While summer favourite Corfu might not be the first place that springs to mind for a winter break, there are plenty of reasons to visit the island out of season. Intrigued? Read on to find out everything you need to know about the weather in Corfu in January.
Given that Corfu is often seen as a sizzling summer destination, it's fair to say that January isn’t the most obvious month to visit the island.
However, if you don't mind the lower temperatures and are into culture, cuisine and secluded strolls — January is a pretty good time to come to Corfu. With quite mild weather, you can enjoy exploring the island's rich history, and visiting its historical sites.
January also marks the beginning of the carnival season in Greece, with various parades and celebrations taking place. Check the local calendar for any festival or event happening during your visit.
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Average daily temperatures in Corfu in January range from 9°C to 14°C (48°F - 57°F). It can get pretty chilly, especially during the evenings and nights.
With an average sea temperature of 16°C, all but the most hardened of visitors won’t want to swim in the sea. You’re better off staying somewhere with a heated pool, or else focussing on enjoying brisk scenic strolls and cultural activities.
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The weather in Corfu in January is pretty rainy. You stand a 51% chance of a perfect sunny day and a 49% chance of seeing some clouds and rain. The average rainfall is approximately 121mm or 4.8 inches.
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Though Corfu is a year-round destination, January is in the heart of the island’s low season. This means small crowds, and lower costs when it comes to accommodation and flights.
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Bearing in the mind that the average high temperature sits around 14°C, you’ll want to wear the likes of long trousers and pullovers.
You'll also want to come armed with scarves and gloves, especially if you’re planning evening strolls and a bit of night-time bar-hopping action.
Don't forget to take a brolly, a waterproof coat or jacket, and shoes that are suitable for wet weather walking.
If you’ve previously visited Corfu during the summer and are hoping to return to your favourite high season haunts, be aware that many hotels, resorts, bars and restaurants close their doors during the quieter winter months.
You’ll also want to research flights and ferries in good time — there’ll be fewer running in January.
Related to seasonal closures, while Corfu’s public transport system doesn’t shut-down during out-of-season months like January, bus services will be reduced.
As a result, if you’re thinking of travelling off the beaten track, you might want to hire a car.
One of Greece’s most elegant island capitals, Corfu Town can get oppressively packed in summer. All the better to explore it in winter, when you can lose yourself in the romantic alleys of the historic centre and Jewish quarter.
Consider going on a day trip to one of the neighbouring Ionian islands, such as Paxos or Antipaxos. These offer beautiful scenery and peaceful beaches.
Rent a car and and explore the hidden beaches as you travel the gorgeous coastal roads. Even in winter the island's natural beauty is spectacular. You can also visit the villages of Corfu to discover more about the traditions and culture of this region.
With the weather in Corfu in January not so suitable for basking on the beach, it’s the ideal time to indulge your inner gourmand and make the most of the island’s cafés and restaurants.
Thanks to the island lush landscape and climate, we can enjoy a remarkable Corfu food culture. You won’t need to book a table, and the food is fresh and to-die-for delicious.
Make the most of the off-season by visiting the island's various museums. Explore the Archaeological Museum of Corfu or the Museum of Asian Art. Alternatively, visit the Casa Parlante, a museum depicting the lifestyle of a Corfu noble family from the 19th century.