The Best Beaches in Corfu, From Bataria to Issos
Beach, please. Here are our favourite strips of sand and sea in sunny Corfu.
There are a berzillion beaches in Corfu. OK, a berzillion is a bit of an exaggeration: there are in fact 57 beaches in Corfu, which is still quite a lot, but probably doesn’t feel as much after the berzillion claim. But you’d have to holiday here for two months and visit a different beach every single day to see them all. Given that’s unlikely, we at the Plum Guide have taken the drastic measure of formulating a journal post with our selection of only the crème de la crop.
What is it we’re looking for in a Greek beach? Serenity, scenic terrain, crystal clear water. The island itself looks a little like a mini-Italy, with that same boot formation, and we’ll take you from the heel to the shins in search of pastures golden and sandy.
Tucked away in the north-eastern corner of the island, Bataria Beach adorns the promontory jutting out from Kassiopi. You’ll recognise it by the crumbling castle overlooking it, which is one of the characteristics that separates it from the other pristine beaches on this list. Enjoy a picnic on the sand in view of the castle as you work on your tan.
And if the castle behind you isn't enough to satiate your thirst for scenic vistas, look to the horizon for the Albanian Mountains. The beach itself is small and secluded, with tiny pebbles and clear, shallow water. Lie on one of the sun beds adorning the strand and enjoy the utter tranquillity in this idyllic spot, away from city life. One of its advantages is that, even in its isolated location, it’s not far from the taverns and bars of Kassiopi.
This scenic treasure is often considered one of the finest beaches in Europe. It’s not technically in Corfu, but a tiny islet just to its south. Get a boat from Meaikia to this sandy paradise draping the northern end of Antipaxos Island. Orchards and vineyards surround the beach, with nature trails taking you past wildflowers. The stretch comprises a mix of fine pebbles and sand. Sit back and enjoy a meal at the Bella Vista, which, as its name suggests, provides stunning views over the bay. The Beach Bar and Restaurant Voutoumi is another culinary highlight. When back on the main island, stay in this spacious seafront beauty.
Issos is a Corfu beach that is great for families, with its shallow waters and soft sand. Watch your little ones clamber up the small pyramids (sand dunes), and if you don’t have kids, then let the inner child in you transport you up to those sandy summits. Set up your family beneath an umbrella on the beach and go for a swim in the warm, clear water.
At the rear of the beach, embark on a stroll past the eclectic range of vegetation, until you reach the Korission Lake and its wetland terrain. On the other side of the beach, knock back drinks and snacks at the St. George South bar and restaurant or the Sea Gulls restaurant.
If you are indeed with kids, then also visit other family hotspots, such as the Palaiokastritsa Beach, the Agios Gordios Beach and the stunning Glyfada Beach. A little south of Agios Gordios, you can stay at one of our stunning homes, all of which we've professionally inspected to make sure they're just right. Beach Daze has a great swimming pool, and Rolled Cinnamon boasts ample outdoor space so you can laze outside all holiday.
Embellishing the southwestern corner of Corfu is the Marathias Beach, with its crystalline water (bit of a recurring theme on this Greek island, isn’t it?) and sandy beach. This one stands out a little for its hilly greenery stacked up at its rear. Embark on a little hike between the trees and enjoy a picnic in the shade (make sure to bring food and drink, as it won’t just magic out of thin air). You can also grab something to munch on at one of the myriad eateries and bars behind the beach. You’ve got the Nikos restaurant, with its open-air terrace and gorgeous vistas of the sea, and the Wave Beach Bar, whose tables spill out onto the sand. The Sirens snack bar and the Santa Barbara tavern are other great options.
Lying on the western side of the island, Rovinia is only accessible by boat or a long hiking path. This makes it especially quiet and spacious, so if you're in Greece as a couple and looking for some alone time, it's perfect. Breathe in the fresh air and contemplate the absolute silence and serenity in this secluded hub. Nearby, drop in at the Cricketer Taverna (there’s something English about that name) and the Shambala Bar.
While you're in Greece and exploring the best beaches in Corfu, stay at one of our professionally vetted Plum Guide homes, including the magical Symphony Station across the water on the mainland.