5 Reasons to Love Corfu

While Athens is the star attraction of holidays to Greece, it’s the islands which lure travellers back time and time again – and there are many of them. Crete, the largest of the islands, is always a favourite amongst tourists while the picturesque Santorini is ideal for romantic holidays with stunning views. Often overlooked, Corfu has a little bit of everything making it a flexible holiday destination whether you’re a couple or family. Here are five reasons to love the island of Corfu.

The Old Town

If you live in a busy city and you’re looking for an idyllic and quiet retreat, you’re in luck – Corfu offers the complete opposite to city life. The Old Town in particular never fails to bring a smile to visitor’s faces with its beautiful mix of architecture, narrow cobbled streets, squares and cafes to watch the world/The Old Town go by. Must see sights include both the new and old fortresses and the city’s cathedral.

Beaches

If you were looking to relax on soft sandy shores in glorious sunshine you’ve come to the right place – the island has 35 Blue Flag beaches. For your own little slice of beach heaven, head to the North East of Corfu where you’ll find Agios Spyridon. Here you’ll find lush green hillside with a charming bay of sand, seas and rocks. There are also tavernas serving authentic Greek dishes. Swimming in the sea is a delight with temperatures reaching the mid twenties in the summer months.

Cuisine

The variety of Greek cuisine is endless so visitors are bound to find something that they like. You could just walk around the streets and let your nose choose the restaurant, or you could look out for these authentic delectable delights. Mousaka is a staple in Greek cuisine consisting of potatoes, eggplant and cream. Full of distinctive flavours, Corfu also excels in their own grown produce such as cheese and Sofrito (veal cooked in a wine sauce and garlic) to delight the taste buds.

The Views

There’s no denying the natural landscape of Corfu is breathtaking. Whether you look inland at the beautiful verdant hills or look out at the Ionian Sea, you can’t help stop and take a picture. For those fit enough, the Corfu Trail offers stunning views as a reward for walking the 220km trail. You’ll explore a coastline and see sights many tourists miss. You can take a guided tour or buy the comprehensive guide to the trail.

Day Trips/Excursions

If you ever feel like getting away from the island (I can’t imagine why you would) then mainland Greece is just an hour by ferry or an hour to Athens by plane. This means you can visit the must sees sights in Athens such as the Acropolis of Athens and Parthenon. It also means you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of this great city but return to the peaceful and lush green surroundings of Corfu. An alternative day trip is Albania; Corfu to Saranda is only 30 minutes by Hydrofoil. A little further afield is Italy, 60 miles of Corfu.

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