Resort and Beach Information...
Kavos and St Peters
At the most southern point of the island we turn north around Cape Asprokavos and are now on the east coast. Kavos is well known as a youth resort with bars lining the main street that runs through the town. It is a popular destination for the under 30’s and has excellent nightlife with good quality night clubs and a long, narrow, sandy beach offering a vast array of water sports.
St Peters, at the north end of Kavos is near enough to the nightlife, should you wish to indulge, but is fairly quiet and the beach, although sandy, does not have the same facilities as its neighbour.
There is an excellent choice of accommodation in both towns, from hotels to apartments complexes with pools
Petriti and Boukari
These 2 seaside villages are well worth visiting to indulge in the local seafood that is fished in this area. Both have excellent seafood tavernas set on the waterfront.
We now return to tourism, although, Messonghi is a small unspoilt resort that runs parallel to the sea for approximately 1 kilometre. A long sandy beach, a large hotel and small units of self-catering accommodation make up this village, it is ideal for young families.
Almost merging with Messonghi, Moraitika is a more developed resort with a busy main road with excellent facilities for shopping and eating out. The beach is set away from the main road and has some great cafes and tavernas within easy access.
A small resort with a sand/shingle beach frequented by locals. There is a large hotel at the north end and water sports available as well as mini markets and tavernas close by.
Just 12 kilometres south of Corfu Town, Benitses still retains its charm as a fishing village but with a cosmopolitan feel due to the excellent selection of cafes, restaurants and tavernas that line the village square. Benitses has a fully operational marina and a small shingle beach with good facilities to either laze the day away or enjoy the water sports on offer.
Situated on the east coast, approximately half way between the north and south points of the island.
The headland that the town sits on is divided between the two fortresses, the old (15th century) and the new (16th century), open to the public and offering panoramic views.
For all its hustle and bustle, the town, is both an elegant and charming capital. You will stumble upon a fine array of European architecture, cobbled stone streets with small but exquisite restaurants. Shopping is fabulous, from hand crafted jewelry, ceramics, olive wood products to designer clothes. A myriad of narrow streets wind beneath the tall narrow buildings, each turn bringing you to, yet, another square with glimpses of the sea never far away. Set along the arches of the Liston, are plenty of cafes to rest and recuperate after your day of sightseeing and shopping.
In 2007 the old town was inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Ano (upper) Korakiana
Just 14 kilometres North of Corfu Town and 7 - 10 kilometres from the beaches of Ipsos and Dassia, Ano Korakiana lies on a wooded hillside above the east coast of Corfu.
Historically the village is famous for being the birthplace of loannis Kapodistrias, the first president of newly independent Greece (1827-1831).
There is Kafenion and a small general store in the village.
This picturesque village with its narrow roads and traditional homes is a popular stop for walkers, from here you can follow the paths that lead to Agios Markos, Ipsos and Dassia or you can just walk to neighbouring Kato (upper) Korakiana. There is a small museum dedicated to the Greek sculptor, Arisitides Metallinos, located in the centre of the village.
Kato (lower) Korakiana
Neighbour to Ano Korakiana and separated by just 2 kilometres. Kato Korakiana has a small selection of holiday accommodation; it is largely residential with a small supermarket, taverna and café bar. Walk or drive through the stunning countryside to experience the stillness of the olive groves often cool even in the hottest months. It offers easy access to the east coast and the facilities of Dassia.
Just 3 kilometres from the east coast, the village of Agios Markos is renown for its 2 churches, Agios Merkourious (1074 AD), one of the oldest Byzantine churches on Corfu and has frescoes dating from the eleventh, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and The Church of Christ Pantokrator (1571 AD) with its views towards Corfu Town.
A scenic village just 10 kilometres south of Corfu Town is where the famous Achillion Palace is located. The palace was built by Princess Elizabeth of Austria and dedicated to the Greek warrior Achilles. In the superb gardens you can see the two impressive statues of Dying Achilles and Achilles the warrior.
Gastouri is a well-kept traditional village with many paths that wind through the narrow lanes. It also boasts the best bread on the island so seek out the bakers (Fourno) whilst there. The east coast and village of Benitses are just a 10-minute drive and in the other direction Agios Gordis beach is 12 kilometres away.
Set in the hills above the west coast, Sinarades is a beautifully kept traditional village. From here you can walk, downhill, to Agios Gordis beach and likewise if you are staying at the beach walking up into Sinarades is well worthwhile. There is a fascinating folklore museum in the village and the village square has a mini market and café for refreshments.