It’s no wonder this big Ionian island has an even bigger fan base. Take a holiday to Corfu and you’ll get sandy beaches, big-name sights and knockout scenery in one hit.
The Emerald Isle
People have been singing Corfu’s praises for centuries. The poet Homer, for instance, labelled it ‘a beautiful and rich land’. Almost 3,000 years on and his words still ring true – Corfu is one of the prettiest parts of Greece. And it certainly deserves its ‘Emerald Isle’ nickname, what with its green hills and an olive-tree quota topping the three million mark.
Peaceful resorts and party towns
Now a seasoned pro on the holiday front, Corfu is one of those places that, clichéd as it may sound, caters for all tastes. For a low-key escape, head to somewhere like Acharavi in the north, where it’s all about lazy days on the beach and quiet evenings in tavernas. At the other end of the scale you’ve got neon-lit Kavos, down on the south coast, which raises the roof most nights. For something in between, places like Sidari are a good bet.
When it comes to days out, there’s everything from palaces to waterparks. A good starting point is Corfu Town, with its old fortress and pretty Venetian houses. And on the nature front, you’ve got Mount Pantokrator and Lake Korission.
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Gouvia sits on the east coast of Corfu. Back in the 17th century it was a Venetian naval base, but now the village comes with more sophisticated waterfront credentials thanks to its smart marina. There are shops and lively bars in the centre, plus plenty of traditional Greek restaurants for meze. As for the beach, it’s a hotspot for watersports.
Alykes Potamos is a quiet seaside town on Corfu’s eastern coast. It’s a restful place with a secluded sandy beach and a couple of family-run tavernas along the sleepy main road. Dense pine woods give a dramatic backdrop, while a pretty little canal runs along its southern edge. It feels like you’re away from it all here – but this is almost a Corfu Town suburb, with the cosmopolitan capital just 10 minutes’ drive away.
A lovely sandy beach and a few friendly tavernas – that’s about it in Glyfada, which is what makes it such a perfect place to turn down the volume and relax. This tiny village is tucked away on Corfu’s west coast with fantastic walking trails all around and Corfu Town – for culture, shopping and a livelier nightlife – within easy reach.