Solo Trips To Greece | Corfu
Dreaming of a charming Greek getaway? When I was looking for solo trips to Greece, one island stood out to me…Corfu!
This island seemed to have everything I was looking for in a solo getaway! Corfu (Kerkyra in Greek), is a small island with a lot to offer solo female travelers.
For starters, Corfu has a great safety reputation, my number one requirement when traveling alone. Corfu also has a lot to explore and still offers that relax by the beach vibe.
Often when traveling to island-like destinations it can lack activities other than chilling by the beach. Corfu has several things to do, making it the perfect place for a solo trip to Greece.
This guide contains my best picks for Corfu Town restaurants and includes a city guide, with a map.
How To Maximize Your Solo Trip To Greece
Short solo trips are all about planning. If you loosely create a daily itinerary, you maximize the time you have! I try not to overdo it. I don’t want to feel like I have a rigid schedule to follow.
Doing some overview research of your destination can help you narrow down just exactly what you don’t want to miss. I suggest you have a look at the sites and activities Corfu has to offer!
First things first, you must have a general understanding of the transportation options in Corfu. I myself should have done more research on this topic.
Finding Transportation to Corfu City
It’s important when visiting the Greek Islands Alone to be prepared. Upon arriving at this tiny Greek airport, here are a few helpful tips:
- Buses to Corfu city are not too frequent
- The taxi ride is only 7 minutes, and should only cost 8 euro * they may try and charge you 15 euro
- You can just walk there in 25 minutes
I was told by my Airbnb host that the taxi should be 7-8 euros. So I was quite surprised to be asked for 15 euro at the end of my 7-minute taxi ride. It wasn’t worth arguing over since I didn’t confirm the cost before getting in the taxi. The lovely Greek atmosphere let me forget about it quickly, but I wanted to warn my fellow travelers in advance.
A Single Woman Traveling TIP: Confirm the cost before you get in the car.
Best Day Activity Ideas For Solo Trips to Greece | Corfu
Everyone has a different travel style. I prefer solo travel. Mainly because I feel free, light-hearted, and love a little challenge and adventure. I’m a stroll around town and take pictures kind of traveler. I wouldn’t consider myself much of a shopaholic. If shopping is your thing, the old city of Corfu has a variety of shops to put your wallet to work.
I didn’t find that many name brand stores, which isn’t a bad thing, just saying. Overall, I wouldn’t call it a “shopping city.” Corfu has little shops that are selling a variety of Greek goods. These can be found all over Corfu’s old town.
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Full-Day Boat Cruise to Parga, Sivota and Blue Lagoon
Who doesn’t want to say they have been to the Blue Lagoon?!? Highlights of this incredible tour are:
- Swimming and snorkeling in the crystal waters of the Blue Lagoon
- Visiting the cave of Sivota Islands
- Learning the history of the area and its many shipwrecks from the on-board guides
- Strolling the picturesque streets of the seaside resort of Parga
This is a full day of 10-11 hours. Get your tickets for this day trip HERE!
At The Old Venetian Fortress By Yourself
The name says it all. It’s an old fortress that sits on a little island located at the base of the old town. I spent an hour or so walking around, staring into the glorious sea, and taking pictures. There are no bad angles when taking photos at the fortress. If you are hungry, it won’t last for long, as there is a restaurant laying nearby on site. For the history buff’s the details on this fortress can be found Here.
If you are looking for a place of worship, there is a beautiful church here as well. The other main attraction would be to climb up to the viewpoint. The climb is not all that intense, just a few steps. The sun is fierce, so I suggest you put on some sunscreen. Don’t count too much on finding shade on the island, as it is scarce.
The New Fortress in Corfu
In Corfu, there is the Old Fortress and the New Fortress. When I visited the New Fortress was closed for renovations. This current building of the Fortress was built by the British. The British ruled the island from 1815-1863.
The Fortress has since been reopened since my visit. Spend an afternoon learning more about its place in history, defending the island from a possible attack by Turkey.
Top Places to Eat When Traveling Alone in Corfu City!
Solo Friendly Breakfast Spots
Do you travel for food? I do…! When traveling, my objective is to find the best restaurant period. I hate to waste any of my precious time and money on a so-so meal.
My ability to sniff out, pun intended, the best restaurants is something that fills me with pride. After successfully referring friends on their travels to great dining spots, I thought I’d create blog posts for the masses.
As I mentioned, one of the reasons I started this blog was for my ability to seek out the good bistro spots. Not the ones that break the bank, but the trendy and reasonably priced.
Since I refuse to eat at the so-so tourist traps that are often expensive and not impressive, here is my list of hidden restaurant gems in Corfu:
- Bistro Gabao is where I started each morning. This little cafe that serves full egg breakfast is located in a hideaway alley. It is right in the Corfu city and not to be overlooked!
- Puppet Cafe has a lovely ambiance and coffee drinks. Puppet is also a guest house available for room bookings.
- Josephine Cafe is a swanky and modern place. They serve all the classics.
- Cafe Tierra has the most fantastic coffee. I’d say awarding winning, and I am not the only one with this high appraisal.
Memorable Finds for Lunch & Dinner
Corfu town is very small! I found that there were a handful of restaurants that I really enjoyed enough to write about.
- Pane E Psaraki is a charming little restaurant to eat alone, which is located at the very entrance to the old town Corfu. Delicious and fresh fish dishes, with a few vegan options, like the one pictured. I can highly recommend enjoying a refreshing Aperol Spritz, along with your meal, is recommended to lighten up.
- Sway is a restaurant that has a modern vibe. Eating here for lunch would also be an excellent choice. Sway is located in the main square and close to Pane E Psarki.
- Nolita was my favorite dining experience in Corfu. I ate there 3 out of 4 nights of my trip. Every meal I enjoyed there was cooked and garnished with perfection. The service here was outstanding and worth mentioning.
- Oi Oraies Benitses is where you will find all the great vegan food!
- Aubergine Cafe is another choice for healthy vegetarians and vegan food lovers!
Where to Stay When Traveling Alone Corfu City?
Cruising online for the right accommodation in Corfu could be a very time-consuming and energy-draining activity. Personally, I chose to stay in an Airbnb, located in the old town’s heart. Choosing an Airbnb in such places let you both save money and get to know locals, their traditions, and culture.
The vast majority of higher-end hotels are approximately three miles outside of the old town. If you are traveling with others or plan to rent a car, then you should check those out.
When booking accommodations, consider the type of female solo traveler you are. Staying on the outskirts of Corfu could either make you feel relaxed or make you feel a little isolated.
I urge you to look into Airbnb for your accommodations when traveling alone. It can be the best way to save money and stay as central as possible. For first time customers to Airbnb, here is a coupon for $38 off your first stay!
Corfu Hotel Recommendations
Under 4 miles from the city center
- Siora Vittoria Boutique Hotel – This boutique hotel holds a 4-star rating and highly reviewed by guests! Terrific location and tasty breakfast is some of the comments prior guests had to say!
- Brentanos Apartments – Located a bit further from the Old Town Corfu, but offers a trade-in luxury settings. The Brentanos Apartments has a pool and views of the ocean! A perfect hotel if you are looking for peace and serenity.
Having Reservations About Solo Trips To Greece?
Perhaps you feel experiencing island life is only meant for lovebirds, and you fear the possibility of feeling lonely on an island full of couples. Another concern you may have is that an island could not propose much diversity. When I started traveling alone, I had all those prejudices, too – it is normal. But I made up my mind and said to myself, “I want to visit Corfu city on my own, as a strong and adventurous woman. I will make friends on the way and find out more about Greek lifestyle.”
Once you mentally get past “being alone,” you really can let yourself enjoy that you are on your own! My days ended up being exactly the way I wished them to be! If you still lack confidence or need an extra nudge, read my 5 Must Read 5 Benefits of Traveling Alone.
Solo Serenity Beach Day in Corfu City
A great way to spend a day solo is with a book at the beach! With water so crystal blue you will want to take a sip, I dare you not to spend all your time at the beach!
You are surrounded by choices to get in the water. Even along the roadways, you will see accessible stairways that take you into the blue. The people of Corfu definitely enjoy a swim, and I promise you will too!
You can find many restaurants seaside that allows you to just pull up a lounge chair and relax. Yes, you will need to buy something… but hey, why not order a cocktail?!
Day Trip Ideas from Corfu
Visit Albania by Ferry: Ferry Schedule Saranda, Albania is undoubtedly an option for a day trip if you have the time. I had every intention of making a day trip here, but unfortunately was plagued with bad weather and didn’t go.
Private Tour of Northern Corfu: Tour – A fantastic day tour if you have already spent enough time exploring the Old Town Corfu.
Paxos Antipaxos Blue Caves: Info – One day, when I return to Greece, I will visit the Paxos Antipaxos Blue Caves! This unforgettable tour takes you to the Blue Lagoon!
For more on Corfu, Greece and why you need to visit, check it out here!
Alternative Greek Island for Solo Travel
Greece has so many islands to visit; it is so hard to choose! I have visited Santorini and Mykonos. Both were incredible!
An itinerary idea for both these islands would be to start in Athens. You should plan to have a full day in Athens, two days if you had a long travel day.
Athens is lovely, but you can see all the exciting sites easily in one day. You will be ready to move on after that. Once you say goodbye to Athens, take the ferry to Mykonos!
Mykonos is a beautiful Greek island that home to the iconic windmills. This island is known for its parties, though I didn’t see any. I enjoyed the shops and the food, as well as the incredible scenery.
After Mykonos, take the HIGH-speed ferry to Santorini. The journey was about 2.5 hours. I was utterly blown away by Santorini; it is the ultimate paradise. This small village is perched upon the top of a dormant volcano. Still considered an active volcano, and last erupted in the year 1950.
Santori is a place filled with romance, and although I was alone, I still really enjoyed it. All three of these islands are very different from each other. All perfect for solo trips to Greece.
I hope you enjoyed this overview of Corfu and a very brief introduction to some other islands! Stay in touch with me and sign up for the newsletter below!
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