Elegant Corfu Town (also known as Kerkyra) leaves you spellbound from the moment you wander its cobbled streets aglow with evil eyes and redolent with sandalwood, past old ladies bedecked in widow-black robes measuring their afternoons with worry beads, washing strung from balconies.
Some of Corfu’s prettiest countryside, villages and beaches line the west coast. The scenic and popular resort area Paleokastritsa, 26km from Corfu Town, rambles for nearly 3km down a valley to a series of small, picturesque coves between tall cliffs. Craggy mountains swathed in cypresses and olive trees tower above.
North & Northwest of Corfu Town
To explore fully all regions of the island outside Corfu Town your own transport is best. Much of the coast just north of Corfu Town is overwhelmed with beach resorts such as Gouvia, Dasia and the linked resorts of Ipsos and Pyrgi – all with close-quarters humanity and narrow beaches, but with everything for a family holiday.
South Of Corfu Town
The coast road south from Corfu Town leads to well-signposted Achillion Palace near the village of Gastouri. South of the Achillion, the sleepy resort of Benitses is enhanced by its pleasant old village, from where tracks and paths lead into the steep, wooded slopes above.