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Corfu's Beaches

Acharavi Beach Corfu Acharavi
Situated on the northern coast of Corfu, Acharavi is a growing resort with an 8km long sandy beach joining it to Roda. It is ideal for families since the beach, gently shelving into the sea, is very safe for children. There are a variety of water sports on offer including fun-rides, windsurfing and pedaloes, as well as water-skiing and para-gliding. There are villas and apartments to rent and couple of small hotels. There is a good selection of tavernas and restaurants at the beach.
Agios Georgios (North Beach) Corfu
Agios Georgios (North)
Located at the northern end of the west coast, between two headlands in a horse-shoe shaped bay, this is a secluded resort approached by a steep, narrow road. Small and untouched by the crowds it is exclusively a tourist development with no native village life and very quiet in the low season. The beach of golden sand is one of the best on the island, with a range of water sports in the high season. Fresh breezes make it especially good for windsurfing. Accommodation consists of studios, villas, apartments and small hotels. There are some local tavernas specialising in fish.
Agios Georgios (South) Beach Corfu
Agios Georgios (South)
The two beaches at Agios Georgios are on the south-west coast. They are surrounded by olive groves, and reached by a narrow country lane off the main road. This is a great place for those looking for sunshine and uncrowded beaches. They are good for children as the swimming is safe and there is little road traffic. Both beaches are wide and sandy with sun beds and parasols. One of them has sand dunes but there is very little shade. There are studios, rooms and apartments for rent and one hotel complex as well as a few local tavernas.
Agios Gordios Beach Corfu Agios Gordios
Midway down the west coast of the island, this is a peaceful setting against a backdrop of tree-covered hills and approached by a steep road. There is an authentic Greek atmosphere and fishing and farming come ahead of tourism in the local economy. Around the beach, though, it's a busy holiday resort, crowded with visitors. It's a dramatic picture, a great curve ending at a steep craggy islet, and is a good base for walkers and nature lovers as well as seekers of a quiet beach holiday. Accommodation is provided by villas, apartments and good class hotels. The beach itself is one and a half kilometres of sand and pebble. There are pedaloes and sun beds for hire. There are some tavernas, renowned for their local produce and fish, as well as fast food and tourist eateries.
Agios Spyridon Corfu
Agios Spyridon
Agios Spiridon is situated at the north-east corner of Corfu and has an attractive beach, set in a charming bay with sand, rocks and emerald waters. It is a great place for those looking for a quiet spot. In the same area there is a small lake and behind the lake some smaller, even quieter beaches. There are apartments and villas to rent as well as a new holiday complex. There are several tavernas nearby.
Agios Stefanos (North East) Corfu Agios Stefanos (North East)
The small resort of Agios Stefanos is renowned as one of the most attractive on the more upmarket north east coast of Corfu. Agios Stefanos has its own small beach and there are wooden jetties that you can sunbathe or fish from, and you can hire a boat here to explore the nearby coves and bays. There are wonderful views across to the mainland and Albania. Retaining a traditional feel, this picturesque fishing village offers a good selection of upmarket waterside tavernas.
Agios Stefanos (North West) Corfu Beach
Agios Stefanos (North West)
This beach is located at the north-west corner of the island where low hills protect a sheltered bay. There are apartments for rent all over the hillside and a couple of small hotels. The beach is long and sandy but often a bit windswept. There are a few tavernas near the small harbour towards the top end of the beach.
Agni Corfu Agni
Agni is on the north-east coast. A long drive down a winding mountain road will bring you to one of the most secluded bays in Corfu. There are three restaurants and a jetty in the bay and not much else. The beach is pebbles and the sea is very deep close to the shore hence the jetty where you can almost always see a yacht tied up. A free taxi boat will take you to one of the restaurants starting at 7 pm nightly. If you feel like a relaxing quiet day then this could be the place for you.
Arilas Beach Corfu
Arilas is on the other side of the headland from Agios Stefanos (West). It is a favourite place for couples and families looking for a quiet beach holiday. The beach itself is a narrow, 200 metre strip of sand with some shingle, separated from pebbly Afionas Beach by a small stream. It is framed by picturesque headlands. There are limited water sports on offer and it can be rough when a west wind blows. There are some small hotels and self-catering apartments. Many of the apartments are spread along the pleasant valley leading inland. There are a couple of tavernas.
Barbati Beach Corfu
Barbati is located towards the northern end of the east coast, just as the island widens. It clings to the steep green slopes of magnificent Mount Pantokrator where they plunge to the sea. There are fine views across the bay towards Corfu Town. There is a long, white shingle beach which is sheltered and safe but shelves quite steeply. It can be reached by foot or car via a rough track which leads down steeply down from the coast road. There is a selection of water sports, pedaloes and dinghies available. A handful of self-catering apartments and small hotels provide the local accommodation. There are several tavernas.
Benitses Beach Corfu
Situated on the east coast, facing the Ipiros area of the Greek mainland, Benitses is backed by rolling green hills. It was formerly a simple fishing village and fishermen still set out in small caiques from the harbour. Many old village houses remain, usually converted to restaurants or apartments. The beaches are mostly of rough shingle with a little sand at the water's edge and there are swimming platforms and jetties. They offer a wide choice of water sports; para-gliding, parascending, water-skiing, jet-skiing, pedaloes and fun rides. The latter include ring-boats and aqua-bananas. There are also speedboats for hire. Accommodation mostly consists of basic B&Bs together with some self-catering apartments. There are also some hotels. There are more fast-food joints than restaurants.
Dassia Beach Corfu
Located on the east coast, facing Albania and the Greek mainland, Dassia is on a flat, narrow coastal strip backed by verdant wooded hills. A twin resort with Ipsos, a mile to the north it lies on both sides of the broad and busy main road, with much of the accommodation in the small roads leading towards the beach. The beach itself is a long but very narrow stretch of gently sloping shingle and pebble backed by olive and pine trees. There is flat, aquamarine water, ideal for water-skiing. There are also swimming platforms. Accommodation comprises a campsite, rooms, studios and, somewhat unusually for Corfu, there is a preponderance of larger holiday hotels. There is a mixture of tavernas, snack bars, pizzerias, casual and mainly inexpensive beach bars, and restaurants.
Ermones Beach Corfu
On the west coast, Ermones Bay is surrounded by sheer rocks and is supposedly where the shipwrecked Odysseus was washed ashore towards the end of his epic journey. The beach is sufficient for the limited size of the resort and consists of coarse sand and shingle. The water deepens quickly and is frequently murky. It is essentially a quiet place, for relaxation and enjoying the pleasures of the countryside and coast. There are some apartments and small hotels as well as the vast Ermones Beach hotel complex reached by a cable lift! Nearby activities include an 18-hole golf course, rock climbing and scuba diving. There are a handful of reasonable tavernas.
Gardenos Beach Corfu Gardenos
Gardenos Beach is close to Vitalades, a small, rural village on the south-west coast. It takes its name from the River Gardeno, which flows into the sea there. The long, uncrowded sandy beach is one of most beautiful in Corfu. There are several local tavernas.
Glyfada Beach Corfu
Glyfada is situated on the west coast. The steep descent to the beach offers fine views of the bay backed by towering slopes. Glyfada has developed as a tourist resort by virtue of its huge sandy beach which is the great attraction, although the sea can be a bit rough when the west wind blows. There are canoes and pedaloes for hire. Less than three miles away is the mountain village of Pelekas, famous for its sunsets. There are apartments, villas and good beach hotels. There are a few tavernas and restaurants at the hotels.
Gouvia Beach Corfu Gouvia
Located on the east coast ,opposite the Greek mainland, Gouvia is at the central point of an almost completely enclosed natural bay. Olive and citrus groves and lush hillsides lie to the west. Once a Venetian naval base, Gouvia now has a 274-berth yacht marina. The resort has become one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island, with both a lively nightlife and quiet hillside spots. There are several narrow sand and shingle beaches in small shallow coves. You can try paragliding and a variety of other water sports are available as well as boat trips. At one end of the beach is a ruined Venetian arsenal. There are a range of hotels with a few in each category. There are some good-value snack bars as well as Greek tavernas serving traditional fare.
Ipsos Beach Corfu
Ipsos is on the north-east coast, opposite Albania and the Greek mainland. It's on a flat coastal strip, with the small village of Pirgi positioned just behind. This scenic setting has fine views across bays to Corfu Town and green hills inland. The long, narrow shingle beach curves into a tiny harbour. It is very narrow and immediately below the road. Its main appeal lies in the availability of water sports - para-gliding, water-skiing, and windsurfing in addition to fun rides, water slides and pedaloes. Accommodation is generally in the lower categories and ranges from self-catering to hotels with a number of camp sites. There is a range of fast food, "pub grub" and more local-style tavernas.
Kalami Beach Corfu Kalami
Located at the northern end of the east coast, this is one of the most scenic stretches of coast in Greece, with pretty hamlets huddling around picturesque bays. Kalami is a fishing village along a beach, surrounded by olive groves. Perfect for those seeking no more than the beach, the location and a couple of tavernas. The beach is sand and shingle, fairly shallow and suitable for children. There are some apartments to rent and several tavernas and bars along the beachfront.
Kaminaki Beach Corfu Kaminaki
Kaminaki nestles at the foot of the olive and cypress-clad slopes of Corfu's north-east headland. A hamlet of a few dozen dwellings, it is reached by a steep side road running down from the main coast road. It has its own secluded pebble beach, which inclines gently down into the warm, blue-green water and is perfect for young children. A marvellous spot for exploring the coves and inlets of the north-east by boat, as it has its own jetty, Kaminaki also makes a good base for forays by car or on foot into the hills around Pantokrator and for exploring the many coves along this beautiful stretch of coast. Kaminaki has two tavernas and water sport activities are available on Kaminaki beach.
Kassiopi Beach Corfu Kassiopi
At the north-eastern corner of the island, Kassiopi stands in the foothills of Pantokrator mountain and is approached from either side by scenic coast roads. It's an established tourist resort which started life as a fishing village but now offers every type of holiday facility. The harbour is very picturesque and the ruins on the headland date from Roman times. There are shingle and pebble bays on either side of the harbour which provide safe swimming. There are many apartments both in the village centre and scattered throughout the surrounding countryside. Eating out ranges from tavernas to sophisticated restaurants.
Kavos Beach Corfu Kavos
Kavos is situated on the southern tip of the island in fairly flat country facing the distant hills of the Greek mainland. It has a five mile sweep of sandy beach and is the most action-packed spot on the island. The beach stretches from Kavos to beyond St Petros, the wider section dotted with parasols. Very shallow water provides safe swimming for children. Self-catering and small pensions provide the local accommodation. With so many tavernas there is plenty of choice. Fast food and British menus are easier to find than their Greek counterparts.
Komeno Beach Corfu
Kommeno sits on a tiny peninsula jutting from the east coast of the island, halfway between Corfu Town and Ipsos, on the north side of Gouvia Bay. It's on a wooded headland with superb scenery and views taking in the sweep of the bay as well as Kontokali marina and even Corfu Town. Komeno is a spot for a quiet holiday. There are several small, sandy beaches and two public swimming pools. Large hotels with all amenities provide the accommodation. There is a small selection of tavernas.
Kontokali Beach Corfu
Situated on the east coast, adjoining shallow Gouvia Bay, a low peninsula curves around to the opposite side where more accommodation is located. Much of the waterfront is taken up by a vast marina. The beach is a mix of sand and shingle with shallow water suitable for children. Apart from the beach there are swimming pools which are open to the public and free of charge. Accommodation can be found in small hotels and apartments. The standard of local restaurants tends to be high with fish a speciality.
Messonghi Beach Corfu Messonghi
Located on the south-east coast in a mainly flat area with olive-clad hills inland. This ex-fishing village is now a busy resort spread over a large area between the original village and the main road. The Messonghi river flows from the surrounding gentle hills. The beach is narrow and made up of coarse sand, some shingle and small pebbles. There are water sports and pedaloes and some shallows suitable for children. The beach runs in a long sweep to a headland to the south. A few fishing caiques lie at anchor offshore. There is a choice of self-catering, small hotels or a vast hotel complex as well as a cosmopolitan selection of restaurants and tavernas.
Mirtiotissa Beach Corfu Mirtiotissa
Located on the west coast Mirtiotissa is still described by some enthusiasts as the most beautiful beach in Europe. Sheer cliffs covered with trees and shrubs drop directly to the sand creating a sense of wonderful isolation. At both ends of the long beach curl rocky promontories offering marvellous snorkelling in crystal blue water. Mirtiotissa is unofficially recognized as the island's nudist beach. There is a nearby taverna.
Molos Beach Corfu Molos
Close to the southernmost tip of Corfu, amongst the densely planted olive trees of the Lefkimmi region, you'll find Molos beach with its fine sand and shallow waters. There are several tavernas nearby.
Moraitika Beach Corfu Moraitika
Moraitika is located on the east coast in a predominantly flat coastal area backed by olive-clad hills. There is a long beach of shingle and sand, equipped with water sports including water-skiing, windsurfing, para-gliding and jet-skiing. Accommodation consists mainly of small hotels and apartments with every grade available. There is a wide choice of tavernas as well as some fast food outlets.
Nissaki Beach Corfu
Nissaki is on the north-east coast facing Albania and clinging precariously to a steep mountainside, strung along a stretch of road skirting the mountain with the beach below. The beach is small but in a lovely situation and good for snorkelling. It is shingle and there is a restaurant on a jetty. There are several small coves. Accommodation comprises private villas and better class hotels.
Paleokastritsa Beach Corfu Paleokastritsa
Located on the north-west coast the resort is hilly and nestles beneath the folds of steep verdant slopes of olive groves and citrus orchards. Paleokastritsa enjoys a spectacular setting on five small, enclosed bays. In the harbour, yachts from all parts of the Mediterranean are berthed. At the northernmost promontory is a 12th-century monastery. Magnificent views are obtained from both the monastery and the hills above, particularly from the village of Lakones. The main beach is of shingle. The crystal clear blue-green water is usually icy-cold due to underground freshwater streams. It is deep and unsuitable for young children. There are many other small, shingly coves, some reached only by boat. Accommodation consists of high-quality hotels and private villas.
Paramonas Beach Corfu Paramonas
Situated on the west coast, below the village of Agios Mattheos, isÊParamonas, a fabulous sandy beach, surrounded by grey rocks and decorated with a few small rocky islands further out in the sea. There are aÊ couple of tavernas next to the beach. There are alsoÊvillas and apartments for rent near the beach.
Pelekas (Kontogialos) Beach Corfu
Pelekas (Kontogialos)
On the west coast, near to the village of Pelekas and accessible via a free minibus service, is the beach of Kontogialos with its golden sand gently sloping into the sea. There are four tavernas along the beach and a new hotel behind it. The beach can be accessed by one of three roads and there is adequate parking at the northern end. Although not the 'hippy paradise' it was in the '70s and '80s, outside the high season in August it is still a quiet and beautiful spot. As at Glyfada the beach is monitored by lifeguards and a warning flag system is in operation.
Perama Beach Corfu Perama
Perama is on the east coast, ringed by verdant hills which rise steeply inland. The village is joined to Kanoni on the opposite shore by a narrow footbridge across the Halikiopoulos lagoon. It's a fairly picturesque setting with romantic views across the bay and of Vlakherna (Mouse Island). There are small shingle coves where Gerald Durrell first discovered Corfu's aquatic wildlife. Local accommodation comprises villas and moderate hotels. There is a small selection of tavernas and restaurants.
Roda Beach Corfu Roda
Roda is on the north coast of Corfu at the far end of the bay and 3km from neighbouring Acharavi. There is a town beach of compact sand. The pebble beach begins towards Acharavi. Accommodation consists of apartments, small inexpensive hotels and one first-class hotel complex. There are numerous tavernas and some restaurants.
Sidari Beach Corfu
At the western end of the long north coast Sidari lies on a gently curving bay of the same name, in a flat area with green hills rising inland. The unusual cliffs of soft sandstone have eroded to create numerous inlets and sandy coves. The farther ones are less frequented and often used for gaining all-over tans. One of the larger eroded channels is known as the Canal d'Amour. There are long, narrow stretches of compact sand and shingle as well as small shingle coves between the low eroded cliffs to the west. The sea is very shallow and warm. Various water sports include pedaloes and canoes. Over 40 tavernas offer varied menus.
Situated on the west coast, Yaliscari is a small, protected, sandy beach situated between Kontogialos and Agios Giordis. Pine trees come right down to the water's edge. Two tavernas provide meals and local wine.

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