beach resort with beautiful pebble beaches.

There are several parts to Nissaki and it doesn’t really have a centre, as such.

The main village is up on the main road which cuts into the mountainside. Here you’ll find a drawn-out cluster of houses and shops which wind around several corners. 

Up in the pine-carpeted hills behind the main road are plenty of villas.

There are several small beaches you can access from the road, and the largest one is dominated by the TUI BLUE Atlantica Nissaki Beach resort hotel. There are a few tavernas right on the beach. It’s a steep walk up the main road from the beach.

Two smaller shingle coves to the south make for a pleasant change of scene, though only one is easily walkable.

Nissaki is a great base for the north-west but feels less connected than the villages to its north. It doesn’t have a cohesive beach resort feel, rather it’s a few coves with accommodation.

It will suit you if you don’t think you’ll leave the beach much or are happy to rent a car or boat for exploring.

Fishing boat in turquoise water.

Sunloungers on Nissaki beach.

What’s the beach like?

Sun-loungers on Nissaki beach facing the sea.

The main beach at Nissaki is small but relatively spacious.

It has two tavernas with sun-loungers on the beach. The Atlantica Nissaki Beach facilities are for guest-use only but the beach is accessible to the public.

The beach consists of large and smooth flat white pebbles. It’s one of the prettiest beaches on the island with clear turquoise waters perfect for snorkelling.

The seabed is rocky and gets deep quickly.

You can walk along a coastal path to Kaminaki to the south, a small and pretty cove with several tavernas.

The third beach next to the tiny Nissaki Harbour at the western end of the village and is best reached by boat or car – there’s plenty of parking.

It’s also possible to walk to Agni, the next beach resort to the north but the track is not well signposted and winds around new villa development rather than alongside the sea. You’ll have to walk through the Atlantica Nissaki Beach Hotel to find the start of the footpath.

Nissaki beach with crystal clear water and pebbles.

View across to Albania from Nissaki beach.

The beach at Nissaki harbour.
The beach at Nissaki harbour.

Activities and amenities

Handmade signs for Kaminaki boat rental and watersports.

Tourist signs at the road down to the smaller Nisaki beach.

Lazy days are the name of the game in Nissaki and the north-east coast in general. The seas here are excellent for swimming and snorkelling.

Your accommodation provider should be able to help you book excursions around the island and beyond.

Private motorboat rentals will take you north around the coast or south to Corfu Town. 

Watersports including SUP and jetskis are available on Kaminaki and the main beach at Nissaki which also has a small jetty for excursion boats.

The Apollo Scuba Diving Centre is based at Nissaki harbour.

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

There are a few tavernas by each beach plus the occasional tourist shops up on the main road but otherwise amenities are few and far between. For a wider range head to Kalami, Barbati, or Kassiopi.

Transport and accessibility

Main road to Nissaki.

From the airport

Nissaki is a 40-minute drive from Corfu Airport and 45 minutes on the bus from Corfu Town.

A private transfer from the airport is around €55-60. Hoppa is available for shared transfers.

Nissaki is located on the main coastal road running north from Corfu Town to Kassiopi which can be used for easy exploration of the area. The majority of the main road is flat and easy to drive but side roads down to the beaches and villas are often steep and gravelly.

Public transport:

Nissaki is served by Corfu’s Green Bus system, route A4 (for Kassiopi) and A5. There are daily buses from the KTEL bus station just outside Corfu Town. Tickets are €2.20 one way (may be more expensive if you purchase from the driver rather than from a shop or kiosk).

There are several bus stops along the main road in Nissaki but it’s in the middle of the route so you may find it difficult to get a seat in both directions.

Buses run hourly and are better suited to daytrips than heading out for the evening.

You can walk along the main road to Barbati and Agni but there is no footpath or sidewalk. Most visitors rent a car to explore the area (or take a boat or water taxi).

Accessibility

Nissaki is located in a hilly area and the roads are steep and often roughly paved. It’s spread out over a wide area with limited parking and there is no coastal path linking the beaches.

There is no Seatrac for wheelchair access.

Prices

Nissaki is not a budget resort – prices are above average. The accommodation is mostly upper mid-range.

The beaches are quiet though and sun-loungers often free for customers of the adjoining beach bar/taverna.

Where to stay

Exterior view of Nissaki Beach Hotel.

The main luxury choice here is obviously the 5-star TUI BLUE Atlantica Nissaki Beach (adults-only) which dominates the beach.

It has a pool right by the sea as well as plenty of sun-loungers for its customers. The seafront cafe/restaurant is not open to non-guests. It’s surrounded by glorious mountain scenery and feels very private.

Apart from the Atlantica though, this is villa territory.

Villa Hera is set over 3 levels and has 3 beds and 2 baths, or The Old Stone House (through TUI) combines traditional charm with a private pool.

There are beachfront villas/apartments here:

Or browse Booking.com for a wider selection.

For package deals 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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