Colorful and charming, Corfu is a gem of a Greek island. Offering something for everyone, the Ionian island is packed full of traditional culture, vibrant dining, sweeping coastal views and of course, all night partying.
It’s no wonder Corfu is one of Greece’s most popular holiday destinations; you can easily spend weeks splashing in sandy bays, hiking around the old hills and dining in buzzy bars. Clubbers unite in the clubbing capital of Corfu as Kavos draws groups of young European holidaymakers to the island. During the summer months the island heats up; visitors arrive in the ports by ferry and fly into the airport in search of a relaxing slice of Greek lifestyle.
Map of the Best Places to Stay in Corfu
The island’s popularity means it has a huge range of accommodation. From high-end hotels around the harbor and mid-range family resorts to basic budget rooms. The local buses run between towns all over the island or hire a car to cruise at your leisure but where do you stay in Corfu? We have a few ideas…
Corfu town has it all: a mix of Greek culture, historical architecture and welcoming restaurants. The town is a labyrinth of winding lanes, old chapels, incredible mansions, and hidden gardens all centered around an old 16th-century fortress. Corfu town reveals the island’s past and there’s definitely a Venetian influence, along with British and a touch of French. Wake up early and explore the narrow roads as the city readies itself for the day and then, as the sun’s rays get too much, stop off for a drink and a spot of lunch at one of the charming restaurants, or buy some souvenirs at one of the small shops.
Accommodation in Corfu town is varied. There are some nicely priced hotels that are set back from the water, or for some great views there are some more high-end stays. Stay in Corfu town if you aren’t too interested in spending days on the beach and more interested in travelling around the island. Basing yourself in Corfu town means easy access to the bus network and being within short driving distance of many top sites on the island.
Tucked around three beautiful bays, Paleokastritsa is an iconic, scenic spot to spend your Greek getaway. A bustling resort that’s popular with holidaymakers and day trippers alike, Paleokastritsa may not be easy to pronounce but it’s more than easy to live here. Picture yourself lounging around in the sun sipping cocktails, as expensive yachts ferrying the rich and glamorous elite of Europe sail into the harbor. Bathe in the surrounding natural scenery and enjoy delicious meals at stylish tavernas.
It does get busy here in the high season, and everyone who comes to Corfu will visit the resort at least once during their journey. There are many accommodation options. If you’re on a budget, choose to stay at one of the mid-range hotels in the town, or splash out on somewhere a little more luxurious. Wherever you stay you’ll never be far from a beach, as well as the numerous buzzing bars and eateries.
You can rent a car to see the rest of Corfu’s sites or head up to the stunning 17th-century monastery that sits high above Paleokastritsa, with its intricately carved ceiling.
If you’re visiting Corfu to party, then you should head to the popular party spot of Kavos. Famous for its raucous nightlife, Kavos is Corfu’s capital of clubbing; dozens of bars and nightclubs line the main strip and beachfront.
By day, Kavos is all about beach life. Beach-lovers rejoice, you can spend days sleeping on soft golden sand, eating in beachside cafes and cooling off in the calm waters, or try out some water sports. As night falls, Kavos starts to wake up. Groups of young people come out to party, and stag and hen groups take on the town to turn things up. Famous DJs and clubs play the latest tracks until the early hours.
The history and culture of Corfu old town are a quick bus ride away and a popular water park is just around the corner. Accommodation in Kavos is comprised of cheap, clean and simple holiday hotels which often come with pools and breakfast included.
Set in front of a backdrop of green hills, Acharavi is a busy working town in the north of Corfu where holidaymakers and local people live side by side. The modern town is home to banks and post offices and a plethora of local bars and restaurants for you to spend long afternoons indulging in local foods and drink.
A long stretch of sandy beach is a big draw for visitors and a great spot for families to spend days on the sand sunbathing and splashing in the sea. Acharavi is also a top spot for hiking as many of the surrounding hills have well marked and maintained trails, providing incredible views of the coast.
Choose to stay in large beachside family resorts complete with beachside pools and sun loungers, or stay closer to town in a small, budget-friendly apartment.
Small Sidari is vibrant and brimming with Greek charm. Situated in the mountains, the little town is actually made up of two villages and is popular with holidaying families that stay there for its three sandy bays and secret coves. The town is teeming with simple tavernas and tasty eateries that welcome families to enjoy big traditional meals, and there are plenty of bars and lively pubs.
A package holiday haven, the resort hotels in Sidari are perfect for families as they’re great value and offer all the facilities needed to make your break as chilled as possible. Stroll along the beach and discover just why this spot is becoming so popular. Rent a car and take a short drive along the coast to visit more gorgeous beaches and amble around ancient Greek ruins.
Lively and popular, Gouvia is a charming combination of party place and hillside retreat, all nestled around a scenic waterfront. With something for everyone, the tiny town has become busy in recent years, with many holidaymakers drawn there for its selection of accommodation and pleasant nightlife scene. There’s a wide range of accommodation options in Gouvia, from high-end beach resorts to small holiday apartments and everything in between.
The town is filled with lots of shopping opportunities and a range of fresh food options. The beach, although pebbly, is still pleasant, and around the modern marina, remains of the old Venetian marina can still be seen. Try out some high-speed watersports or take the regular bus to nearby big resort towns.
Colorful Benitses was once big and busy but has recently reinvented itself to become a sleepy small town once more. Perfect for a couple’s getaway, the fishing village is awash with intriguing tavernas and delightful restaurants. Stretching for less than a mile, Benitses is filled with a huge selection of shops and eating options. The remains of an old Roman bath are hidden in the town and the surrounding hills are excellent for hiking; you can even discover natural springs.
Take a boat trip from the town’s harbor and discover nearby Corfu town. There’s a selection of mid-range hotels in the town, and with the airport just a short bus ride away, it’s the perfect spot for a quick Greek break.
Another great spot for a couple’s holiday, simple and stunning Kassiopi is set around a pretty harbor and is all about its four fabulous beaches. Think days reclining on a sun lounger with your partner, cocktail in hand and crystal clear waters to cool off in. If you want to try out something more physical, there’s the option to rent jet-skis or take a boat trip further along the coast.
Kassiopi, although growing in popularity, still retains its traditional Greek charm. The picturesque area surrounding it is a network of crisscrossing paths that lead to pebbly coves. Stay in a chic hotel housed in a traditional whitewashed building, overlooked by the towering Byzantine fortress. Take the bus, which comes several times a day, from the main square to the water park and other popular resort towns nearby.
Surrounded by olive groves and lemon trees, Agios Gordios is a pretty little village situated on the west coast of Corfu. After a quick 20-minute drive from the airport, you’ll find yourself in a tiny village with awesome views and a breathtaking beach. As night descends, the town and its bay are illuminated by tiny lights, with fantastic views of the landmark rock formations.
Accommodation is centered around beach life, with small, locally run hotels and medium-sized mid-range resorts to choose from. There’s also a choice of budget backpacker hotels. The sandy beach, with its fun, amiable vibe and many lovely restaurants, bars, and beautiful sunset views, gives Agios Gordios that classic holiday atmosphere that Crete is famous for.
The large resort town of Dassia is scattered along small roads that lead down to the clean sandy beach. Many big hotels edge the coast and boast spectacular views across the water. Dassia’s main draw is its child-friendly beach and its fun selection of watersports. You can take a ride on a banana boat or try paragliding. Bars and restaurants, plus a few small nightclubs, become busy in the evening and shops sell everything you could need.
You can walk along the coast to the next resort town or take the bus across the island. Hotels are mainly focused around the beach, but for a real budget option try out the well-equipped campsite.
A family favorite, Roda is a small fishing village which is centered around a sandy cove. Locals still live in this traditional town, which makes for the perfect relaxing holiday destination. The child-friendly beach slopes slowly into calm, clean waters, which are great for swimming lessons, whilst the rocky edges of the beach are great for exploring.
Nearby lie the ancient ruins of a Greek temple that add to the traditional culture in Roda. Stay in one of the small, well-priced hotels, or a mid-range beachside resort, and take the bus to visit other parts of Corfu.