In a peaceful corner of the Greek island of Corfu lies Kanoni Beach; a quiet cove with gorgeous views of the Ionian sea. It’s the perfect spot to while away a lazy afternoon in the sunshine, so schedule an appointment with the sun lounger! Then, when you want to cool off, stroll down to the sea and take a refreshing dip. The beach is pebbled, which while is less soft than sand, does mean no awkward sand in the speedos...
Kanoni Beach is a relaxing oasis, suited to families and couples alike. You won’t find a strip of bars and restaurants by the beach, for that you’ll have to head to bigger beaches nearer the centre of the island. Instead, you can enjoy the luxury of a low-key and chilled vibe, where sunbathing and page-turning are the only things on the to-do list. Those venturing in can take to the water with snorkels to try and spot some exotic fish. Those left topping up their tan on the beach might even be lucky enough to see as far as Albania on a clear day.
Soaring summer temperatures coupled with a gentle sea breeze make it difficult to face the thought of returning home to reality. Whether you’re in need of a week-long chill out session, or a cheeky three-day break from the office, Kanoni Beach certainly won’t disappoint.
Corfu Old Town
Head to the Corfu Old Town and marvel at the ancient buildings and narrow streets. The old fortification offers incredible views and tells a fascinating history of the town dating back to the 8th century BC. Restaurants spill out onto the charming cobbled streets, where you can easily spend an evening watching the world go by. Make time for the artisan shops offering unique souvenirs; you might even be able to barter the prices down for that special holiday memento. Just be prepared for some uphill walking!
Once you’ve soaked up the charm of the Old Town, perhaps you'd like to sample another of the island’s stunning beach resorts. Close by is Gouvia, once a fishing village but now a modern holiday destination acting as the main marina of the island. Gouvia offers a mixture of sandy and pebbled beaches as well as exciting activities to try out, depending on your level of adventurousness. Try your hand at scuba diving and even paragliding if you fancy a better view of the resort below. Hang around for the sunset and soak up the view while sipping on a refreshing drink, after a very tough day’s holidaying.
12km south of Corfu Town lies Benitses, a low-key fishing village that is well worth a visit. It’s one of the first holiday resorts ever established on the island and still remains popular today because of the welcoming locals and abundant bars and restaurants. The quaint old village of Benitses is surrounded by trees and mountains boasting stunning views out to sea.
Exploring Kanoni Beach…
Aqualand Water Park
For those travelling with kids in tow, the Corfu Aqualand Water Park is guaranteed to be a big hit. Not far from Kanoni Beach and very close to the capital, it’s the perfect place to let the kids loose on the wet and wild water slides. Adults are welcome to get stuck in too, or they can simply enjoy a drink watching from the sidelines.
The Archaeological Museum
If you’re seeking a more culture-rich experience, the island has plenty of that on offer too. The Archaeological Museum is an inexpensive and fascinating place to visit. Inside you’ll find artefacts dating from the ancient Greek times. The museum recently underwent a refurbishment and is now open to the public again.
Shop ’till you drop
If shopping is more your style then make your way over to the island’s capital. There you’ll find everything from little trinkets at quaint little gift shops to exclusive designer clothes. If there’s space in your suitcase why not purchase some traditional ceramic pots or bowls to serve your tzatziki in once you’re back at home.
Within walking distance from Kanoni Beach lies Bataria Beach. In fact, if you really want, you can swim between the two. There's a small bar where you can stop for a well-earned beverage before you descend the path down to the shore. At Bataria you’ll find stunning clear water and ice cream served nearby. What’s not to like?
The charming village of Kassiopi offers another lovely spot to unwind in the warm summer sun. There’s a small pebble beach called Kalmonios just a five minute walk from the main square in the village. The crescent-shaped beach is sheltered by a cliff which offers incredible views of the sunset if you have enough energy to walk up to it in the evening.
Traditional Greek cuisine
Head back into Kassiopi town after the sun goes down for an evening meal that won’t let you down. Sample the local delicacies like souvlaki, dolmadakia and moussaka, or enjoy a broader Mediterranean menu at the various restaurants in town.
Old Town Restaurants
Any trip to Corfu isn’t complete without experiencing the Old Town by night. The vibe is relaxed and there are so many restaurant options that you're bound to stumble upon a dish you like. The bravest might like to try the traditional Greek drink Ouzo. The locals drink the aniseed-flavoured spirit with just a few ice cubes, but newbies might want to opt for a lemonade mixer to take the edge off.
Whether you choose to spend your days sipping on Ouzo in a Greek taverna or paddling in the shallow waters with your family, Kanoni Beach is the perfect place to rest your head for a week’s break. With its consistently brilliant weather and beautiful beaches, this could well turn out to be the best summer holiday ever.
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