With three days on Corfu, there’s ample time to get acquainted with its sights and charms and explore beyond its shores. Admire the Venetian architecture of Corfu Old Town; roam palaces, museums, and tranquil countryside; and cruise to nearby islands and the Greek and Albanian mainland. Here are your options for a 3-day stay.
Day 1: Corfu Town and Highlights
On your first day, explore Corfu Old Town—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and the island’s other main sights on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. See the Old Town’s main draws and take in the nearby views over Mouse Island. Alternatively, opt for a wider island tour on a private or shared-group basis. All combine brief sightseeing in Corfu Old Town with visits to attractions such as the splendid 19th-century Achilleion Palace and the west coast town of Paleokastritsa, home to six exquisite coves and a charming medieval monastery.
Day 2: Nearby Islands and Beyond
Now that you know Corfu a little better, today is prime for exploring farther by boat. Take a day trip to Saranda, one of Albania’s major beach resorts and just across the narrow Straits of Corfu, and opt to tag on a visit to nearby Butrint, where the remnants of a 6th-century BC city nestle in woodland. If you prefer a regular swim-and-scenery boat trip, book an all-day sailboat cruise to swim and snorkel in secluded bays, or go island-hopping to Paxos and Antipaxos just south of Corfu to enjoy their aquamarine waters. Other popular options include cruises to mainland Greece: to Syvota to bathe in its electric-blue lagoon, to the pretty town of Parga, or to the rock-pinnacle monasteries of Meteora.
Day 3: Get Under Corfu’s Skin
Devote your last day on Corfu to experiences of specific interest to you. Outdoor enthusiasts might want to hop on a Vespa to zip along the winding coastal roads of Paleokastritsa. Foodies can choose a private Corfu Town food tour and sample meze tidbits, flaky pies, and other specialities strolling the old quarter’s lanes and markets. Wine aficionados might combine a countryside tour with tastings at one of Corfu’s oldest wineries, while beach fans can spend the day lounging on Glyfada Beach. Whatever you choose, wrap up your stay in relaxed style, with a guided evening stroll to absorb Corfu Town’s nighttime vibe and lit-up landmarks. Forage for souvenirs in the alleyways, admire sights such as St. Spyridon Church, and finish with a cold drink at the illuminated Liston.