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Gouvia Holidays & Hotels

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Perfect for families, couples and solo travellers alike, holidays to Gouvia mean traditional Greek restaurants, an upmarket marina and a fantastic pebble beach, all within easy reach of the island’s capital, Corfu Town.

Situated on the east coast of Corfu, the area used to be a Venetian naval base back in the 17th century, but now it’s a smart resort busy with tourists who flock to its elegant waterfront during the summer months. The centre includes a good mix of bars and shops, plus plenty of Greek tavernas all jostling to offer you the best meze you’ve ever tasted. Accommodation here ranges from low-rise, mid-price hotels to self-catering apartments and luxurious villas.

 

Where to stay

Gouvia Town

Central Gouvia town is the heart of the resort and is the ideal spot for families and couples of all ages. Particularly busy from June to September, accommodation here is mainly within a 5-minute walk of the beach front and includes a number of self-catering apartments, 3 and 4 star hotels and some private villas. With souvenir shops, bars, restaurants and supermarkets all within easy reach, everyone is very well catered for when it comes to chilling out and having a good time.

Kontokali

Kontokali is a small seaside village which is connected to neighbouring Gouvia by a coastal road and is only around a 30-minute walk away. A quiet little spot with a beautiful shingle beach, there’s just a handful of bars and minimal nightlife. There are, however, loads of tavernas and authentic Greek restaurants to choose from here, all offering a range of fantastic cuisine to suit every taste and budget. Accommodation in Kontokali ranges from self-catering apartments and family run hotels, to the luxurious 5 star Kontokali Bay Resort & Spa. As Kontokali and Gouvia have grown closer together over the years, it’s not easy to see where one ends and the next one begins so why not explore them both!

What to see

Whilst Gouvia is a sun-worshipper’s dream with its spectacular beach and wide range of watersports, there’s far more to it than that. If you love the countryside, head out for a walk along the coast towards Kontokali in the south or Limni in the north for a taste of traditional Greek life here. Or if you’re feeling really active, why not saddle up for a pony trek? Corfu is the greenest of all the Greek islands, and horseback is a great way to take in the scenery. Perfect for adults and kids alike, whether you’ve ridden before or are taking the reins for the very first time, the British-run Trailriders is just 20 minutes from Gouvia where you’ll be in very good hands. Making memories to treasure, you’ll trek through the shady woodland and up to the village of Ana Korakiana, right at the foothills of the Pantokrator mountains before completing the loop back to the riding centre.

Nightlife

Gouvia is more about family fun than partying the night away but there’s still plenty going on after dusk. Hotel bars often put on live performances, whilst the friendly village tavernas play traditional Greek music alongside modern bars that belt out the latest chart hits ’til late. But for those who prefer something a little less noisy, there are plenty of quieter drinking spots in Gouvia ideal for sharing a bottle of wine or two while you both gaze out towards Ipapanti Church.

What to eat

Although there’s a mixture of cuisines on offer in Gouvia, no trip would be complete without sampling some of the delicious local fayre in one of the welcoming tavernas. Gouvia’s best ones can be found on the main village strip with a particularly popular dish being “bianco” - local fish and potatoes made into a white sauce casserole with lemon juice and garlic – yummy! Don’t forget to try the beef pastitsada too, a rich tomato stew garnished with black pepper and cinnamon. Top tip: the flavours of both these dishes go down really well with a glass of Kakotrigis, the local white wine.

Shopping

Gouvia’s village centre is a maze of narrow cobbled streets where you’ll spend many happy hours rummaging through the shops for souvenirs to take home. There’s everything here from leather goods, postcards and trinkets to gold jewellery, famous Corfu lace and lovingly crafted olivewood carvings. If you fancy packing something edible in your suitcase, browse the mini-markets for mandolato nougat and Corfiot honey, alongside a cheeky bottle of Ouzo just for good measure. As you'd expect with a town of this size there are several handy pharmacies and supermarkets dotted around too for grabbing the everyday necessities.

Fast Facts about Gouvia

  • Direct flight time: 4 hours from London
  • Transfer time from Corfu Airport to Gouvia: 15 minutes
  • Time Zone: 2 hours ahead of the UK
  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Greek
  • Average price of a domestic beer: €3.50
  • Average price of a bottle of wine: €6
  • Number of Brit tourists per year: Around 300,000

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Gouvia Reviews

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10/10 Amazing

24 August 2013

Beautiful

Lovely resort with a fab beach. Lively place but not too lively. Excellent choice of restaurants and the locals were so friendly. Was a solo traveller and felt so safe here.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Location and amenities.

10/10 Amazing

17 May 2017

Maltezos

Gouvia is a first class area for a holiday.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Friendly people, both local & visiting.

8/10 Great

22 November 2011

good location to travel around the island

beach isn't great, but buses to good beach area are very easily available. Great links to the north of the isaland, without travelling into Corfu town

The best thing about my stay was ...

central location

8/10 Great

08 July 2013

A small quieter resort but with everything you need.

Gouvia is a main street with shops, bars and restaurants on both sides. We were there at the beginning of July and never saw anywhere really busy. It seems a smart place ideal for a relaxing holiday. The bars tended to be more the type where people just sat and chatted on the terrace, i.e not the type for people looking for loud music/club type atmosphere.

6/10 Good

26 August 2010

GOOD SHOPPING

Gouvia is central to visite Corfù. It's good for shopping and entertainment. The beach and the sea aren't very good for us.

The best thing about my stay was ...

shopping

6/10 Good

19 April 2013

Very pleasant.Quiet in April which we liked

Central on the Island but on the coast good for travelling to other parts

The best thing about my stay was ...

Central location easy access to Corfu Town and other areas

6/10 Good

28 September 2010

very friendly people go on a boat trip lots of fun,.

4/10 Average

24 September 2013

A bit run down.

Not very picturesque town. Suffering, like so many other holiday resorts, from all inclusive hotels in the area. In Gouvia's case the giant Louis Corcora hotel.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Near to airport.

2/10 Okay

22 September 2013

Poor resort

This is not a beach resort, probably the worst I have been to in many years of going abroad for holidays. The area is run down and is obviously suffering from the recession.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Nothing in my opinion.