Corfu, the green island of the Ionian sea, is the second largest island in the group of Ionian Islands and one of the most beautiful Greek islands.
Corfu is known as Kerkyra in Greek and takes its name from a variation of the Nymph Korkira, daughter of the Greek river god Aesopos in mythology.
Corfu, the island of endless natural beauty, the island of song and music, an open museum of cultures, of unending inspiration, a combination of the cosmopolitan and the traditional, an island of contrast retaining tradition and charm.
The island's colourful past is displayed in a number of historical monuments, fine examples of architecture and many museums.
The beach is certainly one of the most important ingredients of a good holiday.
Corfu, has two hundred kilometres of coastline with long golden, sandy, white pebble and shingle beaches. The most popular beaches in Corfu are those along the western coastline of the area of Parelion. From rocky cliffs to long sandy beaches, the west coast has more to offer those looking to get away from the crowds.
MIRTIOTISSA BEACH. Lawrence Durrel once described as “perhaps the loveliest beach in the world”.
GLYFADA BEACH. The huge 1,2 km beach lies below the Pelekas village and is a wide crescent of sand with sun beds, tavernas and all the usual watersports.
PELEKAS BEACH is a beach of pure golden sand that shelves gently into the sea, very attractive and a favourite of families with small Children.
AGIOS GORDIOS BEACH is noted for its 1 km long sandy beach and relaxed atmosphere.The soft sand and shallow water is ideal for families and children.
Two hundred villages and over forty resorts scattered amongst a fascinating landscape of ancient olive groves, orange and lemon trees it is really not surprising that people taking holidays return year after year to. The most green of the Greek islands, Corfu , has three million olive trees.
Corfu island is still a popular destination for independent travellers.
Those looking for a more relaxed and traditional holiday will find many parts of the island along the north coast, relatively untouched and some Corfu villages, notably in the lush, green interior, seem to have escaped the holiday hotel boom altogether.
Corfu Trail. Corfu's long-distance footpath. Around 217 km long it round the length of Corfu island from the south in the north. There are 11 daily walks and terrain varies, from rough tracks to cobbled mule paths, minor roads and beaches. Paths have been cleared and way-marked by yellow signs. The best months to follow the trail are April, Mai, June and September, November.
The basic climate of Corfu Island is mild having the most winter rainfall, making for the lush, green landscape.
Corfu Town (Kerkyra)
Corfu is a large town of 34,000 inhabitants. Venetians, French and British have all had a hand in developing Corfu town and the results are both impressive and attractive. Corfu Town is dominated by double forts. The 13th century Neo Frourio (New Fort) and the older 6th century Paleo Frourio (Old Fort). Focus of Corfu town are, the Spianada, the Liston, Georgian Palace of St Michael and St George, Museum of Asiatic Art, the Byzantium Museum and St. Spiridon's Church, home to Corfu island's patron.