ISLANDS AROUND CORFU
Corfu is surrounded by several small and inhabited
islands and by few islands full of tourism during the summer season.
All these islands near Corfu represent a marvellous destination
for daily trips or longer stay.
The most relevant islands that are placed near Corfu are:
- South to Corfu island: there are PAXI
- North-west: DIAPONTIA
islands that are 3 small islands not far from Corfu
(Othoni, Mathraki and Erikoussa)
- North to Corfu town: VIDO
island and LAZARETO
- South to Corfu town: the small island of PONTIKONISI.
Placed few kilometers far from the north-west coast
of Corfu island, the Diapontia islands represent a Mediterranean
Paradise still far from massive tourism. Diapontia islands consist
of 3 small islets with a distance between 2 and 7 marine miles from
the coast of Corfu.
There are few persons who live permanently there, in small and picturesque
In Diapontian islands there are no tourist structures except some
family complex of apartments or simple rooms.
The Mediterranean nature there is still wild and several lonely
sandy beaches offer privacy and quiet even during the high season.
This is actually a perfect spot for people who are planning to go on Corfu holidays as it offers a tranquil and serene atmosphere ideal for relaxation.
The Diapontian islands, that are administrated by Corfu town, are
the right place for a daily trip to escape the tourism during July
During all the summer it is possible to reach Diapontia islands
by a regular ferryboat service from Corfu town or from the tourist
villages of Sidari and A. Stefanos.
This is the southern island of the Diapontia and the smallest one.
Mathraki is surrounded by many rocks so is not easy to reach it and
for this reason it’s the most isolated one, even if it’s
only 2 nautical miles far from Corfu island.
Inside Mathraki there is a single road that connects the area near
the sea in the north, called Ano Mathraki, with the area on the hill
in the south, called Kato Mathraki.
this main road that covers the entire island start different paths
that lead to isolated bays and small beaches, as well as to a pair
of small harbors where the fishing boats are moored.
The western coast is characterized by cliffs while the eastern coast
offers the most beautiful sandy beach of the island.
The sand of this beach is very fine and red and the sea is not deep.
Walking along the
road and then
up on the hill you can reach the only village composed from a bit
more than two houses…
Then the road goes down toward the sea running alongside of the
east coast of the island until catching up the port in the north
where there is the ferry that connects Mathraki to Corfu and Othoni.
Regarding the tourist facilities there are two or three taverns
and few lodgings close to the port.
Erikousa is the northern one of Diapondia islands.
With its round shape and about 100 inhabitants it offers you two large
and beautiful beaches: Porto bay and Fiki bay.
Erikousa island is mostly flat and has many sandy beaches ideal for
families with small children.
Inside the island you can find several paths through the nature and
6 small villages: Tandoulis, Paliokaliva, Soukia, Porta, Dendra and
Othoni island is the western point of the entire Greece
and is the biggest one of the Diapontia islands(about
6 km wide and about 3,6 km long).
Othoni has many hills and some of them are 400 meters above the sea
There are many villages but most of them are inhabited only during
The ferryboats that come from Corfu will take you to the port of Ammo,
inside a large and beautiful bay in the south coast of Othoni.
From the port of Ammo there are different unpaved roads that cover
all the rest of the island.
Othoni has many white sandy beaches and the famous cave of Kalipso.
Vido, also called Ptichia, is a small islet placed
in front of Corfu town, just 1200 meters far.
ferry the port of Corfu, you can see Vido on your right.
If you want to reach Vido you have to go to the old port of Corfu
town, where you can find small boats daily service for the islet.
The boat leaves every hour and it takes less then ten minutes to arrive
The cost for the ticket is 2 euro.
In ancient times Vido was a French fortress, which later passed under
the English empire.
Today the island of Vido offers a restaurant,
a Serbian monument that commemorates the Serbs fallen during the
first world war and a lighthouse to help ships entering the port.
Vido has also two different beaches and a walk path that runs along
the entire island.
small island is located exactly between Corfu town and the bay of
Gouvia, in front of Kontokali village.
Smaller than Vido, Lazareto island has its name from Lazzaretto
(contagious disease hospital) of Corfu island during the ancient
Today the island of Lazareto is considered “national monument”
to commemorate the partisans killed during the Second World War.
Pontikonisi is a very small island placed
a little bit south from Corfu town, just in front of the airport and
To reach Pontikonisi you have to take a local boat that leaves from
the small pear next to the monastery of Vlacherna, in the southern
point of Kanoni peninsula.
Pontikonisi is extremely small, covered by Mediterranean vegetation
and with an ancient Byzantine church.
Some white stairs will lead you to the small Pantokratoras church,
where you can see marble gravestones of the XIII Century in commemoration
of the Austrian empress Elisabeth.