One free day in Corfu

Although many people hire cars to explore Corfu, we found the bus system perfectly serviceable and affordable. Even though we were staying during the off-season, in a period of year with a lot of public holidays, the busses were still frequent enough.

Pick up a free map from the bus booth at San Rocco Square in town – in addition to bus routes and time tables, it also has some of the best sight-seeing information available in Corfu – unfortunately websites are often lacking in information here.

There’s a lot to see in Corfu town, and you can take the bus to do day trips to various other places around the island. We did two such trips – one to the north of Corfu town, to visit Dassia Bay (see below), and one to the Achilleion (Achilleion Palace is not a free attraction, but at 8 euro per adult entry to both the palace and gardens, we found it worthwhile).

In town

Check out the Old Fortress – a 4 euro entry fee if you want to climb right to the top, but entry to the base, where you can see a beautiful Grecian church, is free.

In front of the Old Fortress you’ll find statues and a nice park at the Main Square. The Municipal Gallery is not a free attraction, but you can wander around in the gardens for no charge and there’s a beautiful view of the clear water out over the bay.

The Liston is a beautiful place to relax and watch the world go by, and make sure to take a walk up Garitsa Bay (along Dimokratias Street) to the windmill at the end – a beautiful spot to watch the sunset.

Spianada Square hosts the Museum of Asian Art, which is worth a look even if you’re not visiting.

Mon Repos is one of my favourite places in Corfu, a palace with an incredible view set in lush surrounds that was once the summer home of the British governors of Corfu, and was the birthplace of Prince Phillip.

The Archaeological Museum in Corfu may be closed, but you can still visit the Paleopolis Archaeological Site and see ruins in situ – and for free.

Corfu Old Town

Make sure to visit the most historic part of Corfu town, the UNESCO-listed Corfu Old Town where you’ll find lots of tourist shops and restaurants selling local specialties, and stone paved streets. In this part of town you’ll find our favourite place to eat in Corfu, To Pikantiko, where you can get delicious skewered lamb for 1.30 euro, served with bread (or you can order fries too). It’s a simple but extremely delicious menu!

You’ll also find Saint Spyridon’s Church in this part of town, where the saint’s remains are still kept.

Out of town

Near the quaint village of Pelekas you’ll find the stunning Kaiser’s Throne which has just the most amazing view over the island. It’s well worth the trip.

View from Kaiser’s Throne in Pelekas

Dassia

Take a bus up to Dassia to enjoy the beautiful ocean, and you can walk back via Kommeno, Gouvia Bay, and the Venetian Arsenal, the remains of a shipyard built by the Venitians that you can wander for free.