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Is Corfu Worth Visiting? 12 Compelling Reasons to Love this Greek Island (Or Not)


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Is Corfu Worth Visiting? 12 Compelling Reasons to Love this Greek Island (Or Not)


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If you’re trying to decide which of the Greek islands to check out first (or next!), you may find yourself wondering: “Is Corfu worth visiting?”

This popular Ionian island has much to offer, from its colorful old town with strong Venetian influences, to its gorgeous beaches, to its charming and lesser-known corners.

However, no place has it all, and Corfu is certainly not the typical island of whitewashed Greek villages you may be envisioning. In fact, as a product of its former Italian, French, and British rule, it’s quite different from what you might otherwise expect to find in Greece.

Understandably, you may be questioning whether it deserves a place on your itinerary –  especially given the other 226 inhabited Greek islands there are to choose from!

As we weigh the pros and cons of this popular Greek island, let’s get to the bottom of the million-dollar question: Is Corfu worth visiting?

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12 Compelling Reasons to Visit Corfu Island, Greece

1. It Offers the Convenience of an International Airport

In addition to asking yourself: “Is Corfu worth visiting?”,  you should also consider how much travel time you’re willing to invest to reach your desired Greek island(s). Fortunately, as it’s the seventh largest Greek island overall, Corfu is a convenient one to reach as compared to many of the smaller islands.

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown
Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

So if you don’t want to worry about multiple flights and long travel days, then Corfu might be the perfect choice! The island is quite well-connected to other destinations in Europe (and elsewhere) via its international airport.

While many Greek islands offer only small domestic airports, Corfu offers an international hub. This means you can spend more time soaking up island life without the added hassle of arranging additional flights or ferry connections.

This is actually one of the main reasons I decided to visit Corfu from the Cotswolds in England. (The flight from London to Corfu is an easy-breezy 3 hours and 15 minutes.)

2. It Has a Beautiful Old Town

One of Corfu’s calling cards is easily its gorgeous old town, which is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

I actually stayed at one of the best boutique hotels in Corfu town and highly recommend you do the same if you’re looking to base yourself in the center of the action.

Located on the island’s east coast, charming Corfu town is a delightful maze of candy-colored historic buildings reminiscent of those in the gorgeous Cinque Terre towns of Italy.

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

This stimulating town is easy to navigate on foot and conveniently located around 2.5 miles from Corfu International Airport. In fact, you can reach the town by car in just 10 minutes from the airport!

3. It Has a Stunning Old Fortress Walking Distance from Corfu Town

Beyond the old town walls to the east is one of the most fascinating historic monuments in Corfu – the Old Fortress.

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

The 15th-century Old Fortress is an iconic Venetian structure that sits atop a rocky peninsula. It offers unrivaled views over Corfu.

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

While you can enjoy the view of it from the old town, I recommend making the trip to check it out up close as well. Fortunately, you can easily reach this iconic landmark on foot from the old town.

Just keep in mind that this is a pay-to-play site and there is a fee of 6EUR to enter as of June 2023.

4. It Has Beautiful Beaches

What would a Greek island be without stunning beaches? The island of Corfu is no exception, with an array of gorgeous beaches scattered throughout.

Just a heads up, the type of beach landscape you’ll get will largely depend on what side of the island you’re on. The west side is primarily home to sandy beaches, whereas the east side has more pebbly beaches.

While I unfortunately didn’t make it to the beaches due to my notable lack of a car, you can check out some of the best beaches in Corfu for some inspiration.

5. It Has a Lush Landscape

One of the benefits of visiting an Ionian island like Corfu is the gorgeous and lush landscape. Since Corfu sees more rainfall than islands in the Cyclades, for instance, there’s a lot more lush greenery to enjoy.

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

This is a departure from many of the more arid landscapes on Greek islands in the Aegean.

In fact, Corfu is one of the greenest islands in all of Greece! This makes for stunning views as well as many beautiful photo opportunities.

 

6. It Has Surprisingly Good Pizza

Given Corfu’s strong Venetian influences, the island benefits from some pretty tasty Italian cuisine.

I happened to be in Corfu during my second trimester of pregnancy and found myself craving pizza while on the island. Fortunately, I was in luck when I happened upon Pizzeria A Mano.

Despite reading good reviews online before visiting, I kept my expectations pretty low.  (After eating the best pizza of my life in Florence, it’s hard to impress me.)

That said, I was very pleasantly surprised with how delicious my personal pie was.

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

Now I can understand why it was so competitive to get an outside table here!

7. It’s a Family-Friendly Island

Unlike many of the party islands or honeymoon hotspots aimed at couples, Corfu is definitely a family-friendly island.

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

As I was in my second trimester (with my first baby) while visiting, I unfortunately didn’t get to experience these awesome activities firsthand – yet! One of the most discussed family-friendly offerings has to be Aqualand Resort, renowned as one of the largest waterparks in the world.

There’s also Sidari Water Park located on the northern part of the island.

Beyond waterparks, if you’re traveling with kiddos, you can definitely take advantage of the kid-friendly tourist train that runs through Corfu town.

There are also a number of museums in Corfu that you should consider for a fun outing with little ones.

8. It’s a Great Jumping Off Point for Other Greek Islands

Corfu is a great island to visit if you enjoy taking day trips. You can easily hop around to other destinations and back via the island’s impressive port.

One of the most popular day trips is a visit to the neighboring islands of Paxos and Antipaxos by day cruise. These islands are beloved for their unique wines and stunning azure beaches.

There are numerous boat tours you can choose from, including stops in Paxos, Antipaxos, and the stunning Blue Caves. Most of these tours will include a swimming stop or two. I hope to join one on a future visit, so please let me know about your experience if you decide to go!

9. It’s a Convenient Gateway to Albania, Too

Did you know that you can get from Corfu to Albania in just 30 minutes by high-speed ferry? (Not to worry if you didn’t – this was also news to me until shortly before visiting!)

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

It blows my mind that Corfu, Greece is closer to Albania than it is to many other destinations in Greece itself. This is because it’s located off the country’s northwestern coast and is actually the northernmost Greek island.

Alternatively, the majority of Greek islands are found in the central Aegean.

If you’re familiar with my day trip from Malta to Gozo, then you already know I’m all about a good excursion – especially if it’s only a short ferry ride away!

In my opinion, it’s an absolute no-brainer to do the day trip to Albania while visiting Corfu. Not only is Albania convenient to reach by high-speed hydrofoil, but it’s also a nice little introduction to this vastly underrated neighboring country.

The quick ferry ride from Corfu will take you to Saranda, one of the busiest towns on the Albanian Riviera. From there, you may wish to bus it to Ksamil, a village chock-full of stunning beaches. If this is of interest, be sure to check out the details for a seamless day trip to Albania.

10. It Has an Abundance of Olive Trees

If you’re asking yourself: “Is Corfu worth visiting?” and you happen to be a fan of Greek olive oil, then the answer is absolutely yes!

That’s because Corfu is home to an estimated four million olive trees! This includes both wild trees as well as cultivated ones that are used for the production of delicious Greek olive oil.

If you’d like to sample a taste of the region for yourself, don’t miss the chance to join an olive oil tasting while on the island.

11. It Has Some of the Nicest Sunsets in Greece

One of my favorite things about the Greek islands is the unbeatable sunsets and the gorgeous hues you’ll find on Corfu are no exception.

If you’re planning to spend some time on the west side of the island, you can enjoy some wonderful sunsets. Two popular spots to catch the sunset are Pelekas Beach and Agios Gordios.

12. It’s Ideal if You Love Watersports

If you’re a watersports enthusiast, you may find yourself right at home in Corfu. Between the crystal clear blue water and plentiful marine life, you’ll never be bored on this island.

Whether diving, waterskiing, or paragliding, there’s plenty of aquatic activities on the island to keep you occupied!

...And 5 Potential Reasons Why Corfu May Not Be For You

1. It’s More Humid than Many Other Greek Islands

One of the things I love most about visiting Greece overall is the climate, particularly that of the Cyclades islands, a group of 200+ islands located in the Aegean Sea.

However, with its location along the Ionian Sea, Corfu belongs to the group of Ionian islands along with Zakynthos, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Lefkada, Kythira, and Paxos (and technically tiny Antipaxos located off of its southern coast).

Unfortunately, the Ionian islands tend to experience more humidity than the Cyclades islands due to their heavy southeastern winds and increased rainfall.

(Side Note: I actually got caught in a downpour while visiting Corfu’s Old Fortress Castle and had to wait it out – while drenched from head to toe – inside a cave!)

So if you’re hoping for a Greek-island experience with more reliably dry days, Corfu probably isn’t the island for you.

2. It Lacks the Quintessential Whitewashed Greek Buildings

If you’re coming to Greece to admire the classic whitewashed villages like you’ll find on Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, and other islands in the Cyclades, Corfu is not the island for you.

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

As I mentioned, Corfu is known for colorful buildings thanks to its Venetian influence, meaning it’s not the typical Greek island you may have seen on postcards.

That said, it’s still stunningly beautiful (as are all of the Greek islands, in their own way). It just won’t offer that iconic Greek vibe you may be looking for.

3. It’s More International than Other Greek Islands

Along with the fact that Corfu is a far cry from a whitewashed island, it’s also more international than certain travelers may prefer. While you can certainly enjoy Greek food on the island, there are just as many places offering Italian food and other international cuisine.

4. It’s the Most Popular Ionian Island & One of the Most Touristy Greek Islands Overall

The fact that Corfu is as popular as it is may be considered a pro to some. After all, why wouldn’t you want to visit an island that’s beloved by so many?

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

Then again, with great popularity comes great crowds, particularly during the summer months of July and August. It can also mean lots of tacky tourist shops that may have you feeling less of the “authentic” Greek experience.

So if the idea of wading through throngs of (mostly German and British) tourists in the summer heat doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time, perhaps one of the quieter Ionian islands (like Kefalonia) would be better suited to you.

5. Public Transportation Isn’t Great If You’re Going Beyond the Old Town

Unless you’re planning to stay exclusively in the old town – and be sure to check out these boutique hotels in Corfu town if you do – you’re really going to need a car. That’s because the more underdeveloped (and exceptionally beautiful) parts of the island are not always easily accessible by bus.

I should know – I was without a car and desperately wanted to visit Porto Timoni. Unfortunately, however, there was only one bus heading there from the town leaving at the crack of dawn! If you’re planning to go off the beaten path while in Corfu, you won’t want to be without a car.

Is Corfu Worth Visiting? The Ultimate Decision to Visit (Or Not)

Now that you have all of the intel, it’s time to revisit the question of the day: Is Corfu worth visiting?

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

Here’s a little summary to help you make that decision:

You Should Visit Corfu if You:

  • Appreciate the ease of an international airport and straightforward connections
  • Love colorful and lively old towns
  • Prefer having a variety of beaches to choose from
  • Like the idea of taking day trips to neighboring islands and countries
  • Enjoy Italian food, culture, and influences
  • Want to explore nature off the beaten path
  • Love Greek olive oil 

You Should Skip Over Corfu if You:

  • Don’t enjoy more humid islands
  • Don’t want to travel with a car
  • Have your heart set on whitewashed Greek villages
  • Don’t enjoy touristy old towns
  • Don’t prefer international restaurant options

I hope this guide has helped you decide whether Corfu deserves a place on your Greek island-hopping itinerary. I personally feel like I barely scratched the surface of this unique island and would love to return to discover more of its secret corners and hidden gems.

Do you plan to visit Corfu after reading this guide? Let me know in the comments below!

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Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown
Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown
Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

If you’re trying to decide which of the Greek islands to check out first (or next!), you may find yourself wondering: “Is Corfu worth visiting?”

This popular Ionian island has much to offer, from its colorful old town with strong Venetian influences, to its gorgeous beaches, to its charming and lesser-known corners.

However, no place has it all, and Corfu is certainly not the typical island of whitewashed Greek villages you may be envisioning. In fact, as a product of its former Italian, French, and British rule, it’s quite different from what you might otherwise expect to find in Greece.

Understandably, you may be questioning whether it deserves a place on your itinerary –  especially given the other 226 inhabited Greek islands there are to choose from!

As we weigh the pros and cons of this popular Greek island, let’s get to the bottom of the million-dollar question: Is Corfu worth visiting?

This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Read the full disclosure here.

In a rush? Pin this post for later!

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

12 Compelling Reasons to Visit Corfu Island, Greece

1. It Offers the Convenience of an International Airport

In addition to asking yourself: “Is Corfu worth visiting?”,  you should also consider how much travel time you’re willing to invest to reach your desired Greek island(s). Fortunately, as it’s the seventh largest Greek island overall, Corfu is a convenient one to reach as compared to many of the smaller islands.

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown
Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

So if you don’t want to worry about multiple flights and long travel days, then Corfu might be the perfect choice! The island is quite well-connected to other destinations in Europe (and elsewhere) via its international airport.

While many Greek islands offer only small domestic airports, Corfu offers an international hub. This means you can spend more time soaking up island life without the added hassle of arranging additional flights or ferry connections.

This is actually one of the main reasons I decided to visit Corfu from the Cotswolds in England. (The flight from London to Corfu is an easy-breezy 3 hours and 15 minutes.)

2. It Has a Beautiful Old Town

One of Corfu’s calling cards is easily its gorgeous old town, which is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

I actually stayed at one of the best boutique hotels in Corfu town and highly recommend you do the same if you’re looking to base yourself in the center of the action.

Located on the island’s east coast, charming Corfu town is a delightful maze of candy-colored historic buildings reminiscent of those in the gorgeous Cinque Terre towns of Italy.

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

This stimulating town is easy to navigate on foot and conveniently located around 2.5 miles from Corfu International Airport. In fact, you can reach the town by car in just 10 minutes from the airport!

3. It Has a Stunning Old Fortress Walking Distance from Corfu Town

Beyond the old town walls to the east is one of the most fascinating historic monuments in Corfu – the Old Fortress.

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

The 15th-century Old Fortress is an iconic Venetian structure that sits atop a rocky peninsula. It offers unrivaled views over Corfu.

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

While you can enjoy the view of it from the old town, I recommend making the trip to check it out up close as well. Fortunately, you can easily reach this iconic landmark on foot from the old town.

Just keep in mind that this is a pay-to-play site and there is a fee of 6EUR to enter as of June 2023.

4. It Has Beautiful Beaches

What would a Greek island be without stunning beaches? The island of Corfu is no exception, with an array of gorgeous beaches scattered throughout.

Just a heads up, the type of beach landscape you’ll get will largely depend on what side of the island you’re on. The west side is primarily home to sandy beaches, whereas the east side has more pebbly beaches.

While I unfortunately didn’t make it to the beaches due to my notable lack of a car, you can check out some of the best beaches in Corfu for some inspiration.

5. It Has a Lush Landscape

One of the benefits of visiting an Ionian island like Corfu is the gorgeous and lush landscape. Since Corfu sees more rainfall than islands in the Cyclades, for instance, there’s a lot more lush greenery to enjoy.

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

This is a departure from many of the more arid landscapes on Greek islands in the Aegean.

In fact, Corfu is one of the greenest islands in all of Greece! This makes for stunning views as well as many beautiful photo opportunities.

 

6. It Has Surprisingly Good Pizza

Given Corfu’s strong Venetian influences, the island benefits from some pretty tasty Italian cuisine.

I happened to be in Corfu during my second trimester of pregnancy and found myself craving pizza while on the island. Fortunately, I was in luck when I happened upon Pizzeria A Mano.

Despite reading good reviews online before visiting, I kept my expectations pretty low.  (After eating the best pizza of my life in Florence, it’s hard to impress me.)

That said, I was very pleasantly surprised with how delicious my personal pie was.

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

Now I can understand why it was so competitive to get an outside table here!

7. It’s a Family-Friendly Island

Unlike many of the party islands or honeymoon hotspots aimed at couples, Corfu is definitely a family-friendly island.

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

As I was in my second trimester (with my first baby) while visiting, I unfortunately didn’t get to experience these awesome activities firsthand – yet! One of the most discussed family-friendly offerings has to be Aqualand Resort, renowned as one of the largest waterparks in the world.

There’s also Sidari Water Park located on the northern part of the island.

Beyond waterparks, if you’re traveling with kiddos, you can definitely take advantage of the kid-friendly tourist train that runs through Corfu town.

There are also a number of museums in Corfu that you should consider for a fun outing with little ones.

8. It’s a Great Jumping Off Point for Other Greek Islands

Corfu is a great island to visit if you enjoy taking day trips. You can easily hop around to other destinations and back via the island’s impressive port.

One of the most popular day trips is a visit to the neighboring islands of Paxos and Antipaxos by day cruise. These islands are beloved for their unique wines and stunning azure beaches.

There are numerous boat tours you can choose from, including stops in Paxos, Antipaxos, and the stunning Blue Caves. Most of these tours will include a swimming stop or two. I hope to join one on a future visit, so please let me know about your experience if you decide to go!

9. It’s a Convenient Gateway to Albania, Too

Did you know that you can get from Corfu to Albania in just 30 minutes by high-speed ferry? (Not to worry if you didn’t – this was also news to me until shortly before visiting!)

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

It blows my mind that Corfu, Greece is closer to Albania than it is to many other destinations in Greece itself. This is because it’s located off the country’s northwestern coast and is actually the northernmost Greek island.

Alternatively, the majority of Greek islands are found in the central Aegean.

If you’re familiar with my day trip from Malta to Gozo, then you already know I’m all about a good excursion – especially if it’s only a short ferry ride away!

In my opinion, it’s an absolute no-brainer to do the day trip to Albania while visiting Corfu. Not only is Albania convenient to reach by high-speed hydrofoil, but it’s also a nice little introduction to this vastly underrated neighboring country.

The quick ferry ride from Corfu will take you to Saranda, one of the busiest towns on the Albanian Riviera. From there, you may wish to bus it to Ksamil, a village chock-full of stunning beaches. If this is of interest, be sure to check out the details for a seamless day trip to Albania.

10. It Has an Abundance of Olive Trees

If you’re asking yourself: “Is Corfu worth visiting?” and you happen to be a fan of Greek olive oil, then the answer is absolutely yes!

That’s because Corfu is home to an estimated four million olive trees! This includes both wild trees as well as cultivated ones that are used for the production of delicious Greek olive oil.

If you’d like to sample a taste of the region for yourself, don’t miss the chance to join an olive oil tasting while on the island.

11. It Has Some of the Nicest Sunsets in Greece

One of my favorite things about the Greek islands is the unbeatable sunsets and the gorgeous hues you’ll find on Corfu are no exception.

If you’re planning to spend some time on the west side of the island, you can enjoy some wonderful sunsets. Two popular spots to catch the sunset are Pelekas Beach and Agios Gordios.

12. It’s Ideal if You Love Watersports

If you’re a watersports enthusiast, you may find yourself right at home in Corfu. Between the crystal clear blue water and plentiful marine life, you’ll never be bored on this island.

Whether diving, waterskiing, or paragliding, there’s plenty of aquatic activities on the island to keep you occupied!

...And 5 Potential Reasons Why Corfu May Not Be For You

1. It’s More Humid than Many Other Greek Islands

One of the things I love most about visiting Greece overall is the climate, particularly that of the Cyclades islands, a group of 200+ islands located in the Aegean Sea.

However, with its location along the Ionian Sea, Corfu belongs to the group of Ionian islands along with Zakynthos, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Lefkada, Kythira, and Paxos (and technically tiny Antipaxos located off of its southern coast).

Unfortunately, the Ionian islands tend to experience more humidity than the Cyclades islands due to their heavy southeastern winds and increased rainfall.

(Side Note: I actually got caught in a downpour while visiting Corfu’s Old Fortress Castle and had to wait it out – while drenched from head to toe – inside a cave!)

So if you’re hoping for a Greek-island experience with more reliably dry days, Corfu probably isn’t the island for you.

2. It Lacks the Quintessential Whitewashed Greek Buildings

If you’re coming to Greece to admire the classic whitewashed villages like you’ll find on Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, and other islands in the Cyclades, Corfu is not the island for you.

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

As I mentioned, Corfu is known for colorful buildings thanks to its Venetian influence, meaning it’s not the typical Greek island you may have seen on postcards.

That said, it’s still stunningly beautiful (as are all of the Greek islands, in their own way). It just won’t offer that iconic Greek vibe you may be looking for.

3. It’s More International than Other Greek Islands

Along with the fact that Corfu is a far cry from a whitewashed island, it’s also more international than certain travelers may prefer. While you can certainly enjoy Greek food on the island, there are just as many places offering Italian food and other international cuisine.

4. It’s the Most Popular Ionian Island & One of the Most Touristy Greek Islands Overall

The fact that Corfu is as popular as it is may be considered a pro to some. After all, why wouldn’t you want to visit an island that’s beloved by so many?

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

Then again, with great popularity comes great crowds, particularly during the summer months of July and August. It can also mean lots of tacky tourist shops that may have you feeling less of the “authentic” Greek experience.

So if the idea of wading through throngs of (mostly German and British) tourists in the summer heat doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time, perhaps one of the quieter Ionian islands (like Kefalonia) would be better suited to you.

5. Public Transportation Isn’t Great If You’re Going Beyond the Old Town

Unless you’re planning to stay exclusively in the old town – and be sure to check out these boutique hotels in Corfu town if you do – you’re really going to need a car. That’s because the more underdeveloped (and exceptionally beautiful) parts of the island are not always easily accessible by bus.

I should know – I was without a car and desperately wanted to visit Porto Timoni. Unfortunately, however, there was only one bus heading there from the town leaving at the crack of dawn! If you’re planning to go off the beaten path while in Corfu, you won’t want to be without a car.

Is Corfu Worth Visiting? The Ultimate Decision to Visit (Or Not)

Now that you have all of the intel, it’s time to revisit the question of the day: Is Corfu worth visiting?

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown

Here’s a little summary to help you make that decision:

You Should Visit Corfu if You:

  • Appreciate the ease of an international airport and straightforward connections
  • Love colorful and lively old towns
  • Prefer having a variety of beaches to choose from
  • Like the idea of taking day trips to neighboring islands and countries
  • Enjoy Italian food, culture, and influences
  • Want to explore nature off the beaten path
  • Love Greek olive oil 

You Should Skip Over Corfu if You:

  • Don’t enjoy more humid islands
  • Don’t want to travel with a car
  • Have your heart set on whitewashed Greek villages
  • Don’t enjoy touristy old towns
  • Don’t prefer international restaurant options

I hope this guide has helped you decide whether Corfu deserves a place on your Greek island-hopping itinerary. I personally feel like I barely scratched the surface of this unique island and would love to return to discover more of its secret corners and hidden gems.

Do you plan to visit Corfu after reading this guide? Let me know in the comments below!

Did you find this post useful? Pin it to your boards!

Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown
Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown
Is Corfu worth visiting? Find out whether this lush Ionian island deserves a place on your Greek bucket list in this helpful guide! #corfugreece #greekislands #corfutown