La Grotta beach, Corfu
EXPERIENCE

A boat trip to Paradise beach in Corfu

Just when you thought that Corfu had revealed its many treasures to the world, along comes one you never imagined existed. The aptly named Paradise Beach, off the northwest coast, is one such sparkling gem.
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Duration
Full Day
Season
May - October

OVERVIEW

Not only does the sea at Paradise Beach glisten with impossible shades of blue, but reaching high above is a near-vertical rockface that ends dramatically with swathes of Mediterranean greenery. The scene is completed by the cliffs around the bay gently sloping towards the sea, carrying their carpet of greenery with them. 

But best of all, Paradise Beach – or Chomi as it is known to the locals – is accessible only by sea. So despite its rising popularity, you have the feeling of unearthing a treasure as you approach it. 

Boats make the short journey from Paleokastritsa, and other nearby spots in northeastern Corfu, throughout the day, driving you right onto a beach of fine white pebbles. All you have to do is wile away the hours and gaze into unbroken views of the Ionian Sea. 

All along the coastline are enchanting bays, sea caves and other beaches to explore. So an alternative is to hire your own boat and skipper and tailor your journey. Just don’t forget the reason you came and give yourself plenty of time in paradise.

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DON'T MISS

The coastline

Paradise Beach is the star of this show, but just the blues and greens of the water and the dramatic cliffs of Corfu’s northwest coastline will delight you, even if only for the very short trip from Paleokastritsa. 

Sea caves

There’s the added bonus of pulling in to a couple of sea caves along the way. The best known is Nafsika Cave, mentioned by Homer as where the daughter of the mythical king of the Phaeacians, Nafsika, sheltered Odysseys during his travels. Other caves stand out for their impressive shades of blue water. There’s also a sea cave at the northern end of Paradise Beach that you can swim into.

Other beaches

If you hire your own boat to explore the coastline you’ll find numerous beautiful beaches. Rovinia is 600m of fine pebbles and sand, surrounded by exceptional natural beauty, while Iliodoros (or Liniodoros) is a gorgeous, pebbled enclave, south-west of the village of Liapades, that is completely locked in by the sea and a thick forest. And Limni, 2km from the village of Liapades, is a smooth-pebbled strip of land between two rocks, giving views of the sea in front and behind you.

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From Paleokastritsa:

Boats of 5-8 people leave regularly from Paleokastritsa’s central beach (Agios Spyridonas).During the summer, they leave at 9:00-10:00 and return at 18:00-19:00.  

Other nearby departure points: Ampelaki (750m) and Alipa (700m), La Grotta (1.4km), Liapades beach (5.4km)

To Paleokastritsa 

From Corfu town: 

By car or bus: 25km (37mins)

Bus info

  • Boat trips run throughout the day from May to October.
  • Take advantage of the quieter months (May-June and September-October) when Corfu is at its greenest and temperatures are most enjoyable.
  • All boat trips are dependent on weather conditions.

If you visit during peak summer months, do so in the morning or afternoon to avoid the crowds and heat. 

  • Autumn
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Tickets are €15-20 per person. Private boat hire will be more.
  • Travel time to Paradise Beach is 10-20mins, depending on your departure point.
  • Boat excursions typically last between a half-day to a full-day. 
  • You can arrange your return time with your captain.
  • There are umbrellas for hire and a boat with refreshments visits the beach, selling drinks and snacks. 
  • Bring some money if you want to buy jewellery from the little souvenir shop on the beach. 

Make sure you’re fully equipped for a day in the sun.

Plan your trip

TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY

Beaches are delicate ecosystems so please help keep them in the best possible condition and leave only your footprints.

Use the bins provided or, if need be, take your rubbish with you.
Don’t remove any shells, rocks, fossils or sand from the beach.
Respect the marine life and the plants and animals on shore.
Use a refillable water bottle to try to minimise your use of plastic.
Explore your surroundings but do so carefully and avoid disrupting the flora and fauna.
Making fires on beaches is strictly forbidden.
Make sure you follow any safety instructions about where you can sit on the beach.
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