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Where to Stay in Corfu in 2023 | 5 Best Areas

Where to Stay in Corfu in 2023 | 5 Best Areas

Today Corfu brings hundreds of tourists every year, and they come for various reasons. Some arrive for some wild partying and clubbing; others for the sandy beaches and the waterparks, as well as the history and the architecture.

If you want to find out where to stay in Corfu, look no further — below, we’ll give you a couple of answers, depending on what you want to do during your holiday. Let us be your guide!

Why You Should Visit Corfu

Amazing view of the secluded beach in Paleokastritsa, one of the best places to stay in Corfu


“Red, yellow, pin, umber — a jumble of pastel shades which the moonlight transforms into a dazzling white city built for a wedding cake” is how the British writer Lawrence Durell describes Corfu Town in his famous travel book named Prospero’s Cell.

Our guide will try to do justice to this jewel on the Ionian Sea, but for the real deal, we recommend that you read this fantastic book!

Most people today have heard about Kavos because of its popularity among the Western young — mostly the British — and its vibrant nightlife, but Corfu is much, much more.

For example, the already mentioned Corfu Town is both unbelievably beautiful, with its coastal flair, Venetian architecture, castles, and narrow streets, and historically significant.

At some points in history, it was also the bedrock of the defenses of the powerful Byzantine Empire and the Venetian Republic after that. Today Corfu brings hundreds of tourists every year, and they come for various reasons. As we teased in the intro, there’s truly something for everyone.

Those people who want to taste every part of Corfu — from Kassiopi and Acharavi in the north to Kavos in the south and Corfu Town in the east to Agios Gordios in the west — should definitely rent a car.

Corfu covers roughly 230 square miles, and it’s the seventh-biggest Greek island.

To finish with one more quote from Lawrence Durell and Prospero’s Cell: “Other countries may offer you discoveries in manner or lore or landscape; Greece offers you something harder — the discovery of yourself.”

For him, visiting Corfu was a life-changing experience, and this beautiful island on the Ionian Sea can do that for you if you allow it. Enjoy!

The 5 Best Parts of Corfu

Where to Stay in Corfu map in vector format featuring the best areas of town

Corfu is one of the biggest Greek islands and presents numerous towns and villages to the potential visitor. That being said, because of its size, Corfu is versatile and many-sided and can offer different things to different kinds of people.

Our favorite parts include:

  1. Corfu Town: The capital of the island and its business, cultural, and historical center — a perfect place for those who want to learn the history of Corfu.
  2. Kavos: Mostly popular for younger people, it offers the most interesting and vibrant nightlife options on the island, as well as a couple of aqua parks.
  3. Kassiopi: Usually considered a “cool place,” Kassiopi’s strongest side is versatility because of its beaches, striking nature, and important historical landmarks.
  4. Agios Gordios: A small village on the western side of the island and very close to Corfu Town, Agios Gordios is the most suitable place in our guide for budget travelers.
  5. Acharavi: Another small village, this time on the northern side of the island, it presents a balanced offering and a calm, relaxing, and family-friendly atmosphere.

The Best Areas & Hotels in Corfu

Corfu is a major tourist place on the Ionian Sea and brings thousands of visitors every year. Almost the whole economy of the palace is connected to accommodating tourists.

Almost every city and village on the island offers uncountable accommodation options to choose from. Obviously, Corfu Town offers the most elite accommodation, but because of its size and influx of tourists, it is not that expensive, and you can find a lot of budget options.

The same holds for Kavos and Kassioopi. However, even if you’re looking for something luxurious, you can find it everywhere on Corfu: even in budget places like Agios Gordios.

Speaking of Agios Gordios, it is definitely the place that you should choose if you must spend your trip to Corfu on a budget. There are innumerable hotels, studios, apartments, and villas in the wider area around the city, which are unbelievably cheap.

But it’s preferable to have a car, since unlike the other places in our guide, the village itself is not that interesting and attractive. The same holds for Acharavi too.

1. Corfu Town

Photo of the main square in Corfu Town, one of the best areas to stay when in Corfu

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There’s no better place to start your adventure on the beautiful island of Corfu than in its equally beautiful capital — simply called Corfu Town.

Roughly one third of the population of the whole island lives here, and it serves as the main political and administrative center not only of Corfu but of the other smaller neighboring islands on the Ionian Sea.

If you’re interested in culture and history and prefer to spend your holiday in a fully functional city, which is also a tourist center located on the shores of the sea, Corfu Town should be your choice.

The old town is the place where you would definitely spend most of your time. It’s an old interrelated system of streets with small shops, restaurants, and cafes. It will remind some of you a little bit of Venice since they both share the same Mediterranean vibe.

Almost all of the important landmarks and attractions are located in the old town. Here are the most important ones:

  • The Liston: the famous walking area, full of shops and restaurants and great for strolling.
  • Casa Parlante: a 19th-century mansion and a museum, a witness to the life of the aristocracy on this island.
  • Church of Saint Spiridon: an orthodox church from the end of the 16th century.
  • Corfu Museum of Asian Art: a palace from British rule and the only museum of its kind in Greece.
  • Old Fortress Corfu: a Venetian fortress that resisted Ottoman invasions for years.
  • Spianada Square: the most famous town square in Corfu, close to most of the landmarks listed above.

Since Corfu Town is the biggest city on the island, it’s also the richest in terms of accommodations and restaurants. There’s a wide range of two-, three-, four-, and five-star restaurants, some of them very cheap, and others very luxurious. The same holds for the hotels, too.

Things to Do

  • There’s probably no bigger attraction for tourists in Corfu Town than the Casa Parlante Museum, selected as the 2022 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best. It’s definitely not the most culturally or historically important thing, but because of its almost perfect reproductions of furniture and interior, robotics, and animation, it serves as one of the best introductions to both the aristocratic and everyday life of Corfu from the past.
  • For a more ancient take on Corfu’s history, the one connected to the Byzantine culture and the Venetians, we recommend that you visit the Old Fortress Corfu and the Church of Saint Spiridon. Both of them are witnesses to the turbulent culture and history of Corfu, its important role in international commerce and warfare, and its spiritual and material history. In that context, make sure you also visit the Agios Iasonas Kai Sosipatros (church), the Church of Saint Ioannis the Precursor, and the Archaeological Museum of Corfu.
  • Inside the city, you’ll come upon the ruins of the ancient city called Korkyra or Palaiopolis. They delve even deeper into the city’s history and its different Gods before the coming of the Christian church. Make sure you visit the Kardaki Temple, the Temple of Artemis, and the Temple of Hera. All of them are quite mysterious, and their true purposes and connections to the gods are still debated.
  • Finally, the British also left a huge mark on Corfu, which is not as strong as the Venetian one but is worth exploring as well. Today’s Corfu Museum of Asian Art is actually a palace built for the British commissioner for the Ionian island in the early 19th century, and it’s a perfect example of neoclassical architecture.

Where to Eat

  • La Tavola Calda is an Italian restaurant that’s also famous for serving exquisite seafood. It was selected as the 2022 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best. La Tavola Calda is perfect for anniversaries, birthdays, and other special occasions.
  • The Tandoori Bites is an Indian and Asian restaurant that also serves a lot of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. A 2022 Travelers’ Choice selection, it’s mostly famous for its chicken, its curry, and the extremely fast, kind, and professional staff.
  • Favela 17 is yet another 2022 Travelers’ Choice that serves both as a cafe and a Greek restaurant. It is suitable for every meal of the day — either breakfast, lunch, or dinner — and a great place to grab a sandwich, eat some pancakes, or drink a cup of coffee.

Corfu Town Budget Hotels

  • Europe Hotel is a two-star hotel located less than a mile from the center of Corfu Town. Every room has a balcony, TV, private bathroom, and free Wi-Fi. The place is particularly suitable for couples and has a 24-hour front desk.
  • Hotel Atlantis is another two-star hotel, but this time located significantly closer to the center of the Town — only 160 meters. It has free parking and free Wi-Fi, an on-site restaurant and a bar, a terrace, and a very tasty breakfast in the morning.

Corfu Town Mid-Range Hotels

  • Arcadion Hotel is a very beautiful three-star hotel overlooking Spianada Square. It offers — among other things — two restaurants and a bar on the premises, rooms furnished with handmade furniture and rich fabrics, and a TV. The place is especially suitable for couples.
  • Arion Hotel is another great three-star hotel located close to the city center and the beaches. Each room is furnished in a tasteful way, has a TV, and a mini fridge. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi and free parking and has a bar on the premises.

Corfu Town Luxury Hotels

  • Corfu Holiday Palace is a very luxurious five-star hotel that’s close to both the Ionian Sea and the center of the city. It offers no less than two swimming pools, a private designated beach area, a spa and wellness center, a bar and a restaurant on the premises, and a superb breakfast.
  • Siora Vittoria Boutique Hotel is a luxurious four-star hotel located in a beautiful and historical 19th-century villa. Its strongest sides are the relaxing garden and the decorated interior and furnishing, consisting of marble bathrooms, wooden floors, and furniture.

See All Hotels in Corfu

2. Kavos

Aerial view of the expansive tan sand beach in Kavos, a top pick for where to stay in Corfu

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Going from Corfu Town to Kavos, we make a big jump, both geographically and culturally. Kavos is a small village in the utmost southern part of Corfu, almost 30 miles from the capital.

If Corfu Town was all about history, culture, palaces, and museums, Kavos is the island’s central nightlife hub. Kavos is full of clubs, cafes, and fabulous beaches, offering different kinds of fun activities.

That’s why it’s mostly popular with the younger audience, especially from the ages of 18 to 30. The nightclubs are simply amazing.

Here’s a list of the five most popular bars and clubs that you have to visit if you want to experience the true nightlife vibes of one of the most popular island towns in Greece:

Everybody knows that there’s nothing better than relaxing on the beach after an eventful night of partying and drinking. The beaches in Kavos are perfect for that, but they’re also quite fun and well-organized, offering a lot of interesting water-related activities.

Arkoudilas Beach is probably the most famous beach in the city, and it’s a great place to chill out or have fun. There are two water parks, the Aqua Park Kavos and the Water Fun Park.

Both of them are quite nice, but the second one is the biggest of its kind in all of Greece. If you want something completely different, then you can enjoy some adrenaline watersports like jet skiing or paddleboarding or even join a tour on a speed boat.

The options are pretty much unlimited. In terms of accommodation and restaurant options, Kavos truly delivers.

There are a bunch of hotels and apartments that are really cheap; they take into account that young people usually want to spend their money on the beach or in clubs. The restaurant offer is quite rich too, with a lot of Travelers’ Choice restaurants.

Things to Do

  • Everybody who goes to Kavos is interested in having fun and especially in having an unforgettable night out. That’s why the village is full of cafes, clubs, and restaurants. We already presented you with a list of the five best places in Kavos that offer a vibrant party, and here are some more: Atlantis Cavos, Cheers Bar, Buzz Bar, and Snobs Bar.
  • Depending on your preference, you can pump up some adrenaline and do some jet skiing, or you can go on a speedboat. If you prefer something more relaxing and even upscale, you can go on a luxury cruise.
  • One thing that almost everybody likes is waterparks — Kavos offers two of the best in the whole of Greece. Aqua Park Kavos is very versatile and even family-friendly, making it a great place to go by yourself or with a friend or even bring your family. Water Fun Park, on the other hand, is the biggest of its kind in the whole country. It has anything and everything and enough rides to spend a whole day.
  • Finally, there are some other things to do in Kavos not connected to either nightclubs or water. For example, you can visit the only historical and cultural landmark in the village: the Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • If you want to experience Kavos on horseback, you can join the extremely popular (and a 2022 Travelers’ Choice selection) Horseland Kavos.

Where to Eat

  • The Rose Tree serves a mix of European and Greek cuisines with a lot of seafood, vegetarian, and vegan options. Its food and service helped it get a 2022 Travelers’ Choice selection. We recommend that you try octopus and the moussaka.
  • Desperado’s is something completely different and unexpected in this part of the world. The restaurant offers a combination of Mexican food and well-made American steaks, rightfully getting picked as the 2022 Travelers’ Choice. You can order a huge T-bone steak or sticky mac and cheese.
  • Pavlos Taverna Steakout is yet another 2022 Travelers’ Choice selection (there are a lot of them in Kavos) that’s mainly about traditional Greek food. An old-school, family-owned Greek tavern, it also offers free starters and big portions, no matter what you order.

Kavos Budget Hotels

  • Mediterranean Blue is a very cheap three-star hotel with an outdoor pool and its own private beach. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi and parking, an on-site bar, an airport shuttle, facilities for disabled guests, and private balconies with a view.
  • Sandy Beach Studios is an extremely cheap accommodation that has both an outdoor pool and a restaurant on its premises. The sunbeds and the umbrellas are free, and so are the Wi-Fi and the parking. There’s a shuttle to take you from and to the airport as well.

Kavos Mid-Range Hotels

  • Amelia’s Garden is a very nice three-star hotel with an outdoor swimming pool. It offers free Wi-Fi, free parking, an airport shuttle service, and a bar on the premises. Some of its rooms are equipped with a kitchen and a fridge. The place is particularly suitable for couples.
  • Trabukos Beach Complex is a very nice three-star hotel that looks and offers much more than a general mid-range hotel. It’s located on the beachfront and has an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, a terrace, and a bar. The breakfast served every morning is simply superb.

Kavos Luxury Hotels

  • Cavomarina Beach is a great four-star hotel with a beautiful outdoor pool located around 400 meters from the famous Kavos beach. Especially suitable for couples, it has air-conditioned and nicely furnished rooms. It also offers a great breakfast.
  • Capo Di Corfu is probably the largest, most expensive, and most luxurious resort in the area. Its five stars are completely deserved since it offers no less than three pools, it’s located on the beachfront, and it has an on-site restaurant and a bar.

See All Hotels in Corfu

3. Kassiopi

To illustrate one of the best parts of Corfu, two small boats float on the water in Kassiopi Bay

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Around 20 miles to the north of Corfu Town lies the small village of Kassiopi. It’s usually considered one of the coolest places on Corfu, with a nice balance between culture and nature.

While it’s not as full of landmarks as Corfu Town, it offers some of the nicest beaches on the island. If you want to relax on the beach and visit interesting castles and churches, Kassiopi is the right place for you.

Let’s start with the beaches since there are a bunch of them that are worth visiting:

  • The small and clean Bataria Beach (2022 Travelers’ Choice selection).
  • Avlaki Beach is perfect for snorkeling but has a lot of pebbles (2022 Travelers’ Choice selection).
  • Kerasia Beach is full of fish and offers cheap sunbeds and umbrellas.
  • Kanoni Beach is surrounded by a rocky cove and a lot of shade.
  • The quiet and relaxing Kalamionas Beach.

The landmarks offer an interesting experience, both in terms of nature and culture. The Monastery of Pantokrator, for example, is located on Mount Pantokrator, the highest mountain on the island.

The Church of the Panayia Kassopitra, located right in the city, is one of the most important churches on the whole island. Finally, Kassiopi Castle is the real threat: a Byzantine castle that oversees the village, it played a key role in defending the island from invaders.

If you’re interested in history, the castle is a must-see, as it presents some of the key architectural remains on Corfu.

The accommodation options in the village are not as rich in comparison with Corfu Town and Kavos. You won’t find anything with less than three stars, and there are only a couple of hotels in the area — most of the accommodations are either apartments or studios.

Also, you may have to settle for something in the wider area and not directly in the village. The restaurant options, on the other hand, are as good as the other areas.

Things to Do

  • Corfu is one of the prettiest islands on the Ionian Sea, and that’s mainly because of the fabulous beaches. Those located on the northern side of the island — and consequently in Kassiopi — are simply perfect and great for sunbathing, relaxing, or snorkeling. Bataria Beach and Avlaki Beach are the most famous and most visited, but Kerasia Beach, Kanoni Beach, and Kalamionas Beach are quite nice too.
  • If you’re interested in the history of Christianity and you’re a fan of beautiful ecclesiastical architecture, Kassiopi offers some interesting specimens. The Church of the Panayia Kassopitra stands on a place that was once dedicated to the Greek god Zeus, and it celebrates the saint-protector of sailors. The Monastery Of Pantokrator is from the 17th century and is located at 917 meters above sea level. It offers some of the most beautiful views of the village.
  • From the domain of worldly history, Kassiopi offers its most important landmark — the imposing Kassiopi Castle. It is quite huge and old and was once one of the central buildings on Corfu. During the reign of the Byzantine Empire, it served as the bedrock of the island’s defenses. Also, visiting it is quite practical since it’s very close to the village.
  • Finally, Kassiopi has a couple of bars that have a very nice reputation. That means that the village is not only about beaches and history, but it’s also a pretty decent place to have a drink or a fun night out. Check out the Illusions Bar, Damianos Bar, Kostas Bar, Lime Lounge, and Visions Bar.

Where to Eat

  • Strofilia Taverna is a traditional Greek tavern that serves local dishes with a lot of vegetarian and vegan options. A 2022 Travelers’ Choice, it offers a great way to find out about Greek cuisine by trying a lot of homemade dishes.
  • Kima Restaurant is another tavern that was selected as a 2022 Travelers’ Choice. It mainly focuses on seafood and other Mediterranean and Greek dishes, like salmon, moussaka, beef, pasta, and garlic bread. It also offers a great complementary dessert.
  • Syki is yet another 2022 Travelers’ Choice (Kassiopi has no shortage of them either because Greece is generally famous for its food) that focuses on international, European, and Greek dishes. Aside from serving all the traditional options, the menu is also quite versatile.

Kassiopi Budget Hotels

  • Fatiras Studios is a beautiful three-star studio complex around 150 meters from Kassiopi Beach. Every studio is furnished in a simple way and has air conditioning and Wi-Fi. There’s also a refrigerator, a TV, and a private bathroom in every unit.
  • Sunflower Apartments & Studios is another three-star apartment and studio complex with an outdoor swimming pool. It’s located just five minutes from Kassiopi Beach, and the studios have a view of the beautiful surrounding mountains. There’s also a pool bar and a courtyard.

Kassiopi Mid-Range Hotels

  • Fulvia Apartments is a four-star complex of apartments with a beautiful courtyard, a pretty garden, and an outdoor pool, located in the small village of Kassiopi. There’s free parking, free Wi-Fi, facilities for disabled guests, and an airport shuttle.
  • Frosini Gardens is a three-star hotel with no less than two outdoor swimming pools. There’s great continental breakfast every morning, free Wi-Fi, a bar on the premises, an airport shuttle, family rooms, and tea and coffee makers in every room.

Kassiopi Luxury Hotels

  • Philippos Hotel is a superb three-star hotel located just 150 meters from the utmost center of Kassiopi, where you’ll find all the restaurants and shops. It has three outdoor swimming pools, a bar on the premises, free Wi-Fi and parking, and airport shuttles.
  • Corfu Erimitis is another four-star accommodation located around a mile and a half from Kassiopi. It offers an outdoor swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, free parking, a garden, and barbeque facilities. It’s also close to an area where guests can go snorkeling or scuba diving.

See All Hotels in Corfu

4. Agios Gordios

Aerial drone shot of the Achilleion Palace in Corfu in Agios Gordios, a top pick when thinking about where to stay in Corfu


Located on the western side of the island, around an hour and a half drive by car from Corfu Town, lies the small village of Agios Gordios.

It is mainly known for two things: first, it’s usually considered the cheapest and the most budget-friendly place on Corfu; second, it was often visited by Freddie Mercury, the frontman of Queen, before he passed away.

That said, Agios Gordios doesn’t offer much to its potential tourists aside from the very cheap and numerous accommodations in the wider area.

The number of hotels, apartments, villas, and studios is simply uncountable, and since there are no major landmarks near the village, the prices are quite low. Having a car while staying in Agios Gordios is the perfect option.

However, that doesn’t mean that the city doesn’t offer anything interesting. Agios Gordios Beach is quite nice and was selected as the 2022 Travelers’ Choice, for example.

The city is beautiful and scenic — especially when the sun comes down — and it offers some interesting places for strolling and hiking. Moreover, the several bars it has are more than decent.

But having a car on some other kind of motor vehicle changes everything (that’s why you’ll find a lot of activities connected to the village that include driving or renting a scooter).

For example, only two miles to the north lies the interesting Folklore Museum of Central Corfu; almost eight miles to the north is the stunning 19th-century mansion better known as The Achilleion Palace. Corfu Town is quite close too, with no more than 30 minutes spent in a car.

We’ve already said that the accommodation options are both countless and cheap.

The restaurant options, on the other hand, are also decent, with a lot of Travelers’ Choice selections. But there’s not much variety since almost all of them are taverns or traditional Greek restaurants.

Things to Do

  • Agios Gordios is not the most exciting city on Corfu, but there’s one thing that always saves the day, no matter the size of the place: the Ionian Sea around the island. The Agios Gordios Beach is as good as any other on Corfu, and it’s perfect for relaxing, sunbathing, swimming, or enjoying some other interesting sea and beach-related activity.
  • Agios Gordios is not a vibrant nightlife city like Kavos or cool and versatile like Kassiopi, but it has a couple of clubs and cafes which are quite decent. The Lemon Tree is a very unique and interesting cocktail bar that offers a distinct atmosphere and a rich cocktail selection. Robin’s Nest Bar is an eco-friendly place located under two very old olive trees, which also offers an interesting variety of cocktails.
  • The main thing about Agios Gordios is that you need a car or some other (preferably motor) vehicle to keep the interesting experience flowing. That’s why there are plenty rent services in the village:
  • Agios Gordios is almost centrally placed on the island and allows easy access to a lot of different places in the wider area. You can reach Corfu Town in less than half an hour by car. Five minutes to the north is the interesting Folklore Museum of Central Corfu, and no more than eight miles to the east, you will find the fabulous Achilleion Palace.

Where to Eat

  • Sebastian’s Taverna is a 2022 Travelers’ Choice selection and definitely one of the best and most famous restaurants in Agios Gordios. Mostly famous for its seafood, their prawns are usually recommended both for their taste and their size. The place is also very romantic and suitable for special gatherings and large groups.
  • Thalassa Restaurant Bar is another Greek and Mediterranean restaurant where you can try all the famous Greek dishes and a lot of fresh and tasty seafood. Another 2022 Travelers’ Choice selection, their souvlaki is particularly respected.
  • ARK Kitchen Bar is yet another 2022 Travelers’ Choice selection that works mainly in the domain of European and Greek cuisine and serves a lot of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. It is suitable for every meal of the day, from early breakfast to late dinner.

Agios Gordios Budget Hotels

  • Sunny views & Dreamy Sunsets by BS is a very cheap but nice two-star hotel. It offers free Wi-Fi, free parking, and has a garden around the premises. Its rooms are air-conditioned and have private bathrooms. There’s also an airport shuttle available.
  • Angelica Hotel is another very cheap two-star hotel located around 400 meters from the beach. It has a nice outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi, terraces with a view, a bar and a restaurant on the premises, and rooms equipped with TVs, kitchenettes, and private bathrooms.

Agios Gordios Mid-Range Hotels

  • FilipposResort is a three-star accommodation that comes at a really decent price and is located very close to the beach — only around 80 meters. Particularly suitable for couples, it offers free Wi-Fi, free parking, a garden, and rooms with mountain views.
  • Aloha Hotel is a great three-star hotel overlooking the beautiful Ionian Sea. It features an outdoor swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, free parking, facilities for disabled people, a bar on the premises, room service, nice breakfast, and satellite TV in every room.

Agios Gordios Luxury Hotels

  • La Grotta Verde is definitely the most luxurious place in Agios Gordios. It is an only-adult, five-star accommodation with no less than three swimming pools, a spa and wellness center on the premises, and an on-site bar. Every unit has all the amenities and offers terraces with views of the Ionian Sea.
  • Villa Renata & Villa Filippos by Konnect is another high-end accommodation, this time qualified as having four stars. It offers an outdoor swimming pool, a terrace, and units equipped with satellite TV, as well as a fully equipped kitchen.

See All Hotels in Corfu

5. Acharavi

Aerial view of the small town of Acharavi with its idyllic beach near the waves crashing on the shoreline on a semi-clear day

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You’ll find Acharavi on the northern side of the island, a few miles from Kassiopi, which lies to the east. This small settlement is so far north that you can get a clear view of Albania from its shores.

But don’t let its size and relative forlornness kill your motivation: if you ask us, Acharavi is one of the most family-friendly places on Corfu. In the past, during the times of the Roman Empire (and well before that), Acharavi was called Heba after the Greek goddess of youth and the prime of life.

When you see the beach, the sea, and the surrounding countryside, you’ll understand the reason for its name in a matter of seconds. Acharavi Beach is simply beautiful, and it’s a great place to spend most of your time.

The sea offers many activities: you can scuba dive and snorkel, enjoy different types of water sports, or even rent a boat or a speedboat.

The city is also interesting for its shops. We haven’t talked too much about shopping in this guide, and Acharavi partially fills out that picture. There are a lot of specialty shops where you can buy clothes, souvenirs, and various kinds of memorabilia.

Finally, the area around the village offers an interesting historical excursion. Less than a mile from Acharavi, you’ll find the Roman Baths, a recent archeological excavation.

Right next to them is the Corfu Acharavi Folklore Museum, which is quite big and rich in artifacts. Acharavi may not be the most popular place in Corfu, but it still offers a large number of accommodations and restaurants.

Aside from the numerous apartments and studios, there are a bunch of hotels too, ranging from cheap two-star budget options to elite five-star resorts.

The restaurants and eateries, on the other hand, are of the classical and traditional type. If you like gyro, souvlaki, and seafood, you definitely won’t stay hungry for long.

Things to Do

  • Like every place on Corfu, the beach and the Ionian Sea are the primary locus of activity. Acharavi Beach is a perfect place for relaxing, swimming and sunbathing, as beautiful as any other on the island. Also, you’ll find a lot of options for scuba diving and snorkelingwater sports, and boat or speedboat rental.
  • There are plenty of shops in Acharavi where you can buy something to remember Corfu after you go home. You’ll find them scattered around the village, but most of them are located near or in the center. We recommend Meandros Gold (a 2022 Travelers’ Choice selection), Olive Wood Shop Corfu (mostly about sculptures), Corfu Spirit (very cozy atmosphere), Dalas Jewellery (a famous jewelry originating in Athens).
  • Acharavi is not only about beaches, beautiful nature, and interesting shops — quite the contrary. Less than a mile away from the center, you’ll come upon the Roman Baths, an archeological excavation that still stands as a revenant of some nearly forgotten times. If you’re not satisfied and need more, on the opposite side of the Roman Baths, you’ll find Corfu Acharavi Folklore Museum with its rich and versatile collection.
  • Acharavi is not Kavos, but similarly, Agios Gordios offers some interesting nightlife that offers a decent and interesting nightlife program. Central Restaurant is both a great place for a drink or for a meal; Versus Club offers tasty champagne cocktails; Cube Nightbar is more about cocktails and beers; Vertigos is a nice, family-friendly place in complete correspondence to the village.

Where to Eat

  • Woody’s serves a combination of European, British, and Greek cuisines, and it’s a 2022 Travelers’ Choice selection. Located on the waterfront, with a great view of the sea, you can have an English breakfast, grab a steak, or order grilled or fried calamari.
  • Faros Restaurant Acharavi is the right choice for you if you want to try some authentic local dishes. A 2022 Travelers’ Choice selection, it offers traditional Greek meals like lamb, moussaka, or freshly caught seafood. The selection of wine is also quite rich.
  • Pita Pita Grill Room is a place you have to visit since you can’t say you’ve seen or experienced Greece if you haven’t tried souvlaki or gyro from a fast food place. Yet another Travelers’ Choice selection, its portions are very rich and large.

Acharavi Budget Hotels

  • Amorossa Beachfront Village by Konnect is a very nice two-star hotel with a balcony, a patio, an outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge, a garden, and a TV in every room. The place is particularly suitable for couples, but it also offers family rooms.
  • ILENA HOTEL is a two-star hotel located just 400 meters from Acharavi Beach. It offers an outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge, a lush garden, free parking and free Wi-Fi, a bar on the premises, and a very decent breakfast every morning.

Acharavi Mid-Range Hotels

  • Filorian Hotel Apartments is a great three-star hotel located right on the beach. The Durell house, which is definitely worth visiting, is just fifteen minutes away. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, a bar on the premises, and rooms with kitchens or kitchenettes and TVs.
  • Eriva Hotel is another great three-star hotel with an outdoor pool. It’s particularly suitable for couples and also has a garden, a terrace, and an on-site bar and restaurant. It offers great breakfast and rooms equipped with TVs and kitchenettes. There’s also free parking and an airport shuttle service.

Acharavi Luxury Hotels

  • Grecotel-LUXME Costa Botanica is definitely one of the best hotels on the whole island. A five-star object, it has two swimming pools, a spa and wellness center, an on-site restaurant and bar, a pool, and courteous room service. The hotel is also family-friendly.
  • Acharavi Beach Hotel is a four-star hotel located very close to the beach. It offers rooms with a view of the sea, no less than four swimming pools, a fitness center, a bar and a restaurant on the premises, and a superb breakfast every morning.

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So, Where Should You Stay in Corfu?

After we made a full circle along the shores of Corfu and visited its most interesting and unique towns and villages, let’s do a quick recap so you can make your decision on where to stay.

  • Corfu Town is the capital and the true center of the city. If you prefer both a classical holiday experience and an enlightening one, it’s the right choice for you.
  • Kavos is mostly visited by younger people because of its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and lively clubs. If nightlife is your priority, make Kavos your permanent residence.
  • Kassiopi, located on the northeast side of the island, offers a little bit of everything. If you can’t make up your mind and prefer to take little bites of all that Corfu has to offer, pick Kassiopi — you can’t go wrong.
  • Agios Gordios is the cheapest place in our guide and one of the locations with the lowest accommodation prices in all of Corfu. If you’re looking for a place to stay on a budget, Agios Gordios is the right choice.
  • Acharavi is beautiful, calm and relaxing, and very close to Corfu Town. If you’re visiting Corfu with your family and you’re looking for a family-friendly place, Acharavi is the right place for you.

So, with so much to see and do, what are you waiting for — book your trip to Corfu today. We promise you won’t be disappointed. Happy travels!