Bella Vista Hotel would like to welcome you to the sunny beaches of Corfu! This page provides a brief description the beaches of the island, and the facilities each has to offer. This page is divided by directional locations of the beaches to make navigating the island as convenient as possible. Corfu offers many varieties of beaches from white sand, to pebble beaches, from north to south, east to west. The beaches vary in style and landscape, but each traveler is certain to find at least one to their taste and liking!
*Please take note that all distances are all calculated from Benitses village to each individual beach.
Distance:: 15 kms
Style:: Partially organized
This long white stretch of sand is a hidden treasure among the beaches on the island. It is located away from the main tourist beaches, and the sand divides Lake Korission and the open sea. Due to the windy west coast of Corfu, Chalikounas Beach is a surfer’s paradise. Whether you are looking for windsurfing or kitesurfing, Chalikounas Beach is the place to be. There are no sunbeds at Chalikounas Beach, and there is only one changing cabin along the beach of Chalikounas.
Distance:: 17 kms
This white beach is famously known as as “The James Bond Beach” from the film “For Your Eyes Only” filmed here on the island in 1981. The beach of Issos is located only a few kilometers south of Korission Lake. It is long and well-organized, with lifeguards on duty and ample opportunities for water sports. There are also restroom and shower facilities on the premise, as well as a snack bar. The sand is soft and golden and the waters are azure and shallow. In the southern part of Issos, there is a port, a few taverns, and rooms for rental.
Distance:: 20 kms
This beach also has soft white sand and crystal blues waters, and is considered as one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. As the beach is 2,000 meters, guests are offered long stretches of un-commercialized private access. There is also a small stretch offering chaise lounges, umbrellas, and water sports facilities. It is ideal for family holidays, or independent travelers.
Distance:: 17 kms
Style:: Partially organized
Paramonas is located at the southwest corner of the Mesis region, and offers a long stretch of golden sand and seaweed. While this is the ideal spot for sunbathing, visitors are warned of the rocky seabed. This beach offers visitors solitude during the high season away from the crowded beaches of Corfu; because of this fact, the beach has drawn celebrities and stars with the allure of privacy, and has also hosted commercial production film productions.
Distance:: 15 kms
The stunning colors of the blue and green waters are a like a piece of heaven for locals and visitors alike, especially when there is little wind. Sunbeds and umbrellas are also offered for a small rental fee. This beach is known for its natural environment and peaceful atmosphere, and attracts visitors with the promise of seclusion from the crowds. Beautiful white sand and clean waters have earned this beach a Blue Flag. Additionally, there are many restaurants offering stunning sea views to accompany lovely dishes.
One of the most popular beaches of the island, if not the most popular, Glyfada is located 16 kilometers west of Corfu Town. The water is crystal-clear, the sand is soft and golden, and the beach is surrounded by steep cliffs and trees. Sunbeds, umbrellas, water sports, gift-shops, and taverns are all located at this beach. Facilities near the beach also include a first-aid station, showers, toilets, and a changing station.
The beach of Agios Gordis is one of the most popular beaches located in Corfu, and surrounding the sandy white beach are stunning rock formations. Sun beds, umbrellas and water sport facilities are offered in Agios Gordios beach. There are boats for rental, and also a diving center. The stretch of 1.5 km sand also provides private areas where nudists may sunbathe.
Mirtiotissa was characterized by the English writer Lawrence Durrell as the “loveliest beach in the world,” for this sandy paradise is surrounded by dramatic and imposing cliffs covered by trees. Because of its beauty, it is one of the most popular beaches of Corfu attracting thousands of visitors each year. The beach attributes its name to the beautiful Monastery of Mirtiotissa which is located just above the beach. Mirtiotissa is an unspoiled paradise, and is the official nudist beach of Corfu. This beach can be accessed by car or bike via a dirt road.
Paleokastritsa is located 26 kilometers northwest of Corfu Town, and is the most famous picturesque village of the island. The village of Paleokastritsa offers visitors with many nice taverns overlooking the bay, as well as six sandy and pebble beaches which are scattered all around the area. This beach is surrounded by olive tree forests and is famous for its dramatic scenery, and the beauty of crystal waters. On most beaches here, there are taxi boats to explore the surrounding caves, motorboats, canoes, umbrellas, and sunbeds for rental. Additionally, the rocks and caves provide the ideal setting for adventurous divers.
Sidari’s main beach is situated between Canal D’amour and the harbor. The saying for this beach goes – ‘swim there and find your love. If you already have the love of your life you will stay together forever.’ Visitors will see the significance of this saying once they have arrived and experienced the stunning views of Sidari beach. The beach runs parallel to the main road which is lined with an abundance of restaurants, bars, cafes, and gift shops. Guests can also partake in watersports or diving in Sidari.
Kassiopi beach has the stunning view of Mount Pantokrator with hills covered in olive groves and citrus plantations. Visitors are also provided a magnificent view to the Albanian coast, which shares the same northern coastline as Sidari, Roda, and Acharavi. The beach area also overlooks the ruins of an ancient castle. Kassiopi offers guests a wide variety of watersports such as waterskiing, paragliding, and a diving center. There are also boats for hire, and swimming pools available for visitors.
The beautiful long pebble beach of Barbati is situated 20 kilometers north of Corfu Town and has been awarded with the Blue Flag for the cleanliness of the beach and waters. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available to rent.
Kouloura is a small fishing village with a bay at the end, and is an ideal place for swimming and sunbathing. This small harbor appears frequently on postcards of Corfu Island. The beach offers a beautiful view of the coastline of Albania, and visitors can enjoy snorkeling in the nearby rocky coves. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for rental for a small fee. There are no other facilities located at this beach.
The wide beach of Kalami is composed of smooth flat stones, and its beauty inspired the English author Lawrence George Durrell for his novel Prosperos Cell. Durrell described the island of Corfu as “a brilliant little speck of an island in the Ionian,” with waters “like the heartbeat of the world itself.” Kalami bay is nestled below the north east Corfu hills, and is a small bay with few boats. Restaurants, and bars can all be found in the vicinity of the area.
This narrow beach has a road running parallel to it which is host to gift shops, mini markets, bars, and cafes. The village of Ipsos serves as a base for tourists, and provides scenic views of the slopes of Mount Pantokrator. The pebbly beach of Ipsos provides sunbeds and umbrellas for a small fee.
Kavos is one of the largest and most southern beaches on the island. It is a lively town, and frequently host to parties at the many bars and clubs in the village. Kavos is a mecca for young tourists who are looking to let loose and have a good time. The beach is a white stretch of nearly 2 kilometers, and offers guests all kinds of facilities such as bungee jumping, waterskiing, jet skiing, and banana rides. It is the perfect place to soak up the rays by day, and party the night away.