Corfu is a beautiful island in the Ionian sea close to neighboring Albania to the north. For centuries it has been popular with holidaymakers from all over the world and has played an important role during wartime. In fact, it has been occupied by the French, Germans, and Brits and the Venetian influence is evident everywhere. It’s also a large island so working out where to stay on Corfu can be tricky.
We’ve had some wonderful Corfu holidays over the years. Here are our recommendations for the best Corfu hotels and self-contained accommodation.
Venetian mansions and the focal Venetian Castle, French arcades, Byzantine churches, British monuments and even a cricket pitch are among Corfu Town’s many charms. There is even a very good Holocaust Monument which highlights the impact the second world war had on this part of the world.
Situated on the eastern coast of Corfu, the town is home to the island’s main airport and is well connected to the rest of Greece with ferries servicing the nearby mainland regularly.
Even if you spend most of your time in one of the beach-side resorts or villages try and spend at least a night in Corfu Town. There is quite a lot to see and do and it really is a very charming town with a cool cosmopolitan vibe.
Recommended hotels in Corfu Town
Recommended Budget hotel : Magnolia Rooms
Recommended mid-range hotel : Mayor Mon Repos Palace Art Hotel
Recommended Luxury hotel: Rodostamo Hotel & Spa
Paleo means “old” and Kastritsa is ‘castle’. Wrapped around three beautiful bays, Paleokastritsa is an iconic, scenic spot to spend your Greek holiday. In fact it remains one of the best family holidays we have ever had.
Situated at a dead-end road it becomes a bustling resort during the day when day-trippers and cruise passengers arrive and is surprisingly tranquil at night when most of them leave. There is a lot to see and do especially if you are into watersports with a wide range of boats and boating activities on offer including very modern glass bottom boats. There is also good snorkeling and diving, parasailing, canoeing and even little pedal boats you can rent on the beach.
At night there are a variety of excellent tavernas to choose from for a variety of budgets. Many are west-facing so have beautiful sunsets and some also have live entertainment and dancing. It is really is a great spot for everyone!
There are many accommodation options. We stayed in a cheap and cheerful small family hotel right across from the beach (Zefiros) and I can still hear the fat lazy bees buzzing around our breakfast table.
Paleokastritsa is a great destination if you don’t have a car. You can walk up to the monastery or explore the various bays by water. If you do want to see the rest of the island however hire a car for a day or two.
recommended hotels in Paleokastritsa
Recommended Budget hotel : Anemona Studios
Recommended mid-range hotel : Zefiros Hotel
Recommended Luxury hotel: Akrotiri Beach Hotel
If you’re visiting Corfu to party, then Kavos is your town. Famous for its raucous nightlife, Kavos is Corfu’s capital of clubbing with dozens of bars and nightclubs lining the main street and beachfront.
By day, Kavos is all about the beach. The beach is pleasant and well organised with plenty of sun lounges and water sports on offer. As night falls all the bright young people come out to party, and stag and hen groups are common. Famous DJs and clubs play the latest tracks until the early hours of the morning so if it’s peace and quite you are after for your Corfu holiday this may not be your best choice.
Accommodation in Kavos is mostly made up of cheap, clean and simple hotels usually with pools and a decent breakfast. Kavos is located at the very southern tip of Corfu about an hour from Corfu Town and the airport.
recommended hotels in Kavos
Recommended Budget hotel : Morfeas Hotel
Recommended mid-range hotel : Erofili Hotel
Located only 15 minutes drive north of Corfu Town Gouvia is a popular holiday destination in Greece that offers a charming combination of lively bars and tavernas and peaceful hillside escapes.
Situated around the scenic east facing waterfront the tiny town has become busy in recent years, with many holidaymakers drawn there for its selection of accommodation and fun nightlife. There’s a wide range of accommodation options in Gouvia, from high-end beach resorts to small holiday apartments and everything in between.
The town is filled with lots of tavernas, shops, markets and a range of fresh food options. The beach, although pebbly, is still lovely and generally quite calm, and around the modern marina the remains of the old Venetian marina can be seen.
recommended hotels in Gouvia
Recommended Budget hotel : Orpheus Hotel
Recommended mid-range hotel : Art Hotel Debono
Recommended Luxury hotel: Paradise Hotel
A little further along from Gouvia is Dassia, a large resort town scattered along small roads that lead down to the clean sandy beach. Many big hotels are situated along the cliffs and boast spectacular views across the water towards the mainland.
Dassia is popular with families as it is very child-friendly and there is a lot to do, particularly watersports. You can take a ride on a banana boat, hire a pedal car or try paragliding. Bars and restaurants, plus a few small nightclubs, become busy in the evening and there are lots of shops and services such as tour operators and beauty salons.
You can walk along the coast down to Gouvia or north to other villages or take the bus around the island.
recommended hotels in Dassia
Recommended Budget hotel : Efi and Sofia Apartments
Recommended mid-range hotel : Corfu Palma Boutique Hotel
Recommended Luxury hotel: Grecotel Daphnila Bay Dassia
This charming village has great mountain and sea views, beautiful clear water and a small sandy beach lined with small bars and restaurants. Facing west there are amazing sunsets to be enjoyed and as it is located near the middle of the island it is a great base to explore all of Corfu. Driving down into the bay surrounded by olive groves and sparkling blue water is truly a joy.
Agios Gordios has a large number of repeat visitors due to its central location and its wide variety of accommodation and activities, which suit all budgets.
It’s about a 30 minute ( 15 kilometres) drive to Corfu town and the airport.The local buses are efficient and a viable option to explore the island or a taxi to the airport or Corfu town will cost around 35euro.
recommended hotels in Agios Gordios
Recommended Budget hotel : Vicky’s Apartments
Recommended mid-range hotel : Kadith Apartments
Recommended Luxury hotel: Agios Gordios Beach Resort
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