Corfu, prepare yourselves to enjoy
good food and wine, long lazy Taverna lunches, dip
into the sea
and enjoy complete relaxation. Yet those searching a
little more action will not be disappointed. Corfu
is an island
of diverse contrast. Welcome to Corfu:
The Island of Corfu
one of the Ionian
Islands which nestle off the West side of the Greek mainland. The island is 36 miles long and
at its widest part, the North, 15 miles wide. Covered with over 3 million
evergreen olive trees, watered by winter rains,
Corfu, even during the hot dry summers remains one
of the greenest of the Mediterranean islands. At the
center is 'Mount Pantocrator'
with a height of 998
meters. The North East coast is made up of sheltered rocky coves and shingle beaches
offering secluded bays and traditional fishing villages.
The North and South offer long sweeping sandy bays
and the expected commercialism. The craggy west coast,
with the high cliffs and horse-shoe sandy beaches, offers and spectacular sunsets.
Along the Corfu coast, search for
quiet rocky coves or untouched sandy beaches. Inland
a network of twisting roads service local villages
that seem totally untouched by tourism; stop and
explore and meet the warm and friendly Corfiot
people. Discover deserted villages such as Old
Sinies and Perithia with sheep and goats being the
Relaxing on Corfu
the pool, or search for secret coves that can only
be reached by motor boat. With sparkling waters, and
beachside tavernas awaiting, Corfu is your cure for stress
Return Visitors to Corfu
Incredibly varied, the island has something
to offer everyone, and judging by the number of visitors who return year
after year, a great deal to offer to many.
You will discover that a Greek holiday is all about eating! Meals are to be lingered over, try a selection of starters (mezzay), main courses of fresh locally caught fish and tender meats, organically grown salads garnished with herbs and home-pressed olive oil. Greek wines are also well worth trying. As well as the traditional 'village wines' there has been real progress in Greek wine production and superb choices are available.
Why not visit (and download) our essential
food and wine guide
and bring it with you on holiday?
A Very Brief Corfu History
Corfu has seen a colourful past where
Greek, Roman, Venetian and French occupations have
left their marks, including two forts. But, do not
worry, this site doesn't go into too much detail, we
don't do history lessons!
Corfu town or Kerkyra
is locally known), is built around French and
Venetian architecture. The English left cricket and
Corfu: Spelling Variations
'K-or-fu' has many different variations of
spellings. This is because the English translation
is a a phonetic variation of the Greek: Kerkyra -
which is what the locals call their home: