Corfu is a marvelous island in the Ionian Sea. Dubbed the Grand Lady of the Ionian, it is famous for its green interior, scenic beaches and picturesque capital. But what would an island truly be without its beaches? Here are the most beautiful and prettiest beaches in the island of Corfu, ranked.
Agios Giorgios Pagon
Set on the mouth of a beautiful valley, the horseshoe bay of Agios Giorgios Pagon features a two-kilometre stretch of beach that hardly gets crowded, even during peak season. Enclosed by rugged cliffs, the beach is known for its stunning surroundings and is frequented by windsurfers. Families tend to hang out on Afionas beach, where the water is warmer and the sand fluffier.
On the southeast coast of the island, past the scenic Korission lagoon, is the beach of Marathias, as well as its next-door neighbor, Agia Varvara. The boundary between the two is unclear. While Marathias tends to be on the broader side, Agia Varvara has a more linear appearance, but the beautiful golden sand is the same on both sides.
On the western coast of Corfu
is Palaiokastritsa, with its collection of beaches, each apparently more beautiful than the last. From the sandy shores of Alipa and Agios Spyridonas to the pebbly coastline of Platakia and the deep waters of Ambelaki, these beaches offer a wide range of activities for everyone. Though the waters tend to be colder than on other parts of the island, Palaiokastritsa is ideal for scuba diving
On the western part of the island, the long stretch of sand and pebbles of the bay of Agios Gordios is an ideal location for endless walks on the sand. Water sports are also popular here. The beach, with tavernas around, is protected by steep cliffs on the left and the islet of Tholeto, which offers a scenic view of blue waters. Thanks to all the nearby amenities, Agios Gordios is a great beach to settle on all day.
Dassia beach is home to Ikos luxury hotel, Corfu | © Ikos Luxury Resorts
On the northeastern coast of the island, the beach of Dassia offers views over the Albanian
coastline. It is a secluded shore circled by lush greenery. A popular destination for those into water sports, Dassia is still a relaxed beach compared to more touristy ones and has shallow waters, ideal for small children.
On the northwestern tip of the island lies Loggas Beach, a perfect location to enjoy the sunset. Fringed by stunning reddish cliffs, the beach is only accessible by sea or via steep stairs. If you have a drone, you will be amazed at the beauty of the place from above.
One of the most popular beaches in the island, Glyfada Beach is located next to the protected Korission Lagoon on Corfu’s western coastline. Blessed with shallow, clear waters and soft sand, the beach is overlooked by greenery, as well as a few bars and hotels. A visit to the nearby Monastery of Myrtidiotissa provides beach views from above.
One of the wildest beaches on the island, Halikounas is close to Korission Lagoon, a green oasis where nature lovers can experience the rich ecosystems of Corfu. This is a highly-regarded windsurfing spot thanks to the strong wings. Halikounas stretches over three kilometers and is certainly one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.
On the southwestern side of the magnificent Korission Lagoon, Issos beach is what Halikounas would be if it wasn’t as wild. There, the dunes are higher, but the beach is fully organized, including on-duty lifeguards. The beach is what many expect of a sandy long stretch of sand and this may be one of the reasons why it is considered one of the best beach in Corfu. At least we think so. Need more convincing? The beach was the setting chosen for one of the scenes of the James Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only.