The combination of Corfu's natural wonders, its sea and
its history ensure that as today's visitor, whenever you visit the
island, wherever you stay, whatever type of person you are, you
will find original and interesting ideas for sport and recreation.
In a place with at least 130 years of experience in tourism, strongly
influenced by the French and British and of course by Venice, in
a place accustomed to being the meeting place of the international
'jet-set' for many decades, the opportunities for sports and similar
activities are bound to be exciting..
You will find below some ideas on what is available for your
enjoyment in Corfu today. Use the Search to look up more details
of the 'who-where-and how' of the activity that particularly interests
you, as well as the 'agenda' which will enable you to look up
the current sports events. Enjoy yourself!
lush vegetation, the abandoned villages, the isolated little churches,
and the gently undulating countryside, make walking in Corfu exceptionally
satisfying. Rare wild flowers, Venetian and Byzantine buildings,
'secret' lakes and little streams, are all to be found on your
route as you make you first 'off road' excursion..Several of the
island's municipalities have organised networks of footpaths,
clearly marked and with resting points, greatly facilitating your
rambles through the natural beauty of Corfu.
days over 6000 people a year visit Corfu for the sole purpose
of a bicycling holiday. Exactly twice that number rent bikes on
the spot for several days of their holidays. They all consider
Corfu to be a paradise for the enjoyment of their hobby. With
a bike, you can go to places otherwise accessible only on foot,
you can get the feel of the place and the people, you can experience
its peace and tranquility. What is more, even at the height of
the season, on the fifteenth of August say, you can find a deserted
beach and swim alone. A slow bike ride along shady lanes, the
feeling of pleasure as you ride through a stream - these are experiences
you must know.
Good thing about golf is that it can be played anywhere in the
world as long as there is a golf course nearby. And in Corfu there
is indeed a golf course - with 18 holes- and one with a fine reputation.
Not only does it offer all the facilities a golfer needs, but
it is also situated in an unusually beautiful setting which will
not fail to delight you.
first time tennis was played in Greece was in Corfu towards the
end of the nineteenth century. From that time, the descendants
of the 'good families' have continued to be involved in this sport
which has now gained ground with a wider level of participation.
Apart from the historic 'Tennis Club of Corfu' a new private club
has been established, while tennis courts exist at many of the
island's hotels. It is important to know that every summer, world
tennis championships are hosted by the island.
places in Greece offer as many opportunities for horse-riding
as Corfu. The thick vegetation, the numberless abandoned footpaths,
and the customs left behind from the days of the British Protectorate,
today offer the rider a uniquely enjoyable experience. Whether
you are experienced or a beginner, Corfu's riding clubs can provide
you with the right mount and the expert companion who will guide
you to the places that only a good horse can reach
tradition of 170 years is carried on today in the only place in
Greece that takes cricket really seriously. Five clubs and two
fine pitches are at your disposal if you wish to visit with your
own club or on your own, to enjoy your favourite sport. Official
tournaments and friendly matches take place all through the summer
in Europe's most atmospheric setting - the Esplanade in the historic
centre of Corfu.
The geographic position of the island, its beauty, the many
fine anchorages in the surrounding area, the mild climate and
the international airport, all constitute positive factors in
the promotion of sailing tourism. In a place famous since ancient
times for the nautical skills of its inhabitants, you will today
find one of the biggest and most beautiful yacht marinas in the
Mediterranean, attracting hundreds of boats from all over the
world. There are numerous yacht charter agencies in the area around
the marina and also in the town of Corfu. Bookings are best made
early, but it is always possible to find an available yacht even
at the last minute. The possession of a skipper's licence is essential.
Charter rates vary according to the season, the type of boat and
its size, but as an example we can quote the amount of drs 15
- 20,000 per person per day. If you take into account the reduction
in costs of food and transportation, then it is clear how reasonable
this kind of holiday can be.
Corfu is at the forefront of all underwater activities. The
island's coastline and bays, its headlands and endless reefs,
constitute a paradise in miniature for diving fans of all ages.
From June onwards the sea is warm enough for comfortable diving,
and whether the aim is to harpoon a fishy nibble to share with
friends later, or underwater photography, or just an undersea
wander with mask and breathing gear, Corfu's fantastic underwater
landscape will not disappoint you. If you hold a diver's certificate
you must know that Corfu is one of the few places in Greece where
scuba diving is permitted without restriction
If you have no previous experience of this sport, do not worry.
You do not need to be an athlete, nor do you need to be able to
hold your breath for five minutes. You only need to be in good
health and to be able to swim. If you wish to learn, just contact
one of the ten diving centers and schools, which are scattered
all round the island, and arrange an introductory dive. All the
centers and schools provide experienced teachers and full equipment.
As an example, the cost of obtaining a one-star diploma (the first
grade, which gives you the right to dive as an amateur) is 60
- 70,000 drachmas and the tuition lasts one or two weeks. Seriously,
would you come to Corfu and miss the chance of a little dive?,
At all the island's main beaches there are floating platforms
where professional instructors can initiate you into the magic
of a ride across the waves with skis, jet-ski, parachute or a
windsurfer. More traditionally (and more slowly) there are pedaloes
and canoes for hire, for a brief trip of exploration or to take
yourself off to the isolation of some deserted beach. Safety measures
are strictly observed and regularly checked and the professionals
take their job seriously, so do not be concerned - water sports
in Corfu are both safe and enjoyable..
Fun and excitement on the waterslides has several possibilities
in Corfu. Apart from Aqualand, one of Europe's biggest water parks,
at least three or four (to date) serious enterprises have organised
parks for recreation and amusement, observing all modern safety
requirements. Perfect for the little ones, relaxing for the adults,
a visit to one of these parks will refill your batteries and thoroughly
amuse your children.