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The gorgeous Greek island of Corfu shares its nickname ‘the emerald isle’ with Ireland. Enveloped with lush green forests and olive groves, Corfu holidays attract travellers for its fantastic sunny weather and inviting beaches. Add to that pretty coves, sleepy villages, delicous cuisine and pastel-coloured cobbled towns and you have an idyllic short haul holiday destination.


Crowned as the second largest Ionian island, boasting over 210km of coastline, Corfu holidays are a fantastic option for families looking for a blend of lively and laid-back beach resorts. The peak summer months of June and August boast blissful temperatures of 32°C with warm, pleasant evenings, or enjoy Corfu holidays in spring and autumn when the weather is cooler.


This diverse resort appeals to a variety of travellers, whether you crave the crowd-pulling DJs and parties of southern Kavos, or the laid-back vibes of San Stefanos in the north – holidays to Corfu tick all the boxes! Among the most popular places to visit in Corfu are Glyfada Beach, Pontikonisi (Mouse Island), Acharavi, Aghios Gordios and the capital Corfu Town. Travelling here is not usually expensive and if you stay in the Old Corfu region, you'll get a taste of tradition without spending big.

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Essential Information

Getting Around

The airport is located 3km south of the island’s centre so, although car hire is available and there are plenty of options for taxi, bus or shuttle bus transfer, the journey time will depend on your resort’s location. Most resorts are easy to get around on foot, but many tourists hire a car so they can explore this large island. There’s also a good bus service and taxis are widely available.


Travelling by bus or car

Corfu is well connected by two bus services, which are both blue in colour. Between them they serve the main towns and holiday resorts, and also the more far flung villages and places of interest on the island.


Most tourists opt to pick up a hire car from the airport. Roads are generally good although some can be narrow with sharp bends, so many people choose jeeps. Remember to drive on the right.


Passports and Visas

If you’re a UK citizen you don’t need a visa to visit Greece but check your passport is in date. The most recent guidelines can be found at For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/


Health and Safety

Don’t forget to buy medical and travel insurance before travelling to Greece. Check your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) is up to date for emergency hospital treatment. For more info, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/health


Vaccinations

You don’t need vaccinations to travel to Greece. See your GP before travel for any specific medical advice.

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Places to go and things to do in Corfu

Corfu Town

Corfu Town

Historic Corfu Town is a lovely place to spend a day.


Visit the magnificent Old Fortress then explore the squares and cobbled streets lined with Venetian mansions, museums, speciality shops and cafes.


Some of the island’s best restaurants can be found here, and it’s also a great place to find a boat trip.

Corfu Beaches

If your idea of holiday heaven is spending the day sunbathing on an uncrowded beach before having a delicious dinner under the stars in a traditional taverna, Corfu is full of resorts where the vibe is laidback and there’s not a foam party in sight!


Try Agios Georgios or Acharavi for a peaceful and picturesque place to recharge your batteries.

Nightlife

Kavos is the place to head to if your holiday is all about clubbing and beach parties! But if you like your nightlife lively but not completely full on, the resort of Kassiopi on the north eastern tip is a good bet for its lovely pebbly beaches and buzzing nightlife.


Or try Sidari, which also boasts a good balance of beach and bars.

Get Back to Nature

Thanks to its winter rainfall Corfu is greener than many Mediterranean islands and its lush hillsides and gorges are home to abundant wildlife.


Saddle up for a day trekking on horseback, head off on two wheels on one of the island’s cycle routes or hike one of the scenic walking trails.


For the ultimate view of the island, make your way to the top of the 906m high Mount Pantokrator. Most people drive up to see the stunning view but take care on the bends.

Visit Paleokastritsa

The beach resort of Paleokastritsa is also home to a 13th century monastery and its beautiful courtyard is framed by bougainvillea blossom.


The water is warm and clear, ideal for swimming, and there are all the normal tourist attractions.


Grab a seat at a waterfront beach bar and enjoy the views of the surrounding rugged cliffs and olive groves.

History & Culture

The Paleá Períthia or Old Perithia village was abandoned in the 1960s and still has its 14th-century church which houses spectacular frescos.


Climb up to the Angelókastro castle for a great view and look around the small chapel and rock-cut tombs.

Explore Mouse Island

Just south of Corfu lies the “green rock” - the small island of Pontikonisi which is locally known as Mouse Island.


Home to a Byzantine chapel, this scenic spot is supposed to be the petrified remains of an ancient Phaeacian ship.


It gets its name from the white stone staircase of its monastery, which resembles a mouse’s tail.

Activities

Rated among the best waterparks in Europe, Aqualand covers more than 70,000sqm.


If you’re holidaying with kids, it’s a must do trip for the Twister slide and Kamikaze slide.


If you want to just soak up the sun, float down in the lazy river but for adrenaline junkies aged over 12, the freefall slides with their insane bends beckon.

Places to go and things to do in Corfu

Corfu Town

Corfu Town

Historic Corfu Town is a lovely place to spend a day.


Visit the magnificent Old Fortress then explore the squares and cobbled streets lined with Venetian mansions, museums, speciality shops and cafes.


Some of the island’s best restaurants can be found here, and it’s also a great place to find a boat trip.

Read More
Corfu Beaches

Corfu Beaches

If your idea of holiday heaven is spending the day sunbathing on an uncrowded beach before having a delicious dinner under the stars in a traditional taverna, Corfu is full of resorts where the vibe is laidback and there’s not a foam party in sight!


Try Agios Georgios or Acharavi for a peaceful and picturesque place to recharge your batteries.

Read More
Nightlife

Nightlife

Kavos is the place to head to if your holiday is all about clubbing and beach parties! But if you like your nightlife lively but not completely full on, the resort of Kassiopi on the north eastern tip is a good bet for its lovely pebbly beaches and buzzing nightlife.


Or try Sidari, which also boasts a good balance of beach and bars.

Read More
Get Back to Nature

Get Back to Nature

Thanks to its winter rainfall Corfu is greener than many Mediterranean islands and its lush hillsides and gorges are home to abundant wildlife.


Saddle up for a day trekking on horseback, head off on two wheels on one of the island’s cycle routes or hike one of the scenic walking trails.


For the ultimate view of the island, make your way to the top of the 906m high Mount Pantokrator. Most people drive up to see the stunning view but take care on the bends.

Read More
Visit Paleokastritsa

Visit Paleokastritsa

The beach resort of Paleokastritsa is also home to a 13th century monastery and its beautiful courtyard is framed by bougainvillea blossom.


The water is warm and clear, ideal for swimming, and there are all the normal tourist attractions.


Grab a seat at a waterfront beach bar and enjoy the views of the surrounding rugged cliffs and olive groves.

Read More
History & Culture

History & Culture

The Paleá Períthia or Old Perithia village was abandoned in the 1960s and still has its 14th-century church which houses spectacular frescos.


Climb up to the Angelókastro castle for a great view and look around the small chapel and rock-cut tombs.

Read More
Explore Mouse Island

Explore Mouse Island

Just south of Corfu lies the “green rock” - the small island of Pontikonisi which is locally known as Mouse Island.


Home to a Byzantine chapel, this scenic spot is supposed to be the petrified remains of an ancient Phaeacian ship.


It gets its name from the white stone staircase of its monastery, which resembles a mouse’s tail.

Read More
Activities

Activities

Rated among the best waterparks in Europe, Aqualand covers more than 70,000sqm.


If you’re holidaying with kids, it’s a must do trip for the Twister slide and Kamikaze slide.


If you want to just soak up the sun, float down in the lazy river but for adrenaline junkies aged over 12, the freefall slides with their insane bends beckon.

Read More

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