Most of the attractions in Corfu are perfect for relaxation seekers. The biggest draw is the abundance of beaches on the island, but you can head to Corfu Town on the eastern coast to explore historical attractions, such as the Church of Saint Spyridon and the Old Fortress. There are endless things to do in Corfu, you’ll never be bored.
This is our insider’s guide to the best things to do and attractions in Corfu, including climbing Ágii Déka, visiting Kérkyra Old Town and hiking the Corfu Trail.
Due to its proximity and history with mainland Europe, Corfu Island was actually one of the first Greek Islands to experience mass tourism so there is no shortage of places that are waiting for you visit and enjoy.
Visit The Old Fortress
At one point in time, all of the residents of Corfu lived inside the walls of the Palaio Frourio, or Old Fortress. Another major highlight of the fortress is the Church of St. George which was built by Venetians and utlitized by the British during their occupation of the island in the 1800s.
Recent travelers say a visit to the Old Fortress is a must-do for first time visitors, but there isn’t much signage to guide visitors around.
Eat Your Heart Out
The Corfiot cuisine offers a special culinary experience based on the Mediterranean cuisine with influences from the Greek and the Italian tradition. Some of its most typical dishes include sofrito (beef meat with a lot of garlic, accompanied with wine sauce), pastitsada (rooster with tomato sauce and a lot of spices served with thick spaghetti) and bourdeto (fish cooked in a red sauce with a lot of pepper).
Α nice place to get in touch with the authentic Corfiot cuisine is the traditional tavern Doukas, located in the central square of the picturesque village Doukades in the wider area of Palaiokastritsa. If you prefer some delicious grilled meat you should visit Ladokolla in the village Temploni, half an hour away from the city center, where they serve exceptional grilled meat in grease-proof paper and host some amazing live music nights.
Be sure you try olive oil or take in an olive oil tasting while in Corfu. There are over 4 million olive trees on Corfu Island, 95% of which are lianolia variety.
Visit Corfu Town
Due to being under Venetian rule from the 14th century to the late 18th century, Venetian architecture can still be found on this island – especially in the capital of Corfu Town.
Kérkyra’s old quarter, with its arcades facing the Spianáda (Esplanade), its pastel-hued multi-storied dwellings, peaceful squares and slatted Venetian-style shutters, was clearly the basis for the Unesco ranking, and amply rewards any time spent strolling.
With Venetian style buildings, two fortresses, narrow little lanes and numerous restaurants, Corfu Town is a place you’ll want to spend some time exploring.
Museums! Museums! Museums!
Kérkyra Town’s archaeological museum finally re- opened in late summer 2017 (Tue–Sun 8.30am–2.45pm; The pediment, Greece’s oldest known monumental sculpture, was discovered in 1912 at the Artemis temple of Paleopolis, south of the modern town
The Corfu Museum of Asian Art is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. Founded in 1928, the museum is the only in Greece to be solely dedicated to Asian art. Recent visitors said the museum offers an impressive collection that you wouldn’t expect to find on the European island.
The museum resides in the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, a British structure built in the early 1800s. The museum is located in the Old Town, northwest of the Old Fortress. The Museum of Asian Art is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with some exhibits closing at 1:30 p.m. Admission costs 6 euros (around $7.50). The museum also offers free admission during special Greek holidays.
Get YourHike On
The meandering, waymarked Corfu Trail makes a prime introduction to every conceivable landscape, from bird-rich lagoons to the highest summits.
Even if you don’t walk much (or any) of the trail, the environs of the route’s south end – near Cape Asprókavos – are well worth exploring by vehicle or mountain-bike.
The postcard view from Kanóni to Vlahérna islet and Pondikonísi is clichéd, but still unmissable. Vlahérna, tethered to the main island with a causeway, is completely covered by the Venetian-era white monastery of Panagía Vlahernón.