an island of green and blue
Located to the north west of the Greek mainland, Corfu is the second largest of the cluster of Ionian islands. Throughout Greece, Corfu island is referred to by its Greek name, Kerkyra. Corfu has been home to the Phaeacians, and was also ruled for many years by the Venetians and also by the French and British. It was also one of only a few areas in Greece that was able to remain independent from the Ottoman empire. Corfu island is a great holiday destination for nature lovers thanks to its impressive geography and spectacular scenery, with lush green forests, pretty sandy beaches and beautiful bays with azure blue waters. Corfu also boasts a rich cultural heritage as a result of its fascinating history, with a host of Italian and Greek influenced events and festivals, in particular the Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations.
Corfu’s capital is called Corfu Town (also Kerkyra, or Chora) and is located on the east coast of the island. Corfu Town offers a host of holiday highlights and attractions to cater for all visitors. The town has traditionally been a pioneer for arts and creativity, and has the distinction of being home to the first modern Greek academic institution, the Ionian Academy, as well as the first School of Fine Arts, and the first Philharmonic Orchestra. Corfu Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a true jewel of the island. It is a must-see spot when visiting Corfu and is great fun to explore as it showcases the island’s history. This charming and vibrant historic area is packed with shops and cafes, and has a lively cosmopolitan nightlife too thanks to its many restaurants and bars. Particular highlights include Spianáda and Liston square. There is also a Byzantine Fortress and a Venetian Fortress and the Palace of St Michael and St George. The town also hosts several superb events like the Carnival of Corfu (the last Sunday before the start of Greek Orthodox Lent) and several festival events and performances.
There’s lots of great things to do in Corfu island, and families and active holidaymakers can enjoy a range of great activities and experiences, as well as the island’s many beaches and the Corfu hiking Trail. Other highlights include Pontikonisi (or ‘Mouse’) island, the fascinating ‘frozen in time’ village of Paleá Períthia, and the gorgeous village of Paleokastritsa on the northwest coast.
There are daily flights from Athens to Corfu all year round, plus direct international flights with many airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair.
Regular ferries between Corfu and Paxos, and Igoumenitsa on the mainland, plus a bus and ferry between Corfu and Athens. Ferries between Corfu & Albania & Italy.