The seductive south of Corfu has an unspoiled natural environment with imposing coastlines, sand dunes and golden sandy beaches. It is ideal for nature lovers, surfers, and cultural seekers too. Renting a car from Best Car is the best way to visit this part of the island, as you have miles of coastline to explore.
Your rental car will be waiting for you at Corfu Airport, where you can start your road trip. Head south and follow the signs to Achillion Palace, almost 20 minutes from Corfu Airport by car. This magnificent Palace was built in 1890 exclusively for Elizabeth (Sissy), the former Empress of Austria, as her summer retreat. Corfu was Elizabeth’s favorite vacation place and she built the Palace because she admired Greece and its language and culture. In addition, Achillion’s location provides a panoramic view of Corfu city to the north and across the whole southern part of the island.
Driving your rental car past Benitses, Moraitika, and Mesoghi on the western coast is one of the most exciting areas in the south, the Korision Lagoon. It is an important wetland and pole of attraction for 126 species of birds, such as ducks, flamingos, cormorants, hammers and countless stunning butterflies. The lagoon is approximately 5km (3 miles) long, separated from the Ionian Sea by sand dunes and the beach of Chalikounas. Many people choose the beach for kite surfing or windsurfing, as it is usually windy. In addition, environmental walks and other sports activities are often organized in the broader area.
North of the lagoon stands Gardiki Castle which was built in the 13th century by Michail Angelos Komninos II, the Byzantine Despot of Epirus. It is located in the idyllic village of Gardiki, south of the island. It is known for its immovable fortifications, which protected the Corfu residents on many occasions. Even though it has been partially destroyed, it is still a delight to visit.
In less than 30 minutes drive, you can visit Lefkimmi, the second-largest town on the island and one of the oldest villages on Corfu. It is located in the middle of a fertile plain with olive trees and vineyards. It is a charming village with beautiful churches, narrow streets, and tall houses. Agioi Theodoroi and Agios Arsenios’ magnificent churches are worth a visit as they are known for their beautiful architecture.