Corfu Beaches: Exploring One of the Best Greek Islands

January 3, 2017

Corfu Greece

It’s no secret that the Greek Islands rank high on the list of “must-do” destinations. But which one to choose? Each island has its own magnetic charm, but I submit that the Corfu beaches and activities make it difficult for anyone to resist the Greek island’s pull.

Corfu Island is the second-largest island in the Ionian Sea, with a rich history dating back to Greek mythological figures such as Poseidon and Asopos. A land of castles, forts, and beaches, there’s plenty to keep tourists busy.

And if you’re a foodie, Corfu will delight you!  Here are 18 amazing Corfu dishes.

The beginning of my trip to the Balkans started with two days to immerse myself in the culture of this island. I chose to spend one day in and around Corfu Town and the other at one of the island’s best beaches.

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If you have more time consider hopping around the Greek islandsNaxos has beautiful beaches and is one of the most underrated islands in the South Aegean Sea.

 1.  Corfu Town

Also known as Old Town, most of the landmarks and sights of Corfu Town are easily within walking distance via a labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets. Striking out from my centrally-located boutique hotel, this UNESCO World Heritage site was a delight to wander about, taking in the Venetian architecture.

Old Fortress

Corfu Greece

Corfu Greece

The imposing Old Fortress complete with moat stands sentry on a craggy peninsula just off the Esplanade. The current fort was built in 1546 by the Venetians, but prior to that, a fort of some sort has existed on the site since the 6th century. There is a museum inside the fort which houses some of the world’s oldest paintings, dating from the first century.


Corfu Greece

The tree-lined square claims to be the second-largest public square in Europe. The Esplanade connects the cobblestone streets of Old Town with the Old Fortress. Aside from the green space, this popular public gathering area also hosts upscale cafés and shops and it’s a great place feel the vibe of Old Town.

Museum of Asian Art

Corfu Greece

The museum is located at one end of the Esplanade within the Palace of St Michael and St George. The palace, which dates back to the period of English rule, contains an impressive collection of art from China, Japan, and India.

Church of St Spyridon

Corfu Greece

Built in the 1500s, this Venetian basilica has a bell tower which is the highest point in the heart of town, making it an important landmark. It houses the relics of Saint Spyridon, whom it is believed saved Corfu from catastrophe four times between 1533 and 1716.

Faliraki Beach

Corfu Greece

Faliraki Beach

If you don’t have time to get to another beach on Corfu, a stroll to Faliraki Beach is a must! This tiny cove under a towering stone wall has a pretty beach with calm aqua and azure water. The small beach is stony, so water shoes are recommended.

Corfu Greece

Corfu Greece

Corfu Greece

There is a picturesque walk along the coast near the beach as well as an open-air café with views across to the Old Fortress.

Retail Therapy

Corfu Greece

Wander around the winding maze of streets in Old Town and you’ll find every manner of souvenir, from unique handicrafts, sculptures, woodcarvings, leather, and clothing, to typical tourist tchotchkes. You’ll also find lots of small shops selling local cheese and other delicacies to sample.

 2.  Kassiopi, Corfu Greece


For my second day in Corfu, I struggled between visiting the coastal towns of Paleokastritsa – a seaside resort nestled between high cliffs, small crescent bays, and caves, overlooked by a historic monastery, versus the seaside village of Kassiopi. Kassiopi can easily be reached by car or by public transportation which tilted my decision in that direction.


Situated at a small peninsula on the north-east coast of Corfu, the former fishing village is one of the prettiest Corfu beaches, with a crystal turquoise beach framed by the picturesque backdrop of Mount Pantokrator. The beach is just a block from the town’s square, shops cafes, and bars.

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If you’re interested in reading more of my adventures in the Balkans, check out these articles:

The Albanian Riviera: Affordable, Jaw-Dropping Beauty

7 Reasons Why You’ll Love Macedonia (Huffington Post)

8 Places in Albania That Will Wow You

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About the Author

Patti MorrowPatti Morrow is a freelance travel writer and founder of the award-winning international blog Luggage and Lipstick and southern travel blog Gone to Carolinas. TripAdvisor called her one of “20 Baby Boomer Travel Bloggers Having More Fun Than Millennials.”  Patti is the author of the book “Girls Go Solo: Tips for Women Traveling Alone,” and has over 150 bylines in 40 print and online publications, including The Huffington Post, International Living Magazine, Washington Post Sunday Travel, Travel Girl, Travel Play Live Magazine, and Ladies Home Journal.  She has traveled six continents looking for fabulous places and adventure activities for her Baby Boomer (and Gen X!) tribe.


  1. Comment by jane canapini

    jane canapini Reply January 9, 2017 at 10:59 am

    I have to admit the only time I was on Corfu was on a backpacking trip heading for Pelekas, so I didn’t spend any time exploring the city. We’ve been talking about Greece for a little while now, so I will have to consider this island, now, too!

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply January 9, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      It was my first time, too Jane. I really liked it and would consider another visit next time I’m in Greece. I hope you get to see it!

  2. Comment by Rebecca

    Rebecca Reply January 9, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Love that you highlighted the less mass touristy areas of Corfu. Too many times, people see it as a place to come and just get sun in the day then drink themselves silly at night…so I’m glad you focused on the tradition, etc.
    So many more islands for you to explore!

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply January 9, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      Corfu was stunning and seeped in history. I was surprised at how easy it was to get to underpopulated sites — especially beaches.

  3. Comment by alison abbott

    alison abbott Reply January 9, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    So I have to ask. I know what a good shopper you are. Did the shirt you are wearing on the Albanian Riviera come from the shop you have featured here half way thru? The pattern caught my eye and looks like your colors. Corfu is gorgeous and it looks like you had the beaches all to yourself.

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply January 9, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      That’s amazing, Alison!!! I wondered if anyone would make the connection! Yes, I traveled to Albania right from Corfu and wore the coverup in the Albanian Riviera. The Corfu beaches were stunning, and it wasn’t difficult at all to find uncrowded beaches, even in July.

  4. Comment by Debbra Dunning Brouillette

    Debbra Dunning Brouillette Reply January 9, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    After taking a Windstar Greek Isles cruise in June, I am ready to see more of Greece! Corfu looks wonderful, along with your travels in Albania and Macedonia. Thanks for opening my eyes to a new destination! I would love to take this trip!

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply January 9, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      Who can ever get enough of the Greek Isles? That area of the world is stunning, especially Corfu!

  5. Comment by Natalie

    Natalie Reply January 13, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Ah, what a glorious place! It looks like you had perfect weather, too! We are headed to Greece this year and you are right… narrowing down to which few islands to see of tough!!! They are all so fabulous!!!

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply January 13, 2017 at 10:04 am

      Lucky you, Natalie! I’d love to be going back to Greece. All of the islands are lovely so you’ll have a tough choice but Corfu is fabulous and really close to the Albanian Riviera for a day trip!

  6. Comment by Charles McCool

    Charles McCool Reply January 13, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    I have never been to Greece. Are all its beaches rocky? I guess I was imagining the soft powder like on US East coast beaches.

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply January 14, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Yes, the beaches on Corfu were a little rocky, but beautiful. I didn’t get over to the other side of the island where perhaps the sand is softer.

  7. Comment by Jo

    Jo Reply January 14, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Such amazing pics 🙂 love em

  8. Comment by Penny

    Penny Reply January 14, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Corfu sounds like an amazing island. If we get to Greece, it will definitely be on the agenda. Not being much of a beach person, it’s the history and architecture that really grab me. Thanks for putting Corfu on our radar.

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply January 16, 2017 at 8:52 am

      Corfu has a lot of intriguing history and gorgeous architecture, Penny. The climate was wonderful when I was there. I think you’d like it!

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