Remote beaches in Corfu, awesome holiday
Corfu, Greek Island is one of my favorite destinations, greener than most of the other Islands, where the smell of pine trees and sea salt is everywhere. This is especially true of the remote beaches in Corfu.
Whether you are after a boisterous holiday with loads of friends or a romantic get-away exploring the remote beaches in Corfu and the other non tourist areas, the Island has a perfect solution.
The best way to see the Island is by scooter or quad bike. This, especially if you want to explore the mountains and the remote beaches in Corfu. You can find rental companies in every town and the rates are quite reasonable.
We actually biked around half of the Island in one day, starting from Kerkyra the capital and driving north along the coast through Kalami, Ag Stefanos and Kassiopi, where you can clearly see the Greek mainland and Albanian coast!
The eastern coast has some pretty spots with rocky beaches and many hotels. Both the east and north part of are very built up. Remote beaches in Corfu were what we were after so we didn’t stay here long.
Corfu Town known locally as Kerkyra has an old central part. This is lined with narrow streets, great shopping, cafes and restaurants. I would recommend spending a day checking out the town. Visit the old fortress at the edge of the city. Climb up to the top of the fortress to see the amazing view of the Marina below
The two times we visited, we stayed on the western coast around Pelekas. This town is close to many of the remote beaches in Corfu and has many great hotels, excellent restaurants and beaches. It is in the center of the Island, around 13 kilometers from the capital Kerkyra. It’s a great spot to discover the rest of Corfu. This is what we did on our rented Vespa 150cc!
Pelekas is a small picturesque village located on a hill and affords beautiful views of the coast. It is dotted with little hotels and resorts, the larger hotels are down by the coast. There are also quite a few superb restaurants serving local food including one with a road-side spit serving suckling pig!
Nearby beaches to Pelekas include Gilfada or Golden Beach, one of the most popular with several hotels and resorts close by. If you are a beach-goer, this is a great place to stay and the beach is well served with bars, restaurants and other comforts. The beach is large enough to find a quiet spot. Walk south and you will find all the privacy you need.
A little beach but ever so picturesque is called Yialiskari. Take the steep hill down to Pelekas beach and drive south for about 10 minutes. At Yialiskari, there’s a wonderful taverna, one of my favorite restaurants on the Island. There is nothing quite like eating fresh fish and awesome Greek salads right on the beach!
Mirtiotissa, to the north of Pelekas is the only official nudist beach. Unofficially, there are quite a few other naturist spots, mostly at the edges of the larger sandy beaches. After reading so many reviews, I found this beach to be much overrated. It’s relatively small and packed with a mixture of posers and exhibitionists! The steep drive and walk down was not worth the effort.
To the south of Pelekas, on the other hand Agios Giordis is a holiday resort and beach full of your typical tourist shops and mediocre restaurants. Walk north along the beach through a track, under a few pine trees, to a stretch of sand and little coves that is absolutely amazing! This little stretch was one of my favorite remote beaches in Corfu.
You will find less development and some of the longest stretches of remote beaches in Corfu as you drive further south. The area along Lake Korission is also an interesting non-touristy Corfu spot.
We rode the bike down south to Marathia Beach with long stretches of fine sand and another to our collection of remote beaches in Corfu. The taverna at the northern side served some pretty tasty and fresh sardines and local wine. Restaurant prices this far south, seemed more reasonable than touristic north.
Agios Stefanos Beach is probably my favorite beach. It’s on the North West coast and is one of the picturesque remote beaches in Corfu . There’s a long stretch of fine sand with plenty of space to stretch out and enjoy the day.
It’s wonderful how tourists and locals leave their umbrellas and beach mats at the back of the beach, under pine trees, for the next beach goer to use. Environmentalists can’t be too happy about this habit although it is a form of recycling. It’s nice not having to lug the extra load to the beach! I hope the authorities clear them up at the end of the season