Discover the 15 best things to do in Corfu, Greece for the ultimate Greek getaway in one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world.
There are very few places on earth as magical as Greece. The bright blue waters, delicious food, dramatic landscapes and more all combine to make it one of the top places to visit in the world. Amongst all the stunning places to visit in Greece is Corfu, a magical island located at the top of Greece just a short distance from Albania. It is an incredibly charming place to visit that will wow and amaze you from start to finish. It truly is amazing and a place I recommend everyone visits at least once.
Here are the 15 best things to do in Corfu to make the most of your visit.
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15 Best Things to do in Corfu, Greece
Admire the Stunning Cape Drastis
Cape Drastis is one of the most picturesque places to visit in Corfu. Heading up to this northern point is easily one of the best things to do in Corfu. Cape Drastis is great to visit for sunrise, during the day and sunset as a place to look out over the clear blue water and white-washed cliffs. As one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Greece, Cape Drastis is one of the top places to head to, even though reaching it takes some effort.
Getting here is only really possible by renting a car, scooter or quad. Once there you can only reach the beach by water taxi. Despite the effort, the view is stunning and something you will not regret seeing!
Visit Canal d’amour
Canal d’Amour is a stunning and unique blue water canal and beach located on the North coast of Corfu in Sidari. This is one of the more touristy areas in Corfu due to its many beaches, but Canal d’Amour is one of the best due to its stunning natural landscape formation. You can walk the rocks, take photos and even swim! An extra bonus of coming here is that legend says when two people swim here they will fall in love OR get engaged soon.
Tip: there are two lovers’ canals in this area right beside each other. The more popular and famous one has a path and signs leading to it, and the second is just beside it behind a hotel. It is best to go to both as they are both stunning!
Shopping for Local Souvenirs
In Corfu Town and all around the island there is stand upon stand of souvenirs. In most countries the souvenirs feel cheap and overdone, however, this is not the case in Corfu. All the most popular souvenirs are super unique and local and are well worth a look at and purchase.
Some of the most popular souvenirs you will find in Corfu are household items made from olive tree wood, olive oil soap, clothing, and more. Picking up a spoon made of oil tree wood will cost you around 10 euros and is a well worth it thing to bring home to remember your adventures. Looking at all the local goodies is one of the top things to do in Corfu that is incredibly underrated.
Rent Your Own Boat in Paleokastritsa
Heading to Paleokastritsa for a day trip is one of the best things to do in Corfu for many reasons. The town itself is super cute and charming, plus the surrounding beaches are stunning! One of the best things to do while here is rent a boat on your own to cruise all around the surrounding area and see the island from a whole new perspective.
In Greece, you can rent a boat without a boating licence if the motor is under 30 hp which almost all boat rental companies offer. This is still pretty fast – so no need to worry about being too slow. If you are not comfortable driving yourself you can also hire a skipper to drive you around.
The boat company I rented from was called Triton Marine Tours, which is a small local company that offers small boats that fit about 4 people. Prices vary depending on the season and if you hire a skipper or not – I went at the beginning of the off-season and didn’t use a skipper and paid 120euros for 6 hours.
Although you can’t go super far and drive around all of Corfu (it’s just too big) you can see a lot of things you wouldn’t be able to see without a boat such as the very famous Paradise Beach.
Explore Corfu Town Streets
The streets of Corfu town are absolutely amazing! Every new street and corner is full of something different and beautiful to discover and the new discoveries are seemingly endless. Spending some time walking around all the little alleyways, large streets and beyond is one of the best things to do in Corfu. This is the perfect time to also wander into some of the shops selling local goods and pick up a souvenir!
View The Church of Saint George of the Old Fortress
If you are looking to experience a more historic side to Corfu then a visit to The Church of Saint George is something you need to do. This is a Greek Orthodox church located inside the old fortress in Corfu and you are able to see it from the outside and the inside. It is located inside the old fortress and offers more than just the church to see and enjoy.
Entrance costs €3 for students and €6 for adults.
Admire the Stunning Museum of Asian Art of Corfu
The Museum of Asian Art in Corfu is a beautiful piece of architecture located along the waterfront near the old fortress. If you are a fan of museums you can enter and enjoy the Asian art, or you can admire its exterior. The building looks aged in the best way possible and walking the column-lined paths is one of the top things to do in Corfu to transport yourself back in time.
Take a Day Trip to Paxos & Anti Paxos
Taking a day trip to Paxos and Anti Paxos is one of the best things to do in Corfu for the ultimate beach and blue water getaway. Paxos and Anti Paxos are two different islands right beside each other and can both be done in a day (or you can spend more than one day here and stay somewhere on one of the islands). Ferries run to Paxos daily from Corfu and smaller taxi boats can bring you between Paxos and Anti Paxos.
Both islands have their specialties with quint, charming towns, beaches, and cute waterfronts. For one of the best beach days in Greece be sure to head to Paralia Voutoumi or Voutoumi Beach in Anti Paxos! This beach – pictured above – has some of the most beautiful blue water in the world and is a must-see while in Corfu.
Enjoy a Magical Meal at Ambelonas
Ambelonas is a magical winery and restaurant located about 15 minutes from Corfu Town. Visiting here for a romantic dinner is one of the best things to do in Corfu that I highly highly recommend to all. Here you can enjoy delicious local dishes and fine wines made from grapes grown right on the property. The menu changes with the season, but they have food for everyone vegetarian, gluten-free and more.
In addition to the amazing food, the scenery is unmatched. Truly magnificent. Be sure to make a reservation in advance for Ambelonas as it is quite popular and it is only open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 7 PM – 10 PM.
Spend a Day at Porto Timoni
Porto Timoni is one of the most beautiful beaches in Corfu and a must-visit while touring the island. It is a beyond scenic beach located on the west side of the island and although it is quite a journey to get it, it is worth it! This stony beach is located in a bay surrounded by lush greenery and bright blue waters.
Getting here requires a 20-minute hike that is on a pretty steep and rocky slope – but you can also get a water taxi which is a good idea if you want to skip this and the view from the top. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes!
Go on an Olive Oil Tasting Tour
Going on an Olive Oil tasting tour is a must-do while in Corfu! Corfu is home to an award-winning olive oil called “The Governor” that has positive health benefits and an amazing taste. The Governor’s Olive Mill Tour is the best olive oil experience tour on the island where you get to learn about the production of olive oil, how to properly use, cook and store olive oil, taste various olive oils and more. It is super informative and family-run by a very sweet and passionate family!
View The Cathedral of Saint Spyridon
Saint Spyridon Church is a very prominent and famous Greek Orthodox church located in the center of Corfu town. This church was built in 1580 and holds the relics of Saint Spyridon. It is the most famous church in Corfu and worth a view on the outside and inside.
Enjoy Local Food
Greek food is amazing! There is nothing better than indulging in fresh local greek food from its homeplace. Corfu is packed with restaurants where you can find all sorts of famous greek dishes to indulge in. Some of the top greek foods to eat while in Corfu are: gyros, pita, loukoumades, feta cheese, olives and olive oil. As for dessert eating fresh baklava from one of the many shops around the city boasting various variations is a must. End the night with a shot of Ouzo!
Sunset at Loggas Beach
Loggas Beach is the ultiamte sunset beach in Corfu. Heading here to view the sunset over the water is one of the top things to do in Corfu. It is located on the north western side of Corfu and is well worth the visit as the sunsets. You can park at the top of the cliff for free and walk down the steps to the beach to enjoy the stunning natural scenery as you please. It is not advised to swim on sunbathing here as the cliff can break off and fall.
Visit the Royal Achilleion Palace
Royal Achilleion Palace is one of the most significant pieces of architecture in Corfu, and one of the most important royal mansions in all of Europe. Making the journey here to see it in person is one of the top things to do in Corfu. It was built by the Empress of Austria Elisabeth of Bavaria.
Where to Stay in Corfu
This list of the top things to do in Corfu will keep you very busy! If you have a limited amount of time pick your favourites and be sure to do those.
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