The breathtaking Palaiokastritsa Beach on the island of Corfu, surrounded by vast greenery and lined with sunloungers

Best Areas to Stay in Corfu for Couples

11 Dec 2018 By Adele Grant
The breathtaking Palaiokastritsa Beach on the island of Corfu, surrounded by vast greenery and lined with sunloungers

As one of the most eye-catching Ionian Islands, it’s hardly surprising that couples hit this Grecian gem every year. From multi-colored sunsets to wild olive trees and captivating cities, this island will romance you from the moment you lay eyes on it.

So the question is – where are the best areas to stay in Corfu for couples? Whether you choose to lap up breathtaking vistas from the west or visit up-market resorts in the east, we want to make sure you find a backdrop that suits you.

Now, join us as we explore every inch of this mesmerising coastline.

West: Corfu’s west coast is recognised for its dramatic scenery, and by dramatic we mean steep hillsides overlooking spectacular blue waters. When you’re not admiring its sun-filled vistas, you’ve got a good choice of beaches to work your way through.

This area will suit couples looking for simplicity with its quaint resorts and traditional feel.

Sidari

A beautiful beach in Sidari, Corfu with two sunbathers sitting on the sand

Holidaying as a pair? Then, Sidari is just the spot. This enchanting resort continues to charm couples with its mix of highlights from its natural landscape to its Blue Flag sands and upbeat nightlife.

Pack a picnic and head for its tranquil bays or watch the sunset from one of the laid-back tavernas, it’s special touches like this that make your Corfu holiday one to remember. But nothing will top off a visit to Canal D’Amour – one of the island’s most romantic attractions. Legend has it, those who manage to swim the length of this naturally formed passing will meet the love of their life at the opposite end.

Contrary to its laid-back days, Sidari comes alive after sunset. With bars staying open well past midnight, couples can party late into the night if they wish. There’s also plenty of low-key cocktail spots when you fancy a few chilled drinks.

Best hotel for couples: Hotel Beach Star

Top tip: From here, it is worth visiting Logas Beach, or as it is better known ‘Sunset Beach’. Often considered one of the best places to catch the setting sun on the island, this light spectacle is best viewed from the sand or from one of the many clifftop restaurants.

Agios Georgios

The striking backdrop of Agios Georgios Beach on the island of Corfu, lined with sunloungers and straw umbrellas

For couples seeking a quiet base during their time in Corfu, Agios Georgios lets you relax with little distractions. The pace is extremely slow in this rural location with magnificent views around every corner thanks to the resort’s low-rise buildings.

The beach should be top of your list of things to do, whether you choose to sunbathe along its one-kilometre stretch or take a joint dip in the clear ocean. If your idea of romance is something a little more adventurous, nothing beats getting lost among the olive trees with beautiful walking trails encircling you.

Best hotel for couples: Labranda Sandy Villas

Did you know? Agios Georgios Beach graced the big screen back in 1981 when it featured in the Hollywood blockbuster For Your Eyes Only, which is part of the popular James Bond franchise.

Paleokastritsa

Far stretching views over Paleokastritsa's striking coastline on the island of Corfu

Love is forever in the air here in Paleokastritsa.

As one of Corfu’s most jaw-droppingly beautiful villages, there’s no better way to impress that special someone. Idyllic blue waters, sweet-smelling lemon trees and green-speckled rocks pretty much sums up this leafy paradise.

Feeling energetic? A trip to this picturesque resort wouldn’t be complete without tackling the climb up to its dominating monastery. Sitting high up in the hillside, this Byzantine delight dates back to the 13th century and offers incredible views of the surrounding countryside.

As much as Agios Spyridonas is its most popular shore with its dramatic cliff backdrop and huge choice of watersports, couples seeking some time alone may prefer its quieter sand spots. Often pebbly, these secluded stretches are typically found tucked away behind a covering of trees and accessed via hidden steps.

Best hotel for couples: CNic Paleo Art Nouveau

Top tip: If you want to explore Paleokastritsa to its fullest, we suggest hiring a boat so you can reach those romantic spots which are only accessible via the sea.

East: Recognised for its small fishing villages and pebbled coves, this part of the island comes with an air of sophistication. Expect yacht-filled marinas and cosy cocktail spots with a glimpse into the island’s history. From here, you can also take in views of Albania’s stunning coastline.

Corfu’s east coast will suit couples seeking elegant dining spots, harbourside views and a slice of culture.

Kassiopi

The scenic village of Kassiopi and it's idyllic harbour lined with fishing boats and backed by traditional houses

This quaint harbour village welcomes you with its laid-back local charm. Choose a taverna overlooking the marina and admire grand yachts and emerald waters as you tuck into tasty Greek plates – now that’s what we call a date.

When it comes to beach days you’ve got a choice of shores. There’s a mix of sand and shingle spots in Kassiopi, with some harder to locate than others. Kalamionas Beach is a fantastic stretch. Not only does it come with a comfy blanket of sand, but its calm waters are ideal for snorkelling.

Moreover, history-loving couples will jump at the chance to visit the resort’s Byzantine castle. Complete with a relief arch, the main gate is its most prominent feature. Surrounded by greenery, this majestic structure astonishes all those who visit.

Best hotel for couples: Memento Resort Kassiopi

Top tip: Want to really impress your other half? Then book a boat trip to Corfu Town at night. This way you can see the capital without the crowds, plus there’s nothing more romantic than coastal views under the moons gaze.

Corfu Town

The beautiful backdrop of Corfu Town and its maze of buildings with its famous Old Fortress sitting in the background

Bask in warm Mediterranean nights as you walk hand-in-hand down fairytale alleyways taking in the town’s unique backdrop. Wedged between two ancient fortresses and celebrated for its old centre complete with stone houses, this hotspot is like an historical archive.

Find a cosy taverna and settle in for the night or head for Spianada Square, where the atmosphere is infectious. And the city is just as striking by day with both fortresses offering fantastic sweeping views of the surrounding sea.

Don’t forget to visit the Church of Saint Spyridon, whose bell tower is the highest in the Ionian Islands.

Best hotel for couples: Mayor Mon Repos Palace Art Hotel

Top tip: For an extra special sightseeing experience, take in the highlights of the capital from a horse-drawn carriage – the ultimate way to say ‘I love you’.

Gouvia

The scenic harbour in Gouvia on the island of Corfu, lined with traditional fishing boats

Gouvia’s convenient position makes it an ideal base for exploring the island. If you’re looking for a low-key retreat away from Corfu’s biggest crowds, this should be high on your list of places to stay. Curious couples will also appreciate the spot’s connections to Corfu Town, which takes just 15 minutes by bus.

This peaceful resort is also home to the island’s main harbour, which welcomes a mix of modern superyachts and old fishing boats. But it’s not all about its stylish waterfront, this lesser-known resort has a good selection of beaches too. The main stretch is a large body of sand with ample watersports, while its shallow coves offer a more relaxing sunbathing experience.

Best hotel for couples: Hotel Gouvia

Top tip: We highly recommend Trailriders Horse Trekking. This is one of the best ways to experience Gouvia’s rural side with olive branches touching you as you pass and wildlife hiding in the greenery.

Whatever side of the island you choose, it’s safe to say Corfu is a magnet for couples holidays. So with that in mind, we’ll leave the decision to you.

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