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.
That 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.
In 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.
From what the Internet tells me, Corfu does have a number of pretty beaches—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.
Moral 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.