Firmly embedded in the middle of the Ionian Sea, the island of Corfu is an eclectic mix of history, mythology, great natural beauty and local charm. For centuries, the vibrant island has been a melting pot for different cultures, colours, and sounds, with its wild beauty captivating travellers from all over the world.

Our guide to Corfu

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Steeped in mythology and history, Corfu is featured in the legends of Hercules, Jason and the Argonauts and Odysseus. In more recent mythology, the island and its surrounding seas are the proud setting of the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only, where Roger Moore can be seen trekking some of the more famous landmarks, like the Old Town and the Venetian Fortress, which towers over the city. On the island, wander at your leisure and explore the rich history of a place that, among other rulers, was held under Venetian rule for over 400 years. In addition to its classical architecture, the island retains the cultural, linguistic and culinary charm of its former rulers — all features that make Corfu stand out from other Greek islands. Stroll along the narrow streets and gaze at the pastel-coloured houses that form the UNESCO Heritage Site-listed Old Town, take in the views from the Angelokastro fortress, or visit the Mon Repos villa, originally built as the summer residence for the British Lord High Commissioner and, incidentally, also the birthplace of Prince Philip.
   Explore the scenic Corfu coastline by hiking along the many trails winding across the island, or by relaxing in and around the Ionian Sea. Swim in the cerulean-coloured water and recline on one of over 300 beaches, such as the famous Paleokastritsa, Sidari and Halikounas. Boat-tours and yachts will take you around the island and to smaller destinations across the Ionian Sea, while snorkelling and diving schools allow you to head beneath the waves to explore the magical marine wildlife below.

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