It’s no wonder this big Ionian island has an even bigger fan base. Take a holiday to Corfu and you’ll get sun-drenched beaches, top sights and knockout scenery in one hit.
An island gem
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 vacation front, All Inclusive holidays to Corfu, clichéd as it may sound, cater 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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Aghios Ioannis (Corfu)
Set on the east coast of Corfu, Aghios Ioannis has a split personality – it’s half waterpark and half traditional village. Aqualand packs in family-friendly slides and a whopper of a wave pool, while up in the old square you can kick back with the locals. As for getting out and about, a free shuttle bus gets you to the beach and Corfu Town.
People return again and again to this charmer of a village on Corfu’s west coast. It’s home to one of the island’s liveliest beaches, plus a decent cache of restaurants, bars and shops. And the surrounding countryside – all green hills, cypress trees and olive groves – is said to be among the prettiest on the island.
Acharavi sits on Corfu’s northern coast. It’s the main town in this part of the island, which means you’ll find plenty in the way of shops and nightlife. The central street is dotted with bars, shops and restaurants, and you’ll find even more along the little roads leading to the beach. The surrounding countryside is pretty spectacular, too – one of the world’s best walking trails sits in the hills behind town.