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Holidays In Corfu

Corfu Holidays at a glance

Exquisite Corfu is said to have been blessed by Mother Nature herself – not hard to believe, when you experience its breathtaking beauty. Lush green mountains fringe wide expanses of lovely beaches, and wherever you go, you can swim in balmy, crystal clear waters. So why not see as much of this wonderful island as you can, and sample more than one of its beautiful beaches?

For example, there’s Pelekas, where you can enjoy golden sands by day and magnificent sunsets at night – climb the hill to the village and sit outside the taverna with a cocktail to toast the setting rays. Paleokastritsa boasts FOUR sand and shingle beaches, and is world-famous for its traditional charm, natural beauty and amazing clear waters.

Swim the Canal d’Amour at Sidari and legend promises you’ll find the love of your life. And beach lovers and families alike will love Roda, with its welcoming restaurants and tavernas and safe and shallow waters.

Away from the beaches, enjoy a visit to Kassiopi, to soak up the atmosphere in the village square. And be sure to explore Corfu Old Town for some excellent shopping as well as the chance to enjoy its beautiful UNESCO-listed buildings and the ambience of the numerous cafes, bars and restaurants.

Who holidays in Corfu?

Corfu holidays are perfect for families, as well as young crowds looking for a chance to party in paradise. Whichever side of Corfu you'd like to explore on your Greek holiday, you'll find sightseeing trips to ensure that you get the most out of Greece's 'Emerald Island'.

Key Facts - Corfu

  • CapitalCorfu Town
  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Time Difference+2 GMT
  • Flight Duration from UK3.5 - 4 hours (Approx)
  • Nearest AirportCorfu (CFU)

Corfu Holidays - Destination Profile

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Kontokali - Superb beaches ~ Lively nightlife

Perama - Beaches ~ Tranquil

Dassia - Picturesque ~ Relaxed

The Kontokali Bay hotel dominates the peninsula of Kontokali which has views over to the port with Corfu town in the background. The colourful marina with its international flavour is only a 15 minute stroll away and the heart of Gouvia is a further
15 minutes away.

Perama is a pretty resort with plenty of bars and tavernas, backed by beautiful pine forests with a sand and shingle beach – ideal for beach lovers. The cosmopolitan Corfu Town is just a short bus ride away.

Dassia offers accommodation ranging from self catering studios to excellent ‘A’ class hotels and many bars, restaurants and tavernas, making this one of Corfu’s busiest resorts both by day and by night. The island‘s cosmopolitan capital, Corfu Town, is just thirty minutes away and there is frequent
public transport from Dassia.

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Messonghi - Lovely Beach ~ Relaxed

Kanoni - Scenic ~ Historical interest

Nissaki - Picturesque ~ Friendly

The resort of Messonghi is 21km to the south of Corfu Town. Messonghi has a selection of restaurants, shops, bars and a disco for evening entertainment and a sweep of coarse, shingle and sandy beach.

The Kanoni peninsula boasts beautiful scenery and from here you can view the famous picture postcard scene of Mouse Island. The resort is ideal for mature
couples and is a pleasant alternative to a beach resort.

Nissaki is a pretty village separated from its neighbours by the mountains and cliffs to which it clings with small beaches and a selection of tavernas.

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Aghios Ioannis - Traditional charm ~ Picturesque scenery

Paleokastritsa - Traditional Charm ~ Beaches ~ Relaxed

Kassiopi - Traditional charm ~ Nightlife ~ Picturesque

Aghios Ioannis is a small, pretty village offering a charming village square. Ideally
situated in the middle of Corfu Island, it is the ideal location for those who want to explore other resorts as well as taking in the village life. There is also a waterpark situated nearby for hours of fun in the sun.

Retaining a fairly laid back atmosphere, this is the perfect retreat for families and anyone wishing to escape the bustle of every day life, though the resort does get rather busy with ‘day trippers’ wanting to capture the beautiful views.

Once a quiet fishing village, Kassiopi has developed into a lively, bustling resort that still manages to retain its original charm and friendly atmosphere. A number of pebbly coves can be reached by paths across the headland and a large shingle bay offers a
choice of water sports. 

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Moraitika - Traditional Charm ~ Scenic

Ipsos - Nightlife ~ Beaches

Roda -Traditional Charm ~ Beaches ~ Relaxed

Moraitika is situated on a coastal plain on the east coast of Corfu and has a backdrop of olive grove covered hills. The resort is based around the main strip, which runs parallel to the sandy/shingle beach, and has plenty of bars, tavernas and restaurants to suit all tastes.

Ipsos boasts scores of tavernas and restaurants along with a narrow shingle beach which runs parallel to the road.

Boasting a long stretch of sandy and shingle beach with safe shallow waters, Roda is superb for beach lovers and families alike.

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St George South

Sidari - Superb Beaches ~ Nightlife ~ Picturesque

Kavos - Superb Beaches ~ Lively Nightlife

The resort of St George South is set on the south west coast of Corfu and boasts some of the best golden sandy beaches on the island - the longest is over a mile. The resort is a haven for those seeking peace and tranquility and offers low key nightlife with traditional tavernas and bars.

Swim the Canal D’Amor at Sidari and the legend promises you to find ‘the love of your life’. Sidari is still very much a typically Greek resort.

Kavos is the most southernmost holiday resort on the island. This lively resort is the place to be for the young and young at heart.

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Holidays in Corfu - Things to see

Mon Repos Palace: Situated in a beautiful setting on top of Analipsis hill, near Kanoni the Mon Repos Palace was built in 1826 by the British Commissioner Frederic Adams as a gift to his wife. It is a small but very beautiful palace with many colonial architectural elements and today it hosts a museum which exhibits many Ionian treasures. The palace itself is surrounded by a big park and walking through its paths remains a delight!

The Archaeological Museum: Even if you're not a devotee of ancient history or museums, you should take an hour to visit this small but delightful museum. The museum contains a wealth of archaeological finds from all over Corfu, including many from the Temple of Artemis in Corcyra (the ancient capital) located on the peninsula south of modern Corfu Town. From the Temple of Artemis is the attic (pediment) that has a well-preserved Archaic sculpture of Medusa and from the Tomb of Menekrates there is a funerary statue of a crouching lion.

The Museum of Asian Art: Located in Corfu Town, the centre piece of the museum is the collection of Chinese porcelains, bronzes, and other works from the Shang Dynasty (1500 B.C.) to the Ching Dynasty (19th c.). There are also strong holdings of Japanese works - woodblock prints, ceramics, sculpture, water colours, and netsuke (carved sash fasteners). You may not have come to Greece to appreciate Asian art, but this is one of several unexpected delights in Corfu.

Achillion Palace in Gastouri: The site of the summer palace of the Empress Elizabeth of Austria and the last Kaiser. This palace was built in 1892, at a beautiful spot on top of a mountain overlooking the sea on one side, and the mountains on the other. There is a small museum in the building which houses relics from the empress's personal collection and portraits of her and her time on Corfu.

Things to do on a Holiday in Corfu

If you're seeking to participate in one of the many activities Corfu holidays has to offer, you will not be disappointed. Popular activities for those taking holidays in Corfu include:-

  • Golf
  • Mountain biking
  • Watersports
  • Walking and hiking
  • Rock Climbing

Fun Excursions During Corfu Holidays

Kalypso Star and Corfu Town: Experience the magic of the capital of the island, meander through the cobbled streets of Corfu Town and then marvel at the underwater delights on our glass bottom boat.

Aqualand: Whether you are 4 or 64 there is fun for all the family at the largest water park Corfu has to offer.

Paxos and Anti Paxos: Sail the Ionian Sea to these tranquil islands where unforgettable crystal waters slap the harbour fronts. Enjoy the untouched scenery and the opportunity to swim in some of the most inviting waters in Greece.

Paxos and Parga - Double delight: Sail the Ionian Sea to the main land of Greece to the village of Parga which traditionally has been protected by the Venetian castle. Explore the quaint village or simply relax in one of the chic cafe bars on the front. Then onto something completely different - the island of Paxos. Virtually untouched by tourism, this is an organic island with some of the most outstanding scenery in all of Greece.

Island Tour: Join us and visit some of the most famous and enticing spots on the Emerald Island. The guide will be desperate to share the knowledge and legends of Corfu. With monasteries, churches, stunning scenery from great view points, museums, magnificent statues and much more this day certainly has something to please everyone.

Scuba Diving: Now its time to get wet!!! With your very own personal instructor explore the depths that lie below.

Albania Cruise: Discover a land that is so very different to that of Europe. Just a short boat journey yet years away is Albania. Visit the ruins of Butrint with our guide or simply explore on your own.

Greek Night: From Splashing around to Smashing - The Greek Night Extravaganza. An all inclusive night, live entertainment - singers, dancers, plate smashing, fire dancing, great four course menu, free flowing wine, transport to and from the venue what more could you ask for. A truly spectacular evening for all the family.

Theos Boat BBQ (Kavos Only): The famous Theo's Boat BBQ awaits you!!!! See for yourself why it is known as the best BBQ in Corfu. Sail to the blue lagoon and there swim, laugh and enjoy a hearty BBQ. This is a recommended day out.

Trinity: You may never get to see famous DJs in the UK - well here's your chance in Corfu. Every week offers a different DJ to take you into the early hours of the next day. Trinity simply rules in Kavos.

Bar Crawl: Let the Olympic team take you around the best bars on the famous strip of Kavos. This is a night out on the town it would be rude not to join in with!!!!

Eating/Drinking During Corfu Holidays

Greece holidays are truly a paradise for food lovers; speciality dishes include keftedes (meatballs with oregano and mint), dolmades (rice and herbs wrapped in vine leaves) and souvlaki (grilled skewers of meat). Try a Greek meze (a selection of different Greek dishes to taste a little of everything). To compliment your meal, restaurants offer a number of delicious, inexpensive local wines varying from area to area. Or try a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink.

Major resorts provide a wide variety of bars and restaurants with something to suit all tastes, from all-night discos and international restaurants to cosy little tavernas serving typical Greek fare. Nightlife in the smaller resorts tends to centre round the latter where the charm lies in their authenticity and more traditional feel.

Getting Around on Corfu Holidays

Boat: There are many liners and ships linking Corfu to both Greek and foreign ports. There are ferries almost hourly between Igoumenitsou, directly across on the mainland (1-2 hr), and several weekly to and from Patras (about 7 hr). During high season, there is now a twice a day hydrofoil express (about 30 min.) between Corfu and Igoumenitsou.

Bus: The dark blue public buses service Corfu Town, its suburbs and nearby destinations. The semiprivate green and cream KTEL buses offer a frequent service all over the island - to Paleokastritsa, Glyfada, Sidari, and more.

Taxi: Around Corfu Town, a taxi is probably your best bet - sometimes the only way around, such as to and from the harbour and the airport. Although taxi drivers are supposed to use their meters, many don't, so you should agree on the fare before setting out. You may also decide to use a taxi to visit some of the sites outside Corfu Town.

Car Hire: An excellent way of getting around during Corfu holidays, car hire gives you complete flexibility as well as the ability to see more of the island.

Corfu Holidays Shopping

Take the opportunity to visit Corfu Town with its many shops and tiny narrow streets. Bargain items include:-

  • Folk art and crafts
  • Leather goods
  • Jewellery

Holidays in Corfu - Beaches

Sidari: Sidari has a long sandy beach which is known under the lovely name of 'Canal d' Amour' (Love Channel), offering various facilities like umbrellas, sun beds and water sports.

Paleokastritsa: Paleokastritsa has six sandy and pebble beaches which are scattered all around the area; those beaches are surrounded by olive trees forests and are famous for their dramatic scenery and the beauty of their colours.

Arillas: With a long, golden, sandy beach Arillas is situated approximately 35 km from the island's capital. The Bay of Arillas has a long sweeping beach with clear blue sea and fine sand, one of the most beautiful beaches in Corfu especially for the lovers of quiet, relaxing holidays.

Weather and climate information

Max Temp C Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Corfu 21 23 27 29 29 27 24
London 13 16 20 22 21 19 13
Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Corfu 7 10 12 12 11 9 6
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3

 Corfu Holidays - 5 Day Forecast

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