Corfu is a fairly large island, with tourist destinations scattered along the coast: you can therefore find accommodation a bit ‘everywhere, but it is good to choose the most suitable location for the type of vacation you want to do.
The towns that first opened up to international tourism are now popular resorts that boast a wide choice of hotels in every price range. They are the best choice for those who want everything at their fingertips: hotel, beach, stores, clubs.
Those who do not like crowds can take refuge in smaller villages: the choice of hotels is less and maybe for some services you will need to move, but in return you can enjoy greater tranquility and maybe discover some remote beach, unknown to mass tourism.
Nightlife is another very important factor to consider when it comes to choosing where to sleep in Corfu. Whether it’s because it’s exactly what you want, or because you just want to stay away from it, it’s good to know where to find it before booking your hotel.
Here are the 5 best places to stay in Corfu by location, accommodation choice, nightlife, amenities and beach beauty.
Corfu Town, or Kerkyra as it is called in Greek, is definitely one of the best places to stay.
It is by far the one that offers the greatest number of hotels, apartments and b&b’s (in all price ranges), stores, bars and restaurants; moreover, thanks to its central position, it is an excellent base for exploring the island.
In its elegant historical center is evident the influence of Venetian domination. Here are concentrated magnificent examples of architecture, interesting museums, fine boutiques and lively places to spend the evening. This varied offer of services and things to do makes it suitable for different types of vacations.
The disadvantage of Corfu Town are the prices, on average higher than in other places of the island.
Located north from the capital, from which it is well connected by bus, Ipsos is the most suitable resort of Corfu for young people and it is also the most loved by Italian tourists. It is perfect for those who dream of a sea vacation made of lazing on the beach and nightlife.
Although it aims at a young clientele, the closeness to Corfu Town and the wide choice of apartments make it a solution suitable for families or in general for those who want a comfortable vacation.
The lovely village of Kassiopi is the ideal location for those who come to Corfu in search of crystal clear sea. In its surroundings are some of the most beautiful beaches of the island, bathed by an incredibly blue and clean Ionian Sea. The city center with its cobbled streets and traditional taverns is very pretty: an ideal setting for a romantic getaway or a relaxing vacation, away from the hustle and bustle of the trendiest seaside resorts.
Another good reason to sleep in Kassiopi is that from its small port many boat trips depart daily, allowing you to explore the entire north coast of the island.
Due to its location on the north end of the island, it is not the ideal base if you want to tour the whole island by land.
The strong points of Paleokastritsa are the beautiful sea and a rather curious hotel offer, made of an unusual mix of cheap and luxury accommodation. In this beautiful location along the west coast you can find both simple studios and studios at very attractive prices and villas with magnificent gardens or spectacular sea views at much higher prices.
The town puts on a bit of a diva’s air, and is indeed one of Corfu’s most glamorous resorts, but it’s generally only crowded during the day, when tourists sleeping elsewhere come here to admire the beauty of the landscape and indulge in a cocktail in one of its chic bars. In the evening, however, it is very quiet: if you are looking for movida move elsewhere.
Another popular seaside resort in Corfu is Agios Gordios, centrally located along the west coast: it’s at about the same height as Corfu Town on the opposite coast, which means that the main town is easily reached. The center of the town is located on a hill, about 500 meters from the beach.
It is a family-friendly resort: good choice of low to mid-range hotels and apartments, plenty of on-site facilities, convenient to the main town, long sandy and pebble beach safe for children.