The Corfu resort of Moraitika combines lively nightlife and good vibes with a relaxed atmosphere and a certain amount of chill. Situated along the coast on the east side of the island, Moraitika mixes the hustle and bustle of the main strips, where there are tavernas, bars and clubs, with quaint smaller villages in the hills, including a splendid old town.
A holiday to Moraitika really is your one-stop shop for all things Greek. Of course, no Corfu resort is complete without a luxurious beach – and there just so happens to be a five-kilometre stretch where you can lose track of time as well as all your worries.
Moraitika lies around a natural bay and has a relatively small population, so even with a healthy dose of tourists it never feels overcrowded. In fact, the local residents add an extra layer of charm, from the fishermen working by the river, to the family-run tavernas in the hills. Down on the main strip is where the party’s at thanks to a selection of clubs, discos and bars just moments from the beach. Get ready to do some serious leg shaking.
Even during the winter, the temperatures are still pleasant, but it’s in the spring and summer when Moraitika comes to life with sun-filled days and mild nights. Whether you want to sunbathe the days away, explore quaint villages or party like an all-night raver, a Moraitika holiday has you covered.
The former fishing village of Messonghi is separated from Moraitika by a river and offers quite the contrast to its neighbour. The resort attracts its fair share of tourists but overall is more low key. There’s a golden beach with a mixture of soft sand and shingles that looks towards the Greek mainland, while a selection of tavernas and souvenir shops can be found along the sea-front. The resort is less built up than Moraitika – a trait that is instantly noticeable as you take in the luscious green hills surrounding the area.
Also known as Kerkyra, Corfu Town is the capital of Corfu and is one of the most beautiful places on the island. The town’s unique architecture takes its inspiration from Sicilian, Venetian, French and English culture – we recommend a picture or two outside one of the many imposing buildings. The Old Town is situated on the northern side and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2007, thanks to its cultural and historical background. Don’t forget to head to Spianada Square, the largest square in the Balkans, for some of the best cafés and restaurants on the island.
Kontokali is a small coastal resort with lots of appeal and charisma. The tavernas in the village have a good reputation and serve traditional Greek food, as well as a selection of other tasty treats. You won’t find any parties lasting until the sun comes up in Kontokali, but there is a selection of bars to enjoy a few drinks with friends. The village is also a 10-minute drive to Gouvia, another popular Corfu destination.
Set along Corfu’s east coast, Dassia is the place to be for watersports activities. The Blue Flag-winning beach runs for 200-metres and offers a variety of sporting activities, including a jetty that is ideal for jumping into the waves, water skiing, paragliding and wakeboarding. If, however, you find all that thrill-seeking is a bit too much, hire a boat and explore the coastline at your leisure. At the end of the day, head to one of the local restaurants to enjoy a range of cuisines, from Greek to Indian and Chinese.
The beach is always the focus of attention when it comes to a summer holiday destination – and Moraitika’s coastline certainly doesn’t disappoint. There are over five kilometres of sand, with a touch of shingle. The beach has sun loungers galore for those who want to catch some serious rays, while jet skis and pedalos are available to hire for the adventurers amongst you. Of course, the warm and clear waters mean you will be more than content with a quick splash.
The contrast between Ano Moraitika and the main strip couldn’t be more different. Wander through the narrow streets, explore the authentic markets and admire the brightly coloured houses to appreciate the traditional side of the island. Heotokou Kimiseos is an idyllic church well worth a few moments of your time, while the surrounding gardens set the scene for this picturesque old town.
Browse the main strip
There are many delights to be found along Moraitika’s main strip other than bars and restaurants. You will find a selection of shops with plenty of handmade goods, including jewellery, leather and olive-wood sculptures. Head back home with an authentic fashion style!
Greek cuisine is enjoyed by people all over the world, but you can’t beat a traditional meal in a local taverna. Expect an endless supply of olives (well, they do have all those olive trees), plenty of bread and oil – and that’s just for starters. For the main course, there will be a range of dishes including Gyro, meat roasted on a vertical spit that is often served in a sandwich; Paidakia, which translates nicely to grilled lamb chops; and Yemista, delicious tomatoes and peppers stuffed with rice.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to tavernas in Moraitika: Caldera Lounge Bar is a romantic spot on the beach, while The Village Taverna is good fun for all the family, offers competitive prices and enjoys a location in the old town. We also recommend Tassos Grill, which features a terrace where you can dine to backdrop of splendid sea views.
There aren’t too many places that manage to offer both a quiet getaway and lively resort in the same location, but Moraitika has you covered.
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