Where to Stay in Corfu – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

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Written By: Pavlos Inglesis

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These are the best places to stay in Corfu. Chances are you are probably confused with the weird names of Corfu’s towns, but my guide will hopefully help you out 😉…

Corfu is one of the biggest greek islands with plenty of options to stay, from Corfu Town with the lovely old town to the buzzing bars and restaurants of Kavos and the beautiful resort towns of Paleokastritsa, Agios Gordios, Sidari and Acharavi.

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So, depending on your situation, this is where you should stay in Corfu (Jump quickly with the links below or keep reading):

The place you will be staying in Corfu can really make or break your holidays on this magical green Greek island as you will find out that there are quite a lot of differences between the different areas and places to stay (and many similarities as well).

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Corfu is a beautiful island on the west side of Greece in the Ionian Sea that has been shaped by the clash of different civilizations that ruled the region for centuries and this diversity in my opinion is what makes the island extremely fascinating.

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Corfu is also an island with some of the best hotels in Greece and some of the most impressive all-inclusive hotels in the country (along with Crete and Rhodes).

Area/Town
Best For
Best Hotel
Corfu Town
Attractions, Romantic, First Timers, No car
Gouvia
Families, Close to Corfu Town, over 30's
Acharavi
Beach, Families, Seniors, Any Age
Paleokastritsa
Families, Couples, Young, Nature Lovers, Any age
Sidari
Nightlife, Parties, <30 years old
Glyfada
Any age, Beach
Ipsos
Beach, Families, Close to Corfu Town, over 30's
Beach, Families, Close to Corfu Town, over 30's
Kavos
Parties, Nightlife, <25 years old

So, in a nutshell, the answer to where to stay in Corfu is actually pretty simple:

“It really depends on your situation and what you are looking for from your trip to Corfu but it also depends on how you are planning to spend your holidays: in an all inclusive hotel with everything around or looking to explore the island and see many areas. Also, all resort places in Corfu have one thing in common which is the fact that they are close to a stunning beach (either with pebbles or sand).“

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VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW:

  • Best Place To Stay in Corfu: I cannot really suggest the best place to stay in Corfu because all of the areas are beautiful and each one is the best for a specific category of visitors, so Corfu Town is great for culture lovers, Paleokastritsa and Liapades are for natural gems, Sidari and Kavos are vibrant with fun nightlife. It really depends on your situation.
  • How to Book a Hotel for Corfu: go to Booking.com and make your choice. Airbnb has fewer available rooms and villas for Corfu.

Which is the best area to stay in Corfu?

The best area to stay in Corfu is undoubtedly the north part of the island as it has most of the best resort towns and the best beaches of the island. If you are looking for more quiet areas and town though you should take a look at places such as Liapades and Mesongi and try to avoid Sidari and Kavos.

Where should I stay in Corfu for the first time?

If you are visiting Corfu for the first time, you should stay at Corfu Town or anywhere around it to be honest, because you need to be close to this marvellous old town as it has so much to explore. I do not recommend staying in Kavos (unless you are 18 and want to drink all day) or even in Sidari because you will be missing a lot from the island. My advice though is to rent a car for a few days and drive around the island. If you are mostly interested in beaches then Acharavi or Glyfada on the west side of the island would be ideal for you.

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1. Best Place To Stay In Corfu (overall)

The best place to stay in Corfu is the north half side of the island which actually has some of the best resort towns on the island.

Alternatively, if you are looking to stay in one of the cutest old towns in Europe then you should stay in Corfu Town.

The best towns to stay on the island are Corfu Town (the capital of the island and a greek modern city), Gouvia (lots of amenities and perfect for families), Dassia (beautiful beaches along with a nice beach), Acharavi (the largest beach on the island, Paleokastritsa (a natural wonder) and Glyfada (a locals favourite beach) beach towns.

2. Best Place For Families

corfu family hotel
The best place to stay in Corfu for families is anywhere close to a beach in my opinion in places such as Paleokastritsa, Glyfada, Agios Gordios. This is the beautiful Aqualand Resort in Agios Ioannis

Being a father to 2 beautiful (but cheeky) daughters I know a thing or two about what can make a great family holiday and I can tell you that there is no better playground in the world than a beautiful sandy (or even pebbly) beach.

So if you are really looking for a great family place to stay in Corfu then I highly recommend you stay as close to a beach as possible. Great family resort towns in Corfu are:

Corfu is one of the best greek islands for families with its great infrastructure, amenities, restaurants, family-friendly hotels and beautiful long and wide beaches. There is also an International Aiport on the island that offers direct flights from (and to) pretty much all major European Cities.

Here are some of the best family hotels in Corfu:

I also highly suggest that you avoid resort towns such as Kavos and Sidari as they become party towns in the nights (and day). I wouldn’t want to spend a family holiday with my kids next to drunk 19 year olds (been there done that though).

3. Best Place for Couples in Corfu

paleokastritsa corfu
In my honest opinion, Paleokastritsa is simply the little paradise you might be looking for, with your other half

In my opinion, Corfu is one of the best greek islands for a couples holiday (any age).

Make no mistake, this place is both romantic and adventurous.

Seclusive but also full of energy and with a million things to see and do.

But when you are researching all the different areas to stay in Corfu the amount of information might be confusing for most people.

I truly believe that accommodation is the A and Z for a great couples holiday in Corfu.

You don’t really want to be close to nightclubs and crazy parties (though you can certainly visit some…) that happen in Kavos or Sidari.

In my opinion, Paleokastritsa is the best place for a couples holiday in Corfu but I would also consider Corfu Old Town too as it’s a very unique town literally resembling Venice in many ways.

In Paleokastritsa, you will be in a small green and turquoise paradise full of things to do and explore . You can even rent a boat and explore the nearby hidden beaches and coves.

On the other hand, Corfu Old Town with its cute alleys and hidden restaurants and cafes can be a great spot to base your holidays as you can literally explore the whole island from there.

4. Best Place for Nightlife

kavos corfu party
If you are under 25 (and mainly British) then Kavos can be fun, indeed

People say that Corfu can be a party island but that is true only in Kavos mainly and Sidari (in a smaller scale though).

To be honest, when it comes to nightlife in Corfu It really depends on what kind of nightlife you are looking for.

In my view, the best nightlife of the island is actually in Corfu town with great bars, wines bars, cocktail bars and even nightclubs where even locals spend their night.

On the other hand in Kavos and in Sidari you will mostly find nightclubs that cater to 18-25 year olds looking for a cheap drink to get wasted. There is nothing wrong with that (we have all been 19 at some point…) but Kavos is only that, so you should better avoid it if you are not into that.

Corfu Town has some excellent nightlife options in my opinion, much more elegant and fun in many ways with places such as Brofessor, Dell’Acque, Boite and Pecorino.

5. Best Place for Beach

kassiopi beach corfu
Corfu has some of the best beaches in Greece, nested in green pine tree coves with emerald waters and white pebbles; this is the beautiful Mpataria beach close to Kassiopi town in northern Corfu.

If you are mainly visiting Corfu for the beach life then you won’t be disappointed as the island has a long list of diverse beaches nested in pebbly and rocky bays or with golden smooth and fine sand.

I honestly believe that Corfu has the best beaches of any greek island (ok maybe except from Crete) as there is so much variety and diversity to them that is truly unmatched on any other island.

The best beach towns in Corfu are:

There are just so many wonderful beaches on the island that would be a shame if you won’t visit at least some of them and the best way to do just that would be to rent a car for a few days, to explore the island in the most flexible way.

6. Best Place Without A Car

corfu buses
Corfu local buses (Ktel Kerkyras) are very well scheduled and generally on time with a modern and spacious terminal in Corfu Town

If driving a car is not your thing (which I totally get even though I am just suggesting to everyone visiting a Greek island that this is literally the best thing they can do in their holidays in Greece), then you should definitely stay in Corfu Town, so that you are close to the main bus terminal of the KTEL Buses.

KTEL Kerkyras (their official name) website

You can definitely stay elsewhere, too, but you will be limited to that area mostly (which is also fine). If it is your first time in Corfu though you might be tempted to explore it a bit more.

CONCLUSION

So, there are the best places to stay in Corfu!

Always have in mind that Corfu is a pretty big greek island and it would take time to go from one town to another.

The best area to stay if you are a couple and you want to enjoy the beautiful paradise-like scenery then you should definitely stay in or around Paleokastritsa but if you are looking to explore the island you could also stay close or near Corfu town in areas such Gouvies, Komeno or even the old town itself.

If you are visiting Corfu with your kids then the best thing you can do is to stay closer to any beach and then visit other areas if you want to.

The kids will always enjoy the beach more than anything else.

The best area to stay with the kids is Acharavi, Agios Gordios and even Glyfada ( a local’s favourite beach)

As a final note, always remember to book your accommodation at least 6 months in advance, as most hotels sell out quickly every year!

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Pavlos Inglesis
Greek, born and raised in Athens. I have been to almost every greek island and pretty much in every region of mainland Greece. I have also been eating souvlaki and gyros since the 80s. I love being a dad to my 2 beautiful daughters and also taking great photos of the places I visit. This is my blog to help you out explore the places I have visited with my inside tips as a Greek, knowing the ins and outs of my country and culture. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section under the post you are interested in and I wIll try my best to respond asap.

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