Are you looking to spend some family holidays in Corfu? This beautiful Ionian island offers beautiful beaches, picturesque villages, Venetian architecture. Corfu is certainly an ideal destination for your family holidays. Whether you’re after a sleepy, unspoiled hideaway or a well-equipped resort, you’re sure to find it here.
The mild climate and calm waters are certainly perfect for beach days, whilst the historic towns are full of intrigue for history buffs. So if you’re wondering what to do in Corfu with your kids, read on for our top five outdoor attractions.
1. Aqualand Water Park
Are you looking for the perfect place to cool off in the summer? Aqualand is one of the best water parks in Europe, according to visitors. Located in the centre of Corfu, it’s easily accessible from all the main coastal resorts. In addition, the park is separated into three areas, with age-appropriate rides, games and pools in each space. Firstly the children’s area for 4-8 year old, secondly, the family area for 8 years plus, and then the extreme games area for those aged 12 and over.
Surrounded by lush forest, you will find plenty of shady areas to relax. Moreover, there are free sunbeds and umbrellas, restaurants, cafes and even a massage service, if you feel like treating yourself while the kids play.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 6pm
2. Glass bottomed boat
Kalypso Star is a custom made glass bottomed boat, whose large windows in its central hull offer a panoramic view of the ocean floor. What a great place to enjoy your family holidays. That is to say the kids will love spotting fish, octopus, lobsters and starfish from this unique perspective. The 1.5 hour cruise departs from the Old Port of Corfu Town, and circumvents beautiful Vidos Island. There’s plenty of views to admire above the waves too. For instance, if you are a diver you will be able to disembark halfway through, to see even more marine life up close.
Opening Hours: Cruises operate daily, every 1.5 hours,
3. Vidos Island
This beautifully unspoiled island just 10 minutes offshore is a must visit if you’re staying near Corfu Town. Hourly boats depart from the Old Port to this tiny slice of paradise. You’ll find thick pine forest, stunning sandy beaches and free roaming wildlife. However the best beaches are on the island’s north shore, around 600 metres from the main jetty. We recommend you take a picnic and find a quiet spot by the sea to eat.
More Info: Information for ferry times is scant, but they generally run every hour, every day during peak holiday season.
There’s a beach to suit every family on this island. From tiny pebbled coves with crystal clear waters to large swathes of sand. Some of the island’s best beaches are on the upmarket yet relatively unspoiled north eastern coast. However many families enjoy the west coast too where large beaches are surrounded by plenty of tavernas, hotels and activities like watersports.
Our top beaches in Corfu for families are:
* Barbati Beach (North East Coast)– this striking, long narrow strip of white pebbles at the foot of Corfu’s tallest mountain. There are lots of sunloungers available and a couple of tavernas too, however it can get busy, so get there early to nab the best spot.
* Glyfada’s beach (West Coast) is long, wide and sandy, with lots of surrounding accommodation and restaurants. No wonder it’s one of Corfu’s top family beach resorts. The shallow waters are perfect for little ones’ paddling and swimming.
* Agios Stefanos (North West Coast) offers a long stretch of sand and calm shallow waters, whilst neighbouring Agios Georgios is a very chilled out, quiet and relaxing spot.
5. Trailriders Horse Trekking
Finally, admire Corfu’s lush interiors, peppered with olive groves and vineyards on a relaxing pony trek. Suitable for children aged 6 and over.
This riding school run by a British expat and former US cattle ranch owner caters to all abilities, therefore even complete beginners can experience this wonderful day out. The scenic 60 – 90 minute hour trek through the historic village of Ano Korakiana and the foothills of Mount Pantokrator offers a real slice of rural Corfian life, which makes a lovely change from the bustling beach resorts.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-12pm and 4pm-6pm during summer. Open for hour long treks on Thurs & Sat in Winter.
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