Beautiful Corfu is awash with sleepy villages and tiny white houses that rise high up into the olive grove and cypress blanketed mountains. Soft ribbons of sand meet azure blue waters to create some of the most tranquil beaches in Europe. You are already looking thinking of booking a lovely hotel on Corfu aren't you?
Luscious and green, Corfu is a hikers paradise with quirky features like the Sidari rock formations, Mount Pantokrator, Corfu’s highest mountain with its stunning views and peaceful Korission Lake. The Corfu Trail covers the full length of the islands and is well signposted for walkers.
Those on a history trial should visit Old Perithia, Corfu’s oldest village, and the look-out tower that was once used to keep watch on pirates. The Merchant’s House, churches with spectacular frescoes and the village’s local tavernas are open all summer.
The Old Town of Corfu also has many fascinating sights such as the Esplanade, a large open park that is home to the towns Old Fortress built by the Venetians in place of a Byzantine Castle. The Palace of St Michael and St George, an elegant 19th century Regency Palace, is at the north end of the Esplanade and houses a Museum of Asian Art and a Tibetan Temple.
Nymphes village is built on legends of nymphs that bathed in the nearby waterfalls while Kynopiastes is filled with 17th century marble churches, monasteries and museums. Lakones is another trypical Corfu village with beautiful views out across the bay and some lovely little coffee shops in which to rest the legs. Roda was once a fishing village and is now a popular resort with bars, traditional Greek restaurants and a lively nightlife.
If holidaying with children, Waterland will provide ample distraction with its rides and pools. Failing that, Corfu’s beaches in particular Kassiopi, Pelekas and Lefkimmi with its colourful children’s playgrounds are all great for family days out. There is yachting and scuba diving for those with more adventurous tastes. Get around in your own sweet time, find a good deal on car hire on Corfu.
Alternatively, just sit back and relax with a glass of wine on the waterfront and watch the spectacular sunset turn the waters of the Ionian Sea from red to gold to midnight blue.
The following information is correct as of November 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
Corfu International Airport is located just 1.8 miles from the centre of Corfu, taking just 10 minutes by car. Local buses and taxis also operate a cheap and reliable service from outside the terminal building reaching Corfu town in approximately 10-15 minutes. If you like to have current updates on flights, have a look at arrivals and departures for Corfu.
What you need to know
Currency: The Euro (€)
Visas: UK and EU citizens do not require a visa to enter Greece for a visit of up to 90 days. However a passport valid for the duration of stay is required. Nationals of other countries may require a visa to travel to Greece – more information can be obtained from a local embassy or from the Foreign Office website.
Laws: Smoking is banned across Greece in all indoor public spaces but is permitted outside most cafes and restaurants. The legal age for drinking alcohol is 16. If visiting religious sites such as churches and monasteries, be sure to dress modestly.
Best Time to Visit
One of the best times to visit Corfu is between June and August when the weather is at its warmest and driest, however, this is a peak time for tourists. May and September are slightly quieter months with weather still warm enough to enjoy the stunning Greek landscapes and numerous outdoor activities on offer.
Lively Corfu also has many draws throughout the year, such as the Corfu Carnival in early spring, the Folklore Festival in March, the Arillas Wine Festival in September and a lively beer festival held in October. Choose your time, then get savvy, and find the best time to book.
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