A beautiful, secluded beach
The tiny stretch of shingle that makes up Pyrgi bay is dotted with a handful of loungers and parasols. There’s more than enough room for a towel or two between these seats, the shallow waters make the beach great for little ones to paddle and splash around while you relax in the hot summer sun.
Overlooking the beach is one taverna and bar which serves great authentic food and drink, true to the traditional recipes of Greece. Surrounding the tiny coved strip is a forest of pine trees, which cast a relaxing fragrance over the small population.
Connected to Ipsos Bay
Just a short walk down the coast is Ipsos, the three-kilometre golden strip that hundreds come to visit every year. This long stretch of shingle has a number of little coves that each have their own unique atmosphere and are private even in the busy months. A long line of restaurants skirts the seafront and offers visitors great international and traditional specialities, plus cocktail bars serve customers on and off the sands.
There are loads of opportunities to engage in watersports in Ipsos too. If you’re up for action and adventure, get aboard your very own boat and explore Corfu the way you want to. Enjoy the wind rushing through your hair while you speed across the waves on water-skis, or even through the sky while parasailing.
Day trips to Corfu Town
Just half an hour by bus and you’ll be in the centre of Corfu Town. This historic city has so many different activities, but the most fascinating is probably a trip to the monumental Old Fortress. This towering testament to the Venetian heritage of the city, once withstood three Ottoman Empire sieges, and guided tours will explain exactly how.
Below the fortress is the capital’s Old Town, which is made up of winding, narrow streets full of market traders and authentic Greek tavernas. Try your hand at haggling the price down on a pair of handmade leather sandals you’ll be able to wear for years to come.
The commercial district of Corfu Town has a large number of jewellers and boutique fashion stores, which form the perfect place for shopaholics looking to take home some goodies. At night, the warm granite is lit up as the bars open and serve high quality cocktails and Corfiot beer into the small hours. They won’t close until you call it a night, so it’s up to you when the party stops.
Even if you’ve been to the island before, you still may not have heard of the Corfu Trail. Established in 2001, this network of paths and coastal roads makes up 220 kilometres of walks and cycle rides, and stretches across the entire width and length of Corfu. From Ipsos you can easily gain access to the trail, and if you’ve hired a bike, or even a horse, you’ll stumble upon amazing scenery and tiny villages along the way.
Corfu Trail highlights include climbing Agioi Deka Mountain, walking through the olive groves of Krini, eating at a taverna in Old Perithia and taking holiday snaps at the Monastery of Arkoudillas. There are countless sights and tourist hotspots, as well as a huge amount of secret treasures that you won’t find without going off the beaten track, on the Corfu Trail.