It's no surprise that we are in love with Greece, a charming, magical country with a wide diversity of sights to see and things to do.
One of our favorite locations in all of Greece is the Ionian Islands.
The island chain is west of the Greek mainland, in the Ionian Sea. Corfu is the second largest of the Ionian Islands and the westernmost point in Greece.
Corfu stolen our hearts with its piercing blue waters and lush green landscape, a stark departure from the rugged, rocky, volcanic Cyclades.
Corfu has rich history as it has been under rule of some of the most powerful empires in the world. Think the Venetian and British Empires. Because of this, Corfu has reaped the benefits of absorbing bits of each culture. On top of that, Corfu is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece.
Fun Fact: The Duke of Edinburgh was born in Corfu.
Here are our must visit spots in Corfu, Greece.
Corfu Town and the Old Fortress
Spend a day exploring Corfu Town getting lost on the cobblestone streets. The ancient streets of Corfu town are lined with shops, restaurants and old world architecture.
After you've roamed the streets, head to the Old Fortress. The Fortress was built by the Venetians and dates back to the 6th Century. The fortress was so well built that the mighty Ottoman Empire failed on numerous attempts to penetrate the fortress and take control of the island.
Today, cannons still stand within the grounds. Also inside, is the church of St. George. Hike all the way to the top for panoramic views of the Corfu Town.
Sidari is a beach town in the northern part of the island. The main street is full of bars, restaurants and shops. This area is know for its nightlife, so in the summer time the main drag can become a bit rowdy. If the bar scene isn't your thing, there is plenty to do during the day.
Sidari also home to Canal d'Amour. Images of Canal d'Amour is what first put Corfu on our radar and it didn't disappoint. Legend has it that if you swim through the canal, the first person you see on the other side will become your true love.
Kassiopi is a charming village in the north east of the island, not too far from Sidari. It's a quiet little town with boutiques and restaurants. The beaches of Kassiopi are gorgeous with crystal clear waters. There are also a few secluded coves along the coast line. Perhaps the coolest part of visiting Kassiopi? From the beach, you can see panoramic views of the Albanian coast line.
Paleokastritsa is one of the most famous and often considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Corfu. We were here on a cloud day but the beach was still stunning. There are massive, sweeping cliffs that surround the beach. The water is strikingly blue. At times it felt like being in Thailand rather than Greece.
If you want to do more that just lounge on the beach, you can enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants that overlooks the water or take a boat ride around the cliffs.
Day Trip to Paxos and Antipaxos
While there is a ton to do on Corfu, there are also some pretty epic day trips to take as well. If you are already in the area then you might as well explore! Our favorite is a boat trip to Paxos and Antipaxos.
Paxos and Antipaxos islands are only a two hour boat ride from Corfu. There are no airports on either island so the easiest way to reach them is by boat from Corfu. The islands a pristine and have beaches that are only accessible by boat.
Last but not least, our favorite thing to do on any Greek island...eat! You can expect to find traditional Greeek dishes that you would find on any Greek island, like fresh octopus. Corfu also has some dishes exclusive to the island. Try Sofrito, a traditional Corfiot dish of beef cooked is garlic and wine sauce.