Visit the Greek island of Corfu,with miles of picturesque coastline and countryside, pretty villages,traditional taverns and Byzantine architecture.
Corfu is one of Greece’s islandtreasures, famous for its sweeping coastline, mountain landscapes, historicarchitecture, sleepy villages and cultural centers. Explore this part of theIonian Islands, a collection of islands off thewest coast of mainland Greece.
Find a fusion of British, French, Greek and Italianinfluences in Kerkira (Corfu Town), the scenicisland’s cultural heart. Look for the British neoclassicalPalace of St. Michael and George and the Venetian-styleOld Fortress. Admire the arcaded mansions alongListon Promenade and spot Asian art and antiquesat the Museum of Asian Art. Visit nearbyGastouri and marvel at the Achilleion,a majestic palace set amid cypress and myrtle trees.
An hour’s drive north of Kerkira, thenortheast coast is home to family-friendly towns such as BarbatiBeach and Kalami Bay. Rent gear tosnorkel or scuba dive in the Ionian Sea. Nearby, visit Corfu’shighest mountain, the 2,927-foot (906-meter) MountPantokrator. Hike or drive to the summit for unbeatable views ofCorfu and mainland Greece.
On the northwestern shore, find beaches withpostcard-perfect backdrops. Canald’Amour is one of Corfu’s natural wonders,with cliffs and caves along small beaches. Enjoy the island’s bestsunsets over the rugged shoreline of Sunset Beach.From Arillas Beach and past PelekasBeach, glorious stretches of beaches run along the west coast.Don’t miss a tour of the ancient Paleokastritsa Monastery,set on a hilltop above Paleokastritsa Beach.
Explore the peaceful countryside of theisland’s interior, with traditional villages surrounded by scenicolive groves. Chat with friendly locals in the taverns ofSkripero. Ride on horseback through woodlands andvineyards above Ano Korakiana. In theisland’s far south, Kavos attracts ayoung crowd with its nightlife and high-energy water sports.
Reach Corfu by flying or catching a ferry to Kerkira.Get around the island using a rented car or moped. Presenting an interestingmix of coastline, countryside and culture, Corfu is a popular destination forcouples, families and honeymooners.