The ‘Grand Lady of the Ionian’ has countless beaches of unbelievable beauty
How many shades of blue are there? All you have to do is list them as you lay back in your lounge chair and observe the waves breaking. Thirty beaches have been awarded a Blue Flag, adorning the 217 km of Corfu’s coastline with a lush, green background. Except for the awarded beaches, there are many others just as wonderful. We have collected them all here to present to you.
Sidari: Endless sandy beaches with stunning sandstone formations, as if the sea moulded the sand like a potter. On its western side there are the fjords and the famous Canal d’Amour. The myths have been passed along for generations: as legend has it, if you swim in this natural passage, you’ll find your soul mate. In Sidari there is also a water park that’s fun for all ages, while at the port there are boats ready to take you on daily excursions to the Diapontia islands.
Paleokastritsa: Six beaches, each more beautiful than the next in an area that for decades reigns as Corfu’s queen of tourism. Take note:
- Agia Triada: Deep waters with a sometimes rocky, sometimes sandy sea bed. Water skiing, parasailing, boat rentals, bars and restaurants are just some of the facilities and activities you’ll find here.
- Alipa: A sandy beach, with big rocks along its northern part. Clean and crystal clear waters. Here you’ll find umbrellas, sunbeds, boat rentals and a restaurant, as well as a fishing port.
- Agios Spyridonas: The most picturesque and popular of all the beaches in Paleokastritsa, since it looks out at the cliffs. It is fully-organised and offers all sorts of water sports.
- Agios Petros: A beach with both sand and pebbles, it’s ideal for water sports.
- Ambelaki: A quiet beach with deep waters and a rocky sea bed. It is fully equipped with umbrellas, sunbeds and boat rentals.
- Platakia: Two neighbouring beaches with pebbles, umbrellas, sunbeds and a restaurant.
Benitses: In this village you’ll find more than one beach with sand or pebbles. The biggest –the first one you’ll encounter after the Kaiser Bridge – is fully-organised, with umbrellas, sun beds, water sports, bars and tavernas.
Kontokali: Just a stone’s throw from town and very near the Gouvia marina, you’ll find one of the most developed tourism resorts in Corfu. The beach is impressive: large and sandy, with high standards of service and facilities, hundreds of umbrellas, and a large selection of water sports.
Myrtiotissa: Situated between Ermones and Glyfada, you’ll find the cape of Agios Georgios. On its southeastern side, the area of Myrtiotissa has one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. To get to the beach, you need to have a 4X4 or walk for about twenty minutes. It has refreshing water, golden sand, a vibrant seabed perfect for snorkelling or scuba diving, and a little fresh water stream that flows from the rocks into the sea.
Glyfada: Myrtiotissa’s neighbouring beach. It’s very busy and popular, with fine sand, surrounded by pine-studded hills, olive groves and villas. It is fully-equipped, including a space for beach volleyball. About 4 km away you’ll find the Corfu Golf Club and the Corfu Horse-Riding Cub. Nearby is the well-known water park, Aqualand.
Acharavi: A very popular beach, with shallow waters and fine sand. It has facilities for water sports as well as tavernas.
Roda: One of the busiest beaches on the island, located right after Acharavi. It’s fully-organised, with plenty of options for water sports, restaurants and bars.
Arillas: Right after Kavokefali you’ll encounter Arillas, a large sandy beach with shallow waters. Aside from water sports, it offers many opportunities for hiking, horse riding and excursions to the surrounding areas. The sunset in the nearby village of Afionas is breathtaking.
Agios Georgios Pagon: A beach shaped like a horseshoe, surrounded by rugged cliffs that descend to the sea, creating isolated coves. Deep waters to the right and warm waters to the left – perfect for small children. It’s worth taking a boat ride, canoe or paddle boat to the natural bay of Porto Timoni. Here you’ll find snacks, food, cocktails and water sports, as well as accommodations.
Halikounas: A thin strip of land separates the beach from the protected Korission lagoon. Leave the sand dunes and walk across the wooden bridge to a rare forest with cedars and orchids. The wind and waves in the area make Halikounas an ideal kite surfing destination.
Agios Georgios South: Crystalline, refreshing waters and a beach 8 km long. In the northern part, you’ll find Issos beach with its sand dunes, that extends as far as cedar Forest of Korrision Lake. In the southern part, there are two successive beaches, Marathias and Agia Varvara, perfect for paragliding, scuba diving and other sea sports.
Apraos or Kalamaki: Sand onshore and shallow waters for several metres into the sea. Anyone who wants to swim in deep waters that exceed the knee must walk along the wooden pier that reaches the edge of the continental shelf. Perhaps the best beach on the island for small children.
Ermones: On the southernmost tip of the Ropa Valley, 3.5 km after Giannades, there is a deep bay with a small sandy beach encircled by green, steep hills. Restaurants, bars, shops and hotels ensure that you’ll have everything you need.
Kavos: Cavo Bianco of the Venetians is today a popular destination for young tourists from all over the world, as the fun at the bars and beach bars begins in the morning and lasts well into the night. Shallow waters, fully-equipped facilities and opportunities for excursions to Paxi and Parga. It is the most developed tourist area in Lefkimmi.
Ipsos: Crystalline waters and a hospitable beach across the length of the entire bay. Whichever lounge chair you choose to sit at, you’ll enjoy beach services of the highest standard.
Agios Gordios: An endless beach of golden sand, as well as pebble and crystal clear waters. To the left there are steep vertical cliffs with dense vegetation, and the rocky islet of Tholeto. There are fully-equipped facilities, including water sports, restaurants, bars and boat rentals.
Dassia: Oblong, with pebbles and a view to the mountains of Albania. In the distance there is a platform to dive off, or to use as a starting point for your favourite water sports.
Mesoggi: To the left a small river flows, and to the right a lush, green hill rises. With plenty of tavernas to choose from, sun beds and pedal boats.