Corfu is synonymous to stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and rich history. But what many people are not aware of is that the island is also a food and wine paradise. With many local dishes and wines, a road trip across Corfu is the perfect way to explore and indulge in culinary delights.
Your food and wine experience starts on board, as you can find over 30 unique wine labels on board, not to mention the Mediterranean dishes you can taste at the la carte restaurant.
Arriving at Corfu, you will be greeted with a picturesque island that boasts an abundance of natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Corfu town offers a glimpse into the island's fascinating history and architecture and is the perfect point to begin your culinary journey! Explore the narrow streets of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, stroll through the lush gardens of the Achilleion Palace and visit the iconic Spianada Square, surrounded by charming cafes and restaurants. Here, you can try the famous Greek moussaka before going deeper into the island's cooking tradition!
First on the list of local dishes to try is pastitsada, a traditional Corfiot dish made with beef, tomato sauce, onions, garlic, and a blend of spices. This savory dish is typically served with thick pasta and can be found at many local restaurants across the island. For a truly authentic experience, head to the village of Vrachlioti, where locals prepare the dish in a large, communal pot over an open fire.
Another must-try dish is bourdeto, a spicy fish stew made with scorpionfish, paprika, and garlic. This dish is a staple of the island's fishing villages and is best enjoyed with a glass of local white wine. Speaking of which, Corfu is home to several unique and delicious varieties of wine, including robola, a crisp, dry white wine made from the robola grape. You can taste this one and many more wines at local wineries in the village of Argyrades. On top of that, if you're looking for a truly immersive culinary experience, consider booking a food and wine tour with a local guide, who can take you to the best restaurants and wineries on the island.
In addition to wine, Corfu is also known for its liqueurs, including kumquat liqueur. Made from the small, tart citrus fruit that is native to the island, this sweet liqueur is often served as an after-dinner digestif. You can taste kumquat liqueur and other local liqueurs at the Corfu Liqueur Distillery, which offers guided tours and tastings.
As you make your way around the island, do not miss trying the local cheese, which is traditionally made from sheep or goat's milk and is similar to the famous feta cheese. You can also try local Corfiot cheese which is made from cow milk and is quite like the Italian pecorino.
Last but not least, local sweets could not be excluded from this tasty road trip! One of the most famous island’s sweets is pasteli, a honey and sesame candy that is both crunchy and chewy. You can find pasteli at many local markets and shops, but we strongly recommend getting a traditional recipe and try making yours.
Additional to pasteli, keep in mind to try is mandolato, a nougat-like candy made with almonds, sugar, and honey. Mandolato is especially popular during the holiday season and is often served as a gift to friends and family.
Extra Tip: At local markets and shops, you can pick up some of these goodies to take back home with you, until next time!
A road trip in Corfu is a food and wine lover's dream. With a variety of local dishes and wines to try, as well as unique delites and liqueurs, the island is a culinary destination that is not to be missed. From pastitsada and bourdeto to robola wine and kumquat liqueur, there is something for everyone on this island.
So, pack your bags, book your tickets with SUPERFAST FERRIES and prepare to indulge in some of the best food and drinks Greece has to offer.