The cosmopolitan town of Corfu is a stunning destination that is perfect for a short stay. Although 48 hours in Corfu Town may seem a short time, you can still get the best the town and surrounding area has to offer. Luckily, we have the perfect guide to help you visit sites in north and central Corfu that are accessible by car or motorbike.
The guide suggests areas within or outside the island that you can visit when travelling alone or in a group. If you are staying within Corfu or its outskirts, here is a simple guide on the best ways to spend your 48 hours.
48 Hours in Corfu – Day 1
Start your day early by taking a walk in one of the largest squares in Europe, the Esplanade. The square is part of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2007. Old Town has several impressive buildings that include high-rise buildings, huge fortresses, arches, palaces, and narrow streets.
Kampielo is also another area within Old Town which is characterised by tall buildings and extremely narrow alleys. Taking a walk also gives you a chance to explore both the old and new fortresses, which play a significant role in the history of Corfu.
The Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George
The Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George is home to the Museum of Ceramic Art, sculpture, photography, and painting. It is also popular for holding cultural events and various concerts. Besides, exploration of the historic centre, take time and sample the breakfast menus available at the many restaurants in the area.
End your walk at Liston, one of the most photographed streets in Corfu as you head back to your hotel.
Spend the afternoon in nearby Paleokastrista which is home to some of the best beaches in Greece. The sandy beaches are spread throughout the area and are surrounded by trees that enhance its overall scenery. Swimming is allowed in the beaches giving you a chance to cool off at either the main beach or other isolated ones that surround it on every side. Bored with swimming?
Head over to the monastery located on the hillside of Paleokastrista. The religious building is built on two levels which include cells, gardens, and stone arches that look like a tunnel. Make sure you buy olive oil, kumquat liquor, and plain olives made by the residential monks.
On your way back to Corfu from Paleokastrista, make a stopover at Lakones. The scenic village has preserved most of its older buildings giving you a chance to see how they lived as far back as the 18th century.
The view of the sea from Lakones is breathtaking with different routes leading to different parts of the village. Before leaving, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee at the many shops such as lined outside the village with a great view of the area. We recommend Eftichi’s traditional café which is located within the village square and is popular with locals and tourists.
End your day back in Corfu by visiting the local nightspots which offer a wide variety of drinks and cocktails. The best bars in Liston and Spaniada cater to all tastes and give you a chance to interact with locals while taking your favourite drink. Make your night out a brief one, so that you can rest and get the best out of your second day in Corfu.
48 Hours in Corfu – Day 2
It’s your last day in Corfu and you need to make the best of it. So, today we will travel northwards to Ipsos which is about fourteen kilometres from the town. The coastal town is developing fast with many tourist spots that attract youthful crowds to the numerous entertainment options in the area.
The long beach offers a breathtaking view of the Albanian coastline giving you a chance to feel the warm sand and pebbles under your feet. The restaurants and cafes that line the beach are a great place to take your morning coffee as you gear up for the rest of the day.
Continue driving north until you reach the fishing village of Kassiopi that is surrounded by many bays. The village has grown to be a cosmopolitan area filled with bars, taverns, and cafes which provide a variety of Corfu cuisine. Make a mental note of the interesting eateries and go back during lunchtime to sample various dishes.
For now, make your way to Kanoki which is at the back of the village and the perfect spot for swimming. Depending on your swimming prowess, you can decide to swim at the nearby small beach or walk further up the big rock and dive into the waters below. The Ionian Sea which creates a perfect background when in Kanoki is worth the visit.
Although the clock may be ticking, the trip to Corfu’s magnificent sites is still not over. Head northwest to Cape Drastis to enjoy a tranquil and peaceful time while overlooking a deep blue sea. The unique formations and green landscapes that surround them make it an idyllic location for nature lovers.
On your way to Cape Drastis, you will pass by other popular areas such as Sidari, Acharavi, and Roda. If you have to stop to explore any of the three, consider Sidari which is home to the Channel of Love (Canal D’ Amour). The unique spot is filled with rock formations that join together to form canals and stunning coves with different shades and greenery on top.
Take some photos of the canal, get back to your car and drive towards Peroulades, which will be your last stop for the day.
In Peroulades, we recommend you make a stop at 7th Heaven Café which offers the best view of the Ionian Sea and the Diapontian Islands. It’s a great venue to wind up your trip to Corfu and enjoy a sumptuous meal and refreshing drinks as you prepare to make your way back to your hotel.
Although you are limited for time, the trip to Corfu can still be the best when you follow the itinerary provided in this brief guide. All the beautiful sites and locations that are considered “must-visit” are included in the guide so that you don’t miss out on anything. We believe your trip to Corfu will be fulfilling and memorable when you follow this guide.
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