The southern part of Corfu is home to imposing coasts, sand dunes and golden sandy beaches that stretch for miles on end and unspoiled natural landscapes. A road trip dedicated to the low-key beauty and laid-back lifestyle of Corfu’s South is the perfect summer getaway for those who enjoy spending time in the nature, anyone who wants to enjoy an exclusive resort, with little to no tourist development, away from overcrowded tourist hotspots. So if you are content with few amenities and thrilled by the idea of exploring the wild beauty of the south, top off your gas tank and hit the road.
Starting from Corfu town head south towards the airport. Stay on this road until you reach the main coastal road to Perama. You can make a quick stop here to enjoy a charming view of Pontikonisi and Kanoni, which is linked to Perama through a causeway.
Follow the coastal road and don’t miss the signs for Achilleion, the imposing neoclassical palace, built as a summer retreat for Empress Elisabeth of Austria. A road trip to the south, without stopping to admire the landscaped gardens and grandeur of this famous sight, would not be complete.
Back on the coastal road, continue your course towards the south and the picturesque village of Benitses where you can stop for lunch or refreshments. A stroll through the narrow cobbled streets of the quaint village is definitely worth your while.
You can drive past the coastal resorts of Moraitika and Messonghi and start heading west, making a right at the junction, in the direction of Agios Matheos. You are now on the way to the beach of Chalikounas and Lake Korission, where you can enjoy the wonders of Corfu’s south. You can spend the rest of your day there, lying on the blonde fluffy sand, just soaking in the sun. Or if you’ve skipped a few stops earlier, you can rush to watch the sun set at the beach of Agios Gordios, on your way back to Corfu town.
This tour of Corfu’s enchanting South can be adjusted to suit your own mood, changing the routes and destinations at will. Take your time exploring this seductive location and always remember to drive safe.