Visiting Corfu as part of your next cruise? In this blogpost, we share tips on how to find your way around Corfu Cruise Port as well as Corfu Shore Excursion suggestions in order to make the most of the few hours you will have on our island!
Getting around Corfu cruise port
If you are calling at Corfu on your cruise then your ship will dock at Neo Limani (New Port). This port which also serves as a ferry port - though small and very crowded on busy cruise ship days - is fully geared to handling the needs of cruise passengers
Unlike some of the other islands in Greece, in Corfu cruise ships usually dock at the pier and therefore passengers can easily exit the ship with the help of a ramp instead of wasting time waiting for a tender boat. When you disembark from the ship there is a free shuttle bus waiting to take you to the cruise terminal – this takes just two minutes. If you just want to visit Corfu Town on your own, do some shopping or just stroll around the picturesque little alleys it is just 3km from the port – approximately 25 minutes on foot (not very pleasant walk though on a hot summer day!). Right outside the terminal, there is also a public bus that takes you to Corfu Town in 15 minutes (approximately 1.70 Euros – which you can pay in cash to the driver) or alternatively, you could use a taxi for approximately 10 Euros which will get you there in about 10 minutes. Whilst there may be bus services and taxis to use, it is important to know that there are often long queues so we strongly suggest prebooking transportation to avoid wasting the valuable time that you have available on our island.
Popular Corfu Shore Excursions
If your cruise ship times allows it, you will find it very rewarding to venture farther afield -Corfu is much more than the Town! If you want to explore the island's wonderful green countryside, picturesque villages, museums and lovely beaches, then we strongly recommend going on your own Corfu Private Shore Excursion. Even though most cruises allow you less than 5 hours to visit Corfu, that is enough time to discover two or three main sights and get a real feel for the island!
Let us give you some ideas of the excursions you can enjoy in the time available to you in Corfu.
1. Corfu Highlights
If this is your first visit to Corfu then the Private Shore Excursion to Achillion, Kanoni & Corfu Town, aka Corfu Highlights could be ideal for you as you will get to explore Corfu's ''must-sees''in only 4.5 hours! First, you will have the chance to visit the famous Achillion Palace built by Princess Sissi as a retreat in the 19th century. Next stop is Kanoni with its spectacular view of Mouse Island – Corfu’s iconic landmark – and the neighbouring tiny island of Vlacherna with its traditional white Greek church. A photo not to be missed! Finally, you will have the opportunity to explore the historical centre of Corfu old town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can find more details about the Corfu Highlights tour here: https://www.bluetours.gr/tours-and-activities/private-shore-excursion-achillion-kanoni-corfu-town
2. Olive Mill Guided Tour & Workshop and Corfu Town
For those wanting to experience local authenticity we recommend the Olive Mill and Corfu Town excursion. This 4.5-hour excursion starts with a visit to the 15th century family-run Governor’s Olive Mill, where you will have the chance to taste the Premium extra virgin olive oil which has received a plethora of international awards. You will then move on to Corfu Town. Stroll around Spianada Square, the biggest square in Greece and the 19th-century Liston arcade and explore the small traditional shops for souvenirs! You can find more details about this tour here: https://www.bluetours.gr/tours-and-activities/private-tour-olive-mill-and-corfu-town
3. Glyfada Beach
Just want to relax? Then the trip to the cosmopolitan, Glyfada Beach (4.5 hours) is for you! Widely considered one of the best beaches in Corfu, Glyfada is conveniently located approximately 16 km (30 minute drive) from the port, on the west coast of the island. This sandy beach offers a wide range of facilities including sunbeds and umbrellas, water sports as well as small shops and beach bars. The visit to Glyfada Beach can easily be combined with a visit to Corfu Town or Paleokastritsa on a half-day or full-day tour. You can find more details about this tour here: https://www.bluetours.gr/tours-and-activities/private-shore-excursion-glyfada-beach
4. Island Tour
If you have a longer stay in Corfu, then the Corfu Island Tour is a must! On this 7-hour excursion you can see the most popular Corfu attractions in one day and enjoy the island's delightful countryside! See Princess Sissi’s Achillion Palace with its impressive gardens – built in honour of Homer’s hero Achilles. You will then visit world-famous Paleokastritsa with its unique natural beauty and breathtaking views. Here you can swim in the crystal-clear waters, take a boat to visit the stunning caves or visit the nearby 13th century monastery. This unforgettable day out finishes with a visit to Corfu Town to wander through the historical centre and admire the multicultural heritage. Read more information about the Island Tour here:https://www.bluetours.gr/tours-and-activities/private-tour-island-tour
5.Corfu Town Food walking tour
The food lovers amongst you mustn’t miss the Corfu Town Food walking tour! This 3.5–hour culinary journey takes you to the best food spots in town to savour and enjoy Corfu and Greek cuisine. Your personal food-loving guide will give you an insight into the traditions of Corfu food culture and Greek gastronomy and reveal some of the secrets of popular traditional recipes! Read more about this tour here: https://www.bluetours.gr/tours-and-activities/private-tour-corfu-walking-food-tour
Whatever you do in Corfu, when you rejoin your ship you will be taking away countless memories to cherish for the rest of your life!