Villas on Corfu >>
While children are often happy enough just messing about in your villa's pool, building sandcastles on the beach or paddling in the sea, on occasion you might prefer to plan something a little more adventurous, stimulate their curiosity and help them experience something new and exciting. Fortunately, on Corfu, there are lots of activities that children of all ages (and parents!) will love. Here are a few of our favourites:
Learning the ropes!
Avlaki beach in the north of Corfu is one of the loveliest on the island and its crystal clear, generally calm waters make it an excellent spot not only for a swim but also learning to sail a dinghy or windsurf! A local school offers courses for all levels, and so if you have any children aged around 11 or over who would like to learn something new, this could be the place!
Gee gee up!
Avlaki is also a great spot for a little equestrian fun. At the local Dimitris stables, children of all ages are welcome to learn how to ride or, if already proficient, to head off with the guides to discover the gorgeous coastline and woods of the area.
If swishing down slides, thrilling through water tubes and generally splashing around is considered good fun by your children, they might like a day out at Hydropolis Waterpark in Acharavi on the north coast. Once they've experienced the Toboggan (102m), the Double Multi-Run, the Hydro Tube (98m), the Free Fall, the Kamikaze and the Lazy River (180m) a few times, there's lots more to do, including joining in games of water volleyball and other sports. For the youngest in your group there is a special children's pool with three mini-slides, an adventure playground with climbing frames and a farm zoo with ducks, geese, ostriches, peacocks, rabbits and other small animals. There are also several bars, cafés tavernas and ice-cream parlours, so you will not need to worry about feeding time! There is another waterpark called Acqualand in Agios Ioannis, in the centre of the island, due west of Corfu Town.
Messing about on a boat
Renting a little boat on Corfu is simple and in our experience children love taking off for the day to discover the bays and coast of Corfu with mum or dad at the helm! There will be plenty of opportunities for swimming and plenty of seafront tavernas where you can dock for a little lunch.
Castling in Corfu
Corfu's long history and strategic position meant that it has been invaded and fortified numerous times, resulting in numerous castles scattered around the island. Two of the most interesting are the Old and New Fortresses that dominate the harbours in Corfu Town. The former dates back to the Byzantine period and was significantly enhanced by the Venetians between the 15th and 18th centuries. Kassiopi Castle, also built by the Byzantines, is also worth a visit, especially if any younger members of your group are keen castlers!
To see the sea from a different vantage point, your children might like a trip on the Kalypso Star, a glass-bottomed boat that leaves Corfu Town harbour several times a day. You'll be able to get up close to the Ionian Sea's diverse marine life, thanks also to the help of the on-board divers who attract fish and other animals, and there is even a special sea lion surprise at the end!
A 10-minute boat trip from Corfu Town will get you to the tiny unspoilt island of Vidos where you can spend a day (or half) walking round, feeding the rabbits which roam free, marvelling at the peacocks, swimming off the beach or tucking into a good lunch at the taverna. A nice and easy trip especially for younger children.
Villas on Corfu >>