If you’ve been wondering where the best beaches in Corfu for families are, you’ve come to the right place. Corfu is a fantastic holiday destination, especially for British families, as the Greek island is a mere 3-hour flight from the UK. Combine its short flight time with its beautiful beaches, restaurants and various attractions, and Corfu ranks up there as one of my favourite easy-to-reach getaways that is suitable for all ages.
Whether you’re visiting Corfu in its hot, dry summer or its mild 15-degree celsius winter, you’re guaranteed a beautiful break filled with relaxation, breathtaking sights, and glorious Greek food. So, if you’re thinking about making Corfu your next family holiday, with toddlers, preschoolers and beyond, keep on reading, as I’ve put together the ultimate list of the best beaches in Corfu for families!
Best Beaches For Families in North Corfu
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Driving from the top of the island to the bottom of the island takes under two hours, all the beaches are relatively easy to access, no matter where you’re staying.
Agios Georgios Beach
Agios Georgios Beach is a large beach on the northwest coast, and thanks to its horseshoe-shaped bay, it is the perfect beach for families with young children and toddlers in Corfu. The bay protects the waters and the sand at Agios Georgios from wind, meaning your little ones can happily splash about in the warm shallow waters without the worry of large waves and strong currents.
What makes Agios Georgios even better is that there are sunlounger and umbrella rentals spread out across the sand, cafes and restaurants nearby where you can grab a bite to eat, and shops where you can stock up on suncream and beach toys for the kids.
On Corfu’s northern coast lies Apraos Beach, which boasts beautiful white sand, shallow calm waters, and a long wooden jetty that stretches out to sea. Apraos stretches for 2.5 kilometres, and although it is a fairly large beach, there are only a handful of restaurants close by.
Some may see the lack of facilities at Apraos as a bad thing, however, I disagree. The beach, with its limited establishments, feels less crowded, untouched, and more natural than some other beaches in Corfu, and if you head to Apraos prepared with a bag full of snacks and drinks, you can comfortably set up at one of the sunbed and umbrella rentals.
Along the northeastern shore of Corfu lies Barbati Beach. Barbati Beach is a pebble beach, and although pebbles aren’t the most ideal for little ones, its Blue Flag status makes up for the fact that the sand isn’t soft and velvety like other locations.
If you plan on visiting Barbati, I advise that you pack some water/beach shoes for your tots so that they can navigate the pebbles without any issues. You’ll be happy to know, though, that the water at Barbati, like most other places in Corfu, is crystal clear, tranquil, and warm, especially in the summer months, so you can spend the entire day splashing about, cooling off, and relaxing in the shallows.
Beach umbrellas, nearby restaurants, cafes, and shops are all on hand at Barbati, which you’ll be thankful for because once you arrive, you won’t want to leave.
Paralia Pipitos Kassiopi Corfu
Beautiful Kassiopi is perfect for meandering around with all the family. From a quaint harbour to restaurants perched on the hill overlooking the sea and local shops selling the perfect souvenir. A short walk along the coastal road (10 minutes) takes you to this spot with a restaurant Trilogia overlooking the small cove. Well worth a visit!
Kalami Beach is a 20-minute drive north of Barbati, and if you’re after a slightly quieter day out, then Kalami is where you’ll want to be. The sand at Kalami is less pebbly than Barbati, however, it does still contain a few pebbles, and the water ranges in depth, so that’s something to keep in mind if you do decide to visit.
Beach umbrellas and beds, restaurants, and kayak rentals are all available along the beach, but parking is very limited, so be sure to head there early.
Nissaki Beach is nestled between Barbati and Kalami Beach, and as Nissaki is essentially a bay, it is protected from big waves and strong winds, making it an ideal destination for families with little ones.
The sand, like its neighbouring beaches, is slightly pebbly, but the clear waters, which offer sightings of marine life, are well worth visiting. Along Nissaki, you’ll find sun-loungers and umbrellas, restaurants serving fresh seafood, and shops where you can purchase all your usual beach essentials.
Paleokastritsa is one of the most well-known and busiest beaches in Corfu, and once you see the breathtaking views, you’ll understand why. Paleokastritsa sits on Corfu’s northeastern coast and is home to a spectacular Monastery that’s located on top of a cliff overlooking the beach and its beautiful blue water.
As Paleokastritsa is so popular, there is a huge range of restaurants, markets, and cafes nearby, as well as easy-to-access parking that makes hauling your beach gear to the sand a breeze. Once you’ve finished on the beach, you can make your way up to the Monastery, which is free to enter and see the sights from a different point of view.
Best Beaches For Families in East Corfu
There’s only one beach on Corfu’s eastern coast worth mentioning, and that’s Ipsos Beach. When I say Ipsos is on the eastern coast, it is only a 15-minute drive down from Nissaki Beach, so it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re staying in northern Corfu.
Ipsos is a magnificent stretch of beach that has picturesque blue waters, impeccable views of Mount Pantokrator, and restaurants and amenities nearby to make your time at the beach even more enjoyable. The sand at Ipsos is pebbly, but there are sunbeds and umbrellas near to the water, meaning the pebbles aren’t too much of a problem.
Best Beaches For Families in South Corfu
Heading down to southern Corfu, there are three beaches that you’ll definitely want to visit. Remember that even if you’re staying in the north, you can still make your way down south in under 2 hours.
Gardenos Beach has darker sand compared to other beaches in Corfu, but the sand is soft and great for sandcastle-making. Additionally, the water at Gardenos is clean and calm, and the fact that there are no resorts or restaurants directly on the beach gives it an untouched and peaceful vibe.
Just outside of the Gardenos Beach car park, however, there are two tavernas and a mini market, but for the most part, you can enjoy a tranquil day at the beach, relaxing on sunloungers and dipping your toes in the water.
20 minutes north of Gardenos is another orange sand beach, Issos. Issos Beach is backed with expansive soft sand dunes, and as the beach itself is long and relatively wide, your little ones will have ample amounts of space to run around and play.
Beach umbrellas and sunloungers, a cafe, and toilets are all available on Issos, making it a great option for a quiet family day out.
The final beach on Corfu’s southern end is Marathias Beach which has soft sand, sloping water, and an abundance of sun loungers. Towards the centre of Marathias, you’ll also find beach bars and tavernas where you can grab a bite to eat, and if your little ones can hack it, I suggest staying for sunset, as the views are truly magical!
Best Beaches For Families in West Corfu
Finally, heading over to western Corfu, there are a few different beaches that you’ll want to schedule into your holiday.
Agios Gordios Beach
Agios Gorgios is your typical Corfiot beach, with slightly pebbly sand, lush blue water, and sunloungers, umbrellas, and tavernas nearby for all your usual beach needs. Agios Gorgios is a fairly popular beach, but thanks to its size, you can easily find a spot of sand away from other people.
Chalikounas Beach is a long stretch of sand bordered by waters on its eastern and western sides. The sand is soft, the water is calm, and of course, you can hire sunbeds and loungers near the restaurants and watersports area.
The final beach on the best beaches in Corfu for families list is Glyfada Beach. Glyfada Beach is one of Corfu’s most popular beaches, mainly because of the soft sand, crystal clear water, and the towering cliffs which give the beach a beautiful backdrop.
Families with older children will especially enjoy the numerous watersport activities that the beach has to offer, and once you’ve soaked up enough sun for the day, you can head to one of the nearby restaurants to cool off, hydrate, and refuel.
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