Corfu has numerous beaches catering to every taste. Crowded, with every watersport facility, more isolated, pebbly and sandy, some of the beaches are only accessible by boat.
The great sandy beaches of Glyfada, Kontogyalos, Halikounas, Vitalades and Agios Gordis, with their turquoise blue waters are all located on the southwest side of the island. Glyfada is particularly popular because of its good infrastructure and proximity to Corfu city.
On the north side of the island there are two excellent beaches, Acharavi, a well-known summer resort, and Sidari, a cosmopolitan seaside town. In the northeast, there is Ypsos, renown for its watersports and cobalt blue waters, Nissaki, with its charming little pebble beach, Kerassia, with its Rothschild mansion and Avlaki, a small idyllic cove.
To the island’s northwest is the famous Paleokastritsa, celebrated for its natural beauty and refreshingly cold waters. There are six individual coves at Paleokastritsa, featuring sandy and pebble beaches. The main cove has multiple watersport facilities and the whole area is dotted with restaurants and bars overlooking the bay and serving fine local cuisine.
Southern Corfu also boasts excellent beaches, Santa Barabara and Issos are particularly special.