Where to Stay on Corfu: Ultimate Beach Resort Guide

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Heading to the beautiful Greek island of Corfu this year?

This popular island off the northwest coast of Greece offers an enticing combination of sandy beaches, lush coastal scenery, and a historic old town with Venetian origins.

But with so many resort towns and villages, how do you narrow down where to stay on Corfu?

This is part of a series of Greek beach resort guides and it covers:

  • which part of Corfu to stay in
  • where to stay in Corfu Town
  • Corfu’s main resorts; the best places to stay for nightlife, cheap packages and a younger crowd
  • a rundown of Corfu’s quieter resorts and villages; the best places to stay for couples, families and nature

The Best Places to Stay in Corfu

Map of the main towns and beach resorts on Corfu.

Which Part of Corfu to Stay In

One of Greece’s greenest islands, Corfu (also known as Kérkyra) is part of the Ionian island chain off the west coast of the mainland. It has a population of around 150,000 and is roughly 58km x 27 km. You can drive from one end to the other in a couple of hours, although due to windy mountain roads, it’s not easy to do a loop in a day. Better to stick to the north or south.

The lush green island is thick with cypress pines and olive groves, and the mountainous terrain provides cool breezes in the summer. This dramatic mountain scenery makes it one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, and also one of the best islands for beaches.

But the mountains also mean occasional cloud cover and higher rainfall and humidity than other Greek islands (and mosquitos).

  • NORTH – The north of the island is home to Mount Pantokrator, Corfu’s highest peak. The scenery is rugged and beautiful with scenic bays and coves, and the northeast has views across the water to the Albanian mainland.
  • EAST – The northeast side has beautiful calm clear waters and pebble/shingle beaches. Its small villages and harbours are dotted with villas and perfect for exploring by boat. Resorts get larger and livelier towards Corfu Town.
  • SOUTH – The south of the island is home to the notorious (but reformed) Kavos, but there are plenty of small charming spots and practically empty beaches to discover.
  • WEST – The west features some of Corfu’s most stunning beaches, all with perfect sunset views and most with sandy beaches (although they get pebbly up towards the northwest).

Pretty backstreet in Corfu Town.

Corfu Town

One of Corfu’s unique selling points is its beautiful UNESCO World Heritage-listed Venetian old town. The star attraction is the Old Fort which juts out on a promontory, but the town itself stretches out into several different areas.

The historic centre comprises the narrow streets between the forts and ports. Take a stroll around its cool stone streets that have obvious French influences in its elegant promenades. The facades of the tall town buildings are varying shades of ochre and pink with deep green shutters and woodwork. You’ll find handsome cobbled streets, yacht clubs, cricket ground, and homegrown ginger beer.

Also known as Kastropolis – City of Castles – this is the part of town with all the main sights. The focal point is the Spianada, the main square between the Old Fort and the alleyways of the historic centre. The cricket ground (a legacy from British rule) and the arcaded promenade known as the Liston (modelled on Rue de Rivoli in Paris) give an aristocratic feeling.

A trip to the Old Town is a popular excursion for tourists on the island so the main streets are lined with souvenir shops, although it doesn’t take much to get away from the crowds.

Radiating back from the Old Town is the commercial centre. To the north, you have Mandouki and the port areas, to the south the wealthy suburbs and sprawl of Garitsa and Kanoni.

If you’re visiting Corfu over the winter months (October-April) then Corfu Town is your best bet for accommodation as it’s open year-round, rather than just during the tourist season, as is the hub Acharavi in the north.

Where to Stay in Corfu Town

Accommodation within the Old Town itself is somewhat limited and dated, but there are a few exceptions.

  • Siorra Vittoria is a charming 4-star boutique in an elegant townhouse hotel with a central location
  • Cavalieri is a classic (if slightly dated) 4-star overlooking the Spianada
  • Arcadion (3-star) also looks out on the Spianada and has modern interiors
  • Bella Venezia is a comfortable and classic 3-star in a historic building
  • Konstantinoupolis is a bit tired but a comfortable budget option on the port side of town

There are an increasing number of chic studios available – check out the impeccable Sky Loft, Domux Lux, and Urban Lofts.

Clouds form above Corfu castle

Just south of the Old Town is Garitsa Bay. The bay itself is home to a Yacht Club and is a popular anchorage.

There are a few large hotels with pools on the main road including Corfu Palace Hotel, an established 5-star resort and casino.

A graceful promenade follows the bay around to the lighthouse at the opposite end, where you’ll find the 4-star Mayor Mon Repos Art Hotel and a small shingle beach. It’s a 20-minute stroll into town from here and makes for a comfortable base. 

Newish boutique hotel Acanthus Blue is located in an 18th-century building halfway between Garitsa and the Old Town. It doesn’t have a pool but is one of the most charming and comfortable places to stay in Corfu Town.

Transfer time: Corfu Old Town is 10 minutes from Corfu airport.


Vlacherna Monastery near Kanoni.

Kanoni is the name given to the peninsula directly south of Corfu Town. It was the original capital of Corfu and is so named for the canons which protected the bay.

These days it’s an extension of Corfu Town. Keep walking through Kanoni and you’ll reach the Korission Lagoons and the photogenic little islets of Vlacherna and Pontikonisi (Mouse Island) which pop up on postcards.

It’s a popular spot for watching the sunset in one direction, and the planes come in to land over the lagoon in the other. From here it’s a 40-minute walk or a 10-minute drive to Corfu Old Town.

Transfer time: 10 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: The main headland is home to several large-scale hotels set in lush green landscaping including the Royal Boutique Hotel, Corfu Holiday Palace, and Divani Holiday Palace. All have fantastic views over the water.

The Main Tourist Resorts in Corfu

Here’s a quick rundown of the liveliest beach resorts in Corfu. These are the best places in Corfu for nightlife and partying, daytime activities, evening entertainment, and/or budget accommodation. In other words, if you’re looking for a quiet holiday then these are the places to avoid.


Person swimming at Canal d'Amour, Sidari, Corfu

Originally a fishing village, Sidari is now a busy tourist resort particularly popular with British couples and families.

Sidari’s generous and sandy main beach has Blue Flag status and watersports aplenty, but the big draw is its scenic rock formations. According to local legend couples who swim through the scenic rocks at the Canal d’Amour (Channel of Love) will be married soon – just don’t expect to have it to yourself.

Aqualand is nearby and there are plenty of lively bars. It’s a good base if you like to be entertained.

Transfer time: 50 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: Value is the name of the game in Sidari; many of the rooms here are snapped up by tour operators and you can find some good deals from the UK on TUI, Jet2, and Olympic. If you’re looking to go DIY then Del Mare Beach Hotel is close to the Canal d’Amour and has fresh blue and white decor. Check out Sidari Beach Hotel and The Wave both just metres from the beach, and Lena, Jasmine and Maria for traditional studios with access to communal pools.

Read more: A Quick Guide to Sidari

Ipsos and Dassia

Sunloungers right by the seas in Dassia.

Ipsos (also spelt Ypsos) used to be one of the big party resorts on the island but has calmed down over recent years. It’s at the end of the the city bus line and so is convenient for easy access to Corfu Town, the NE coast, but also easy parking for car rental.

The beach is narrow and shingley. It has an international vibe and is popular with Brits, the Irish, and young Europeans (especially Italians) on budget trips. That said, it’s still in the throes of regeneration and can feel pretty quiet outside high summer. The bar prices and sun-loungers are some of the cheapest you’ll find on the island. There is a range of restaurants and bars by the water including plenty of cocktail bars and an Irish pub.

Slightly further south towards Corfu Town, Dassia has a long pebble beach and a more varied mix of hotels than Ipsos, including several high-end all-inclusive hotels. The restaurants and bars are also varied, and less Brit-focused than Ipsos. But it feels less cohesive as a place than Ipsos, and more like a strip of amenities attached to a main road.

Both resorts have watersports on offer.

Transfer time: 20 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: Try the traditional family-run Hotel Yannis which has had an update and is a short walk to the sea. Villa Sofia offers great value self-catering with a spotless pool.

Tune Inn Guesthouse is one of the best places in Corfu for solo travellers or those on a budget – it has been recently renovated with a relaxed boho feel and the friendly staff can organise bike rental and activities.

Valentino Corfu aparthotel in Pyrgi is a favourite with return visitors for its lush landscaping and friendly vibe. If you prefer to go packaged, check out Olympic  and TUI.

Read more:

A Quick Guide to Ipsos

A Quick Guide to Dassia


Kavos has a reputation as a crazy party resort but it is in the process of maturing. Recent years have seen small hotels refreshed, new restaurants open, and a more mixed crowd visiting than the 18-30s of yore.

You’ll still find sports bars, tourist shops, rental agencies, entertainment, and a big sandy beach, but clubs are becoming thin on the ground.

It’s similar in vibe to Faliraki on Rhodes which is also ditching the party crowd for a more family-friendly approach.

Kavos still has some of the cheapest accommodations on the island, and expect the summer months to bring an influx of young groups. As long as you’re not looking for authentic Greece you can bag some bargain last-minute packages from the UK which can be the cheapest way to get to Corfu – especially if you’re flying from a regional airport.

Transfer time: 1 hour from Corfu airport.

Stay here: Check Jet2 and TUI for cheap last-minute package deals from the UK. Many of the hotels right near the action host pool parties; look at Quayside Village.

For a calmer vibe try Erofili Hotel.


Kassiopi harbourfront.

Buzzing Kassiopi is one of the main resorts on Corfu yet manages to retain something of a traditional fishing village feel thanks to its working harbour.

The beaches here are pebbly but it has a picturesque setting (including a Byzantine castle) and is the most charming of the big resorts with a good mix of package and independent tourism. No crazy parties here but there are plenty of cafes and bars around the main harbour to keep you entertained in the evening. It tends to attract an older crowd as well as couples.

The surrounding coastline is particularly beautiful so it makes a great base for exploring. Plenty of boat trips leave from the harbour.

Transfer time: 50 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: Melina Bay Boutique Hotel is the top-end offering in the area and has a great location right between the fortress and the waterfront.

There’s a good selection of traditional beach hotels such as Memento, studio apartments, and villas with great pools. Fans of history and coastal chic can rent the Harbour House. Close to Kassiopi, the stylish and modern Bella Mare is by the beach and rated highly.

Read more: A Quick Guide to Kassiopi

Agios Stefanos (NW)

Sandy beach near Agios Stefanos NW, Corfu

Agios Stefanos NW (also known as San Stefanos, its Italian name) is over on the west coast of the island and has an incredible beach –  wide sands flanked by pale cliffs.

But the resort itself is flat, on a gentle slope and so feels a bit more spacious than other resorts along the northwest coast. There’s plenty of room on the beach for everyone.

It’s a small walkable resort but has a few bars with live entertainment in the evening and is popular with British families and older couples.

Transfer time: 1 hour from Corfu airport.

Stay here: Here you’ll find the Delfino Blu Boutique Hotel, one of the best beach hotels in Corfu, and plenty of well-equipped self-catering accommodations such as Pictures Suites and Paralia Luxury Suites.

Read more: A Quick Guide to Agios Stefanos NW

Pink Palace Backpacker Resort

No overview of the best party places to stay on Corfu would be complete without mentioning the Pink Palace.

This legendary hostel (and yes, it is pink) is a party-loving backpacker’s institution and a resort in its own right. It’s not quite what it used to be, but think toga parties, beer pong and ATV tours.

The Pink Palace is on the west side of Corfu on the lovely beach of Agios Gordios and is great for solo travellers and groups looking for maximum fun on a minimal budget.

Transfer time: 25 minutes from Corfu airport.


Paleokastritsa is my pick for where to stay in Corfu

Often referred to as the ‘Jewel of Corfu’, Paleokastritsa is a pretty resort in the north of the island home to emerald waters. This stunning resort is surrounded by pines and has developed along a coastal road that winds around a series of six picturesque bays.

Beaches here are a mix of pebble and sand, but they get very busy due to the number of daytrippers from other resorts (and from the cruise ships).

The crowds thin out in the evenings but there are enough restaurants and bars to keep things lively in the evenings although it’s not the best place for nightlife – don’t expect any clubbing in Paleokastritsa.

But it’s excellent for activities – it’s the best area on the island for snorkelling and diving, and there are many scenic hikes in the area.

Be warned – the bays are great for swimming for the water here is renowned for its cold temperatures!

Transfer time: 30 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: Paleokastritsa is home of mid-range tourism on Corfu, so packages are available on all the major UK operators such as TUI.

The biggest resort-style hotel in Paleokastritsa is the beautiful 4-star Akrotiri Beach Hotel, which has amazing views and steps right down to the beach where you’ll also find a scuba club.

The family-run Zefiros Traditional Hotel is close to the main beaches and has a clean fresh rooms.

3-star Odysseus Hotel has excellent views from its good-sized pool.

If you’re after a pool with a view, consider a trip to the Golden Fox Complex up in Lakones, the village above Paleokastritsa.

Paleo is is not too built up meaning you’ll never be too far away from one of its beaches or bays, and there are plenty of good-value small hotels and apartment complexes such as Angels, RoyalRose, Aphrodite, and Paleo Inn.

Read more: A Quick Guide to Paleokastritsa

Yacht anchored in Paleokastritsa Bay, Corfu.

The Best Quiet Beach Resorts and Towns in Corfu

Some of the best quiet places to stay in Corfu are the tiny coves and tranquil villages along the idyllic northeast coast. Head to this part of the island if you’re looking for authentic unspoilt Corfu, romance and nature.

Of course, its beauty and relative solitude are reflected in the prices and upscale tourism that it attracts. Posh villas abound. The northeast is known as Kensington-on-Sea for its popularity with wealthy Brits (although wealthy Russians are equally as fond of the area). Some of the best quiet places to stay in Corfu are the tiny coves and tranquil villages in the idyllic northeast.

And if it’s the best quiet beaches you’re after, Corfu’s hidden gems are along the west coast where the mountains meet the sea, or the south where the tourist levels are much lower.

Read more: A Quick Guide to Corfu’s Posh (and Beautiful) North East Coast


Kalami beach from the sea.

Kalami is another one of Corfu’s beauty spots, with its small pebbly Blue Flag beach looking across the water to Albania. Kalami is famous for its association with the Durrells – author Lawrence lived here with Nancy in an old fisherman’s cottage known as the White House.

These days Kalami is a small and charming resort although there’s limited space and it can feel a bit crowded in the summer.

Just around the headland are the lovely bays at Kouloura and Kerasia. It’s a great area for tranquillity and stunning scenery (although the channel is busy with shipping); rent a car or boat to see the best of it.

Oh, and there’s a Festival of Pie in September.

Transfer time: 45 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: Durrell fans can stay or dine at The White House. The top hotel in Kalami is the adults-only San Antonio Resort with cool neutral rooms and a pool with an impressive view. Otherwise, this is a popular area for villas – try searching on VRBOVilla Regina has an infinity pool with gorgeous views over the bay.

Read more: A Quick Guide to Kalami

Agni Bay

Boats dock on a small jetty in Agni Bay.

South along the coast, you’ll find the scenic bay Agni with its pretty pebble beach and a trio of seafood tavernas right on the shore.

There’s something special about this place. Its simple but seductive charms attract a well-heeled clientele who jet in on their private speedboats from villas around the coast. Mark Ellingham, the founder of the travel brand Rough Guides, is a fan, as are British politicians George Osborne and Peter Mandelson.

Transfer time: 40 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: You can rent rooms at Nikolas Rooms or splash out on a villa in the area:

Read more: A Quick Guide to Agni


Nissaki is a small and spread-out area encompassing several beaches, the largest of which is home to the TUI Atlantic hotel. 

If you like pebbles then the sheltered beach is one of the prettiest on the island, with crystal clear waters perfect for snorkelling and a couple of tavernas right on the beach. It’s perfect for a quiet and romantic beach holiday, although the hotel is large so you won’t have the beach to yourself.

Kaminaki and its shingle beach are a little further along to the south.

Transfer time: 30 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: For big hotel facilities, there are plenty of options strung along the coast, the best of which is adults-only TUI Sensimar Atlantica Nissaki Beach.

There are simple apartments close to the beach at Kaminaki, Krouzeri and Zeus.

If you’re after a villa then Villa Hera has a day bed by the pool for a splash of added luxury, or The Old Stone House combines traditional charm with a private pool.

Read more: A Quick Guide to Nissaki


A view of Barbati from the hills.

Barbati is a small but vibrant beach resort wedged between the mountains and the sea on the east coast, just 20km from Corfu Town. 

It has a mile-long Blue Flag shingle beach backed by trees and steep mountain scenery. There are several beach bars by the water which attract a young crowd from the city and surrounding resorts. Most of the accommodation is up on the main road which is a steep 5-10 minute walk uphill.

Nissaki, Ipsos and Corfu Town are all a short drive away.

Transfer time: 20 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: There are several options down by the beach, the main ones being:

Up by the main road, there are several traditional hotels and aparthotels including Pantokrator Hotel which has a long pool with a sea view, Locanda Barbati, and Crystal Blue

Read more: A Quick Guide to Barbati

Agios Stephanos Sinion (NE)

Confusingly, there are two places called Agios Stefanos on Corfu. This one is on the northeast coast (hence the NE in brackets – find it here on Google Maps), north of Kalami and Kerasia.

It’s another peaceful, unspoilt bay with an upmarket atmosphere, fishing heritage, good tavernas and a smattering of watersports in high season.

Transfer time: 55 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: The duplication of names (both have a variety of spellings) makes distinguishing between the two villages difficult; here’s the page you want for this one on Booking.com.

Accommodation here is mainly upscale villas; you may well be rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous at the (slightly overpriced) tavernas.

Arillas and Agios Georgios Pagon

Sandy beach at Agios Georgios N.

On the northwest coast, you’ll find the long straight seaside resort of Arillas and the graceful sweep of beach next door at Agios Georgios Pagon (NW) .

The Blue Flag sandy beach at Arillas is protected from winds by the two steep headlands at either end and the waters are shallow. There are enough tavernas to eat somewhere different every night, and the village is home to a microbrewery, a burgeoning wellness scene, and hosts a small wine festival at the start of September.

Agios Georgios Pagon (pictured above) has one of the most appealing beaches in Corfu – a wide crescent of golden sand and beautiful scenery.

Both are peaceful resorts ideal for families with young children. Arillas is slightly better for young couples or those with older children, whereas Agios Georgios is great for watersports and traditional tavernas.

You can’t walk between the two, at least not quickly.

In between the two resorts is the picturesque village of Afionas and the famous double beach at Porto Timoni. There are several fantastic hikes in the area.

Transfer time: 55 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: Arillas is home to several large family-friendly hotels which are all fairly similar in terms of amenities; Hotel Horizon and Hotel Marina are directly on the beach.

If you prefer small and friendly check several streets back at the Rainbow and Mathraki. Package holidays can be found through TUI.

The nicest hotel in Agios Georgios Pagon is the 4-star Porto Demo Boutique Hotel. but there are also plenty of apartments on Booking.com.

Read more:

A Quick Guide to Arillas

A Quick Guide to Agios Georgios Pagon

A Quick Guide to North West Corfu

Glyfada, Pelekas and Myrtiotissa

The gorgeous Glyfada is a favourite beach with locals. Up in the hills behind lies Pelekas, one of Corfu’s hidden gems. This typical Greek village has traditional stone architecture and amazing sunset views.

From here the roads wind down to the beaches of Glyfada, Pelekas and Myrtiotissa. Pelekas has a bit of a backpacker vibe, whereas Glyfada is more upmarket and the scenic Myrtiotissa is clothing-optional.

Transfer time: 25 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: There are a few large hotels in the area, with the Mayor Pelekas Monastery being the swankiest and notable for its spa.

Luxury hotel brand Domes opened a new 5-star outpost on Glyfada – Domes of Corfu – in 2021.

There’s also a good selection of waterfront beach houses, hotels and apartments at Glyfada, including the budget Glyfada Beach Hotel and Menigos,


Ermones is a small scenic bay just north of Glyfada. It’s much smaller and quieter – it doesn’t attract day trippers and only has a handful of places to eat and drink. Perfect if you’re looking for a quiet holiday destination.

There is a daily bus to Corfu Town but you’ll need a car to explore elsewhere.

Transfer time: 20 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: The main hotel here is the 5-star adults-only Atlantica Grand Mediterraneo Resort. There are several traditional guesthouses with pools such as Philoxenia but most are up the hill.

Agios Gordios

View of Agios Gordios from the hills.

Laid-back Agios Gordios is in the centre of the west coast and surrounded by high green mountains which give it a very pleasant feel.

It has a beautiful 1.5km long sandy beach (some parts are shingly), which is organised and has watersports.

The centre of the resort is flat and easily walkable although much of the accommodation (mainly apartments with just a few hotels) is up on the slopes.

Agios Gordios is a good all-rounder resort – not too isolated and with plenty of amenities, restaurants, activities, apartments, and decent road and public transport links. It’s lively enough for younger visitors but not rowdy. The beach is lined with tavernas and a few beach bars for watching the sunset. No wonder this resort has a loyal base of repeat visitors. 

Transfer time: 25 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: Mayor La Grotta Verde Grand Resort is the standout here; a 4-star adults-only hotel right on the beach with a spa and seafront pool.

For a more traditional Greek experience, there’s the lovely little Sebastian’s Family Hotel is attached to a taverna and surrounded by lush gardens. Sea Breeze is right on the beach and has apartments available as well as rooms.

Agios Gordios is also home to the infamous Pink Palace, a backpacker resort/hostel which is situated up in the hills behind. A bit of an institution on the Mediterranean backpacker scene, the Pink Palace has been entertaining backpackers with toga parties and quad bike tours for decades. There are plenty of organised activities and rock-bottom prices. Some rooms require a bit of trek uphill.

For a quieter alternative in the same great location, there’s the family-run Corfu Backpackers.


View of the main beach at Liapades.

A small beach village on the West coast, Liapades is one of Corfu’s hidden gems. Just 4km from Paleokastritsa, many travel between the two by boat (and it can get busy with daytrippers).

The village proper is 10-15 minutes uphill and has a traditional feel. There’s an assortment of tavernas and accommodations on the road between the beach and the villas. It has escaped over-development and has more of a Greek feel than most resorts on the island.

The main beach is small and shingly sand, and there are lots of small coves in the surrounding area to explore if you’re feeling adventurous or if the main beach gets too busy. Come here if you want to feel off the beaten track and surrounded by nature.

Transfer time: 30 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: Blue Princess (previously known as Elly’s Beach) has a great location but gets mixed reviews; skip it for apartments with a sea view to make the most of the landscape such as the rather swanky Rokamare, the sweet and simple Anna Pension, Paradise Studios and Villa Eleni Studios.

If you need a pool then Corfu Pearl can oblige. Up in the old village, you can sample local life at Eirini’s House or Anastasia’s Eco Cottage.

Read more: A Quick Guide to Liapades


View of Benitses from the sea.

 Up until the 80s, Benitses was a notorious party resort – right up there with Kavos. But since then Benitses has calmed down and is in the process of reinventing itself as a quieter family destination with a quaint fishing village feel.

Benitses has a small modern marina next to the old part of town which has an appealing pedestrian zone packed with tavernas and bougainvillaea. It even has some (minor) Roman ruins. The southern part is still in need of a bit of TLC.

The water seems particularly clear in Benitses and there are spectacular views across the water to Albania.

Proximity to Corfu Town is a selling point here: the journey is only 12km and it’s on the regular city line.

Transfer time: 20 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: Recent 5-star opening Angsana Corfu Resort & Spa is just north of Benitses and is one of the best luxury hotels in Corful. It’s within walking distance of Benitses so ideal if you know you’ll want extra dining options or somewhere to explore. 

Not far away is the Manor House on the San Stefano Estate with its private pool and boat mooring.

Mid-range hotel options near the beach include Hotel Kaiser Beach, the cheery Bella Vista which has single rooms for solo travellers, and Potamaki Beach Hotel with its seafront location. If you’re looking to go self-catered, you’ll find a traditional warm welcome at Villa Martha and Panos Rooms.

Read more: A Quick Guide to Benitses


Empty sun loungers on Acharavi beach.

Acharavi is the main town in the north of Corfu and it has a very varied appeal. Beach-wise it has a 3km long beach which is a mix of golden sand and pebble.

It’s a working town with plenty of amenities for the locals who live there, including a large supermarket and ample parking on its wide main road. There are many spacious hotels and apartments located on the side streets between the main road and the beach.

There are some watersports in the summer and Hydropolis Water Park is at the edge of town, but it’s not the best choice if you’re looking for lots of activities and entertainment aimed at tourists.

It’s on the quiet side in the evenings due to the proliferation of all-inclusive hotels but is a popular choice for young couples, families and older travellers. It’s also one of the few resorts that don’t completely close down in the winter as it’s the main hub in the north. 

Transfer time: 50 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: Mr and Mrs White Corfu is the standout in the area, with a chic white boutique vibe with 4-star facilities. Elsewhere in Arachavi, accommodation is good value but can feel a bit dated at the trad big all-inclusive hotels.

Try the well-rated Lena Beach Hotel, small independently-run aparthotels available such as Aparthotel Ano, or the clean and fresh rooms at Frida. Package holidays to Acharavi can be found with Jet2 and TUI.

Read more: A Quick Guide to Acharavi


Sun loungers and day beds on Roda beach.

A short distance west of Acharavi sits Roda, a small fishing village with a good sandy beach and an amiable family-friendly atmosphere.

The resort has its fans who love its workaday charm, excellent value, friendly locals, extremely relaxed vibe, organised beach and an assortment of Greek and international bars and restaurants. Some of the old village buildings remain.

The beach is dark sand/shingle and prone to influxes of seagrass which may put some off, but the sea is shallow and clean and the resort is flat and walkable. It’s one of the cheapest places to stay in Corfu and is popular with returning older travellers as well as European families with small children. 

Acharavi is within walking distance.

Transfer time: 46 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: The large Roda Beach Resort & Spa has a beachfront location and plenty of facilities. For local charm, Ninos On The Beach is between Arachavi and Roda. The Paradise Village complex has clean modern interiors and a variety of villas and studios to choose from.

Read more: A Quick Guide to Roda

Gouvia and Kontokali

The beach at Gouvia.

Gouvia and Kontokali are two resorts just north of Corfu Town that are so close that they merge into each other. 

The largest marina on the island, Gouvia Marina, is based here (actually in Kontokali rather than Gouvia) and it is a hub of the yachting industry.

Most of the restaurants, bars, and amenities are in Gouvia which is the busier of the two. There are a few small shingle beaches with shallow and warm – if slightly muddy – water.

The peninsulas on either side of the bay are home to an increasing number of large resort hotels, some of which have access to lovely private beaches set amongst pretty landscapes.

It’s popular with ex-pats and returners who value the transport connections, good value accommodation, lively bars, and proximity to town (buses are frequent and cheap) as well as the main road north.

Transfer time: 15 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: The 5-star Kontokali Bay Resort & Spa is one of the top hotels on the island. It has a private beach and hosted the cast of the Durrells stayed here during the filming of the hit TV series. 

At the Gouvia end of the bay (the Kommeno peninsula), you’ll find the Grecotel LUXME Daphnila Bay, the Grecotel Eva Palace, the Grecotel Corfu Imperial, and the Rodostamo Hotel & Spa.

In between the two peninsulas, you’ll find plenty of smaller hotels and apartment complexes. 4-star Art Hotel Debono has a lush pool with daybeds, and the Iliada Beach Hotel is right by Gouvia beach.

Moraitika, Mesonghi, and Agios Ioannis Peristeron

Apart from Kavos and Benitses, the south end of Corfu gets very little attention. But there are some wonderful resorts here hiding in plain sight.

South of Benitses you’ll find a string of small beach villages which are still popular with local families and haven’t been overdeveloped (although there have been a few notable new openings so this might not be the case for long).

The beach is narrow and pebbly and the only entertainment you’ll find is a few beach bars and tavernas. 

Moraitika is the largest and most cosmopolitan place on this stretch of town, and it seems to be growing by the day. Here you’ll find a few bars and international restaurants as well as a slightly wider beach with a mix of pebbles and sand. 

Mesonghi is a bit quieter but so close that the two are practically one – it’s separated from Moraitika by a small river.

Transfer time: 25 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: Some of the best new luxury hotels are located here – 5-star Marbella Corfu is located up in the hills behind Agios Ioannis Peristeron, and Domes Miramare is in Moraitika. Budget doesn’t stretch that far? 4-star Delfinia Hotel is also right on Moraitika beach.

Agios Georgios South

The main resort on the west side of the south coast is Agios Georgios South, another fantastic all-rounder resort. It’s especially popular with those looking for a traditional feel but a good range of amenities.

It’s slightly isolated so not the best base for exploring, but what you will find here are fantastic sandy beaches that are less crowded than elsewhere on the island.

The vast dunes of Issos and Halikounas are nearby plus Lake Korission and more excellent beaches to the south. If you want wide empty sands and big nature then this is the right part of the island for you. It’s worth renting a car to explore the coastline.

Transfer time: 40 minutes from Corfu airport.

Stay here: The Labranda Sandy Beach Resort is a popular and good-value 4-star with a big pool right by the beach.

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