Updated: August 9, 2017
The 11 Best Kid Friendly Hotels in Corfu
1. Sidari Waterpark – Sidari
Very family-friendly hotel with spacious, clean family rooms, bi-level maisonettes and suites (all sleep family of 5) with living rooms/lounges & furnished balconies (pool/garden/sea views), having its own water park (pools & water slides), kids’ playground, gardens and entertainment programs. Some rooms have jacuzzis, sofa beds, mini-fridges etc. It’s walking distance (or short drive) to the beach, the main strip, and tavernas/restaurants. Hotel Phone: +30 2663099066.
2. Oceanis Rooms Apartments – Barbati
Great value aparthotel offering simple, bright family apartments (up to 6 people) with sofa beds, dining areas, kitchenettes (stove, fridge) and balconies with stunning panoramic sea views. Largest apartments are on the top floor. Has a pool, restaurant, bar and access to a small private beach. Hotel Phone: +30 2104180095.
3. Paradise Village – Roda
Tranquil, self-catering villa complex set in lush gardens having individual, spotless 2-bedroom villas (up to 4 people) with kitchenettes and balconies with garden views. Has a small play area for children and it’s a short walk to the beach and Roda’s restaurants & bars. Hotel Phone: +30 2663063516.
4. Filorian Hotel Apartments – Acharavi
Set right on the beach, this family-run hotel offers very clean, basic 2-bedroom apartments (family of 6) with sofa beds, kitchens, living rooms & lengthy balconies with garden/sea views. Has a small garden, private parking, good-sized pool, restaurant/bar by the beach and shops/bars and more are within easy walking distance. Hotel Phone: Summer – +30 2663063107, Winter – +30 2661046186.
5. Hotel Yannis Corfu – Ipsos
Pleasant, family-run hotel, set on top of a steep hill with simple, modest apartments (sleep family of 5) with sofa beds, bunk beds, coffee/tea facilities, fridges, complimentary breakfast & dinner and balconies with garden views. Has 2 dining options including a restaurant/bar by the pool & free parking. A small beach, shops and restaurants are located a few minutes walk downhill. Hotel Phone: +30 2661093176.
6. Pegasus Hotel – Roda
Laid-back, 3-star family-run hotel offering basic, good value, superior family rooms (up to 5 people) with fridges and balconies with garden views. Small children need to be closely monitored near the kids’ slide. Has a kids’ playground, games room, free parking, a breakfast buffet, free-form pool, pool bar/snack bar. The beach, bars and restaurants are within walking distance. Hotel Phone: +30 2663063400.
7. Jason Hotel – Ipsos
Set on a hill, this quiet, 2-star, family-run hotel has unpretentious, clean, 2-bedroom family rooms (up to 6 people) with complimentary buffet breakfast, mini-fridges, bathtubs and balconies with lovely mountain/pool/sea views. Has free parking, an outdoor pool (and kid’s section) and a pool/snack bar. Within walking distance of the beach, restaurants, markets and bars. Hotel Phone: +30 2661093583.
8. Hotel Corfu Palace – Corfu Town
Old-time classic hotel with slightly dated, comfortable 2-bedroom suites (up to 6 people) with a lounge, marble bathrooms, mini-bars and 2 balconies with panoramic bay and mainland views. Rooms on the higher floors have unobstructed sea views. Has lovely saltwater swimming pools, restaurants & bars and a casino. A short walk takes you to the heart of Corfu old town, with its shops, tavernas and more. Hotel Phone: +30 2661039485.
9. Corfu Holiday Palace – Corfu Town
Set in landscaped gardens, this lovely 5-star hotel has beautiful, modern villas with private pools and 2-bedroom suites (both for up to 6 people) with complimentary breakfast, floor-to-ceiling doors and balconies with picturesque sea views. Villas have living & dining areas, fully equipped kitchenettes, traditional fireplaces, furnished sun terraces and great views of Mouse Island and suites have living rooms, sofa beds, mini-bars & bathtubs. Has saltwater pools, a private beach, beach bar, multiple dining options, games room and a bowling alley. Corfu town is a short ride away. Hotel phone: +30 2661036540.
10. Mediterranean Blue – Kavos
Excellent family-run hotel, offering 2 types of spacious 2-bedroom family apartments (up to 5 people) with fridges, toasters & kettles and balconies/patios. The first type has a mezzaine floor, pool views, a communal furnished balcony and 2 rear balconies, while the second type is a bungalow (with sea views) located in an annex away from the main building, set on the beach. Has live entertainment in the evenings, gardens, kids’ pool & play area and a breakfast buffet. Hotel phone: +30 2662024629.
11. Molfetta Beach Hotel – Gouvia
Relaxed family-run hotel, set right on the beach, with family rooms and a vibrant Alcmene suite (family of 4). Family rooms have a refrigerator, coffee/tea facilities, bunk beds and sea views while the lone suite features wooden beams, stone walls, a living room, floor-to-ceiling windows, kitchen, private jacuzzi and a huge balcony overlooking the bay/church. Has lively entertainment in the evenings, but lacks a pool. Hotel Phone: +30 2661091915.
Why is Corfu great for kids and families?
The greenest and most attractive island, 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.
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