Corfu has a lot of beaches, so many in fact, that even the locals haven’t visited them all or might not even know them. The options are endless and cater to all tastes. Sandy and pebble beaches. Bustling beaches, offering endless entertainment and completely isolated beaches. Beaches situated in front of large tourist resorts offering all the amenities and beaches accessible only by sea.
The northern coast of the island is characterized by sandy beaches, several kilometers long, with shallow, warm waters, while the southwestern coast is suitable for those who love sand and shallow waters. The southern part of the island has small beaches, with shallow waters, sand and pebbles and a calm sea.
1. Kanoni Kassiopis Beach
A very special and secluded beach. This is the only place on the island where you will find rocks, so suitable for countless deckchairs and umbrellas! It is the favorite beach of the locals, as it is more secluded than the rest of the beaches of the village and is situated on the very edge of the green peninsula, overlooking the shores of Albania.
Why should I choose it: Endless diving from the rocks into the sea that looks like a swimming pool!
2. Beach in Sidari
This is a great sandy beach, fully organized. It is located right next to the famous Canal d’ amour and extends along the main road below the homonymous tourist resort on the northern coast of Corfu. Note that the water is quite cold, albeit shallow, and it is an ideal beach for families with children. The river Tiflos flows into the middle of the beach, after beginning its journey in the mountains of northwestern Corfu.
Why should I choose it: It is fully organized with umbrellas and sunbeds, bars, restaurants, cafes and tourist shops, enabling all water sports. From the small port to the right of the beach, boats leave for full day trips to the Diapontia Islands.
3. Glyfada Beach
It is the most popular beach in Corfu. Lush green hills rise above the golden sand and are reflected in the calm waters. The beach is located at the foot of Pelekas the hill of just 16 km from the town center.
Why should I choose it: It is fully organized, but if you prefer more privacy, the southernmost tip of the beach is secluded. Easy access by car and public bus.
4. Ai Gordis Beach
The Ai Gordis beach has crystal blue waters, a long sandy shore and a lush natural landscape, all together composing a magnificent setting. It lies nestled in the roots of a verdant mountain and is surrounded by olive trees that end up in the homonymous village and the sea.
The beach is also known for the rock in the sea at its southern part, which is called the Ortholithi or Megalo Tholeto. Ai Gordis has been awarded the Blue Flag, has shallow, crystal clear waters and a long and wide golden sandy shore.
Right above the beach you will find many restaurants, beach bars, as well as rooms to let with a sea view. The beach is fully organized, with umbrellas and sunbeds, a lifeguard, as well as water sports, diving and boat rental amenities.
Why should I choose it: For its crystal blue waters and golden sand, the spectacular sunset and a unique spectacle: Ai Gordis is very popular with paragliding fans, who paraglide from the top of the mountain, at an altitude of 370 meters, right into the sea!
5. Kanali tis Agapis (Canal d’ amour)
The famous Canal d ‘amour is a natural masterpiece ituated near the village of Sidari on the northern coast of the island. The beach is actually an “opening” in the land, created by the erosive action of water and air onto the sandstone rock. Thousands of tourists visit it daily, so it is best to go early in the morning in order to secure a place.
Why should I choose it: Because it is not just a beach, but the most romantic attraction of Corfu: according to the tradition, couples that will swim in its waters. will stay forever in love! Do not miss out on exploring the caves along the Canal, which are ideal for snorkeling.
6. Liapadon Beach
Liapadon Beach is situated about 2 km from the homonymous village near Paleokastritsa. The beach has beautiful, turquoise waters and is surrounded by dense vegetation.
The beach has also sun loungers, umbrellas and sea bicycles for renting. Along the coast and not far from the beach there are numerous interesting caves which you can visit by boat that is also available for rent.
Why should I choose it: A lot of vegetation, clear and … very refreshing waters!
7. Agios Georgios Pagon Beach
A wide, sandy beach, surrounded by olive trees and cypresses, which many consider to be the most beautiful beach of the entire island.
On its right side, the northern one, the sea deepens abruptly while on the left side of the beach the waters are very shallow – which is why it is preferred by families with small children.
It is fully organized and provides the opportunity for various water sports. Along the coast you will also find many restaurants, taverns and cafes.
Why should I choose it: For its cool waters and the endless sandy shore.
8. Palaiokastritsa Beach
Famous for its “too” cold, turquoise waters. The beach is fully organized and has been awarded the Blue Flag. It is also called Agios Spiridon beach and is the main and largest beach of Paleokastritsa the famous tourist resort with its incredible natural beauty. Paleokastritsa Beach is located beneath and to the left of the road that leads to the monastery of Pakeokastritsa.
You will find both sand and pebbles on this beach and the water is blue, clean and calm. The entire bay is surrounded by dense vegetation, creating beautiful colors that are also reflected in the sea.
Why should I choose it: For its incredible natural beauty and the experience of diving into its crystal waters.
Issos is perhaps the most impressive beach of Corfu, with huge sand dunes, a golden shore, a rare cedar forest and the the largest wetland on the island. The beach is a vast unspoilt stretch of golden sand, which many call “the Sahara of Corfu”. The famous stretches from the northern part of the beach and along a narrow strip of land between the lake and the sea, leading to the nearby beach of Halikounas.
Why should I choose it: Apart from the incomparable beauty of its natural surroundings, the beach is fully organized with umbrellas and sunbeds, and features a beach bar. All this is in perfect harmony with nature, as the area is protected (Natura 2000). Do not leave until you have enjoyed the sunset!
10. Acharavi Beach
It is one of the largest beaches on Corfu and is situated in front of the homonymous large tourist and economic The beach has small pebbles and sand, as well as shallow waters that come up to your waist for several meters from the shore.
Here you will find umbrellas and sunbeds for hire, showers and a few centers that provide water sports such as water skiing. Right above the beach there are many restaurants, taverns, cafes and bars that stay open till late in the evening.
Why should I choose it: The beach is so large that it caters to all tastes, with many secluded and serene spots. In the background to the west you can see Erikousa, one of the three inhabited Diapontia islands of Greece.
11. Ipsos Beach
Ipsos beach, situated in front of the is large and offers a variety of water sports. Ipsos is a relatively narrow beach, covered with pebbles and with shallow and clear waters for which it has been awarded the Blue Flag of the European Union.
It is fully organized with umbrellas and sunbeds, while the beach also operates a diving center for exploration fans. From Ipsos you can admire the unique view of the mountainous massif of Pantokrator and its verdant slopes.
Why should I choose it: Ipsos is a beach with beautiful natural surroundings, that offers everything at any time of the day and until late at night.
Paradise Beach is accessible only by sea. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Corfu, and is situated on the northwestern coast of the island. Large vertical white and steep cliffs rise above a narrow pebble beach with crystal clear waters. On the north side there is a sea cave, one of the many that exist along the coastline of the area.
Why should I choose it: It is totally unspoilt, as it has no tourist infrastructure. It will be just you and the nature, giving you a chance to enjoy the most out of the natural environment.
13. Kalami Beach
The beach of Kalami is situated in a beautiful, green bay on the northeastern coast of the island, in front of the homonymous village. Here you will find small pebbles and crystal clear waters and will be surrounded by the lush greenery of pine and cypress trees.
The beach is fully organized and has been awarded the Blue Flag of the European Union for its clear waters. It offers a wide range of water sports such as water skiing, canoeing and sea bicycles. There are also sun loungers and umbrellas for rent. It is a quiet beach with shallow waters, ideal for families.
Why should I choose it: Towards the end of the beach, you will see the house where the writer Lawrence Durrell lived, the so-called “White House”, built in the beginning of the 20th century and in which he wrote the “Prospero’s Cell”. If you like hiking and exploring, choose one of the coastal paths that lead to beautiful beaches nearby.
Logga beach is one of the most special beaches on Corfu, situated right below the village of Steep cliffs that descend to a very narrow sandy beach, so narrow in fact, that when the sea is rough, the beach disappears! Do not hesitate to spread all over your body and face the clay you will find on the rocks.
It is the best beauty product for natural exfoliation. The best time to visit Logga beach is in the late afternoon so as to enjoy the sunset, and in order to reach it, you must cross the village and follow the appropriate signs.
Why should I choose it: Logga is the most romantic beach where you can enjoy the sunset.
15. Agios Georgios Argyrades Beach
A long and sandy beach, in front of the in southwestern Corfu. This beach is practically the continuation of the beach of and is characterized by its shallow waters. The beach has been awarded the Blue Flag and on it you will find sun loungers and umbrellas.
Why should I choose it: From the beach Agios Georgios Argyrades you can take a boat to the islets that are situated across it, as well as embark on organized day trips to Paxoi.
Drastis cannot be called a beach excactly, since it is a small fjord close to the coast, in the northwestern part of Corfu. It is tucked away in a beautiful, wooded landscape and to get there you will have to drive – only if you have a jeep – along a rugged dirt road for 1.5 kilometers or else walk the same route. Several small rocks – “islands” – with a smooth surface are scattered in the sea, ideal for you to sit and swim in the crystal clear waters of Drastis.
Why should I choose it: Drastis “beach” is not suitable for sunbathers, but is ideal for those who love diving off rocks and swimming. The main attraction of Drastis is the beautiful scenery of natural formations and the fact that the area, due to its inaccessibility, has been protected from human intervention and remains pristine.