Corfu Island is a large place with lots of beautiful places to visit. During the past centuries, a lot of monuments, historically significant buildings and sightseeing spots have been built and nowadays are here waiting for you to visit them. Of course, the natural beauty of the island offers a few hidden places that are ideal to discover while riding through the magnificent natural routes along the island, that you could never explore if you wouldn’t rent a bike. Last but not least, the marvellous beaches of Corfu island, with the golden sand and the marvellous combination of crystal clear water and bright blue sky, are so many that without a vehicle you would spend valuable time of your vacation, using the bus! Rent a bike in Corfu and feel free to explore the whole island, without any limits on when or where! Here is a short guide to help you meet and learn about the must not miss places since you decide to visit and stay for a few days in Corfu Island.
Built in 1890 by Elizabeth of Austria (also known as Empress Sissi) who chose Corfu to construct her own palace to calm down after a few incidents that made her life difficult. Achilleion is dedicated to and also named after Achilles, the ancient Greek semi-god who died during the Trojan war. Sissi picked a place near the village Gastouri, about 10 km away from Corfu Town, to build her palace and no-one could ever blame her about her choice. The wonderful view combined with the natural beauty of the olive trees and the woods at the general area create a great scene to intelligibly travel through the centuries. Ancient greek statues, meet important works of art that reveal the history of Corfu, the history of Greece and of course the personality of the Empress herself who truly loved the island during her stay. If you are still looking for reasons that you should rent a bike in Corfu island, then Achilleion is surely one of them. The imposing palace with centuries of history in it, is for sure a destination that, since you visit it, will fascinate you and give you an experience hard to forget.
A few kilometres further south we meet the village of Benitses. Being a tourist destination for over half a century, you will find restaurants and excellent fish tavernas. Famous for its deep blue sea you can swim at the crystal clear waters of Benitses beach and enjoy a traditionally cooked fish meal at any of its famed fish tavernas. Also in Benitses is located the Sea Museum, a wonderful place for any age, that owns a huge collection of sponges, shells and sea fossils.
Continuing your ride to the South you will enjoy many routes between the high olive trees and forests meeting beautiful species of animals and plants that probably you didn’t meet before. The most amazing landscape though, is the Corission Lake. The largest lake of Corfu island and the most important wetland that is located at the village Argirades, about 35 kilometres away from Corfu Town. A narrow strip of land between the lake and the Ionian sea creates two wonderful golden beaches, Issos and Chalikounas. Large scopes of trees 15 metres tall create stunning forests and you can ride, walk or even swim enjoying relaxing time in the forest or at the beach.
Of course Corfu island has lots of beautiful places to visit, not only at its south part. About 13 kilometres west of the Corfu town, is standing the village Pelekas. Built on the top of a mountain, it is the ideal place to have view from above. Once you get there, a large green plain spreads under you on the one side and the Ionian Sea on the other. The view is truly outstanding and it is highly recommended that you visit it late in the afternoon, so as to enjoy the most beautiful sunset that you could ever see in Corfu island. For sure since you decide to rent a bike in Corfu, ride it and visit Pelekas, especially if you want to live a truly romantic moment with your partner, watching the sun diving in the sea, while you are standing among the trees!
What could anybody say about this place? It has always been a great attraction and one of the most famous resorts of Corfu island. A great combination of trees, sea, rocks and mountains that combined with Angelokastro, a medieval castle on the top of a rocky hill and the orthodox chapel of Mother Mary, where you can walk in the forest, swim in the crystal clear waters, visit the sea caves and the sandy beaches. Also the bars, beach bars and restaurants of Palaiocastritsa are there waiting for you to fulfil all your needs!
Heading North you can ride to the village of Peritheia. This is a ghost-village built during the Venetian times and nowadays is abandoned but the remains are truly stunning. Around 130 stone houses, once owned by the local lords, at the heart of mount Pantocrator (the highest mountain of Corfu island), full of churches and architectural miracles of the past millennium, are going to impress you and let you travel through the centuries. Surely a great place to choose to spend a few hours admiring the remains of one of the first and oldest centres of civilisation in Corfu island.
The famous Canal d’amour (in French translates to Canal of Love) is located in Sidari, at the North of the island. Actually it is an opening in the land, created by the sea and the wind that after thousands of years have corroded the rock. Probably the most romantic place on Corfu, the tradition says that the couples who swim there, remain in love for the rest of their lives! Grab the opportunity and rent a bike, visit it with your partner and explore one of the most beautiful and romantic places that you would ever see!
So if you are still wondering why you should rent a bike in Corfu, those are just a few good reasons to make the decision that will turn your holidays into a wonderful experience. corfumoto.rentals provides you the best bikes to choose from and if you are afraid that you would need lots of time to visit all of them, check out our 3-day rental offer and 7-day rental offer to make sure that you will not miss a thing!