Corfu’s Ipsos has many strings to its bow. Firstly, the resort’s photogenic good looks come courtesy of pine tree-clad mountains and immaculate pebble beaches fringed by clear waters. Even though the name Ipsos means ‘heights’, once you’re in the resort there’s no need for climbing steep hills – relaxation is very much the name of the game. A line of restaurants and pubs run alongside the shore, so your morning coffee will taste even better with the vivid blue sea and distant mainland stretched out in front of you.
Of course, holidays don’t mean R&R for everyone. If you’re after some neon-lit fun, Ipsos won’t disappoint. Its bars and clubs are legendary, with partygoers flocking to the resort to hit the dance floor till the sun shows its face. And post-clubbing recovery is a cinch – stake your claim on a sunlounger on Ipsos Beach, or venture to the nearby beaches of Dassia or Pyrgi if you’re feeling adventurous. Speaking of adventure, the stunning scenery on Corfu’s east coast is best seen from the back of a horse, with trails snaking through the island’s greenery. Sound tempting? Read on for more reasons why a holiday to Ipsos should be top of your list.
To the south of Ipsos, the popular resort of Dassia has a relaxed vibe. It’s certainly not lacking in the looks department either. Surrounded by pine woods and blessed with the kind of views that need no filter, this pretty pocket of Corfu won’t fail to wow. The Blue Flag pebble beach offers a wide selection of watersports for the energetic, and plenty of space to lay your towel if you prefer to take it easy. When lunchtime comes around, head to one of the authentic Greek tavernas for some net-fresh fish and a glass of something chilled.
Craving some peace and quiet, and a slice of authentic island life? Pyrgi ticks all the boxes. Just a stroll away from its more bustling neighbour, Ipsos, this charming little fishing village serves up traditional tavernas alongside English pubs on the promenade. Nodding fishing boats and a backdrop of pine trees flank the seafront – the perfect setting for al fresco dining.
Sidari sits pretty on the north-west coast of Corfu. It’s a hit with tourists thanks to a trio of beautiful beaches and attractions galore. The resort is also home to Instagram favourite, the Canal d’Amour, a unique horseshoe-shaped bay filled with turquoise water. You’ll find a great line-up of restaurants serving all manner of cuisines when you need to shelter from the midday sun. There’s also a first-class watersports scene to enjoy, and enough bars and clubs to keep the party going into the small hours.
For a relaxing day at the beach, Ipsos delivers on all fronts. This mile-long stretch of pebbles is edged by shallow, clear waters that cry out for you to take a dip. There are plenty of sunloungers and umbrellas to hire, and top-notch watersports like water-skiing and banana boat rides. It’s no wonder this beach was awarded Blue Flag status.
Barbati Beach is a bit of a hidden gem. Set back from the road and swathed in pines, this beach gives a real sense of getting away from it all. Despite bagging a tranquil spot, there are still bars on hand for when you need to refuel, plus tourist-friendly touches like showers and sun loungers. A ten-minute stroll will take you to the main village, with its shops and eateries.
Thrill-seekers should make a beeline for Aqualand. Packed with slides, flumes and wave pools, this place has family fun written all over it. Daredevils will love adrenaline-pumping rides like the Black Hole and Free Fall. Or, if you prefer a calmer ride, the lazy river is a much more laid-back affair. Aqualand is open from May to October.
Saddle up and take a trail ride through the Corfu countryside for a different perspective of the island. Trailriders riding stables leads treks through shaded woodland, olive groves and the quaint village of Ano Korakiana. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, this trekking centre has horses suited to all abilities.
When it comes to fresh seafood, Corfu knows its stuff. Dishes like octopus stew, stuffed squid and grilled sea bass will throw all manner of irresistible aromas your way as you wander past the harbourside tavernas. We recommend you give bourdeto a try – it’s a spicy fish casserole cooked in tomatoes, onions, garlic and peppers.
Not a fish fan? There are plenty more options to whet your appetite. Corfiot cuisine has a lot of Venetian influences – these are seen in fasolada, a delicious bean stew, and pastitsada, a beef dish with tomatoes and spices. Pair these local specialities with a refreshing glass of ginger beer or some licorice-flavoured Ouzo as a nightcap.
Visit any one of Ipsos’ restaurants, and you’re guaranteed a memorable meal. You’ll be given a friendly welcome before you’re seated and treated to a smorgasbord of Corfiot delights. Just-landed fish, locally picked olives and creamy taramasalata can be found in the authentic Greek tavernas. Wash them down with a carafe of local wine.
If you fancy a more international flavour, why not try the Italian and Chinese eateries? And for those craving some home comforts, there are plenty of English pubs and bars in Ipsos serving up favourites like all-day cooked breakfasts.
Book an easyJet holiday to Ipsos and you’ll experience the best that Corfu has to offer. This idyllic region of the island boasts Blue Flag beaches, a buzzing social scene and views that have to be seen to be believed. If you fancy exploring further afield, it’s easy to travel around Corfu and visit popular attractions like Aqualand. Flexible deals and cheap flights will ensure you can enjoy your Ipsos holiday to the fullest. To save even more money, book your flight and hotel together with easyJet holidays. Then all that’s left to do is count down the days till you jet off.