8 of Corfu's very best beaches
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The island is ringed with beaches to tick all kinds of boxes from off-the-beaten-track bays with crystal water to pretty pebbly stretches, idyllic sandy coves, family-friendly bays with shallow waters and spots that are perfect for windsurfing and diving.
Many of the beaches have facilities whilst some are only accessible by boat. However, there are certain untouched spots which are so remote you may be the only ones there so don't forget to take water and sunscreen. Oh, and don't forget your camera for the obligatory sunset pics.
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The sunset beach
Head to the northwest tip of Corfu, just a few kilometres west of Sidari*, and you'll find the fairytale Loggás Beach (aka Perouládes Beach), a narrow sliver of fine sand towered over by other-worldly limestone rocks.
Visitors flock here for the sunset bar, 7th Heaven, where you get a first-class view of the tangerine sun disappearing over the horizon.
Those in the know, however, brace the steep path down to the beach. After a gentle wade through the surf, you'll be rewarded with an expanse of empty sand overlooked by rocks with the crystal clear sea ahead.
The city beach
Barbati Beach on the east coast is the main beach in Corfu Town, so comes with a summer lifeguard and lots of facilities. Consisting of large white pebbles and an impressively clear sea, it is a great option if you have kids or like to snorkel.
This Blue Flag beach also has a range of tavernas and trendy cocktail bars and is popular with Greek holidaymakers in the high season.
The superyacht marina
The Gouvia suburb is home to Corfu's premier yachting marina and as such is great for celeb-spotting whilst you enjoy an alfresco lunch or sundowner on the promenade.
With a shady promenade and a sea that shelves gently, it's no wonder it has a Blue Flag. Come early and get your sunbed and umbrella, and enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the beach-facing restaurants.
The sandy one
Glyfada Beach* is one of the best sandy beaches on the island and it has also been awarded a Blue Flag for its clean waters.
Situated almost due west of Corfu Town, it has everything you could wish for including bars, restaurants, water toys for hire and a friendly vibe.
In peak season it is a popular spot for locals to strut their stuff at the beach volleyball tournaments, and it's got a great vibe when the bars fill up to watch the sunset.
The 'Channel of Love' one
The popular resort town of Sidari on the island's north coast is also home to one of Corfu's most well-known beaches, the Canal D'amour.
Just 40 km from Corfu Town, you can easily visit as a day trip, but if you're staying in the area, you might want to head elsewhere to escape the crowds who come to sunbathe or jump off the cliffs for the famous cliff-diving as the actual beach is very small.
For a slightly less hectic option, head to nearby Cape Drastis by boat, which is situated close to the verdant village of Peroulades. This is also known for its cliff diving but is much less crowded.
The chilled resort
Not to be confused with its namesake (A. Georgios in the northwest), Agios Georgios South* (also known as St George or Issos) can be found in the traditional village of Argyrades in the southwestern part of the island.
Boasting a sandy six-mile beach, overlooked by olive groves and a small harbour, the resort is remarkably peaceful and is popular with couples and families.
Other notable beaches in the area are Lakkiess, Marathias, Gardenos and Santa Barbara.
Alternatively, you could just make a day of it at the nearby saltwater Lake Korission, which is popular with bird watchers.
Nudists, however, can pop next door, to the unspoilt section beyond the sand dunes; note there are no facilities, so bring a towel and an umbrella should you need some shade.
The one for nature lovers
Almost unknown on its own, Liapades (or Gefyra) is one of Corfu's smaller and quieter beach resorts.
People usually discover it whilst visiting neighbouring Paleokastritsa which is just across the bay and has a coastal footpath that takes around 40 minutes to the beach, including a steep ladder and a scramble across rocks.
Alternatively, it is a popular place to arrive by boat and anchor up and jump off for a snorkel or head to the shore. The beach itself consists of a mixture of sand and fine shingle and loungers are available, or you can pull up a chair at a beach bar.
However, you might want to explore a little further and check out the wild beach at Glyko. To get there you will have to do a little hiking as it appears to belong to a private house, but the beach itself is a small rocky cove and is a great spot for watching the sunset.
If you fancy a mini adventure, join a boat trip to Avlaki Beach, which is a couple of kilometres east of Corfu Town on the north coast between Agios Stefanos and Kassiopi*, and is renowned for having crystal water and some of the best visibility for snorkelling on Corfu.
The narrow bay is child-friendly, although you will need beach shoes for the pebbles, and you can hire sun loungers and umbrellas. Relatively unfrequented by tourists, it is a popular spot with locals who head here on the weekends, and this unpretentious bay has a couple of tavernas and plenty of parking.
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