Once a small fishing village, Gouvia has evolved into a popular holiday resort. Situated 8km north of Corfu Town, Gouvia is a natural harbor, and has long been considered by sailors as a natural link between the Ionian and the Adriatic Sea.
About the region..
The location, right in the middle of the eastern coastline of Corfu, can constitute the ideal base from where you can start exploring the beauties of all parts of the island. Its strategic position led the Venetians to build a shipyard in Gouvia, in the same spot where the modern Marina of Gouvia stands today, on the southern edge of the bay. The remains of this 17th century Arsenal still rest in the same place today, remarkably intact, and are definitely worth a visit. This old shipyard, the modern marina, the hundreds of yachts gathered in their shelter, they all create the strong nautical character that is distinctive of Gouvia.
An afternoon stroll in the marina, whether you own a boat or not, is truly delightful. Gouvia is ideal for anyone who wishes to combine peaceful moments and entertainment during their holiday. Gouvia’s main street is lined with restaurants, bars and taverns and there are a few nightclubs, catering to the area’s buzzing nightlife. Of course, Gouvia includes some more quiet spots, which, in addition to the lively atmosphere, makes this destination attractive to visitors of all ages. The beaches here can be found within smaller coves scattered along the bay of Gouvia. They are mostly narrow strips, covered in a mix of sand and pebbles and are fully organized, offering a wealth of tourist facilities and water sport opportunities.
Heading north from Gouvia you will come across the resorts of Dassia and Ipsos, two very popular tourist destinations. Visit the beach of Dassia, stretching over a long, sandy strip and enjoy a day at the beach, admiring unobstructed views to the Albanian mountains and the Greek mainland from its shore, or head further north to Ipsos for a fancy night out. Gouvia is an up-and-coming destination that does not fail to stay true to the scenic beauty of the natural landscape.