Corfu, Greece

One Day in Corfu, Greece: A Cruiser’s Guide

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I had been to Greece once before. In 2006, my former flatmate Jo from my Edinburgh days found a killer deal to Kos for 10 days. So we went, and we explored the surrounding islands and even hopped over into Turkey.

sailing on the Royal ClipperThat was a long time ago, and I was probably most excited to make it back to Greece on our most recent cruise, even if just for a day. Unfortunately, while pretty, Corfu does not summon the same idyllic coastal feel that other islands like Santorini and Patmos do.

Corfu, GreeceDon’t get me wrong, it’s prettyβ€”and us Lunas have fun no matter where we are or what we’re doingβ€”I just wasn’t expecting the Old Town to be so developed.

Corfu, GreeceIn truth, we had been hoping to spend the day bumming around the beaches, particularly Kassiopi, but we were unsuccessful in finding a car rental for the day, and all the ferries that transported tourists to the island’s hotspots had long departed by the time we pulled into town at 10am.

Corfu, GreeceSo walk and shop we did.

Corfu, GreeceWe bought souvenirs and we ate tzatziki and we finished the afternoon with gelato because, hello, it was a day of the week that ended in a “y.”

Corfu, Greece Corfu, GreeceFrom what the Internet tells me, Corfu does have a number of pretty beachesβ€”we just simply couldn’t find them, nor are they easy to reach if you’re in Corfu town and have no form of transportation beyond your own two feet handy.

Corfu, GreeceStill, it was a relatively relaxing day, beaches or not, and our Fitbit told us we logged more than 10 miles.

Corfu, Greece Old Town CorfuMoral of this story: If you’re going on a cruise, docking in Corfu, and want to do more than simply lap the town three times as we did? Plan in advance. Book a tour. I don’t really believe in going on cruise excursions, but this might have been the one time I should have gone against the grain.

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  • September 6, 2014
    Briel K.

    Do you like your Fitbit? I’ve been thinking about getting one.

    • September 21, 2014

      I can answer that for her…
      Her fabulous Mom (me) gave her one for her 30th birthday 18 months ago. She has yet to even set it up. So don’t listen to her.
      I, on the other hand, have used mine religiously for 2 years and love it. It logged ALL of our steps, stairs, and energy expended on our 3 week trip this year (and one month last year) and it’s cool to see how much we walked! (Like in Barcelona…88 flights of steps in one day). You’ll love it!

      • September 24, 2014
        Briel K.

        Haha thanks for the info! I’m surprised to hear Kristin hasn’t set hers up yet! πŸ™‚

        • September 24, 2014

          Don’t listen to her, Briel! I set mine up (finally) in January, used it every day for a month, then it all of a sudden went blank. It registered all zeros and no amount of walking/climbing/moving would make the numbers moved. So my MOTHER took it and said she was going to send it back to get a replacement and then promptly lost it =(

          • September 24, 2014
            Briel K.

            LOL You guys are making me laugh. Sorry to hear yours stopped working and was lost Kristin! πŸ™‚

  • September 7, 2014

    The pastel-colored buildings are so pretty! But yeah, lapping the town a few times could have probably been a bit better with a beach trip included πŸ™‚

    • September 24, 2014

      When does a trip to the beach NOT improve a situation??

  • September 10, 2014

    Amazing photos! Love Greece, it is really a beautiful country, and the beaches are just wonderful.. πŸ™‚

    • September 24, 2014

      What’s your favorite Greek isle? I’ve only been to Kos and Patmos, aside from Corfu!

  • September 10, 2014

    It’s a shame you couldn’t make it to a beach, but I have to admit I don’t really feel that bad for you when I look at these gorgeous photos! Looks like you still had a pretty nice experience!

    • September 24, 2014

      Ha! I know, right? Funny, how a place can just be so-so, but the photos make it look more than that πŸ˜‰

  • September 11, 2014

    Without Beach celebration i thought journey is uncompleted Greece is Beautiful place people are really comparative. i suggest you Michigan Travel its one of the lovely State of USA

  • September 12, 2014

    Look at those Corfu pics! I’ve been there too and they could be mine perfectly (except for the one with the bird, hahaha!). I hope you had a lovely experience there, like I did (:

    • September 24, 2014

      What did you do in Corfu that you loved? I need a backup plan should I find myself there again!

  • September 24, 2014

    Amazing photo shoot, Really crystal photo, I bookmark to my list.

  • October 24, 2014

    This place looks amazing, so different than most of the other sea destinations in Greece, where there is one street parallel with the beach and no place to see except for the beach.

  • September 23, 2015

    Corfu looks lovely. Didn’t manage to visit it during my Greece trip, but these pictures… <3

  • July 22, 2016

    I adored Corfu as well. We made it to the beaches which were a 30 minute drive from the town! It’s quite the journey to make it there, and the town is such a cute place to just lounge about! Where else in Greece did you go?

  • August 26, 2017

    Very beautiful. Corfu reminds me Italy…..

  • March 28, 2019

    Corfu is a very beautiful island. I have been there several years ago and I still have very vivid memories. I remember the northern town of Roda and of course the majestic city of Corfu. Thanks for sharing a wonderful post.

  • September 10, 2019

    If you ever go back to Greece, look up a place called Parga. What a fantastic little find. Most people we met & talked to had been back quite a few times (incl one couple for 40yrs!).

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