Dangling between the heel of Italy and the west coast of mainland Greece, green, mountainous CORFU (Kérkyra) was one of the first Greek islands to attract mass tourism in the 1960s. Indiscriminate exploitation turned parts into eyesores but a surprising amount of the island still consists of olive groves, mountains or woodland. The majority of package holidays are based in the most developed resorts and unspoilt terrain is often only a few minutes’ walk away.
Corfu, Greece © Elina Litovkina / Shutterstock
Things to do in Corfu
Corfu has some of the best beaches on the Ionian Islands. Ones to look out for include Palaiokastritsa, Sidari and Kassiopi. These towns not only hold great beaches but rich culture. Palaiokastritsa is home to a monastery and palace, Sidari has an amusement park and Kassiopi boasts lively nightlife. There is, of course, the town of Corfu, which holds the Old Fortress and an Esplanade park.
Paliokastritsa, Corfu © Balate Dorin / Shutterstock
Weather in Corfu
Corfu is the perfect destination to get some winter sun. September and October are quite warm, with highs of 23 degrees as with the spring months of April and May. The summer months are best left avoided due to much hotter temperatures and swarms of tourists.
Accommodation in Corfu
The staggering amount of accommodation on the island means that competition keeps prices down even in high season, at least in many resorts outside of Corfu Town. Prices at restaurants and in shops also tend to be a little lower than average for the Ionians. Corfu makes for an ideal holiday location, particularly for families. It is home to many hotels, resorts, and restaurants specifically themed for holiday-makers.
History in Corfu
Corfu is thought to have been the model for Prospero and Miranda’s place of exile in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and was certainly known to writers such as Spenser, Milton and – more recently – Edward Lear and Henry Miller, as well as Gerald and Lawrence Durrell. Lawrence Durrell’s Prospero’s Cell evokes the island’s “delectable landscape” still evident in some of its beaches, the best of the whole archipelago.
Top Image: Paliokastritsa, Corfu © Elena Krivorotova / Shutterstock