Welcome to Bella Vista’s recommendations page of the best activities for travelers in Corfu! Below, you’ll find information regarding an array of activities, including snorkeling, water sports, hiking, golf, tennis, and various boat trips around the island. Some excursions may be booked directly with the reception at Hotel Bella Vista and Studios–just ask us for advice! Come see a lovely staff member for further help with maps and details regarding any of the following attractions!
Corfu offers so much to those who travel here. There are activities for people of all ages, and attractions for every interest. Visitors to Corfu are often lovers of natural beauty. The island is adorned with sprawling green forests that blanket the mountains that often draw in the outdoorsy type. Marked hiking trails give visitors the opportunity to experience these lush green areas and reconnect with nature. Nearby, agencies that provide rental cars and motorcycles offer total freedom to explore the many villages and monasteries located inland.
The surrounding, calm waters of the Ionian Sea are equally attractive to those who love to swim and explore the many facets of sea life. Underwater, guests can gaze for hours at the abundance of rich marine life that exists in the clear waters of the Ionian Sea.
There are many options for travelers that seek evening entertainment, both in Benitses and in Corfu. A traditional “Greek Night” generally consists of a 3-course meal accompanied by wine, and is complete with traditional Greek music and dance! For a reasonable price–starting at about 18 euro per person–travelers can reserve a place at many of the local tavernas that offer this service. With help with reservations, visitors can speak to our lovely staff members at reception!
Bella Vista Hotel & Studios makes an active effort to keep our guests informed of activities and events that occur in Benitses and the rest of Corfu. We love our island and it’s one of our highest priorities to share with you the place we love the most!
The crystal-clear waters that surround Corfu are alluring to travelers that appreciate marine life. Both beginners and experienced divers alike come from across the globe to enjoy the rich, colorful Mediterranean sea life found here, in Corfu.
Businesses that distribute snorkelling and scuba diving equipment are scattered across the island along the coast. Some even offer lessons! The excellent instructors at the Achilleon Diving Center are highly recommended by Bella Vista Hotel & Studios. For more information, contact our friendly reception staff!
Aqualand, located in the middle of Corfu, is widely regarded as one of the best waterparks in Europe. With more than 36 different water slides, 15 adventure pools, a jacuzzi and more, it’s no wonder that so many believe it to be the best waterpark in the Mediterranean.
The park is divided into three sections: the children’s area (ages 4-8), the family area (ages 8+), and the extreme area (ages 12+). Aqualand is open from May until mid-October, and hours vary. Please visit reception for more details and for directions to the park!
Windsurfing and kitesurfing are quickly becoming two of the most popular activities here in Corfu. Our adventurous guests can partake in both windsurfing and kitesurfing throughout the summer months.
While the Ionian Sea does not have the same constant winds that the Aegean Sea is so famous for, it does have a consistent wind pattern. 7-10 days of calm are generally followed by 2-4 periods of strong winds. It’s important for our guests to keep this in mind when planning trips concerning water sports.
Please contact Bella Vista’s reception for information regarding these wind patterns, the best places to rent equipment, and directions to various beaches!
Excursions from Corfu are incredibly popular. Some of the most-frequented destinations include the Blue Lagoon, the Ionian Islands of Paxos and Anti-Paxos, and various mainland destinations like Syvota beach, and Albania.
Corfu’s harbors have been the first step in many journeys over the years, and they continue to do so! Naturally, due to Corfu’s central location, there are a large number of private boat companies that offer tours and charters.
Boats typically depart from Benitses, Lefkimi, or the port of Corfu. Wherever you’re headed, expect a beautiful Mediterranean experience: beaches untouched by modernity, sprawling cerulean waters, and towering cliffs that line the sparkling coast.
Corfu Sea Discovery was established in 2008 and is the most unique way to view Corfu’s underwater world. Through a submarine’s 22 wide, spanning windows, visitors gawp at the vibrant sea life present in underwater caves. This boat trip lasts 50 minutes and the submarine reaches a depth of up to 30 meters.
Guided by a scuba diver outside the submarine that will point out many different aquatic species, visitors view jellyfish, sea urchins, and starfish up close! This trip allows for excellent photographs, and is entertaining for guests of all ages. A knowledgeable tour guide adds supplementary information to the tour regarding the area’s marine life and history.
It’s a wonderful way to view the magical underwater nightlife of Corfu, and it’s an opportunity that should absolutely be seized! Please ask for more information at our reception desk!
Calypso Star is a boat designed specifically for underwater cruises. This boat, 18 meters in length easily accommodates 50 passengers and features a glass bottom that grants guests an incredible view of the endlessly fascinating ocean floor. Interactive divers accompany Calypso Star and entice sea life to come close to the boat for guests viewing!
In addition, guests are treated to a special show featuring sea lions and their trainers. The sea lions perform tricks, flips, and dives that are sure to wow any guest! For more information please contact the staff at Hotel Bella Vista reception.
A number of private sailing companies located in Corfu offer courses on the Ionian Sea. A professional, certified crew provides training for day skippers, coastal skippers, and yacht masters.
Pickups are generally organized at the recently constructed yacht marina in Benitses. These lessons are highly coveted and spots fill up quickly, so please speak with Bella Vista’s reception staff in advance!
Day trips from Corfu Island to one of many nearby destinations are incredibly popular among Bella Vista’s guests. These trips give guests the chance to experience the stunning islands surrounding Corfu—or even the chance to travel to Albania for the day! The following are the most frequently booked excursions. For more detailed information, or help with reservations, please contact the reception desk!
The Island Highlights day trip begins at 8:30 and finishes at 18:30 (6:30pm). From a coach bus, guests will view the sights as a tour guide provides travelers with detailed information regarding the attractions visited.
The Achillion Palace was built by Queen Sissy of Austria at the end of the 19th century. This neoclassical palace houses a splendid collection of antiques from former owners and boasts stunning views of the mountains and the sea.
Paleokastritsa is widely regarded as the most beautiful spot on the island! The pristine bay draws in many swimmers, but for history buffs, the 13th century Byzantine Monastery is equally appealing and charming. From the cliffs, snap a picture of mainland Greece or Albania!
Corfu Town is rich in history! Both the Old Fortress and the New Fortress are located here, a short 25-minute bus ride from Benitses.
Liston, the Asiatic Art Museum, the St. Spyridon Church, are also found here. Equally appealing are the many charming side streets, lined with quaint boutique shops and gelateries!
Mouse Island and the Vlacherna Monastery are well-known symbols of Corfu. Both are historically significant landmarks that travelers should not miss the opportunity to visit!
A one-day trip to Albania departs from Corfu Town at 9:00 and returns at 18:00. A valid passport is needed for entry to Albania, and ticket prices are usually about €50 for a round-trip ticket, not including an additional €10 entry fee. The boat docks at the port of Saranda and includes a guided tour of the city.
Our guests tell us how delighted they are to experience the culture of Albania; they find the many heritage sites intriguing and thought-provoking. For further information regarding Albania, contact our receptionists!
To spend time in Corfu and to miss these two incredible islands would be an absolute pity! We highly recommend sightseeing in Paxos and Antipaxos. Read below for more details!
Legend has it that Paxos was formed when Poseidon severed the south tip of Corfu island with one mighty blow of his trident; he later dragged it south in order to create an idyllic retreat for his beloved wife, Amphitriti. This island is absolutely enchanting.
It’s famous for its selection of wines, but its heavenly white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are impossible to overlook.
Antipaxos is located 1.5 miles away from its larger sister island, Paxos. Only 5 kilometers long, Antipaxos is a small, green island swathed in olive trees and vineyards.
Antipaxos is home to some of the most dazzling beaches in the Ionian Sea: one is even referred to as the “beach of paradise” by the locals.
This one day trip to Albania departs from Corfu town at 9:00 and returns at 18:00. A valid passport is needed for entry to the country, and ticket prices are usually set around 50 euro for a round-trip, with an additional 10 euro entry fee. The cruise docks in the port of Saranda, Albania and includes a guided tour of the historic city. Guests are delighted to experience the culture of Albania, and find the many heritage sites spectacular. For further information regarding Albania, kindly contact the staff of Bella Vista Hotel.
We hope that this page has provided valuable information concerning Corfu and the many activities the island has to offer guests. From hiking to museums, golf to water parks, paragliding to boat trips—Corfu has something for everybody!
With a 222km trail, the island of Corfu is an absolute dream for hikers. Discover the stunning views of Mount Pantokrator above Benitses village, either with help from a local guide, or entirely on your own. There are a variety of trails to choose from, all of which provide excellent opportunities for guests to take in jaw-dropping views of the Ionian Sea, the Northern Straits of Corfu, and the mountain ranges on the nearby coasts of Epirus and Albania. Paths are lined with colorful, blooming wildflowers, hidden citrus groves, sprouting olive trees. Discover Corfu’s charming chapels, historic monasteries, and ancient Roman baths. Maps and routes are provided by our staff !
Cycling is an excellent way to explore Corfu! The island has many different businesses that rent bicycles and other necessary equipment like helmets and knee guards. Many also offer guided tours along the coast and through the mountains that are sure to enrich your biking experience!
Tour bikes and mountain bikes are both available for rental as well, and the road signs along trails, should guests choose to travel alone, are written both in Greek and in English. Please visit reception for our recommendations on rental companies and our favorite trails!
Only thirty minutes from Benitses in Ropa Valley, a full golf course stands, awaiting avid golfers! This course was constructed by highly-esteemed Swiss architect, Donald Harradine; he managed to create a golf course that has exquisitely integrated Corfu’s beautiful natural surroundings, which makes for an experience that is both fun and gorgeous!
The Corfu golf course is one of the nineteen greatest championship courses in Europe—it’s actually been referred to as one of Europe’s best-kept secrets! In Corfu, Golf is played all year round, so any time is golf time! There are three different sets of tees, which provide enjoyment for players of any skill level. Additionally, the course is open seven days a week. Please stop by reception for further details on booking and fees!
Cricket is incredibly popular in Corfu, as it is the home of the Hellenic Federation, and it attracts players from all over the world.
Corfu has five cricket pitches. One is located at the marina in Gouvia, one is located in the centre of Corfu Town, and the remaining three are located in the Ropa Valley, a short distance from Corfu’s golf course.
For our most adventurous guests, we encourage paragliding! Fly like the wind during an experience that will leave you floating free over Corfu, light as a feather!
The paraglide itself is a wing, rather than a parachute, so instead of descending vertically, visitors glide forward. It’s no mystery that paragliding is growing increasingly popular on the island; it’s probably the most exciting way to see Benitses and neighboring villages.
Generally, paragliding season begins in the middle of June and continues onward into the summer. Guests can embark on their journey directly from Benitses! Paragliding bookings can be made at a stand only 50 meters from Bella Vista.