Corfu isn’t your everyday travel destination. This island in the Ionian Sea is home to rugged mountains, a picture-perfect shoreline, and the historic Corfu town. While some people may solely be drawn to the towering resorts or the innumerable acclaimed restaurants and bars, you’ll be wowed by the outdoor adventures awaiting you too. Consider renting one of many luxurious Corfu villas, then take your time exploring the island’s natural side. What exactly is there to do here in the great outdoors of Corfu? The number of options will surprise you.
1.Rent a Boat
Travelers visiting Corfu have the option to rent a boat and cruise the coastline themselves. You don’t even need a boat license to take part in this activity. Use one of the many rental companies in the area, and you’ll be on the water with your travel partners in a matter of minutes. While you’re traveling along the coastline, you can stop at a number of seaside taverns for quick eats and beverages. If the weather is especially nice, pull into the secret coves to jump into the Ionian Sea. Plan a full day dedicated to your boat rental, so you don’t miss any of the on-water fun.
2.Do a Walking Tour of Corfu
Corfu Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and with good reason. It was under Venetian rule for approximately 400 years until the 18th century, and the stunning Venetian architecture can still be found in numerous places. With the Venetian style of buildings, two fortresses, and narrow lanes, it’s a great place to take a walking tour.
As you walk through the town, you’ll wander past pastel-colored houses with wooden shutters and wrought-iron balconies. The cobbled streets will remind you of an older time and the streets are too narrow for cars. Take time to enjoy the plazas with restaurants surrounded them. Visit during the day and the evening to get a look at the town in different lights. It’s an amazingly romantic place to be and drinking wine in old town is a visitor favorite.
3.Swim at the Canal d’Amour
When you’re on the northern end of the island, you should plan a trip to visit the Canal d’Amour, also known as the Love Canal, in English. The rock formations in this area are colorful and unique to the canal itself. You’ll find people here laying out or jumping off the cliffs into the water. One of the fun things to do here is swimming through the canal, especially for young couples. This activity is a great one to do when you want to have a beach day but want to get off the beaten path. It’s different then your typical beach, and the backdrop makes for an unforgettable day.
4.Mountain Bike Around Corfu
Once you’ve experienced a must-visit beach and the romantic Corfu town, spend a day on a bike trip to get some exercise and take in the fresh air of the island. There are many places where you can rent a mountain bike and explore independently or as part of a tour. This is a great way to see the interior of the island, which is a part many resort-dwelling visitors never have a chance to see. There are many trails of varying difficulty levels available, so find the one that suits your skill level.
Paleokastritsa is considered to be one of the most scenic places on the island. There’s no shortage of things to do here, but it’s known mostly for its monastic history. You can tour the area by foot and explore the historic Theotokou Monastery. The slopes around Paleokastritsa are lined with photogenic olive groves and orchards. Make sure to bring your walking shoes (and a camera) and plan to spend a day here, taking in the local scenery and architecture.
6.Go Hiking in the Countryside
If you enjoy hiking, then one of the top things to do in Corfu is to walk a portion of the Corfu trail. You may not be able to do the entire 140-mile route, but it’s well-marked and easy to hop on and off. The path leads through scenic landscapes including olive groves, coastline, and gorges. You’ll get a closer view of historic sites and the many villages that are present in Corfu.
For the particularly athletic, you can climb Mount Pantokrator which is the highest point on the island, make sure to visit the oldest village at the foot of the mountain. If you’re able to make it to the very top, then you’ll see a monastery which is an iconic photo-taking opportunity. You can drive to the summit, but consider challenging yourself on a trek if you can.
7.Have Fun at a Waterpark
If you want to cool down in the warmer months but don’t want to venture to a beach, then you should make the trek to Aqualand. There are several water parks in Corfu but Aqualand is said to be one of the best ones in Europe. It’s located in the middle of the island and is family-friendly as well. You can enjoy activities like the wave pool, the lazy river, chutes, slides, and more. Enjoy a day here and consider taking your entire family. They have a children’s play area that’s great for younger kids. For adults, there are more challenging slides for a thrilling adventure. You can also find several cares when you get tired of the water and need to grab a bite to eat.
8.Brush Up on Water Sports
Changes are, if there is a water sport that exists, you can find it in Corfu. Scuba diving, kite surfing, and snorkeling are just a few examples of some sports to try out. Never been much for water sports? No problem. If you’re a novice, you can sign up for lessons or tours that will offer guided instruction along the way. With the clear turquoise waters surrounding this island, snorkeling is a must-try activity. In fact, you may want to give yourself a few days to take in the area’s numerous water sports while you’re here.
These activities are just a few of the countless outdoor adventures to take part in while you’re visiting Corfu. However, you’ll quickly learn that the opportunities for exploration are endless. Start with this list, and let us know if you uncover any other natural adventures that await in beautiful Corfu.