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Our guide to the best beaches on Corfu

THE BEACHES OF CORFU

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Corfu has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to beaches. There are myriad options all round the island, from long, off-the-beaten track expanses of fine sand, to small picturesque pebbly bays and idyllic coves. Many are child-friendly with gently sloping beaches with shallow waters, others are paradises for watersports enthusiasts. Many have little jetties, so you can arrive by boat if that's your preferred mode of travel, and the vast majority have a good selection of seafront tavernas and bars for when it's time to eat or toast the sunset with an aperitif.Here are some of our favourites, starting in the northwest and heading clockwise around the island:

Agios Georgios

Where: the northernmost of the two Agios Georgios, on the west coast, just south of Agios Stephanos.
Description: a sweeping sand and shingle bay with clean, refreshing waters. It never gets too busy, even in the high season, and is popular with families and windsurfers. There are a few tavernas and organised beach facilities.
Access: relatively easy by car via a steep narrow road.

Agios Stephanos

Where: on the northwest coast looking out towards Mathraki island.
Description: a long, wide sandy beach that slopes gently into the sea. It’s a bit off the beaten track and so a great option if you want to avoid the crowds in Sidari. It has a relaxed, unpretentious feel and a few tavernas near the small harbour.
Access: easy, by car.

Longás (aka Perouládes) 

Where: on the northwest tip of Corfu, just a few km west of Sidari.
Description: a beautiful spot with a lovely small sandy beach flanked by cliffs, which provide shade in the morning. It is particularly popular in the late afternoon, when people come to watch the sun set into the sea. There is a taverna overlooking the beach, but no sunloungers or other facilities.
Access: easy, by car. Parking is at the top of the cliff and there is a fairly steep path with steps down to the beach.

Acharavi

Where: the northern tip of Corfu.
Description: an 8km stretch of sandy beach that is great for anyone staying near Kassiopi. The waters are shallow and child-friendly and there are plenty of watersports activities, facilities and beachfront tavernas to choose from.
Access: easy, by car.

Agios Spiridon

Where: on the northernmost tip of Corfu.
Description: two bays offering shallow waters and soft sand for young children, sunloungers and umbrellas for hire and excellent swimming in the delightful turquoise sea. There are a few cafés and tavernas for when you get peckish, a children's playground, and a good walk to be had round the small inland lake.
Access: easy, by car.

Kalamaki

Where: on the north coast about 5km northwest of Kassiopi
Description: a lovely sandy beach that shelves gently into shallow waters. There are a couple of seafront tavernas and bars and you can hire sunloungers and umbrellas. There's also a long jetty if you come by boat.
Access: easy, by car or boat

Avlaki

Where: just a couple of km east of Kassiopi on the north coast.
Description: a gorgeous pebbly bay with crystal clear waters offering some of the best swimming anywhere on Corfu. It is child friendly and relatively unfrequented by tourists and peaceful (though it is popular with the locals at the weekends). There are a couple of very good tavernas and it is possible to hire sunloungers and umbrellas right on the beach.
Access: easy, by car or boat.

Kerasia

Where: on the northeast coast, about 10mins drive south from Kassiopi.
Description: another delightful, generally quiet pebbly beach in a beautiful natural setting flanked by trees and a few very exclusive villas (such as that owned by the Rothschilds). There is a very good taverna, a café and plenty of facilities (showers, sunloungers, umbrellas, etc.).
Access: by car via winding roads or boat.

Nissaki

Where: on the south coast of the northeast peninsula.
Description: a small shingle beach with transparent waters in the unspoilt, pretty village of Nissaki. There are two tavernas on the water and a scuba diving school.
Access: easy, by car.

Barbati

Where: just 2.5km south of Nissaki on the east coast.
Description: a long stretch of pebble/shingle beach, lapped by gorgeous transparent waters that make swimming a true pleasure. In recent years it has become quite chic and, apart from offering lots of facilities (sunloungers, umbrellas, watersports, etc.) it also has several good seafront tavernas and stylish cocktail bars for an evening aperitif. It gets quite busy with locals and Greek holidaymakers in high season.
Access: easy, by car.

Gouvia

Where: on the east coast, 8km north of Corfu Town.
Description: Gouvia is home to Corfu’s premier yachting marina. Its sandy and pebbly beaches and shallow waters can get quite busy in the high season, but if you’re into your watersports, there is an embarrassment of choice. It has quite a cosmopolitan feel and plenty of choice when you get hungry.
Access: easy, by car.

Halikounas

Where: in the southwest of Corfu, by Lake Korisson.
Description: a long spit of sand dunes and beach separating the protected reserve of Lake Korisson from the sea. It is totally unspoilt and attracts sunbathers who like things au naturel and birdwatchers. There are no facilities.  
Access: easy, by car.

Glyfada

Where: half way up the west coast, almost due west of Corfu Town.
Description: wonderful scenery and a great sandy beach with plenty of facilities, bars and organised lidos. It is very popular with Greek tourists, who enjoy watching and participating in the beach volleyball tournaments there. It’s best in the late afternoon and early evening when, glass in hand, you can watch the sun melt into the western sea.
Access: easy, by car.

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