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Exploring Corfu: Why Renting a Car is Essential for an Unforgettable Island Adventure

Corfu is a beautiful island in the Ionian Sea, known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and picturesque landscapes. It’s the perfect destination for anyone looking for a relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. However, if you want to truly explore everything that this beautiful island has to offer, renting a car is essential. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at why renting a car is so important when visiting Corfu and some of the best places to explore on the island.

Why Renting a Car is Essential

Corfu is a relatively small island, but there is still so much to see and explore. Public transportation is limited, and taxis can be expensive, so renting a car is the most convenient and cost-effective way to get around. With a car, you have the freedom to explore the island at your own pace and visit places that are off the beaten path. You can stop whenever and wherever you want, take in the stunning scenery, and truly immerse yourself in the local culture.

Where to Explore

Once you’ve rented a car, there are plenty of places to explore on the island. Here are just a few of the must-see destinations:

  1. Corfu Town: The capital of the island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its beautiful architecture, narrow streets, and stunning views of the sea. Be sure to visit the Old Fortress, the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, and the Spianada, the largest square in the Balkans.
  2. Paleokastritsa: This picturesque village is nestled in the hills and offers breathtaking views of the sea. Be sure to visit the Monastery of the Virgin Mary, which dates back to the 13th century and is one of the most important religious sites on the island.
  3. Glyfada Beach: This long, sandy beach is one of the most popular on the island and is known for its crystal-clear waters and golden sand. There are plenty of restaurants and bars nearby, making it the perfect spot to relax and soak up the sun.
  4. Achillion Palace: This beautiful palace was built in the 19th century for the Empress of Austria, Elisabeth of Bavaria. It’s located in the village of Gastouri and is surrounded by stunning gardens and statues.
  5. Mount Pantokrator: If you’re looking for a bit of adventure, consider driving to the top of Mount Pantokrator, the highest point on the island. The views from the summit are absolutely breathtaking, and there are plenty of hiking trails to explore.

Tips for Renting a Car

If you’re planning on renting a car on Corfu, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Book in advance: During peak season, rental cars can be in high demand, so it’s best to book in advance to ensure availability.
  2. Bring your driver’s license: You’ll need a valid driver’s license from your home country to rent a car on Corfu.
  3. Consider insurance: Be sure to ask about insurance options when renting a car, as you’ll want to make sure you’re covered in case of an accident.
  4. Drive defensively: Like many Mediterranean countries, driving on Corfu can be a bit chaotic. Be sure to drive defensively, stay alert, and follow the rules of the road.

Overall, renting a car is essential for anyone looking to explore all that Corfu has to offer. With the freedom to explore the island at your own pace, you can truly immerse yourself in the local culture and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Insurance notes 

Our prices include :

-Third-Party Insurance (T.P.I)
-Collision Damage Insurance 
-Theft Insuranc
e (T.I)
-Fire Insurance (F.I)
-Personal Accident Insurance (P.A.I)
-Free Airport Delivery
-24hr Assistance Hotline
-24hr Road Assistance
-Unlimited mileage
-Free Cancelation
-Corfu Road Map
-Taxes & VAT Included


  1. Reservations:If the chosen vehicle is not available then Phantom Rentals reserves the right to substitute a vehicle of similar or higher category to the Renter at no extra charge.
  2. Driver:All drivers must be at least 23 years old
  3. Driver’s License:All drivers must be able to present a valid,full driver’s license issued at least a year before the date of pick-up. Citizens of Non-EU countries are required to have a valid international driver’s license together with the regular driver’s license issued by their home country.
  4. Traffic Violations / Fines:All fines or charges levied by any Greek authority shall be borne by the Renter and Renter agrees that these can be charged to the Renter by credit card or cash
  5. Means of Payment: All payments must be made in full at the time of pick-up in the form of cash or card or by card online
  6. Cancellation Policy:No cancellation fee please inform us as soon as possible
  7. Fuel:The renter is obliged to return the vehicle with the same amount of fuel upon collection, in case of returning the vehicle with less fuel, the renter will be charged with the exact fuel difference. No refund will be effected for vehicles returned with more fuel

8.Accidents: In case of an accident, the Renter is obliged to immediately inform Phantom Rentals as well the authorities (police) and present the police accident report to the required police station.

9.Insurance:Phantom Rentals insurance automatically covers all third-party claims EXCEPT damages to tires wheels & undercarriage of the vehicle.. If Renter does not select any of our additional insurance options and the car is the subject of theft or damaged in any way or involved in an accident, then Phantom Rentals will make a Surcharge of €1000 . If it is subsequently determined that an accident was not Renter’s fault,then the renter is not obliged to pay. If Renter selects the ‘Extra Insurance’ option at the time of booking, then the Surcharge will be reduced to €600. If Renter selects the ‘Premium Insurance’ option at the time of booking, the surcharge will be reduced to 300€

10.vehicle cannot be used: Against the terms and conditions of this agreement.Against the high way code, To carry more persons than it is licenced for, To propel or tow any vehicle, trailer or other object. To transfer or carry heavy luggage or objects, inflammable materials, staining or badly smelling goods, narcotics, explosives, arms, etc.

11.Roadside Assistance: Roadside assistance due to malfunction of the vehicle is provided at no cost to the Renter. If the vehicle cannot be quickly repaired, then an alternative vehicle will be made available. If an alternative vehicle is not available, then the entire cost of the Rental will be refunded.

12.Geographic Restrictions: Under no circumstances may the vehicle be taken outside the borders of Corfu without the prior written authorisation of Phantom Rentals which may lead to additional charges.

  1. Key Loss:If the keys are lost and damaged the customer is responsible for the replacement costs

14.Disputes: In the event of a dispute between the Renter and Phantom Rentals which cannot be settled by negotiation, the Greek Courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

15.Use of car

All insurance coverings & waivers are valid provided that the renter has complied with all terms & conditions. The renter is obliged to pay for repair costs of any damage, caused to the rental vehicle, if the use of the car is not proper, as below:

-The vehicle is operated on any unauthorized road, non-asphalt road, dirt road, or off-road.

-The renter violates traffic rules (eg. road/STOP signs, speed limits, road direction, U-turns).

-The renter violates parking rules.

-The renter ignores any unnoticed accident or damage to the vehicle.

-The vehicle is operated in any race, speed test, or rally or if the vehicle is used for the purpose of reward (taxi or courier service).

-The vehicle is driven by any that is not registered on the rental agreement.

-The driver of the vehicle is under the influence of alcohol or any drug that affects his ability to drive the vehicle.

-The vehicle is operated outside of the agreed rental period.

-The vehicle is willfully or recklessly damaged by the renter (note: burning out a clutch, sitting/standing on the bonnet/boot/roof of the vehicle, or damages to the vehicle interior).