Where to Stay in Corfu? Discover our guide to one of most amazing Greek islands, featuring a cost of travel analysis to this amazing European destination
Traveling to the Greek Island of Corfu? Check our guide to the best areas to stay in Corfu and enjoy all this Greek island has to offer to the fullest.
Tourism in Corfu: Overview
Corfu is an island in the Northwestern part of Greece and on the Ionian sea, very close to Albania. It is one of the most visited destinations in Greece, famous mostly for its seaside and hospitable locals. The island itself has a pretty small population, with approximately 100.000 inhabitants. Corfu city is the capital of Corfu, but the city has a number of small towns worth visiting.
The island of Corfu has a lot to offer, regardless of the type of vacation you expect. In Corfu you can enjoy cultural activities such as visiting the Museum of Asian Art and the Byzantine Museum. Corfu is also a great place if you want to enjoy nightlife, with different bars and clubs always crowded during summer.
Most of the visitors arrive from the island by plane, using the Corfu Iannis Kaposidras Airport. The majority of the flights operating to Corfu are seasonal, bringing European tourists to the island during spring and summer.
If you are flying to Corfu you can find the cheapest flights on Jetradar.
Corfu also has a number of ferries connecting the island to countries like Italy and Albania, as well as other cities in Greece. You can travel from Corfu to Brindisi, Bari and Ancona in Italy, and to Saranda in Albania. You can buy ferry tickets from and to Corfu on Direct Ferries.
Best Places to Stay in Corfu
The best place to stay in the island of Corfu is the Corfu city (Κέρκυρα). It offers scenic views and a wide variety of accommodations and restaurants. The city of Corfu is also the most convenient location for its transport connections. It is pretty close to the Corfu Airport and is also the location of the Corfu Port.
If you want to enjoy the nature of the island, you may want to consider some of the other towns in the island. Among them, the village of Palaiokastritsa is one of the best options to stay in Corfu.
For nightlife enthusiasts, you should definitely visit Kavos and Benices. The day bars turn into nightclubs and those are the best places to go if you want to party.
The city (or town) of Corfu is a charming place with aged buildings and cobblestone streets. They display the spirit of old Venetian people who held Corfu under its rule from 1386 to 1797. The main thing it’s known for is the Old Town Fortress, which was built by the Venetians in 1546.
The Old Town, which is a UNESCO Heritage site, is one of the most scenic places to stay in the Island. The churches are close, the Old town and many other desirable places to see are just a short walk away.
Other sights to see are the Esplanade, The New Fortress, Also The Achilleion, Churches of St. Spyridon and St. Jason and Sosipater.
Budget Accommodation in Corfu – €
Hotel Orpheus – A good budget option to stay in the town of Gouvia.
Reasonably Priced Accommodation in Corfu – €€
Maltezos Hotel – a reasonably priced option in the town of Gouvia in the island.
Arcadion Hotel – an excellent hotel to stay at the very heart of the island.
Luxurious Hotels – €€€
Corfu Palace Hotel – a luxurious hotel in Corfu town, at a very scenic location.
Cost of Travel in Corfu
Despite Greece being part of the European Union and the Eurozone, many of its islands are rather affordable. This is partly explained by the neverending Greek economic crisis. For that reason, Greece is considerably cheaper than other European summer destinations such as Italy or parts of Spain.
Food and accommodation have relatively affordable prices in the island. During winter, many tourist oriented business are closed. During Spring and early Autumn you can find the best bargains in the island. July and August are the season peak and have the highest prices for tourists.
Traveling around the island is usually quite cheap. The daily bus card is just 4.5 euros, you can use it for numerous travels during the day. On the other hand, if you’re in Corfu town, people mostly walk because everything is close. Another alternative is to rent a bike or a scooter, especially if you want to explore other parts of the island.
Another option is to rent a car to explore the surroundings. You can easily pick up your rental car at the airport, which is also convenient as a drop-off location when you leave the island. You can compare prices on RentalCars.com.
When to visit Greece
The season starts in April and lasts until October. The best time for a vacation is in May and June, and late September because of various discounts on accommodation and more pleasant weather.
For those willing to enjoy the island’s nightlife, July and August are the best months. You can easily find crowded bars or exciting night out activities in any day of the week.
Other Resources to visit Greece and the Balkans
If you are traveling to Greece and other destinations in this part of Europe, you may want to check some of our other guides. Check where to stay in Athens, how to get from Corfu to Saranda(Albania) and our Tirana guide.