Greece is known all over the world for the beauty of its unique islands. From the Louis de Bernieres book Captain Corelli’s Mandolin to the film Mamma Mia, there is no shortage of popular portrayals that leave most of us pining to visit.
While each of the Greek islands has its own charm and beauty, Corfu is among the most wonderful and popular. Here, we take a look at the island, pointing to a few highlights which ought to be on your itinerary.
As the name might suggest, Corfu Town is the largest and first town of the island. If you’re arriving in Corfu by plane, this is likely to be your first destination. If your accommodation is far from here it might be worth booking a night or two either side to stay in the town.
The town immediately strikes the visitor as being steeped in history. Sadly, much of the city’s most beautiful architecture was destroyed in the Second World War but there is still more than a fair share to go around. Those interested in the architecture and story of the capital should head to The Historic Centre. For a more quaint and authentic experience, head to Kofineta, near the harbour.
It’s not easy to tear yourself away from the beaches of Corfu but if you Benitses can offer a lovely break. Expect to find a beautiful valley, river and traditional fishing village. Just ten miles or so outside of Corfu Town, it’s quite possible to make the day trip.
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There is absolutely no shortage of spectacular beaches on the island of Corfu. The real upshot of this is that it is possible to find a secluded spot, even in the height of the tourist season. Avlaki offers just that.
Situated on the island’s East Coast, the long beach is home mostly to locals and is large enough to house two small tavernas. The beach is a great chance to beat the crowds on a calm day. When the wind picks up, however, it is relatively exposed and can see some slightly choppy seas.
If you’ve got friends who have visited Corfu, there’s a good chance they told you about Paleokastritsa. One of the island’s most idyllic and beautiful coves, the beach is surrounded by luscious hills and olive groves. The beach might get busy during the high season but is well worth a visit at any time of year.