Best Beaches in Corfu

A Guide to the Best Beaches in Corfu – Wait ‘Till You See These Colors!

I was so excited to finally visit Greece because it has been on my bucket list since forever! I remember going on some early dates with my husband to get Greek food and talking over gyros about how one day we would love to take a trip together to eat real Greek food in Greece. Maybe that sentimental value is why I was so excited, but either way we got there and it was just magical. Far greater than what I had imagined! I spent a whirlwind long weekend on the island of Corfu and beach hopped my way through the different beaches on the north half of the island. They were all so beautiful that I wanted to share them here today with this guide to the best beaches in Corfu.Β 

A Guide to the Best Beaches in CorfuIf you are hoping to see some of the mesmerizing colors of the Ionian Sea, then don't miss this guide to the best beaches in Corfu.

Porto Timoni

There are a couple of options to get to this beach. Firstly, you could go to the beach at Agios Georgios Pagon and take a small boat across to Porto Timoni. If you are feeling more active and want to see some impressive coastline views, you could hike there, just put ‘Porto Timoni Beach’ into Google Maps, it will take you to the last street before the hike. I saw a lot of people parking on the side of the road there so I found a parking spot and followed the street up to the hike. As you face the water you have a choice to go left for Agios Georgios Pagon trail or right which will take you down to Porto Timoni. However you get there, you will have some beautiful, sparkling water to enjoy once you are there. One side has more of a green hue and the other is bright, clear blue. Both will leave you saying ‘wow’!

Best Beaches in Corfu

View from the hike to Porto Timoni

Best Beaches in Corfu

Bataria Kassiopi

Bataria Kassiopi is a great local beach especially if you like to snorkel. There are many other small beaches and coves nearby leaving you with a lot to explore in the area. Why not make a day of it and grab some lunch at one of the many local tavernas? The pebbled beaches and tranquil, clear water are a treat to the eye. Be sure to keep an eye out for critters like Octopus in the water too because this area is a popular spot to find them hiding.

Best Beaches in Corfu

One of the coves around Bataria Kassiopi

Best Beaches in Corfu

One of the coves around Bataria Kassiopi

Paleokastritsa

This is one of the most popular areas of Corfu, if not the most popular, so be prepared for crowds and go early to get a parking spot at one of the many beaches. I spent my time here at Agios Spiridon Beach before moving on to get away from the crowds. It’s a popular spot for good reason – the clear and picturesque water is a dreamy place to cool off, there is a sandy beach for tanning and the surrounding mountains provide opportunities for a little cliff jumping. The snorkeling is decent, especially if you explore around the rocks where you can see lots of fish and starfish. As it’s a popular tourist spot, the area is loaded with restaurants, gift shops, fruit vans and you can even rent water equipment such as paddle boats.Best Beaches in Corfu

Best Beaches in Corfu

 

Avlaki

If you want a quiet beach with dazzling, crystal clear water in the bluest of blue shades, then head over to Avlaki beach. It’s a fun spot to put a mask on and swim around, looking at the pretty colors underwater. Even looking at the water from above was mesmerizing because it sparkled as the light hit it! It’s a quiet beach but still has a couple of tavernas in the area and there was a tropical fruit van driving up and down the day I was there. It’s definitely a nice spot for relaxing on the beach, taking a dip and getting some great beach vacation photos!

Best Beaches in Corfu

Sparkling water at Avlaki Beach

Best Beaches in Corfu

Beautiful blue water!

Barbati

Barbati beach is like a more commercialized version of Avlaki beach. It also has gorgeous, sparkling blue water, though it is lined with beach chairs for rent, more beach goers and more tavernas. There is still space on the beach for those who don’t want to rent a beach chair – you can just walk further down past the rows of chairs. It’s a nice spot to snorkel, especially if you swim out to the grassy area and/or over to the rocks. Make sure to look back at the beach to see the view of the mountain behind it because it’s quite an impressive sight.Best Beaches in Corfu

Best Beaches in Corfu

Kerasia

Kerasia was a great beach for snorkeling with lots of little critters and fish to see. Depending on where you get into the water from, you may want to bring water shoes because the shallow entry is rocky with some urchins in the rocks (I entered at the end furtherest away from the street entrance and it was all rocky, though you can enter easier from a closer section). If you prefer a relaxing beach visit, you can laze on the pebbled beach and look out at the view of Albania!Best Beaches in Corfu

Where to stay

I stayed at Satori Boutique Hotel which was located in Acharavi. It turned out to be the perfect location for beach hopping because all of these beaches were a short drive away. Satori offers a delicious breakfast buffet each day for 7 Euro per person and definitely make sure you get out and try some of the AMAZING Greek food at the local tavernas too! The owners are wonderfully friendly and very helpful when it comes to offering suggestions of things to see and do as well as the best local places to eat. It’s a family friendly hotel with a pool and a lot of pool toys for the littlies and it’s only 2 minutes walk from the beach which had some gorgeous sunset views.

For more information:

Satori Boutique Hotel Website

16 Comments

  • Julia Dent July 29, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Such a great guide! I can’t get over how beautiful that water is!! πŸ™‚

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    • Katie Mac August 1, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Thanks so much Julia, it was certainly very pretty!

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  • Lily July 29, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    The blues and teals oh my!!! Such a pretty place! Love your photos.

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    • Katie Mac August 1, 2017 at 10:27 am

      Thank you so much Lily!

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  • Ania | Snow to Seas July 29, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    I dream of going to Corfu! My friend’s parents are originally from Corfu and they speak so fondly about this Greek Island. The beaches in your post are all absolutely spectacular! I want to go to them all.

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    • Katie Mac August 1, 2017 at 10:27 am

      Wow, that’s so cool! I’m the same – I want to see all the islands!

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  • C-Ludik July 29, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    With all those white sandy beaches and the shining sun beaming down on you, Corfu seems a da little piece of heaven on Earth ! Wow, beach boasts a shore with soft sands washed by amazing blue green waters… just my little dream πŸ˜‰

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    • Katie Mac August 1, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Definitely a little piece of heaven!

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  • Penny July 30, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Wow! The beaches look so clean an beautiful. I could really do with a nice long quiet vacation in a place like this. It feels so good to know that there are some places that remain untouched by human influence.

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    • Katie Mac August 1, 2017 at 10:26 am

      It was definitely very beautiful but still I saw a lot more trash than I would like to have seen. Human influence has definitely impacted the area unfortunately.

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  • Ana Ro July 30, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I dream about going to Corfu after reading Durrell’s “My Family and Other Animals”. And your photos look right from the book – all those coves and hidden beaches and crystal clear water. Thanks so much for the post and the inspiration!

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    • Katie Mac August 1, 2017 at 10:24 am

      I gotta check out that book – thanks for mentioning it!

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  • makenzie July 30, 2017 at 10:11 am

    wowzer, i want to go here right now. The water is so clear and such cool photos from snorkling!

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    • Katie Mac August 1, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Thank you so much Makenzie! The water was definitely very beautiful!

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  • Jordan July 30, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    One of these days, I’ll finally make it to Corfu…super high on my bucket list but tickets are always so expensive from Germany!

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    • Katie Mac August 1, 2017 at 10:23 am

      I’ll send you lots of good luck that one of the airlines has a big sale soon! <3

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