One of the most beautiful and well-known beaches on the island of Corfu, the picturesque Canal d’Amour or “Channel of Love” is known throughout Europe and worldwide as the beach for true lovers who want to stay together forever.
Located on the north of the island near Sidari, about 32 kilometers (20 miles) from the main town and on the westernmost tip of the island’s northern shore, it is remarkable for its sculpted sandstone rocks which that rise up on either side, forming a natural fjord-like canal.
According to local legend, couples who swim the length of the canal will stay in love forever, while those who swim to its furthest tip will find the love of their life. Many visitors, however, prefer to simply toss a coin into its waters and make a wish for true love.
A unique spot favored by tourists, celebrities and many film crews over the years, according to the locals, the Canal d’Amour also boasts detoxifying and healing properties. This is attributed to the rich deposits of clay that form in the sea as the rocks are weathered by the wind and saltwater, creating small lagoons and exquisite caves.
Many visitors choose to sit on the rocks, scooping up handfuls of clay and smoothing it on their body and even their hair for a natural mud bath.
The area has been inhabited since ancient times, with traces of a Neolithic settlement and earlier Mesolithic settlements found in excavations in Sidari.
The beach, popular since the 1960s, each year receives a Blue Flag for excellence. It is also a good choice for diving and water sports.