Glittering Holidays to Gouvia
On the eastern coast of Corfu, just seven kilometres north of the capital of the same name, lies Gouvia. With just 600 inhabitants, this picturesque town retains its charming, old fishing village vibe, but yet boasts a thriving port that serves as the primary marina for the island. Built on the site of an ancient Venetian harbour, this resort offers beauty, history and intrigue in abundance. Gouvia holidays not only provide all the necessaries for a fun-filled break in the sun, but they also make an excellent base for exploring the rest of the island, whether by boat, car or your own two feet.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 3h 30m
When to go
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Things to do in Gouvia
Among the things to do in Gouvia are all the usual and much loved holiday activities – horse rides in the hills, body boarding, banana boats and, of course, enjoying the glorious weather, as well as plenty of thrilling and adventurous excursions, too. Consider the Aqualand water park, a fun and flume-filled adventure park that is sure to puts grins on the whole family’s faces.
On the outskirts of town, just five minutes away from the beach, is an old Venetian shipyard. This in itself is a fascinating place to explore, but if the historical aspect is of no interest, the view of the town and the coastline beyond surely will be.
Just off the coast there is a small island containing nothing other than the Ipapanti Church. From the marina, it makes for a picture perfect view, but it's also the centre of wild celebrations on 17th July and 2nd February, which can make a holiday in Gouvia a very fun affair. If you want to experience a truly authentic taste of life in this Greek paradise, these are the dates in which to base your visit around.
Heart of Corfu
Gouvia holidays will leave you spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches; there are three to explore, all of which are ideal for swimming and general relaxation. The biggest stretch of shoreline is just south of the town centre, which is a prime choice for those staying in the heart of town itself. Around by the marina, there is a playground to keep little ones entertained as well as a selection of bars and restaurants that are perfect for an evening out. For a luxury break under the Corfu sun, make the most of the elegant and beautiful hotels found dotted amongst the area’s outskirts.
Gouvia is a sweeping bay with a narrow opening at the sea, offering pebbled beaches and plenty of character. Much loved for its fantastic water-sport conditions, most days will greet you will sights of glamorous international yachts, wooden fishing boats and speedy Jet Skis flitting about the marina.
Gouvia holidays give easy access to a selection of other lively resorts, many of which are within walking distance. Check out the scenery in Kontokali or test the sand at Kavos and Kassiopi. To couple a lively nightlife scene with your otherwise relaxing getaway to Gouvia, make your way over to the clubbing hotspot of Corfu Town, which is only a swift 15-minute taxi ride away.
There is plenty more on offer in Gouvia, whether it's admiring the citrus groves in the surrounding hills, dining on some international – or local – cuisine, or lapping up the glorious sunshine from the comfort of a readily available sun lounger. At just eight kilometres from the airport, a visit here couldn't be more ideal.