What to Do in Corfu, Greece

We’ve drawn up a shortlist of our favourite things to do on the island. Explore the town's oldest market, splash in the gin-clear waters of picture-perfect Paleokastritsa Beach and hike along a cliff-hugging trail.


Corfu Trail

The undisturbed landscape of the Corfu Trail has to be seen to be believed. Starting in Kavos, the 20-year-old path takes you through verdant forests and lush olive groves, passing along the island’s crystal-clear coastline before ending at Agios Spiridon Beach on the northern tip. While we love a thrill-seeking adventure as much as the next lycra-clad individual, this route is not for the faint-hearted. Taking an average of 10 days to cover the whole 222km path, you might need to select a more bite-sized section – after all, you’ll definitely want time for that post-hike paddle.


The Bazaar of Corfu Old Town

Perhaps the island’s most famous market, the Bazaar in Corfu Old Town – known as the Campiello district – is a melting pot of Greek culture, history and spirituality. Drawing crowds from across the world, the sun-scorched narrow passageways are flooded with all manner of crafts – everything from wooden bowls and jars of spices, to religious figurines and traditional sweets. Talented buskers deliver an authentic soundtrack as you roam between family-run boutiques and sample your way through all the olive oils and kumquat liqueurs you can handle.


Halikounas Beach

Greece is known for its sandy beaches and gin-clear waters, but Corfu often gets sniffed at when compared to its siblings, which is unreasonable, considering it’s the home of Halikounas Beach. Stretching some 3km along the southwest coast, the soft sand beach is backed by sprawling dunes and the turquoise waters of Lake Korrison. Since this place has been kept under wraps by locals for decades, you won’t be hard pressed to find a decent spot to pitch up and spend the day shifting between sand and sea. Come sunset, mosey over to Tayo’s Beach Bar. There, strawberry daiquiri is delivered on tap and sing-along tunes will make you dance from dusk till dawn.