Corfu – wide beaches, sporting activities and fascinating views

Corfu is situated in the North West corner of all the Greek islands. It is to the west of Albania and mainland Greece. It is the most forested island of Greece and is therefore also called the “Green Island”.

Enjoy the sunsets during your internship Corfu

General Information:

Capital: Corfu Town
Population: approx. 95 000
Size: Approx. 600 km2

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Excursions on Corfu

Corfu-paid hotel internships_Excursions and ActivitiesMount Pantokator

This is a wonderful day trip, up the mountain on the island with many tour buses making this trip daily to see the wonderful ´gem´ at the top – the monastery. The name Pantokator means the “Almighty“. You can walk around the monastery and there is a small souvenir shop and café to stop, relax and take in the surroundings. Eagles are seen daily soaring around and there is a tranquil peace being up in the mountains with spectacular views.

Church of Saint Spiridon

This is one of the more cultural sites on the island. The church was built over 300 years ago and is home to some rare relics and religious artifacts. For those of you who want to explore more of the Greek history, this is a great place to start.

Sissi’s Palace

The palace was built in 1890 by the Empress of Austria and the Queen of Hungary Elisabeth (called Sissi), which she attended every now and then until her assassination in 1898. Here there are many artwork pieces and statues that are on display. With fantastic views of Corfu Town, it is a great way to delve into the more cultural side of Greece. There are many coach tours that visit daily, so make sure to book ahead of time, or choose a time when it is less crowded. It makes for a great calm Saturday afternoon excursion.

Paleokastritsa Monastery

This is home to a very tranquil and relaxing part of Corfu. This monastery is set on the top of Mount Pantokator. To visit the monastery, you should be there no later than at 8:30 am, since it is already full at 9:00 am after the first coaches arrived.

Corfu-summer internship greece_Day tripsBoat trip around the Island

There are many tour boats located on the north coast that offer trips around the Island, to small inlets and coves that are only accessible by boat. You could also opt to hire a boat yourself, but be sure to check the safety equipment and insurance cover.

Aquarium

This is a day trip for everyone. It is situated in Paleokastritsa and there is an array of many international species here. For more information please visit their website: www.corfuaquarium.com

4 x 4 Tour

This is a new phenomenon on the Island. These jeep tours explore the north-west of the Island, near Mount Pantokator. This is a great way to see spectacular views of Corfu. It’s a whole day thing, lasting about 4-5 hours, depending on which provider you book with.

Aqualand in Agios Ioannis

The water park, Aqualand, in Corfu is a great day for everyone to enjoy! In addition to many water slides, large swimming pools and baby paddling pools, it offers many more great attractions and plenty of space for sunbathing. With a lot of cafes, bars and restaurants, which are located on the terrain, there are many options for lunch and snacks.The admission is 25 € (age 13-65 years) and from 3:00 pm a discount is available for all ages. For more information please visit their website: www.aqualand-corfu.com

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Ways of getting around the Island

Car hire

This is one of the easiest ways to get around the island and it offers the freedom, that you can stop anywhere you like. The main places that you can rent a car from are the Airport. Some companies do “deliver” the car to a convenient place for you. Make sure that you check rules and regulations regarding insurance and license.

Boat hire

You can hire a small motor boat from many places on the Island including Paxos, Lefkas and Corfu town.

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Corfu has an abundance of olive trees – estimated to 4 million! It is famous for its black olives and the products derived from it. The special here – Corfu has a very different olive culture than in other well-known olive areas. The olives are not cut off and being harvested – no, you wait until they fall from alone. Therefore the most areas of Corfu are covered with a blackish veil in the period from January to June.

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Beaches:

Barbati Beach

This pebbly beach is great for those who love swimming and diving. There is a small cliff which people dive from. The water is crystal clear, however there are a few large rocks that are on the waters edge at times; so take care when getting into the refreshing water.

Pelekas Beach 

This beach is one of the sandy beaches on the Island and is a great place to relax on your days off. It is quite an  isolated beach but if you can get the bus here or hire a car and make the journey it is well worth spending some time here. 

Halikounas Beach

This beach is less spoilt by tourism than others on the Island. There are 2 smaller beach hut style bars on the beach. The sea is quite shallow for an easy way out in the water, making it a perfect place to swim or just relax.

Kassiopi Beach

This is one of the more popular beaches on Corfu. It has a wide variety of cafés and beach huts. There is also a harbor here for you to walk around and enjoy the scenery or choose from one of the many restaurants and cafés to sit and relax taking in the view with a coffee. In the summer this beach can get very full of people making it

Sports activities:

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There are a plethora of water sports to choose on the Island from Canoeing to Parasailing. For the adventurous ones there are many great sports to get involved with. Jet skiing, water skiing and parasailing are a few of the more popular sports. For the less adventurous ones, there are pedalos and stand-up paddle available. Most water sports are available on the beaches and are run by small companies. Check their websites out online to get more detailed information:
www.aspro-kavos-watersports.com

Scuba Diving and Snorkelling

Many companies cater for all abilities. You can try it out for the 1st time or you can go cave diving (with more experience). They will have more information about their organized dives and the best places to dive. So make sure you look online or ask for information from the nearest tourist information centre.

Corfu Nightlife

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There are many bars on Corfu – including British Pubs, Irish Bars and places playing upbeat and popular music for the tourists. If you are looking for a more authentic cultural bar, look for a “Tsipourathiko” or “Ouzeri”, these are small taverns which will give you a small portion of tapas, or a selection of nibbles with each drink – Ouzo (a typical shot in Greece) in the summer or Tsipouro (similar to Vodka) in the winter. These places will give you an insight into a different side of Greek culture.

Clubs

Greek nightclubs are known as Bouzoukia. The more famous ones are in Athens; they are very different to any other kind of European “Clubs”. If it´s all night dancing and drinking you are looking for than you are right in such a nightclub.
Below is a list of some of the clubs on Corfu:

  • Buzz Bar: Kavos
  • Ammos Arillas Beach Bar: Kerkyra
  • Angelos Bar: Kassiopi