Corfu (KERKYRA), located between mainland Greece and Italy, is the most northerly of the Ionian chain of islands that run down the west coast of Greece. Corfu has an international airport about 3kms south of Corfu town. It was one of the first Greek islands to be ‘discovered’ by package tour firms.
Some of the loveliest beaches and most romantic villages in the Greek islands can be found all over this beautiful island.
The island is a popular destination for independent travellers and those seeking cheap holidays. If you are looking for cheap holidays there are always great offers on the internet for this magnificent island.
The most popular tourist spots on Corfu are north and south of Corfu Town and along the north coast. Those seeking a more relaxed holiday will find many parts of the island relatively untouched and some Corfu villages, notably in the lush, green interior, seem to have escaped the holiday hotel boom altogether.
The most popular beaches are near Corfu Town, where the biggest hotels in Corfu are also found. The north of the island has the biggest beaches, although some have suffered from overdevelopment. The more remote west lays claim to wild, unspoiled countryside.
Inland, the north is dominated by mountains while the centre and south are home to lush farmland.
Being the most northern island of Greece, Corfu has a unique climate, a bit different from the rest of Greece.
It has mild winters and a high level of rainfall, especially during winter.
The summer in Corfu is cooler than in other parts of Greece with temperatures never exceeding 39C.
Things to do and see
Corfu Town – On the east coast of the island.
The most famous sites of Corfu Town are the central square of Esplanade or Spiniada, the Ionian Academy, the Liston building, the square of the Saints, the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint Georges, the neighbourhood of Mandouki, the Kanoni Peninsula and the old and the new fortresses.
Paleokastritsa – 26 kms northwest of Corfu Town.
Paleokastritsa is the most popular tourist resort of Corfu, with plenty to explore and isolated caves to discover.
The islet of Vidos – opposite Corfu Town.
The small islet of Vidos is found right at the entrance of Corfu port and frequented by boats from the old port of Corfu Town.
Gouvia village – On the east coast, north of Corfu town.
This is a lovely village with a nice beach, lots of activities, holiday accommodation, taverns, cafes, bars and night clubs.
Othonoi island – One of the Diapontia islands, on the northwest coast of Corfu.
Othonoi island is famous for the cave, located near the Aspros Ammos beach, that is believed to have been the one where Calypso kept Ulysses as her captive.
Paxi island – South of Corfu
Paxi is a tiny island with pure nature and excellent beaches. It is about an hour by hydrofoil from Corfu and is ideal for a daily or a weekend excursion.
Angel Castle – Near to Krini.
The Aggelokastro (Angel Castle) is conspicuous by its domed gate at the entrance. The primary reason why the fort was built was to shield the inhabitants from pirate attacks.
Achillion Palace – In the village of Gastouri.
The Palace was built in 1890 exclusively for Elizabeth (Sissy), the then Empress of Austria. The palace used to serve as the summer retreat of the Empress.
Saint Spyridon Church – Corfu Town.
Agios Spyridon, to whom the church is dedicated, is the patron of the island who, before becoming a bishop, started his life as a shepherd in Cyprus. He is associated with many miracles such as the salvation of the island from the Turkish occupation, the famine and the epidemics.
Fortress of Saint Mark – Near the Old Harbour.
The fortress played a pivotal role as far as protecting the town of Corfu and its residents were concerned. The entire fortress is an intricate network of compartments and galleries.
Archaeological Museum – Corfu Town.
The museum was built to house the Gorgon pediment from the temple of Artemis which was found in the area of Paleopolis. This pediment dates from 580 BC and is thought to be the oldest one in Greece. Here you will also see other finds from excavations from the archaeological sites of the island, from the ancient town of Cassiopeia and items from a private collection.
Glyfada Beach – On the west coast, near Pelekas.
This is one of the most popular beaches of the island. The fine sandy beach is surrounded by tree covered cliffs and imposing rocky formations.
Agios Gordios beach – 19kms south west of Corfu town.
A popular beach with fascinating rock formations and surrounded by lush greenery.
Corfu Aqualand – In Agios Ioannis village, about 10km from Corfu town.
Thought to be the third largest waterpark in the world, it has lots of fun water games, including the Crazy River and the Black Hole.
The most popular diving spots on Corfu are located in the northern side of the island, mainly in Paleokastritsa, Sidari, Acharavi and Nisaki. Diving centres organize courses and frequent excursions.
There are not many windsurfing spots on Corfu, except for some beaches on the southern side. The most popular windsurfing spot on Corfu is Issos beach, where there are lots of watersports centres.