Venetian architecture, shown in early scenes of The Durrells, reminds us that Corfu is the closest Greek island to Italy and was ruled by the Venetians from the 14th to 18th century, and makes the Old Town one of the most beautiful in Greece. Its centre is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Corfu Old Town is a therefore must visit; a maze of lanes perfumed by climbing plants that tumble over old stone walls, from blue morning glory to bougainvillea in purples, pinks and magenta.
There are lovely restaurants serving delicacies such as olive-wood smoked ham and spicy bourdetto casserole of fish and sweet paprika. Perhaps wash it down with a speciality citrus koum quat liqueur.
While in the town, look for the former home of Gerald's friend and mentor Theo Stephanides, which is marked with a plaque.
The eccentric Durrells, Gerald, with brothers Leslie and Lawrence, sister Margo and their widowed mother lived an eventful life on the island from 1935-39. Since then the island has become a tourist destination with a choice of apartments, all-inclusive hotels and luxury spa resorts for all tastes.
A family holiday to Corfu still offers a taste of real Greece, so laze on beaches, swim in the warm azure water, visit friendly tavernas and take evening strolls to watch the moon throw light over the silvery sea to fall in love with this enchanting island.
At the end of the day, settle the children with some perfect bedtime reading - Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals, part of the Corfu Trilogy.
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