Updated April 23, 2016
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
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.
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.
A beautiful beach, friendly restaurants and small playground in town make this an attractive destination.
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.
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.
- Sidari Waterpark Hotel
Wonderful family-friendly resort with a waterslides, large rooms, and surprisingly good food.
- Divani Corfu Palace, Corfu Town
Family suites available.
- Hotel Ariti, Kanoni
Triple and family rooms.
- Arion Hotel Corfu, Corfu Town
Triple and family rooms are a good deal.
- Sunset Hotel Corfu, north of Corfu Town
Triple and family rooms (good budget choice for being close to Corfu Town).
If those hotels are full here are some more good choices.
- Corfu Palace Hotel
- Akrotiri Beach Hotel
- Akti Aphrodite
Great pool. Central location in Sidari but not surrounded by clubs.
- Aquis Pelekas Beach Hotel
On the beach, but maybe not for families with very young kids and babies as it’s on a steep hill.
- Costa Blu Hotel & Suites
- Aquis Sandy Beach Resort
- Aquis Capo Di Corfu
- Spiti Prifti Apartments (Gouvia)
- Sun Apartments (Acharavi)
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:
- Unofficial Bus Schedule for Corfu – the routes and times of these buses can change but this will give you a good idea of what’s available