Beach Vacations to Corfu, Greece

Paleokastritsa Beach, Corfu, Greek Islands
Paleokastritsa Beach, Corfu, Greek Islands (Nicholas Pitt/Digital Vision/Getty)

Corfu Beach Travel Tips

  • Pack your sunscreen: On average, there are 3,000 hours of sunshine a year on Corfu, with a daily average of eight-and-a-half hours.
  • Rainfall occurs mainly from November until March in Corfu, with November and December being the rainiest months (but not too bad, just seven inches on average).
  • If you want to rent a car to explore Corfu's beaches, be aware that during the summer high season you need to book weeks in advance. Mopeds are not recommended on Corfu's twisting roads.
  • Autumn is a good time to visit, with mild weather, robust grape harvests, and fewer tourists.

About 20 miles west of mainland Greece is Corfu (also called Kerkira), an island that has been claimed by Romans, Venetians, French, and English over the centuries. With its location in the Adriatic Sea, east of Italy and southwest of Albania, it has a distinct culture and history slightly altered from the rest of Greece—its turbulent past is illustrated in the array of castles punctuating strategic locations across the island. At 227 square miles, it's the second-largest and northernmost of the Ionian Islands, and has inspired artists and writers from Homer to Shakespeare. Markedly more lush and green than Greece's other isles, Corfu remains warm and dry in the summer, attracting beachgoers from across the continent. Its north is mountainous and its south is home to sandy beaches, while other parts of the 135-mile coastline have scenic pebble beaches.

Ferries run almost hourly between Corfu and Igoumenitsou, so it's no wonder that mass tourism has thrived there for over a century, especially with high-class European vacationers. Nowadays, parts of the island are a bit overrun with package tourism and generic hotels, but there are also undeveloped beaches and traditional villages amid cypress trees and olive groves waiting to be explored. Cosmopolitan Corfu reflects Greek, Italian, Venetian, and British influences and the city's mazelike, cobblestone, old town was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. The town is the main entry point via air or sea travel. From the Archaeological Museum of Corfu to the water theme park Aqualand to stunning beaches like Glifada, there is surely something to please everyone on this fascinating Greek isle.

Published: 8 Oct 2009 | Last Updated: 30 Mar 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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