The island of Corfu off the northwest coast of Greece offers tourists visiting the island a unique and rich multi-cultural experience, following its years spent under both Venetian, French and British rule until it became a part of Greece in 1864.Forming part of the Ionian Islands, Cofu is known for its rugged mountainous landscape and Its varied wildlife includes species such as flamingo’s, sperm whales and tortoise, amongst others. For visitors to Corfu interested in history, a walk through the preserved Old Town, a UNESCO world heritage site will be of great interest, along with many of the other traditional white-washed villages across the island.As an ever-popular tourist destination, many visitors have fallen under Corfu’s magical spell, particularly those passionate about health and well-being who travel to the island to bathe in the detoxifying mineral mud found on the shore of the Canal D’Amor.
Holiday resorts can be found all along the Corfu coastline, including the Corfu Imperial Grecotel Exclusive resort. This luxury venue boasts stylish interiors and breathtaking views out to sea over the hotels lush gardens and tempting swimming pool. For an oasis in the centre of Cofu’s Old Town, Siorra Vittoria Boutique Hotel is ideal for those who want to be close to local amenities, restaurants and major attractions but still enjoy the opportunity to relax and escape the bustle of city life. Another great accommodation option on the island of Corfu is Molfetta Hotel, offering alfresco dining, sea views and direct access to the beach. Whereas, anyone who prefers solitude whilst on holiday will appreciate the wide range of private apartments available to rent on the island, including The Stone Cottage in Nissaki, surrounded by mature gardens and benefiting from its own private pool.
The local cuisine of Cofu is primarily influenced by Greek cooking, featuring a variety of local meats, fish, vegetables and cheese. Both olive oil, honey, and sheep yoghurt are all particularly popular ingredients on the island of which you will see a lot of on restaurant menus. Seafood taverna’s are popular throughout the island, one of the most delightful being Glyfa, located overlooking the sea and serving king scallops and whatever is available from the local fishermen that day. If you would like to enjoy a meal at traditional restaurant, Elizabeth’s cannot be beaten. A family affair, set up by Elizabeth in the 1940s and now run by her grand-daughter you can expect hearty home-style dishes with copious amounts of wine. One of the most popular restaurants in the centre of Corfu is The Venetian Well. With its romantic setting in the old town square this restaurant serves exquisite dishes, offering something for everyone. Due to its popularity, it’s recommended to book in advance if you fancy enjoying this luxury dining experience.
The many attractions found across Corfu are ideal for those who love exploring ancient history, visiting museums and hiking jaw-dropping landscapes.
Some of the main museums on the island that are well-worth a visit includes the Asian Art Museum, the Andivouniótissa (Byzantine) Museum and the Corfu Shell museum. For those particularly interested in learning more about the local produce of Corfu, the Mavroudis Family Museum and Modern Olive Oil Press is fascinating, along with the Patounis Soap Factory where you can gain an understanding of the soap-making process and witness the soaps being stamped into elaborate moulds. Lovers of the outdoors could try a section of the Corfu Trail that travels from one end of the island to the other, covering 136 miles. If you are feeling particularly ambitious you could plan a trip around the hike, which will take you around ten days to complete.
The average annual temperature in Corfu is approximately 25 degrees, making it a pleasant island to visit all year round, where you can expect sun and warm weather.
The official tourist season in Corfu is from May to September. However, most of the resorts are open from April through to October. During the winter months, you are likely to find most restaurants and attractions closed.
The school summer holidays are normally the busiest period during the islands calendar and for those looking to escape the crowds, May and October are one of the nicest times to book a break to Corfu.