Corfu has plenty of pristine, beautiful and vast beaches, most are crowded, although many peaceful and quiet beaches are not missing, especially those in small bays of the northeast coast.
In Corfu there are the endless long sandy beaches of the west coast and the tourist mainly pebble beaches at the eastern coast.
It is certain that the visitor has many options and can arrange to visit all or the best of them, for this purpose it is advisable to choose the place of residence to be close to all and Benitses is the ideal place for it.
If you stay in Benitses means that you have easy access to most of them.
By car, bus, or bike you need a 10-20 minutes drive to the best sandy beaches which are all well worth visiting, you will be amazed by their enormous size, the purity of the sand, the beauty and sudden changes in the landscape.
An almost complete list of the best and famous Corfiot beaches is following
Map with Corfu beaches
Here is a map with all Corfu beaches
Northwest beaches and resorts
Sidari resort, one of todays largest tourist destinations on the island lies on the north and west coast of Corfu.
Looking out to sea the islands of Erikoussa, Othoni and Mathraki can be seen, and regular boat trips can be enjoyed, giving the visitor a chance to explore them- the Diapontia islands, belonging to Greece but set on the way to Italy.
Not so long ago Sidari was a tiny hamlet set on a long stretch of golden sand, but it is now a town, offering many and varied delights for the holidaymaker.
Peroulades and Loggas majestic beach
Peroulades is a small village with simple apartments and villas, where people can enjoy the wonderful sandy beach of Loggas below the cliffs, and see the famous sunset from the top of the cliff.
There are some stunningly beautiful village houses here, decorated archways and lintels show that this was once a flourishing community.
The advantage of staying here is being able to enjoy the simple life, the beauty of the countryside and the beach of Loggas, whilst being near enough to join in with the lively delights of Sidari should you wish.
Loggas beach is located under towering cliffs and is accessible by stairs, its width is relatively small, so when there are waves it can be covered up the rock by water.
It is a rare geological phenomenon, it looks magnificient both from the top where the view down causes vertigo as well as from the sea.
The large sandy beach of Agios Stefanos attracts many people, there are often quite big breakers here, but the water stays shallow for quite a long way, making it ideal for families.
The south part of the round golf is named Arillas, a smaller beach, a mix of sand and shingle, and is fast becoming known as a centre for eco-tourism. The village also prides itself on its micro-brewery– always popular with visitors!
Both bays have many bars and tavernas offering plenty of choice- and also gentle strolls across the headland dividing them.
On the island there are also some incredible places, places like Porto Timoni(on the picture on left), and in the whole of the northwest and northern part where there are many nice beaches for swimming.
Porto Timoni is a double beach between the gulf of Saint George of pagoi and Afionas, the whole scene is a slim line of land connects Corfu with a small piece of land which otherwise it was an island, disadvantage is that is accessible only by boat from the sea.
Agios Georgios pagon
Is a spectacularly beautiful huge horseshoe shaped bay, fringed with small hotels, bars and tavernas along the length of the sand and shingle beach.
This is a very laid back, relaxed resort, not overly commercial, and appealing to those wanting a quiet holiday, but with things going on that they can join in if they choose.
At the northern end the cliff rises and a village can be seen at the top, Afionas, with spectacular sunset views and some excellent tavernas- but a steep climb.
West Corfu beaches and resorts
On the northwest side of the island, Has been called the jewel of Corfu, set on a number of bays separated by small promontories, and on the headland farthest out to the sea is the beautiful monastery, still working and occupied by cat loving monks, and containing the famous icon of the Virgin in its church. Τhere also exists and kept the skeleton of a whale which had stranding years ago on the shores of the region.
There are hotels and apartments to suit all pockets here, and many tavernas and bars strung out along the road, some on the hillside, and others on the water’s edge.
The view from the village on the hill above Paleokastritsa, Lakones, is stunning, and many visitors walk up the old donkey trail which goes between the two places, and some go on up into the hills above, exploring the inland villages of Krini and Makrades….
Paleokastritsa is an exceptional scenery along with superb beaches. Waters are cool and crystal waters, ideal for swimming and water sports. On most of the beaches there are taxi boats, sun beds, umbrellas, motor boats, and canoes for rent., the distance to Corfu town is about 25kms…. Read more
The area between Paleokastritsa and Ermones
It is a large area where there seems to be no beaches on the map.
The coastline is rugged with very high cliffs and there are no roads to reach the coast.
And yet, here are the most beautiful hidden beaches of Corfu, wild, with back of towering cliffs and sand in turquoise crystal clear waters, a lot of people do not know them simply because they are accessible only by the sea.
Here are the photos of these small diamond-beaches of this area, if you have a boat you should not miss them.
Just below Paleokastritsa is Ermones, this beach is made up of sand and shingles and can be found on the edge of the Ropa valley, it lays 15 kms northwest from the town.
This dramatic cove on the west coast of Corfu is one of the places claiming to be the place where Odysseus landed and found the lovely Princess Nausicca and her ladies washing their clothes.
If he arrived now he would find a wide choice of places to stay- all of high quality. The large hotel on the cliff top has been joined by several boutique establishments, set in attractive grounds and spread across the bay.
It is a favourite place for golfers to stay as the golf course in the Ropa Valley is only a few minutes away, so they can indulge their hobby whilst other family members enjoy the clear blue sea or pool. There is a welcoming clubhouse serving drinks and food and the course is challenging enough to occupy many golfers who return annually.
Myrtiotissa, one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, also known as “the only beach in the island of Corfu where nudism is officially tolerated”.
Is a nudist beach reached by a steep path or by the sea, a rather small sandy beach difficult to spot it from the sea and it lays just north of Glyfada by which is separated by a thin but high rock, also one of the cleanest beaches in Corfu.
No hotels, appartments or restaurants are on the beach so it still remains natural and unspoiled by progress.
Located between the villages of Pelekas and Vatos, in an isolated place on the western coast of the island, about 13 km away from Corfu town
Glyfada is one of the most popular and busy beaches of Corfu, offers lively nightlife is well with many bars and is populated during day and night mainly by young people.
It lays on the west side, opposite the town in a distance of about 15 kms.
Is a long sandy stretch at the bottom of a olive and cypress covered hill- looking out across the sea to Italy.
There is one large hotel on the beach, and many villas and apartments on the slopes of the hill.
It is definitely a place for beach lovers, as there is no village as such, although you can walk to Pelekas and Vatos.
Buses from here go to Corfu Town, passing Aqualand, the largest water park on the island, and also going near the golf course in the Ropa Valley.
Pelekas and Kontogialos
Kontogialos below the famous village of Pelekas, it was the beach where during 60s the hippies had as their favor resort.
The village of Pelekas can be seen from far away as it is situated on a hill overlooking all central Corfu.
At the top of the hill is a viewpoint, said to have been a favourite spot of Kaiser Wilhelm 2nd who used to walk across from his palace in Gastouri.
From here you can look across to Corfu Town, the bay of Gouvia and right up the coast to Nissaki, while in the foreground are the lush meadows of the Ropa Valley.
The most popular time to enjoy the view is sunset.
Gialiskari is further south, a quiet small beach yet quite sandy beach well-organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, a place surrounded by woods which keeps the temperature low especially in the summer, rather like a natural air conditioning.
On the beach there are water sports facilities for the more adventurous types.
The background is rocky and magnificent offers natural shade and the wider area guarantees peace and quiet. Just behind the beach there are several hotels and restaurants.
The huge and very busy vast beach of Agios Gordis which ends at a high rock called Ortholithi.
On the west side, Just opposite Benitses, it takes only 20 minutes by car to get there as it is 15 kms away for Corfu town.
Is the summer resort of the beautiful village on the hill- Sinarades. It used to be where the villagers grew their crops, but now it is a bustling resort with a good choice of hotels, villas and apartments.
Souvenir shops are found in the single street which leads to the beach.
The beach is a long wide sandy stretch, offering water sports and plenty of entertainment in the bars and tavernas along its length.
Above the beach at the northern end is Aerostato- a superb viewpoint over the coastline- watch the sun sink into the sea.
Explore the old village of Sinarades, with its excellent folk museum, but also walk up the lane to Kato Garouna, branching off to Pentati, which overlooks the bay from the southern end.
Wherever you go there will be bars offering refreshing drinks and simple but good home cooked meals.
Southwest beaches and resorts
Vagonaki, Paramonas, Prasoudi, Kanouli, Gardiki, Alonaki
Vagonaki and Paramonas follow further south, then Prasoudi, Kanouli, Gardiki, Alonaki.
All small beaches in small bays, some are hard to reach and many are quite, on the west to south part of the island.
Chalikounas and Issos
And finally the best beach on Corfu called Chalikounas followed by Issos to the south, distance from the town is about 20km.
Chalikounas is enormous, endless, with variations in the landscape, with a forest, a lagoon behind the sand dunes, and above all it is pristine – no hotels, or uncontrolled tourist development.
This part of the island looks like the Sahara desert in Corfu.
These two huge sandy beaches close one to other, more than 10 kilometres long, with golden sand and permanent waves making them ideal for surfing, windsurfing and paragliding..
Luckily they are next to the lagoon of Korission, which is a protected area, along with the habitat, so no hotels or restaurants have been built.
If one is thirsty or wants to eat something, there is just a simple bar on the beach.
Between Halikouna and Issos beaches there is a cedar forest three kilometers in length, it starts at the end of the track of the sandy road in Chalikouna and finishes at Issos, there is a path through the cedar forest leading from Halikouna to Issos and vice versa.
Issos sandy large beach, equally large and beautiful, which then leads on to the sandy beach of Saint George of Argyrades.
Issos has another access from the main road too, just after the long straight road of Linia. We hope the place will always remain as it is today, photos illustrate the uniqueness of the landscape.
Saint George of Argyrades
Saint George in Argyrades, about 20 km from the airport.
Before 90s it was a place of wild beauty when the roads that drive down there were unpaved between the towering dunes, you could find your way to the beach only by following the smell and noise of the sea as it could not be seen yet, until you suddenly found yourself in front of magnificent sea breaking over the pristine sandy beaches where there was almost nothing except your presence.
Today the landscape is completely different, with plenty of concrete development on one side and the sea from the other has lost its wild beauty that it used to have in the past.
It is still a very pleasant though, organized with umbrellas, sunbeds and water sports, visit it if you prefer the comforts of the shops and restaurants.
There is a great restaurant that really deserves a visit, called “Cafessas” at the southern end of the resort.
Marathia and Santa Barbara
Marathias and Santa Barbara to the south, the continuation of Saint George, two adjoining sandy beaches, about four kilometers long.
It can be reached by driving through Perivoli village and follow the signs, so distance from Corfu town is about 30 km.
Nobody knows exactly where their boundaries are (the locals are still arguing about that!), but generally the northern part is called Marathias and the southern Santa Barbara.
If you see a sign in the main road showing the way to Malta or Marta beach just remember that it is the same place with a different name used by the locals.
The beach is well organized, with many restaurants and attract many visitors, although the parking area is quite small for all the people who drive down there.
Gardenos at Vitalades
Then the beautiful large sandy beach of Gardenos at Vitalades.Gardenos beach is situated in the southwest end part of Corfu, and is the beach side of traditional village of Vitalades.
Distance from the town of Corfu is quite large, about 30 km but it is worth the drive.The region took it`s name after the small river which flows into the sea and separates Gardenos into two regions.
It is exclusively covered by sand which look more white than the sand on neighbouring beaches, usually waters are calm and shallow, so it is safe for families with children.
In Gardenos beach there are parasols and sunbeds which are rendered for an amount of about 5 euros per day, there are showers, and a variety of restaurants and taverns on the shore.
Walking on the shore towards the south, the equally beautifull beach Megali Lakka (Kanoula beach another name) can be reached.
In the region there are a few rooms to let, mini markets and a quite spacious parking lot just next to the beach.
In order to get to Gardenos beach you must drive through the lovely traditional village of Vitalades.
Megali Lakka (Kanoula beach)
This small but magnificent beach is just before one of the southern capes of Corfu named Arkoudila.
About 44 km from Corfu town, Lakka or else Kanoula is the beach under the traditional villages of Lefkimi area, Paleochori, Neochori and Dragotina, but there is no road to drive down there, the only way to get to it is to walk from Gardenos.
It is the natural continuation of Gardenos beach, a remote beach with golden sand, there is absolutely no tourist infrastructure there, so you must have with you the necessary equipment to enjoy swimming here.
Southeast Corfu beaches and resorts
Kavos is on the southernmost edge of the island of Corfu, inside the region of lefkimi and 45 kilometers distance from Corfu town, currently is the most popular tourist destination on the island.
Preferred mainly by young British tourists because of its rich and notorius nightlife offered by the many night clubs which offer cheap drinks and due to the very cheap accommodation offered compared to other destinations.
In the area there are approximately 15,000 beds divided between cheap hotels, apartments or studios but also in some more expensive hotels outside the noisy settlement.
In Kavos nobody sleeps before 06-07 in the morning.
Messonghi lays about 20 km south from Corfu airport and is one of most popular tourist resorts in Corfu.
Only a river separates it from Moraitika, it offers natural charm and beauty hidden among green hills and olive groves and boasting a beautiful beach, Messonghi is the place for families looking for a relaxing holidays.
The beach is mostly sandy with some shingle, very well organized with sunbeds and parasols as well with plenty of water sports.
More facilities include showers and changing huts, Along the beach there are many restaurants and Bars.
The sea is clean and calm, perfect for water activities and is suited to families, couples and especially for small children as the waters are very shallow even in large distance from the shore and therefore safe.
There is a school for scuba dive run by Run by a frendly Anglo-Greek couple at the Nautilus Diving School in the shore of Messonghi beach hotel, it is recognized as British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) school.
They also organize trips for qualified divers and equipment for hire is also provided.
In the south east coast of Corfu and 18 km from the airport is the busy resort of Moraitika
The old village of Moraitika sits on a hill at the base of which lies the modern resort stretching down to the shore.
The sea here is perfect for children, a mixture of sand and shingle, getting deeper very gradually indeed, so it is very safe.
This side of the island is also protected as it looks across to the mainland, and often when the sea is rough on the west coast it is calm here.
Families return again and again, renewing friendships with Corfiots they have known over the years, and relaxing in the bars and tavernas which they have visited in previous years.
East Corfu beaches and resorts
Beach at Agios Ioannis Peristeron
Three kilometres south of Benitses is Agios Ioannis Peristeron (St John of the Pigeons).
The seacoast is a mix of sand and pebbles similar to that of Benitses, and is very popular amongst the Corfiots, especially at the weekends.
Perama is the seaport of Gastouri.
A popular seaside tourist resort since many decades, especially during the 80s and 90s.
Today the area still has many hotels and accommodation, surrounded by olive groves and boasts several beautiful pebble beaches.
Has the privilege of the best possible view to the Mouse island and the monastery of Vlaherna also some restaurants and bars at the beginning of the bridge to Kanoni are the best places to watch plane landings and take-offs to and from Corfu Airport.
Most visitors to Corfu pass through Perama, although nowadays fewer stay there than in the 80s when it was one of Corfu’s most popular resorts.
Situated between Corfu Town and Benitses several of its hotels and coffee bars enjoy uninterrupted views of Corfu’s most photographed sight- Mouse Island (Pontikonissi).
Dassia, 8km north of Corfu town, was the site of Europe’s first Club Mediterranee, its promontory now empty and awaiting development by its new owners.
The sand and shingle beach is popular with families, as it is fringed with hotels, tavernas and bars catering for every taste.
Swimming is very safe as the beach shelves gently into the sea, and there are also plenty of water sports to be enjoyed.
Along the road which is back from the seafront there are many more shops and bars, and a short walk inland brings you to the Corfu branch of the National Art Gallery, in the grounds of one of Corfu’s grandest mansions.
There are also some very attractive villages and walks which can be enjoyed without too much exertion, as it is relatively flat.
There is a camp site, and also 4 star luxury hotels, plus plenty in between, so there really is something for everyone here.
Ipsos lies in a large bay at the foot of Mount Pantocrator, Corfu’s highest peak.
9km north to Corfu town, it is a lively resort and long pebble beach, with water sports and a diving school, and dolphins are often spotted frolicking out at sea.
At the southern end is a small harbour with fishing boats and boats for hire, and if you walk inland from here there is the small village of Analypsis.
The bars, tavernas and shops are all on one side of the main road to the north, with the beach on the other side.
At the northern end Ipsos joins the small village of Pyrghi, it is hard for the visitor to know where one begins and the other ends!
There are many well established bars and tavernas here, people return year after year to their favourites, and it stays lively even in winter.
On the lower slopes of the hill, near Ipsos, are the beautiful villages of Ano Korakiana and Ag. Markos, The latter was abandoned years ago but is being brought back to life gradually, its old houses re-emerging from the ivy and undergrowth which has hidden them.
Sinies area beaches and resorts
Barbati and Nissaki
Barbati is a place at Sinies area just 12 km from Corfu, was until recently a stony beach beloved of Corfiots who came to picnic in the olive groves at weekends, but a sudden building craze has turned it into a lively, vibrant resort which has become very popular with holidaymakers.
This beach has mainly pebbles with crystal clear and a little colder waters, also in sort distance from the shore waters are getting steeply deep, so it is a place for good swimmers…
It is still small enough for visitors to get to know the whole of it during their stay, and to try most of the varied tavernas and bars dotted along its length.
Buses stop here on their way to Kassiopi on the north eastern tip of the island, and south to Corfu Town, which can be seen across the bay.
Next to Barbati to the north is Nissaki Beach Hotel, a large 4 stars hotel with it`s own beach.
Situated on the North East Coast inside a small bay about 30 km from Corfu town.
Olive groves are on either side of the bay.
There are only three tavernas, each with its own jetty for mooring, and some houses for the locals, so you cannot say that it is a tourist destination rather than a peaceful location.
The beach is with pebbles and waters are crystal clear, it is a good place for relaxing and eating during the day.
Kalami, the village where Lawrence Durrell lived in the 1930s, has grown into a small resort, with several tavernas, one of which is in the house where he lived- the White House.
It is an attractive bay with water deep enough in the middle for yachts to moor.
Kouloura is probably the prettiest cove on Corfu, its ancient fortress house protecting the horseshoe shaped harbour, and one simple taverna.
There is a viewpoint on the main road looking down on the bay and over to the Albanian coast where another fort, identical to Kouloura’s, has been allowed to fall into decay.
Kerasia is a long beach fringed by trees with several simple bars and tavernas- somewhere to visit during the day though rather than a resort offering accommodation.
Agios Stefanos of Sinies
Agios Stefanos (Sinies) is much more sophisticated, catering for the occupants of the luxury villas which can be seen all along this coastline, some on the coast itself, but many hidden in the olive covered slops above.
It is a lively yacht harbour, with tavernas along the waterfront, and it is difficult to remember that in relatively recent times this was an area where permits were needed- as it is situated on the narrowest part of the Corfu Channel, where only 1.5 km divides Greece from Albania.
At the north east tip of the island, a protected paradise, unfortunately a future victim….
The memoranda and the political misery imposed by the EU and IMF, via the collaborationist with the European occupiers governments, have long ago launch a barbaric and endless attack against the middle and lower strata of society,with direct objective the seizure all the country’s resources, one of which will be Erimitis.
By invocation of “public debt” and “economic recovery”, the general population of Greece is loaded with the debts of the banks. At the same time though, bankers, ship owners and business industries accumulate even more wealth.
Growth, as well as every economic term used by the state and wealthy investors, means even more losses for the grassroots and even more profits for the rich.
They promise economic recovery through tourism while at the same time they impose destruction of the natural wealth of the country, either in the form of “investments” as is the case of the gold mine in Skouries, Halkidiki or with the sell-off of public land and assets: water, electric power, roads, ports, airports, islands, beaches, woods.
Consequently, Corfu is a part of this big sell-off. Starting from the Airport, the rare wetlands of Erimitis, following with the Natura 2000 habitat of Issos and Bouka Beach, and last but not least the historic premises of the Asylum , which besides psychiatric facilities, also host three departments of the Ionian University. source: http://protesy.blogspot.gr/
NOT FOR SALE!
North seaside Corfu beaches and resorts
Kassiopi is on the north east tip of Corfu, looking across the narrow channel to the Albanian port of Saranda.
It has played a major role in the island’s history, as can be seen by the impressive ruins of the castle overlooking the harbour, It is said that Nero watched a play in the theatre, and that Antony and Cleopatra stayed there before the battle of Actium, where they suffered a huge defeat.
The castle was a major stronghold in Byzantine and Venetian times, one of four around the island, with watchtowers in between so signals could be rapidly exchanged
This was a village, clustered round the well in the middle a few years ago, but it is now a small town, with banks, supermarkets, schools etc.
The old village can be found, but has to be searched out, hidden behind the modern buildings fronting the main road, ends on the lanes leading down to the sandy beach.
There are many tavernas, bars and shops here, so many that local people no longer need to make trips to Corfu Town, almost everything can be found on their doorstep!.
Roda is one of the older villages on the north coast where tourism has been well established for many years.
The heart of the village is of course the sandy beach which is lined with shops, bars and tavernas, but there are a number of establishments tucked away up side streets and over the crossroads at the rear of the village.
Plenty of choice in eating drinking and shopping- if you can drag yourself away from the sandy beach and the blue sea.
A pleasant stroll will bring you to Sfakera, the old village on the slopes of the hill- winter home of many of Roda’s inhabitants.