Glorious summer temperatures, hundreds of picturesque villages and pretty pebbled beaches are just a few of the factors that make Corfu an incredible villa holiday destination. Known locally as the island of Kerkyra, whether you want to explore towns or cool off in the pool, you can design your dream getaway with our vast selection of villas in Corfu.
Take a trip to historical Corfu Town to browse ancient markets, wander down cobbled roads or visit the Venetian fortress. If you love spending time in the great outdoors, there are nature reserves and lush, green-covered hills – ideal for hiking, biking or experiencing the island on horseback. Or, choose to spend a serene afternoon in your self-catering Corfu villa, where you can soak up the rays and enjoy true tranquility in comfortable surroundings.
Acharavi is the largest town in the northern part of the island. It has a life of its own beyond tourism, and is an important centre for local people all year round. It is a mainly modern resort with a full quota of shops, bars and restaurants offering a wide choice for visitors.
Agios Ioannis is a laid-back, traditional Greek village, ideal for those looking to escape the crowds. Its central location means that is a great base to explore what the rest of Corfu island has to offer including a choice of sandy beaches on the East and West Coast. The relaxed atmosphere means you can while away the day with the locals among the stone cottages, churches and lush olive groves. Agios Ioannis is also home to Aqualand Waterpark – a great choice for families.
One of the most popular resorts due to its attractive setting in a stunning bay, Agios Stefanos draws visitors back year after year. There is a choice of tavernas along the waterfront serving the catch of the day. The surrounding coastline has many small secluded inlets stretching along the north east coast of Corfu with little beaches that remain unspoilt largely because they have pebbles as well as sand. These villages have in the past survived through their fishing industry, and each has its own picturesque harbour, a few winding streets and a tavern or two.
Between Agios Stefanos and Kassiopi on the north east coast of Corfu is one of the islands most attractive but least developed bays. The wide pebbly beach is surrounded by lush valleys and rolling hills with a dramatic mountain backdrop lavishly covered in cypress and olive trees. With just a couple of tavernas, it's the perfect place to escape and unwind.
Barbati is an attractive village, built on a hillside rising up from a large and lovely white shingle beach. The village is surrounded by lush countryside with a dramatic mountain backdrop, pine trees and olive groves and stupendous views across to Corfu Town and the coast of Albania.
Boukari is a picturesque fishing village located in the South of Corfu with lush green surroundings, breathtaking sea views and several tavernas lining the waterfront. The small shingle beach is ideal for families with its clear, shallow waters.
Along the main coastal road to the North East Coast of Corfu is the attractive resort of Dassia, a bustling and lively holiday resort with a good selection of places to eat, a wide variety of shops and cafe bars. The long strip of pebbly beach is backed by a narrow promenade perfect for those evening strolls.
Kalami, roughly in the middle of the North East of Corfu, is a beautiful horseshoe shaped bay that used to serve as one of the main harbours for transporting olives and olive oil to Corfu by local caique and as a base for the local fishermen.
Kassiopi is a traditional village in a magnificent setting on the North East Coast of Corfu, the perfect place for your villa holiday. It was originally a Roman settlement, and nestles beneath Mount Pantokrator surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and orchards of oranges and lemons.
The village is in a lovely elevated setting clinging to the hillside between the sea and Mount Pantokrator on steep slopes covered by gnarled, silvery green olive trees and pointy cypresses. It’s a small relaxed place with lovely countryside, a narrow, secluded, white pebble beach dotted with sunloungers and parasols and 3 little coves.
The village itself was originally no more than a tiny fishing port and a monastery and so there is no real centre as such. There are however a good selection of tavernas, cafes and bars, with the main focus on its 2 lovely sandy beaches and small harbour.
The area has a couple of good bars as well as both traditional and modern entertainment. One of the main attractions to the resort is the beautiful sandy beach. A mixture of sand and pebbles with shallow calm water, the beach runs alongside the main street for almost a mile. Boat trips and water sports are available from the jetty.
This busy, popular town has more experience than most of making visitors happy and has much to offer, including great scenery, a 500-metre stretch of Blue Flag beach backed by a lagoon and nature reserve, unusual sandstone rock formations and lively nightlife with many pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants to choose from.
Corfu has always had a significant role in Mediterranean history because whoever controlled Corfu had a good chance of controlling the vital east to west and north to south trading routes. So many different invaders came and went - the Greeks, the Romans, the Goths, the Byzantines, the Normans the Venetians and the British to name a few! What remains is a rich historical and cultural heritage that is still very much in evidence today with temples, castles and a wide variety of architectural styles.
Whatever kind of beach you fantasise about, you will find it here in Corfu. You can find small, secret pebbly bays and idyllic coves that can only be reached by boat, or huge expanses of fine sand, complete with all the facilities you might need. There are child-friendly, gently sloping beaches with shallow waters and others with every kind of water sport you can imagine on offer. Most beaches on the island have a bar or two, and most have a choice of waterfront tavernas with marvellously fresh fish for your lunch or dinner.
Many of our villas in Corfu are in small peaceful villages, but you are never that far from a lively taverna with live music and dancing at weekends. Holiday resorts such as Sidari are a great choice if you want to party after a long day by the pool, with plenty of clubs, pubs and music bars offering great nightlife. The locals are friendly and want you to have a great time – and you will!
The only waterpark on the island is in Agios Ioannis, just outside Corfu Town. Aqualand is in fact one of the largest waterparks in Europe with a big selection of rides and activities for all ages (including a very sedate 'lazy river' for older party members!) It has a couple of cafes and snack bars, a small shopping area and plenty of sun loungers. It is open daily during the summer.
The beautiful 14 meter motor yacht, the Nautilus, offers trips around the north east coast of the island and cruises to Corfu Town. The boat has a BBQ and passengers will also have the chance to swim and snorkel.
Paleokastritsa has little boats that take up to 20 people on small tours to the nearby caves. The tours last about an hour and are a lovely way to admire the dramatic scenery and small caves of the west coast.
Calypso glass bottom boat leaves from Corfu old port on a regular basis. It takes big groups to a spot just off the island of Vidos.
A huge horseshoe shaped bay with a lovely sandy beach and beautiful scenery Agios Georgios on the North West (there are 3 Agios Georgios beaches) is particularly beautiful seen from the coastal road that leads to Paleokastritsa. The beach is long and sandy and has various watersports available and there are a few tavernas and shops along the shore. As well as a good sandy beach it is also a lovely area for walking.
The inviting bay of Agios Stefanos ('East' not to be confused with San Stefanos on the West coast) has two small harbourside beaches but is better known for its charming village and beachside tavernas. A popular stop for boats with plenty of jetties to choose from and a gentle traditional atmosphere, it is a wonderful place to stay and well worth a visit, particularly by boat.
Agni Beach is a narrow stretch of pebbles set in a bay at the bottom of an olive and cypress tree valley. With three traditional beachside tavernas all ready to feed and entertain you. The beautiful scenery makes it a popular stop for boats of all sizes. A short walk around a small headland brings you onto another quiet shingly beach that is excellent for snorkelling.
Just past the beach and lagoon of St Spyridon starts a long stretch of sandy beach about 4 miles long. Almyros is at the start of this stretch and is the least commercial section with sand dunes and a couple of nice tavernas near the sea.
One of the most attractive beaches on the North East Coast, Avlaki has its borders in the Eremitis nature reserve and has a small lagoon which is a nature lovers delight. The beach, a long curved stretch of white pebbles shelves into the brilliantly blue and fresh sea and there is almost always a cooling breeze blowing across the wide bay. There is a very good taverna in the middle of the beach and another slightly further along, plus sun loungers towards the centre, a windsurfing/dingy sailing school and small boat hire jetty.
Barbati has a beautiful, long, pebbly beach that caters for everyone. The south end is quiet, lined with trees, has no sun loungers and is great for snorkelling. As the beach continues it gets gradually busier with plenty of sun beds, a good water-sports jetty, boat hire, local boat trips, a couple of low key snack bars, two with swimming pools, and a few residential areas set a little way back. As is typical of this coast the waters are clear, generally calm and deliciously inviting.
Just past the centre of Sidari is the beautiful Canal d'Amour, a small but very attractive cove beach which sits between weather carved sandstone cliffs. The rocky platforms are ideal for sunbathing and enjoying the views, plus there are small caves underneath which can be explored from the water.
The completely uncommercial beach of Coyevinas is a long stoney stretch of beach just around the headland between Avlaki and Kassiopi. Virtually undisturbed the beach is good for snorkelling and for peace and quiet.
A 1 mile long narrow strip of shingle and sand, Dassia Beach is ideal for water sports lovers with its two jetties and generally calm waters. The two ends of the beach are more secluded and very pleasant for swimming whilst the central areas are generally more lively with several beachside cafes and tavernas, plus a very popular beach nightclub that serves as a pleasant bar by day and a lively club at night.
One of the most beautiful and most popular beaches on the island Glyfada is a long wide sandy beach tucked away at the bottom of pine clad cliffs about 20 minutes drive out of Corfu town. There are various beach bars and tavernas towards the centre of the beach, volleyball courts, plenty of sun loungers, watersports and lovely swimming waters.
Imerolia has a delightful beach, located on the outskirts of Kassiopi on the north east coast of Corfu. Although the bay is pebbly, it provides the ideal opportunity for sunbathing and is also overlooked by a couple of tavernas if you need a break from the heat. The beaches and harbour of Kassiopi can be reached from Imerolia in a couple of minutes by car or within around 15 minutes on foot.
A ¾ mile strip of shingly beach running alongside the road, Ipsos has two good water sports jetties, boat hire and boat trips plus two attractive local harbours where you can see the fishermen with their daily catch or enjoy a romantic stroll in the early evening.
Kalamaki Beach is about 10 minutes drive along the North coast from Kassiopi and is the closest totally sandy beach to the town. A wide shallow bay with a couple of pleasant tavernas this beach is good for children as it has shallow waters for a good distance out.
The large horseshoe shaped bay of Kalami is captivating. The beach is a long stretch of white pebbles and the azure sea is enclosed by low tree clad cliffs, perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
Kassiopi has one main reasonable sized beach to the North of the town with convenient beachside tavernas and snack bars. Several smaller, prettier beaches are a short walk around the two headlands leading from the harbour.
Two of these beaches are large enough for a few sun loungers and have beautiful clear waters and shingle or pebbles and there are, for those that look one or two tiny little coves hidden away down footpaths from the main town.
One of Corfu's best kept secrets, Kerasia Beach is a long, quiet pebbly beach tucked away between Kalami and Agios Stefanos. Tantalizingly close when viewed from the road, it is only accessed via Agios Stefanos or by boat. With one friendly taverna, a small tourist kiosk and a few sun loungers, it is a favourite with the local people and can get busy at weekends. In the week though it is rarely very busy and is ideal for swimming and snorkelling.
Logas 'Sunset' Beach is on the far side of Sidari, in the village of Peroulades, on the west coast of Corfu. As its name suggests, this beach has wonderful views of the sun set in the evening, which are best enjoyed from the taverna which sits at the top of the cliff. It has a long strip of golden sand at the bottom of vast sandstone cliffs, which has stone steps down to the seafront.
The area from Barbati to Nissaki is dotted with tiny beaches and coves for those that explore a bit or take the boat. Nissaki itself has a gorgeous little pebble and shingle beach with the most incredible tempting blue waters and a very good water-sports platform.
Paleokastritsa is known for its beautiful scenery and there are several small beaches around the coast, many of which are only accessed by sea or on foot. The main beach is a lovely sandy bay tucked between impressive rocks and cliffs. It tends to get very busy in the summer, has several tavernas overlooking the sea and is great for snorkelling. There is another smaller and quieter beach slightly set away from the village where you can hire boats and there are various boat trips that drop you off at beaches further away that cannot be reached by car.
Roda Beach is a continuation of the bay at Acharavi. The beach is a mixture of sand and pebbles, with clear, shallow water, ideal for snorkelling or scuba diving. The beach is around a mile long, with the resort running parallel to the seafront. Water sports and boat excursions and hire can also be found here.
Sidari has a lovely sandy beach, right in the centre of the resort. In recent years, whilst the beach is still attractive and has various water sports available during the summer, the resort itself has become very commercial.
Corfu is a great place for children, and we have a large number of family friendly villas in Corfu for you to choose from. With its endless lovely beaches ideal for swimming, snorkeling or messing about on a pedalo or lilo. It has a child friendly atmosphere and you will find your children easy to entertain. If you manage to persuade them away from the villa pools and beaches there are various other activities available throughout the island. Most water sports jetties and horse riding establishments have facilities available for children over the age of about 7 and there are various boat trips available that children can enjoy. Eating out for families is a pleasure too. Almost all tavernas and restaurants offer a very warm welcome to children of all ages, with special menus and highchairs common.
Enjoying a typical Mediterranean climate, Corfu weather is warm and sunny. Summers are hot with average daily temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. The sea is also a lovely temperature during the summer, making it perfect for a dip at any time of day. Spring and Autumn see cooler yet still mild temperatures. With fewer visitors, it’s a great way to see the island with a slower pace. Whatever time of year you choose to visit, choosing a villa holiday in Corfu is the best way to guarantee yourself a relaxing, unforgettable holiday.
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