Corfu, Greece cruises
With its sun-kissed beaches, incredible history and culture, and delicious Greek cuisine, Corfu is a must-see destination if you’re embarking on a cruise of the Greek islands.
Situated above the Adriatic Sea, Corfu is known for its picturesque old fishing villages, warm waters and jaw-dropping coastal roads that will make you feel as though you are a million miles away from home.
As the second-largest Ionian island, there is a lot to see from the moment you sail into Corfu.
Corfu port guide.
Corfu is one of the most interesting Greek islands, with stunning scenery that can be admired from its glorious port.
Located within walking distance of the town of Corfu, the cruise port has had a huge influence on the island’s economy. Today, it is included in the vast majority of Adriatic Sea cruise itineraries.
Cruise ships dock at Corfu port on the eastern coast, with a cruise ship terminal located on the Neo Limani.
Here’s our guide to everything you need to know about exploring this wonderful and exciting destination.
Top landmarks and sights in Corfu.
As well as its beautiful beaches, villages, and weather, Corfu is also home to a host of exciting landmarks and sights.
The island boasts historical and religious monuments, including the New Fortress, the Old Fortress, Liston Promenade and the Church of Saint Spyridon. All are worth a visit during your trip.
Other popular sites include Kanoni and Mouse Island, which is known as the most picturesque spot of Corfu Town. Perched high up on a hill, you can enjoy stunning views of Mouse Island and the little church of Panagia Vlaherna.
Achillion Palace, which was built in 1890, Spianada Square, the most impressive square in Corfu and the Byzantine Museum, one of the oldest and richest churches in Corfu Town are also worth a visit.
Things to do in Corfu, Greece.
Whether you spend your time on the island exploring the Old Town and its old Venetian Fortress, soaking up the sunshine on Arillas Beach, or visiting Old Perithia, Corfu’s Oldest Village, you’re sure to have a magical time.
Pelekas Beach, La Grotta Beach and Paleokastritsa Beach are all worth a visit. Beaches that are closest to the port include Kontokali, a pebble beach, and Ipsos, a sandy beach.
And there are also plenty of shops, restaurants, museums, and excursions to enjoy close to the port.
Corfu culture and history.
Corfu has a dynamic cultural identity that can be seen in all areas of the island but especially in the cobbled narrow streets of the Old Town, where there still remains much of the Italianate architecture from centuries of Venetian rule.
Step into the old fishing villages and you will get an insight into the island’s traditional way of life. The flourishing culture of Corfu, including its music, theater and love of literature still dominates the island today, with an enthralling mix of ancient Greece and modern Europe providing the perfect ingredients for a thrilling trip.
Head to the Museum of Traditional Costume and Music to discover a wonderful collection of clothes and musical instruments from Corfu and mainland Greece – all of which tell fascinating stories.
Eating and drinking in Corfu.
Corfu's cuisine is truly sensational. At the island’s many restaurants, you’ll be able to try delicious, traditional dishes, including fish stew, grilled octopus and seafood. With many restaurants offering a truly magical dining experience in a traditional Greek setting, you’ll always want to stay for dessert.
There are plenty of venues close to the port where you will be able to sample traditional Greek and Mediterranean dishes, including Moussaka, grilled meat, courgette balls, and of course, Gyros.
Shopping in Corfu.
For shopping in Corfu, head straight to the Old Town where you will find plenty of shopping spots for jewelry, homeware, and fashion. This is also the place to be if you’re looking for souvenirs.
The Old Town is one of Corfu’s most popular shopping destinations so it can get extremely busy during peak summer months. If you don’t mind a short drive to the mountains to purchase some stunning ceramics, Tsmai Ceramics is well worth a visit.
Transport in Corfu.
One of the best ways to get around Corfu is to take advantage of the island’s many bus routes or to simply travel by foot.
Many visitors also rent a car for a day or for the duration of their travels – this offers lots of flexibility if you want to explore the island your own way.
Corfu port facilities.
Corfu is set up to handle the arrival of all cruises, with passengers being transferred to the main terminal via shuttle buses in a safe and timely manner. Of course, if you prefer to walk that is also an option - it only takes around 30 minutes to reach the Old Town.
At the cruise terminal, you will find the following facilities:
- 7 check-in counters
- Info Kiosk
- X-ray screening equipment
- First-aid clinic
- Public phones
- Tax-free souvenir shop.
Top tips for visiting Corfu.
The official language of Corfu is Greek and the local currency is the Euro. Corfu enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and mild winters. However, if you love to soak up the sunshine, the best time to visit is between July and August when temperatures reach as high as 93 °F.