A kid-friendly beach, traditional tavernas, and daytrips to Corfu Town.
Moraitika sits right on the east coast of Corfu, with mainland Greece directly in its sights. It’s made a name for itself as the most upbeat town on this go-slow stretch of coast. And because it was built as a beach resort, it’s got everything you need on tap – including a kilometres’ worth of family-friendly bars and tavernas. Pine-clad hills and easy access to Corfu Town are the finishing touches.
A sand-and-pebble beach lolls out in front of Moraitika. Its glassy paddling waters go a long way towards explaining why families have fallen for it. Parasols and sunloungers march along the beach, while a watersports centre hires out jet-skis and pedalos. You don’t have to traipse far for lunch, either. Hotels and bars kick back just beyond the shady screen of trees.
Ano Moraitika old town
The old village of Ano Moraitika is a quick scramble up the hill behind the main strip. This is the real McCoy – it’s got a lemon-and-cream church, skinny lanes and gardens flooded with vines and flowers. And the ruins of a bath house nod to its Roman past. Just remember to look back as you trace the streets uphill – wanderers are rewarded with views over the wooded mountains and bay. You can even wave at the Greek mainland on a clear day.
Messonghi and Cyprus Town
The little village of Messonghi sits south of Moraitika, separated by a wriggling river. This one-time fishing community really turns up the charm factor – especially in its backstreet tavernas. If you’re hankering after a daytrip, drive 35 minutes to Corfu Town. There, you can easily spend hours delving through the scrambled streets of the Venetian old town.