Acharavi Corfu beach guide
Photo: Sandra Felde
Acharavi is a quiet beach resort located on the north coast of Corfu with a decent family-friendly beach, plenty of shops and many good tavernas.
The resort is long and strung out along the main road where most of the restaurants and bars are sited and with yet more tavernas, bars and cafes along the road fronting the beach.
Acharavi beach is mainly pebbles and there is some stone underfoot in the sea so beach footwear is needed if you spend any time on the sands or your feet may get pretty sore.
However, the beach is particularly family-friendly and the water is shallow for a good 50 metres out so children can be left safely to play.
Those who venture out of Acharavi resort in either direction will find that the beach gets more sandy, and less crowded too, so it is worthwhile exploring.
Seas along this part of the coast are very shallow indeed making this a safe place to swim but strong underwater currents can occur when the winds get up so wise bathers will note the colour of the warning beach flags. The shallow water also makes for plenty of good snorkelling.
There are the usual watersports available in Acharavi, with pedaloes for hire and so on but, if you are looking for a little more excitement and action — bananas, paraglides etc., then it may be worthwhile heading to the neighbouring resort at Roda, a pleasant 30 minute stroll up the beach.
Boat hire is also an option should you wish to view Corfu's beautiful coastline from the sea. The more liberal minded can even visit an unofficial nudist beach at nearby Almyros.
Acharavi has a popular water-park nearby called Hydropolis found at the far end of the resort in the direction of Kassiopi.
Acharavi may feel rather Anglicized for some, although it is nowhere near as commercialised as Roda or Sidari. Most of the traditional tavernas are found in the old town.
Boat trips can be booked on the Acharavi main street at any number of travel agents. There are daily boat trips to Kefalonia and even to Albania.
Some visitors complain that Acharavi is a little too quiet and things get boring after a week unless you hire a car but for others that it the epitome of a Greek island holiday.
Buy plenty of insect spray and repellent as mosquitoes can be big problem in Acharavi in the high summer season.
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