Information about Gouvia - Corfu


Gouvia is home to Corfu’s main marina and has a strong seafaring history going back to its days as a Venetian naval base. Gouvia remains popular with the island’s rich and famous boat owners. Gouvia is close to Corfu Town on the east coast of the island. Its proximity to the capital makes it very popular with day trippers, who come to admire the resort and enjoy the restaurants, tavernas, cafes, bars and shops. Gouvia is built around a deep, natural bay with two long promontories either side, giving it a secluded feel. The bay boasts several sand and shingle beaches in delightful coves, with watersports and facilities on offer. There is a good nightlife with plenty of tavernas, bars and discos offering everything from live fish for supper to live music for dancing. If a holiday in Greece requires both a decent beach and good nightlife, then Gouvia might fit the bill for you.
At around 4 km long and 1 km wide, Gouvia has become one of the most popular tourist destinations on Corfu island, offering both lively nightlife and quiet hillside spots. The resort has a definite nautical ambience: it boasts a large yacht marina and was once an historic Venetian naval base? at one end of the beach you will find a ruined Venetian arsenal and the precariously beached wreck of a yacht. Adjoining Gouvia is the quiet village of Kontokali while 1km inland is Danilia, a purpose-built, Greek-style village where folklore performances are organised for evening trips.
Gouvia beach is clean and only a mile or so from the Blue Flagged beach at Kontokali. Due to the large bay shape and the shingle beach it is sometimes covered in a little seaweed. Beach facilities include sunbeds and sun umbrellas, showers and toilets. Sun loungers and sun shade costs about 6 € for two. The beach is very accessible from either end of the village. A circular walk can be made to and from the beach on a tarmac surface. As with many Corfiot beaches it is child friendly but supervision is required. The centre of the beach is safer than the sides - boat hire and motor sports take place to the sides.
Entertainments: Daytime: beach and water-based activities including paragliding, diving and a variety of other water sports , boat trips , horse riding , exploring local countryside.
Nightlife: lively tavernas, cocktail and sports bars , Clubs , mainly along the main road.
Eating out: Good-value snack bars, Greek tavernas serving traditional fare, pasta restaurants and pizzerias, even Chinese and Tex-Mex options. British cuisine is widely available. But if you want to get the full Corfiot flavour you do need to try Greek dishes.





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