Some would argue that the best way to see Corfu Island is boat. An incredibly beautiful and graphic coastline, laced with hundreds of beaches and inaccessible coves, is waiting to be discovered. The most famous of all are the caves in Paleokastritsa. Small boats leave frequently and can even drop you off on a secluded beach for an hour or two. Then there is the famous north east coast, where private boat hire is the way to go. Moore your boat in front of any beach side taverna that meets your fancy, and enjoy the sense of freedom to be had by being your own captain for the day. Many larger boat trips to the mainland, Paxos and Antipaxos are available from Corfu Town.
The advantage of mountain tops of course, are the spectacular views. There are plenty in Corfu with the highest being Mt Pandokratoras at 902m. This northern range offers a fascinating and diverse landscape with many hidden mountainous villages waiting to be discovered. The trip to the very top of the island is well worth it. Closer to home, there is Stavros that looks to the east and of course the easily accessible Kaiser’s Throne, on top of Pelekas village. Chlomos village in the south, is also worth a visit for you can get a better idea of Corfu’s seductive south. 360 degree views await you.
Corfu’s capital is a world onto its own and is a UNESCO listed World Heritage town. No visit to Corfu island should go without it. Two fascinating fortresses, a unique museum of Asian Art and one of the largest squares in the Balkans are but the start of it. There is something magical about strolling at one’s leisure between the narrow streets, listening to church bells and cosmopolitan chatter and tasting some of Corfu’s homemade ice cream at ‘Papagiorgis’. You might want to include Kanoni and Vlacherna on your itinerary, in the southern peninsula of Corfu Town. Views of the airport runway and the picturesque ‘Mouse Island’ floating at sea, are the most photographed spots in Corfu.
One of the reasons visitors keep on coming back to Corfu is its hospitable and incredibly versatile nature. North to south, east to west are all very different in coastline, in beaches and even the weather at times. Corfu’s seductive south is characterised by wild, golden sand beaches with warmer shallow waters. Issos beach and Chalikounas mark an entire area of sand dunes and a rare cedar tree forest. Perfect for bird and nature lovers and those with a need for a bit more adrenalin, will find a European kite surfing hot spot. Marathias beach also boasts a number of popular beach bars if you are looking to combine sea, surf and entertainment. If you are truly in for an adventure head down to Arkoudilas, Corfu’s southern most beach, if you dare drive through the infamous Kavos resort.