Storm the beaches! There’s a huge range of activities on offer for family holidays on Corfu, from good old-fashioned paddling and sandcastle-building to banana-boat rides, waterskiing, snorkelling and diving. Paleokastritsa beach is a good choice if you’re looking for action, although you can also hire pedaloes here and go off in search of your own small piece of paradise. Other good beaches are Agios Gordios, with friendly restaurants and a playground in the town, Glyfada and Pelekas. Snorkels and flippers are essential for looking at the fish. With tots, the north coast with its shallow waters is a paddlers’ paradise, whereas on the west coast the waters can suddenly turn choppy.
Hop aboard the Kalypso Star in the old port of Corfu town. This glass-bottomed and -sided boat takes you down to the seafloor to enjoy the views. Also in Corfu town is the Museum of Archeology, including the terrifying-looking sculpture of the Gorgon Medusa, and the Venetian fortress with its amazing views. Kids should love wandering the beautiful streets of the Old Town, an ice-cream in hand,
Hop on a horse to see the island.
Catch one of the puppet shows (karagiozis) given in many villages throughout Corfu, giving kids the opportunity to breach the language barrier and embrace local culture.
With older kids, head to Mt Pantokrator, the highest peak on Corfu. It’s a bit of a climb but the sweat and possible tears are rewarded by fantastic views of the coastline. Don’t forget water and suncream.
Hire a motorboat and explore some of the hidden coves of the north-east, or take a trip to the isolated and beautiful Diapondia Islands.
Splash out at Aqualand in central Corfu, or at Star Beach Water Park with its jet-skiing, scuba-diving, waterskiing and banana-boat rides, plus traditional pools and rivers for sun worshippers.