The Beaches of Corfu
Courtesy of The Corfiot - Corfu's English-language monthly magazine.
It really depends on what you are looking for... A desert-island strip of
sand, to take a picnic and lie in solitude? A beach where you’ll be spoilt
for choice of sports and restaurants? Or a pebble strip where the clean
water offers a snorkel-eye view of the sea bottom? Corfu has all these. Just
take your pick with this guide.
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North from Corfu Town
Kontokali - Gouvia: Popular resorts with small sandy beaches and superb
Dassia: Long, narrow, sandy beach with several access points from the main
road. Several large hotels front the beach, which has many facilities.
Pyrgi - Ipsos: Mile-long shingle beach alongside the road. Busy, with superb
Barbati: Long, wide beach of white pebbles. Shelves steeply. All facilities
and very popular.
Glifa: Strip of pebble beach with a taverna. Good snorkelling.
Nissaki: Tiny pebble cove with tavernas. Crowded in afternoons with
boat-trippers. Good centre for boat hire.
Kaminaki: Excellent snorkelling and boat hire at this pebble beach, popular
with local villa residents. Two tavernas. Very steep access road. Five
minutes walk away is the larger beach of Krouzeri, with a big hotel.
Agni: This small shingle beach is a gourmet paradise with its three superb
Kalami: A deeply indented bay with large white pebbles. Main feature is the
White House of Lawrence Durrell. Plenty of tavernas, boat hire, etc.
Kerasia: Quiet beach of white pebbles with one taverna. Reached via Agios
Avlaki & Koyevinos: Two remote and beautiful white pebble beaches with room
for everyone. Tavernas on both.
Kassiopi: Lovely swimming off flat rocks and from little coves a short walk
from the harbour, around the back of the castle and at Imerolia.
South from Corfu Town
Coast from Perama to Moraitika: Man-made sandy beaches, some belonging to
hotels, are interspersed with shingle coves, all just a few steps from the
Moraitika & Messongi: long, sand and shingle beach with shallow water and
Coast from Messongi to Boukari: Many shingle coves alongside minor coast
road. Boukari has excellent fish tavernas.
Alikes: Flat grey sands beside the old Venetian salt pans. Quiet. Access
Bouka: A small sandy beach at the outlet of the Lefkimmi river. Used mainly
Kavos: Very long sandy beach with warm and shallow water. Quieter away from
the resort, a focus for young holidaymakers.
Sidari: Busy resort with wide sandy beaches, plus the famous Canal d’Amour
cove. Nearby Peroulades has the lovely Sunset Beach with its steep sandstone
Astrakeri: Quiet beach with very shallow water. Reached by road from
Roda & Acharavi: Miles long with plenty of sand for all. Quietest between
the resorts and at the Almiros (eastern) end. Excellent choice of tavernas
and good access.
Agios Spiridon: Lovely wild sandy beach backed by interesting freshwater
lake with wildlife. Low-key beachside tavernas.
Kalamaki: A developing small resort between Agios Spiridon and Kassiopi.
Very shallow water backed by reeds and marsh.
West coast - North to South
Agios Stefanos: Friendly, family resort with gorgeous wide and extensive
Arillas: Friendly resort with sandy beach and lovely view of offshore
Agios Georgios Bay (Pagi): Extensive, sandy beach fronting a busy but
Paleokastritsa: Several sand and pebble coves with the clearest and coldest
water on Corfu! Lots of services; don’t miss a boat trip to the famous
grottoes - agree on the price before you set off.
Liapades: Small, sandy beach with boat hire to get you to the completely
inaccessible beaches to the south.
Ermones: Sand and shingle beach reputed to be the landing place of Odysseus.
Myrtiotissa: A very steep track, not for cars, leads to Corfu’s unofficial
nudist beach (nudism is illegal). Lawrence Durrell called it the most
beautiful beach in the world - but without reference to its occupants.
Glyfada: Voted Greece’s top beach by the Greeks. Very trendy. Lovely golden
sand but with dangerous currents, like all central west beaches.
Pelekas: Golden sand beach accessible from Pelekas and Yialiskari.
Agios Gordis: A real ‘bucket and spade’ beach serviced by a busy
family-style resort. The northern end, where there are rocks, is quieter.
Paramonas: A long sand beach with interesting pebbles and good tavernas.
Access from Agios Mattheos. Just to the south, a small beach reached only
across the rocks has a natural swimming pool formed by parallel walls of
Halikounas & Korission: Access from south of Agios Mattheos to these wild
and deserted beaches. Glorious swimming from the sandbank which divides the
lake from the sea.
Linia: Wild sandy beach backed by sand dunes north of Agios Georgios.
Agios Georgios (Argyrades): Long beach of lovely golden sand befouled by
rubbish backed by a popular resort.
Marathias: Excellent sandy beach with a few tavernas. Very quiet away from
the resort centre.
Vitalades: A very small beach resort with good tavernas and lovely golden
Kanoulas & Mikronissi: Difficult access makes these beaches very quiet. A
long walk south will take you to the Arkoudillas end, my own choice for the
best beach in the world...
Hilary Whitton Paipeti - Editor, The Corfiot Magazine
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