Corfu is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for sun-seekers and beach lovers. Dotted with hundreds of amazing places to swim, the island offers some of the finest beaches of the Ionian Sea. Whether you like deserted coves, long sandy beaches, or pebbled beaches, Corfu offers something for everyone! But what are the best beaches of Corfu that you should not miss visiting during your next visit in Corfu? Get your sunscreen, swimming suit and hat on and get ready to discover the top beaches of Corfu with us! If you already know which beaches you would like to visit, just contact our team of local travel experts and we will be thrilled to design the perfect Corfu Beach Tour or Corfu Beach Shore Excursion for you, always tailored to your own needs and tastes.
1. Corfu Glyfada Beach
Located on the west coast of Corfu, approximately 16 km from Corfu Town/Corfu port, Glyfada beach is inarguably one of the top beaches in Corfu. Often referred to as ''the cosmopolitan beach of Corfu'', Glyfada boasts long stretches of golden sand, crystal clear, turquoise waters, and a wide range of facilities, including sunbeds, umbrellas, beach bars and restaurants. If you feel more active, you can also try some of the available water sports suitable for both adults and children, including jet-skiing, water-skiing, banana rides and pedalos. The organization of the beach, the safety and cleanliness of the waters have also been recognized over the last years with the prestigious ''Blue Flag Award'', by the Foundation of Environmental Education. Discover Glyfada Beach alone, as a couple, with your friends, or family with one of our popular Corfu Beach Tours and Beach Shore Excursions like our top-rated Private Shore Excursion: Corfu Beaches: Paleokastritsa and Glyfada, our Private Tour to Glyfada Beach and Corfu Town or our Private Corfu Custom Tour: Corfu in a day where you can combine Glyfada Beach with any other Corfu attraction. Click to see the exact location of Glyfada Beach on Google Maps.
2. Paleokastritsa beach
Blessed with hillsides thick with olive trees, cypresses and wild flowers that tumble down to blue-green seas, Paleokastritsa is a nature and beach lover’s dream, which will always be included in any ‘’Top beaches of Corfu’’ list. Visitors to Paleokastritsa can swim in one of the six small bays of the area, taste Corfu’s freshest seafood in one of the local tavernas or take a boat trip to discover the nearby caves and secluded beaches. The surrounding caves, rock formations and crystal clear waters make this area a great place for snorkeling. There is also a 13th-century monastery dominating the area, which can be reached through a 15-minute uphill walk or you can get there comfortably with your minivan, if you book a Corfu Private tour (bigger tour coaches are not allowed to drive up to the monastery since 2019). Paleokastritsa is located on the northwest coast of Corfu, approximately a 45-minute drive from Corfu Town/Corfu port and can be easily explored with one of our top-rated Corfu beach excursions: Private Shore Excursion to Corfu Beaches: Paleokastritsa and Glyfada or with any of our Corfu Tours & Shore Excursions that include a stop in Paleokastritsa like our Private Shore Excursion to Paleokastritsa and Corfu Town, our Best of Corfu: Full Day Island Tour or our Private Tour to Achillion and Paleokastritsa. Click to view the Paleokastritsa Google Maps Location.
3. Barbati beach
If you are looking for a long, white pebble beach with pristine, deep, crystal clear waters and a mesmerizing, lush green surrounding landscape, then the famous Barbati beach is perfect for you! Set 19 km northeast of Corfu Town/Corfu port, along the foot of Mountain Pantokrator, Barbati is a well-organised beach, boasting plenty of facilities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sports, beach bars and a plethora of local tavernas where you can sample the most delicious Corfiot flavors. In the past, the beach of Barbati has also received the significant ''Blue Flag Award'' by the Foundation of Environmental Education, thanks to its organization as well as the purity of its waters and the cleanliness of its shore. Visit Barbati Beach with our Corfu Custom Day Tour, contact us to arrange a Barbati beach tour/shore excursion, or check all our full range of Corfu Shore Excursions and Corfu Private Tours to get more ideas. Check out the Barbati Location on Google Maps. Tip: Many families with children visit the beach every summer, but if you are visiting with kids, please take extra care as the waters may be calm and clean but they are also very deep!
4. Canal d’ amour beach
Set between the beautiful villages of Sidari and Peroulades, the famous Channel of Love, aka Canal d’ amour beach, is the most impressive beach of Corfu but also a unique natural wonder due to the impressive geological formations of the area. Canal d’amour beach boasts a breathtaking scenery consisting of imposing rock formations and secluded coves surrounded by the mesmerizing waters of the Ionian Sea. You can enjoy unique photography opportunities from the top of the sandstone cliffs, practise snorkeling or just swim in the sparkling waters of the Ionian Sea, preferably with your other half - legend has it that couples who swim through the narrow canal fall in love forever! Canal d’amour is located approximately 35 km from Corfu Town/Corfu port (approximately 1 hour drive) and can be explored with a tailor made Corfu Beach Tour or Corfu Beach Shore Excursion (if your cruise ship time available on the island allows it). View Canal d' amour location in Google Maps. Tip: Due to the tiny size of the beach, this beach can get easily crowded, so we strongly recommend arriving there early in the morning.
5. Halikounas beach
Halikounas beach is a beautiful, long sandy beach with crystalline waters, extending for approximately 4,5 km on the south-western coast of Corfu, approximately 25 km south from Corfu Town/Corfu port. The beach, surrounded by sand dunes, has escaped tourist development, and is ideal for those who are looking for a more quiet option. There is only a small range of facilities available - sunbeds, umbrellas and a small canteen offering drinks and snacks - but local tavernas can be found within close proximity. Due to the strong winds of the area, Halikounas is also a windsurfing paradise with essential equipment available for rent on the beach. A highlight of the area is the nearby Lake Korission, a fascinating eco-system, home to impressive wildlife and flora, and also a Natura 2000 protected area. If you visit the beach in autumn or winter, you may be lucky enough to also witness pelicans and beautiful migratory flamingos! Halikounas is not included in any of our Corfu Private Tours or Corfu Shore Excursions but contact us to let us know your preferences and we will be glad to arrange your perfect Corfu beach tour or Corfu beach shore excursion. Check out Halikounas beach location in Google Maps.
6. Issos beach
Issos, aka the ''Sahara of Corfu'', is another fascinating long sandy beach of the south-west coast of Corfu, located approximately 29 km from Corfu Town/Corfu port, just a short drive from the village of Agios Georgios South. This beach is renowned for its golden sands, crystal clear waters and huge impressive huge dunes, all of which amaze visitors at first sight. On the beach, you can find sunbeds and umbrellas while restaurants and tavernas are within a short drive. Issos beach is probably the best place for windsurfing and kitesurfing in Corfu as steady wind blows all throughout summer time. The area is also an ideal choice for nature lovers, as visitors can explore the neighboring cedar forest and the 2000 Natura protected area of Lake Korission - the largest lagoon and most important wetland of Corfu sheltering more than 120 species of birds and other animals. A pehaps lesser known fact is that a scene of the James Bond Movie ''For your eyes only'' (1981) was filmed here! View Issos in Google Maps. Tip: Stay on the beach until late in the evening to enjoy an unique sunset above the sand dunes!
7. Porto Timoni beach
Nestled below the picturesque village of Afionas, lies the idyllic, twin beach of Porto Timoni - probably Corfu’s most secluded beach and one of the few areas of the island that still remain untouched! Surrounded by densely forested hills, the two beaches are separated by a narrow strip of land: the beach on your left is called Limni and has blue waters, while the beach on your right is called Porto Timoni and boasts darker blue waters. An interesting, but perhaps little known fact, is that each of these two beaches have different water temperatures. Outlined by imposing cliffs that take you off the beaten path, the hidden gem of Porto Timoni is perfect for those who are looking for a peaceful option, away from the crowds. Porto Timoni can either be reached through a rugged downhill path starting from the square of Afionas village (approximately 20 minute walk) or by renting a boat from Agios Georgios Pagon beach. If you decide to take the walking path, please make sure that you pack appropriate footwear! Contact us to arrange a Corfu Private Tour or Shore Excursion that includes Porto Timoni or check out our popular Corfu beach tours like our Private Shore Excursion Corfu Beaches: Paleokastritsa and Glyfada. View Porto Timoni Google Maps Location.
8. Corfu Paradise Beach /Chomoi Beach
Set on the northwest coast of Corfu, the secluded Corfu’s Paradise Beach, aka Chomoi by the locals, is a hidden, sparkling gem that certainly lives up to its name! This small pebbled beach stands out for its impossibly blue, crystalline waters, secluded atmosphere and steep, vertical, white cliffs gently sloping towards the sea and creating a breathtaking landscape. The area is only accessible by sea - you can reach Paradise beach by renting a boat from Liapades or by taking a boat excursion from the main beach of Paleokastritsa, which will also give you the chance to explore the legendary caves of the area. The beach is not organized and you will find no facilities there, so don't forget to take all necessary supplies with you. If you want to visit Paradise beach, just pick one of our Corfu Shore Excursions that include a stop in Paleokastritsa like our Private Shore Excursion to Paleokastritsa and Corfu Town or Private Shore Excursion: Corfu Beaches: Paleokastritsa & Glyfada or one of our Corfu Private Tours like our Private Tour: Best of Corfu Full Day Island Tour or our Private Tour to Paleokastritsa & Achillion. View Corfu's Paradise Beach Location in Google Maps.
9. Agios Georgios Pagon beach
Set on the northwestern coast of Corfu, approximately 35 km from Corfu Town, Agios Georgios Pagon beach is a beautiful bay, boasting a mix of pebble and golden sands and crystal clear waters which have been awarded with the prestigious ''Blue Flag'' by the Foundation of Environmental Education over the previous years. The seashore is fully equipped with plenty of facilities including sunbeds, umbrellas, and watersports. You can enjoy a Greek Frappé (Greek iced coffee) in one of the cafés or sample the delicious local cuisine in one of the plethora of tavernas. The surrounding cliffs and nearby villages make Agios Georgion Pagon also a perfect spot for those who love hiking. This beach is a lovely choice for families with kids thanks to its narrow, crystal clear waters and its range of available facilities. Visiting Agios Georgios Pagon can be combined with exploring other attractions of the northwest coast of Corfu like the picturesque village of Afionas or the world-famous coastline of Paleokastritsa. Explore our full range of our Corfu Tours to get more inspiration or drop us a line to discuss your travel plans. Check out Agios Georgios Pagon Google Maps Location.
10. Rovinia beach
Set on the west coast of Corfu, near the village of Liapades, the secluded beach of Rovinia is widely considered one of Corfu's most beautiful beaches but also one of the top beaches of the whole Greece. The mesmerizing green landscape, the breathtaking caves and the exotic, green-blue waters create a dreamy landscape which will definitely leave you in awe from the first moment you arrive! The hidden beach of Rovinia can either be reached through a hiking path from Liapades or by renting a boat from the nearby beach of Paleokastritsa. There are no facilities on the beach except for a little Canteen Boat that drops anchor at certain times of the day offering snacks and drinks. As there are no scheduled times that this boat approaches the beach, we strongly recommend that you bring your own food, water and any other necessary supplies with you. Rovinia beach is an excellent choice for those who are looking for relaxation away from the crowds. Click to see Rovinia Location in Google Maps.
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