Whether it’s your first visit to Corfu, or one of many, Greece’s very own Emerald Isle has a world of history and heritage to uncover. With its picturesque hilltop location, Achilleion Palace features an impressive geometric staircase, terraced gardens and stunning views over Corfu Town. Another of the town’s historic sites is Palaio Frourio, a Venetian-built fortress that dates back to the 14th century.
If you’re looking for an authentic taste of Greece, Corfu certainly won’t disappoint. Traditional Corfiot cuisine is a delicious combination of Italian and Greek influences, which makes use of the island’s bountiful fresh produce. Enjoy locally grown olives in fresh, fragrant salads, and delicate fish stews flavoured with herbs and tomatoes. Those feeling adventurous should try kumquat liqueur, a popular aperitif or accompaniment to salads, fruit-based deserts and cocktails.
Corfu’s rugged island landscape makes it the perfect place to get out and about. Even if you’re not the outdoor type, the ancient architecture and quaint cobbled streets of Corfu Town are ideal for an afternoon of exploring. For truly breath-taking scenery, take a walk up to the hilltop Monastery of Paleokastritsa on the north-western side of the island, where you’ll find sweeping coastal views and religious artwork dating as far back as 1228.
The ultimate beach holiday destination, Corfu is packed with sunbathing spots. From long stretches of fine golden sand, to secluded pebbly coves, here, you’ll find every type of beach you could wish for. On the northernmost tip of the island, Agios Spiridon offers shallow waters and soft white sand, perfect if you’re planning a family holiday to Corfu. Situated west of Corfu Town, Glyfada Beach boasts gorgeous natural scenery and great facilities, and because it’s popular with Greek families, you’ll get a real insight into local life.
Filmed on location in Corfu, popular ITV drama The Durrells follows the trials and tribulations of British naturalist Gerald Durrell and his family, as they navigate Greek island life. Based on his 1956 autobiographical work My Family and Other Animals, the series offers a glimpse of the idyllic villages and picturesque coastline of Corfu’s Kalami Bay, where Gerald lived with his mother, siblings and menagerie of animals during the 1930s. When you book a holiday to Corfu, follow in the footsteps of The Durrells, visiting Corfu Town, Kalami and Agni Bay, stopping for lunch at The White House, the former home of Lawrence Durrell and his wife Nancy.
Known locally as Kerkyra, Corfu Town is a picturesque blend of tightly-packed cobbled streets, historic buildings and lively restaurants and bars. With several fascinating museums, and no less than 39 churches, there’s plenty to explore. When it comes to architecture, the elegant Liston Arcade is a true thing of beauty and is perfect for those with a fascination of majestic buildings. Built during the Napoleonic occupation of the early 1800s, the area is a study in Parisian elegance and sophistication and with many bustling cafes to choose from, it’s perfect for watching the world go by.
Described by Lawrence Durrell as the best in the world, Corfu’s Myrtiotissa Beach comes highly recommended, and it’s not hard to see why. Situated on the west coast of the island, this picturesque beach is in a secluded location, surrounded by magnificent greenery, rugged cliffs and rippling turquoise waters – the very definition of paradise.
No holiday to Corfu would be complete without a visit to Achilleion Palace, even if only for the hilltop views. Built during the 1890s, the palace was once the summer home of the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, and is renowned for its classical features, including an intricate geometric staircase and beautifully manicured gardens. Following Elisabeth’s assassination, the palace was deserted between 1898 and 1907, until it was bought by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.
In the summer, temperatures in Corfu are usually in the mid-high 30s, with around 12 hours of sunshine each day and little or no rainfall. During the spring and autumn, the weather will be cooler, with temperatures ranging from the late teens to mid-20s and the occasional rain shower.
If you are a British citizen, you don’t need a visa to enter Greece but you must have a valid passport. For the latest information on European travel regulations, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements.
The currency in Corfu is the Euro (EUR).
In Corfu, the language spoken is Greek.