Luxury Corfu Holidays & Tours 2024/2025
Celebrating life and culture on the Emerald Isle
Corfu, also known as Kerkyra in Greek, is one of the Ionian Islands, situated off the northwest coast of mainland Greece. This verdant island is celebrated for its captivating blend of cultural richness, historical significance, and natural beauty.
The heart of Corfu, its Old Town, is a UNESCO-listed treasure. Wander through narrow cobblestone streets lined with pastel-colored buildings, discovering architectural gems, inviting cafes, and charming boutiques. The Old and New Fortresses stand as testaments to the island's strategic importance throughout history.
Corfu's cultural tapestry is woven with influences from the Venetians, French, and British, reflected in its architecture, museums, and traditions. Nature lovers can explore the rugged landscapes of Corfu. The Corfu Trail offers hikers a chance to traverse the island's diverse terrain, from mountainous regions to pristine beaches. Boat trips to the nearby Paxos and Antipaxos islands are popular, providing a serene escape into crystal-clear waters.
The people of Corfu are renowned for their warm hospitality, creating a welcoming atmosphere for visitors. Whether exploring historical sites, enjoying beachfront relaxation, or savoring local delicacies, Corfu invites travellers to immerse themselves in its multifaceted allure, leaving a mark on those who experience its beauty.
Things to do and see in Corfu
Stroll around Corfu Old Town
The best thing to do while being on the island is to wander its picturesque capital. The Old Town of Corfu has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is one of the most beautiful towns in Greece. It has been inhabited since ancient times and is full of medieval buildings, castle ruins and neighborhoods with old houses constructed according to Venetian architecture. Strolling around the Town may feel like you are getting lost in a labyrinth full of narrow alleys known as kantounia and charming neighbourhoods with a warm atmosphere.
Among the most photographed landmarks in the Town are the tall bell tower of Saint Spyridon Church and the Town Hall, an originally Venetian building that was renovated after the damage inflicted on it during the Second World War.
It is worth mentioning that the Old Town of Corfu is exceptionally beautiful after the sunset when the street lights enhance the details of the Venetian buildings.
Visit the Old and New Fortresses
You enter the Old Fort (Palio Frourio), built in the 13th century, via a bridge over a seawater moat. It includes the Porta Sopranza, the British barracks, two winged lions of St Mark, the Madonna del Carmine, the Savorgnan Bastion, the Tower of Sea and the Tower of the Land (Castel del Mar, Castel della Terra) and the British-built church of St George resembling a Doric temple. Visit of an evening to really soak in the history with a glass of wine.
Corfu’s Old Town is often characterised as an open-air museum and each sight is a journey through time. Towering above the northwest border of the capital, the other guardian, the Neo Frourio (New Fort), is a masterpiece of military architecture built by the Venetians between 1572 and 1645. It is a fortress with planes and angles reminiscent of Picasso and Braque’s Cubist periods. This is a fantastic location for restaurants and bars with a rustic feel and great views.
Admire Achilleion Palace
Located in the picturesque village of Gastouri, the Achillion Palace is one of the most impressive attractions on the island of Corfu. In addition to its luxurious interior, full of antique furniture and paintings, the Palace is surrounded by lush green gardens and decorated with statues and other impressive sculptures. The classical architecture of the palace makes it look like an ancient Greek temple, and the aesthetically pleasing environment is certainly awe-inspiring! You may have already caught a glimpse of it in the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only.
Visiting the Achilleion Palace provides a captivating journey through history, art, and myth, making it a must-see destination for those exploring the cultural treasures of Corfu.
Swim at amazing beaches in Corfu
Corfu has become famous for its beautiful sea and attracts visitors from all over the world every year. Similar to the other Ionian Islands, it has distinctive turquoise waters and long beaches covered with silky sand; therefore, visiting the beautiful beaches could not be missing from the list of things to do in Corfu! The beaches are often surrounded by a uniquely beautiful and wild landscape that consists of hills and mountains full of dense vegetation.
Many of the island’s most popular beaches come with all sorts of facilities, such as sunbeds, restaurants, bars, accommodation options and water sports centers. You will find several well-organized ones, including Paleokastritsa and Agios Gordios.
For something completely out of the ordinary, we recommend visiting Canal d’Amour. Even though it is narrow and the tiny beach can easily get overcrowded, you have the opportunity to see some of the most impressive geological formations in the area. Read our blog post for more beaches in Corfu
Take a Boat Trip to Paxos and Antipaxos
A boat trip to Paxos and Antipaxos from Corfu is not only an opportunity to explore pristine beaches and hidden coves but also a chance to experience the relaxed pace of life on these enchanting islands. Whether you prefer sunbathing on the beaches, exploring charming villages, or snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters, the boat trip adds a memorable aquatic dimension to your Corfu itinerary.
Embark on a scenic boat ride from Corfu to Paxos, a small island known for its emerald waters, charming villages, and serene atmosphere. Arrive at the main port of Paxos, Gaios village, where colorful houses, waterfront tavernas, and quaint shops welcome visitors. Stroll along the narrow streets and enjoy the laid-back ambiance. Explore the hidden coves and secluded beaches of Paxos, such as Voutoumi and Monodendri, where crystal-clear waters invite you for a refreshing swim or snorkeling.
Continue the boat journey to Antipaxos, an even smaller island known for its stunning beaches and lush vineyards. Visit the famous beaches of Vrika and Voutoumi on Antipaxos, where soft white sand and turquoise waters create a postcard-perfect setting. Relax on the beach, soak up the sun, or indulge in a beachside lunch at one of the tavernas.
Best time to visit Corfu
The best time to visit Corfu depends on your preferences for weather, crowd levels, and the type of activities you want to enjoy. Here are the considerations for different seasons:
Summer (June to August) is the peak tourist season with hot and dry weather. Daytime temperatures often reach their highest during July and August. The island is bustling with visitors, and popular attractions and beaches can be crowded. Ideal for beachgoers, water sports enthusiasts, and those looking to experience the lively atmosphere of the island's summer events and festivals.
Spring (April to May) and Fall (September to October) have mild temperatures making spring and fall pleasant times to visit, with warm days and cooler evenings. These shoulder seasons offer a more relaxed atmosphere with fewer tourists compared to the summer months. Perfect for exploring historical sites, hiking, and enjoying outdoor activities without the intense heat. Spring brings blooming flowers, while fall provides beautiful autumnal colors.
Sample Itineraries Including Corfu
Our sample itineraries will show you suggestions for what you can do, see, and the best places to stay while travelling in Corfu
If you like the look of any of these below, let us know and we can completely tailor-make your trip so it is totally unique to you!