Five Perfect Days in Corfu, Greece
Nestled in the fabled Ionian Sea, Corfu has a unique allure that transcends the ordinary. Renowned for its lush landscapes, azure waters, and rich history, this Greek island seamlessly blends Venetian, French, and British influences, creating a cultural tapestry unlike any other. From the charming alleyways of its UNESCO-listed Old Town to the hidden coves and pristine beaches dotting its coastline, Corfu provides visitors with an irresistible combination of natural beauty, historical splendor, and warm Mediterranean hospitality.
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Angsana Corfu Resort & Spa
Angsana Corfu Resort & Spa is a luxurious seaside retreat offering exquisite accommodations, rejuvenating spa experiences, and stunning views of the Ionian Sea on the enchanting island of Corfu.
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Nido, Mar-Bella Collection
Nido, Mar-Bella Collection, situated in Corfu, Greece, is a luxurious adult-only haven overlooking the Ionian Sea. With sophisticated design, private pools, and personalized service, the boutique hotel offers an intimate and exclusive escape for guests seeking serenity and refinement on the enchanting island of Corfu.
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San Antonio Corfu Resort
A luxurious seaside escape on the stunning island of Corfu, offering breathtaking sea views and impeccable Mediterranean hospitality.
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Overview of Day 1
Day 1: Charming Kalami
Kalami is renowned for its iconic White House, once home to renowned British author Lawrence Durrell. It has a timeless charm, offering a tranquil escape where olive groves cascade down to meet the azure sea. Spend the day relaxing on the beach with a good book, taking the occasional nap, and swimming in the crystal clear and calm waters. You could grab a late lunch at Thomas's Place or save room for a sumptuous dinner at The White House taking in the best view on the island.
Overview of Day 2
Day 2: Boat Trip to Paxos and Antipaxos
For us, our day on the boat was one of the highlights of our trip! Maximize your Corfu experience by embarking on an unforgettable island-hopping day tour to Paxos and Antipaxos. There is nothing like taking in the views of coastal cliffs, pristine beaches, and exploring enchanting sea caves as you sail from Corfu. Most boats docks at Antipaxos' idyllic Voutoumi Beach and the charming seaside village of Gaios on Paxos, allowing you ample time to wander through these picturesque locations at your own pace. Most boat tours offer transfer services to and from the main port, meaning you can relax and not worry about driving for the day.
Overview of Day 3
Day 3: Wander Through Corfu's Old Town
Strolling through the charming UNESCO-listed Old Town of Corfu transports you back in time. Originating from the 16th century and expanded upon by the French and British, this Venetian-built town boasts Parisian arcades, Italian Churches, and an English Cricket Square. Explore the Mon Repos Palace, erected in 1831, originally the private estate of the British Commissioner before transforming into the Greek Royal Palace. Meander through charming alleyways, picturesque esplanades, and past landmarks like the Byzantine Church of St. Jason, the Old Town Hall, and the formidable 16th-century Venetian Fortress. Make sure to stop for an ice-cold frappe at one of the many picturesque cafes, grab lunch in a taverna, and then treat yourself to an incredible gelato at Papagiorgis. The Old Town is also a great place to do some souvenir shopping!
Overview of Day 4
Day 4: Hiking in Corfu's Countryside
Corfu is a walker's paradise with so many beautiful trails to choose from. Diving into Corfu's lush interior with a day dedicated to hiking gives you the chance to appreciate another side of this incredible island. Pack a lunch and hit the one of scenic trails that wind through olive groves, vineyards, and charming villages.
Embark on the Pelekas Hike, starting from the quaint village on Corfu's western side. Meandering through ancient olive groves and traditional houses, the trail ascends to the renowned "Kaiser's Throne" viewpoint, offering panoramic vistas of the Ionian Sea and distant mountains. Historically favored by Kaiser Wilhelm II, the viewpoint adds a unique historical touch to the hike. The descent leads to Pelekas Beach, inviting hikers to relax by the golden sands and complete this immersive journey through Corfu's scenic and cultural treasures.
The Antinioti Nature Reserve Hike on Corfu, nestled on the northern coast, guides you through the serene Antinioti Lagoon surrounded by lush vegetation. The well-marked trail winds through olive groves and cypress trees, offering glimpses of the Sea. As you explore, the lagoon reveals diverse bird species, leading to secluded coves and beaches, making this hike ideal for nature enthusiasts and those in search of Corfu's hidden treasures. It used to be the nature-loving Durrell family’s favorite part of the island.
Overview of Day 5
Day 5: Beach Time
Soak up the sunshine on your final day in Corfu by visiting one of its best beaches. Depending on where you are staying on the island, these are some great options:
Paleokastritsa Beach: Nestled beneath olive-covered hills, Paleokastritsa is renowned for its emerald waters and the backdrop of the monastery perched on the hill.
Glyfada Beach: This sandy beach on the west coast is known for its golden sand and clear waters. It offers a range of water sports and has beach bars providing a lively atmosphere.
Agios Gordios Beach: Surrounded by dramatic cliffs and lush greenery, Agios Gordios offers a wide sandy beach with calm, shallow waters, making it ideal for families.
Myrtiotissa Beach: Often referred to as the "Golden Sand," Myrtiotissa is a small and secluded beach surrounded by cliffs and dense vegetation, offering a tranquil escape.
Kontogialos Beach: Adjacent to Glyfada, Kontogialos is a Blue Flag beach known for its golden sand and clear waters. It offers a variety of water sports and beachside amenities.
Issos Beach: Located on the southwest coast, Issos is a vast sandy beach backed by sand dunes and a unique cedar forest. It's ideal for those seeking a more natural and less crowded setting.
Overview of Additional Days
If you have more than five days on Corfu, consider some of the following options:
Take a food and wine tour,
Visit some of island's wineries
Hike to Porto Timoni beach on the northwest coast
Need to Know
Getting around: We rented a car for our time on Corfu, but you could also opt for using taxis, transfer services or tours as a way to see other parts of the island without driving. Most boat tours offer a transfer service to/from your hotel to the port. I can reserve transfers and tours with trusted partners on the island.
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