Two days on Corfu provides enough time to discover the island’s must-sees and dip into its other attractions, from lounging on its sweeping beaches to taking scenic boat trips. Here are our recommendations for a perfect 48 hours on this charming Greek isle.
Day 1: Essential Corfu
Morning: Experience as much of Corfu as possible on a private customizable or shared-group tour: Covering the must-sees off the bat will free up time to pursue any specific interests later. Most all-island tours visit Corfu Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with beauty spots such as Paleokastritsa’s coves and Angelokastro castle, so you’ll come away having experienced both urban and rural Corfu in one.
Afternoon: If you skipped an all-island day trip, take a deep dive into Corfu Old Town this afternoon. For self-guided forays, board a hop-on hop-off bus and alight at Kanoni to visit monastery-topped Mouse Island, a Corfu showpiece. Alternatively, choose a guided excursion that includes the 19th-century Achilleion Palace just south of the town, the onetime home of Empress Elisabeth of Austria.
Evening: Get the most from any hop-on hop-off ticket by returning to the bus for a late-afternoon look at Corfu Old Town—just as the sunset paints everything gold. Disembark at the Old Fortress and stroll the Esplanade gardens before people-watching and dining at an alfresco restaurant.
Day 2: Day Trips and Beaches
Morning: Day two is ideal for discovering Corfu’s nearby islands—and Albania across the water. Join a boat trip to the picture-perfect islands of Paxos and Antipaxos to swim in their aquamarine waters, or cruise to Albania to discover the seaside resort of Saranda or the antiquities of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Afternoon: Unless you’re on a full-day cruise, now’s the time to widen your explorations on Corfu. Venture to west coast Paleokastritsa to admire its stunning coastal scenery and enjoy a wine tasting en route, or opt to laze on the golden sands of Glyfada beach.
Evening: Corfu Old Town is at its most atmospheric come evening, so finish your stay with a private nighttime tour. Scour the honeycombed lanes for souvenirs and admire the floodlit Palace of St. Michael and St. George as you sip drinks at the lantern-lit Liston.