There’s plenty to do in Corfu – it’s not all parties and sunbathing! Although this island is well-known for its golden sands and party lifestyle, times have certainly changed, and holiday makers are seeking further experiences to a nice tan! Lots of Corfu is relatively undiscovered and is a great destination for those after some adventure. The island is now well-equipped to offer visitors a large range of activities and here’s just a sample of what you have to look forward to.
This is a must-do for anyone looking to experience Corfu! The waters around Corfu are very safe, especially the east coast which is protected from the weather, and they are calm and clear.
The water temperature is probably the most appealing aspect here as it usually warm – even in the colder months – so you might not always need a wet suit. You won’t need to hire a wet suit all the time either if you’re not interested in going deep into the water.
Sailing has recently become very popular in Greece. Both the Aegean and Ionian Sea are great sailing locations, with strong winds often picking up on the Aegean. There are plenty of places on the coastline that will take out every level of sailor, so whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you can improve your skills.
One tip is to avoid sailing where the surfing hotspots are. These areas often become crowded.
Corfu is small enough to explore on foot but large enough to keep you guessing! Hiking opportunities abound, the best way to discover hiking routes is to go on a professional trail. A famous one is the ‘Corfu Trail’ which is 220km and takes hikers all the way from Kavos to Pantokratoras. The trail is well marked and you can go at your own pace. It takes about 15 days to complete fully and you can buy maps of the trail along the way. Of course, you don’t have to hike the entire distance and some of the partial routes are just as rewarding.
Kayaking has become a very popular water sport and is great for beginners. It doesn’t require much effort and you can usually negotiate the waves with ease. Despite what you might think, actually capsizing is very difficult! Kayaking is great because you discover an awful lot even in just one day. It’s definitely worth getting some initial training with a professional before going out on the sea.
Corfu is a great cycling location because it’s both flat and hilly. You can easily hire bikes while you’re out here as it is popular with the locals too. The bikes available are usually decent mountain bikes and it is fun to either go off on a route or take a tour by yourself. As always with cycling, it does require some safety but serious cycling accidents have been quite rare in Corfu – there’s a lot of respect from motorists. The town centre in Corfu even has cycling routes now, so hop on and get sightseeing!