A hike in Corfu will not only leave you forgetting your daily routine, but you will also have a wonderful view of the green meadows, mountain chains, the Mediterranean, secluded bays and much more. Hiking on Corfu is unique and beautiful. In this article, I would like to introduce all the most beautiful hiking trails and paths on the green emerald island of Corfu to all hikers, trekking enthusiasts and nature lovers.
- 1 Historical natural treasures – What makes the Greek holiday island Corfu so special
- 2 The most beautiful hiking trails on Corfu
- 3 Interesting attractions on Corfu
- 4 The best travel time for an island hike on Corfu
- 5 Important entry requirements
Historical natural treasures – What makes the Greek holiday island Corfu so special
It is not without reason that numerous tourists visit the Mediterranean island of Corfu every year: The second largest of the Ionian Islands offers a unique holiday paradise made up of dreamlike beaches, secluded bays and crystal-clear seas. However, the island is also characterized by its landscape of olive groves, green hills, sandy coastal paths, rocky promontories and lots of untouched nature. A perfect place for a hiking trip. And yet, only a few hikers, climbers and mountaineers can be found of the Greek island of Corfu, even though most parts of the island can be walked on asphalted roads or footpaths. Only the Corfu Trail, a multi-day long-distance trail, is widely known in many hiking circles. On a hiking trip through Corfu you only meet few like-minded people, this means that hiking trails along steep coasts, white cliffs and overgrown hills can be enjoyed in a relaxed and stress-free way. Hiking trips in Corfu are also suitable for families with children and can be combined perfectly with a beach holiday.
The most beautiful hiking trails on Corfu
Trekking tour along the Corfu Trail
This multi-day long-distance hike in the Mediterranean region leads from the cliffs at Arkoudillas in the flat south of the island to the mountainous coast line at Cape Agia Ekaterini in the northern part of Corfu. The Corfu trail is characterized by its alternation of landscapes of narrow mountain paths and trails along the most beautiful gravel and sandy beaches, shady forest paths and rugged footpaths away from mass tourism. On your way, you won’t only experience the unique nature of Corfu, but also encounter historical monasteries and monuments, idyllic villages and impressive views of the Ionian Sea. The hiking trails are regularly marked by yellow signs, which help you to orientate yourself. The highest point of this hike is the mountain Pantokrator with about 900 meters, the lowest path runs at sea level. The almost 220-kilometer-long trekking trail can also be walked in individual day trips.
Hike along the bay of Agios Georgios on the west coast to Krini
This one-day hike on the north of Corfu begins at the southern end of the three-kilometer long, hoof-shaped bay of Agios Georgios, which opens towards the south and is framed by two mountains. On this almost three-hour hike, you will meet the many scenic contrasts of beaches, ledges and lush forests that characterize the Greek island. Along the coast of the northern part of the island of Corfu, the path leads slightly ascending towards the west to a fish tavern, until finally you will see an olive grove on a gentle hill extending through the landscape. From there you will enjoy a spectacular view to the cypress trees, the double bay Timoni and the charming village of Afionas. Afterwards you will pass the mule track past the rock gate until you will reach the mountain village of Krini. There you will have the opportunity to have a break at the pleasant marketplace and to fill up new strength before you will start your way back. The village fountain will also provide you with fresh spring water, which ensures a successful refreshment especially on hot days.
Hike from Ipsos to Pantokrator
This almost ten-hour hiking tour leads from Ipsos on the east coast of Corfu towards Pirgi and Strinilas with the church of the Pantokrator as its goal, the highest mountain of the Greek island.
The hiking path ascends past many pretty mountain villages, olive groves and lush green meadows – this continuous change of landscapes is a dream for every lover of nature. Due to the steady increase of 840 meters, this moderate hike is not suitable for everyone, but thanks to the asphalted flooring, there is also the possibility to go by bike or scooter. Once on top, the Pantokrator offers a breathtaking view to the turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea, its many bays, the most beautiful beaches and the lush green nature.
Interesting attractions on Corfu
During an active holiday in Corfu you should definitely not miss the unique historical buildings and the most beautiful beaches of the Greek island. Whether as a stop from a long hike, as a highlight of a round trip or on a day off – Corfu impresses with a numerous places of tourist interest and cultural treasures that makes your hiking holiday a special experience. The coastal town Kassiopi in the northern path of the island is attracted by a variety of restaurants, tavernas and souvenir shops, its beautiful beaches and crystal-clear seawater. Absolutely recommendable is a walking tour around the harbour with a view to the surrounding white houses. The impressive old town Corfu Old Town in a Venetian style with its narrow streets, side streets, churches and two fortresses is also worth a visit. With good reason the historic city was added to the World Heritage List of the UNESCO with its island flair. The welcoming towns are not the only attractive feature of Cofu, but the island also offers fantastic beach sections worth exploring. Especially the Paradise Beach, which can only be reached by boat and is surrounded by high rock faces, impresses with its clean, clear water, which is ideal for snorkeling and diving. A clear recommendation is also La Grotta Beach, a rock-built cocktail bar with small sea section, which invites to bath. In the evening, the bar provides a cozy lounge atmosphere with its picturesque setting. Art and culture lovers will enjoy the visit of the Paleokastritsa Monastery, the Antivouniotissa Museum and the Vlacherna Monastery. An absolute highlight is the Achilleion Museum, previously used by the Austrian empress Elisabeth as a summer residence. The beautiful palace with its unique garden offers an exclusive insight into the life of empress Sissi and hosts one of the most beautiful staircases in the world.
The best travel time for an island hike on Corfu
The climate on the Greek holiday island of Corfu is Mediterranean all year long due to its geographical location on the Mediterranean. The summer months June to September are very hot and dry with temperatures of 28 to 32 degrees, whereas the winter months December to February are mild and comfortably cool at 15 to 16 degrees and a high rainfall probability. From June to September the Mediterranean Sea provides optimum cooling with an average water temperature of 24 degrees. At night even in summer the temperatures cool down to 20 degrees, in winter even to cold 5 to 7 degrees.
The best time to travel for a hiking trip on Corfu are the mild spring months April to May as well as the autumn month September and October because at this time of the year the Greek island attracts with comfortable daytime temperatures of 20 degrees in average. The summer is also suitable for a hiking holiday, but due to the increasing heat at lunchtime we recommend to reschedule excursions and hikes in the early morning or late evening hours. The winter in contrast is less recommendable for an active holiday as there are many days of rain at this time of the year and most restaurants and hotels are closed due to the low tourism.
Important entry requirements
For entry into Corfu a passport is enough, which can be even only provisionally valid. Since June 2012, children’s entries in theirs parents’ travel documents are no longer sufficient, instead every child needs their own ID card. Before your departure to the Greek island of Corfu, we recommend to control and made up your vaccinations against tetanus, pertussis, polio, mumps measles rubella, pneumococci, influenza and hepatitis A if necessary. For long-term stays, it is also advisable to be vaccinated against hepatitis B and meningococcal meningitis C.
These helpful companions will also help you navigate your individual itinerary through Corfu and go out into more remote trails.