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Your Ultimate Guide to Corfu: Uncover the Best Places to See

Updated: Nov 26, 2023


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Visiting beautiful Corfu Island in Greece and do not want to miss out on all the must-see attractions in Corfu? You are in the right place! I did a 3-day road trip around the island and will provide you with a list of all the most amazing places you should visit during your stay!


Short on time? Here is a list of all the must-visit places in Corfu:

  1. For the best views - make your way to Mount Pantokrator top

  2. Canal d’Amour in Sidari

  3. My favorite in Corfu - Cape Drastis

  4. Angelokastro Castle

  5. Monastery of Paleokastritsa (and Paleokastritsa beaches)

  6. The Old Town

  7. Olive Oil Tasting

At the end of the article find a few useful tips and the Corfu video!

Mount Pantokrator

Mount Pantokrator is the highest peak on the island of Corfu in Greece. Rising approximately 906 meters (2,972 feet) above sea level, this mountain offers stunning panoramic views of Corfu, the neighboring islands, and even Albania!

The journey to the top can be made by car, bicycles, or quads via a winding road, though many adventure enthusiasts prefer hiking up the trails. Whether by foot or by vehicle, the ascent provides an opportunity to experience the varied landscapes of Corfu, from olive groves to dense forests.


It really isn't just about the views at the top, it is the journey up that is an adventure itself. I went up in the car and enjoyed the ride through villages and different landscapes a lot!


Once at the top, you will find the Monastery of Pantokrator and a cafe! The entrance is free into the monastery but you are welcome to leave donations. Prices in the cafe were actually not that bad, considering the incredible ambiance you get!

Canal d’Amour

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Canal d'Amour is one of the most renowned natural landmarks on the island of Corfu, Greece. Located near the village of Sidari, on the northern coast of the island, it's a picturesque formation of sandstone rock eroded by wind and water over centuries. The Canal d'Amour is characterized by its distinctive geological formations, which have created a series of caves, tunnels, and channels in the rock.


There's a romantic legend associated with the Canal d'Amour. It's believed that couples who swim through the narrow canal together will get married soon.

You can sunbathe on the unique sandy inlets, swim in the clear waters, or even jump off certain points of the rocks for a thrilling experience. The access is free! I think it is a very unique location where to go for a swim and chill.

Cape Drastis

Cape Drastis is situated in the northernmost tip of Corfu Island and is one of its hidden gems. The cape is characterized by its dramatic, steep cliffs that rise from the sea, creating an awe-inspiring backdrop against the turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea.


Below the towering cliffs, you'll find secluded little coves and beaches, accessible mainly by boat. These provide a peaceful retreat for those looking to escape the more crowded areas of Corfu.


If you get the chance, staying to witness the sunset at Cape Drastis is highly recommended. The way the golden hues of the setting sun interact with the cliffs and water is truly mesmerizing.

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It is a place to admire! If you're someone who appreciates nature's raw beauty, Cape Drastis should undoubtedly be on your Corfu itinerary.

Angelokastro Castle

Angelokastro Castle (often referred to as "Castle of the Angels") is one of the most significant and impressive fortifications in Corfu. Located near Palaiokastritsa, on the northwest coast of the island, this Byzantine castle offers a combination of history and stunning panoramic views.


Angelokastro Castle dates back to the 13th century and has played a pivotal role in Corfu's defense against various invaders throughout history, including pirates and the Ottoman Empire. Its strategic location on a steep hilltop made it a formidable fortress, allowing it to oversee and control the sea routes and the entire region.


Perhaps one of the most compelling reasons to visit Angelokastro is the view. The castle provides a panoramic vista of the Ionian Sea and the rugged coastline of Corfu, especially the Paleokastritsa region. Reaching the castle involves a bit of a hike (around 5 to 10 minutes), but the effort is well rewarded. The path is well-maintained, though it's advisable to wear comfortable shoes. The journey upwards offers glimpses of the stunning landscape, building the anticipation for the view from the top.

Monastery of Paleokastritsa

Situated on a hill, the monastery offers sweeping views of the Ionian Sea and Paleokastritsa's emblematic bays and coves. The place is so peaceful!


Today, the monastery is home to a small brotherhood of monks who maintain the grounds, welcome visitors, and continue the monastic traditions. Their presence adds an authentic touch to the historical site.


A visit to the Monastery of Paleokastritsa provides travelers with a unique blend of spiritual reflection, historical exploration, and natural beauty. It stands as a reminder of Corfu's multifaceted heritage, making it an essential stop for anyone visiting the island.

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Just note, that the monastery closes at 1PM, so ensure you visit in the first part of the day! The entrance is free but donations are welcomed!


If you are looking for a beach spot then you can consider Paleokastritsa beaches. They all around the monetary are so scenic! Some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen! But I personally didn't stay there as they due to their beauty are extremely crowded. In the picture left you can see the Agios Spiridon Beach which is one the most beautiful beaches by the monastery.

Corfu Old Town

You can't leave the island without wandering around the old town of Corfu!


Corfu Old Town is a captivating maze of narrow streets, historical landmarks, and charming town squares. It boasts a rich tapestry of Venetian, British, and French influences, evident in its architecture and culture.


Stroll through the Old Town, and you'll be transported back in time. The Venetian fortresses, ancient walls, and pastel-colored buildings with their shuttered windows and wrought-iron balconies paint a picturesque scene reminiscent of Venice. One of Europe's largest squares, Spianada is the heart of the city. It's a lively area with cafes, events, and landmarks like the Liston Arcade—a series of impressive arches influenced by the Rue de Rivoli in Paris. The Old Fortress offers panoramic views of the city and sea. Its robust walls and strategic designs are testaments to Corfu's military history.


If you wish to learn more about the city and the above sites, you can also do a private or group tour around the Corfu Old Town by walking or with a bicycle: History and Culture Walking Tour or See Corfu Town as a Local! On Foot or by Bike.


Corfu one of the oldest places in Europe dating back 3,000 years ago!

I found Corfu Old Town one of the most charming ones in Europe!


One place I have to highlight is the Stazei Meli Cafe! They have the most incredible deserts and great Greek coffee!


But the old town is full of amazing food places and Greek food is just wonderful. If you are allocating more time to Old Town, I highly recommend doing one of the food tours available in Corfu: Taste Corfu: Small Group or Private Corfu Food Walking Tour or Stories of Food and Culture of the Old Town of Corfu Tour


Olive Oil Tasting

Did you know that Corfu is responsible for 3% of the world’s olive oil? Yes, the little island has quite a few olive trees and is definitely a great place to learn more about it! So if there is one activity to add to your sightseeing list it would be this!


I booked an Olive Oil Tasting with The Governor and I can highly highly recommend it! They have 2 types of tours - shorter one (1,5h) and longer one (around 3h). I picked the shorter one and absolutely loved it. It was not only an interesting experience but I also learned a lot and found out some interesting facts about olives and the island. The final degustation process was of course my favorite!


If you do not have transport and want to do this tour, there is an option to book a tour with a pick-up and drop-off option!


These would be the highlights I recommend visiting and seeing in Corfu.
To get the feel of this check out my Corfu Travel Video:

As you can see in the video, I did a road trip and this was my route:

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The distance between each point was no longer than an hour. Apart from the 2 very close points, the distance between longer stops where from 40 to 50 minutes so this is a very doable route for 2 days! If you have more time, that is ideal because you can allocate a day for a chill time at the beach or spend more time enjoying each stop. I would say this route is completely doable with a motorbike too but it probably will take a bit more time than with a car.


I definitely highly recommend renting a car as it gives you complete freedom. The roads can get tight so definitely rent a small car! Whether you arrive by plane or boat, there are car rentals at the Corfu airport and port. So you are aware of the pricing - in the off-season I got a car (automatic) for 2 days for 90 Euros.


If you wish to explore the island on a motorbike, you can rent these cute Vespas!


But if you do not feel comfortable driving yourself there are several tours offered with a private guide and transportation. You can combine and pick different day tours:


I would say Corfu is very tourist-friendly, so you do not need to worry too much about all the practicalities. Also, you can pay everywhere with a card, even in small souvenir shops, which makes a big difference.


I personally recommend traveling in the off-season, ideally around the end of September to the beginning of October as then the weather is excellent to explore the sites but also warm enough for the beach. I can't imagine sightseeing in the August heat. The island was still quite crowded at the beginning of October so I can't even image how busy it gets in the peak season. So off-season travel in Corfu is definitely the way to go!


Best places to stay in Corfu

Here are 3 places I would highlight where to stay in Corfu!

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The Agios Georgios Beach from the above

First, by Agios Georgios Beach. I think this is an ideal location for those who don't like crowded beaches but prefer more private and secluded ones. The beach is excellent - crystal clear blue water, not rocky sand, and there are not too many hotels and houses around, ensuring you have a peaceful time. The location is very convenient if you are following my route above. Although there are a few restaurants due to it being so secluded there are not a lot of choices. This location will be ideal if you do have your own transportation.



Next, I want to highlight the Monastery of Paleokastritsa area. This area will be way busier because there are 2 important sites, the monastery, and Angelokastro castle, as well as some incredible beaches. The area is full of restaurants, on the beaches you can rent boats. It is a busy tourist area but for a reason. Here you will be able to find a hotel with breathtaking views. Also, if you manage to organize the transfer with your hotel, then once you are in the area you can do a few things around by getting a short taxi drive or walk and do not need your own transportation.

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Paleokastritsa Area

As the final one, I have to mention the Corfu Old Town! This will be an ideal location for those who do want to drive around the island but enjoy the heart and soul of it. You will be able to pick from wonderful boutique hotels to well-known brands. This will also be a great place to base yourself as you can easily organize day trips to all the places mentioned above!


I have prepared a list of all the best hotels from budget-friendly to more luxurious ones in each location in my Corfu Hotel Guide!

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