Where to Stay in Corfu
Riding waves or exploring museums - where will your Corfu base be?
Studded with sandy beaches, quaint fishing villages, and archaeological sites, Corfu is among the most popular holiday destinations in Greece. The island’s rich cultural heritage - reflecting time spent under Roman, Venetian, French, and British rule - makes it a must-visit for history lovers, while the Ionian Sea holds treasures for aspiring divers, surfers, and sunbathers alike. If you like things a little livelier, on the other hand, the island’s nightlife is sure to hit the spot. Bearing all this in mind, we here at Plum Guide are here to help you answer that key question: where to stay in Corfu? We are the experts after all, so who better to help you find your dream spot? Whether you’re looking for an idyllic retreat away from it all or to be in the heart of the action, you’ll find the perfect spot on “Kerkyra”.
Agios Georgios: Best for families
Choosing where to go on holiday with children can be a struggle, but Agios Georgios in Corfu’s north is a shoo-in. The relaxed resort has an impressive stretch of golden sands and calm shallows - perfect for building castles and paddling (not to mention boasting Blue Flag status). After a day on the beach, you’ll be able to savour classic Greek cuisine at a range of family-friendly eateries, including Trattoria Katoi. When deciding where to stay in Corfu with older children, Agios Gordios on the central coast is another strong contender - with an array of water sports on offer and Aqualand waterpark just a 20-minute drive away, there will be plenty to keep them entertained, without needing to compromise on beautiful scenery and delicious dining options. Arillas, Acharavi and Sidari also provide prime spots for family holidays.
Corfu Town: Best for culture
If your ideal holiday involves delving into history and discovering local culture, Corfu Town is a one stop shop. Officially declared a Kastropolis (“castle city”) by the Greek government, Corfu Town is flanked by two imposing Venetian fortresses, with other key sites including the Palace of St. Michael and St. George and the neoclassical Achilleion mansion. For a fix of ancient history, the Doric Temple of Kardaki and Archaeological Museum of Corfu are also on hand, while evenings are the perfect time to explore the labyrinthine streets of the Old Town. Pro tip: for a laidback vacation spot still within walking distance of majestic Spianada Square (the focal point of Corfu Town), stay in the historic suburb of Mandouki or in upscale Garitsa Bay, famed for its yacht club.
Acharavi: Best for water sports
Whether you want to pootle about on a sailing boat or feel the rush of paragliding, Corfu has you covered when it comes to water sports. Diving centres can be found in most major resorts, making it easy to enjoy the prime conditions offered by the pristine waters of the Ionian, but highlights include the caves and marine life of Liapades Reef close to the village of Paleokastritsa. For those in search of wind and waves, Acharavi in the north of the island and Chalikounas in the east are the optimum spots for surfing, sailing, and windsurfing; though in the peak summer months conditions are ideal for beginners - autumn and winter bring strong winds and high swells. To take your thrills (literally) to another level, make a beeline for parasailing at Ipsos Beach, complete with scenic views of Corfu’s eastern seaboard.
Kavos: Best for nightlife
Though Mykonos might be the Greek island most famous for its party scene, Corfu certainly holds its own in the nightlife conversation. Kavos is a big-hitter, attracting a young, vibrant crowd with its wide selection of clubs and bars, while the Emporiko area of Corfu Town (close to the port) is the place to be for a hedonistic night in the island’s capital. Looking for something a little more high brow? There’s no shortage of swish cocktail and wine bars in Sidari, or in and around Corfu Town’s old town. To get a taste of the party atmosphere while experiencing Corfu's other main attraction (the beaches), there’s nowhere better than Dassia Beach, whose Edem Beach Club has been drawing partygoers for over 30 years.
Paleokastritsa: Best for peace and quiet
If calmness and seclusion are your watchwords when deciding where to stay in Corfu, fear not: in spite of its huge popularity, the island has plenty of options for the introverts (or simply sleep-deprived) among us. High on the list should be Paleokastritsa, often referred to as Corfu’s most picturesque village. This colourful port, surrounded by olive groves and wooded hills, manages to combine a laid back atmosphere with plenty of choice in terms of restaurants and beaches. The postcard-worthy harbour of Kouloura and neighbouring bay Kalami - formerly home to British authors Gerald and Lawrence Durrell - also make for an idyllic Greek getaway, but the ultimate solitude might best be found close to the Korission lagoon. This NATURA-protected wetland is free of any kind of tourist activity, with the surrounding villages providing the perfect place to slow down, sip a beer, and listen to the cicadas.
Nisaki: Best for hiking
Though it might be a little on the warm side in the summer months, Corfu has some excellent hiking opportunities - just one of the advantages to visiting in the off season. The seaside village of Nisaki is an ideal base for any walking adventures, thanks to easy, direct access to the trails leading up to Mount Pantokrator and its monastery - in addition to the fascinating ghost village of Sinies. What’s more, having scaled Corfu’s highest peak, you’ll be perfectly placed to cool off at Nisaki beach. To be in with a chance of spotting a flamingo, base yourself close to the birdwatching on offer at the Korission lagoon - we recommend the quaint villages of Argyrades or Agios Matthaios.