What sort of beaches are you after? Sandy, or do you mind picturesque but pebbly? Organised, with umbrellas/sunbeds, or quiet/unorganised? Do you prefer to have tavernas/cafes at the beach? Are you after snorkelling? A bit more info. from you will help folk make some useful suggestions :-)
Thanks for the quick reply ! Sand or pebble is fine, or even rocky if you can still get into the sea! We don't mind quiet but would like At least one bar / sun beds if poss !
The world (or at least much of Corfu!) is your oyster if you're staying in the old town.
There's a pretty good Bus service if you don't really want to bother with a car (which could be a bit of a pain to have if you're staying in the old town). Here are the current timetables (Sundays not the best for buses)
Maybe to consider, without to far a bus ride, Agios Georgios Pagon (north), about 1 1/4 hours by bus
Nissaki (under an hour), Messonghi, Agios Gordios or Glyfada (ditto), the long sandy dunes and beach of Issos...Google some images and see what you think. There are nearer beaches, but trying to think of ones that are better (and perhaps not too busy, although not sure when you're visiting), but no more than about an hour by bus, and with quite a few buses to choose from. Choosing different places will give you some good views en route anyway, and the fares are nice and cheap :-)Edited: 19 July 2016, 02:09
Wow ! Fantastic - thanks so much ! Last question ( as you've been so helpful!) Is there anywhere to sunbathe / swim in walking distance ?
Never been, but you might want to take a look at
or (bit of a walk)
A very short bus ride, maybe 10-15 minutes (north) is Dassia beach, which isn't a bad beach, pebbly, probably beach shoes needed.
From the Liston, you could walk to Faliraki below the Palace. There used to be an organized "town beach" there called Alekos, and you can still take a dip there. Below the promenade between the old fort and suburb of Garitsa there's a small beach that's part of the NAOK marina. And in Garitsa itself (about a 20 minute walk from the old town) is the Mon Repos beach, which has sunbeds, changing rooms, a cafe/taverna etc. It traditionally had a small admission fee but I've heard rumours it's now free. People also swim from the narrow sandy areas outside the boundaries of Mon Repos.
Besides the "out of town" buses Twixthepennies has described there are more frequent blue buses from San Rocco Square to Dassia (and maybe on to Ipsos). Those beaches can be more crowded than the more distant ones, but it's a shorter and more flexible trip in terms of times of going and returning. Dassia and Ipsos are nicer than the town beaches.
Thanks so much for all your feedback !
I don't think there are any sunbeds on Faliraki beach, although the café there does provide plenty of shade and seating if you need to get out of the sun and off the pebbles for a while. However, a five minute walk from the Liston to the other (south) side of the Old Fortress brings you to the NAOK Marina where you'll see a brand new, rather swish-looking café/bar called Azur at "street level" which provides both loungers and umbrellas for their customers and there were lots of people swimming and relaxing there a couple of days ago. You can access the beach and jetty either down the steps through the café or via the sliproad a little further along.
If you fancy a bit of an adventure, you can take the short boat ride out to Vidos Island which has a couple of quiet beaches on the far side of the island and a café/restaurant on the Town side. Best avoided at weekends, when it gets rather more crowded with locals!Edited: 21 July 2016, 15:29
Wow - I love the sound of that cafe bar - Thank you