Corfu - this word is usually synonymous with picturesque beaches, turquoise water, warm summer evenings and, of course, gorgeous Greek cuisine. But if you want to experience even more of the greenest Greek island away from the hotel pool, then we've got just the thing. The mountainous island in the west of Greece has a lot to offer for hikers. And since most tourists only come to Corfu for a beach holiday, you can experience a wonderful seclusion on our hikes in the beautiful green mountains, along rocky coastlines and in the ever-present olive groves. Are you ready?
We have put together eight compact walks on Corfu that you can enjoy all year round - even on hot summer days. For longer hikes in the summer, it is best to start early in the morning, as this is the best way to avoid the midday heat. In addition, even the most frequented places are still lonely and quiet. If you go hiking on Corfu in spring, autumn or winter, you will not only find mild temperatures but also a wonderful peace and tranquillity. As far as equipment goes, we recommend going in regular running shoes, so you don't need to put hiking boots in your suitcase. And as it would be rude not to at least take one dip in the beautiful Mediterranean sea, we've planned beaches into several of the routes. These are also far away from the popular holiday resorts and are wonderfully lonely even in high season. Thanks to the mild Mediterranean climate, Corfu is also perfect for a hiking holiday in spring and autumn.
To get to the starting points of the hikes, you won't be able to avoid a rental car. Public buses only go from town to town on Corfu and the sometimes adventurous mountain roads are a real challenge on a bike or moped. If you rent a car, however, or somehow drive here in your own, you can easily discover the most remote places of the Greek island for yourself.
At 917 meters, the Pantokrator is by far the highest mountain in Corfu. Most tourists drive only for a photo to the summit, but in addition to the beautiful views, there are also beautiful hiking trails around the mountain. Our tour takes you in a big round to the summit and over the plateau below the Pantokrator. In summer you should start the tour as early as possible, because there are hardly any shadows on the high plateau. For the tour you need sturdy shoes and especially enough water.The starting point of your hike is a small gravel parking lot next to the access road to the Pantokrator. From here you first follow the serpentine road to the summit. In the morning only a few cars and scooters are on the way and so you can easily walk along here.Already during the ascent you have a great view of the deep valleys in the north of the Pantokrator. At the top, not only a beautiful panoramic view over Corfu awaits you, but also a fairly cultivated mountain ridge. Besides the old monastery, there is a small tavern and countless transmission towers. In their absurdity, they are a great photo opportunity.Next, it's a bit back on the serpentine road. After the first right turn, a very narrow and rocky path branches off to the high plateau. Watch for a red arrow painted on the asphalt. Incidentally, this short rocky path is the only place on the tour that can be a bit slippery.After a few meters, the narrow path leads into a wide, barely used dirt road. You follow the path with a magnificent view over the high plateau, which is littered everywhere with angular limestone cliffs. With solid shoes the way is easy to walk and you can enjoy in peace the view of the Ionian Sea and the Pantokrator.The path leads you gently downhill and soon the landscape changes. The bushes along the way are getting greener and bigger and in front of you opens a great view of the green slopes of the Corfiot mountains. After a right turn, a narrow hiking trail branches off to the north. You follow the path into a shaggy forest of low trees and bushes.Again and again the summit of the Pantokrator appears above the trees and after a last section over the limestone cliffs you reach the starting point of your hike.
The spectacularly shaped Cape Drastis is located on the already beautiful north coast of Corfu. The Cape itself is privately owned - and that's a good thing, because that's how the beautiful nature is preserved. On our round trip you have in different places a great view of the cape and the surrounding cliffs. In between, you wander on narrow farm roads through groves of huge olive trees. For this tour you need sturdy shoes and enough drinking water.Starting point of the hike is a small parking lot at the end of the access road to Cape Drastis. From here a bumpy clay piste continues. On foot that is not a problem, only the small rental cars do not come here. After only a few steps, you are standing at the first vantage point with a magnificent view of the cape. Here it is worthwhile to come early: On the one hand you are alone and on the other long shadows stretch over the cape - a wonderful photo opportunity.On the dusty road it goes downhill. Dense bamboo lines the way and in connection with the clay piste there is a touch of Southeast Asia in the air. On a tight bend you now have the choice: Do you still hike downhill to the coast or do you bang directly into the wild olive forest?The mud track leads in any case even further down to the coast. Here terrace-like rocks invite you to sunbathe and if the sea is calm, you can also get into the water. Freshly cooled, it goes back to the fork in the road and into the dense olive grove.On a narrow and shady path, it goes under huge olive trees uphill. After a while you will find yourself on a gravel path. Turn right to get back to the car park, but our tour will take you to the left. You continue hiking through the olive grove and up to the upper edge of the cliff. From here you have another great view of Cape Drastis.In a round, it goes through a light olive grove and along fruit trees. You meet again on the gravel road and follow him back to the parking lot. Just before you reach the car park, you will find a fork in the road where a narrow path branches off to the left. The path is overgrown in places with scrubby bushes and leads you to a beautiful and secluded vantage point. Here you can also take a break before going back to the car.
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The small chapel Symeon is an absolute insider tip. It stands on a towering rock outcrop directly above the popular resort of Palaiokastritsa and offers a fantastic view over the southern half of Corfu and the massif of the Pantokrator. From the sleepy mountain village of Doukades our round trip leads you through peaceful olive groves to the view at the chapel. The path is sometimes rocky or overgrown and therefore you should wear solid shoes in any case.Starting point of the hike is the signposted and free parking in Doukades. From there it goes over the village square and through the narrow streets uphill in the direction of the chapel. Behind the last house a narrow path leads along a wall and then in serpentines through a peaceful olive grove.The narrow and rocky path offers you already during the climb a great view of the small mountain village. After a while, you will find yourself on a wide, concrete driveway. You follow the way to the left. Soon the concrete path becomes a dirt road that leads you to fruit trees, holm oaks and olive trees.At a crossroads you follow the tour to the left. The path goes over a hill and you can see the white chapel in front of you. The chapel stands on a rocky plateau and from here you can enjoy a fantastic view.Then it goes back to the dirt road. From here the trail leads you to the left through a terraced olive grove. The path is not always perfect to recognize and partly overgrown. If this is too adventurous for you, you can also hike back to Doukades on the way there.Back in Doukades, a visit to one of the cozy taverns on the village square is definitely worthwhile.
The double bay of Porto Timoni on the peninsula Afionas is one of the most beautiful beaches in Corfu. Today, the two bays are not as much a secret as they were a few years ago, but if you come early in the morning or in the afternoon, you can still enjoy the narrow beaches. From the village of Afionas, a narrow path leads down to the beaches and on to a small chapel on the wooded peninsula. Even if you come only for swimming, it is worthwhile to wear closed shoes for the descent to the beach.From the village of Afionas you walk on a narrow footpath high above the sea towards the beach. In places, the trail is signposted with the signs 'To the beach' and therefore hard to miss. Before you even stand on the beach, the famous view of the two beaches and the crystal clear water awaits you - a wonderful view.From the two beaches you can follow the trail to the small chapel located on the wooded ridge of the peninsula. On your way back, you just pick your favorite beach to jump into the blue water.Freshly cooled then it goes on the trail back to Afionas.
In a lovely high valley, directly below the mountain Pantokrator, lies the abandoned mountain village Paleo Perithia. The village was built in the 14th century high up in the mountains to be protected from the two greatest dangers of the time: pirate attacks and summer malaria outbreaks. The village was then considered one of the wealthiest settlements in Corfu and counted for his wedding over 1,200 residents. In the 1950s, there were no more Malaria cases in the Greek islands and the first tourists created many new jobs on the coast. As a result, the residents left the picturesque village until all had moved out in the 1960s. The village fell into a deep sleep until it was declared a National Monument in the 1990s. Since then it is experiencing a new flowering. Meanwhile, individual houses have been lovingly restored and visitors can be pampered in several taverns. If you want to enjoy the tranquility and seclusion of the place for even longer, you can also stay at 'B & B Merchants House'. On our round trip you will explore the entire village and the surrounding valley.From the free parking lot at the village entrance, you first wander to the small village square. Here you will find three rustic taverns with first class Greek cuisine. Passing the small church of Agios Spiridon, you will pass individual, completely overgrown houses.You pass the cemetery, which is not accessible to visitors. You follow a dirt road that offers you a magnificent view over the valley and the small village. On the edge of the dirt road are individual stone houses in which whole trees or huge blackberry bushes grow.After your round you can still take the time to visit one of the taverns. The most beautiful is the tavern Old Perithia at the old village square. There you can sit on the shady terrace and enjoy the view of the mountains.
You are looking for secluded nature and lonely beaches? Then you are exactly right at Cape Ekaterini, the northernmost point of Corfu. The cape consists of flat limestone cliffs that reach down into the water. Our round trip will take you from the popular beach Agios Spiridon around the cape. In between you will find an abandoned monastery, an unspoiled forest and two quiet beaches. For the rocky path at the Cape you should wear closed shoes.Starting point of your tour is the beach Agios Spiridon. If you come early, you will easily find enough parking space for your rental car. Continue on a rustic bridge over a narrow stream that connects the Antioniti Lagoon with the Mediterranean Sea.On a dirt road, it goes through an open landscape until a narrow path branches off into a primeval forest. You will continue hiking under eucalyptus trees, pines and olive trees. In the middle of the forest you will soon see the ruins of the monastery of Agia Ekaterini. If you like, you can explore the old walls more closely.Shortly afterwards, the path leads you out of the forest and down to the beach Antioniti. This is where the rock path around Cape Ekaterini begins. Flat, sharp-edged and bizarre rock formations line the path. Below you, the water claps against the hollowed out rocks and directly across the street you can see the Albanian coast.If you follow the path, you soon reach the cozy bathing beach Gialiskari. Fine gravel and a natural rock pool make the beach the perfect destination for families.After your swimming break, continue along the coast to the starting point of the hike.
Fortress Angelokastro looks back on a centuries-old history. According to archaeological discoveries made during the restoration work in the 1990s, the first fortifications on the mountain date back to the 7th century. Over the centuries, the claims to power changed over Corfu, until the 14th century began the long Venetian reign. During this time, the Venetians took over the fortress and continued to expand it. On the one hand the fortress provided a retreat for the population of the west coast and on the other hand one could monitor the sea route of the Adriatic due to the excellent location. Only in the 19th century, the fortress was abandoned due to the evolution of warfare. Today you can explore the impressive ruin of Angelokastro on a short hike.Below the fortress you will find a small parking lot. At the entrance to the fortress, at the ticket office, you pay two euros for adults and one euro for children. Then it goes over stony steps steadily uphill. After about ten minutes you arrive at the inconspicuous main gate of the castle. In the open courtyard of the castle, you can see how much the builders used the natural shape of the rocks to build the fortress.Take enough time to climb the defensive walls, enjoy the unique view of Corfu and visit the two chapels. If you've had enough of the view, head back up the stairs to the starting point of the tour.
Korrision Lake, also known as Korrisia Lagoon, is the largest wetland in Corfu. The lake is under protection and is an important breeding area for many birds and home to innumerable water inhabitants. On our tour, you can once complete the lake and experience the special landscapes on the shore.The starting point of the hike is the tiny village of Bioporos. From there you follow the narrow road down to the shore of the lake. On the way you have a great view over the lake and the Mediterranean beyond.Arrived at the lake, you follow a narrow field and hiking trail directly along the shore. The path is not always perfect and sometimes overgrown. Here you walk along olive groves, fields and small wooded areas.Continue along the west bank to the narrow strip of beach that separates the lagoon from the sea. Here you will find one of the finest sandy beaches in Corfu. Always along the beach you walk between the lake and the sea towards the east.After crossing the connecting canal between the lagoon and the sea on a narrow bridge, you will reach an exciting dune landscape. The sandy hills continue along Korrision Lake. At the easternmost point you have a nice view over the lake and the mountains beyond.Over narrow field and road ways it goes back to the starting point of the hike.