Corfu holidays deliver sandy beaches by the bucketload, pinch-yourself landscapes, and a capital that’s packed to the rafters with sightseeing fodder.
Sand and scenery
Corfu’s a bit of a Jack-of-all-trades on the holiday front. It’s no slouch in the beach department, with plenty of sand and pebble sweeps cosied up to the Ionian Sea. Pretty olive groves and cypress trees take over as you follow your feet inland, and you’re never far from an historic dot on the radar. Corfu Town and Kavos, meanwhile, take on the mantle when it comes to lively nights.
Corfu Town’s the sort of place you can visit again and again without feeling like you’ve seen everything. The old town’s earned its UNESCO stripes thanks to its castles and warren of interwoven lanes. The Old Venetian fortress takes pride of place on a peninsula overlooking the city, with the New Venetian Fortress in eyeshot above the rooftops. And once you start exploring the maze of narrow streets, it’s easy to lose hours among the every-flavour shops and cafés.
Old and new island
Tradition keeps a firm grip on Corfu, even when the island plays host to droves of holidaymakers in July and August. There’s no mistaking its identity as a Greek island – the cuisine has plenty to answer for on that front, along with the personal touch that its hotels and tavernas pride themselves on. Family-friendly towns like Sidari and Gouvia have broken rank and adopted a handful of modern features, but you can still count on Corfu showing its roots.
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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.
Aghios Ioannis (Corfu)
Aghios Ioannis is a pocket-sized place with the laidback vibes to match, plonked right in the centre of Corfu. It's best-known for Agiotfest. This rock, soul and folk festival is staged in an olive grove, and families flock to listen to the chilled-out tunes. If you’re after a beach, you’ve got plenty of options, too. Cocktail-mixing beach bars and watersports are doled out at Blue Flag-waving Glyfada Beach, which is a 20-minute drive away. Or, sand-smothered Kontogialos Beach is 15 minutes away by car.
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.
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