October 7, 2021
With so many brilliant resorts to choose from, it can be tricky to pick a place to stay on your Corfu holiday. The good news is, there’s a spot to suit almost everyone on this lovely island, whether you’re looking for family-friendly beaches, cheap places to stay, bouncing nightlife or unspoiled seaside villages.
Save time planning your holiday and check out our pick of the best resorts in Corfu, from sleepy villages such as Arillas to pumping party towns such as Kavos.
If you’re travelling with kids and need a holiday base that has everything you need within easy access, Sidari is a great choice. This beachside resort is one of the most popular in Corfu and it offers a huge range of accommodation options, from all-inclusive resorts to self-catering villas. The same goes for the bars and restaurants, which range from local tavernas to fussy-eater-friendly burger bars.
You won’t be short of things to keep the kids entertained, either, with the popular Aqualand waterpark around an hour’s drive away and the famous Canal D’Amour right on your doorstep. Of course, you can’t go wrong with a beach day, and handily Sidari has three. The main Blue Flag beach is a long stretch of sand and shingle that slopes gently into brilliant blue water – ideal for kiddies to splash around in.
Sitting somewhere between traditional fishing village and lively resort, unspoiled Kassiopi is ideal for couples. The resort is on the lesser-known northeast coast and is centred around a pretty harbour with a great selection of bars, cafes and restaurants for romantic meals overlooking the water.
When you’re not indulging in good food and wine, make a beeline for the nearby beaches, such as Avlaki and Kerasia, where you’ll find pebbly shores and traditional beachside tavernas. Need a little adventure in your break? Take a boat trip around Corfu’s pristine coast, or hike up to the village’s clifftop Byzantine castle.
Once the nightlife capital of Corfu, Ipsos has quietened down in recent years. As a result of its partying heyday, there are still lots of cheap bars and restaurants along the waterfront, while accommodation is super affordable too.
With a long pebbly beach to lay your towel on and calm turquoise water to swim in, you won’t need to spend a penny to have a good time during the day. But if you’re looking to mix things up, Corfu Town is just a 20-minute drive away, and there is a regular and cheap bus to get you there. In the capital you’ll find plenty of free sights, including the spectacular Old and New Venetian Fortresses. Feeling peckish? Pick up a gyros for just a couple of euros.
If all-night parties and cocktails on the beach are what you’re looking for in a Corfu holiday, then Kavos is your spot. The undisputed party resort of the island is unashamedly full on, with a seemingly endless supply of bars, clubs and happy hours. During the day, sweat out your hangover on Kavos’ beautiful 2km (1.2-mile) long sandy beach. If you can peel yourself away from the sun-lounger, you’ll find watersports aplenty, too.
If you really want to go all out, take a boat cruise out into the crystal-clear Ionion and party at sea. Back on dry land, as the sun starts to fade the beach bars ramp up the music for happy hour and the party atmosphere continues along the main strip until morning.
As the closest major resort to Corfu Town, Dassia is a great base if you’re looking to combine a beach break with some culture. The resort itself is relatively small, but with a good selection of local tavernas, luxury hotels, and bars. There is a lovely Blue Flag pebble beach right in town, which is fringed by pine and olive trees and offers watersports and boat hire. In the evenings the resort comes alive as the locals come out to eat – and don’t worry if your dinner is suddenly interrupted by the sound of smashing plates, it’s just some traditional Greek dance breaking out.
To get to nearby Corfu Town, hop in a taxi and you’ll be wandering the narrow, cobbled streets in just 20 minutes. Look out for elegant Venetian architecture, cute little cafes, and boutiques selling souvenirs and locally produced goods. Make sure you don’t miss the two huge fortresses that guard the city on either side – to the east, the Old Venetian Fortress, and the new one to the west.
Arillas is the ideal resort if you’re looking for a more off-the-beaten-track beach base. This northwestern resort remains blissfully sleepy, with enough tavernas to try a new one every night, but few bars and not a nightclub in sight.
The resort’s Blue Flag beach is long and wide, with golden sand and pine-clad cliffs protecting it from the wind on either side. The shallow, sheltered water is perfect for younger kids, while there are sun-loungers and umbrellas to hire for families and couples. Crucially, there’s no watersports or loud music, so you can sit back and relax in peace. If you do want a little more activity on one or two days, Arillas is just a ten-minute drive along the coast from busier Agios Georgios North, giving you the option to enjoy the best of both worlds.
With its wide crescent-shaped beach, stunning forest scenery, and wealth of bars and restaurants, Agios Georgios North is a real crowd pleaser for a Corfu beach holiday. For a start, Agios Georgios Pagon Beach is one of the island’s best, with soft golden sand and calm, clear water. There are also plenty of sun-loungers and watersports on offer too.
Away from the shore, the village is small but pretty, with most of the bars and restaurants running along the back of the beach, so you can enjoy spectacular sea and sunset views as you dine. As you step even further away from the water, you’ll find fragrant forests ideal for hiking.