An introduction to Corfu

The Greek Island of Corfu lies in the Adriatic Sea. Corfu has been a favourite tourist destination for northern Europeans, and particularly British holidaymakers, for decades. This popularity with the Brits may in part be explained by the fact that Corfu used to be British territory, and around 10,000 British citizens now live in Corfu. Perhaps more importantly, the balmy climate of Corfu is pretty much perfect in summer months, with average temperatures in the late twenties and early thirties Celsius. It is not surprising, then, that major operators like Thomas Cook have an extensive selection of holiday options in Corfu, ranging from traditional package holidays to more relaxed family accommodation.

The north of Corfu is the most developed part of the island in terms of tourism, and where you will find the biggest beaches. Those looking for a quieter holiday would do well to look for accommodation in the west of Corfu, which is largely wild and unspoilt. Inland from the coast, much of the north of Corfu is a mountainous region, and presenting plenty of scope for avid walkers.

The Greek Island of Corfu

The Old Town of Corfu, properly known as Kerkyra, is a UNESCO World heritage site. The remains of the town fortifications, as well as two intact castles provide historical interest, as do several houses built during Venetian occupation. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to sample the cuisine and legendary hospitality of the people of Corfu in the many cafes and bars located within the narrow, winding cobbled streets.

Just 10kn away from Corfu Town is the village of Kynopiastes, a great place to get some holiday snaps. The 17th Century monastery is a central feature, as is the only museum on the island, which is dedicated to the ubiquitous olive tree, an essential source of produce on the island. The main square is dominated by a traditional church which contains some beautiful 18th century frescoes which display the style painting known as the Ionian School.

Roda is a coastal settlement at the north of Corfu, traditionally a fishing village but now a popular resort. The old village still retains much character, and is an excellent place to sample some top quality local sea food. The golden sand beach at Roda is pleasant and unspoilt, and the resort in general has avoided the worst excesses of overdevelopment.

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