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4 Must See Beaches in Corfu

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Corfu is one of the most beautiful Greek islands and attracts thousands of tourists every year. The variety of beaches means that you don’t have to travel far to find the perfect one for you. All you have to do is pack your sunscreen and towel and set off to explore.
  1. Myrtiotissa
If you have ever read Prospero’s Cell by Lawrence Durrell you will have seen it claimed that this tiny cove is “perhaps the most beautiful beach in the world.” It is actually three tiny beaches under steep cliffs and one is a famous nudist beach.
It is a great place for snorkelling so get yourself some equipment before you go. You can click here for more information on the best equipment for your needs. In peak season, you won’t be alone in your patch of sea. There is quite a mixed crowd fighting for a patch of the beach so an out of season visit may be preferable.
When you want a break from lounging on the sand, there is a stall selling jewellery, tie-dyed fabrics and drinks. For something a little more educational, you can wander up to the 14th-century Myrtiótissa monastery which occupies a natural terrace. You can’t always go inside as it is a working monastery it is an impressive sight even from outside.
Getting there is easy as there are plenty of buses to Vátos village from Corfu Town. The journey takes around 20 minutes and then is another 20-minute walk to the beach.
  1. Longás (aka Perouládes)
Located on Corfu’s most northwesternmost point, Cape Drástis this is a gorgeous beach surrounded by red cliffs. If you are looking for sunbeds, umbrellas or water sports, then this is not the place for you! It is also not suitable for very young kids or anyone with mobility problems as there is a steep stairway-path down to the beach from high cliff-tops.
This is a beach where you turn off and do nothing except for relax and dip in and out of the sea. Perouládes itself is a gorgeous village as is Avliótes, and a wander around their pastel houses and quaint streets is a welcome break from the beach.
You have to be fairly determined and flexible with your timing to get there. Public buses run seven or eight times daily from Corfu Town to Sidári but less frequently from there to Perouládes. Of course, driving is another option but the car park fills up very quickly in high season.
  1. Íssos beach
Famous as a location for ‘For Your Eyes Only’, the famous 1981 Bond film, Íssos beach is on the far southwesterly side of the Korissíon lagoon in Corfu.
Here you can swim, windsurf, or walk/jog up to the Korissíon lagoon exit sluice. If you get a bit hungry, there is a seasonal kantína open from late June or you can stroll around 1km to Ágios Geórgios Argyrádon where there are plenty of excellent tavernas.
To get there you hop on a bus heading for Kávos and get off at the signposted side-road to Íssos. You then have a long walk (around 1.8km) to the beach. The best option is probably to dirve yourself as there is plenty of parking available and a lot of it is in the shade.
  1. Gardénos (Paralía Gardénou)
This is a huge, sandy and clean beach at the end of a lush, agricultural valley. At the end, there is a tiny fishing port with no more than five boats moored at any time. You can get a sunbed but these are only available during peak season. The down side is that it can become very crowded in July and August.
It is a safe beach for families as the sea shelves gently so swimming is the obvious activity but you can also rent kayaks, pedalos and paddle-boards. There are three tavernas good tavernas serving freshly prepared local cuisine.

Buses will take you as far as the inland main highway. You just have to catch the Lefkímmi bus out of Corfu town. However, this leaves a long walk to the beach and on a very hot summer day this can be very unpleasant. If you decide to drive yourself, you need to head towards ‘Paralia Marathia’ and then to Marathiás village. If you take the fork towards Akroama and Nikos there is some easy parking and good access to the beach or the villages of Agía Varvára and Perivóli.

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