Corfu Island Travel Guide

  • Corfu Island
    by Linse
  • Corfu Island
    by Linse
  • One of the beaches on Corfu
    One of the beaches on Corfu
    by junecorlett

Corfu Island Highlights

  • Pro
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    spree4three says…

     Atmosphere, peacefulness, flowers, diversity, music, venitian influences, sea, colours...and the way people sing when they talk 

  • Con
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    funkymama says…

     Mosquitos. 

  • In a nutshell
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     The cheapest bit of heaven one can buy 

Corfu Island Things to Do

  • ACHILLEON PALACE

    The Achillion Palace is ideally located in the picturesque village of Gastouri. This magnificent Palace was built in 1890 exclusively for Elizabeth (Sissy), the then Empress of Austria. The palace used to serve as the summer retreat of the Empress. Unfortunately, Sissy the Empress passed away in a rather tragic manner when she was brutally...

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  • OLD TOWN

    The town is a maze of narrow streets dominated by the 16th century fortress. Around every corner can you can find a chapel, old mansion or secret garden square. The café at the Liston: built by the French in the same style as those in Rue de Rivoli, Paris; is probably the place to 'people watch' while enjoying a Ginger beer. (The British also left...

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  • Palace of Achillion

    Palace is located in the village of Gastouri, and is built in 1890 for Elizabeth (Sissy), the Empress of Austria as the solace of her soul. It was used as her summer Palace. Later the Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany bought the place.This beautiful building in picturesque gardens overlooks the sea and Corfu town.

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Corfu Island Hotels

Corfu Island Restaurants

  • Fantastic Fresh Food and great Owners

    We ate at Junipers every night of our 2 weeks in Kassiopi and i am speaking for all five of us the food was amazing.We ate breakfast as well as evening meals.All meals are freshly prepared to order.many dishes including Fish and Chips,Curry,Beef and Guinness,Scampi,salads,and much much more.If you are a family and looking for good value meals and...

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  • Superb Stifado

    Directly opposite our apartment in Agios Georgios is the Golden Heart Restaurant,a local grill serving the best in Greek and Corfu dishes.Pleasent surroundings with traditional Greek music in the background,eat inside or like we did on the balcony watching the sun go down.The staff were very helpful when choosing dishes and the prices were very...

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  • Barbati Corfu Greece

    We have visited Tasos Bar for the last 4 years, and were delighted to find that Tasos and Flo have expanded into the Restaurant Dionysos this year.We were due to eat at another local restaurant, but changed our plans when we saw the extensive menu at Dionysos, and knew we would get a great service. The Mousaka and Kleftico are outstanding. We had...

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Corfu Island Nightlife

  • Watch the sunset

    A small bar at the end of the main road in Agios Georgios,specialising in cocktails.Pleasent surroundings with comfy seating,sports on t.v.etc,good service and one of the best spots on the resort for watching the sun set.Priceless.My partner had A'Sex on the beach'cocktail i had a beer. Casual

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  • Party at the Pink Palace!

    Entrance to the Pink Palace night club, or better known as the Palladium, is free as long as you have your hostel card that proves that you are staying in a room there. Inside, the bar serves cheap 1 Euro drinks and 2-3 Euro mixed drinks. Oh yeah, there is a happy hour too where all the drinks are only 1 Euro. Beach attire. No coat and tie...

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  • typical club

    We went there because of a friend but it’s off the beaten path so no need to look for it (you wont find it easily), the big wooden front door(pic 1) wont even give you any hit that this is open. The interior is dark(pic 2) but nicely litted with smooth red lights and candles. Of course, after some drinks we could hardly see what's left in our...

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Corfu Island Transportation

  • how to get there

    1)planeThe expensive way is to fly through Athens (Aegean and Olympic have flights daily to Corfu) but you have to book way in advance for good prices. Check out for some great deals on charter flights from Europe too(London, Brussels, Paris, Germany etc)2)boat from mainland greeceThere are many boats from mainland Greece, some from Patras (the...

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  • Corfu Airport Bus and Taxi Transfers

    I would like to recommend transfer company that we used last year and we will use this year for our Corfu vacation. They have best prices and the are very professional.www.corfuairporttransfer.comWe booked thru Ryanair but anyone can use their service.

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  • beware pre-booked taxi scams from a/port...

    just back from corfu and all went well...except for a little scam that I fell for even before I'd left the UK.I'd read a bit about thieving taxi drivers on the island so thought I'd get clever by pre-booking online. a couple of sites wanted €26 one-way (for a trip of less than 2 miles!) one wanted 22, until finally I landed on a site charging 18....

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Corfu Island Shopping

  • Kumquats liquors

    Kumquats have been called the little gems of the citrus family, and may be fermented and distilled into liquors. You may buy it in a lot of shops and also that include free liquor tasting.

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  • Just about everything you would need

    In this little village called Makrades is a selection of shops selling locally made wine, honey, olive oil and olive marmalade etc.They also have table clothes, men and women clothing, well in fact just about everything you need to take home for family and friends.The quality of the stuff here is far better than you find in the resorts.However the...

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  • koum kouat and other usefull things

    We found several local products here, drinks, koum kouat, mandoles, mandolato, We bought some small marmalades from koum kouat(3,30e), the big ones for 6e, some other sweets for 3 to 6 euros, many small bottles of lemonchelo or koum kouat too, at usual size and prices like in other places though.Most of the stores have the same stuff from koum...

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Corfu Island Local Customs

  • Carnaval custom & tradition

    In 2013 Apokreas is from Sunday February 24 to Sunday March 17Clean Monday ('Kathara Deftera' or 'Kathari Deftera') is on Monday March 18About Apokreas:Apokreas (pronounced ah-PO-kree-ahs) is Greece's Carnival season wbich precedes the 40 days of fasting that leads up to Easter. Like carnival season in places like New Orleans, Rio and the...

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  • Sinarades village - Assumption of The...

    During the season, Corfu is a something like a party island with a lot of festivities and celebrations. As an Cristian Ortodox country Greeks and Corfiots celebrates the days in hounour of the saints. Often, entire villages turn out – with parades, a street fair, and church services – to honour a saint. I take a few photos from the small village...

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  • For more info on Corfu Easter read this...

    http://www.fagottobooks.gr/eng/categories_details.php?cat_id=17&met=17CORFU EASTERwriter N.ChristogiannopoulosA small album about the Corfu's unforgettable and distinctive Easter week day by day.PRICE: € 8.00NEW PRICE: € 7.20DIMENSION: 19x19 - PAGES: 52ISBN: 978-960-6685-16-3

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Corfu Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Rip off taxi drivers

    In Corfu Town if you have to use a taxi, ensure it has a meter.Do not use them if they don’t or say it is not needed.As a tourist you stand a very good chance of getting skanked by these theives.Taxis elsewhere on the island are ok and honest drivers.

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  • Beware of the wasps!

    Beware of the wasps in Corfu, there are LOTS of them. At least when I was there I found them more annoying than the mosquitos (although I got bitten by them quite a few times..). The wasps disturbed us most while eating outside or sunbathing by the pool.

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  • Dangerous Driving

    Please do take care. While I was cruising my rented beloved scooter along the oceanside drive, I stopped to see what the people were peering at over the edge of the cliff. A CAR WENT OVER! There was a mere 18 feet of land, and thank god the Germans who drove over the edge landed safely, and they were very shooken up but appeared without a scratch!...

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Corfu Island Tourist Traps

  • Grimaldi Minoan ferries

    I took the ferry called "Zeus Palace" from Corfu to Ancona, Italy, because I thought Minoan Lines were a separate company which I had known from past travels on sea. As it turned out, Grimaldi Lines now manage Minoan - and from a past experience, I knew what that meant! The ferry was supposed to leave the port of Corfu at midnight, but it turned...

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  • Corfu Town Taxis

    In Corfu Town if you have to use a taxi, ensure it has a meter.Do not use them if they don’t or say it is not needed.As a tourist you stand a very good chance of getting skanked by these theives.Taxis elsewhere on the island are ok and honest drivers. Local buses are ok as well but don’t run as regular as you are probably used to. Timetables are...

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  • Yacht Club for Lunch

    We read about an 'out of the way' but great place for lunch on the brochure we were given after we docked.So ever a 'sucker' for something different we entered the Fortress area just across from the main square in the old town.We enquired...we walked...we followed signs...we came to old stairs...passed some rubbish bins...and finally the Yacht Club...

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Corfu Island What to Pack

  • Clothing and shoes

    If you're going to Corfu in summer, all you really need is sunscreen, a pair of sunglasses and a swimming suit. :) If going in September or later in the autumn, also bring a sweater/fleece or a light jacket as it can get quite chilly in the evenings. An umbrella would be useful, too, as it tends to rain.Comfortable shoes are important, too. There...

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  • The most important item...

    The most important item you should take with you is a camera and, of course, lots of memory space/film! There are so many amazing places to take pictures of, I took over 450 pics during our holiday... :)

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  • The right cover for many situations

    Wear walking boots and long pants, if you are planning to walk through nature. There are moskitos and SNAKES.Bring a rain coat, if the month is a rainy one. Rain gets bad!!Gentleman wear long pants in churches, chaples and in all restaurants, also in your hotel for dinner!!! Ladys cover knees, shoulders and arms in exactly the same places. PLEASE...

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Corfu Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Secluded spot,Paramona beach

    While driving around the countryside up and down mountains on the west side of Corfu you will pass through several villages and on to very small roads,this one particular rd was nothing more than a dirt track in most spots but we carried on driving to see where it would take us,the result is Paramona beach a very well hidden place and not something...

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  • School warning

    In my never ending search for school warning road signs, I was glad to find in remote villages of Corfou two interesting ones. Sorry, I do not remember the name of the villages.I like especially the first one which must have been locally made. The artist has given an unusual and ambiguous attitude to the two profiles!The second photo has a more...

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  • Amazing fruits

    I have tried to identify this amazing bush growing around the Mediterranean, always next to the sea. The fruits look almost like flowers. It has an amazing greenish wing all around that looks like a wide skirt. I have not found its name yet but will add it as soon as possible.

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Corfu Island Sports & Outdoors

  • Aghios Gordios beach, Corfu, Greece

    High on a cliff, steeped in the fragrance of pine and lemon groves, cypress and sage, Aghios Gordios provides a dramatic view of the bay. Aghios Gordios is on the west coast of the island, near Corfu Town. It nestles at the foot of a dramatic range of coastal hills covered in tall, elegant pine trees. Its bay sweeps gently between two large...

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  • Dassia beach, Corfu, Greece

    Dassia is an atmospheric, lively place, popular with younger couples, groups and water sport enthusiasts. Dassia is 10km from Corfu Town on the east coast of Corfu with views across the sea to the mountains of Greece and Albania. Popular Dassia beach is long, quite narrow and a mix of shingle and pebbles. The water at Dassia beach is exceptionally...

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  • Glyfada beach, Corfu, Greece

    Nice golden sandy beach on middle west part of the Corfu Island, Greece. There is a lot of beach sport activities and of course water sports. Very popular place among younger generation. Music from the beach bars is usual. Balls, beach tennis and scuba diving equipment.

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Corfu Island Favorites

  • Aghios Gordios beach, Corfu

    One of the most beautiful places at Corfu Island is absolutelu Agios Gordios on the west coast aprox. 17 km from the city of Corfu. This place is realy amazing. Advantages of Aghios Gordios: 1) Landscape; 2) Nature and forest; 3) Air; 4) Golden sandy beach; 5) clearness and color of the sea; 6) Fantastic village ambience. I think it's enough.

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  • A day out in Corfu Town

    We stopped at Corfu Town from a cruise ship and we had the most fabulous day. If you want amazing fabulous shopping, and an all round fantastic day then you will love Corfu town.The atmosphere within the walled town is lovely, everyone is warm and friendly - they love you going into their shops, but don't hassle you if you don't buy anything.I...

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  • Hellenic Lager

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. At Corfu (maybe the entire country of Greece) it was sometimes rather difficult. We found out that there are quite some local beers, only known in that particular area. But anyway,...

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