Corfu for Kids and Families – A Guide

Updated April 23, 2016

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Corfu with Kids – The Best Beaches, and Hotels

Why is Corfu great for kids and families?

The greenest and most attractive island in Greece, Corfu is one of Greece’s most popular islands and has been beckoning tourists for years. Yes, it’s a magnet for tour groups, travel resorts, and tour packages. But despite attracting hordes of tourists there’s enough beauty, charm, and sandy beach here to keep families (and kids) very happy for a few weeks of holiday fun. A short drive from even the most popular tourist resort should have you back in the land of olive trees and charming villages. And with all those Italian visitors comes something else: great Italian restaurants.

The one thing you don’t get with Corfu is the opportunity to island hop. The few nearby islands don’t have easy ferry connections with Corfu. If you have visions of taking the ferry from one island to the next (which I love) then you’re best focusing on the islands of the Cyclades. Naxos, Paros, and Santorini are all wonderful destinations for island hopping.

Attractions for Kids and Families

Corfu Town
This Old Town of Corfu’s capital city is as popular as it is beautiful. Kids should love wandering the streets, eating ice cream and just generally being tourists in this very pedestrian friendly destination.

Aqualand Water Park (central Corfu)
This water park dubs itself the most amazing in Europe. If you have kids that love the water they’ll probably agree.

Trailriders Horse Trekking
For ages 6 – 60. A horse ride is a great way to see the green hilly interior of Corfu.

Kalypso Star
A glass bottomed boat tours the waters around Corfu. Marine life and the underwater formations are popular with both kids and parents. There’s also a BBQ cruise which families love.

Best Beaches for Families with Children

Glyfada and Pelekas
Like many of the west coast beaches children should be watched closely as the tranquil seas can turn choppy quickly. Perhaps even more appealing than these two gorgeous beaches is the friendly and unassuming town of Pelekas perched high above the coast. A central location, good restaurants, a range of accommodations and a free bus service to both of the beaches make Pelekas a good base for touring the island.

Agios Gordios
A beautiful beach, friendly restaurants and small playground in town make this an attractive destination.

Sidari
A resort town with nightlife and bars but nothing too crazy and still very family-friendly. Lots of watersports, nearby fun, and a nice beach.

Paleokastritsa
A large range of beach activities make this popular tourist destination a good beach for older kids. Boats can take families to the beach of their choice along this stretch of coves.

Hotels for Families

Here are a few family-friendly places with larger rooms available. They fill quickly so book early.

If those hotels are full here are some more good choices.

Getting to Corfu

Ferry To Corfu

Corfu is part of the Ionian island chain stretched like a beach blanket along Greece’s west coast. The island’s location makes it as close to Italy as to Athens, and quite distant from the other popular tourist islands such as Santorini, Naxos or Crete. Ferries can get you here from Ancona, Brindisi, Bari and Venice in Italy as well as Igoumenitsa on mainland Greece (which itself is an 8 hours bus ride from Athens).

The other Ionian islands hold their own charms and attractions so visitors shouldn’t feel like they’re limiting themselves by sidestepping the Cyclades.

Different companies around Corfu Town offer day trips to Albania for about 80 Euros.

Flights to Corfu

Corfu is connected to Athens by Olympic Airways and Aegean Air. A number of cheap budget airlines fly from northern Europe (e.g. London, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt) to Corfu. The following low cost carriers have direct flights to Corfu:

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64 questions and comments

  1. Corfu with a Dog

    Dear David,
    We plan to fly to Corfu in September and bring a dog. Can we take the dog on buses and to restaurants? Can we take her to beaches?
    Thanks a lot in advance!
    Irina Titova

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      By buses that can mean long-distance, inter-city buses (KTEL), or local, urban transport buses. The general answer for both cases is no, unless the dog is a guide dog and that really only applies to urban buses. On inter-city buses there is no place to store a dog inside the bus, even if it were in a cage and it would be inhumane (incanine?) to put a dog cage+dog in the hot and air-poor luggage compartment of a rolling bus. While there appears to be no specific legislation prohibiting dogs in urban buses, it is essentially highly unusual for a dog to be taken on board and the driver (and other passengers, it must be said) would most likely object and say no. So, better take the answer as a negative.

      As for restaurants, the answer reflects the prevailing cultural perception of pets in Greece – that pets belong at home, in the garden, or out hunting wild boar (!). Pets and restaurants generally do not mix well, but that should not prevent you from settling pooch in a shady corner with a bowl of water and a bone outside the restaurant. Pooch inside would generally be met with disdain. That said there are always exceptions to the rules and this site will give you a lot of useful information on fido-friendly places to dine with and be with your dog in many countries including some information on Greece. However a quick search on this site reveals that there are no ‘declared’ dog friendly restaurants in Corfu yet so you may have to improvise and look for outdoor settings with shady awnings.

      Beaches again provoke mixed reactions, reflecting the Greeks’ own perceptions of where dogs fit in within society. It is generally unusual to see dogs roaming freely (or even tethered) on a beach in Greece and that prejudice is bolstered by the general discomfort at the thought of stepping on dog droppings on pristine sand. Legislation doesn’t seem to stipulate what dogs can do vis-à-vis beaches, so the general rule of thumb is observe normal social conventions i.e. don’t allow your dog to annoy, clean up after her, take her for a swim away from other people and generally follow common sense. Here is another link with some extra information on travelling with pets in Greece.

      Finally, it should be said that there are many fine and discerning dog-owners in Greece, but it tends to be an urban trend rather than a rural phenomenon where dogs have a distinctly defined role. Urban Greeks, on the whole, would not take the family pet with them on holidays, but single, urban people with money (they used to be called yuppies) with a trophy dog are commonly spotted strutting their canines in all the high holiday places: case in question, just the other day a young bloke with three active Dalmatian youngsters was spotted strolling onto a Naxos-bound ferry from Paros with nary a care in his canine world and no-one was in the slightest bit surprised or bothered. Go figure! Good luck 🙂

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  2. Corfu with Toddler

    How Toddler friendly is Corfu? We are coming with my son who will be 20 months old, staying in a villa in Avlaki this July. Will the Tavernas have high chairs? Any tips on things to bring with us, that I might struggle to get in Corfu?

    Thanks
    Nicola

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      Corfu is as toddler friendly as any place or society that raises children 🙂 Greeks are as mad about kids as anyone. As a rule Greeks show great enthusiasm to all kids. So, yes, Greece/Corfu is toddler friendly. If by toddler friendly you mean can you always expect to find smooth footpaths or road surfaces, will every restaurant pull out a high chair the moment they see you walk in the door with your toddler, will you find air-conditioned toddler changing rooms in every public building? Then no … because things don’t quite work like that in Greece.

      Greece’s roads and footpaths can leave a lot to be desired and negotiating archaeological sites with a toddler and stroller requires patience. Public toilets can occasionally be an affront to the senses. But you don’t see toddlers complaining and Greek parents manage perfectly well with what’s around them and a more than adequate dose of love and caring towards your toddler, which at the end of the day, is probably what counts most. And when you walk into that restaurant with your toddler the first person to be greeted with a wide smile will be your little guy.

      Bring only what you consider essential. You can find anything a toddler might need and perhaps even more than you would find back home. Greece’s main towns are packed with children’s stores selling the most exquisite children’s clothes: leather shoes, designer shirtlets, and blous-ettes and every accessory imaginable. A walk through the centre of Corfu town will be fun if you’re looking or willing to spend money. Supermarkets will contain all the same baby items (though perhaps different brand names) that you will find in your local supermarket.

      You mention that you will be staying in a villa Avlaki in Corfu – that is the Avlaki between Agios Stefanos and Kassiopi, I assume. You didn’t say which villa but you can always see if the villa is ‘toddler-friendly’ by checking its website – if it has one – or a quick email to the owners. In every likelihood they will have a high chair and toddler cot stashed away for use by the occasional traveller with a toddler or three, but will not probably store them in the room de rigueur as not everyone will require additional small people equipment and it will be stored away and brought out as necessary. You can also go and reconnoitre the streets of Avlaki by using Goggle Maps street view.

      In summary Greece is as child/toddler friendly place as anywhere in the world and young kids on holiday there usually have a ball despite some perceived (by the parents) rough edges.

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  3. Corfu with 3 Kids

    Hi David

    We have 3 children and we are thinking of going to Corfu for our holiday next year, their ages will be 15, 12 and 10 next year. We aren’t really into the tourist scene and prefer to stay in a villa with our own swimming pool rather than a hotel. My husband and children are into their watersports and we love to hire our own car and explore on our own rather than organised tours!

    What area of Corfu would you recommend that would suit us?

    Thanks

    Jo Plume

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      Corfu (Kerkyra in Greek) is great place for holidaying and your kids will love it. It’s a green, verdant island with an anglophile bent and Italianate flavor. It differs subtly from location to location and the bulk of tourism is centred in the northern half. You could find your villa and personal pool in any part of the island and be content yet with a car you can easily cover the length and breadth of the island in a day. It is approximately 82 kms (50 miles) from top to bottom and would take a just under couple of hours to drive (allowing for local road conditions).

      The northeast and mid west sections come to mind when suggesting an area of Corfu that might appeal. Gerald Durrell lived on Corfu from 1935 to 1939 and his sojourn was the basis for his popular novel My Family and Other Animals. He lived in the White House in the village of Kalami at the north-eastern edge of Corfu. There are five villas here that you may care to explore and you would have a beach at your doorstep – rather than a pool – and boats to satisfy your love for watersports.

      The coastline from Ypsos to Kassiopi (opposite Albania) is perhaps the most attractive section of Corfu and there are plenty of other villas to seek out to rent. The coast is sheltered more from the open sea than the west coast and with a car you can come and go quite easily to Corfu Town – which is an architectural and cultural gem in itself.

      The west coast has the ‘beach scenes’ starting with Paleokastritsa and sequentially threading together the communities of Ermones, Glyfada, and Pelekas – all of which provide stunning beach view opportunities of the more open Ionian Sea. You may also wish to look along this stretch for a villa to suit your preferences. Pelekas is a little unique in that the accommodations are in a small town perched up on the hill with beautiful views and the beach is down below. You do have to take a bus or a rented car down to the beach but I find it makes for a pleasant distinction. Relaxed breakfast (perhaps overlooking the sea), trip to the beach (either Pelekas or Glyfada), then back up to wander around the small town choosing from the handful of restaurants. There used to be a courtesy bus down to the beaches but it now seems they charge 2€ and do not run as frequently.

      That leaves the north coast and the southern sector. Both livable in their own way, though the south has had a reputation in the past for being rowdy as a result of ‘lager tourism’. Benitses just below Corfu Town on the east coast was ‘cool’, became uncool (because of the party crowd), and then became cool again. You may want to look here.

      The north coast offers a series of fishing villages starting at Kassiopi and ending at Agios Stefanos. They are quietish, less commercial, more rural, and mostly for reading books and splashing about in the sea. Of the string of places along here, Agios Stefanos is perhaps the best choice. From here you can take a boat tour to the beguiling Diapontia Island of Mathraki.

      For a final tantalizing option perhaps consider Villa Kerkyra in Gouvia, just 9km north of Corfu town. It has a pool and spacious living. Happy hunting!

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  4. Corfu in August with Kids

    We have booked to fly to Corfu mid August and we are staying in a village called Agios Steffanos in a small resort – it’s myself hubby and two girls ages 7 and 10 years – do they have nice sandy beaches close by? And would you recommend this area as family friendly?

    Sarah Israel

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      It’s a busy time in mid-August (book hotels early) and the weather should be idyllic so the answer to your question is yes and yes, but a bit of background may be in order for you to get your bearings. Agios Stefanos grew up as a north (Corfu) resort from a fishing village (as did many later ‘resorts’) and still retains a strong tie to the sea through fishing. It’s a relatively low-key ‘family-oriented’ place – in contrast to many of the youth-oriented party hard hangouts elsewhere on Corfu so you’ve made a good choice for a holiday with your 7 and 10 year olds.

      That said, Agios Stefanos is a quieter resort than most other destinations in Corfu, yet of the other handful of north coast getaways, it is probably the most favourable. It’s located in a lush and greenery-draped bay with a long, wide sandy beach that shelves gently into shallow waters – which is good children territory. It’s not a pretty-pretty beach in the sense that beaches at Paleokastritsa, Glyfada, Pelekas and the old stand-by from the 70s Benitses are, but it’s functionable, easy to live with and umbrellas and loungers sprout like mushrooms along its length during the summer months.

      The waters of Corfu tend to be perceptibly colder than the waters of the Aegean – especially along the west coast – and the north coast is more exposed to the Ionian sea. An excursion that you may like to try is to the offshore island of Mathraki which is one of a trio of little-known Diapontia Islands which also include the more distant islands of Othoni and Erikousa. Excursion boats run (in summer) to Mathraki from the port of Agios Stefanos.

      In summary: a sensible choice given that you were looking for a family friendly location, but do be tempted to break out and take an excursion such as the one outlined above or maybe hire a car for a day or two and explore some other busier and perhaps more picturesque locations. Corfu Town is beautiful and also worth a visit. Happy holidays!

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  5. Aqualand Village in Corfu with Kids

    Hi David
    Thinking of booking Aqualand Village beside the water park in August our kids are 12, 10, and 8 years of age and love the water. We looking for place with nice food and just relax at night not really bothered about entertainment, would this place suit us looks nice.
    Thanks John Carey

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      Great water park. The hotel is good value for what you get and the food is surprisingly decent. Not a lot around here but there is a free shuttle to Corfu Town (definitely worth a visit) and the beach.

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  6. Weather on Corfu in Late October

    Hi there, we are going to Corfu in October for half term from the 23rd. Do you think it will still be warm enough to swim in the pools and sea there? I see the aqua park is closed from mid oct which is a shame. any recommendations for a 7 & 10 yr boys to do or see while we are there will be gratefully received.

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      It’s possible you’ll be able to swim but far from guaranteed. The beach towns shut down around mid October but you could get lucky and have some warm weather that would support swimming and sunbathing. There’s horseback riding on Corfu if that sounds interesting. And don’t miss wandering around Corfu Town – very cool.

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  7. Best Greek Island and Driving in Greece

    Dear david,

    I am thinking to visit greece in 2016 summer with my wife and my 3 year old boy. What will be the most ideal island of Greece and another question how is driving on the islands?

    Best regards

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      Naxos is my favorite island for families – though there are many great ones. Driving isn’t so bad as long as you relax, take it slow, and are prepared for some unconventional driving.

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  8. Where To Stay in Corfu?

    Hi,
    I have 3 kids, 10, 6 and 3 years old. We are planing to travel to Corfu this summer during end of August. I was thinking of booking a hotel next the Aqua park, for the kids to enjoy; is it far from beaches? Do you recommend that? Where would be the ideal stay in corfu; will it be in Corfu Town?

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      The Aquapark hotel is actually pretty good but you’re right – you do feel a little isolated there. Maybe a good spot for a night or two. My favorite beach town on Corfu is Pelekas. Corfu Town is also wonderful and worth a couple nights.

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  9. Corfu with kids

    Hi David,
    I am going to Corfu this summer with my 6-year-old.
    Which beach would you recommend to be most child-friendly??
    Thank you very much in advance for your help and feedback.
    Vivi

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  10. Corfu in July and August

    Thanks for the tips David. When we tried to postpone to May, it had already been snapped up (only released today!) and our youngest turns two in August so we have gone for the end of July/beggining of August so it’s cheaper for her and we will just have to take our sunshade and plenty of sun cream!
    Ruth

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  11. Weather in July and August on Corfu

    Hi. We are booked for a week in mid August to stay at a lovely little place in Corfu. We booked for August as that was the only time we had available. However, for various reasons we are now postponing our holiday until next year and are considering whether end of may or end of July would be better (dependant on school holidays). Our children will be 6 and 18 mths approx so wondering if the pool will be a little cool to use in May? Would it be unbearably hot in July/August? We have got air conditioning. Thanks

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      It’s a tough call. The weather can be very hot in August, but you can still get cool and cloudy weather in May. The water is much warmer in August too. So it comes down to what your priorities are and whether you’d be ok with a stretch of a few days that were not beach weather (if you visited in May).

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  12. Corfu or Cyclades in Summer

    Hi David,
    Please help. Our active family of 4 are coming to Greece for a 2 week vacation. At this point, Athens and Crete are booked, but we can’t fit in BOTH Corfu and Naxos. If you had to choose between Corfu and Naxos, knowing that Crete and Athens were already going to be visited, which would you choose? Kids are 13 and 10 and we are all avid hikers, swimmers, etc. Thanks! 🙂
    Amy

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      Definitely Naxos. It’s very easy to slip a visit to Naxos in between Crete and Athens. Corfu, however, is on the opposite side of the country and much more difficult to get to.

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  13. Hotel for Family on Naxos

    Dear David,
    My family and I are looking to go to Greece for a week in mid- June. We are going to stay in Athens for 2 to 3 days and then travel to an island. Can you reccomend an island that is okay for a 13 year old and 11 year old. We want to experience authentic Greek Island life, but with nice hotels, restraunts, and beaches. Could you also recommend a hotel that is on the beach. It would also be nice if the hotel was in walking distance to the town. Thank you.
    George

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      Hi George. Naxos is my favorite island for families. Great beach right by the main town and others a short drive away. But Naxos is more than a tourist destination and there’s lot of authentic Greek life to be enjoyed in the mountains (hills?) and villages in the interior of the island.

      Here are two great hotels on Naxos that are walking distance to Naxos Town (with lots of shops and restaurants) and St George’s beach:
      Nissaki Beach Hotel Naxos (4 star)
      Kymata Hotel Naxos (2 star)

      Hope that helps.

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  14. Pelekas with Kids

    Hi David
    We are thinking of going to Pelekas with 4 & 2 years old. Which hotel would you recommend? We were thinking about Aquis Pelekas Beach hotel. Is it any good for kids? Or maybe there is something better for small kids? Maybe other hotel or even resort?
    Thanks in advance
    Jan

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      Aquis is great – a nice location on the beach. I love the village of Pelekas – which is at the top of the hill/cliff. A free bus takes you up there which is good as the walk is way too steep for a 2 and 4 year old.

      Check here for the best rates.

      Hope that helps.

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  15. 3 Weeks in Greece – Where To Go?

    Hi David
    I love your blog. My sister’s family and our family are traveling from the states to Greece for three weeks (4 adults 4 kids ages 10-2 years) We will be staying in a house in Schinias for 8 days to be close to family. We also must spend a few days in Sparti for the same reason. Now the question. What island will be easy to get to. We want to have a very short ferry ride, be able to take our cars, and stay on the beach with a town, restaurants, etc within walking . My sister doesn’t want to fly domestically because of strollers cars eats etc.. We have already been to Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, Naxos, Andros, and Kythira. We were thinking about going to Crete, elafonisos, Zakynthos, Lefkada, or Kefalonia. We also considered revisiting Paros or some of the Saronic islands. We are not limited to these destinations and are open to ideas. Thanks in advance!
    Ana

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      What about Skopelos or Skiathos? Both are great and would have short ferry rides – especially as you’ll be fairly close.

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  16. Corfu and Greek Islands in Summer

    Hi,

    We are starting to plan a trip to Greece next summer, and have about 5-6 weeks. We are thinking of 2 weeks for Athens/Pelopennese, 1 week Corfu, 1 week Crete and 1 week Milos. Does this sound like too much running around? We are a family of 4 (kids will be 12 and 14). I want to keep Milos on the list because there is a lot of amazing looking kayaking available. Corfu looks outstanding too, and we don’t want to miss the Pelopennese. Also, we saw some beautiful houses for rent on the northern coast near Kaminaki. Is that a nice area?
    Thanks,
    Nicole Church

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      That all sounds great. My only caveat would be that Corfu is on the opposite side of Greece than the other sites. Getting from Corfu to Athens is a full day of travel (though the bus ride through Central Greece is beautiful – I’d recommend making a stop at the Meteora). But you have lots of time so why not? The Peloponnese is great too but once again it’s easy to burn through time as you travel around. Have some priorities on what you want to see and leave the rest. Good luck.

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      1. Nicole

        Thanks for your reply! We will probably fly to Corfu from Athens after doing a car road trip in a loop around the Pelopennese (Corinth, Mycenae, Epidavros Nafplio, Mani peninsula, Olympia), then up and over to Delphi and back to Athens. Meteora might be too much driving for this trip. Crete is starting to look like it adds one too many flights….we will probably save it for the next Greece trip (I am guessing there will be a next!) Probably also will fly in and out of Milos.
        And the area around Kaminaki in Corfu? Do you think that is a good choice?
        Great website!!
        Thanks,
        Nicole

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        1. DavidDavid Post author

          I love Corfu and Kaminaki looks great. It sounds like it has 2 tavernas and a small shop so you might want to visit a grocery store on the way from the airport. Good luck.

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  17. Roda with Kids

    Hi

    What is Roda like? Is there much happening? If not we are looking at somewhere with a nice beach and family friendly but also nice restaurants and tavernas but not a party town. Any help welcomed.

    Thanks
    Noel

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      Roda is a touristy beach with lot of shops and restaurants. The beach is a little on the pebbley side though still nice. I really like Pelekas though the hotels are not directly on the beach and it requires a shuttle bus to go between the two.

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  18. Favorite Places on Corfu

    We just got back from Corfu and had such a wonderful family holiday. It is the perfect Greek island to go with toddlers. We stayed in Gouvia which was a great little town full of different resturants to try each night. Our favourite ‘sandy’ beach was Glyfada and our favourite pebbly beach was up at Kassiopi. Paleokastritsia was so beautiful, but a little touristic, so the smaller ones at Kassiopi were much more enjoyable and soooo beautiful. Also another great discovery was the Panorama lookout bar at Logas Sunset beach 🙂

    Kristen

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  19. Corfu and Athens with 3 Kids

    Hi David!
    We are going to be in Greece for two weeks in August, travelling by car from Athens and arriving in Corfu for 4 days. We have 3 kids aged 2,5,8. Do you recommend us to stay with a rental car and drive back to Athens after the stay in Corfu, or return the car before, travel by buses in Corfu and then fly back to Athens? Is it possible to drive from Corfu to Athens in one day?
    And in Corfu – what is the place you recommend for our group – with nice sandy shallow beach and no too crowded?
    Thanks a lot!
    Irene

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      For startes, you’ll need permission in writing from the car rental company to take the car on the ferry to Corfu. And they might charge you more for taking it off the mainland. Secondly, you’ll need to reserve a spot on the ferry well in advance for the ferry ride to and from Corfu. Thirdly, this commitment will detract from your flexibility and put you on a very defined schedule. Miss your ferry from Igoumenitsa to Corfu and you’ll (potentially) throw your plans into confusion.

      So, you can probably tell I’m not too big on using car rentals in Greece, specifically for the Greek Islands. You could take the bus from Athens to Corfu, though it’s a long full day of travel. But incredibly beautiful. The bus and ferry ride take about 10 hours. Flying is the way to go if you’re traveling with kids.

      On Corfu, Paleokastritsa is probably the most beautiful of the beaches (Hotels in Paleokastritsa) but I think I might recommend staying in Corfu Town, which is incredibly fun and full of Mediterranean character, and taking day trips to the different beaches – especially if you did end up having a rental car.

      Hope that helps, Good luck.

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  20. Corfu with 2 Children

    Hi David,
    I love your mylittlenomads idea and the information has been helpful, although we are still struggling to find the right place to stay in Corfu. We have two children (1 & 3) and so family friendly is very important with a great pool/baby pool. We would prefer to have a kitchenette and on/close to a sandy beach. A resturant on site would be a bonus and in a quiet area, yet walkable into town. Can you recommend anything for us?
    Thanks,
    Kristen

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  21. Pink Palace with Kids

    Hi,
    I came upon this site by accident…so glad I did, I am just about to book a family holiday at the Pink Palace in Agios Gordios (Corfu), for end of August……I am from South Africa and has never been to the Greece….is this a good option……….( Ive spent hours on the internet looking for a place (were 14 people), and as it is all inclusive it seems a good option.

    Kind regards
    Avri

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  22. Quiet Location on Corfu

    Hi David,

    Thanks so much for putting together this page, very useful and greatly appreciated.
    We are looking to visit Corfu in mid/late June with a 3 year old son. We are looking for a quiet holiday away from the typical 18-30 crowd, noise etc, is there any area we should avoid?

    Thanks in advance.
    Regards
    Oksana

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      Some of the resort places can get pretty wild but it all depends on so many factors that I wouldn’t say any one needed to be avoided. For a great overview of the different villages go here.

      Good luck.

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  23. Taxi on Corfu

    Planning on taking a cab from the port of Kerkira to Paleokastritsa. How long would that take, how much would it cost and will it be easy to get a cab back to the port to resume our cruise?

    Thanks for your help on this.
    Rob Kattenburg

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      It will take about 35 or 40 minutes and cost about 40 Euros. (Though, with some tough bargaining you could get it down to 30 Euros.) Taxis should be everywhere and easy to find going both ways. If you have trouble call mob 6944621938 or 6947545185 for Vasilis Michalas. I have not used his taxi service but have seen his name mentioned a few times with good reviews.

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  24. Car Rental for Greek Islands

    Hi David, I’ve been reading all the amazing info. on this site. I’m planning a family trip to Greece and will be traveling with my husband and kids (11 & 7). We are heading back to Germany for a family wedding and would like to plan a trip to Greece afterwards for one week. I’m looking at Naxos and Corfu. My husband and I have been to Naxos before and it was great and it is great for kids. I’m just wondering if it is worth renting a car on either island? Also I can’t seem to find the two areas you suggested on Corfu of Pelekas and Glyfada. Whereabouts are they located. We were looking at Sidari but you mentioned it gets busy. So may rule that one out. We just want a central area where it’s easy to get mostly everywhere and on a nice beach. Thanks so much.
    Karen Wanders

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      Hi Karen. Personally I wouldn’t rent a car for either island. Both Corfu and Naxos have great bus service and it’s a fun way to get around the islands, meeting locals, and not being isolated from other people the way you are in a rental car. Pelekas and Glyfada are on the west coast of Corfu – almost directly west of Corfu Town. I hope that helps. Good luck.

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  25. Corfu in March with Daughter

    Hi,
    I’ve just booked a holiday to Corfu for myself and my 9 year old daughter. We arriving on the 1st March for 4 nights. Is there much to do in Corfu then as it is off season, and what would you recommend doing as i want to get the most out of short trip.
    Also what is the weather going to be like then, will i need to pack coats?
    Many thanks
    Gemma

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      Hi Gemma. It could be cool and rainy but it could also be quite nice and sunny. A coat would definitely be in my suitcase though. Lots to do: walks, historical sites, vineyards and olive groves. Corfu Town is always fun. And locals are often warmer and friendlier in the off season when they don’t feel overrun with tourists. Have fun.

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  26. Exploring Corfu

    Hello,
    Just started exploring travel to Greece and have pretty much decided on Corfu. I haven’t found too much info about Nissaki, where we are thinking about booking a little house with a pool. Do you think this would make a good home base for hiking, exploring Corfu, etc.?? Thanks!
    Tanya

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  27. Agios Ioannis on Corfu

    Hi David,
    Just wondered if you had any thoughts on Agios Ioannis? It looks quite central and was wondering if you thought it would be suitable for a 4 year old in August, if we had a pool and car for trips out?

    Thank you,
    James

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      Yes, a great spot to see the rest of the island and get into Corfu Town (which is wonderful). It’s not the typical picturesque Greek beach but nice all the same. Good luck.

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  28. Sidari with Kids

    Looking at going to Greece for 10 days next August with our 8 year old. Was looking at Sidari, it does say lively, but anywhere will be in August…..would you think this is suitable?
    Mandy

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      Hi Mandy. Sidari is very touristy and busy. So it depends what you’re looking for. The beach is nice but can get windy (especially in August). I prefer the West coast of Corfu around Pelekas and Glyfada. The central area affords a better opportunity to get out and do day trips around the island. Plus Corfu Town (which is a wonderful place to walk around especially a night) is just a short drive or bus ride away. Good luck.

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  29. Mainland Greece to Corfu

    Do you have any idea what the ferry to Corfu cost if you are driving from mainland Greece? We live in the FYROM (Skopje) and are trying to one last Greek vacation before we move back to the states. We’re considering Corfu but can’t figure out online how much a ferry would cost.
    Thanks!
    Jessica

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      The ferry from Igoumenitsa to Corfu (and back) runs about every hour in the high season (June, July, August, and September) and costs about 5 or 6 euros per person, and 28 euros per car.

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  30. Where To Go in Greece in July

    Hi David,
    am loving reading your wealth of knowledge on Greece. My sister, w/ her 3 kids, wants to take me and my two kids on holiday for 7-10 days in July, and though we’ve been thinking Turkey or Italy, reading your articles have got me thinking Greece now. Please can you help me? We are wanting to get away from city life, to a complete contrast – somewhere very scenic, the kind of beauty that heals the soul. Dont need the typical kiddie activities like water parks and such, as the kids are able to amuse themselves so long as they have each other, and a bit of nature is essential i believe for kids growing up in urban artificiality; activities like painting, walking, sampling the local foods and culture, exploring the countryside, learning a bit of history and seeing some of the historic sites, horseriding, water sports (bearing in mind the youngest in our group is 4 and the oldest 40), checking out some volcanoes – that is the sort of holiday we are looking for. We wont be driving, so accessible and cheap public transport would be a bonus. We dont want to go somewhere which is maxed out with a million people with too much flesh on display, i’d rather look at lush green and breathtaking blue anyday! and we’re not too big on modern techie places – quaint, traditional, stunning scenery, something totally different to our typical daily modern city life is what we r after.
    my questions to you are this:

    1/ Which part of Greece would you recommend based on the above? (ideally not too hot as i cant bear heat!) would you be able to give me a rough idea on accomodation costs?
    2/ Would it be possible for us to do day trips to Venice or to somewhere beautiful in turkey from any of the Greek islands? Would that be very costly? How long would it take from the nearest island? using what mode of transport?
    3/ Having read all the above, is there anywhere other than Greece that you would say would suit us better?

    sorry to pick ur brains with my trillion and one Qs, but at this stage there r too many options and too little knowledge! hope u can help. thx.

    Safia

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      Hi Safia. Sounds like you’ve got a great trip in mind. July will be hot — especially if you’re away from the beach hiking, walking, or exploring. I like it hot but if you’re really sensitive to the heat then you could be a bit overwhelmed.

      As for islands most will be fairly busy in July but some to consider would be Crete (big enough to absorb lots of tourists and lots to do), Naxos or Corfu (if you’re looking for a typical Greek island experience with a main town, great beaches, and lots of little restaurants), Karpathos, Chios, Milos, Folegandros, Ikaria or some of the coastal resorts of the Halkidiki (if you’d like a quieter destination).

      As for day trips, Turkey is possible if you’re visiting one of the nearby islands in the east of Greece (like Chios, Rhodes, or Samos) but taking a few days for any trip to Turkey is probably the most worthwhile. Istanbul is an absolutely magical city that many kids love as there is so much to explore. One of my favorite itineraries is flying into Athens, taking the ferry to a few of the Greek islands, then crossing over to Turkey and flying home from Istanbul. This saves you the time — and expense — of retracing your steps.

      You can take the ferry from Venice to Corfu — but this is a long overnight ferry and it’s not possible to do as a day trip. You could do a similar trip as above where you fly into Venice, ferry to Corfu, and then fly home from there.

      For calculating costs I’d assume something in the $200 to $250 per day range. Ferries can really add to the costs so staying in one place for a week or so, getting a good deal on a hotel, and eating a few breakfasts at “home” can cut a fair bit from your expenses.

      Most islands have great campsites, often right on the beach and with swimming pools. These can be a great way to have a unique holiday — and save some money too.

      I hope that helps you get started. Let me know if you have any more questions.

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  31. Amey from London

    Paleokastritsa is very popular and busy but we still loved it. I’ve heard from others that Greece is very expensive but to us, it seemed really cheap. We got a great deal on a hotel before we left and stayed there for 7 days, right on the beach. We did another 3 days south of there at a different beach that I didn’t like quite so much but still nice. Definitely get to Corfu town. A lot of people just stay at the beach but we went into the city 3 times. Ate at some nice restaurants (a little expensive) and shopped, it was nice. We rented a car for our final 4 days there but taking the bus was fun so if you’re on a budget and want to save some money then do that. The sunsets on the western coast were really spectacular. The only small complaint we had was the water temperature. We were there the last week of June and into July and it was chilly even though the weather was great. The kids didn’t care but i’m a bit of a wimp with those things. Not sure if this is the norm for that time of year. Cheers.

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      Thanks for the tips Amey! That is one benefit of a September vacation as opposed to June (if you’re looking to avoid the crowds of July and August) the sea has warmed a fair bit by then. Earlier in the year it can be chilly.

      I’ve always thought the same thing about Corfu. Lots of tourists but still a great island. It doesn’t seemed to get overwhelmed in the same way some other popular greek islands do. The rest of the island is so lush and green and beautiful that if you can drag yourself away from the beaches there’s lots to see and do. If anyone is looking for a great walking island then Corfu is a good candidate.

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