The Greek islands are the closest thing to paradise you can find in Europe. They boast beautiful landscape, sleepy towns and villages and almost endless sunshine making them perfect holiday retreats.
Corfu is the second largest of the country’s Ionian islands and a real favourite among holidaymakers from around the globe. It is a place shrouded in the history and mythology of Greece but also has some of the best beaches you are likely to find. Surrounded by the calm waters of the Ionian Sea it is the perfect place to spend a day relaxing.
But where to choose? Don’t worry; we’ve picked out some of our favourite beaches across the island.
Kavos is the party capital of Corfu and a big favourite with young holidaymakers. The strip in the village has become legendary but the beach is equally as popular. Stretching around 3 kilometres, it is lined with sunbeds but make sure you get there early to ensure you get a spot. It is a lively part of the shoreline with bars and clubs flanking the sands and as soon as the sun goes down the party begins.
If you’re looking for a bustling beach then Kavos is the place to be.
While Kavos may be the party town of Corfu, Acharavi provides a much quieter affair. Situated in the north of the island, it is a humble slice of serenity and features the charming beach of Nissaki. This village was once the main access point to the island during the early 20th century and now is the perfect place to escape the hubbub of other parts of the island.
The beach itself is a haven of tranquillity with calm, crystal clear waters and olive trees blowing in the wind. You can even get on a chartered boat to visit both the Diapontian and the Paxoi Islands.
In the north-west of Corfu sits the traditional summer holiday destination of Sidari. This lively village is home to plenty of clubs, pubs and restaurants creating a thriving nightlife. During the day, you can stroll down to the beach and paddle in the shallow waters.
If you like your water sports then you are in luck here with water skiing, banana boat rides, paragliding, parasailing, speed boat and pedal boat hire all available. You can also discover life beneath the surface with a scuba diving lesson.
Channel of Love
At the far end of Sidari beach, you’ll find the fabled Channel of Love. Canal D’Armour, as it is known in these parts, may on the surface just seem like a tunnel between two eroding sandstone rocks but it carries a certain mystique in its mythology.
It is said that anyone that swims right through the tunnel will soon meet the partner of their dreams. If you’re looking for love then a swim along the Canal D’Amour could be the beginnings of a holiday romance, no guarantees of course.
Eagle-eyed movie fans will recognise the sand dunes of Issos beach. Yes, this stretch of shoreline in the south-west of Corfu was a location in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. Away from the tourist traps, this is more of a locals beach but you will be more than welcome.
The shore is divided by rich flora which keeps the beach and the important wetland of the Korission Lake separate. It is a popular spot for windsurfers while the lake and forest makes it a favourite for hikers.
How about kicking back on a beach fit for an emperor? The idyllic village of Benitses is a cavalcade of windy streets, Roman baths and some of the best restaurants on the island but it is it’s beach that caught the eye of Emperor Wilhelm II.
The last Kaiser of the German Empire fell in love with this corner of Corfu and had a stone bridge built in order to connect the Achillion gardens with the beachfront. Part of the ‘Kaiser Bridge’ remains today and you too will no doubt share the same feeling about Benitses as the man himself when you pull up a sunbed and enjoy the magnificent views.
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