The Best Things to Do in Corfu
Sunny Corfu is waiting for you. Here's what to do on one of Greece's most popular islands.
Leafy, architecturally ornate and incredibly popular, Corfu is a great choice of holiday destination. One of 227 of the inhabited islands of Greece, this island has been home to the British, Venetians and French as well as the Greek – a mix of cultures that has influenced its architecture, food and more.
Alongside beautiful towns, there’s gorgeous scenery and of course many of Greece’s famous beaches to enjoy. And, of course, plenty of expertly vetted Plum Guide holiday homes to choose from. Here's our expert advice on the best things to do in Corfu.
See the Old Town
When something is an UNESCO world heritage site, you know that it’s worth seeing. And Corfu’s Old Town is one of the most gorgeously photogenic corners in the whole of Greece. This is where you’ll take the holiday snap that will make your friends jealous, trust us.
What makes this place special is the jumbled influences you can see everywhere you look. Italian, French, British; it’s all here. You can expect to see wrought-iron balconies, windows with shutters and terracotta rooftops. Town square The Spianada is straight out of England, and there’s even a cricket field (the only one in Greece, in case you brought your wicket). A row of cute cafes along The Liston is a dead cert for Paris’ Rue de Rivoli, and colourful bougainvillaea draped over red rooftops screams Venice.
If you’re into the Italy-in-Greece vibe, this impressive house not far from the Old Town will give you that same feeling, like eating Italian gelato with Greek yogurt at the same time - plus it has every amenity you could possibly wish for. A large swimming pool, sauna and steam room, a massage and spa treatment room, a TV in every room and an outdoor sound system means that your vacation relaxation will occur very easily indeed
Visit the Asian Art Museum
If you're looking for culture on your list of things to do in Corfu, look no further. The only Asian art museum in Greece, Corfu's Museum of Asian Art is a fascinating and well kept institution founded in 1928 by two Greek Diplomats. Located in a former palace, it’s the perfect place to spend a morning if you simply can’t go on holiday without getting your daily culture fix.
It has a vast collection of exhibits ranging from countries including China, Japan, Tibet, Eastern Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan, Cambodia and Thailand. With more than 15,000 items of Asian art from private collections and individual donations, you’re sure to find something that will hold your attention.
After all that culture, head back to this family-friendly villa. The sleek modern theme and decorations make it an incredibly relaxing place to stay. A games room, shaded terrace and pool make it an ideal spot to unwind with your family and finally get that lie in you’ve been dreaming of for months.
Head down the Channel of Love
Stop sniggering at the back there, please. This isn’t an innuendo but is in fact one of the most popular things to do in Corfu – especially if you're in Greece as a couple. Located between the villages of Sidari and Peroulades on the northern coast of the island, it’s comprised of a pair of naturally formed sea walls, created by the corrosive effects of the water and the sea air on the rocks. Legend has it that if you swim between the walls with your loved one, you will stay together forever. And that’s definitely worth a try, right?
There’s a small beach leading to the canal itself, but fair warning that it gets crowded during the day as this is a very popular spot (there are lots of lonely souls looking for love in Corfu, it would seem). Sunset is our recommended time to go - you can’t possibly get more romantic than that.
To keep the romance going, this attractive house is a great option for those who want to spend some quality time with their significant other. Chic interiors, terraces overlooking the ocean and a large swimming pool all combine to make it the perfect place to hide away for a few days.
Relax in Pontikonisi
Do you ever wish you could just shut out the rest of the world? Do you get too many emails from Karen in HR? Does the incessant bleeping of your kid’s iPads drive you mad? It’s time that you visited Pontikonisi.
A tiny islet at the southern tip of the island near Kanoni, the name translates to ‘mouse island’ in Greek. On it, you’ll find the seventeenth-century Venetian Monastery of Vlacherna, a small monastery and chapel, exuding all the calm energy you need but are currently lacking in your life. It’s an iconic spot and one of the top things to do in Corfu - you might even recognise it from postcards.
If you fancy visiting the island itself, you can take a small boat across from the beach below Kanoni. The church is open to the public all year round, although no monks live here any more. The island itself is a green oasis and an ideal spot to relax in nature for a few hours.
If it’s privacy you’re after, this impressively well-appointed house is very peacefully located while still being only ten minutes from the buzz of town life. You’ll have no neighbours and no-one to overlook you, so if you want to swim naked in the outdoor pool, feel free to live your truth. Tennis courts, a gym and a sleekly designed sense of indoor/outdoor living means you’ll struggle to get on the plane back home.