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View of the Byzantine church in Pontikonissi islet, Corfu, Greece

Corfu, the Island of History, Cypress Hills and Blue Coves

The lively Ionian island of Corfu or Kerkira is a popular destination for thousands of visitors every year. It is also a favourite destination among our Simplybook team, as most of us seem to return again and again to Corfu during our holiday.

The Venetian town, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List will take you back in time to a history of conquerors, battles and flourishing civilizations. Rent a car and drive outside the town to a variety of well-organised resorts, ready to receive visitors who come to enjoy the Ionian sea and sun. If islands had a taste, Corfu would taste like kumquat, a fruit of the citrus family, with a relaxing and cheerful aroma, used in cooking, desserts and the local liqueur.

 

Rent a car in Corfu and drive to …

Corfu town, 4 km north of the airport

Corfu town (Kerkira in Greek!) with the Venetian fortresses and the cobbled streets is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as an architectural example of outstanding universal value in both its authenticity and its integrity. You can admire this living museum by walking in the maze-like streets, the central Spianada square, one of the largest in the Balkans, and enjoy the view walking up the fort battlements. While travelling back in time you can also visit the Archaeological museum housing in its collection the famous Gorgon pediment, a well-preserved piece of Archaic sculpture, and the Antivouniotissa museum with Byzantine and post-Byzantine artefacts.

The Old Town of Corfu, a living museum of a history of conquerors, battles and flourishing civilizations. Photo by Robin, licensed

Palaiokastritsa, 26 km northwest of Corfu town

Rent a car and drive 26 km northwest of Corfu town to Paleokastritsa, a well-known resort with six small bays of fine sand and crystal waters, ideal for water sports and diving. From Paleokastritsa drive to the villages of Krini and Lakones with the 18th – 19th-century houses to enjoy the view from above. Take a boat trip to discover the nearby isolated beaches.

 

Palaiokastritsa with the six coves and crystal water, 26 km northwest of Corfu town. Photo by TassosKessaris, licensed

Canal d’ Amour coves, 36 km northwest of Corfu town

36 km northwest of Corfu town, Canal d’ Amour is a beautiful beach at the west side of Sidari.   Impressive rock formations carved by wind and sea, caves, coves and crystal waters make Canal d’Amour a place you should definitely not miss. As there is only a narrow sandy beach be prepared to lay your towel on the rocks, and why not jump straight to the sea. This is one of the most popular beaches on the island, so it’s a good idea to rent a car and make sure you get there early in the morning.

The famous coves of Canal d’ Amour, 36 km northwest of Corfu Town. Photo by Dr.K, licensed.

Sandy beach of Agios Gordios, 19 km southwest of Corfu town

19 km southwest of Corfu town, Agios Gordios is a small resort with a long sandy beach. Being on the west coast it offers beautiful sunsets to be enjoyed from the beach or the local tavernas.  Here you will be offered a traditional kumquat,  the local fruity liqueur. Well organised, with a diving centre and water sports, Agios Gordios can be quite busy especially close to the beach bars and free sunbeds, but if you walk to the far end on the right there are usually fewer people.

 

Sandy beach of Agios Gordios, 19 km southwest of Corfu town. Photo by Kritzolina, licensed.         

 

Do you want to learn more about Corfu? Find here Steph’s detailed guide for the beautiful Ionian island!

Post featured photo by Marc Ryckaert (MJJR), licensed.