With its rugged mountains, glassy waters, and peaceful olive groves, Corfu is ready-made for outdoor activities. While many visitors stay put on its beaches, there’s plenty to get you out and about on land and water. Here are our tips for active tours and adventures.
Snorkeling, Swimming, and Scenic Boat Trips
Corfu is known for its coves, gin-clear waters, and proximity to the Greek mainland and the nearby islands of Paxos and Antipaxos, so it’s no surprise that boat trips abound, from big-boat cruises to private yacht charters. Absorb the sea breezes as you chug to Antipaxos to snorkel in its electric-blue waters, or swim in the luminous shallows of Syvota’s Blue Lagoon on the mainland. Other trips head for Parga or drop anchor in secluded bays for time to snorkel and swim.
Popular with scuba divers, Corfu’s waters host corals, sculpted rocks, and rich marine life from barracuda and grouper to tiny reef fish. Many boat trips cater to beginners and certified divers alike, transporting them to hot spots such as Kruzeri reef for professionally guided dives or introductory trips that ease novices into the underwater world.
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Cycling is a popular way to explore Corfu, and the island is honeycombed with lanes and mountain paths suitable for casual and serious bikers. Hop on a mountain bike to cycle around villages and the foothills of the island’s highest peak, Mt. Pantokrator. For a gentler option, pedal around Corfu Town’s backstreets and landmarks as you soak up its charms.
Corfu’s villages and olive-clad hills are perfect antidotes to its busier areas, and there’s no easier way to discover them than by scooter. Don a helmet to zip along country roads, explore sleepy villages, and check out Byzantine-era monasteries and castles nestled in the hillsides.
4WD expeditions are an exhilarating way to reach some of Corfu’s beauty spots and farthest-flung regions. Board a chauffeured 4WD to roam southern Corfu—less developed than the north. Bump along off-road tracks and mountain trails to encounter stone hamlets and whitewashed churches perched on lonely hilltops. Alternatively, choose a 4WD tour of north Corfu, following winding trails up rocky Mt. Pantokrator for unforgettable views over to the Albanian mainland.