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Corfu Beaches Greece Corfu

Corfu Beaches Greece Greek Holiday Destinations

Corfu boasts some of the best beaches of all the Greek islands and the most popular seaside resorts are chock full of every conceivable watersport, air and land based activity. You can bungee jump, parasail, scuba dive.even indulge in a spot of nude cliff jumping! The busiest beaches are flanked by video and music bars, fast food joints and souvenir shops. But despite being one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece, Corfu can still offer secluded beaches a world away from the mid summer mayhem of the top tourist spots.

The coastal strip in the north east of the island, between Dasia and Pyrgi, has surrendered itself completely to the demands of the package holiday industry. The beaches here are awash with bars, discos, watersports and other entertainment facilities.

Ipsos, two kilometres north of Dasia, is home to Waterhoppers Diving Club, one of the island's main diving centres which offers both beginners' courses and wreck, night and deep dives for experienced divers.

Barbati Beach, four kilometres north of Ipsos, is one of the best on this stretch of coastline and is a popular choice among families.

Further north you'll come to the small pebble coves of Nisaki and Agni before reaching the picturesque village of Kalami, famed as the one time home of writers Gerald and Lawrence Durrell. Tavernas line the sand and pebble beach which looks across the bay to the hills of Albania. Durrell fans will want to have lunch in the waterfront White House, once the brothers' home and now a popular taverna.

Kassiopi, at the north eastern tip of the island, is one of the busiest resort areas once a quiet and pretty fishing village, now a fully fledged party place with five beaches, watersports galore and all night discos manned by international DJs.

Almyros, on the north coast is a lovely, long and undeveloped beach unlike its busy neighbour Sidhari in the north west corner of the island. If you want to secure the love of your life, swim together through the famous Canal d'Amour (love tunnel) of Sidhari to guarantee your future together.

Agios Stefanos, 15 minutes drive south west of Sidhari, is a relatively quiet family resort with a long sandy beach backed by towering sandstone cliffs. From here you can take a boat trip over to the three lonely Diapondia islands, scattered 20 kilometres off the north west coast.

The biggest resort on the west coast is stunningly beautiful Paleokastritsa where a series of sand and pebble coves provide safe swimming against a green and mountainous backdrop. This is one of the island's prime diving locations and you can take a water taxi to visit the nearby grottoes.

Further south west along the coast lies magnificent Myrtiotissa, a tree fringed sweep of golden sand described by Lawrence Durrell as "perhaps the loveliest beach in the world".

The western edge of the Korissia Lagoon is flanked by sand dunes and lonely beaches which are a far cry from frantic Kavos in the south east corner of the island. Like bustling Benitses, south of Corfu Town, Kavos is frequented by the "booze and beach" brigade whose quest for round the clock seaside entertainment ends at these two raucous resorts.