Beach Day & Road Trip on Corfu

Take a dip
Corfu Town is full of incredible and interesting sites, and some are best visited by car. The afternoons tend to be too hot for exploration, so start your road trip early in the morning. Begin with the Achilleion, set just six miles (10 km) south of town.

This ornate fairy palace was built for Empress Elisabeth of Austria (also known as Sissi) among cypress and myrtle trees, with an intricate garden. Sissi dedicated the mansion to the ancient Greek mythological hero Achilles, as she believed he embodied the very soul and fairness of Greece. You'll find a statue of him (amongst others) in the garden.

Next, drive to Kanoni to admire an amazing view of the islet of Pontikonissi (meaning Mouse Island). This is the most photographed spot in Corfu! Then, make your way toward Paleopolis to the Mon Repos Palace. The British commissioner Frederic Adams built this extravagant mansion as a gift to his Corfiot wife. 

The nearby Mon Repos Beach is an excellent spot for a swim as the afternoon temperatures rise. It features a stone pier and a small stretch of tree-lined coast. Or, you can reverse the order of the aforementioned sites and end at Benitses Beach, which is much bigger. Because these beaches sit close to Corfu Town, they're usually quite crowded. And like all beaches on this side of the island, they're pebbled and not sandy.

Swimming at one of Corfu's beaches is the best way to polish off a morning of exploring. And because you have a rental car, you can travel to some of the western beaches if you prefer sandy and kid-friendly options with amenities. Both Agios Gordios and Glyfada beaches are great choices.

You can keep exploring and travel northwest to see some of the most beautiful landscapes and beaches on Corfu Island! Relax at Arillas and Agios Georgios Pagon beaches, with sandy shores, amenities (including watersports and pedalboats), and crystal-clear waters. You'll also find delicious taverns with fresh seafood dishes. The waters at Agios Georgios Pagon are quite shallow, making them a great choice for young families, swimming, and snorkeling. 

If you'd rather explore some of Corfu's landscapes, head to Sidari in the north. You'll find beautiful rock formations, cliffs, and sea caves at the scenic Canal d' Amour. The clay from the rocks is said to have therapeutic properties for the skin.

As you drive northwest, you'll pass Paleokastritsa Bay, a place of incomparable natural beauty. All of its seven bays and coves are full of umbrellas, chaises, and various inflatable beach toys! Park at one of the parking lots and walk to find a convenient spot that suits your taste. The only sandy beach here is Agios Spiridon, which tends to draw large crowds. Try Alipa or Agios Petros beaches for a quieter experience.

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