Corfu, one of the top five tourist destinations in Greece, is located in the northern Ionian Sea. It is renowned for its enchanting beaches, traditional villages, and rich culture.
In brief, visiting for 3 to 5 days is recommended to explore Corfu as much as possible. Check out the list we have compiled that features the top things to see & do.
You can find our excursion suggestions for 1, 2, or 3 days on the island below.
First Day: Corfu Town, Paleokastritsa, and Angelokastro
Corfu has so many things to do and sites to see that three days of excursions are certainly not enough. On the first day, do not lose time and go to Corfu Town, the island's capital. This town stands out for its architecture, inspired by the Venetian style: narrow paths with tall houses on the sides, tall buildings with small windows and no balconies, churches and large squares.
Have a morning coffee in Spianada, with a view to Liston, the cricket court and the Palace of Saints Michael and George, which now houses the Museum of Asian Art. Then, walk around the Old Town and see the elegant mansions. Go to the Old Fortress and climb up to the lighthouse to see the gorgeous view. Then, go to the New Fortress, near the Old Port. If you have time, visit the Archaeological Museum of Corfu, near the tennis court, to see ancient findings from Corfu and Epirus. A must-visit is also the Palace of Mon Repos, in the Kanoni area, the old royal summer house. A couple of kilometers away lies Kanoni, probably the most photographed spot in Corfu. There, you can admire the famous church of Panagia Vlacherna and take a short ride to the Pontikonisi islet.
At noon, go to Paleokastritsa, the most famous and organized tourist resort on the island. It is a spot with several hotels and fishing taverns on the shore. An asset of Paleokastritsa is the clean water and the nice environment despite the hundreds of visitors every day. A monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary is situated above the beach and approximately 10 kilometers away stands Angelokastro, an impressive medieval fortress. From Paleokastritsa, you can also hop on a boat to the close caves and remote beaches in the area's vicinity.
On the second day, visit the northeastern side of Corfu, the most developed and crowded part of the island. The first stop is Dassia, a tourist village with a beautiful beach ideal for a morning swim. At noon, go to Kassiopi, a lovely fishing village with traditional taverns at the port. Your next stop is the windy Sidari village and Canal D' Amour (the Channel of Love) - an impressive site with a small beach among huge rock formations. This part of Corfu, particularly Sidari and Acharavi, is famous for its nightlife and lively bars.
On the third day, visit the south part of Corfu, which is not as tourist-developed as the north. The first stop is the Achillion Palace, close to Gastouri village, an impressive residence of the late 19th century, built by the order of Empress Elisabeth (Sissy) of Austria as a summer house. The architecture of this palace is impressive and most of its decorations and the yard have been inspired by ancient Greek history and mythology.
Then, continue to Agios Gordis, one of the most beautiful and visited beaches in Corfu. After swimming, head to Agios Matheos, a lovely traditional village surrounded by a lot of greenery and stunning nature. Have lunch at one of the beautiful taverns on the hill that offer unobstructed sea views. Later, go to Messonghi, a beautiful seaside village with a small port to stroll around.