Corfu Travel Guide

By | April 9, 2021

Enjoy a beach holiday in colorful Corfu. On the island of Corfu you can enjoy great beaches, beautiful nature and good food. Read Rantapallo’s destination guide and plan your own holiday.


Corfu is an island of mountains, valleys and bays

Shimmering olive groves, fragrant pine trees and colorful flowering shrubs are part of the emerald green landscape of Corfu rising from the Mediterranean. The beautiful Corfu in Greece is one of the favorite destinations of Finns, and especially in summer the island is filled with holidaymakers who know how to appreciate the island’s greenery, beaches and charming fishing villages.

Corfu belongs to the Ionian archipelago of the Greek archipelago and is its northernmost and second largest island. The dominant elements of the island landscape are two mountain ranges divided into three parts. In the northern part of the island you will find olive groves, lush valleys and lovely coves and coves, and in the central part of the island there are wooded hills and small plains. The terrain becomes rougher the further south the island goes.

Corfu is best known as a beach destination and not a swamp. The island has a long coastline, along which you can find a beach to suit everyone’s needs. However, Corfu doesn’t just have to settle for a beach holiday, the city has several historical cultural sites.

Corfu’s Italian-style old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the fort in front of it is one of the island’s main attractions. However, we should not forget the island of Pontikonissi in the bay and the church of Vlachema. Friends of historical romance will travel to the palace of the Austro-Hungarian Empress Elizabeth, or “Sissi”, ten kilometers from Corfu town center.

The green island of Corfu

The green island of Corfu has enough coastline.

When is the best time to travel to Corfu?

Corfu should be headed between May and October, when average temperatures will remain between 20 and 30 degrees. If you are dreaming of a particularly toasty holiday, it is worth booking the trip for August, when the temperature easily rises above 30 degrees.

The summer months are the most popular tourist season, so those who dream of a quieter holiday choose spring or early autumn as their time. In this case, the prices are also lower. Winters in the Mediterranean climate of Corfu are mild and rainy.

Beaches and resorts

Close to the rolling countryside and cypresses of Corfu, close to the Albanian coast, there are peaceful hamlets and stunning beaches. The island has 220 kilometers of coastline, and most of it is a sandy or pebble beach. The finest beaches are often a bit far from the major resorts, but you can also take an adventure to more remote beaches by rental car, bus or apostle ride.

There are several beach resorts in Corfu, from which it may be difficult to choose. However, each object has its own personal characteristics. Choose from peaceful Aharavi, surrounded by green mountains and the rustic Agios Stefanos, and Arillas, which offers authentic village life.

The villages are surprisingly colorful compared to their Greek siblings: the facades of the houses are not plastered in white but in pastel colors. The alleys are bordered by rose-red, peach-yellow and sky-blue buildings.

To the town or fishing village?

The most popular destinations in Corfu are the island’s capital Corfu and the fishing village of Gouvia. The beautiful city of Corfu is located on the east coast of the island, and is a fascinating mix of Greek, British and Byzantine influences. However, the strongest cultural nuances point in the direction of Venice .

The cricket field of the great Spianada Square is clearly a British element, while the Venetian palaces can be admired on the edges of the alleys of the Old Town. Corfu’s architecture is impressive in its diversity, allowing the tourist to admire French-style flower squares, magnificent fortresses, sophisticated mansions and elegant palaces.

The sun worshiper Gouvia

Gouvia is a medium-sized beach resort in a sheltered cove in the Gulf of Kommeno, about eight kilometers north of Corfu Town. Gouvia has great beaches and is a great starting point for various excursions. Although Gouvia is not as big as Corfu, the city has a wide range of holiday options: shopping streets, beach cafes, bars and several nightclubs. There are also numerous restaurant options ranging from authentic Greek taverns to Asian, Italian and Mexican cuisines.

The popularity of Gouvia’s nearly two-kilometer-long gravel beach can already be inferred from the number of parasols. Gouvia Beach is a lively and popular destination for swimmers and sun worshipers, and there are also a number of water sports available. Walking along Gouvia’s seafront takes you to the city’s best attractions. Along the seashore, for example, you can reach the poetic ruins of an 18th-century Venetian shipyard.

An active vacationer’s beach destination

Corfu is a particularly great destination due to its versatility. You should not get bored on holiday, because in addition to the magnificent beaches, Corfu can visit a water park, take a diving course, play golf or go hiking. Day trip options are also great. During your holiday in Corfu, you can visit Paxos Island or Saranda, Albania .