Corfu's golden beaches, crystal waters and inviting Mediterranean climate has made it one of Greece's top tourist destinations for decades. From the main city of Corfu to the countless small settlements and fishing villages, holidaymakers have much to see and do, and it's often said that the best part of a holiday in Corfu is simply exploring the island and discovering its treasures for yourself.
While some of the beach resorts may get busy in the high seasons, there's more than enough of them to go around - and Corfu's hills and mountains offer fantastic hiking for anybody who wants to venture inland for a day or two. Combined with its warm climate and wealth of welcoming bars and restaurants, it's easy to see why so many people choose Corfu for a relaxing break.
You can travel to Corfu directly by plane with a number of international airlines - the airport is conveniently location just a few kilometres from the capital city centre. There is also a regular ferry service from Igoumenitsa in northwestern Greece, or alternatively you can get a ferry from several Italian cities including Venice, Brindisi and Ancona. Getting around the island of Corfu is quite easy thanks to the bus network: the blue buses travel in and around Corfu town, while the green buses go to the rest of the island. If you prefer to hire a car for more independent travel, and there are numerous providers to choose from near the airport.
Corfu's legendary beaches can be found all over the island, and there's a great variety to choose from so whether you want rocky coves for swimming or golden sands for a day in the sun, they're all here. Which ones are best depends on what you're looking for, but Agios Georgios Pagon on the west coast has a little something for everyone: scenic, sandy and relatively peaceful, it also has good windsurfing and scuba diving facilities. Other top picks include Myrtiotissa, Glyfada and Kavos, which is the party central of the south coast. Alternatively, pay a visit to Ermones Bay - the pleasant, secluded spot where Odysseus was supposedly washed ashore after being shipwrecked.
Like many Greek islands, Corfu has a rich history stretching back thousands of years, and the fortresses dotted all over the island are evidence of the many battles and conquests that took place. One of Corfu's most magnificent sights is the Achilleion - a grand palace built by the Austrian Empress Elisabeth of Bavaria to celebrate the Greek hero Achilles. You don't have to be a student of the classics to enjoy its peaceful gardens and many artworks! Corfu's traditional fishing villages are a popular destination for sightseers: beautiful and tranquil, they're the perfect place to spend a sunny day. In Nymphes, where according to legend the nymphs once bathed in the waterfalls, prepare to be offered locally-made liquor and sweets. The nearby monastery of Askitario is also well worth a visit. There's much to see in Corfu Town itself too, and the impression the Venetians left on the local architectures can be seen everywhere you go. The Old Fortress on the eastern side of the town is one of the most impressive sights, where you can climb a stairway to the clock tower and enjoy the view over the Ionian Sea.
Corfu's tourist facilities are very well-developed, and you'll find plenty of places to eat, drink and dance the night away around the island. Gerekos on Kontokali Bay is renowned for its excellent selection of seafood, supplied daily fresh from the family's own boats. Rouvas, in Corfu Town's commercial district, is also a great place to fill up on traditional local cuisine. For a more rustic experience, try Elizabeth's in the village of Doukades. You'll find excellent seafood almost everywhere you go, and the small fishing villages are full of hidden treasures. If you're looking for the nightclubs, the beach resorts of Kavos, Ipsos, Roda and Gouvia are the main places to go, as well as Corfu Town itself which offers a more relaxed nightlife. Kavos in particular is a hotspot for young people, where you can find karaoke, cocktail bars and open-air beach clubs. Gouvia is also popular with the same crowd and has a few more sports bars in case you want to keep up to date with the latest action. Edem Beach Club, often voted one of the best nightclubs in all of Greece, is a must-visit if you're planning to party hard!
Corfu has a great mix of shopping facilities for all tastes - from the locally-made honey, olive oil and wine sold in the villages to the craft workshops in Corfu Old Town selling leather goods, jewellery and eau de toilette. The people of Corfu tend to do their shopping in boutiques rather than chain stores, although the two-level shopping centre in Sidari is well worth a visit for shopaholics. There is a wide range of options for families travelling in Corfu - Aqualand Water Park is a great place for kids to cool off and features enough slides, wave pools and Jacuzzis to keep all the family entertained. If you want to see more of the island, check out the local companies offering trail riding - travelling through the olive groves and vineyards on horseback is a great experience for kids and adults alike. The beaches are also well-equipped with entertainment for children, with numerous providers offering banana boat rides and glass-bottomed boat trips. A drive to the top of Mount Pantokrator, the highest mountain on the island, is another great family day out - enjoy the amazing views from the top after the hair-raising journey up!
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