Welcome to Bella Vista’s page about the many sunny beaches of Corfu! Below, you will find a brief description of the island’s beaches, as well as the facilities each offer. This page is divided by location in the interest of making it easier for our guests to navigate the island we call home! Corfu offers beaches that vary in style and landscape–from white, sandy beaches to spots along the shore covered in smooth pebbles–but each traveler is certain to find at least one to their taste and liking!
*Please note that all distances listed are calculated from Benitses village.
Distance: 15 km
Style: PARTIALLY ORGANISED
Located off the beaten path, this long white stretch of sand is truly a hidden natural treasure. A small cedar forest acts as a barrier betweenCorfu’s natura lake, Lake Korission, from the open sea of Chalikounas Beach and Issos Beach. The winds that blow along the west coast of Corfu make Chalikounas Beach a surfer’s paradise.
Whether you’re looking for windsurfing or kitesurfing, Chalikounas Beach is the place to be! There is a restroom, a significant number of sunbeds and umbrellas for use–as well as a beachside bar that serves beverages and ice cream!
Distance: 17 km
This white beach is widely known as the “James Bond Beach” because the famous film, “For Your Eyes Only” was taped here in 1981. Issos Beach is located only a few kilometers south of Korission Lake, not far from Chalikounas Beach. It is a well-organized beach that features lifeguards and ample opportunities for water sports. There is also a restroom and shower facilities on the premise, as well as a snack bar.
The sand is soft and golden, and the waters are strikingly blue and shallow. In the southern part of Issos, there is also port and a few taverns, for those seeking a yummy meal after a long day on the shore.
Distance: 20 km
Marathias and Santa Barbara, like Chalikounas and Issos, also feature soft white sand and blue waters. It is considered as one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.
The coastline spans about 2,000 meters of commercial-free private access to the sea. There is also a small stretch of facilities nearby that offer chaise lounges, umbrellas, and the opportunity to partake in water sports. It is ideal for family holidays or independent travelers.
Distance: 17 km
Style: PARTIALLY ORGANIZED
Paramonas Beach is nestled in the southwest corner of the Mesis region, and offers guests a long stretch of golden sand covered in green seaweed. While this is an ideal spot for sunbathing, visitors are warned of the rocky seabed.
This beach offers visitors solitude during the high season away from the more popular beaches of Corfu; because of this fact, the beach has actually been known to draw in celebrities. In the past, it has also hosted commercial film productions.
Distance: 15 km
The stunning blue and green hues make Prasoudi Beach a little piece of heaven for locals and visitors alike. This beach is known for its windless days and its tranquil atmosphere. It often attracts visitors with the promise of a quiet day away from the crowds.
Beautiful white sand and clean waters have earned this beach a prestigious Blue Flag. Sunbeds and umbrellas are offered for a small rental fee, and there are many restaurants nearby that offer stunning sea views to accompany their lovely dishes.
Located 16 kilometers west of Corfu Town, Glyfada is widely regarded as the most popular beach in Corfu. The water is crystal-clear, the sand is soft and golden, and the beach is surrounded by steep, dreamlike cliffs and lush trees. Sunbeds, umbrellas, water sports, gift-shops, and taverns are all available at Glyfada! This beach is fully-equipped with a first-aid station, showers, toilets, and a baby-changing station.
The Agios Gordis beach is one of the most popular beaches on the island, thanks to the unique display of stunning rock formations that surround the sandy beach. Sunbeds, umbrellas, and water sport facilities are available. Additionally, there are boats for rental, and a diving center.
Mirtiotissa Beach was described by English writer Lawrence Durrell as the “loveliest beach in the world.” This sandy paradise, accessed either by car or bike via a dirt road, is surrounded by dramatic, imposing cliffs covered in trees. Because of its beauty, it is one of the most popular beaches in Corfu; as such, it attracts thousands of visitors every year. Mirtiotissa Beach attributes its name to the beautiful Monastery of Mirtiotissa, which is located just above the beach. This beach is an unspoiled paradise, and acts as the official nudist beach of Corfu.
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 tucked between Canal D’amour (The Love Canal) and the harbor. There’s a little saying for this beach: swim here and find your true love. If you swim here with the love of your life, rumor has it you’ll stay together forever! Visitors will undoubtedly recognize the validity of this statement once they have arrived and witnessed the stunning views of Sidari Beach! Guests can also partake in watersports or diving here.
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.
Corfu’s only long pebble beach, Barbati, is located 20 kilometers north of Corfu Town. It has been given a Blue Flag for the cleanliness of the beach and its waters. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available to rent.
Kouloura is a small fishing village with a bay that frequently appears on postcards of Corfu Island. It’s an ideal place for both swimming and sunbathing, and it offers a beautiful view of the coastline of Albania as well. Snorkelers are commonly found viewing marine life in nearby rocky coves, enjoying the sun and the crystal clear waters. The only facilities at this beach, however, are sunbeds and umbrellas, available to rent for a small fee.
Kalami Beach is a long strip of coastline comprised of smooth, flat stones and dazzlingly blue waters. Its beauty actually inspired English author Lawrence George Durrell’s novel Prospero’s 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 northeastern Corfu hills. It is a small bay with few boats, but various restaurants and bars can be found in the vicinity nearby.
This narrow beach has a road that runs parallel to it, lined with 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. Ipsos is a mixture of silt, sand and pebbles, and provides sunbeds and umbrellas for a small fee.
Kavos Beach is one of the largest beaches on the island. It is also one of the most southernmost beaches in Corfu! Kavos is a lively town, and frequently hosts parties in the village’s many bars and clubs. This beach is a mecca for young tourists who are looking to let loose and have a good time. Kavos Beach is a white stretch of sandy beach that spans nearly two kilometers. Facilities here include bungee jumping, waterskiing, jet skiing, and banana rides. It is the perfect place to soak up the rays by day, then to party the night away once the sun goes down.