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Where to Stay in Corfu in 2024 – 18 Best Areas

Uncover the best places to stay in Corfu for an unforgettable Greek island experience. From serene beaches to lively towns, find the ideal spot for your vacation.
Where to Stay in Corfu

Corfu, sparkling like a jewel in the Ionian Sea, is a haven for travelers, and personally, I find it absolutely enchanting. It stands out as the second-largest island in the Ionian archipelago and is a top-tier holiday destination. The island is a tapestry of stunning contrasts, boasting bustling beaches and secluded, picturesque bays – a true feast for the senses.

What captivates me most about Corfu is its architecture. This island is a time capsule, blending Byzantine, Venetian, French, and British influences, with remnants dating back to the 8th century BC. It’s like walking through a living museum, where every street corner tells a story.

Beyond its famed summer allure, Corfu is a magnet for Easter vacations, thanks to its spectacular traditions. If you’re planning a trip, definitely check out the list of the best areas to stay. Each spot offers its unique charm, ensuring your Corfu experience is as unforgettable as the island itself.

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As someone who often needs to stay connected for work, I was impressed by their reliable internet service. The studio I stayed in came with a kitchen, and honestly, it was a joy to whip up some meals there. It felt like a cozy home away from home, blending convenience with the joys of local living.

1. Corfu Town, best area to stay in Corfu for first time

Corfu Town
Corfu Town

Corfu Town, the island’s capital, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s easy to see why. This city is a vibrant tapestry of cultural influences, blending high-rise Italianate houses, cobblestone alleys, Georgian mansions, and majestic palaces. It’s the island’s crown jewel and a coveted spot for accommodation.

I love how Corfu Town fuses its historical charm with modernity. You’ll find contemporary buildings, bustling shopping centers, and arcades. Cafés, restaurants, and bistros serving Corfiot cuisine line the streets, offering a taste of local life that’s hard to resist.

Spianada Square, alive with dance events throughout the year, is a cultural hotspot. The Mon Repos Palace, gracing the square’s north side, showcases stunning Georgian architecture. Don’t miss the Palace of St. Michael and St. George and the Liston Arcade.

As night falls, Corfu Town caters to every mood, from serene to lively. Accommodations are diverse, ranging from apartments and villas to hotels. It’s worth noting that prices here tend to be on the higher side, but for the experience, it’s absolutely worth it.

Best Hotels in Corfu Town

2. Gouvia, a great place to stay in Corfu

Gouvia Marina
Gouvia Marina

Gouvia, a charming village on the east side of the island, is just 8 km away from the city. It’s fascinating how this once simple fishing village has transformed into one of the island’s premier marinas, attracting a plethora of tourists.

The main beach in Gouvia is a sandy paradise. It’s expansive, dotted with umbrellas and sunbeds, perfect for a day under the sun. If you’re into water sports or fancy a boat excursion, this is the place to be. I’m particularly fond of how the beach manages to feel both lively and serene at the same time.

Nightlife in Gouvia caters to all tastes, from those seeking a relaxed evening to those wanting to dance the night away. The area is teeming with restaurants, taverns, and shops, offering a taste of local flavor and culture.

Accommodation options in Gouvia range from apartments and hotels to villas and holiday homes, making it easy to find the perfect spot to suit your needs and preferences.

Best Hotels in Gouvia

3. Dassia, an exotic place to stay in Corfu

dassia
Dassia

Just a 10-minute drive from Corfu Town, you’ll find Dassia, a slice of paradise with its Blue Flag beach. It’s incredibly family-friendly, and the vast beach area with lush grassy gardens is perfect for a relaxing day with just a towel and sunshine.

The main coastal road runs right behind the beach, lined with mid-range hotels. Dassia is dotted with shops, taverns, and restaurants. And for those who crave a bit of adventure, the area offers a variety of water sports.

For families, there’s more fun just 20 minutes away at Aqualand. It’s a water park with pools, jacuzzis, water slides, and inflatable castles – a total hit with kids and adults alike.

Dassia has a pleasant, low-key nightlife scene. It’s not the place for loud beach bars playing music until dawn, but it offers enjoyable evening entertainment. The accommodation in Dassia caters to all preferences, from excellent hotels to apartments and villas. 

And for camping enthusiasts, a popular camping site is conveniently located just 1 km away. This area truly has something for everyone, making it an ideal spot for both families and solo travelers.

Best Hotels in Dassia

4. Ipsos, a place for young people in Corfu

Ipsos
Ipsos

Ipsos Beach, nestled on the east coast about 15 kilometers from Corfu Town, is a picturesque stretch of pebble and sand shoreline. The coastal road runs parallel to the beach, offering easy access and stunning views.

The beach is shallow with calm waters, making it a safe haven for families with children. You’ll find plenty of sunbeds across most of the beach, perfect for basking in the sun. For the more adventurous, Ipsos offers a wide array of water sports, and the area is peppered with shops, bars, and restaurants, ensuring there’s never a dull moment.

Ipsos has evolved from a youth hotspot to a destination favored by families and couples who enjoy a lively atmosphere. The bars, predominantly in the English style, create a vibrant nightlife scene, perfect for those who like to party till late. The restaurants and taverns with their terraces serve up delicious meals and cocktails, adding to the charm of the area.

Accommodations in Ipsos are plentiful, with a focus on full apartments that offer a homely feel. It’s a fantastic area that combines relaxation with fun, catering to all tastes and making it an ideal spot for various travelers.

Best Hotels in Ipsos

5. Barbati, a quiet village

Barbati, Corfu
Barbati, Corfu

Barbati, a quiet seaside village, lies beneath Corfu’s highest peak, Mount Pantokrator. It’s a scenic 20-kilometer journey from the bustling streets of Corfu Town. The village’s beach, a stunning kilometer-long stretch of white pebbles, is a sight to behold.

Here, the beach is lined with sunbeds and umbrellas, offering a perfect spot to soak up the sun. There’s no shortage of activities with water sports, souvenir shops, mini-markets, restaurants and bars, all contributing to a vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere.

Barbati offers a balanced mix of leisure and exploration. You can unwind on the beach, delve into the local villages, or appreciate the mountain’s beauty. Evening relaxation here is all about savoring a glass of wine and enjoying a meal under the stars. Don’t expect wild nightlife in this area—it’s more about the serene, laid-back vibes.

Accommodation in Barbati caters to a range of preferences, from cozy apartments and mid-range hotels to luxurious villas. It’s a place where you’re sure to find something that resonates with your taste, ensuring a memorable stay in this charming part of Corfu.

Best Hotels in Barbati

6. Nissaki, where to stay in Corfu for a relaxing holiday

Nissaki
Nissaki

Nissaki, a serene seaside village, is just a few kilometers from Barbati and is the epitome of tranquility and relaxation. It’s perfect for those seeking a more authentic, local experience, as it’s not overrun by tourist facilities.

This picturesque cove, with its blend of pebbles and sand, crystal-clear waters, and striking lava rocks, is a diver’s paradise. The underwater world here is simply breathtaking.

In Nissaki, you’ll find a modest selection of shops, mini-markets, cafés, bars, and restaurants. The pace here is relaxed, not suited for those seeking a wild nightlife. The local eateries offer a delightful taste of Corfiot cuisine and local wines, providing a genuine flavor of the island.

Accommodation options in Nissaki range from a few hotels to luxurious apartments and villas, catering to different tastes and budgets. It’s a place where you can unwind, soak up the local culture, and feel like a true islander.

Best Hotels in Nissaki

7. Kalami, the best place for senior people in Corfu

Kalami
Kalami

Just a short drive north of Nissaki, you’ll find the tranquil village of Kalami. It’s a peaceful resort, more suited to an older crowd, as it doesn’t offer many activities tailored for children and younger visitors.

Kalami is nestled in a bay shaped like a petal, set against a backdrop of lush cypresses and pines. The beach, with its white pebbles, is the most commercialized spot in the village, offering sunbeds, umbrellas, and water sports for those looking to add a bit of adventure to their relaxation.

Nature enthusiasts will love the hiking and biking trails leading to nearby villages. These paths offer a wonderful way to explore the area’s natural beauty. Evenings in Kalami are calm and relaxing. You can enjoy a leisurely dinner or a laid-back drink, soaking in the serene atmosphere of this charming village.

Best Hotels in Kalami

8. Kassiopi, a quiet village for families with kids

Kassiopi

Kassiopi, an hour’s drive from Corfu Town, is a village with a charming harbor. The promenade is lined with bars and restaurants, creating a lively ambiance, especially as the fishing boats bring in their fresh catch.

This area is known for its tranquility and lack of bustling nightlife, yet it’s surrounded by stunning beaches like Avlaki and Kerasia. These larger beaches are well-equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas, offering a comfortable beach experience. You’ll find a variety of dining options, including restaurants serving international cuisine like Chinese, Italian, and Mexican.

The bars along the promenade are a bit more lively compared to those in the village, providing a nice balance for those looking for a bit more activity. In terms of accommodation, Kassiopi offers a range of options from apartment complexes and villas to mid-range hotels, catering to different tastes and budgets.

Best Hotels in Kassiopi

9. Acharavi, a big village in north Corfu

Acharavi
Acharavi /photo:wikipedia

Acharavi, located at the northernmost tip of Corfu, is not just a popular tourist resort but also the main town in the north. It’s the hub where locals go about their daily business, giving it a lively, authentic feel.

The area is a delightful blend of old and new. In Acharavi, you’ll see traditional buildings harmoniously coexisting with modern tourist facilities. It’s a perfect spot whether you’re a beach lover or an enthusiast of hiking and cycling.

The beach here stretches over 7 kilometers and is a mix of pebbles and sand. It’s equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas, offering water sports, and lined with taverns, shops, and bars. This makes it a great base for exploring the island, with buses and boats departing daily for other destinations. The capital is about an hour’s drive away, making it easily accessible for a day trip.

Best Hotels in Acharavi

10. Roda, a traditional village to stay in Corfu

Roda
Roda

Roda, located west of Acharavi, is another resort that’s a hit with visitors. Its 4-kilometer Blue Flag beach is decked out with sun loungers, umbrellas, and offers a variety of water sports. The beachfront is lined with an array of shops, bars, and restaurants, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

Evenings in Roda cater to all moods. You can enjoy a relaxed dinner featuring fresh seafood or join in the lively local bar scene with karaoke nights that are sure to entertain.

For those traveling with children, the nearby water parks Sidari and Aqualand water park are must-visit destinations. They offer a fun-filled day out that the whole family can enjoy.

Best Hotels in Roda

11. Sidari, a famous tourist place in Corfu

Canal d'Amour
Canal d'Amour /photo:wikipedia

Sidari, located west of Roda, is a bustling resort known for its accommodation capacity, boasting over 14,000 beds, primarily catering to package travelers. It features three beaches, with the main one being a popular Blue Flag beach, known for its expansive sandy shores interspersed with pebbles.

For those who prefer quieter spots, Megali Beach is a hidden gem. It offers natural rock pools perfect for diving and a more serene beach experience. Nearby, the stunning Canal d’Amour is a picturesque, tunnel-like cove, offering a unique and romantic setting.

Sidari is also a hub of activity during the evenings. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed night out or a lively party scene that lasts until dawn, this area has it all. With a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars, Sidari is ideal for those seeking vibrant days and energetic nights.

Best Hotel in Sidari

12. Agios Georgios Pagon, the best place to stay with kids in Corfu

Agios Georgios Pagon
Agios Georgios Pagon

Agios Georgios Pagon is a tranquil resort nestled in a stunning bay, often favored by families seeking a peaceful retreat. The beach stretches for 5 kilometers, featuring a mix of sand and pebbles, set against a dramatic, almost volcanic landscape surrounded by lush forests. The sandy shore is particularly child-friendly.

Ideal for those who desire a relaxing holiday, Agios Georgios Pagon offers a serene beach experience. Along the beach, you’ll find sunbeds and umbrellas, and there are options for water sports for those seeking a bit of adventure. The area is also home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars, offering a taste of local cuisine and culture.

The majority of accommodations here are privately owned and situated just off the main road. You’ll typically find small apartment complexes, traditional cottages, and cozy hotels, giving a more intimate and authentic feel to your stay.

Best Hotels in Agios Georgios Pagon

13. Paleokastritsa, one of the most beautiful places to stay in Corfu

Palaiokastritsa
Palaiokastritsa /photo:wikipedia

Paleokastritsa is an expansive resort boasting 6 captivating beaches. Remarkably, it has maintained its enchanting charm despite the growing presence of hotels, restaurants, and bars.

Each beach in Paleokastritsa, blending sandy shores with pebbles, is well-equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas. For those seeking a bit more excitement, there are options for water sports, along with bars, shops, and restaurants dotting the coastline. At the end of the beach road, you’ll find the main harbor where you can rent a boat or a kayak to explore the waters at your leisure.

The area offers a wide range of dining options, featuring both local and international cuisines. However, it’s worth noting that the bar scene here is more subdued, with most places closing before the late-night hours. This makes Paleokastritsa ideal for those who prefer a more relaxed evening atmosphere.

Best Hotels in Paleokastritsa

14. Liapades, a traditional village for nature lovers

Liapades
Liapades /photo:wikipedia

Nestled in the northern end of Ropa Valley, you’ll find Liapades, an old, traditional village that exudes a sense of timelessness. Its Ionian and Venetian architecture, narrow cobblestone alleys, and colorful houses create a picturesque setting.

The central beach of Liapades is a quaint, 100-meter stretch of pebbles and sand, fully equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas.

Most of the hotels, bars, shops, and restaurants are conveniently located along the road leading to the beach. The heart of the village is the old square, bustling with vintage bars, quaint shops, and restaurants, each brimming with local charm.

Liapades is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Numerous trails for walking or cycling lead to stunning hills with panoramic views of the village. It’s the perfect spot for those who love to explore the great outdoors while enjoying the tranquility of traditional village life.

Best Hotels in Liapades

15. Glyfada, a place with a large beautiful beach

Glyfada
Glyfada

Glyfada is renowned for its stunning Blue Flag beach, featuring golden sands set against a backdrop of volcanic rocks and lush vegetation. The beach is well-equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas, making it ideal for a day of relaxation and water sports.

Along the length of the beach, you’ll find charming local taverns, shops, and restaurants, perfect for sampling the local cuisine. There are also several hotels nearby, offering convenient accommodation options. Evenings in Glyfada are typically peaceful, making it a great spot for a quiet dinner and a glass of wine under the stars.

Just a stone’s throw away is Myrtiotissa Beach, a popular spot among nudists for its secluded and natural setting. Also nearby is Pelekas Beach, a favorite stop for backpackers traveling through the area. These beaches offer diverse experiences, catering to different preferences and adding to the charm of the region.

Best Hotels in Glyfada

16. Agios Gordios, a holiday resort village in Corfu

Agios Gordios
Agios Gordios /photo:wikipedia

Agios Gordios is a charming, less commercialized resort that still thrives on fishing and agriculture. Located in a bay south of Glyfada, it boasts a stunning 1-kilometer beach with golden sands, offering a more authentic, laid-back vibe.

What makes Agios Gordios particularly appealing is its proximity to several quaint villages like Kato Garouna, Pentati, and Sinarades. These nearby communities add to the area’s rustic charm. Plus, it’s conveniently close to the Aqualand water park, providing an additional fun day out for families and adventure seekers.

The area around Agios Gordios is dotted with bars, taverns, and restaurants, offering a taste of the local culinary scene. You’ll also find a variety of water sports activities, adding a bit of excitement to the tranquil beach setting. 

Best Hotels in Agios Gordios

17. Benitses, one of the oldest tourist places in Corfu

Benitses
Benitses

Benitses, located just 12 kilometers south of Corfu Town, was one of the island’s earliest tourist resorts, blossoming in the 1960s. Despite extensive development over the years, much of the old, traditional village charm has been beautifully preserved.

Once known as a youth hotspot for its lively parties, Benitses has evolved into a destination suitable for all ages, offering a more diverse and tranquil experience.

The main beach here blends sandy shores with pebbles and features a quaint harbor at one end. It’s fully equipped with modern amenities, including water sports and boat rentals. Along the beachfront, you’ll find a variety of shops offering souvenirs and essential items at mini-markets.

The village itself is home to local bars and shops. Behind the village, you’ll discover various attractions, including the Achillion Palace, the Laopetra Rock, and the Roman baths.

Best Hotels in Benitses

18. Kavos, the best place for party in Corfu

Kavos
Kavos

Kavos, which blossomed in the 1980s, is now regarded as the top resort destination for young people. The village itself is stunning, featuring an organized 2-kilometer white sandy beach equipped with all the modern conveniences one could need. From beach bars, restaurants, and mini-markets to shops and water sports facilities, Kavos is a haven for beach lovers.

The area is particularly popular among young British tourists, offering a lively and vibrant atmosphere. Dining options range from international eateries and fast-food joints to traditional Greek tavernas. The real highlight of Kavos is its vibrant bar scene, buzzing with energy throughout the day and into the wee hours of the night.

Best Hotels in Kavos

How to get to Corfu

Reaching Corfu by ferry involves a drive to Igoumenitsa. Corfu is closer to Thessaloniki than Athens – about 5.5 hours from Athens and only 3.5 hours from Thessaloniki. From Igoumenitsa, you’ll find typically more than six daily ferry crossings in the summer, and the journey to Corfu is a swift one-hour sail. The ferry tickets are quite affordable, and you have the option to bring your vehicle aboard.

I personally favor using ferryhopper for booking my ferry tickets; it’s convenient and user-friendly.

If you’d rather skip the drive to Igoumenitsa, flying is a great alternative. You can easily catch a flight to Corfu from Athens or connect through Athens if you’re coming from another destination. To explore available flights, Aegean Airlines offers a reliable service to Corfu, which you can check out through their website

3 Responses

  1. This information is extremely useful, however we have two kids 19 and 17 who aren’t massive party animals but would still like to be somewhere where there are some teenagers – not small kids.
    me and my husband don’t like it to be too touristy and full of brits, but at the same time, want to please the kids a bit. we also want to be near a nice beach and a few good tavernas. Still not 100% sure which of the above areas would suit and also whether to hotel or villa it?
    Never been before. we were going to try and fly direct to Corfu.
    do you have advice for us please? I just can’t decide and really dont’ want to go to france for the umpteenth time!!

    1. Hi Emma,

      I feel your pain! I have 15 and 18 year olds who aren’t massive party animals (we live in deepest darkest west Wales) but we travel frequently and I can no longer palm them off with holidays that I might like, but they would hate eg. the Alps in summer. I have opted for Archaravi in Corfu in the hope that we can find a happy medium. Easy Jet currently have reasonably priced flights to Corfu for peak season but I imagine best value depends on where you live and how far you are prepared to travel to your departure airport.

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