One cannot visit Greece and omit hitting the island of Corfu. Why exactly? Well, simply because it is one of the most varied islands of the country. Marvellous sights, a moody little capital town (Corfu Town), English-speaking people, breath-taking coastlines, narrow roads, tall mountains, and, of course, exceptional beaches. But what of those beaches? We know you’ve already asked that question in your head, so you had better buckle up for what’s to come! Here are the top four beaches of Corfu!
To be honest, the main beach of Gouvia is not on the top list of most people as it is a rocky one. But why did we add it then? Well, simply because it overcomes its shortcomings and presents itself as a safe relaxation spot (notice the grandiose palm tree in its very centre – that’s 10 extra points). Basically, the beach of Gouvia is surrounded by a magnificent bay that makes the water more than calm (even if we disregard the awe-inspiring sight that it provides). If you want to teach your kids how to swim, you might want to consider being housed in the small eastern town (not to mention its close proximity to Corfu Town). What we recommend that you do is buy a pair of beach shoes for each and every family member or friend for those rocks can go rough on their feet. Oh, and did we mention that you can also rent a boat there (wink)?
If you are checking a map while reading this, you already noticed the fact that Sidari is almost the northern extremity of Corfu. What this means is that you most indubitably need to rent a car or an ATV to get by easily, without constantly having to watch out for the local bus traffic. Most buses will only circulate until 20:00 in the evening and you might want to stay a little bit longer at the aforementioned breath-taking places. So, back to Sidari, its beaches are white sandy (unlike that of Gouvia) and its stone cliffs add nothing but grandeur to the scenery. Oh, and while you’re there, check out the beach of Apotripiti (the most reputable subordinate coast of Sidari) and the “Channel of Love” (Cana d’Amour). One thing thought: during high season, Sidari may be a bit crowded.
Did you know that Glyfada is the top beach that youngsters choose? When the young are attracted to a place, we must consider why. First of all, imposing rock formations and overgrown hills surround the coast and the water is crystal clear. If that doesn’t sound all that alluring yet, then just wait for Glyfada beach also has sunbeds, umbrellas and, of course a lot of noise. But do not get us wrong, noise in such a place usually means that life is breathed into the environment. Everybody speaks English and you are bound to relish the warm water. Located only 16 kilometres west of the capital, it is an excellent place to spend the afternoon at after a thorough day of sightseeing. Oh, and did you know that you can find taverns and even souvenir shops there?
Without a single drop of a doubt, Paleokastritsa is one of the best and most visited places of Corfu. Besides its excellent housing conditions and abundance of souvenir shops, it also has brilliant beaches in its surrounding area. Encircled by massive rocky mountains overarched by the local Mediterranean flora, these beaches are sandy and extremely soft. No need for beach shoes here as few sensations are as enjoyable as one’s soles hitting the grains. As if that weren’t enough, you can even climb one of those local mountains and bask in the beauty of its renowned heart-shaped bay! Oh, and you can also hire boats to take you on bay-exploration trips there!
Did you enjoy our list? Which of the aforementioned beaches have you experienced on the island of Corfu and what lasting impressions have they left you with? Hit the comment section below and leave nothing out! Safe travels and see you next time!