The top beaches in Corfu
Legend has it that Odysseus landed on Corfu after his return from Troy – and if the Greek hero felt in need of relaxation after his adventures, the island’s wonderful beaches would have provided the perfect welcome.
From secluded coves to child-friendly sands, we can offer inspiration for you to discover simple coastal delights or dive into lively water sports.
Many hotels have their own private beaches but don’t be afraid to explore more of the island’s gems! We want you to make the most of holiday and create memories of a lifetime in the Emerald Island of Corfu.
To help you plan your holiday to Corfu, we have put ogether this guide to the 5 top beaches in Corfu, letting you know what you can look forward to during your visit.
Sidari, in the north of the island, offers a wonderful choice of beach breaks, with a lengthy stretch of clean sands, attractive walks and sporting activities including water skiing, scuba diving, paragliding, and hire of pedalos and speedboats.
Close by is the aptly-named Sunset Beach, beneath awe-inspiring cliffs in the village of Peroulades, and famed for its stunning views and offshore islets. The pathway to the shore is steep and adds to the sense of secluded escape.
Anyone longing for a companion to share the romantic atmosphere might be advised to swim the nearby Canal D’Amour, where legend promises you’ll find the love of your life.
Best for water sports
Nearby amenities: reasonably priced restaurants, shops and supermarkets
Agios Georgios Beach
With more than 5km of golden sands, Agios Georgios inspires a safe, family-friendly atmosphere without feeling overcrowded. The blue flag beach and sand dunes are under an hour’s drive from Paleokastrista where the shimmering, emerald sea is overlooked by pine-clad hillsides.
For those looking to stay in Paleokastrista, it makes for a peaceful home base. The area, between Cape Arílla and Angelókastro, is also popular for windsurfing and kitesurfing, while the adjoining beach of Afiónas has a reputation for being especially clean and good for swimming.
Best for windsurfing and swimming
Nearby amenities: tavernas, restaurants, mini-markets
About 8km from Corfu Town, Gouvia’s moon-shaped bay makes it onto this page for its remarkable sunset views, although there are plenty of peaceful coves and safe swimming plus water-based activities, including inflatable rides for children.
Water skiing and wakeboarding, with lessons on a jetty, are available before taking to the waves, and there’s also parasailing for those who want to try a new activity. The five-star Corfu Palace Hotel and four-star Cavalieri Hotel are under 20 minutes’ drive away if you want to catch that sunset!
Best for: families
Nearby amenities: music bars, restaurants, and cafes
Looking for perfect sand? Enjoy direct access to Kontogialos Beach in Pelekas?
Close to Corfu Town, the beach is popular with families because the clean, golden sands gently slope into the sea, making access along a steep, narrow road worthwhile. Snorkellers in the clear water will find plenty of sea creatures to observe in the rockier areas offshore.
Best for marine life
Nearby amenities: cafes, restaurants, and tavernas
Acharavi Beach and Roda Beach
Acharavi and Roda are adjoining beaches which combine to make a long stretch on the north coast of Corfu, about 15-20 minutes from Sidari. Acharavi is pebbled but its gentle slope has made it a popular choice for families with children who love splashing in the shallow waters. It is good for snorkelling. At each end of the resort, the sands become finer and less busy, while there are plenty of bars, cafes and shops behind the beach, as well as a water park nearby.
Roda is a Blue Flag winner, featuring 4km of sand and shingle, also with shallow swimming waters, as well as more secluded inlets overlooked by Mount Pantokrator. Sunbeds and parasols are available, and the choice of water sports includes boat hire and scuba diving, while guided cruises are also worth including during your sunny Corfu holiday.
Other nearby, quiet beaches to discover include Amiros, between Acharavi and St Spyridon, or Aghios Andreas, between Roda and Sidari.
Best for: families
Nearby amenities: bars, cafes, and shops
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