We were only on Corfu for a few days but visited two of the beaches on the coast. Both stunning, but quite different.
Best Beach in Corfu
Kassiopi, in the northeast of the island, is reported to be the most beautiful beach on Corfu. It was certainly one of the most stunning coastlines I’d ever seen. It’s not just one beach, but a headland with lots of small accessible beaches and coves to choose from as you walk around. As the beaches were spread out, this made it feel quiet and we were easily able to find ourselves a private spot on a small cove along the coast, only a short walk from town.
Just look at the colour of that water! The stunning contrasting colours of the light aqua and dark blue of the ocean were spectacular.
We spent a lovely afternoon swimming, reading and relaxing on the beach, before having an early dinner of squid and octopus (yum!) in town before heading home.
Paleokastritsa Beach & Grottos
Another day, another beach. Paleokastritsa is located on the northwest of the island, and is famous for its grottos, caves and the monastery overlooking the bay.
The beach here was busy but we were able to find ourselves a nice spot to make the most of the sunshine and amazing water.
After a while we wanted more peace and quiet and found the perfect solution – a paddleboat! Which was also a great way to check out the grottos and caves.
First we paddled out to the open ocean, where we watched the fish swimming in the water below us, before diving in to cool ourselves down after all the paddling exercise. While slightly scary (are there sharks in the Ionian Sea??), the feeling of swimming in the open water with no one else around felt amazing. And thankfully there was no one else around to see us struggling to get back up onto the paddleboat….
After our swim, we headed back towards the coastline to visit the caves and grottos sheltered within the rock face. Although we didn’t find pirate treasure, we were treated to natural marvels that (almost) made up for it. The water along the edge of the rocks was so bright and so many different colours.
We were able to paddle right into one of the grottos and inside found a rainbow cave. With pinks, greens and purples on the rocks below the aqua water, it was stunning. We hopped off the paddleboat for a quick snorkel, but surprisingly there wasn’t a lot of fish.
Paddleboats are our new favourite thing!
Saying goodbye to our paddleboat, we thought we’d do a bit more exercise before wine o’clock, and set off walking up the very steep hill to visit the local monastery. The road up was hard but beautiful, with oleander trees lining the road and wondrous views of the coastline below.
Such a beautiful place to visit, with well-tended gardens, bougainvillea-covered walls and courtyards and local produce on sale.
Corfu is very different to the other islands of Greece I’ve visited. Here you won’t find the blue and white houses, common on the Mediterranean islands of Greece, but instead the feeling here is more earthy and natural. Houses are painted in earthly tones, which fit the natural environment of the island covered in oleanders and wild-old olive trees.
There are big resorts and party towns on Corfu, but we didn’t see them. We found it easy to spend our time on the island in blissful ignorance of their existence and just enjoyed paradise.