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Things to do in Corfu

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“Situated within Gastouri, Achilleion Palace. Built as a home for Austrian Royalty, it’s now open to us ‘commoners’ to explore and wonder at this beautiful building. MAke sure to head inside and take a tour of this gorgeous place.”
  • 50 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Corfu Museum of Asian Art is the only museum in Greece exclusively dedicated to Far Eastern and Indian art and antiquity. The museum is housed in the Palace of Sts Michael and George.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Café
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“Corfu Town like any other medieval city is built between 2 fortresses, now known as the old and the new. The Old Venetian Fortress, a UNESCO listed monument is worth a visit. There is a delightful sea front restaurant inside (left route after main entrance) which is the locals' secret, as well as a cafe with sea views at its main square. Make sure to climb to the summit, the view will compensate your effort!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Plaza
“Esplanade and Liston, Between the Old Town and the old fortress" is the esplanade, a long green square that is a remnant of the Venetian fortifications in the 17th century. During the French occupation of Corfu at the turn of the 19th century the esplanade was planted with trees, while the cricket pitch is a holdover from the British period that followed. Also dating to that time is the Maitland Monument, a Neoclassical peristyle, with 20 Ionic columns around a rotunda, commemorating the Lord High Commissioner Thomas Maitland. The Liston, on the Esplanade’s western boundary is an elegant arcade, also from the French period and designed in the style of the Rue de Rivoli in Paris. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Café
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“It has a special decoration, all strangers get excited by the countless lamps above the bar. Evening is one of the bars that many people prefer because it plays louder music!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Park
“This villa was granted to King George I of the Hellenes as a summer residence" .The royal family used it as a summer residence up until King Constantine II fled the country in 1967. The villa subsequently became derelict, but was restored in the 1990s.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Water Park
“Aqualand Corfu is the island’s biggest and most popular water park and offers themed zones catering for all ages, carefully watched over by qualified lifeguards. Stretching over an area of 130,000 sq ft (12,000 sq m) landscaped with lawns and mature maple trees, it is a family paradise of water rides and slides, lazy rivers and 15 swimming pools for a day of fun in the sun. Toddlers up to the age of four can enjoy shallow bathing pools with water showers, playing splashy games on Fantasy Island and exploring the Caribbean Pirate Adventure Pool. There’s a dedicated family area (kids must be aged eight and over) with giant slides, Jacuzzis, a lazy river and a wave pool. Adrenaline junkies can get their kicks from six extreme water ride ranging from the spiraling Hydrotube to the hair-raising Free Fall Plus, which plunges vertically for 80 ft (24 m) into deep water. Facilities include plenty of free sunbeds and parasols for shade and lockers to hire for a small charge of €5; there are changing rooms and showers as well as food outlets scattered throughout the park and stores selling sun lotion, rubber rings and pool toys.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Beach
“Possibly one of the busier areas of Corfu Island, Sidari has a little gem that you should definitely see. Just shy of the town itself (to the west) is Canal d’Amour, one of Corfu’s most unique spots. Local folklore says that couples that swim through the channel will get married very soon, making it a perfect spot if you’re waiting for someone to pop the question! ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
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“Naok Azur in the old town is a special designed balcony to the Ionian Sea" Lounging all day either for breakfast or snacking is made extraordinary in this exquisite setting offering stunning views of the Old Fortress of Corfu, Naok Beach, Garitsa Bay and Greek Mainland right in the heart of the Old Corfu Town. Whether it is for a special event, or to enjoy a few specialty cocktails in a laid back and relaxing setting in a with friends, Naok Azur provides the optimum in service by paying close attention to detail to meet the needs of each and every guest.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Taverna
“The New Fort of Corfu (Venetian: Fortezza Nuova) is a Venetian construction on the hill of St. Mark in the city of Corfu, built in stages. the lower three-storey structure called "Punta Perpetua" and the five-sided bastion at the top. [13] Inside the bastion there is a large number of curved chambers, ventilation wells, stairs, ramps and two baroque-style gates. On the west side there is a narrow moat with perfect architecture extending from the vegetable market to the new port. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Night Club
“Mostly frequented by youngsters yet not exclusively. The club plays upbeat music, ranging from mainstream Greek and international music, hip hop, house and electro beats.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Café
“A beach bar in the center of Corfu! You can swim overlooking the old fortress while you can drink perfect cocktail! Οf course, also,worth it a visit in the evening!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“For Italian food the restaurant La Famiglia is one of the best options, in the city centre.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Lodging
“If there’s only one spot you visit in Corfu, make sure it’s Porto Timoni, which is my favourite beach and coastline on the island. If you’re arriving by car, park up in the village (or just outside) and take the 20-minute stroll down to the beach itself.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
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“No visit to Corfu is complete without a wander around Corfu City (even though it’s more like a pretty small town). Make sure you wander around the UNESCO World Heritage protect the old town and see if you can spot any of the historic Venetian houses that are still standing. Also, keep your eyes peeled for the Statue of Georgios Theotokis, the Liston, the Old Fortress, Spilias Square and Saint Spyridon Church (the patron saint of the town). With all that exploring, head over to The Venetian Well for yummy food in an idyllic setting (the lamb is delicious).”
  • 18 locals recommend
Place of worship
“One of the most impressive fortification works in Europe. It is the first thing to see as the ferry approaches Corfu. It stands on the eastern side of the town, on a rocky peninsula that gets into the sea. This fortress was built to protect the town from enemies and pirates. On the eastern side of the fortress, there is a flatland, used today for cultural events in summer. In this flat square, there is the church of Saint George, built by the Venetians as an ancient temple. This is actually the only church in Greece that has been constructed according to the Doric style. The highest point of the fortress needs about 20 minutes walking up to a tall clock tower.”
  • 13 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Naok Azur in the old town is a special designed balcony to the Ionian Sea" Lounging all day either for breakfast or snacking is made extraordinary in this exquisite setting offering stunning views of the Old Fortress of Corfu, Naok Beach, Garitsa Bay and Greek Mainland right in the heart of the Old Corfu Town. Whether it is for a special event, or to enjoy a few specialty cocktails in a laid back and relaxing setting in a with friends, Naok Azur provides the optimum in service by paying close attention to detail to meet the needs of each and every guest.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“For Italian food the restaurant La Famiglia is one of the best options, in the city centre.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
“While up north, pay a visit to this bar where the sunset is breathtaking. Extra tip: try and get there in advance (prior to sunset) and sit on one of the swings the bar has while enjoying a cocktail.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“street food tavern with up-to-date upgrades- sometimes you have to wait for the table - but the effort is worth it/ behind the big town hall”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“THE VENETIAN WELL" Right in the heart of the Old Town, this elegant restaurant has a strong, competent team and serves truly delightful food! The menu is different, beautifully Italian and  the presentation impeccable. Lovely textures, flavours and sensations.(30-50 Euros per person) Address: Kremastis Square | Lili Desila 1, Corfu  Tel.0030 2661 550955 ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
“On the majestic Liston is this elegant, olive-hued grand dame, with a Mediterranean menu of pasta, salads and specialties such as veal sofrito (veal cooked in wine and garlic) and Corfiot rooster (chicken cooked in tomato sauce). Add to this warm service, chandelier-lit ambience and a range of microbrews, and you can see why it's always busy.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“High quality authentic greek food at very reasonable prices. You will need to book early to guarantee a table because this restaurant is popular with locals and holiday makers”
  • 11 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“Wine bar with delicious food. International cuisine and fine wines. Highly recommended. A bit pricey.”
  • 13 locals recommend

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