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Posted 04 May, 2020 | No comments
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Boasting beautiful beaches, rugged wilderness, ancient ruins, and charming towns, it’s no surprise that Corfu is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece.

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Corfu several times while sailing, and it’s one of my favourite stops along the Ionian Coast.

The pleasant climate, wonderful Mediterranean cuisine and lifestyle, and the fascinating history combine to draw me back every time — this is definitely one of the top destinations in Greece!

where to stay in corfu

Certain areas of the island will appeal to different types of travellers, and this guide to where to stay in Corfu lists some of the island’s best locations, plus a selection of great accommodation options in each area.

Corfu Town

The main town on the island, with a vibrant centre and fascinating history, Corfu Town (Kérkyra) is a great place to stay in Corfu if you’re looking for:

  • A wide selection of Restaurants and Cafes
  • Vibrant Nightlife
  • Museums, Palaces, Ancient Forts and Churches
  • Cobbled Streets and Wonderful Architecture

Whether coming by air or sea, you’ll almost certainly arrive first in Corfu Town.

The UNESCO World Heritage Listed old town is a bustling mix of shops, cafes, and restaurants.

It is home to most of the island’s museums and a stunning Venetian fortress on a peninsula that once housed the old town during Byzantine times.

It’s a great place to stay for a few days and enjoy strolling around the picturesque streets, squares, and harbour, and sampling the wide selection of Greek delicacies on offer, from Mousakka to Baklava.

This is one of the most beautiful towns to visit during your trip to Greece

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Best Places To Stay in Corfu Town

  1. Puppet Guesthouse
  • Location: Evaggelistrias 1, Kerkira
  • Rating on Booking.com: 9.8/10
  • Price: Rooms from $109 

This quirky and charming cafe/guesthouse is a favourite amongst visitors. The hospitality is second to none, and the included breakfast and coffee are among the best in town.

The location is fabulous – nestled just off one of the main pedestrian streets, only moments from the park and the old fortress.

All rooms are air-conditioned, and the property features a terrace, as well as a bar downstairs. Click here to see the latest price from Booking.com.

2. Chic New-Build Studio in the Heart of Historic Old Town

  • Location: Corfu Old Town
  • Rating on AirBnB: 5/5
  • Price: From $99

If you’re looking for more than just a room, this newly built, light-filled loft apartment in the heart of the old town could be a great option.

Tastefully furnished and decorated, it offers all the comforts of home, including a kitchen and living area, and amenities such as a washing machine.

While being incredibly central, it’s located on a quiet street away from the main hustle and bustle, so you’ll be able to enjoy a great night’s sleep after a day of exploring! Click here to see the latest price from Airbnb.com.

3. Divani Corfu Palace

  • Location: Nafsikas 20, Kerkira
  • Rating on Booking.com: 8.2/10
  • Price: Rooms from $99

If you’d prefer a resort-style getaway, while still being close to all that Corfu Town has to offer, this four-star luxury hotel and resort is a beautiful place to stay and relax.

It’s located on the Kanoni Peninsula, just three kilometres away from the old town.

The rooms feature balconies opening onto lagoon or garden views, and there is a swimming pool with an attached restaurant. There is also a kids pool and playground, making it an excellent option for families and couples alike.

With wonderful sunset views over the lagoon and a good breakfast to look forward to in the morning, it’s a great choice for a relaxing holiday by the sea. Click here to see the latest price from Booking.com.

Arillas

The island’s hub of spirituality, Arillas is the perfect place to stay in Corfu if you’re looking for:

  • Beautiful nature and private beaches with clear water
  • Meditation, dancing, chanting, arts, and massage
  • Naturalist beaches
  • A relaxed, village feel

Arillas has a fast-growing spirituality scene and is perfect for those who want to get in touch with their inner selves. There are several spiritual centres and retreats, offering treatments for the mind, body, and soul.

Its private beaches have made it a hotspot for naturalists for many years, so if you prefer to wear a little less to the beach, this is the spot for you!

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Arillas is not as developed as some other locations on Corfu, and accommodation can be more on the basic side — no resorts here. Instead, you’ll find quiet Blue Flag beaches, calm water, and many tavernas to choose from.

Best Places To Stay in And Around Arillas

  1. Arillas Hillside Villa 2 – Mediterranean
  • Location: Arillas, Corfu
  • Rating on Booking.com: 9.5/10
  • Price: From $133

The Arillas Hillside Villa complex offers luxurious accommodations. The apartments are furnished to a high standard, with comfortable beds, and all the amenities you need to enjoy your stay.

Less than a kilometre from the beach, this apartment boasts a private pool, a garden, and access to BBQ facilities.

Around the pool, you will find sun loungers, a table, and chairs for your use – perfect for making the most of the lovely climate. Click here to see the latest price from Booking.com.

2. Eleni Apartments

  • Location: Arillas Beach, Arillas
  • Rating on Booking.com: 9.1/10
  • Price: Rooms from $57

Eleni Apartments has a fantastic location — only around 150m to the beach! 

It’s close to the main strip so you have a great choice of restaurants and bars allowing you to enjoy your dinner with a glass or two of wine before you stroll home.

There is an outdoor swimming pool and bar, and while the rooms are somewhat modest, they are clean and comfortable. Click here to see the latest price from Booking.com.

3. Makis Apartments

  • Location: Arillas, Corfu
  • Rating on Booking.com: 8.9/10
  • Price: Rooms from $27

Firmly on the more budget side of things, Makis Apartments offer fantastic value for money!

The location is great – it’s around 350m walk to the beach – and similar to Eleni Apartments, the rooms are basic but clean and comfortable.

There is no pool, but with a lovely beach so close by, you may decide the cost savings are worth it. After all, it leaves more in the budget to enjoy the delicious food on offer in town! Click here to see the latest price from Booking.com.

Paleokastritsa

Known for its stunning bays, Paleokastritsa is the best area to stay in Corfu if you’re looking for:

  • Blue-water and a choice of picturesque bays
  • Beautiful views and photo opportunities, with an amazing monastery on a hilltop above
  • Cool, clear waters due to underwater streams
  • The chance to explore hidden beaches in the area

Paleokastritsa is centred around numerous gorgeous bays, with crystal clear water — perfect for snorkelling, or lounging on the beach! It’s not uncommon to see superyachts anchor off during the warmer months.

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There is a harbour where you can rent boats or hire someone to take you out for a day to explore the area — renting your own boat is definitely one of the top things to do in Corfu.

When you’ve had enough of the beach, you can trek up to the top of one of the hills jutting out over the water, and explore the Monastery, with its beautiful buildings and gardens.

There are a variety of quaint tavernas scattered through the town, serving up all manner of mouth-watering Greek delicacies!

Best Places To Stay in Paleokastritsa

  1. Odysseus Hotel
  • Location: Palaiokastritsa 490 83, Greece
  • Rating on Booking.com: 9.1/10
  • Price: Rooms from $75

Set on a hillside offering stunning views over the Ionian Sea, Odysseus Hotel is a family-run hotel in a great location. The closest beach is just 150 metres away, and you are within walking distance to everything in town.

The air-conditioned rooms are comfortable, and there’s a lovely terrace with a pool to enjoy, overlooking the bay. A buffet breakfast is available, and there is a restaurant and bar if you don’t feel like walking into town.

The bus stop to Corfu town is right out the front, making it an easily accessible destination from the airport. Click here to see the latest price from Booking.com.

2. Miltos Studios

  • Location: Palaiokastritsa 490 83, Greece
  • Rating on Booking.com: 9.8/10
  • Price: Rooms from $45

At the mid-range end, Miltos Studios offers fantastic value for money. Moments from the beach, each studio apartment has its own kitchen and access to a sun-filled terrace and garden with incredible views of the bay.

The rooms are comfortable and clean, and the hospitality from the owners is second to none.

The location is fantastic, with easy access to everything in town. It’s not far from the bus stop to Corfu Town. Click here to see the latest price from Booking.com.

3. Zefiros Traditional Hotel

  • Location: Paleokastritsa, Corfu 490 83, Greece
  • Rating on Booking.com: 9.5/10
  • Price: Rooms from $75

Built in 1934, this historic building offers pleasant rooms in a traditional Corfiot style. Right by the beach, all rooms boast sea views, private bathrooms, and air conditioning.

Breakfast is offered in the downstairs cafe.

The central location is fantastic, right opposite beautiful Agios Spyridon Bay and its sandy beach. Click here to see the latest price from Booking.com.

Kavos

Lively Kavos is where you’ll want to stay if you’re looking for:

  • Bars and nightlife
  • A younger crowd
  • Beaches and watersports

If you’re the type of traveller who likes to party by night and relax on a beach by day, look no further!

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Frequented by a younger crowd, the main strip is full of bars and clubs that will see you partying until the early hours of the morning. Beach parties, foam parties, boat parties — it has it all.

If you’re into pulsing music and nightlife, Kavos is the place for you. Party animals will fit right in.

Best Places To Stay in Kavos

  1. Mediterranean Blue
  • Location: Kavos 490 80, Greece
  • Rating on Booking.com: 8.7/10
  • Price: Rooms from $36

For all watersports enthusiasts, Mediterranean Blue is located just moments from Asprokavos Beach.

The resort-style complex has an outdoor pool and a restaurant-bar, and the rooms have private patios or balconies. They offer a well-rated Full English Breakfast — just what the doctor ordered after a big night out!

There is a supermarket nearby, and it’s only a short stroll into the main part of town and the main beach. Click here to see the latest price on Booking.com.

2. Toni’s Guesthouse

  • Location: Kavos 490 80, Greece
  • Rating on Booking.com: 9.3/10
  • Price: Rooms from $35

Situated in the heart of town, just a few steps away to a variety of restaurants and bars, you won’t have to walk far to find everything you need. The main beach is just 200 metres away!

Toni’s features a large pool area with sun loungers and a poolside bar. Rooms have private balconies overlooking the pool, and there is airconditioning and Wi-Fi provided throughout. Click here to see the latest price on Booking.com.

3. Greco Mare

  • Location: Kavos 490 80, Greece
  • Rating on Booking.com: 9.6/10
  • Price: Apartment from $108

If you’re after a little more privacy, Greco Mare offers a nicely appointed holiday unit with a lovely private terrace and a wonderful view. You can step straight from the apartment into the sea! It doesn’t get much more beachfront than this.

The apartment comprises of a bedroom, living room, kitchen, and bathroom, and can accommodate up to four, making use of the fold-out couch, making it a great option for small groups. Click here to see the latest price on Booking.com.

Kassiopi

A charming village and resort in the affluent north-east of Corfu, Kassiopi is a great area of the island to stay if you are looking for:

  • Beautiful beaches
  • A pretty harbour and town centre
  • Crystal clear water
  • A more upmarket experience, with luxury accommodation options

Kassiopi is located in the north-east of the island of Corfu — an area that is sometimes known as Kensington-by-the-sea, making reference to its more exclusive nature.

Despite that, there are some ways to save money here — with affordable accommodation and food options available.

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The village is set around a lovely harbour, with several small coves to choose from when you want to cool off in the clear water or relax on a sunbed.

A Byzantine-era castle sits atop a hill overlooking the village, while Mount Pantokrator serves as a spectacular backdrop to the coastal scenery.

There is a wide selection of restaurants to choose from, from quiet tavernas serving traditional dishes to lively bars and cafes.

Best Places To Stay in Kassiopi

  1. Melina Bay Boutique Hotel
  • Location: Kassiopi Bay, Kassiopi 491 00, Greece
  • Rating on Booking.com: 9.3/10
  • Price: Rooms from $76

This beautiful hotel sits right underneath the castle and boasts magnificent views of the harbour, and across the Ionian Sea to Albania.

Centrally located, you can step out your door to the harbour, and choose from one of the many restaurants lining the waterfront.

The stylish, modern rooms each have a private balcony overlooking the sea or garden. Sun loungers surround the pool, perfect for relaxing after a day exploring the area.

The staff are friendly, and the breakfast is fantastic! Click here to see the latest price on Booking.com.

2. The Cassius Hill House

  • Location: Kassiopi 491 00, Greece
  • Rating on Booking.com: 9.9/10
  • Price: From $164

A great choice for small groups or families, the beautiful Cassius Hill House is the perfect place to unwind on your holiday. It offers space and privacy, while still being just a short walk to the beaches and harbour.

With three bedrooms and a comfortable living area with a beautiful cathedral ceiling, this place ticks all the boxes.

Watch the kids swim as you relax by the private pool or fire up the BBQ and settle in for a quiet evening watching Netflix.

If you don’t feel like cooking, it’s a short stroll into town where you can choose from authentic Greek food or international cuisine. Click here to see the latest price on Booking.com.

3. Poseidon Hotel

  • Location: 28 Kassiopi Bay, Kassiopi, Corfu 490 81, Greece
  • Rating on Booking.com: 8.6/10
  • Price: Rooms from $118

Close to the action of the square and harbour, this modest hotel features a sun terrace and an on-site bar. The spacious units each have a kitchenette and a dining area. Sleeping up to four, it offers fantastic value for families.

A stone’s throw from the beaches and the restaurants in town, you’ll be able to spend your days out and about and return to a comfortable space with wonderful hospitality from the owner and staff. Click here to see the latest price on Booking.com.

Sidari

This popular northern coast area is a good place to stay in Corfu if you’re interested in the following: 

  • Popular tourist area
  • Beautiful beaches
  • All amenities on offer
  • A variety of nightlife – restaurants and bars 
  • Great for couples and families

While Sidari may not be the most authentically Greek place on the island of Corfu, it’s definitely one of the most popular areas for families, couples and package holidaymakers. 

This is the place to go if you’re looking for comforts from home while visiting another country — you’ll find British pubs and restaurants, English music, etc.

During the day, laze in the sun while enjoying one of the beaches in the area. In particular, the stunning Canal d’Amour (Channel of Love), and the unique rocky coastline. 

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In the evening, head to one of the many pubs or bars and enjoy a cocktail and some dancing. There’s a nightlife scene to suit all ages here. 

Best Places to Stay in Sidari

  1. Del Mare Beach Hotel
  • Location: right on Canal d’Amour Beach
  • Rating on Booking.com: 8.9/10
  • Price: rooms from $85

This bright condo-hotel has all the amenities you could want on holiday, but the real reason it’s a great choice is its location. 

Located right on the beach, these rooms have stunning views of the sea. Plus, if you don’t feel like swimming, there’s a great pool here as well. This is one of the more popular places to stay, for good reason. Click here to see the latest price and reviews on Booking.com.

2. The Seahorse

  • Location: in Sidari Village, near the beach
  • Rating on Booking.com: 9.2/10
  • Price: studio apartments from $65

This relaxing place might not be right on the water, but it’s just a short walk to the beach. Plus, there’s a huge pool here on the property.

The air-conditioned apartments are comfortable, clean, and furnished with a mini oven, hob, fridge and more. For families, couples or groups of friends, The Seahorse is a good option. Click here to see the latest price and reviews on Booking.com.  

Now You Know The Best Places to Stay in Corfu!

As you can see, Corfu has something to offer everyone. With its gorgeous coastline and beaches, rugged interior, authentic food, Mediterranean lifestyle and warm people, it’s a great place to spend your holidays — just make sure you book in advance in the high season

Wherever you choose to stay in Corfu, you’re sure to have a memorable trip. If you’re looking to find a private apartment, unique villa, home with a sea view, and more, then check out these listings on Airbnb for Corfu. Click on one of the prices for more details:

 

Have you been to Corfu, and have any favourite places or restaurants to recommend? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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Jacqui is a full-time traveler, wife, and mother to two kids. Back in 2016 she and her family sold everything they owned, pulled the kids out of traditional school, and took off indefinitely with just a carry on backpack each!  Since then, they’ve visited, worked, and lived in around fifty countries across six continents. She shares experiences, tips, and travel guides on Four Packs Travel.

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