Mini guide to Corfu
Corfu (Kérkira in Greek) is without doubt one of the most beautiful islands
anywhere, with its wonderful Mediterranean climate, many fine beaches and stunning
architecture. Its lush interior of wild flowers and cypress groves offers quiet
relief from the lively resorts in the high season summer months.
The capital and main port of Corfu is a town with unique charm and character.
The largest town in the Ionian Islands, it is also one of the most elegant and
impressive towns in Greece. The architecture here was influenced by all the
civilisations that once occupied the island, such as the Venetians, French and
If you are in a rush, most of the island can be visited by car in a day. The
roads are generally of excellent quality. Most of the important sights are easily
accessible by car, and every corner of the island harbours an attraction.
Located off the northern coast of Greece and to the southeast of the Italian
boot, Corfu is the northernmost of the Ionian Islands and is a floral delight
with its abundance of vegetation. The landscape is varied, ranging from a rocky,
mountainous interior cut with deep valleys, to the sandy beaches of the south,
west and north.
Christianity came to the island early on and Corfu came under the web of the
Byzantine Empire which lasted well into the 13th century. The Venetians then
ruled the island until Napoleon claimed Corfu for France after crushing Venice.
The island fell once again to the English, who improved society considerably.
In the late 19th century, Corfu became part of Greece.
Getting to the island is simple enough: you can either fly or take a ferry
to Corfu town. The airport is well located and receives flights from Athens
and most European countries. Frequent ferries arrive from all over Greece and
neighbouring Italy, including the port of Venice.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Beis Beach Hotel and Apartments
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full list of hotels and online booking