Corfu is a serene island getaway that’s just perfect for an off-grid escape! While 2 days is really the minimum you should aim to spend there, it’s sufficient to tour the island’s highlights and venture off for a sailing adventure. As you’ll discover in our full Corfu travel guide, the island is known for its laid-back ambiance, incredible hotels, and historical and architectural sites. Follow our 2 Days in Corfu guide to make the most of your time there. You’ll quickly realize why – out of thousands – Corfu is one of the most iconic islands in all of Greece! Read our guide on getting from Athens to Corfu, and set off to this oasis of pure relaxation.
Kick-off your 2 days in Corfu with a stroll through Corfu Town. First, you’ll travel back in time to the origins of the island and admire remnants of its former life. Corfu’s historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with exquisite Venetian buildings and ancient fortresses. During your strolls, don’t miss some of the main landmarks such as Spilias Square, Saint Spyridon Church, the Liston, and the Statue of Georgios Theotokis. After that, finish your tour with a visit to the New and Old Fortresses, which flank the historical center from east and west. Would you rather see the sites with an expert guide at your side to regale you with fascinating facts? The Paleokastritsa Monastery, Kanoni & Corfu Town Tour is just the ticket.
All of this walking is sure to fire up your appetite! So head into the Old Fortress restaurant to indulge in some traditional cuisine. Located amidst the grand scenery of the Old Fortress, this restaurant serves up some of the most delicious Corfiot delicacies. And make sure to ask for a table on the veranda so you can admire the scenic views as you enjoy the local flavors. After lunch, slow things down with a quick drive to the sandy shores of Paleokastritsa Beach. Relax in the sun and explore the stunning monastery located just a stone’s throw from the shores. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even rent a boat and sail to the fascinating caves in the area.
For dinner, head to Cavalieri Hotel’s Roof Garden just outside Old Town. Internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s most stunning rooftop bars and restaurants, the Roof Garden offers sweeping views of the Old Fortress on one side and a tranquil bay on the other. Indulge in some delicious local and international dishes alongside a sunset cocktail. When it’s time to turn in, Marbella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas offers serene luxury and stunning ocean views.
Venture to the port for a morning sail and discover Corfu’s neighboring islands. The closest ones are Paxos and Antipaxos, about 10 km away from Corfu. The journey on a speedboat is quick and you’ll have plenty of time to explore, swim in the beautiful blue caves, and go snorkeling in the clear waters of Paradise Beach.
Stop in one of the island’s charming eateries to enjoy the freshest catch-of-the-day served alongside a variety of tempting mezze dishes. Then head back to Corfu for an exhilarating adventure. Rent a bike, quad, or car and set out on the road to discover some of the island’s hidden coves and unspoiled shores. Drive about 10 miles south of Corfu Town to Achilleion, where you’ll find a magnificent palace set on a hill. Originally built for Princess Sissi of Austria, the palace is open to visitors to tour the splendid rooms and gardens. Our Achilleion, Kanoni & Corfu Town Private Tour takes you there and beyond. When you’re ready to relax, head down to Agios Gordios Beach to take a dip in the balmy waters of the Ionic Sea.
Head back into Corfu Town for a bite at one of the island’s finest dining spots: The Venetian Well. Set in a romantic atmosphere among ancient church walls, chef and owner Yannis Vlachos serves up his gourmet twist on the traditional Greek flavors with elegant dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients. For a proper farewell as your 2 Days in Corfu draw to an end, head to Bristol, one of the island’s most popular bars, to enjoy a refreshing cocktail and the latest jazz, pop, and rock music. When you’re ready to retire in the evening, Ikos Dassia, a sleek, modern take on Greek hospitality, is another wonderful hotel option.
Whether you adventure on a tour or explore the island solo, Corfu is certainly not to be missed. Certainly, a gem among the isles featured in our Greek Island Travel Guide, its serene beaches, quaint streets, and fantastic food and accommodation options are sure to lull you into a state of Greek bliss.