Famous for literary scenes from both Homer and Shakespeare, the idyllic island of Corfu beckons with its pebbly sand, scented citrus groves and glistening Ionian Sea. Corfu Island also boasts laid-back Greek tavernas, Byzantine artefacts and a donkey rescue centre.
Things to do in Corfu Island
Beaches ring Corfu Island, comprising about 200 kilometres of coastline and dozens of sandy strips and coves. About 20 minutes from Corfu Town, the village of Paleokastritsa harbours six beaches lined with shops, water sports rental huts and ice-cream stands. Head to the north coast to explore Sidari Village and its Canal d'Amour beach, where a local legend claims couples who swim the channel will soon marry.
Corfu Town has fascinating historical attractions, including the Church of Saint Spyridon. Explore the interior of Palaio Frourio, the walled old fortress where Corfu locals once lived. Visit the Church of St. George, built by the Venetians in the 1500s.
At the Corfu Museum of Asian Art, you can admire 15,000 pieces of art collected for centuries. Be on the lookout for special displays of Buddhist sculptures, Chinese pottery and Japanese antiques.
Admire ocean views from the Paleokastritsa Monastery, a cliffside Byzantine monastery with a museum of Byzantine coins, books and an old-fashioned olive press. Travelling with young children? Visit Corfu Donkey Rescue to see more than 500 donkeys. You can even take a donkey for a walk around the sanctuary.
Getting around Corfu Island
Corfu Town is pedestrian and bike-friendly, with buses and taxis offering transportation throughout the island. You can also rent a car at Corfu International Airport near Corfu Town.