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Corfu is a big island, so a little planning (and help from fellow travellers) goes a long way. Fun abounds in major resorts like Sidari, Kavos and Roda, but their beaches are often jam-packed in summer. Don’t worry, even in the peak summer months you can easily find your own peaceful patch of sand. And on the west coast’s castaway-style coves and the northeast coast’s hidden bays, there isn’t a bacon butty or Union Jack in sight.

TripAdvisor’s top ranking Corfu beaches

  • Check out the TripAdvisor forum‘s thread on Corfu’s best beaches. Beach-goers describe Paleokastritsaas “picture perfect” and “heaven on earth”, with cool, crystal-clear waters perfect for snorkelling. The walk to the hilltop monastery is highly recommended for “great photos of the lovely surroundings“, as is the boat trip to the sea caves.
  • The back-to-nature bay of Myrtiossa, was recently recommended for its “soft, pale gold sand and perfect blue waters… and nudists”! The Blue Flag beach of Ermonesis praised for its “great sunset views” and “beautifully clear water” that is ideal for snorkelling.
  • If you are based on the northeast coast in Kassiopi, travellers suggest heading to the quiet pebble coves away from the main beach where “the water is amazing”. Slightly further north, Kalamakiis a fine swathe of sand, with remarkably shallow water and little in the way of development.
  • In the popular northern resort of Sidari, holidaymakers suggest buying a drink from a bar to use their umbrellas and sunbeds for the day. Edging west of here, Arillasis another solid family choice.

Best sights in Corfu

You can avoid the midday heat and crowds by sightseeing in the morning or late afternoon. Though tour operators offer a wide array of excursions, it is often significantly cheaper (and more relaxing) to explore at your own pace. Spring and early autumn are best if you want to cycle up to the hills or hike a stretch of the 220km Corfu Trail, which takes in the island’s most scenic coastlines and countryside.

The best attractions in Corfu according to TripAdvisor

  • You can explore oak woods, olive groves, meadows and rural villages on horseback at Trailriders(first best rated attraction). Recent visitors describe it as “a lovely way to spend a couple of hours and appreciate
    the countryside close up”.
  • For a more cultural day out, head to Achillion(fifth best rated attraction), an opulent palace with dreamy sea views that was built for Elisabeth, Empress of Austria, in 1890. Set in sculpture-dotted gardens,
    the palace is described as “a journey through time and mythology”.
  • Corfu’s highest peak, Mt Pantokrator(eighth best rated attraction) and Paleokastritsa’s 13th-century hilltop monastery(10th best rated attraction) are also known for their captivating panoramas.
  • High up on many sightseeing lists is Corfu Town, with its pretty Venetian architecture, museums and two fortresses. The main plaza, Spianada, is described as a “beautiful and relaxing place”. Close by is the Church of St Spiridon, which is “decorated with Venetian paintings – especially the ceiling – unlike many Byzantine churches”. According to recent visitors, the New Fortressis “better preserved than the Old Fortress” and has “amazing views”.

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