Beaches in Corfu

'People at the Canal d’ amour beach on Corfu island, Greece' - Corfu
'People at the Canal d’ amour beach on Corfu island, Greece' Ljupco Smokovski / Shutterstock

The 217 km coastline of Corfu features numerous beaches, almost 30 of which have been awarded the Blue Flag, offering a fascinating natural setting.\rMost of the beaches are well-organized with a good touristic infrastructure. In Corfu Town, you'll find the beach of Mon Repos and in the north-west the beach of Saint Spyridon, the wetland of the Antinioti lagoon as well as the beaches of St. Stefanos, Dassia, Kalami, Kerassia, Kouloura and Ipsos. Heading further up to the north-west, you'll discover the wonderful beaches of Agios Georgios, Arilla, Longa, Roda and Sidari with the famous 'Canal d'Amour', otherwise known as the 'Channel of Love'.

In the west lies the beach of Paleokastritsa, one of the most popular on the island. In its central part, you'll find the beaches of Agios Gordis, Glyfada, Ermones, Kontogialos and Myrtiotissa, a nudist hangout.

The south coast features the beaches of St. George Argirades, Arkoudilla, a beach beneath a lush forest with difficult access, Gardenos, Kavos, Messonghi and Paramonas. Also, the villages of Benitses and Molos are popular tourist destinations.

On your first visit to the Queen of the Ionian, you shouldn't miss visiting Sidari. There you encounter endless beaches and stunning sandstone formations where the sea intertwines with the land in various shapes and formations. On the west side, you'll see the fjords and the famous cave 'Canal d 'Amour'. The fame of this canal has spread all around the world. According to tradition, whoever enters the channel on one side will end up meeting their soulmate when they reach the other side. You can also find an organized water park, while there are boats in the harbor for daily excursions to the neighboring Diapontia Islands.

Paleokastritsa with its six beaches is another magnificent destination, in one of the most popular touristic areas of the island. The beach of Agia Triada enchants visitors with its deep waters. Water skiing, parasailing, rental boats, bars and restaurants are just some of the facilities that can be found in the area.

The most scenic and popular beach on the island is undoubtedly Agios Spyridon, overlooking the cliffs and offering a fully developed infrastructure. \rAgios Petros is another favorite beach with sand and pebbles and particularly attractive for water sports lovers. Don't forget to visit Ampelaki as well, a quiet beach with deep waters, where you can rent not only umbrellas but also boats.

Only a breath away from the city and near the marina of Gouvia, you will find Kontokali with an impressively large sand beach and hundreds of umbrellas. In Mirtiotissa you'll discover one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. You will most likely need a 4x4 car to access it and you will also need to walk for 20 minutes, but it's definitely worth the effort. The rich seabed, the golden sand and a creek with fresh water flowing from the cliffs into the sea will compensate you for all your trouble.

Finally, in Agios Georgios Pagi you'll discover a paradise of sand between rugged rocks that lead to the sea, forming breathtaking coves. In Halikouna, a narrow strip of land separates the beach from the lagoon of Korission. If you head past the dunes and reeds, you'll find yourself in a rare cedar forest with ammophilous orchids.