Corfu Beaches#1 in Best Things To Do in Corfu
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With more than 130 miles of coastline, Corfu offers a bounty of beaches for travelers to choose from. These shores range from sandy to pebbly and quiet to rowdy. All beaches offer the gorgeous backdrop of aquamarine waters and stunning cliffs and rock formations.
The most popular village for beachgoers is Paleokastritsa. Located on the western side of the island about 20 miles from Corfu Town, the village is home to six individual beaches that offer a variety of amenities, such as restaurants and water sports rentals. Some beaches include umbrella and sun bed rentals as well as marinas for docking boats.
Travel south about 20 miles to find Glyfada Beach, which is considered one of the most popular, but most crowded, beaches on the island. While recent travelers loved the beach's scenery, expansive sands and calm waters, some mention that there was more litter from fellow beachgoers than other spots.
On the northern coast of Corfu, you'll find the resort village of Sidari. The most famous stretch of sand here is the Canal d'Amour (Channel of Love). As the legend goes, those who swim in this natural passage will find their soul mate, or couples who swim together will soon marry. Another long stretch of shoreline on the northern coast is found in the village of Acharavi where nude sunbathing is common.
Along the eastern side of the island, popular beach destinations include Ipsos Beach, which offers shallow waters perfect for families and plenty of amenities and nearby facilities in a well-developed area, as well as Dassia Beach – a narrow shoreline with a cosmopolitan vibe. If you're looking to stay close to Corfu Town, head about 5 miles south of town to Perama.
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#2 Achillion Palace & Museum
The Achillion Palace is just one example of famous figures falling in love with Corfu. Originally built in 1890 for a former Empress of Austria, the palace was also home to the last German Emperor, Wilhelm II, before World War I. The majestic palace sat empty until after World War II.
Now fully restored, the palace and grounds feature statues of famous Greek mythological figures like Zeus, Hera and Achilles – which the palace is named after. Inside, you'll find ceiling frescos and artwork that dates back to the palace's construction. The property and grounds now function as a museum, telling the history of the property and its famous owners.
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