Whether you’re after a relaxing holiday where sunbathing tops your priorities, or you’d rather explore the area’s rich history, you’ll never be short of things to do in Corfu. A trip to the Greek island can uncover everything from hiking, waterparks and scuba diving to sleepy villages and museums. Here’s an insider’s guide to some of the best sights and experiences that should top your list of things to do in Corfu.
Located halfway down the island’s east coast, is the historic Corfu Town (also called Kérkyra). Stroll down its winding lanes packed with restaurants, bars and shops and visit some of Corfu Town’s many museums and churches. Take a trip to the Andivouniótissa (Byzantine) Museum that’s full of unusual pieces from the 15th to 18th centuries, and the excellent Asian Art Museum that’s got plenty of unexpected trinkets and beautiful art on display. Your Corfu things to do list should also include a trip to the Venetian-built 14th century Paleó Froúrio (Old Fort). You can only visit some of the huge site, but you’re still in for some superb views.
The Theotókou monastery in Paleokastrítsa is popular with tourists and one look at its pastel-hued exterior and breathtaking coastline location and it’s clear why. Founded during the 13th century and rebuilt after a fire, this monastery still has around half a dozen monks still living here.
The popular resort of Sidari is home to coastal sandstone cliffs that have slowly been eroded over time by wind and water into spectacular shapes. The Canal d’Amour remains its most famous, despite the rocky arch long since crumbled. If you’re looking for love, legend states that a swim through the turquoise-blue channel will help you find it. There’s plenty of small coves with sandy beaches nearby too, that are ideal for sunbathing or snorkelling.
If you’ve got sturdy lungs and love going for a good, long walk (and we really do mean long!), then the Corfu Trail is for you. Covering 136 miles from one end of the island to the other, this trail can take from eight to 10 days to complete. As you set off on the waymarked trail, expect to take in a variety of landscapes from lagoons to massive summits. Just remember to pre-book your accommodation, pack your map, and don’t forget your bug repellent! There are highlights along the trail worth exploring by car or bike if you don’t have the time to walk, such as the ruined monastery of Panagía Arkoudíla and the beautiful Arkoudíla beach.
Corfu is known for being one of the best places in Greece to scuba dive, with dive sites around Paleokastrítsa, Othoní, and the Paxí islets, and the north-east coast is well worth a visit too. Explore Paleokastrítsa and you’ll take in the scenic canyon, sea cave and schooling barracuda. Head to the dive site at Othoní to swim among the two wrecks and cave, while two more caves and a 40-metre wreck can be seen at Paxí. On the north-east coast, popular Agní Reef has another 40-metre deep wreck, soft coral and fireworms. If you’re new to diving then why not add a PADI-approved class to your list of Corfu things to do?
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